OP-ED: How the Senate's bold action to combat the coronavirus will help Kentuckians

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

Every Kentuckian is feeling the effects of the coronavirus. It's a national health and economic emergency that demands action. The Republican-led Senate answered with the biggest rescue package in history, and Kentucky will see at least $1.25 billion in relief. We've already received $39 million to address urgent housing and economic development priorities, and more funding will soon be on the way. Since the beginning of this crisis, we've been coordinating with President Trump and Vice Preside… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Democrats Shirking Duty to Fund National Defense

by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

At the end of October, President Trump announced U.S. special operations forces eliminated Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted terrorist and the vile leader of ISIS. Whatever your politics, every American should express sincere gratitude to the intelligence professionals and servicemembers who carried out this brave defense of the American way of life. Kentuckians should be especially proud that one of our very own, Cadiz-native Lieutenant General Scott Howell, leads the forces who ex… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Withdrawing from Syria is a Grave Mistake

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake. It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances. Sadly, the recently announced pullout risks repeating the Obama administration's reckless withdrawal from Iraq, which facilitated the rise of the Islamic State in the first place. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I have worked with three presidential administrations to fight radical Islamist terrorism. I have distilled … Continue Reading


OP-ED: Behold the Democrat Politician Protection Act

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

For the past two years, our united Republican government drained money and power from Washington and returned it to states, communities and families. From middle-class tax cuts to regulatory reform, we took this approach and watched the nation thrive more as a result. Democrats have a different philosophy. After November's elections, everyone knew Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the new House would send the Senate far-left proposals to retighten Washington's grip on the country. And right on cue, even… Continue Reading


OP-ED: I’m proud of our vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

Oct. 6, 2018, was a proud day for the U.S. Senate. We fulfilled one of our most critical constitutional duties and confirmed Brett M. Kavanaugh, a stunning legal mind and an exemplary federal judge, as the newest associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The stakes are always high when the Senate considers a Supreme Court nomination. But the shameful spectacle that unfolded in recent weeks raised the stakes higher still. By the end, senators were not merely deciding whether to confirm an imp… Continue Reading


OP-ED: After Historic Year Under President Trump and Republican Congress, the State of our Union is Strong

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

When President Trump delivers his State of the Union address, he will have outstanding news to share. After a decade of sluggish growth and stagnant paychecks, our country is back on the right track. Optimism is sweeping across the country, and the economy is finally gaining momentum. The Trump administration has worked with the Republican Congress to improve the lives of the American people. While liberal Washington Democrats have obstructed the president's agenda at every turn to satisfy the… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Democrats reap what they have sown

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

The day after Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court was announced, I wrote about his sterling credentials, record of independence and long history of bipartisan support - and predicted they would matter little to hard-left special interests that invariably oppose the Supreme Court nominees of any Republican president. I asked Democrats to ignore those extreme voices and their attacks and join us instead in giving Gorsuch fair consideration and an up-or-down vote, as we did for the first… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Gorsuch’s confirmation worth the fight

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

After the tragic passing of Justice Antonin Scalia last year, I promised that the Supreme Court vacancy would not be filled in the middle of a hotly contested presidential election. The American people needed to have a voice in the consideration of Justice Scalia's successor. On Friday, we saw the long-awaited results of that commitment. Kentuckians spoke when they helped elect President Trump, and the U.S. Senate listened when it confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch. Even when many thought that Hilla… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Give Neil Gorsuch an Up-Or-Down Vote

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

Judge Neil Gorsuch is an exceptional nominee for the Supreme Court. He's recognized by people on both sides of the aisle as an accomplished, principled and fair jurist. When he was nominated to his current seat on the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 2006, no one cast a single negative vote against his nomination: not then-Senators Obama, or Clinton, or Biden, or Kennedy - and not the current Democratic leader of the Senate, Sen. Chuck Schumer, either. Back then, Senator Schumer found G… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Democrats, ditch the apocalyptic rhetoric on Judge Gorsuch

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

The president made an outstanding choice with his nomination Tuesday of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Justice Antonin Scalia's passing was a significant loss for the court and for our country. Gorsuch's impressive background and long record of service, however, give me confidence he will carry forward Scalia's legacy of faithfully applying the law and the Constitution. Like Scalia, Gorsuch understands the constitutional limits on his authority, and he knows that the duty of a judge i… Continue Reading


OP-ED: ObamaCare failed Americans. Now it's time for relief

by Sen. Mitch McConnell

By nearly any measure, ObamaCare has failed: It didn't lower costs, it didn't increase choice, middle-class families continue to lose health plans they were promised they could keep, and Americans continue to call for ObamaCare's repeal. They spoke loudly again this November, and about 8 out of 10 favor changing ObamaCare significantly or replacing it altogether. We in Congress hear you, and we have already begun to act. The Senate is currently working to pass the legislative tools to bring r… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Face it, Obamacare has failed

by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Rising health care costs have become the hallmark of a partisan Obamacare law that was sold with promises to lower them. The Obama White House just announced that health care premiums will rise again this year for millions of Americans by an almost unbelievable 25% under Obamacare. And that's just a national average. Many Pennsylvanians face hikes in their health premiums as high as 55%; Oklahomans up to 69%, and Arizonans as much as 116%. Behind these numbers are the stories of families and in… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Time to Act on Bill That Provides Critical Funding

by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Next week the Senate will vote on legislation - the so-called continuing resolution or CR - that will address Zika, veterans programs, severe flooding, the heroin and prescription opioid crisis, and fund the operations of the government through December. After many weeks of bipartisan negotiations, there is some understandable confusion over just what is and is not in that bill. I'm happy to clear it up. First, this is what's known as a "clean" CR. It's a clean bill because of what it doesn't … Continue Reading


OP-ED: Addressing a National Epidemic

by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

My office receives a great deal of correspondence each day, from letters of support for a piece of legislation to personal anecdotes urging congressional action. One letter my office received was a personal story from a Kentucky mother who lives in Florence. "I am writing to you," she said, "on behalf of my son and so many others that have lost or [are] on the verge of losing a loved one due to heroin use. My son is still with me. I want to save his life…" A few years ago, her son left … Continue Reading


OP-ED: Back To Work For The American People

by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

When the American people elected a new Republican majority in 2014, they called for the Senate to get back to work. From day one, that's what this majority has set out to accomplish - and we've gotten a lot done as a result. Consider what we were able to achieve for the American people last year alone. Enacting permanent tax relief for families and small businesses. Bringing an end to a job-killing energy embargo from the 1970s. Rebuilding our nation's crumbling infrastructure with the most si… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Senate approves aviation bill to make flying safer, more passenger friendly

by Mitch McConnell

Many Americans are rightly concerned about airport security after the tragic terrorist attacks at an airport in Brussels, Belgium that killed dozens of innocent civilians, including a young woman from Kentucky and her husband, and wounded more than 200 others. The Kentuckians I meet want to know what their government is doing to improve safety and security - including at airports - in light of horrific attacks like these. The safety of every American who flies is a top priority for the new Repu… Continue Reading


OP-ED: 5 Broken Promises Americans Are Remembering On ObamaCare’s 6th Anniversary

by Mitch McConnell

Exactly six years ago, Obamacare was signed into law after being forced through Congress over the objections of the American people. Many warned that this partisan law's promises couldn't be kept, that health costs and taxes - rather than jobs - would go up, and that its implementation would be a predictable mess. These are reasons why every Republican voted against the partisan law. I wish these predictions hadn't been correct, but the fact that they are reminds us why we need to build a bridg… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Let the people have a voice

by Mitch McConnell

The next Supreme Court justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the court and our country for a generation, and the American people deserve a voice in such a momentous decision. This fair and reasonable approach is what Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and I announced weeks ago and reiterated personally to the president. Our determination to allow the American people to have a voice has always been about a principle, not a person. It's called the "Biden Rule." As Vic… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Senate Passes Bill to Address Nation’s Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis

by Mitch McConnell

Across Kentucky, people are now routinely dying from the abuse of prescription pain pills and heroin. More than 1,000 Kentuckians die every year from drug overdose, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. That's more than are lost to fatal car crashes. This problem rips families apart and ravages our communities-and the rate of drug abuse is growing. That's why, as Senate majority leader, I made passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) - introduced by Sen. Ro… Continue Reading


OP-ED: Democrats shouldn’t rob voters of chance to replace Scalia

by Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Grassley

Appointed by President Ronald Reagan and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 1986, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a towering figure whose sharp wit and formidable intellect were rivaled only by a decades-long fidelity to our founding document and an enduring commitment to the rule of law. His death stands as a tragic loss for our country. Finding the right person to take the seat he occupied will clearly be a monumental task. It may be a consequential challenge, but we think it's o… Continue Reading

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