Press Releases

12.19.16

Obama Regulation Set to Hurt Coal Country

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the release of the President's Final Stream Protection Rule: "The president's eight-year war on coal has wrecked the lifeblood of the economy and the livelihoods of coal country workers and their families. And this desperate, last-minute attempt to cement that effort against American energy and American jobs is just the latest example. "This costly regulation, along with others that are alr… Continue Reading


12.14.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Governor Rick Perry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary: "President-elect Trump has made an outstanding choice with Governor Perry to head the Department of Energy with a focus on more American energy and more American jobs. For the past eight years, our nation's energy potential has been held back by an administration that put ideology and politics ahead of jo… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Rex Tillerson

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State: "Rex Tillerson's decades of experience have been widely recognized for forward-looking strategic planning, managing international partnerships and risk, and focused leadership around the world. "As president-elect Trump's choice for nomination as Secretary of State, he will bring these critical skills, knowle… Continue Reading


12.12.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on General John Kelly

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate General John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security: "John Kelly is an inspired choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security. His leadership, operational experience and expertise in Western Hemisphere affairs will position him well to lead his department at a critical time. We continue to confront a sophisticated terrorist threat which… Continue Reading


12.09.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Andy Puzder

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Andy Puzder as Secretary of Labor: "Andy's decades of creating jobs across America and dealing with Washington red tape will be a valuable resource as the new administration works to reverse years of slow job growth." Background: The Senate will consider nominations in a thorough and timely manner as it does its part to ensure a smooth transit… Continue Reading


12.08.16

McConnell Remembers John Glenn

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement mourning the passing of former Senate colleague, astronaut and veteran, John Glenn: "Today our nation bids farewell to one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century. John Glenn said his childhood was like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting, but his life was anything but typical. From flying combat missions over Korea and the South Pacific as a Marine Corps aviator to a post-orbit splash… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate fellow Bluegrass state native and graduate of Kentucky's Georgetown College, Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: "The EPA is the posterchild for agencies in need of immediate reform and Scott has the resume and energy to turn this bureaucracy around. Scott already stood up to the EPA in instances of federal over… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on General James Mattis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis: "The next Commander in Chief will assume office at a time when significant threats to our national security are evident: the efforts and intentions of dissatisfied nations to expand respective regional spheres of influence, such as China, Russia and Iran, and North Korea's willful efforts to p… Continue Reading


12.06.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Steven Mnuchin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin: "It is time to get serious about the problems families and businesses large and small across the nation face. Whether it is the urgent need for tax reform or wide-ranging regulatory relief, we will need someone like Steven working with both parties in Congress to make it happen. His private sect… Continue Reading


12.06.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Wilbur Ross

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross: "As our chief business advocate, I know Wilbur will use his decades of experience to put American jobs in the best position possible to flourish at home and American-made products in the best position to flourish abroad. Turning our economy around will be a team effort and this is another great additio… Continue Reading


12.06.16

21st Century Cures to Bolster Medical Innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate's upcoming final vote of the 21st Century Cures bill: "Yesterday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to take the next step to pass the 21st Century Cures bill, bipartisan legislation to bolster medical innovation. "This legislation promotes critical investments in research and treatment development. "It helps cut through unnecessary regulations that could hind… Continue Reading


12.05.16

McConnell Selects Crapo to Lead Committee on Committees

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has selected Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) to chair the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for committee assignments for the 115th Congress. This is the seventh consecutive congressional two-year term that Senate leadership has asked Crapo to chair negotiations among his Republican peers in the Senate. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will be assisting in the committee selection process in the 115th Congress as he did in th… Continue Reading


12.05.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Dr. Ben Carson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: "We appreciate Dr. Carson's willingness to take on such a challenging task at an agency that is in need of reform to better serve all Americans. I'm confident his life-long career of selfless service will be a positive addition to the incoming administration." Background: The Senate … Continue Reading


11.29.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Secretary Elaine L. Chao

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Secretary Elaine L. Chao for Secretary of Transportation. "I am so proud of Elaine as she continues her accomplished career in public service. I am confident she will do an outstanding job for the nation in this new and important role." Background: The Senate will consider nominations in a thorough and timely manner as it does its part to ensur… Continue Reading


11.29.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Dr. Tom Price

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Dr. Tom Price (R-GA), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, for Secretary of Health and Human Services: "Dr. Tom Price will bring practical knowledge as a doctor and a legislator to an agency that needs it now more than ever. This will be especially important as Republicans once again deliver on our promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it w… Continue Reading


11.23.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Betsy DeVos

LOUISVILLE, KY - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement on President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education: "I fully support President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Betsy has a proven track record of important work to improve the lives of children across the country. She is an outstanding choice to implement the recently passed bipartisan K-12 education reforms that were signe… Continue Reading


11.22.16

Thanksgiving 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following video message in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday on November 24th: "President George Washington proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving holiday back in 1789. "This November, Americans will once again come together in celebration of this uniquely American tradition. "On Thanksgiving, we express our gratitude for the blessings we enjoy, the freedoms we cherish, and the loved ones who enrich our l… Continue Reading


11.18.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Senator Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions for United State Attorney General: "I strongly support the President-elect's intention to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next United States Attorney General. Jeff is principled, forthright, and hardworking. He cares deeply about his country and the Department he will be nominated to lead. As a senator, he has work… Continue Reading


11.10.16

Veterans Day 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks in observance of Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th: The following is a transcript of the Majority Leader's message: "America's freedoms were earned by the sacrifices of our nation's Veterans. On this Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women, past and present, who have so valiantly served in uniform. "I'm proud to represent the more than 330,000 Veterans who live in Kentucky. I have a simpl… Continue Reading


11.10.16

McConnell: ‘Change the Course for America’

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke about Donald Trump's presidential victory, Republicans remaining in the majority in the Senate, and other issues at a press conference today. The following are excerpts from the press conference: ON PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP: "I want to particularly congratulate President-elect Trump. I think we can all agree this is a stunning election. And, clearly an indication, the American people would like to try something new and I kno… Continue Reading

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