Press Releases

12.08.16

McConnell Remembers John Glenn

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement mourning the passing of former Senate colleague, astronaut and veteran, John Glenn: "Today our nation bids farewell to one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century. John Glenn said his childhood was like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting, but his life was anything but typical. From flying combat missions over Korea and the South Pacific as a Marine Corps aviator to a post-orbit splash… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate fellow Bluegrass state native and graduate of Kentucky's Georgetown College, Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: "The EPA is the posterchild for agencies in need of immediate reform and Scott has the resume and energy to turn this bureaucracy around. Scott already stood up to the EPA in instances of federal over… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on General James Mattis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis: "The next Commander in Chief will assume office at a time when significant threats to our national security are evident: the efforts and intentions of dissatisfied nations to expand respective regional spheres of influence, such as China, Russia and Iran, and North Korea's willful efforts to p… Continue Reading


12.06.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Steven Mnuchin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin: "It is time to get serious about the problems families and businesses large and small across the nation face. Whether it is the urgent need for tax reform or wide-ranging regulatory relief, we will need someone like Steven working with both parties in Congress to make it happen. His private sect… Continue Reading


12.06.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Wilbur Ross

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement after meeting with President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross: "As our chief business advocate, I know Wilbur will use his decades of experience to put American jobs in the best position possible to flourish at home and American-made products in the best position to flourish abroad. Turning our economy around will be a team effort and this is another great additio… Continue Reading


12.06.16

21st Century Cures to Bolster Medical Innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate's upcoming final vote of the 21st Century Cures bill: "Yesterday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to take the next step to pass the 21st Century Cures bill, bipartisan legislation to bolster medical innovation. "This legislation promotes critical investments in research and treatment development. "It helps cut through unnecessary regulations that could hind… Continue Reading


12.05.16

McConnell Selects Crapo to Lead Committee on Committees

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has selected Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) to chair the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for committee assignments for the 115th Congress. This is the seventh consecutive congressional two-year term that Senate leadership has asked Crapo to chair negotiations among his Republican peers in the Senate. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will be assisting in the committee selection process in the 115th Congress as he did in th… Continue Reading


12.05.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Dr. Ben Carson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: "We appreciate Dr. Carson's willingness to take on such a challenging task at an agency that is in need of reform to better serve all Americans. I'm confident his life-long career of selfless service will be a positive addition to the incoming administration." Background: The Senate … Continue Reading


11.29.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Secretary Elaine L. Chao

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Secretary Elaine L. Chao for Secretary of Transportation. "I am so proud of Elaine as she continues her accomplished career in public service. I am confident she will do an outstanding job for the nation in this new and important role." Background: The Senate will consider nominations in a thorough and timely manner as it does its part to ensur… Continue Reading


11.29.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Dr. Tom Price

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Dr. Tom Price (R-GA), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, for Secretary of Health and Human Services: "Dr. Tom Price will bring practical knowledge as a doctor and a legislator to an agency that needs it now more than ever. This will be especially important as Republicans once again deliver on our promise to repeal Obamacare and replace it w… Continue Reading


11.23.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Betsy DeVos

LOUISVILLE, KY - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement on President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education: "I fully support President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. Betsy has a proven track record of important work to improve the lives of children across the country. She is an outstanding choice to implement the recently passed bipartisan K-12 education reforms that were signe… Continue Reading


11.22.16

Thanksgiving 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following video message in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday on November 24th: "President George Washington proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving holiday back in 1789. "This November, Americans will once again come together in celebration of this uniquely American tradition. "On Thanksgiving, we express our gratitude for the blessings we enjoy, the freedoms we cherish, and the loved ones who enrich our l… Continue Reading


11.18.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Senator Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions for United State Attorney General: "I strongly support the President-elect's intention to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next United States Attorney General. Jeff is principled, forthright, and hardworking. He cares deeply about his country and the Department he will be nominated to lead. As a senator, he has work… Continue Reading


11.10.16

Veterans Day 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks in observance of Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th: The following is a transcript of the Majority Leader's message: "America's freedoms were earned by the sacrifices of our nation's Veterans. On this Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women, past and present, who have so valiantly served in uniform. "I'm proud to represent the more than 330,000 Veterans who live in Kentucky. I have a simpl… Continue Reading


11.10.16

McConnell: ‘Change the Course for America’

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke about Donald Trump's presidential victory, Republicans remaining in the majority in the Senate, and other issues at a press conference today. The following are excerpts from the press conference: ON PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP: "I want to particularly congratulate President-elect Trump. I think we can all agree this is a stunning election. And, clearly an indication, the American people would like to try something new and I kno… Continue Reading


08.19.16

McConnell Asks HHS to Focus on Zika, not Another Failed Obamacare Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In light of recent reports that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering spending additional funds for a public relations campaign to prop up the badly failing Obamacare exchanges, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell asking for those valuable resources to instead be used to combat the Zika virus in the United States. "Nearly every day brings another set of stories about the dysfunction of the Obamacare e… Continue Reading


07.31.16

McConnell Statement on Captain Khan

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Sunday: "Captain Khan was an American hero, and like all Americans I'm grateful for the sacrifices that selfless young men like Capt. Khan and their families have made in the war on terror. All Americans should value the patriotic service of ‎the patriots who volunteer to selflessly defend us in the armed services. And as I have long made clear, I agree with the Khans and families across the country th… Continue Reading


07.22.16

Leader McConnell Statement on Munich Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement following today's shooting in Munich, Germany. "As we continue to monitor and learn more about the situation in Munich, we send our prayers to the victims and all those affected by today's attack. This is a heartbreaking time for the people of Germany, but America stands with our ally in the face of this attack, just as we will stand with them in the coming days as they grieve and recover from these sens… Continue Reading


07.17.16

Statement on Tragedy in Baton Rouge

"Elaine and I send our hearts out to the law enforcement community, to those wounded today, and to the families of those we lost who now find themselves forced to pick up the pieces from this cowardly ambush. The men and women who serve us in law enforcement span every race, every creed, and every background. They are united by a common calling to protect the innocent and uphold justice, willingly putting their own lives on the line every day so that others may live free to fulfill their own God… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Leader McConnell Announces Puerto Rico Task Force Senate Appointees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today his Senate appointments to the newly created Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico. The Task Force was created as part of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability (PROMESA) Act recently signed into law after passing Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. It will operate separately from the seven-member Financial Oversight and Management Board that President Obama will a… Continue Reading

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