Op-Eds

10.17.18

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


01.30.18

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


04.08.17

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


04.07.17

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


02.06.17

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


02.01.17

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


01.09.17

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


10.28.16

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


09.23.16

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


07.14.16

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


05.27.16

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


04.21.16

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


03.23.16

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


03.16.16

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


03.10.16

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


02.18.16

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


02.12.16

OP-ED: Administration and Congress should work together to address the Zika virus

by Mitch McConnell

Like many Kentuckians, I'm concerned about the Zika virus and the growing number of reports of people infected. In a recent meeting with President Obama at the White House, I raised the spread of this virus and what it could mean for Kentucky and the country as we head into warmer weather this spring and summer. Millions of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, which is transmitted primarily by mosquitoes. There are several isolated cases of American… Continue Reading


12.10.15

OP-ED: Promise kept: Senate passes Obamacare repeal legislation

by Mitch McConnell

When I became the Senate Majority Leader one year ago, I pledged to Kentuckians and to the American people that a new Republican Senate would work to repeal Obamacare, the most disastrous law in a generation. So I'm proud to report that the Senate has succeeded in this important task. Under my leadership, a majority of the U.S. Senate voted to repeal Obamacare, and passed the first repeal bill out of the Senate since this law's enactment. For the first time, the President will be forced to make … Continue Reading


11.27.15

OP-ED: Obama takes his reckless energy plan to the United Nations

by Mitch McConnell

It would obviously be irresponsible for an outgoing president to purport to sign the American people up to international commitments based on a domestic energy plan that is likely illegal, that half the states have sued to halt, that Congress has voted to reject and that his successor could do away with in a few months' time. But that's just what President Obama is proposing to do at a U.N. climate conference in Paris starting Monday. The president's international negotiating partners at that c… Continue Reading


11.06.15

OP-ED: Fighting Back Against Administration’s Costly Power Plan

by Mitch McConnell

Here we go again. The Obama Administration has fired its latest salvo in the War on Coal by publishing the final version of its so-called "Clean Power Plan"-regulations that would effectively shut down most coal-fired power plants and prevent new ones from being built. These regulations would shrink our state's economy by almost $2 billion. And they would hurt Kentucky workers and their families by raising electricity rates by double digits while cutting coal jobs across the state. What the adm… Continue Reading

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