Press Releases

07.14.16

America Stands With the People of France

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Thursday regarding the tragic loss of life in Nice, France: "While we will soon learn more about the shocking events in Nice, what will not change is that America stands with the people of France this Bastille Day as they grieve for this tragic loss of life and we will stand with them in their response and recovery."… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Republican-Led Senate Sends Legislation Addressing Opioid Epidemic to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today following Senate passage of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) conference report: "This is a comprehensive legislative response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic devastating Kentucky and our nation. I'm happy to see it on its way to the president's desk to be signed into law. "By increasing prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement tools, CAR… Continue Reading


07.08.16

McConnell Statement on the Tragedy in Dallas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding last night's attack in Dallas and America's support for law enforcement and their families: "What we saw last night in Dallas was unconscionable. We as a country mourn for the five police officers senselessly murdered during a peaceful protest. We extend our hearts to the wounded, to the families and loved ones left behind, to the entire law enforcement community, and to a nation that… Continue Reading


07.08.16

Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic is Closer to Becoming Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today following House passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation (conference report): "Far too many Americans know the toll the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic is taking on our families, our communities and in each of our states. In my home state, we've been hit particularly hard. In fact, just last month, the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy reported Kentu… Continue Reading


07.08.16

Leader McConnell Statement on Democrat Filibuster of Department of Defense Funding Bill

"It is inexcusable to see Senate Democrats filibustering the defense appropriations bill, jeopardizing both our combat readiness and our national security. "This defense appropriations measure, like every other Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill, respects the budget caps in place and was reported out of committee at the earliest point in more than a decade - despite all of Democrats efforts to dismantle the appropriations process. It also earned the support of every single Democrat in committee. As … Continue Reading


07.07.16

Senate Democrats Block Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today on the Senate Democrats' filibuster of the Defense Appropriations bill: "It is inexcusable to see Senate Democrats filibustering the defense appropriations bill, jeopardizing both our combat readiness and our national security. "This defense appropriations measure, like every other Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill, respects the budget caps in place and was reported out of committee at the earliest … Continue Reading


06.23.16

McConnell Statement on SCOTUS Immigration Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the lower court's decision in United States v. Texas, preventing the implementation of the president's unlawful executive overreach on immigration: "Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court will prevent the Obama Administration from moving forward with its unlawful executive action on immigration. The President took action he'd previously said, many times, t… Continue Reading


06.12.16

Senator McConnell on Passing of Senator George Voinovich

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following comments regarding the passing of Senator George Voinovich: "Senator Voinovich was a man of integrity and deep commitment to his faith, his family, and those he served in public office. From the mayor's office to the governor's mansion to the United States Senate, George had a singular political career but never forgot who sent him there. Janet was his best friend and closest confidant and we know how difficult… Continue Reading


06.12.16

Senator McConnell on Orlando Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida: "The nation's prayers are with the victims and their families in the wake of this terrible tragedy. We thank the citizens and first responders who helped rescue and save lives amidst horror and chaos. We will continue to monitor developments from local law enforcement and the FBI to determine the exact nature of this crime and whether it was … Continue Reading


06.04.16

Senator McConnell Comments on Muhammad Ali

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the passing of Muhammad Ali: "Elaine and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Muhammad Ali, one of the preeminent and most beloved athletes of the 20th century. Inside the ring, he was graceful on his feet and packed a powerful punch. Outside the ring, he thrilled us with his exuberance for life. He was more than just a boxer. He was The Greatest. His life story is an… Continue Reading


05.27.16

Memorial Day 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following video today honoring the members of our Armed Forces on this Memorial Day, May 30th: The following is a transcript of the Majority Leader's message: "As we approach Memorial Day, I hope we'll all take time to reflect on our fallen heroes. These are the brave men and women in uniform who, throughout history, have courageously served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. We remember … Continue Reading


05.18.16

Obama Administration Applies More Red Tape on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after the Department of Labor released their finalized rule regulating overtime pay: "Our economy continues to be stuck in the worst recovery since World War II and the only solution the Obama Administration can come up with is more red tape that will hurt our nation's working middle class. Just like Obamacare's 30 hour work week, this regulation will once again incentivize employers to cut worker… Continue Reading


04.29.16

Former Senator Conrad Burns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the passing of former United States Senator for Montana, Conrad Burns: "Elaine and I were saddened by the passing of Conrad Burns. Conrad was a big personality from a big state and he will certainly be missed by those who had the opportunity to know him. Our thoughts are with Phyllis and the Burns family at this difficult time."… Continue Reading


04.04.16

Senators File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case Challenging Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) led a group of 43 Senate Republicans today in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a challenge by a majority of the nation's governors and attorneys general of the states, led by the State of Texas, to the Obama Administration's November 2014 executive actions on immigration. The Supreme Court took up this case (United States of America vs. State of Texas) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for… Continue Reading


03.22.16

The Attacks in Brussels

LOUISVILLE, KY -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Tuesday regarding the terrorist attacks in Brussels: "Americans are saddened and horrified by the attacks in Brussels. We send our collective condolences to the victims and their families and we are thinking of the Belgian people in this dark hour. "Defeating ISIL, al Qaeda and its affiliates will require concerted action by the military, our intelligence community, and our international partners. Our nat… Continue Reading


03.21.16

McConnell Letter to Governors: Court-Mandated Halt of Administration’s Anti-Coal Regulation Shows Merits of ‘Wait and See’ Approach

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote to the nation's governors today regarding the Supreme Court's recent nationwide stay of the Obama Administration's so-called "Clean Power Plan" (CPP) - a massive regulatory plan that will not have a meaningful impact on global emissions but will punish states' most vulnerable citizens and ship middle-class jobs overseas. The letter follows one he sent governors in March 2015, urging them to carefully review the consequences of t… Continue Reading


03.21.16

McConnell On SCOTUS Vacancy

LOUISVILLE, KY - The following are excerpts from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's interviews this morning: FOX News SundayI can't imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm in a lame duck session a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association, the National Federation of Independent Business that represents small businesses-that have never taken a position on the Supreme Court appointment before-they're opposed to this guy. I can't imagine th… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Combat Nation's Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today following the Senate passage of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA): "I'm proud of the Senate's decisive, bipartisan action to help address America's growing prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. The bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act will help combat the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic at every level: by improving education and awareness, by e… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Address Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released today a video message following the Senate passage of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Click the image below to view his comments: The following is a transcript of the Majority Leader's message: "Today the Senate took decisive, bipartisan action to address our nation's growing prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. "I don't have to tell you how this crisis is affecting communities across … Continue Reading


03.09.16

McConnell Urges Secretary of Education Nominee to Commit to Implementing K-12 Education Law as Intended by Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met today with Dr. John King, the nominee for Secretary of the Department of Education, in his office in the United States Capitol. During the meeting, Senator McConnell called on Dr. King to commit to implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as intended by Congress. ESSA, the most significant K-12 education reform in well over a decade, replaced a broken law with conservative reforms that will help students succeed inste… Continue Reading

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