Press Releases

05.18.18

McConnell Statement on Robert Wilkie

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the president's intent to nominate Robert Wilkie for Secretary of Veterans Affairs: "Robert Wilkie's record of public service and current role as acting Secretary make him an outstanding choice to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. As Secretary, he will be tasked with fulfilling America's commitments to veterans and their families, expanding their access to care, and improving ac… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senate to Pass VA MISSION Act Next Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the House-passed VA MISSION Act of 2018: "The Senate next week will take up and pass the VA MISSION Act, and send it to the president's desk before Memorial Day. This bicameral, bipartisan bill contains significant reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs which will increase and strengthen the healthcare and community care options available to America's veterans." Background: … Continue Reading


05.11.18

McConnell on President Trump’s Drug Pricing Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement Friday regarding the president's drug pricing initiative announcement: "I commend the Trump Administration for taking on this serious challenge facing millions of American families. I look forward to reviewing the proposals and working with the president and his team to help patients and protect taxpayers."… Continue Reading


05.10.18

McConnell Statement on Summit with North Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the planned historic summit meeting between the United States and North Korea scheduled for next month: "Today we learned the date and location for the historic summit meeting between the United States and North Korea. "I congratulate President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the rest of the president's team on this significant step. I share in the hopes of our entire … Continue Reading


05.09.18

McConnell on ‘The Daily Briefing’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared on Fox News' 'The Daily Briefing' with Dana Perino: On North Korea "We have watched administrations of both parties not be able to achieve what we have all hoped for in North Korea-- that is a peninsula without nuclear weapons. So, this is as close as we have ever come. I think everybody is a little bit cautious when dealing with the North Koreans for the obvious reasons. This is quite significant we have gotten th… Continue Reading


05.08.18

McConnell Statement on Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement on the Iran Deal: "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action represented a deeply flawed agreement which President Trump has determined is not in the national security interests of the United States. Iran's malign behavior across the broader Middle East-support to proxies such as Shia militias within Iraq, Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen, and militias insid… Continue Reading


04.23.18

Senate Will Confirm Pompeo as Next Secretary of State

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following announcement Monday regarding the nomination of Mike Pompeo to serve as U.S. Secretary of State: "The Pompeo nomination has now been reported out of the Foreign Relations Committee, and there are sufficient votes in the Senate to ensure that he will be confirmed this week as our nation's next Secretary of State." The Leader's floor remarks on the Pompeo nomination today are here.… Continue Reading


04.19.18

McConnell Meets with Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, M.D.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement after meeting with the president's nominee for Secretary of the Veterans Administration (VA), Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, M.D.: "I enjoyed meeting with Dr. Jackson and discussing the important work to be done on behalf of our nation's veterans. Through the VA, we should be doing everything we can to fulfill our commitments to veterans and their families - like the more than 300,000 veterans w… Continue Reading


04.17.18

2018 Tax Day: Out With the Old, and In With the New

"Today is 'Tax Day,' the deadline for most Americans to file their tax returns. For many middle-class families and businesses, this date is circled on the calendar with regret and trepidation. But this year, this depressing day has a silver lining?-?simply put, it's 'out with the old, and in with the new.' Today is the last time American families will have to file under the unfair, outdated tax code that Congress and the president got rid of a few months ago. "Republicans' historic overhaul cut… Continue Reading


04.16.18

McConnell Meets With Gina Haspel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement following his meeting with the president's nominee for Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel: "Today I had the opportunity to meet with the president's nominee for Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel. Gina Haspel has dedicated her professional life to the national security of the United States, having joined the CIA in 1985. She has repeatedly proven to be a consummate intelligence officer and leader,… Continue Reading


04.16.18

Stenger to Serve as Sergeant at Arms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday announced the appointment of Michael C. Stenger as Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper. Stenger, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), has been the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Sergeant as Arms (SAA) since January 2015. The Sergeant at Arms is the Senate's chief law enforcement and protocol officer, and principal administrative manager for most support services in the United States Senate. Stenger … Continue Reading


04.13.18

McConnell Statement on Military Action Against the Assad Regime

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding tonight's military action taken against the Syrian regime: "Tonight, the administration notified me of the president's decision to use military action to deter Bashar al-Assad and respond to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people. I support both the action and objective. "The tactics employed by the Assad regime to consolidate gains and terrorize the people… Continue Reading


03.22.18

McConnell Meets With Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement following meeting with the president's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo: "This morning I had the opportunity to meet with CIA Director Mike Pompeo to discuss his nomination to be our nation's next Secretary of State. "His mastery of the myriad threats confronting us, and determination to meet those challenges with the strength, intellect and insight he brought to his current positi… Continue Reading


03.13.18

McConnell Statement on Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding the president's intent to nominate Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State and Gina Haspel for Director of the CIA: "In selecting CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his nominee for Secretary of State, the president has called upon a brilliant, tough-minded leader to guide our diplomatic corps through challenging days ahead. I have every confidence in Mike. He has earned the trust of the ca… Continue Reading


03.13.18

McConnell Statement on Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "Over the last year, the Trump Administration confronted myriad national security threats-the terrorist threat from ISIL and Al Qaeda, the dramatic advancement in North Korea's missile program, crafting new strategies in Afghanistan and Iraq, standing up to Russian malign behavior and confronting the ongoing civil war in Syria-each of which pr… Continue Reading


03.08.18

McConnell on the President’s Tariff Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding today's announcement from the president on steel and aluminum tariffs: "Members of the Senate, myself included, are concerned about the scope of the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum and their impact on American citizens and businesses, including many I represent in Kentucky. I am pleased to see that the administration today made accommodations for some of our trading partners a… Continue Reading


03.05.18

Leader McConnell Statement on Senator Thad Cochran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding Senator Thad Cochran's retirement announcement: "Today, the Senate learned that one of our longest-serving colleagues, Senator Thad Cochran, will retire on April 1st to focus on his health and enjoy more time with his family. Thad's well-earned reputation as a 'quiet persuader' has endeared him to all his colleagues. Whatever the issue at hand, his allies and adversaries have always … Continue Reading


02.27.18

McConnell Announces Senate Republican Members of Joint Select Committees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate Republican Joint Select Committee assignments: Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform: Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) Senator David Perdue (R-GA) Senator James Lankford (R-OK) Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (Co-Chair) Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) … Continue Reading


02.26.18

Senate Sergeant at Arms to Retire

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement Monday regarding the retirement of Frank J. Larkin, the Senate's Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper: "I can't thank Frank enough for his work as Sergeant at Arms, his efforts to keep the Senate community safe, and the professional approach he's taken to this critical role. I wish him well in his future endeavors, and will ensure the Senate remains in good hands when a replacement is named." Backgro… Continue Reading


02.21.18

Rev. Billy Graham

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the passing of Rev. Billy Graham: "It is with great sadness that Elaine and I note the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham, a man whose God-given gifts and love for souls endeared him to millions and earned for him the title 'America's Pastor.' The son of a dairy farmer, Billy Graham became one of the world's most trusted men by preaching God's mercy to the rich and poor alike. His hund… Continue Reading

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