Press Releases

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


08.19.16

McConnell Asks HHS to Focus on Zika, not Another Failed Obamacare Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of recent reports that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering spending additional funds for a public relations campaign to prop up the badly failing Obamacare exchanges, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell asking for those valuable resources to instead be used to combat the Zika virus in the United States. "Nearly every day brings another set of stories about the dysfunction of the Obamacare e… Continue Reading


07.31.16

McConnell Statement on Captain Khan

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Sunday: "Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans I'm grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror. All Americans should value the patriotic service of ‎the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services. And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country th… Continue Reading


07.22.16

Leader McConnell Statement on Munich Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement following today's shooting in Munich, Germany. "As we continue to monitor and learn more about the situation in Munich, we send our prayers to the victims and all those affected by today's attack. This is a heartbreaking time for the people of Germany, but America stands with our ally in the face of this attack, just as we will stand with them in the coming days as they grieve and recover from these sens… Continue Reading


07.17.16

Statement on Tragedy in Baton Rouge

"Elaine and I send our hearts out to the law enforcement community, to those wounded today, and to the families of those we lost who now find themselves forced to pick up the pieces from this cowardly ambush. The men and women who serve us in law enforcement span every race, every creed, and every background. They are united by a common calling to protect the innocent and uphold justice, willingly putting their own lives on the line every day so that others may live free to fulfill their own God… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Leader McConnell Announces Puerto Rico Task Force Senate Appointees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today his Senate appointments to the newly created Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico. The Task Force was created as part of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability (PROMESA) Act recently signed into law after passing Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. It will operate separately from the seven-member Financial Oversight and Management Board that President Obama will a… Continue Reading


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

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