Press Releases

12.03.15

Senator McConnell Helps Deliver Long-Term Highway Bill to Benefit Kentucky

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Senate passage today of a five-year transportation bill, the longest-term transportation bill to pass Congress in almost two decades. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act provides 5 years of fully paid for transportation funding and long-term certainty in a fiscally responsible way. "While Kentucky has a strong network of interstates, highways and parkways, it's obvious to anyone who has driven in the Commo… Continue Reading


12.02.15

In the First Week as Senate Majority Leader, McConnell Works to Pass Legislation that Benefits Kentucky

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell helped secure passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Authorization Act (TRIA), which includes a number of provisions important to Kentucky. The bill, which now goes to the President for his signature, is the first piece of legislation approved in the 114th Congress by the United States Senate, now led by Senator McConnell. The passage of TRIA will extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which provides a federal reinsurance backsto… Continue Reading


12.01.15

McConnell Bill Addressing Prenatal Addiction and Infant Opioid Withdrawal Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell applauded the President for signing into law legislation he introduced that will help address the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and the epidemic of infants who suffer from opioid withdrawal. The Protecting Our Infants Act, cosponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct a departmental review to identify gaps in research and detect any duplication, overlap, or gaps in preve… Continue Reading


11.24.15

‘A Quintessentially American Celebration’

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today released a video message wishing all Americans a happy Thanksgiving holiday. Click on the image below to view his comments: The following is a transcript of the Majority Leader's message: "Thanksgiving is a quintessentially American celebration rooted in our nation's earliest foundations. It represents a shared experience of adversity, perseverance and friendship that has made our country what it is today. "It was George Washington who procl… Continue Reading


11.20.15

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell & Senator John McCain Introduce Resolution Commending Elections In Burma & Urging Prompt & Orderly Transition Of Power

Washington, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced a Senate Resolution congratulating the people of Burma on successfully completing free and democratic elections after nearly 50 years of military rule. The resolution also recognizes Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi who led the National League for Democracy to winning sizable majorities in both chambers of Burma's Union Parliament, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. In addition, the r… Continue Reading


11.20.15

McConnell, Wyden, Polis, Massie Join To Advance Industrial Hemp Research

Requesting USDA to clarify industrial hemp's eligibility for federal research grants WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) today sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clarify that industrial hemp research programs are eligible for existing federal research dollars. The letter was signed by a total of 12 Senators and 3… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Senator McConnell’s Bill to Address Prenatal Addiction and Infant Opioid Withdrawal Goes to President for Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan held an enrollment ceremony today for Senator McConnell's legislation to address the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and infants suffering from opioid withdrawal. The Protecting Our Infants Act was signed today by Speaker Ryan and is now being sent to the President for his signature. Speaker Paul Ryan signs Senator McConnell's bill, Protecting Our Infants Act, prior to sending to the President's desk. The … Continue Reading


11.18.15

Senator McConnell Receives Award for Efforts Fighting War on Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was honored today with the Annual Achievement Award by the Washington Coal Club for his work to defend Kentucky's coal jobs, miners and their families. Senator McConnell was presented the award by Bill Bissett, the President of the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA). KCA President Bill Bissett and members of the Washington Coal Club present Senator McConnell with the Annual Achievement Award. "I accept this award on behalf of our coal… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Senate Passes Bipartisan Measures to Overturn Obama Administration’s Anti-Coal Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate tonight approved two resolutions of disapproval that would halt the Obama Administration's anti-coal regulations. The Senate voted to approve a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) sponsored by Senator McConnell and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) designed to stop the White House from imposing anti-jobs regulations that attack new coal-fired energy plants and their workers. The Senate also passed a separate disapproval resolut… Continue Reading


11.16.15

McConnell, Capito Begin Senate Process to Address Obama Administration’s Anti-Coal Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) placed their resolutions of disapproval regarding the Obama Administration's anti-coal regulations on the Senate's calendar, meaning they could come up for a vote as early as this week. Sen. McConnell and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) filed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) last month that is designed to stop the White House from imposing anti-j… Continue Reading


11.16.15

McConnell/Casey Bill Addressing Prenatal Addiction and Infant Opioid Withdrawal Passes House; Now Goes to President for Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced today that their legislation to address the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and infants suffering from opioid withdrawal was approved by the House of Representatives. The bipartisan Protecting Our Infants Act now goes to the President for his signature. This measure directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct a departmental review to identify gaps in research and any … Continue Reading


11.06.15

McConnell Statement on President’s Rejection of Keystone Pipeline

LOUISVILLE, KY-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today released the following statement after President Obama rejected construction of the Keystone jobs and infrastructure project: "I wish I were surprised by the President's decision to reject this jobs and infrastructure project. But it's become painfully clear that the President is more interested in appeasing deep-pocketed special interests and extremists than helping tens of thousands of Americans who could have benefited from Keystone… Continue Reading


11.06.15

Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today honoring the life of Richmond, Kentucky police officer Daniel Ellis: "Tragic news today as Kentucky lost one of its brave law-enforcement officers. Officer Daniel Ellis died in the line of duty and we honor his life and service. Please join me in praying for his family, his fellow officers and the Richmond community."… Continue Reading


11.04.15

McConnell on Passage of Resolution to Overturn Administration’s Indefensible Waterways Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today after the Senate approved Senator Ernst's resolution of disapproval on the 'Waters of the U.S.' rule: "The Senate stood up for middle-class homeowners and family farmers today by voting to overturn the Obama Administration's so-called 'Waters of the U.S.' regulation-a rule that would place virtually all private property near a ditch, pothole or puddle under the thumb of federal bureaucrats. This … Continue Reading


11.04.15

Following Agreement on Budget Numbers, Senate to Consider Bipartisan Troop Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding defense appropriations: "We live in a time of diverse and challenging global threats. "It's a time when we see ISIL consolidating its gains in Iraq and Syria. "It's a time when we see the forces of Assad marching alongside Iranian soldiers and Hezbollah militias. "It's a time when we see Russian aircraft flying above them in support. "And it's a time when commanders tell u… Continue Reading


11.04.15

McConnell Congratulates Governor-Elect Bevin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today congratulating Governor-elect Matt Bevin and other incoming officeholders on their wins last night: "Let me begin this morning by congratulating Kentucky's Governor-elect and the entire Republican ticket on a big win last night. "I remember when the Republican nomination was hardly worth having in Kentucky, so it says something when we see spirited competition for it. The Governo… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Senator McConnell Introduces Measure to Overturn EPA’s Regulation on New Coal-Fired Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) designed to stop the Obama Administration from imposing its anti-coal regulation on new coal-fired plants. Senator McConnell also joined Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in filing a separate CRA that relates to the regulation affecting existing coal-fired plants. The Obama Administration's cost… Continue Reading


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

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