Press Releases

06.26.15

McConnell on the Supreme Court’s Marriage Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges: "I disagree with the Court's ruling. Regardless of one's personal view on this issue, the American people, through the democratic process, should be able to determine the meaning of this bedrock institution in our society. "I also believe that America is big enough to accommodate the views of all citizens-that's why going forward I ho… Continue Reading


06.24.15

McConnell Statement on Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement after the Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority. With House passage last week, the legislation now goes to the White House for the President's signature: "A new Congress that's back to work for the middle class just notched another win for everyone who cares about strengthening American paychecks, American jobs, and the American economy. Achieving this positive outcome was never going to be easy, but i… Continue Reading


06.22.15

McConnell on the Confederate Battle Flag

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the Confederate Battle Flag: "The Confederate Battle Flag means different things to different people, but the fact that it continues to be a painful reminder of racial oppression to many suggests to me at least that it's time to move beyond it, and that the time for a state to fly it has long since passed. There should be no confusion in anyone's mind that as a people we're united in our dete… Continue Reading


06.18.15

McConnell Secures Pro-Coal Measure in Senate Interior Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he secured language in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill that would protect states from any consequences from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should they forego submitting a state plan for complying with the agency's recently finalized power plant rule. This prohibition of the use of funds was included in the Senate version of the bill that was approved by the Appropriations Committee earlier tod… Continue Reading


06.10.15

McConnell on the Retirement of the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the retirement of Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington: "I join the rest of the Senate in wishing the very best to the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, in retirement. Rarely do you meet one man who can say he's been a Princeton valedictorian, a Harvard professor, a Rhodes Scholar, an expert on the Kremlin, and a veteran, but that's Dr. Billington - and he's got more than 40 … Continue Reading


06.10.15

McConnell receives Building Independence Award from American Printing House for the Blind

Louisville, KY - The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is pleased to announce that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in acknowledgement of his continuing efforts in support of educational opportunities for people with vision loss, is a recipient of APH's new Building Independence Award. The award is intended to demonstrate APH's sincere gratitude for outstanding efforts in support of its mission. "Senator McConnell clearly recognizes the challenges that blind and visually i… Continue Reading


06.09.15

McConnell: Don’t Hold Bipartisan Defense Bill Hostage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding defense authorization legislation: "The defense authorization legislation before the Senate would authorize the programs and funding that provide the kind of training and equipment our military needs in the face of aggressive threats like ISIL. It would provide a well-deserved pay raise to the brave men and women who give everything to keep us safe. And it contains exactly the… Continue Reading


05.31.15

McConnell on the Passing of Beau Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of the Vice President's son, Beau Biden: "I'd like to begin by expressing sincere condolences to the entire Biden family in their moment of such deep and profound loss. Beau Biden was known to many as a dedicated public servant, a loving father of two, and a devoted partner to the woman he loved: Hallie. I've known the Vice President for many years, and it's hard t… Continue Reading


05.27.15

McConnell Office Statement on EPA Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Robert Steurer, Communications Director for Senator Mitch McConnell, released the following statement today regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to regulate "the waters of the United States" (WOTUS): "Senator McConnell is still reviewing the rule. However, he has heard from Kentuckians in the agriculture community, coal industry, and manufacturing that any attempt to expand federal power over waters would be detrimental to the economy by limiting the abil… Continue Reading


05.22.15

McConnell on Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement after Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority: "Tonight's vote shows that Republicans and Democrats can stand strong, together, for the Middle Class; it's yet another example of a new Congress that's back to work on behalf of the American people. The trade legislation we passed is all about creating new opportunities for bigger paychecks, better jobs, and a stronger economy. The tools it contains wil… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Memorial Day 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement honoring the members of our Armed Forces on this Memorial Day, May 25: "This Monday we'll honor our nation's greatest heroes: Every American who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom, democracy, and the American way of life. We'll proudly fly the flag that these brave heroes sought to protect. "Memorial Day is also a time to express our gratitude to the families of the fallen, to let them … Continue Reading


05.19.15

“Blue Alert Act” Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement today regarding the President signing the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 into law. Senator McConnell co-sponsored the bill establishing a national "Blue Alert" system within the U.S. Department of Justice to help catch those who kill, harm, or threaten law enforcement officers. The law creates a nationwide system similar to what the Amber Alert system does for abducted children. Sh… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Senators McConnell & Markey Partner on National Effort to Address Prescription Drug and Heroin Crisis

Nearly 25,000 Americans die each year from an opioid overdose WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue a Surgeon General's Report and Call to Action on prescription drug and heroin abuse. With the opioid crisis reaching epidemic proportions in Massachusetts, Kentucky and states across the nation, the Senators sent a letter to HHS requesting the Surgeon … Continue Reading


05.13.15

McConnell Co-Sponsors Adoptive Family Relief Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell co-sponsored legislation that would assist families adopting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The bipartisan Adoptive Family Relief Act, introduced today by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), would allow the U.S. Department of State to waive fees for adoptive families who must continually renew the visas for their adopted children who remain unable to travel to the U.S., such as in the case of t… Continue Reading


05.08.15

Recognizing the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement recognizing the 70th anniversary of V-E Day: "Today we mark the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. The fall of the Third Reich and the end of the war in Europe represented a momentous victory for our country and the world. It was a victory that liberated millions, but it was a victory won at a terrible cost: the lives of countless young American and Allied soldiers, including thousands of Kentuckians. We will re… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Senate Passes Bill to Create “Blue Alert” to Help Catch Suspects Who Attack Law Enforcement Officers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today the Senate passed a bill he co-sponsored to establish a national "Blue Alert" system within the U.S. Department of Justice to help catch those who kill, harm, or threaten law enforcement officers. The National Blue Alert Act would create a nationwide system similar to what the Amber Alert system does for abducted children. "Should law enforcement officers be killed, seriously injured, threatened, or go missing while i… Continue Reading


04.29.15

McConnell Comments on Passing of Judge John G. Heyburn II

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the passing of Judge John G. Heyburn II: "Today our commonwealth says a sad goodbye to a great Kentuckian, Judge John G. Heyburn II. Known for his searing intellect, fiercely competitive spirit, and quick wit, John Heyburn untangled countless legal knots and delivered sweeping legal opinions on cases of incredible complexity over his more than two decades on the federal bench. And yet… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Senator McConnell Questions EPA Administrator on War On Coal

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing regarding the EPA's anti-coal regulation that would devastate Kentucky coal jobs and harm our economy. Earlier this year, Senator McConnell joined the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for the 114th Congress - the panel which oversees the budget for the EPA.… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Senate Begins Crucial Debate on Administration's Interim Iran Nuke Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act: "Two weeks ago, every Republican and every Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee voted to approve the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. "That 19 to 0 vote cleared the way for its consideration on the floor today. "This is an important debate for our country. At its heart, it turns on a central proposition: do the American people, t… Continue Reading


04.22.15

McConnell Welcomes Senate Passage of Anti-Slavery Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement following Senate passage of bipartisan anti-slavery legislation: "Today's Senate passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act is an important next step in helping the thousands of Americans, enslaved and hopeless, who suffer unspeakable abuse in the shadows. I thank Senator Cornyn in particular for his unrelenting pursuit of justice for these victims of modern slavery. He worked overtime to finall… Continue Reading

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