Press Releases

10.23.15

McConnell Will File Measure to Overturn EPA’s Regulation on New Coal-Fired Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday that he and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will file a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) next week that is designed to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing its anti-coal regulation on new coal-fired plants. Senator McConnell also plans to join Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) who will file a separate CRA next week with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) regarding the… Continue Reading


10.22.15

McConnell Bill to Address Prenatal Addiction and Infant Opioid Withdrawal One Step Closer to Becoming Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that his legislation to address the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and infants suffering from opioid withdrawal passed the U.S. Senate. Senator McConnell introduced the Protecting Our Infants Act earlier this year with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. "I was pleased to see the Senate pass the bipartisan Protecting Our… Continue Reading


10.09.15

Kentucky Co-Op Collapse Another Consequence of Obamacare’s Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments today regarding the announcement that the Kentucky Health Cooperative, a nonprofit health insurer created in Obamacare with federal taxpayer funds and that provided health insurance to individuals on Kentucky's Obamacare exchange (kynect), has ceased operations: "Barely a week goes by that we don't see another harmful consequence of this poorly conceived, badly executed law. Despite repeated Obama adminis… Continue Reading


10.09.15

McConnell Comments on Court Decision Halting WOTUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments today regarding the decision by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to suspend implementation of the "Waters of the United States" rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "Today's decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is a welcome setback for an Obama Administration agenda based more on ideology than facts, an agenda that continues to hurt the Middle Class. I've heard fr… Continue Reading


10.07.15

McConnell-Cosponsored Bill to Assist Families Adopting Children from Democratic Republic of the Congo Passes Congress; Now Goes to President

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday that the Adoptive Family Relief Act has passed the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and is now on its way to the President for his signature. This legislation, which Senator McConnell cosponsored with Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), and 19 other bipartisan senators, will provide meaningful financial relief to families adopting children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (… Continue Reading


10.05.15

Trade Agreement Will Face ‘Intense Scrutiny’ in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the announced agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): "The Trans-Pacific Partnership is potentially one of the most significant trade deals in history and ‎could shape our engagement and commerce with these nations for decades. We are committed to opening trade in a way that benefits American manufacturers, farmers, and innovators. But serious concerns have been raised on a number of key… Continue Reading


10.01.15

McConnell Comments on President Obama’s Ozone Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments today regarding the Obama Administration's latest regulation dubbed the "most expensive regulation in U.S. history": "The Obama Administration's latest attack on the Middle Class, another massive regulation with negligible benefits that threatens to ship American jobs overseas, could throw thousands of Kentuckians out of work every year and impose hundreds of millions in costs on Kentucky employers. Nation… Continue Reading


10.01.15

McConnell to Senate Democrats: Don’t Block Funding for America’s Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Democrats to support the national defense authorization bill and funding for Veterans Affairs: "With each passing day the American people are reminded of the peril attached to the Obama Administration's inflexible determination to conduct American foreign policy based on campaign promises made in 2008. "These goals - unilaterally withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan based on fi… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Senators McConnell and Casey’s Protecting Our Infants Act Advances

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced today their bipartisan legislation, the Protecting Our Infants Act, was approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). The Senators introduced the bill earlier this year, and it's expected to be considered by the full Senate soon. The bipartisan Protecting Our Infants Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to lead a revi… Continue Reading


09.23.15

McConnell Welcomes Pope Francis to the Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today released a video message welcoming Pope Francis to the U.S. Capitol where His Holiness will address a Joint Meeting of Congress: "On behalf of the United States Senate, I'd like to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the Capitol. "Simple puffs of white smoke heralded a new beginning for Catholics in Kentucky, across America, and from every corner of the world. "What an incredible journey to witness. Americans have watched P… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Remembering Tragic Loss, Heroism on September 11th

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 and the response of the American people: "Americans again bow their heads in solemn commemoration of tragic loss, resolving never to forget the thousands of innocent lives taken 14 years ago. Americans again raise their hearts in remembrance of uncommon heroism, resolving never to forget fearless bravery high above white clouds or selfless compassion deep within … Continue Reading


08.27.15

Senator McConnell on NLRB’s Latest Assault on Small Businesses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comment today regarding the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) Browning Ferris decision: "This NLRB decision is a gift to the Left and big labor bosses-at the expense of small business owners and their employees. This ruling could take away independence from small businessmen and women - like decisions on hiring and pay, or even on how to run their business - and put it in the hands of corporate bosses. These … Continue Reading


08.06.15

McConnell Cosponsors Bill to Help Reduce Child Hunger

Legislation would help children in rural areas by making existing nutrition programs more flexible and effective WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Senator John Boozman (R-AR) in introducing The Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act to inject additional flexibility and choice into existing federal child nutrition programs, which would allow states to better ensure that children in rural areas are not treated unfairly when school is out of session. "Washington'… Continue Reading


08.05.15

McConnell Statement on President Obama Equating Congress’ Search for Answers with Iranian Chants of ‘Death to America’

'The President needs to retract his bizarre and preposterous comments, and both supporters and defenders of the President's deal with Iran should reject this offensive rhetoric.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today after President Obama compared members of Congress to Iranians chanting 'Death to America': "I called on President Obama this morning to join members of both parties in approaching this gravely important matter with the… Continue Reading


08.05.15

McConnell Comments on Passage of ARENA Act from Senate EPW Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today issued the following statement after the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed Sen. Capito's ARENA Act that would combat the EPA's deeply regressive climate regulations: "I commend the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Chairman Inhofe for moving to combat the Obama Administration's deeply regressive climate regulations by passing Sen. Capito's ARENA Act that would prohibit these rules from moving… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senator McConnell Comments on President Obama’s Latest Anti-Coal Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments today regarding the Obama Administration's latest anti-coal regulation: "This costly proposed regulation is aimed squarely at the lifeblood of the commonwealth's economy and the livelihoods of Coal Country workers and their families. Taken together with other Washington regulations that are already having a devastating impact, it's impossible not to conclude that the Obama Administration is engaging in al… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senators McConnell and Paul Introduce Legislation to Require Congressional Review over the Bureau of Prisons

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul introduced The Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2015 today. The legislation requires the Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. Unlike most Department of Justice (DOJ) administrators or directors, the Director of BOP is appointed by the U.S. Attorney General without the approval of the Senate. The Director of the BO… Continue Reading


07.14.15

McConnell: Senate Will Review the Iran Nuclear Agreement and Its Effects on America’s National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding the Obama Administration's nuclear agreement with Iran: "The comprehensive nuclear agreement announced today appears to further the flawed elements of April's interim agreement because the Obama Administration approached these talks from a flawed perspective: reaching the best deal acceptable to Iran, rather than actually advancing our national goal of ending Iran's nuclear program. … Continue Reading


07.10.15

McConnell Statement on OPM Director Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding the resignation of Katherine Archuleta, Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the need for the Obama administration to 'articulate a credible plan of action' to prevent additional breaches of Americans' personal information: "The Obama Administration needs to take this opportunity to articulate a credible plan of action, and more thoroughly address the legitimate concerns of… Continue Reading


07.09.15

McConnell on CMS Administrator Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Andy Slavitt as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator: "The head of the agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid should be focused on what the American people expect him to do: administer these important programs, not allow his attention to be diverted instead to the implementation of some gigantic, unworkable health care law that hurts hardw… Continue Reading

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