Press Releases

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


03.06.16

Nancy Davis Reagan

Today, Nancy and Ron are together once more, and we offer our most sincere condolences to the friends and family left behind.' Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding the passing of Nancy Davis Reagan: "Elaine and I join the nation in mourning the loss of Nancy Reagan. In many ways the Reagan love story was classic Hollywood, but it was unmistakably human too. Hands intertwined, Nancy and Ron rose to the pinnacle of political power, w… Continue Reading


02.29.16

Senator McConnell Co-sponsors Legislation to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

'I remain deeply concerned that the Obama Administration's plan to regulate the Internet will limit effective network management, jeopardize new broadband deployment, and strike a serious blow to the future of innovation in our country.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signing on today as a co-sponsor of Senator Mike Lee's (R-UT) bill, the Restoring Internet Freedom Act. The legislation would repeal the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) net neutrality ru… Continue Reading


02.25.16

McConnell, Grassley Statement on Meeting with President Next Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley, released the following statement today regarding their upcoming meeting with the President: "On Tuesday we will meet with the President at the White House. We look forward to reiterating to him directly that the American people will be heard and the next Supreme Court justice will be determined once the elections are complete and the next President has been sworn i… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Grassley, McConnell Bill Would Help Foster Children Affected by Opioids, Methamphetamine, Other Substance Abuse

WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky today introduced legislation to re-authorize a program to help children who are in foster care or at risk of such placement because of parental abuse of methamphetamine or another substance. The new bill ensures that opioid abuse is also a key focus of the grants given to child welfare agencies to promote services to children and families under the measure. The Grassley-McConnell bill, the Protec… Continue Reading


02.23.16

Senate to Vote on Confirmation of FDA Nominee

'At a time when the prescription-opioid epidemic is tearing families and communities apart in our country, it's clear we need strong leadership at the FDA…Today we will consider the nomination of someone who I think can help lead the agency in a new direction…The FDA should expect continued rigorous oversight in the way the agency addresses this epidemic in the future.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding the … Continue Reading


02.23.16

34 Senators, 171 Representatives File Amicus Brief, Urge Circuit Court to Block EPA Attempt to Transform the Nation’s Electricity Sector

Amicus Brief Asks the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to Vacate EPA's So-Called "Clean Power Plan" WASHINGTON - Led by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), 34 Senators and 171 House Members filed an amicus brief today in the case of State of West Virginia, et al. v. Env… Continue Reading


02.22.16

McConnell Says Confirming FDA Nominee First Step to Ensure Agency Takes Greater Action to Address Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding the Senate vote to proceed to confirmation of Robert Califf to be the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "Drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription painkillers, continue to outpace the number of fatalities from traffic accidents in Kentucky. While I recognize the need to protect legitimate patient access to prescription painkillers, the FDA must do more to … Continue Reading


02.13.16

Justice Antonin Scalia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Saturday on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: "Today our country lost an unwavering champion of a timeless document that unites each of us as Americans. Justice Scalia's fidelity to the Constitution was rivaled only by the love of his family: his wife Maureen his nine children, and his many grandchildren. Through the sheer force of his intellect and his legendary wit, this giant o… Continue Reading


02.09.16

McConnell Applauds SCOTUS Halt of President Obama’s Anti-Coal Regs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court order regarding President Obama's so-called "Clean" Power Plan: "Last year I called on governors to hold off submitting plans mandated under the President's regressive federal energy regulations until courts could determine whether the regulations were even legal. Today's Supreme Court order to halt those regulations-regulations that attack the middle class and won't even … Continue Reading


02.05.16

Senator McConnell Recognized as a Teach for America Congressional Champion

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be recognized as a Teach For America Congressional Champion for his continued efforts to expand educational opportunities for students in Kentucky and across the nation. McConnell is one of 12 bipartisan members of Congress to be honored in this way by CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard. "Our Congressional champions have played an instrumental role in growing Teach For America's impact in our first 25 years. Their s… Continue Reading


02.05.16

U.S. Senate Honors Marlow Cook

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday honoring former United States Senator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Marlow Cook. The resolution was sponsored by Senators McConnell and Rand Paul. The text of S.Res.364 from the Congressional Record follows: SENATE RESOLUTION 364 Relative to the death of Marlow Cook, former United States Senator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Whereas Marlow Cook was born… Continue Reading


02.04.16

McConnell Urges FDA Nominee to Address Prescription Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met today with Dr. Robert Califf, the nominee for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to discuss the agency's proposal to address the prescription opioid epidemic in Kentucky and our nation. The FDA plays a leading role in addressing the prescription opioid epidemic through their drug approval process, where they are required by federal law to ensure that drugs are safe and effective. However, FDA has been criti… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Senator McConnell Applauds Governor Bevin’s Decision to Seek Extension on EPA Regulation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented today regarding Governor Matt Bevin's request for a 2-year extension to the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation that requires states to dramatically restructure their electricity systems based on how the agency thinks electricity should be produced and used in each state. "I applaud Governor Bevin for filing an extension and refusing to submit a plan until the legal challenges are addressed," Senator McConnell sai… Continue Reading


01.21.16

March For Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comment regarding the March for Life, which will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016, in our Nation's Capital: "Tens of thousands of Americans will gather in Washington to give voice to the voiceless by rallying for the rights of the unborn. Participants in the March for Life remind us that a compassionate nation is one that fights to defend the most innocent. Like them, I believe that the lives of the unborn are … Continue Reading


01.21.16

McConnell, Paul, Lee, & Booker Sponsor Bill to Bring Accountability to Federal Prisons

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), announced today the introduction of the bipartisan Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2016. Currently, the Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has significant budget authority over taxpayer dollars without their appointment having been subject to confirmation by the United States Senate. Unlike most Department of Justice (DOJ) administrators and directors… Continue Reading

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