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01.26.23

Democrats’ Reckless Tax and Spending Spree is a Giant, Tangled Mess

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Democrats' failing legislation: "The Senate is witnessing an unusual sight: Our colleague from West Virginia, Senator Manchin, is trying to roll back legislation that he himself wrote and passed less than a year ago. "Reports say the Senator now wants Congress to delay the new electric vehicle tax credit that he himself hand-designed just last summer! Unti… Continue Reading


01.25.23

Americans Want Law and Order, Democrats Want Leniency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding law and order: "Here are just a few scenes from across our country in the last few weeks. "Thirty people were shot in Chicago this past weekend alone. That's up from 21 the weekend before. "In Philadelphia, police are investigating a carjacking spree that's reportedly being carried out by armed juveniles. 'They put a gun to my head and they took the van. … Continue Reading


01.25.23

McConnell Welcomes Overdue Announcements on New Ukraine Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "Here on the floor yesterday, I called on America's European allies, including Germany, to do more to equip Ukraine with long-requested tanks - not just to resist Russian aggression, but to defeat it. "I have consistently called on the Biden Administration to be more proactive and to lead by example in delivering lethal aid like long-range weapons… Continue Reading


01.24.23

McConnell: Ukraine Assistance Must Aim at Victory

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "It's been almost a full year since Vladimir Putin escalated Russia's brutal war against Ukraine. "Nearly nine years since he began his military effort to take over the sovereign country in early 2014. "And Putin's non-military efforts to meddle in Ukraine, undermine it, and control its population long predated that. "It's been fifteen years sin… Continue Reading


01.24.23

Blue Cities Rebelling Against President Biden’s Open Borders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding border security: "The Biden Administration has spent two years turning its back on the proven tools and policies that Republicans used to strengthen our southern border. Two years of a functionally open-borders policy from Washington Democrats. And two years of chaos and suffering as a result. "Last week, Customs and Border Protection announced that an alr… Continue Reading


01.23.23

McConnell Welcomes Senator Pete Ricketts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE): "Moments ago, the Senate returned to our full 100-person strength as Nebraska's new junior Senator took the oath of office. "The Cornhusker State expects a lot from its leaders. For the last eight years, Nebraskans could rest easy knowing they had Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse on the job here in Washington. And during that same ti… Continue Reading


01.23.23

Senate Democrats Must Finally Put First Things First

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate priorities: "The American people want and need this 118th Congress to work differently from the past two years that we just finished. "We just had two years of one-party Democratic control. "Two years of spending us into record inflation on party-line votes. "Two years of ignoring top priorities of the American people, like violent crime and open … Continue Reading


01.03.23

McConnell Honors Retiring Senator Ben Sasse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE): "Normally, when a new Congress convenes on the third of January, the Senate has already said farewell to all of our departing colleagues. "But this first week of the 118th Congress is also the last week we'll get to enjoy the collegial and cerebral stylings of our friend the junior Senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse. "I spoke earli… Continue Reading


01.03.23

McConnell Pays Tribute to Former Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield (D-MT), the previously-longest-serving Party Leader in Senate history: "Last November, my Republican colleagues reelected me to another two-year term serving our Conference as Leader. "The greatest honor of my career is representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky in this chamber and fighting for my fellow Kentuckians. … Continue Reading


12.21.22

Funding Bill Makes Essential Investments in American Strength and Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: "The bipartisan government funding bill before this body is imperfect but strong. It will make huge new investments in our Armed Forces while cutting non-defense, non-veterans baseline spending in real dollars. "Let me say that again: The world's greatest military will get the funding increase that it needs, outpacing inflation. Meanwhi… Continue Reading


12.21.22

McConnell on Zelenskyy Visit: Helping Ukraine Directly Serves Core American Interests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "Later today, members of Congress will have the opportunity to assemble in a Joint Meeting and hear from President Zelenskyy of Ukraine. "I look forward to welcoming President Zelenskyy to the Capitol, and to hearing from the Ukrainian people's elected leader at a critical moment in their struggle for their safety and sovereignty against Russia's … Continue Reading


12.20.22

Bipartisan Bill Funds Our Troops While Cutting Non-Defense, Non-Veterans Baseline After Inflation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: "President Biden's proposal for fiscal year 2023 was a massive, real-dollar increase for liberal domestic spending and a significant real-dollar cut for the national defense. "Thanks to tireless work from Senator Shelby and a number of our colleagues, the government funding bill that we'll be taking up this week does exactly the reverse… Continue Reading


12.20.22

NDAA Contains Key Wins That Don’t Make National Headlines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national defense: "Last week, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, a landmark step forward for our Armed Forces. This year's bill was named for our distinguished departing colleague, Ranking Member Inhofe. "As I've discussed at length, this year's NDAA was a major step in the right direction to keep the U.S. the world's preeminent supe… Continue Reading


12.19.22

Congress Should Fix the President’s Broken Defense Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: "When the Biden Administration put out their budget proposal, Republicans knew it was wrong for the country. "The Administration wanted to cut funding for our Armed Forces after inflation while massively increasing spending on non-defense. "Republicans have taken the President's bizarre position and flipped it on its head. "The bipart… Continue Reading


12.19.22

McConnell Honors Retiring Senator Richard Shelby

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL): "I've saved my tribute for the most senior retiring Republican member for late in the year. "But even with mere days remaining until the end of his term, our colleague's calendar has been packed - not with fancy farewell parties, but with a final chapter of high-stakes negotiations and tireless legislative work on behalf of h… Continue Reading


12.15.22

McConnell Honors Retiring Senator Pat Toomey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA): "The Senate is often labeled the world's greatest deliberative body. A place where generations of titanic statesmen have asked the deep questions about America. "Questions like: How do we balance individual liberty with the common good? What role should we play on the world stage? And: How should tax depreciation affect a small r… Continue Reading


12.15.22

Defense Legislation is Crucial First Step Toward American Global Strength

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national defense: "All year, Senate Republicans have urged Democrats to prioritize two basic governing duties. Two tasks that are essential to keeping America safe, keeping us on track to remain the world's superpower, and doing right by our men and women in uniform. "Number one is the annual defense bill, where we authorize the investments, tools, and tra… Continue Reading


12.14.22

Democrats’ Attack on Charter Schools is an Attack on Parents’ Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding school choice: "Against the backdrop of punishing 13.8% cumulative inflation since January 2021, an open borders crisis, spiking deaths from drug overdoses, and surging violent crime from coast to coast, President Biden has decided his A-1 priority needs to be… cracking down on charter schools. "And harming the educational opportunities available to… Continue Reading


12.14.22

McConnell on Framework for Full-Year Funding: “The Hard Work Can Finally Start”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: "Today is December the 14th. Senate Republicans have spent months - literally months - begging our Democratic colleagues to stop fiddling with partisan nonsense and focus on two core things: The NDAA and government funding. "I have been talking about the need for a strong National Defense Authorization Act all year long. I'm glad we are… Continue Reading


12.13.22

Ukraine Support Is One Example of American Leadership Paying Dividends

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine and national defense: "Senate Republicans have spent months focused on the need for a strong, bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act and robust funding for our Armed Forces. "Defending our homeland, deterring future threats, and supporting our allies and partners should not be last-minute low priorities. "They're fundamental duties if we wa… Continue Reading

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