Remarks

11.18.20

Democrats Still Blocking Vaccine Distribution Funds and Small Business Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "Senate Republicans have spent months trying to get another bipartisan rescue package passed and signed into law for the American people. "For months, our position has been consistent: We want to reach agreement on all the areas where compromise is well within reach, send hundreds of billions of dollars to urgent and uncontroversial programs… Continue Reading


11.18.20

McConnell on Senator Chuck Grassley’s Historic Voting Streak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): "Yesterday, something extremely rare happened here in this chamber. Something so unusual that only a few of us current Senators had ever seen it before. "A roll call vote that did not include the name of our president pro tem and distinguished colleague from Iowa, Senator Chuck Grassley. "Before yesterday, the senior Senator for … Continue Reading


11.17.20

Senate Confirming More Impressive Nominees to Federal Courts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "While our committees are working, the full Senate is keeping busy with one of our core constitutional responsibilities: continuing to confirm well-qualified men and women to lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary. "Yesterday, we voted to advance the nomination of Kristi Haskins Johnson, the current Solicitor General of Mississippi with … Continue Reading


11.17.20

McConnell on Important Legislative Priorities before the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding legislative business: "There is significant outstanding business that Congress needs to complete before the end of the year. "My Republican colleagues and I have stated over and over that we still want to pass more coronavirus relief for the American people. Senate Republicans have voted multiple times to send hundreds of billions of dollars for schools, sma… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Premature Afghanistan Exit Would Jeopardize Trump Administration’s Record of Success

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the ongoing presence of U.S. forces in the Middle East to combat terrorism: "The last several days have brought renewed speculation about the prospect of rapidly withdrawing all U.S. military forces from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. "Here in Congress, a small minority in both parties seem to think it is in America's power to unilaterally resolve conflicts b… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Operation Warp Speed Provides More Good News For COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding another COVID-19 vaccine announcement: "Once again, this morning brought two different sets of headlines on the pandemic we've been battling for the last nine months. "On one hand, rates of infection and hospitalization are rising rapidly nationwide. We all must continue taking smart precautions such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing. But, at… Continue Reading


11.12.20

McConnell Celebrates COVID-19 Vaccine News and Urges Continued Precautions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the COVID-19 vaccine announcement: "Last week, the country and the world received some great news that we have longed to hear. "A major American drug company, together with their German partner, announced that their candidate for a COVID-19 vaccine appears to be at least 90 percent effective in trials. That is ninety percent - nine zero. "Dr. Fauci called t… Continue Reading


11.10.20

McConnell on Sec. Mark Esper and World Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Secretary Mark Esper and world affairs: "Yesterday, the President informed us that Secretary Mark Esper's tenure leading the Department of Defense has concluded. "When the Senate considered Secretary Esper's nomination, I said you could hardly invent better qualifications to run the Pentagon than his resume. From West Point and the 101st Airborne to his time… Continue Reading


11.09.20

McConnell Celebrates Vaccine Developments and Falling Unemployment Rate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate business: "The last several days have brought huge good news in our fight to beat this terrible virus. "This morning, one drug manufacturer announced that ongoing trials suggest their candidate for a COVID-19 vaccine may be more than 90% effective. "This is a huge testament to the ingenuity of the American private sector and their global partners, an… Continue Reading


11.09.20

McConnell on Elections: “We Respect the Rule of Law and Trust Our Institutions”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the 2020 election: "Last week, record numbers of Americans exercised the right which generations risked everything to hand on to us. "I want to spend a few minutes this morning talking about what we saw last week, where we are now, and where our great country will go from here. "There is one aspect of last week that has gotten lost that I want to single ou… Continue Reading


10.26.20

McConnell Speaks Before Senate Confirms Judge Barrett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Judge Amy Coney Barrett: "The Senate will render one of the most consequential judgements it can ever deliver. "We will approve a lifetime appointment to our nation's highest court. "Since the ink dried on the Constitution, only 114 men and women have been entrusted to uphold the separation of powers, protect people's rights, and dispense impartial justice … Continue Reading


10.25.20

Senate Advances “One of the Most Qualified Nominees for Judicial Service that We Have Seen in our Lifetimes”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Judge Amy Coney Barrett: "Quote: 'Few men [in] society… will have sufficient skill in the laws to qualify them for the stations of judges… [And] the number must be still smaller of those who unite the requisite integrity with the requisite knowledge.' "That was Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist 78. "The framers knew the independent judiciary w… Continue Reading


10.24.20

McConnell Deconstructs Democrats’ Misstatements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Judge Amy Coney Barrett: "Yesterday, the Senate took the first step toward concluding our consideration of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court. "The judge is one of the most brilliant, admired, and impressive nominees for any public office in a generation. "Tomorrow, we will vote on advancing her nomination toward a final confirmation … Continue Reading


10.23.20

Democrats Have Driven the Politicization of Judicial Confirmations at Every Turn

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Supreme Court: "Colleagues, my first experience with Supreme Court confirmations here in the Senate, I was a young staffer for a junior member of the Judiciary Committee. "That was also the same time I met a young guy named Lamar Alexander who had just left the Senate to go down to the White House to work in congressional affairs. "So I've had an opport… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Democrats Repeating Basic Falsehoods to Justify Court-Packing Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Judge Amy Coney Barrett: "This morning, the Judiciary Committee reported the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the floor. Their recommendation was that she be confirmed. It was unanimous. "As one CNN journalist stated last week, quote, 'let's be honest, in another [political] age... Judge Amy Coney Barrett would be getting 70 votes or more in the U.S.… Continue Reading


10.22.20

McConnell on Election Security: “We Have Spent the Last Four Years Gearing Up For This”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding election security: "Yesterday evening, the Directors of National Intelligence and the FBI updated the public on foreign efforts to influence our election and our government's work to prevent them. They announced that Iran and Russia exploited voter information to send misleading e-mails. "This is just another reminder that multiple different adversaries with… Continue Reading


10.21.20

McConnell Before Senate Vote on More COVID-19 Relief: “The Country Needs an Outcome”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "Today, the Senate will have the opportunity to advance another COVID-19 relief package for American families. "For more than seven months now, the American people have been facing what one writer described as a health crisis with an economic crisis strapped to its back. "The Senate has stepped up repeatedly, on a bipartisan basis, to help … Continue Reading


10.20.20

McConnell: Second Round of the Job-Saving Paycheck Protection Program Should Be a Bipartisan Slam Dunk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 and the Paycheck Protection Program: "Quote: 'It would have been really hard for us to get through without it.' That was the co-owner of Apollo Pizza, which has a handful of locations throughout Kentucky. "Quote: 'It touches my heart just knowing that I can bring folks back and gainfully employ people who need to work.' That was a restaurateur in Fa… Continue Reading


10.19.20

McConnell: Senate Will Vote to Move Past “All-or-Nothing Obstruction” on COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "This week, the Senate will vote on more coronavirus relief that Congress could deliver to American families right now. "Month after month, Speaker Pelosi has held up urgent assistance for workers, families, schools, and our healthcare system. Month after month, she has refused to set aside non-COVID-related demands and far-left policy rider… Continue Reading


10.19.20

McConnell Applauds Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Qualifications

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Judge Amy Coney Barrett: "Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the entire country heard from one of the most impressive nominees for any public office in a long time. "Judge Amy Coney Barrett demonstrated that she has the deep legal expertise, dispassionate judicial temperament, and sheer intellectual horsepower that the American people deserve to h… Continue Reading

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