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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


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


Trade Promotion Authority Legislation Protects and Enhances Congress’ Role in Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Trade Promotion Authority Legislation: "I believe we are going to be hearing from the Chairman of the Finance Committee shortly. "Senator Hatch will be here to discuss bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which is important because we know that trade is the key to supporting high-quality American jobs and exporting more of the things American workers make and expo… Continue Reading


McConnell Welcomes Introduction of Bipartisan Trade Promotion Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement following the introduction of bipartisan trade promotion legislation by Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Ron Wyden of Oregon, the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Finance Committee: "The Trade Promotion Authority legislation introduced today represents a real step forward on policy that has enjoyed long-standing bipartisan support, and will help expand markets for American goods and se… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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