Press Releases

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


02.07.18

Bipartisan Budget Act

"We need Congress to lift the defense spending caps and support a two-year budget agreement for our military…. We expect the men and women of our military to be faithful in their service even when going in harm's way. We have a duty to remain faithful to them." --Secretary of Defense James Mattis, 2/7/2018 A bipartisan, bicameral agreement was reached on a long-term budget agreement that, for the first time in years, will ensure that America's armed forces have more of the resources the… Continue Reading


01.25.18

McConnell on White House Immigration, Security Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the immigration framework that was released from the White House today: "I want to thank President Trump and his administration for their work on this important issue. This framework builds upon the four pillars for reform that the president has consistently put forth, and indicates what is necessary for the president to sign a bill into law. I am hopeful that as discussions contin… Continue Reading


01.11.18

McConnell Statement on Critical Foreign Surveillance Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding Senate consideration of the House-passed Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): "Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted to approve a reauthorization of one of our nation's most important national security tools: Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Senate will now consider it. Section 702 is of particular importance as it give… Continue Reading


01.08.18

McConnell and Grassley Op-Ed: A Historic Year for the Federal Judiciary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) published the following op-ed on NationalReview.com: "In 2017, the Senate evaluated and confirmed a record number of nominations to the circuit courts. One of the most significant accomplishments in President Donald Trump's first year will serve Americans for decades to come, yet it has received very little fanfare. In the months since taking the oath of office, Tr… Continue Reading


01.03.18

Joint Statement from the White House, the Senate Majority Leader’s Office, and the House Speaker’s Office

"Today the Republicans and Democrats in Congress shared their priorities for a bipartisan spending agreement. The American people deserve a government that funds our great military, protects our borders, and leads to a more prosperous future for all. It is important that we achieve a two-year agreement that funds our troops and provides for our national security and other critical functions of the Federal government. It also remains important that members of Congress do not hold funding for our … Continue Reading


01.02.18

McConnell on Sen. Orrin Hatch's Retirement Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding Senator Orrin Hatch's announcement that he will retire at the end of this Senate term: "With Senator Orrin Hatch's retirement at the end of this Congress, the Senate will lose more than its president pro tempore. We will also be bidding farewell to the longest-serving Republican Senator in our nation's history and one of the Senate's most gifted legislators. "For more than forty years, … Continue Reading


12.15.17

McConnell on Tax Reform Conference Report: Critical for the Future of Our Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act conference report that was released today: "First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the members of the Senate and the House who worked tirelessly to reconcile the differences between the two tax bills. What they have accomplished is critical for the future of our country - and that is no understatement. After 31 years, it's about time. "For too long, Ameri… Continue Reading


12.06.17

McConnell Announces Senate’s Republican Members of the Tax Reform Conference Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement after eight Republican Senators were selected for the Tax Cut and Jobs Act conference committee: "Last week, Senators answered the calls of our constituents by voting to overhaul our complex and outdated federal tax code. We seized the opportunity to spur economic growth, to help create jobs right here at home, and to take more money out of Washington's pocket and put more money into the pockets of har… Continue Reading


12.03.17

McConnell on ABC’s ‘This Week’ and CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’

LOUISVILLE, KY- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared on ABC's 'This Week' and CBS's 'Face the Nation' to discuss Senate passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The following are excerpts from the interviews: ABC's 'This Week' On Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs "We're doing a lot to keep our jobs from going overseas by making sure the business tax rates are competitive in this global economy. Of course we didn't leave behind the middle class, either. The average tax-payin… Continue Reading


12.01.17

Joint Statement from Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan on Misleading Democrat Claims About Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement on misleading Democrat claims that tax reform would lead to cuts in vital programs: "Critics of tax reform are claiming the legislation would lead to massive, across-the-board spending cuts in vital programs-including a four percent reduction in Medicare-due to the Pay-Go law enacted in 2010. This will not happen. Congress has readily available methods to waive th… Continue Reading


11.17.17

McConnell Praises Finance Committee Action on Tax Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee reported their tax reform legislation: "For the millions of hard-working Americans who need more money in their pockets and the chance of a better future, help is on the way. Building off of years of work, dozens of hearings and bipartisan proposals, the Senate Finance Committee has reported a bill that will bring lasting relief to middle-class families, small busin… Continue Reading


11.16.17

McConnell Statement on Senator Menendez

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following statement today regarding Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ): "Senator Menendez was indicted on numerous federal felonies. He is one of only twelve U.S. Senators to have been indicted in our history. His trial shed light on serious accusations of violating the public's trust as an elected official, as well as potential violations of the Senate's Code of Conduct. "Because of the seriousness of these charges,… Continue Reading


11.16.17

McConnell Statement on House Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding House passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today: "Today with House passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we are one big step closer to putting more money in the pockets of millions of struggling American families so they can pay their bills, save for their future and invest for their children. I commend Speaker Paul Ryan, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and all the members … Continue Reading


11.15.17

McConnell on Meeting with President’s Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement after meeting with President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar: "Alex and I had a productive meeting. We discussed his outlook and vision for a Department that oversees some of the nation's most important programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health. I also asked him to make combatting the… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Leader McConnell Statement on Alex Azar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President Trump's intention to nominate Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services: "Alex brings a wealth of private and public sector knowledge that will prepare him well for this crucial role. The Secretary of HHS oversees some of the nation's most important programs, including Medicare and Medicaid in addition to safeguarding public health at the Centers for Disease Control, ad… Continue Reading


11.09.17

McConnell Says Tax Bill ‘A Big Step Forward In Turning The Ship Around For American Families’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today on the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act: "The Senate Finance Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Hatch, has put forward much-needed tax reform that will give hard-working, middle-class families across America more money in their pockets, more economic opportunity and security, and more jobs here at home. This proposal is years in the making. It is the product of dozens of hearings over a perio… Continue Reading

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