Press Releases

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


07.09.15

McConnell Lauds Sen. Toomey for His Efforts to Protect Our Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding Sen. Pat Toomey's amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act: "I commend Senator Toomey's hard work to protect our children from sex offenders. The amendment prohibits schools from shipping known or suspected child predators to other school districts, a practice known as 'passing the trash.' Senator Toomey has been a tireless advocate for our kids, and the Senate would not have passed this imp… Continue Reading


07.03.15

McConnell Statement on Humana

U.S. Senate Majority Leader notes that the sale "is the inevitable result of Obamacare's push toward consolidation as doctors, hospitals, and insurers merge in response to an ever-growing government." Louisville, Ky - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding Aetna's announced purchase of Louisville-based Humana. The sale is the type of consolidation McConnell predicted five years ago during the debate on Obamacare: "For more than 30 years, Huma… Continue Reading


06.29.15

McConnell Welcomes the Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling

LOUISVILLE, KY. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "Obama Administration officials like to pretend that the costs of their massive and regressive regulations either don't exist or don't matter. Middle-class families in Kentucky and across our country don't have that luxury, and are often the first to suffer. "Today's Supreme Court decision represents a cutt… Continue Reading


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

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