Remarks

06.13.19

Urgent Need to Address Crisis at Our Southern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "All this week, I've been calling attention to the fact that Democrats in the House have spent six weeks ignoring the urgent need for more funding for the crisis on our southern border. I have recited one quotation after another from the administration leaders who are responsible for securing our nation and caring… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Modest Reform Helping Bipartisan Nominees Get Through Senate at an Efficient Pace

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week, the Senate has been remarkably productive in confirming more of the president's well-qualified nominees. We've confirmed nine newly-minted judges to fill vacancies on the federal bench. Today, we'll turn to the executive branch and confirm David Stillwell to serve as Assistant Secr… Continue Reading


06.13.19

McConnell: Efforts to Block Arms Sales to Our Partners in Middle East are Misguided

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding an effort in the Senate to block arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar: "Later today, the Senate will vote on two resolutions that would undermine U.S. influence and credibility in the Middle East and ultimately make the region a more dangerous place. Some of our colleagues seek to block arms sales to two of the United States' closest partners in the region: Bahrain and… Continue Reading


06.12.19

The Border Crisis is Unacceptable and Unsustainable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "The Trump Administration's new agreement with Mexico marks an important breakthrough in the ongoing border crisis. It kept harmful tariffs from going into effect and cemented new steps to make certain that immigration enforcement and the rule of law are priorities on both sides of the border. "But, of course, th… Continue Reading


06.12.19

Senate Confirming Uncontroversial Well-Qualified Nominees in Fraction of the Time

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week we're continuing to confirm more unobjectionable nominees who've had to move through the Senate more slowly than they should. Yesterday, we confirmed Sarah Daggett Morrison to serve as a District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. And despite the fact that our Democratic friends … Continue Reading


06.11.19

Congress Must Pass Bipartisan Supplemental Border Funding to Address Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "Last week's announcement of progress in negotiations with Mexico was a welcome development. It staved off the threat that tariffs would disrupt an important trading relationship and secured a promise that Mexican authorities will take more responsibility for their own borders. But, as I said yesterday, while this … Continue Reading


06.11.19

McConnell: Protesters in Hong Kong Should be Heard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding protests in Hong Kong over a proposed extradition law: "Like many of my colleagues, I watched images from Hong Kong this weekend and could not help but be moved by the residents of that metropolis. They are mounting a bold stand to preserve Hong Kong's autonomy from China and, by extension, defend their liberties. Over the weekend, more than a million residents -… Continue Reading


06.11.19

Senate to Consider Six More Well-Qualified Judicial Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week, the Senate is making more progress in the personnel business. Since returning to more prompt consideration for unobjectionable, lower-level nominees, we're continuing to fill important vacancies around the executive branch and on the federal bench. Yesterday, we confirmed several more… Continue Reading


06.10.19

McConnell Remembers 61st Senate Chaplain Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of the sixty-first Chaplain of the United States Senate, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie: "Last week, the Senate learned of the passing of our longtime friend and counselor, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, our sixty-first Chaplain of the United States Senate. Dr. Ogilvie served as Chaplain for eight years, beginning in 1995. His career in ministry, teaching, and writin… Continue Reading


06.10.19

SEC Back on Track Thanks to Chairman Jay Clayton and His Colleagues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the rollback of a harmful Obama-era regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC): "Examples continue to pour in about the big difference that the well-qualified individuals the Senate has been confirming are making in government service. Last autumn, the Senate got the Securities and Exchange Commission up and running at full steam when we confirme… Continue Reading


06.10.19

U.S.-Mexico Friendship Should Combine Mutual Security Efforts with a Prosperous Trading Relationship

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's announcement this past Friday on the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "On Friday, the entire country got some very good news: President Trump and his administration secured an agreement with the government of Mexico. Our neighbors to the south will be doing more to secure their own borders and to control the flow of people through Mexic… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Senate Continues to Clear Backlog of Nominees Left By Democrats’ Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm Andrew Saul of New York to serve as Commissioner of Social Security and voted to advance several more highly-qualified nominees. Today, we'll vote to confirm three other executive-branch nominees to important posts at the Departments of State and Interior a… Continue Reading


06.05.19

McConnell on Border Crisis: It is Long Past Time for Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border and the urgent need for border security: "Now, in addition to nominations, there are a number of other important items the Congress ought to be able to tackle in the next several weeks. As I've mentioned several times, we need continued negotiations between the Senate, the House, and the White House toward a bipartisa… Continue Reading


06.04.19

McConnell Receives Distinguished Leader Award at Susan B. Anthony List Annual Gala

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received the Distinguished Leader Award at last night's 12th Annual Susan B. Anthony List Gala. The following are Leader McConnell's remarks as delivered: "Thank you very much, all of you. Particularly Diane and Marjorie for all you've done and for having me here tonight. I deeply appreciate this honor. Look, it's always good to be with friends and fellow travelers. And we've shared especially exciting times over the past c… Continue Reading


06.04.19

McConnell Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the 100th anniversary of the Senate's passage of the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote: "Today, June 4, 2019, marks an historic anniversary for the United States Senate. It was 100 years ago today that this body passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and sent it on to the states for ratification. It was 100 years ago today that this i… Continue Reading


06.04.19

Senate Considering More Impressive, Uncontroversial Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "Before the Senate adjourned for Memorial Day, I laid out seven more nominations for our consideration when we returned. Four to fill important vacancies in the administration and three to the federal bench. So this week, the Senate will continue our work to confirm more well-qualified nominees … Continue Reading


06.03.19

Leader McConnell Remembers Senator Thad Cochran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of friend and colleague, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS): "On Thursday morning, we received sad news out of Oxford, Mississippi. Our friend and distinguished former colleague Senator Thad Cochran had passed away. Thad took retirement a little more than a year ago to focus on his health and family. That day concluded a truly remarkable career in the histor… Continue Reading


06.03.19

McConnell on Virginia Beach Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the shooting that took place this past Friday in Virginia Beach, Virginia: "As millions looked forward to an early summer weekend, Virginia Beach, Virginia, became the latest American community where lives were shattered by violence. Twelve workers at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center were shot and killed when a lone gunman -- a fellow employee -- opened fire on… Continue Reading


05.24.19

Leader McConnell Meets with Secretary of Defense Nominee Patrick Shanahan

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement after yesterday's meeting with the president's nominee for Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan: "I met with Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan on Thursday to discuss ongoing military operations, efforts to rebuild our military readiness and modernize our forces, as well as major security threats to our national interests. I look forward to supporting his nomination." Background: The Senat… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Senate Passes Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate passage of disaster assistance funding legislation: "All week, Chairman Shelby and a number of our colleagues worked tirelessly to get a supplemental funding agreement for disaster relief over the finish line. He has prepared one thoughtful, good-faith, compromise offer after another. "In fact, this has been going on for months now. Compromise offer after… Continue Reading

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