Press Releases

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


02.05.15

McConnell Commends CMS Decision to Cover CT Scans for Lung Cancer Screenings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scans will be covered by Medicare. "Today's announcement is welcome news and I applaud CMS for its decision to allow Medicare to cover lung cancer screenings for patients at high-risk for developing the disease. In one way or another, cancer has touched the lives of almost e… Continue Reading


02.05.15

McConnell Statement on the Visit of Pope Francis on September 24

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding Pope Francis' visit to the Capitol: "The American people look forward to hearing Pope Francis' call to love our neighbors and to find new and creative ways to meet the pressing needs of those who exist on the fringes of society. From the slums of Buenos Aires to St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis is moving the hearts of millions and inspiring a new generation with an engaging and compelling sty… Continue Reading


02.02.15

McConnell Statement on the President’s Budget and Coal

McConnell Statement on the President's Budget and Coal WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding the President's plan for those struggling under his anti-coal Administration: "It is cold comfort for the Obama Administration to suddenly propose easing the pain they've helped inflict on so many Kentucky coal families, but anything aimed at aiding these communities should be seriously considered. Meanwhile, I will continue to offer w… Continue Reading


02.02.15

McConnell Statement on the President’s Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the President's budget: "President Obama promised in the State of the Union to deliver a budget filled with 'ideas that are practical, not partisan.' Unfortunately, what we saw this morning was another top-down, backward-looking document that caters to powerful political bosses on the Left and never balances-ever. The new Congress will focus on ways to help the Middle Class instead as we work… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Senator McConnell Joins Committee Overseeing EPA Budget; Remains Committed to Fighting Agency of Behalf of Kentucky’s Coal Miners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he has joined the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for the 114th Congress. The panel oversees the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "This Administration continues its war against Kentucky coal jobs, our miners and their families and I have vowed to do all I can do stop them," Senator McConnell said. "By joining the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee… Continue Reading


01.23.15

U.S. Senate Honors Wendell H. Ford

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul introduced-and the Senate passed-a resolution honoring former United States Senator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Wendell H. Ford. The text of the resolution follows: SENATE RESOLUTION 38 Whereas Wendell H. Ford was born in Daviess County, Kentucky in 1924, and attended the University of Kentucky; Whereas Wendell H. Ford served in the United States Army during World War II, earning the rank of Technical Se… Continue Reading


01.22.15

March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today in support of the annual March for Life held in our Nation's Capital: "Today, countless Americans - and many Kentuckians - will gather in Washington to give witness to the idea that a just society begins with defending the most innocent life; and once again, we'll see that the driving force of this movement of compassion has a youthful face. Despite the powerful interests arrayed against them, thos… Continue Reading


01.22.15

Lee, McConnell Introduce Comp-Time Bill to Help Working Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Lee and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill to help workers handle the constant challenge of work-life balance by allowing all individuals who work overtime to choose between monetary compensation or comp-time. The "Working Family Flexibility Act" would free workers to choose the best way to alleviate the difficulties of juggling work, home, kids, and community. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama has introduced a companion bill in the House. "For many fam… Continue Reading


01.16.15

McConnell Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "As Americans we honor the memory of a man who stirred the conscience of a nation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had an unswerving commitment to the equality of all Americans, and a firm dedication to seeing America live up to her highest ideals of liberty. More than five decades after his life's work, we know many challenges remain. But we also know that Dr. King's… Continue Reading


01.16.15

McConnell on the Resignation of Marilyn Tavenner

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner: "The role of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator is supposed to be about overseeing these important programs, not implementing a gigantic, unworkable law that hurts hardworking Americans. While we appreciate her service, no one could have successfully managed a law as… Continue Reading


01.15.15

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa to Deliver Republican Address to the Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. "Sen. Ernst brings a unique perspective to the Senate. She is a mother, a soldier, and an independent leader who serves in Washington because Americans voted for change in the last election, and Joni understands that middle-cl… Continue Reading


01.09.15

McConnell Comments on Nebraska Supreme Court Keystone Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the Nebraska Supreme Court decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline: "President Obama is out of excuses for deciding whether or not to allow thousands of Americans to get back to work. Today's ruling provides the perfect opportunity for the President to change his unproductive posture on this jobs project and reverse his veto threat. Congress will soon pass a bipartisan proposal to approve this j… Continue Reading

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