Remarks

12.13.18

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Senator Jeff Flake

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the retirement of friend and colleague, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ): "I'd like close by paying tribute to another member of this body whose retirement from the Senate is fast approaching. This particular Senator, in his own words, grew up 'on a dry, dusty ranch in northern Arizona.' You might be surprised at that description if you'd known only the name of his… Continue Reading


12.13.18

Farm Bill Headed To President’s Desk For Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Farm Bill and the inclusion of a pro-hemp provision: "Yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the Farm Bill Conference Report. Now it's on its way to the president's desk. The boost this bill delivers couldn't come soon enough. It's no secret that these are tough times for farm country. Falling prices and volatile ma… Continue Reading


12.13.18

An Already Productive Congress Adds More Accomplishments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding this week's accomplishments so far and the remaining business to be completed in the Senate before the end of the year: "The Senate began this week with a long list of important, unfinished business. And make no mistake: that list remains lengthy. It will require the continued, good-faith efforts of members on both sides of the aisle to keep up the progress. … Continue Reading


12.12.18

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Senator Orrin Hatch

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the retirement of friend and colleague, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT): "It is my bittersweet job this morning to pay tribute to an historic Senate career that will conclude at the end of this Congress. Senator Orrin Hatch has faithfully represented the people of Utah in this body for the last 42 years. That makes him dean of our Republican conference and, of co… Continue Reading


12.12.18

McConnell Supports Responsible Corker Resolution, Opposes Sanders-Lee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor a Yemen resolution introduced by Senators Sanders and Lee and an alternative resolution from Chairman Corker: "Later on, the Senate may consider a resolution by the junior senators from Utah and Vermont that pertains to the situation in Yemen. In effect, these members want to end the limited American assistance to the Saudi-led coalition that is supporting the UN-reco… Continue Reading


12.12.18

McConnell Hemp Provision Will Soon Become Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Farm Bill's pro-hemp provision and the Senate's remaining business for the year: "The end of the year is fast approaching. There are a number of important items left on the Senate's agenda and little time to address them. We will clear more of the president's well-qualified executive branch and judicial nominees from the calendar. We will consider update… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Protecting the Private Information of American Citizens from the IRS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate regarding an attempt by Senate Democrats to undo an important Treasury Department privacy reform: "The Senate will soon vote on an attempt by some of our Democratic colleagues to unwind an important privacy reform the Treasury Department enacted earlier this year. We need to stand up for privacy, stand up for the First Amendment, and reject the Democrats' resolution. The qu… Continue Reading


12.11.18

McConnell Hemp Provision Clears Another Hurdle; Final Vote Expected Soon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate regarding the Farm Bill and the inclusion of a pro-hemp provision: "As I mentioned a moment ago, one key piece of our unfinished business is the Farm Bill. Last night I used my very own hemp pen to sign the conference report, clearing the way for the House and the Senate to pass the legislation and send it to the president's desk. And I'm proud that the bill includes my pro… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Bipartisan Cooperation Needed to Complete Remaining Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate regarding remaining business to be completed in the Senate before the end of the year: "First, I think it's time the Senate subject ourselves to a bit of a 'reality check.' Today is December 11th. Here are just some of the things the Senate needs to accomplish before this Congress adjourns. "We need to confirm more of the president's nominees for the judiciary and for the … Continue Reading


12.10.18

Senate to Confirm President’s Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This will be a busy week here in the Senate. We'll begin by making more progress on the president's nominees. Later today, we will vote to advance the nomination of President Trump's choice to serve as Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Treasury, Justin Muzinich. This nomination was repor… Continue Reading


12.06.18

McConnell Thanks Staff, Volunteers, Capitol Police for President Bush Memorial Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor to thank the staff, volunteers and Capitol Police for their efforts in the lying in state ceremony for President George H. W. Bush: "I have a number of important topics to discuss this morning. But first and foremost, I want to personally thank everyone in this building who gave so much of their own time and energy to facilitate the rituals that filled this Capitol fo… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Senator Bob Corker

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the retirement of friend and colleague, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN): "Now, finally, I'd like to close with a tribute to another distinguished member of this body who is leaving us at the end of this Congress. Senator Bob Corker is one of the most hardworking and -- frankly -- relentless members of this body. He's a builder by trade and a fixer by nature. And … Continue Reading


12.06.18

McConnell Applauds Rollback of Anti-Coal Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the rollback of a harmful Obama anti-coal regulation: "For eight years, President Obama landed blow after blow in his War on Coal. As we all know, it wasn't just the coal companies that endured the pain. Hardworking families - many who live in economically-distressed communities that relied on mining jobs - became the casualties of this ideological agenda. … Continue Reading


12.06.18

Senate Continues To Confirm President’s Abundantly Well-Qualified Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's qualified nominees: "The Senate voted yesterday to advance the nomination of Bernard McNamee to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Today, we'll vote on his confirmation. I encourage every one of my colleagues to join me in supporting this abundantly well-qualified nominee. "After Mr. McNamee, we w… Continue Reading


12.05.18

Senate to Vote on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Bernard McNamee: "The Senate is resuming our work this afternoon. Later today we will vote to advance the nomination of Bernard McNamee, the president's choice to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "This is an impressive nominee who has the right qualificati… Continue Reading


12.05.18

Remembering President George H. W. Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of President George H. W. Bush: "Earlier today, our forty-first president George Herbert Walker Bush departed the Capitol Rotunda and was memorialized at the National Cathedral. Now his remains are on the way back to Houston for a funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, before he is laid to rest right next to Barbara, his loving wife a… Continue Reading


12.03.18

President George H. W. Bush

"Thirty years ago, on the West Front of this Capitol, George Herbert Walker Bush addressed the nation for the first time as our president. He said: 'We meet on democracy's front porch. A good place to talk as neighbors and as friends.' The words of a humble servant who loved his fellow citizens. And of a principled leader who knew America not only guards our own future, but also safeguards democracy for the world. "Today, this hero has returned to the Capitol a final time. Not on the front porc… Continue Reading


12.03.18

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to President George H. W. Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of President George H. W. Bush: "On Friday, the 94-year journey of George Herbert Walker Bush came to a close. At once, Americans from all walks of life began paying tribute to this great patriot, and giving thanks -- For his fearless heroism in wartime skies. For his dedicated, expert service at the highest levels of government, in one essentia… Continue Reading


11.29.18

Leader McConnell Tribute to Senator Heller

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the departure of Senator Dean Heller of Nevada: "I'm sorry to say it is time to begin offering thanks and farewells to members whose Senate service will conclude at the end of the 115th Congress. Today, I'd like to begin with our friend, the senior senator from Nevada. "It doesn't feel like much of an exaggeration to say that Dean Heller may have been de… Continue Reading


11.28.18

Senate Focused on Wrapping Up This Year’s Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding remaining business to be completed before the end of the year: "First, for the information of all Senators, key members of the administration will be coming to the Senate at 11:00am this morning for an all-members briefing with respect to Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Senators on both sides of the aisle have legitimate concerns about the war in Yemen, the terribl… Continue Reading

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