Press Releases

04.01.15

Coalition Applauds Senator McConnell’s Efforts to Combat President’s War on Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Several groups wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today to applaud his "work with state governors and legislators to push back against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) usurpation of state electricity policy through its proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP)." In the letter, the groups wrote that "federal and state officials are right to question the CPP's legality and the repercussions that would result from submission of a State Implementation Plan"…… Continue Reading


03.31.15

McConnell Statement on Obama Administration International Climate Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration's unworkable Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) in preparation for global climate talks in Paris: "Even if the job-killing and likely illegal Clean Power Plan were fully implemented, the United States could not meet the targets laid out in this proposed new plan. Considering that two-thirds of the U.S. federal government hasn't even signed off on the C… Continue Reading


03.27.15

McConnell Statement on Sen. Reid’s Retirement Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding the decision by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to retire at the end of his term: "Nothing has ever come easily to this son of Searchlight. Underestimated often, his distinctive grit and determined focus nevertheless saw him through many challenges. They continue to make him a formidable opponent today. Through every turn in his long career, Landra would be there by his side -- and Harry by… Continue Reading


03.27.15

McConnell Amendment to Help Adoptive Families Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United States Senate approved a bipartisan amendment offered by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would urge the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to allow children who have been legally adopted by American citizens to leave the DRC for the United States. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) co-sponsored the amendment to the 2015 U.S. Senate Budget Resolution, which passed this morning. On September 25, 2013, the DRC government suspended the issuance of exit… Continue Reading


03.27.15

McConnell Statement on Senate Passage of FY 2016 Balanced Budget

'By passing a balanced budget that emphasizes growth, common sense and the needs of the middle class, Republicans have shown that the Senate is under new management and delivering on the change and responsible government the American people expect.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement Friday after passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Senate budget that balances within 10 years and does so without raising taxes: "By passing a balan… Continue Reading


03.26.15

McConnell Amendment to Fight War on Coal Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United States Senate tonight approved (57-43) a bipartisan amendment by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would prohibit the withholding of federal highway funds from states that refuse to submit a plan to implement a proposed new EPA regulation. The McConnell amendment to the Senate's budget resolution would protect states and ensure no highway funds were withheld because of the new demands from the EPA. Federal highway funding has been withheld in the pas… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Senators McConnell, Heller, Capito and Paul Introduce Legislation to Help America’s Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced legislation today to help rural communities harmed by Obama Administration policies that restrict access to rural lending opportunities. Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Rand Paul (R-KY) are original cosponsors of the Helping Expand Lending Practices in (HELP) Rural Communities Act, which would provide rural communities with better access to credit opportunities that can help grow their local econ… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Statement on Sen. Coats and 2016 Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today on the announcement by Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana that he will not seek re-election in 2016: "Dan Coats is one of the most accomplished public servants of his generation: Congressman, Senator, Ambassador, and then Senator again. While these titles are surely impressive, they also tell only a part of what this kind and humble Hoosier has been able to achieve. Washington is going to miss Senator Coat… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Ayotte, McConnell, Isakson Reintroduce The Family Friendly And Workplace Flexibility Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), recently reintroduced the Workplace Flexibility Act, legislation which would allow voluntary workplace arrangements such as compensatory time and flexible credit hour agreements to be extended to hourly workers in the private sector. "Working families in the private sector should have the same options to enter into the kind of flexible work arrangement… Continue Reading


03.20.15

Senator McConnell Urges Nation’s Governors to “Carefully Review the Consequences” Before Submitting a Plan to Implement EPA’s New Regulation

McConnell's letter to Governors says EPA's proposal raises "serious legal and policy concerns" WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on the Nation's Governors to reject the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed 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. The EPA's demands, McConnell noted, are "far beyond its legal authority." In a le… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Senators McConnell and Casey Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Maternal Addiction and Infant Opioid Withdrawal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced legislation to address the rise of prenatal opioid abuse and infants suffering from opioid withdrawal. The bipartisan Protecting Our Infants Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop recommendations for preventing and treating prenatal opioid abuse and for treating infants born dependent on opioids. The measure would also direct the HHS Secretary… Continue Reading


03.12.15

Will Senate Democrats Choose Special Interests over Victims of Human Trafficking?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrats to support bipartisan human rights legislation: "The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act is one of the most bipartisan pieces of legislation you could imagine. "Ever since this bipartisan human rights bill was introduced by a Democrat and a Republican in January -and made publicly available for any person to read - members of both parties have sung its praises… Continue Reading


03.07.15

The Heroes of ‘Bloody Sunday’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding the 50th Anniversary of the 'Bloody Sunday' Civil Rights March: "Today we commemorate a solemn anniversary in the long and painful journey toward the fulfillment of our nation's founding promise of equality for all. Our nation has come a long way from the original sin of slavery and the kind of state-sanctioned racial injustice that outlasted it by nearly a century. But the heroes of Se… Continue Reading


03.03.15

McConnell Releases Video Welcoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today released a video message welcoming Benjamin Netanyahu to the U.S. Capitol where the Israeli Prime Minister will address a Joint Meeting of Congress. Click on the image below to view his comments. Following is a transcript of the Majority Leader's message:"Today, I'd like to take a moment to welcome Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Capitol. "The Prime Minister's visit comes at a critical moment in U.S.-Israeli relati… Continue Reading


02.24.15

McConnell Statement on President’s Veto of Keystone Jobs and Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after President Obama vetoed the Keystone jobs and infrastructure bill: "It's extremely disappointing that President Obama vetoed a bipartisan bill that would support thousands of good jobs and pump billions of dollars into the economy. It passed both houses of Congress with strong bipartisan support and it's a priority for organized labor as well. Even the President's own State Department says const… Continue Reading


02.23.15

McConnell Offers Bill Restricting President’s Recent Immigration Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor in which he announced he was beginning proceedings to consider legislation addressing the President's recent immigration overreach: "Democrats voted today to continue blocking funding for the Department of Homeland Security, to protect actions President Obama referred to himself as 'ignoring the law.' "This vote came after a federal judge enjoined the Administration from moving ahead … Continue Reading


02.17.15

McConnell Statement on Federal Court Ruling Blocking President’s Immigration Executive Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today after a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction against President Obama's immigration executive overreach: "This ruling underscores what the President has already acknowledged publicly 22 times: He doesn't have the authority to take the kinds of actions he once referred to as 'ignoring the law' and 'unwise and unfair.' Senate Democrats--especially those who've voiced opposition to … Continue Reading


02.11.15

McConnell Lauds Passage of the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act: "Today's overwhelming bipartisan vote is just the latest example of a new Congress that's back to work for the American people. "For many victims of child-pornography, the pain doesn't end when the images are produced. Years-long cycles of replication and distribution make it difficult for victims to move … Continue Reading


02.11.15

Senator McConnell Condemns Comments Made by EPA Official

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement today responding to a senior EPA official who acknowledged that the agency declined to hold public listening sessions on proposed anti-coal regulations in places like Kentucky and West Virginia because visiting the heart of coal country would have made them uncomfortable. Janet McCabe, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for its Office of Air and Radiation, said in response to a question by Senator Shelley Moore … Continue Reading


02.11.15

McConnell Promises Close Senate Review of President’s Proposed AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the President's proposed AUMF: "This morning, we received the President's proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIL and its affiliates. "It was clear from the outset that a successful military campaign to defeat ISIL would require a multi-year effort. So it's certainly in order for Congress to debate an authorization like this. "And because Congress … Continue Reading

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