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11.20.19

Leader McConnell Meets with Secretary of Energy Nominee Dan Brouillette

Majority Leader McConnell welcomes to his office in the U.S. Capitol the president's nominee for Secretary of Energy. Photo download HERE. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement after today's meeting with the president's nominee for Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette: "I was glad to meet today with Deputy Secretary Brouillette to discuss his nomination to lead the Department of Energy, the administration's ongoing efforts to sec… Continue Reading


10.18.19

McConnell Statement on Secretary Perry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement today regarding U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry: "I'm grateful to Rick Perry for his long and distinguished career in public service. "His remarkable tenure as the longest-serving governor in Texas history saw the state take tremendous strides forward and rightly earned him a reputation as one of the most effective leaders in the nation. As Secretary of Energy, he has crafted and implemen… Continue Reading


01.24.19

Leader McConnell Meets with EPA Nominee Andrew Wheeler

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement after meeting with the president's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler: "I am very pleased with the president's nomination of Andrew Wheeler for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator. Having served as both Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator at the EPA, Mr. Wheeler is eminently qualified to take over as the agency's Administr… Continue Reading


06.01.17

McConnell Statement on President’s Decision to Withdraw From the Unattainable Mandates of the Paris Climate Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding President Trump's decision today to withdraw from the Paris climate deal: "I applaud President Trump and his administration for dealing yet another significant blow to the Obama Administration's assault on domestic energy production and jobs. President Obama made commitments in this deal based off a costly power plan that we knew at the time was on shaky legal ground. By withdrawin… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Keystone XL Pipeline: Jobs, Economic Growth, Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement on the Trump Administration's approval of the Keystone XL pipeline: "The building of the Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of American jobs and pump billions of dollars into our nation's economy. Unfortunately, President Obama vetoed this infrastructure jobs bill in favor of liberal special-interests. President Trump is to be commended for taking this action today, which is a signifi… Continue Reading


12.14.16

Majority Leader McConnell’s Statement on Governor Rick Perry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding President-elect Trump's intention to nominate Governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary: "President-elect Trump has made an outstanding choice with Governor Perry to head the Department of Energy with a focus on more American energy and more American jobs. For the past eight years, our nation's energy potential has been held back by an administration that put ideology and politics ahead of jo… Continue Reading


03.21.16

McConnell Letter to Governors: Court-Mandated Halt of Administration’s Anti-Coal Regulation Shows Merits of ‘Wait and See’ Approach

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote to the nation's governors today regarding the Supreme Court's recent nationwide stay of the Obama Administration's so-called "Clean Power Plan" (CPP) - a massive regulatory plan that will not have a meaningful impact on global emissions but will punish states' most vulnerable citizens and ship middle-class jobs overseas. The letter follows one he sent governors in March 2015, urging them to carefully review the consequences of t… Continue Reading


01.21.16

Senator McConnell Applauds Governor Bevin’s Decision to Seek Extension on EPA Regulation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented today regarding Governor Matt Bevin's request for a 2-year extension to the Environmental Protection Agency's 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. "I applaud Governor Bevin for filing an extension and refusing to submit a plan until the legal challenges are addressed," Senator McConnell sai… Continue Reading


01.15.16

McConnell Statement on President Obama's Latest Attack on Coal

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement today regarding the Department of the Interior's (DOI) announcement on federal coal leasing: "At a time when Americans are calling on the Obama Administration to protect our nation and strengthen the Middle Class, the Administration is again making clear that its priorities are elsewhere. Today's announcement to halt federal coal leasing represents just the latest front in an ideological War on Coal … Continue Reading


01.12.16

McConnell Comments on President’s Final State of The Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented following President Obama's State of the Union Address and spoke to the importance of hosting a Kentucky coal miner as his guest tonight: SOTU RESPONSE: "Well he did the best job he could to try to convince Americans that somehow things are getting better in the United States and around the world. With regard to his foreign policy, Jimmy Carter summed it up pretty well earlier this summer when he said that he couldn't th… Continue Reading


12.14.15

McConnell Statement on the U.N. Climate Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding the President's support for the United Nations climate proposal: "The climate proposal announced today represents nothing more than a long-term planning document. The President is making promises he can't keep, writing checks he can't cash, and stepping over the middle class to take credit for an 'agreement' that is subject to being shredded in 13 months. His commitments to help leaders abroad … Continue Reading


11.18.15

Senator McConnell Receives Award for Efforts Fighting War on Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was honored today with the Annual Achievement Award by the Washington Coal Club for his work to defend Kentucky's coal jobs, miners and their families. Senator McConnell was presented the award by Bill Bissett, the President of the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA). KCA President Bill Bissett and members of the Washington Coal Club present Senator McConnell with the Annual Achievement Award. "I accept this award on behalf of our coal… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Senate Passes Bipartisan Measures to Overturn Obama Administration’s Anti-Coal Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate tonight approved two resolutions of disapproval that would halt the Obama Administration's anti-coal regulations. The Senate voted to approve a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) sponsored by Senator McConnell and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) designed to stop the White House from imposing anti-jobs regulations that attack new coal-fired energy plants and their workers. The Senate also passed a separate disapproval resolut… Continue Reading


11.16.15

McConnell, Capito Begin Senate Process to Address Obama Administration’s Anti-Coal Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) placed their resolutions of disapproval regarding the Obama Administration's anti-coal regulations on the Senate's calendar, meaning they could come up for a vote as early as this week. Sen. McConnell and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) filed a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) last month that is designed to stop the White House from imposing anti-j… Continue Reading


11.06.15

McConnell Statement on President’s Rejection of Keystone Pipeline

LOUISVILLE, KY-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today released the following statement after President Obama rejected construction of the Keystone jobs and infrastructure project: "I wish I were surprised by the President's decision to reject this jobs and infrastructure project. But it's become painfully clear that the President is more interested in appeasing deep-pocketed special interests and extremists than helping tens of thousands of Americans who could have benefited from Keystone… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Senator McConnell Introduces Measure to Overturn EPA’s Regulation on New Coal-Fired Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) designed to stop the Obama Administration from imposing its anti-coal regulation on new coal-fired plants. Senator McConnell also joined Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in filing a separate CRA that relates to the regulation affecting existing coal-fired plants. The Obama Administration's cost… Continue Reading


08.05.15

McConnell Comments on Passage of ARENA Act from Senate EPW Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today issued the following statement after the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed Sen. Capito's ARENA Act that would combat the EPA's deeply regressive climate regulations: "I commend the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Chairman Inhofe for moving to combat the Obama Administration's deeply regressive climate regulations by passing Sen. Capito's ARENA Act that would prohibit these rules from moving… Continue Reading


04.29.15

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


04.01.15

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


03.31.15

McConnell Statement on Obama Administration International Climate Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration's unworkable Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) in preparation for global climate talks in Paris: "Even if the job-killing and likely illegal Clean Power Plan were fully implemented, the United States could not meet the targets laid out in this proposed new plan. Considering that two-thirds of the U.S. federal government hasn't even signed off on the C… Continue Reading

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