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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


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


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


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


03.10.16

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


02.12.16

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


07.31.15

OP-ED: Kentucky taxpayers should fund women’s health, not Planned Parenthood

by Mitch McConnell

Like many Kentuckians, I am horrified by the videos revealing Planned Parenthood's apparent role in the harvesting and sale of the organs of unborn babies. The callousness and lack of compassion for women and their babies in these videos absolutely shocks the conscience. As Kentucky's senior senator, I am grateful to represent a state where so many people value and cherish the dignity of life in all its stages. I've heard from many of you who share my outrage over these videos. And many of you … Continue Reading


07.16.15

OP-ED: Obamacare pushing toward mergers

by Mitch McConnell

Five years after its passage, I continue to hear from my constituents about how disastrous Obamacare has been for them and their families. It's caused increased premiums, reduced coverage and choice, and in some cases, the closing of hospitals altogether. Now the announced sale of Kentucky-based Humana, a health insurance company, reveals yet another pitfall of the law. The sale is the inevitable result of Obamacare's push toward consolidation as doctors, hospitals, and insurers merge in respon… Continue Reading

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