Senate Continues to Add to Growing List of Accomplishments For American Families

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate accomplishments:

“The new Republican Senate has been working hard to get Congress back to work over the past year. We’ve obviously had a lot of success.

“As I noted yesterday, the new Republican Senate will soon pass two really significant, bipartisan bills for a second and final time — the bipartisan multi-year highway bill and the bipartisan replacement for No Child Left Behind — and send them to the President for his signature.

“These are the latest examples of a new Congress that’s back to work, and on behalf of the American people. They’re hardly the only examples either.

“Take another important issue that languished for too long but passed in the new Senate: Cybersecurity.

“By a vote of 74 to 21, we ended years of Senate inaction on this issue by passing an important, bipartisan cybersecurity bill that even the White House endorsed.

“That bill was the product of a lot of hard work by the top Republican and top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. I’m glad that the new, more open, and more inclusive Republican Senate made their cooperation possible. Because even though the old forces of gridlock tried to trip that bill up several times along the way, we kept moving forward and we always knew that we were doing the right thing for the American people.

“My hope is that we can ultimately get this bill into conference and send it to the President closer to its current form.

“Because the challenges posed by cyberattacks are real and they’re growing.

“Because a cyberattack can be a deeply invasive attack on personal privacy.

“And the voluntary information-sharing provisions in the bill we passed are key to defeating cyberattacks and protecting the personal information of the people we represent.”

Related Issues: Cybersecurity, Restoring the Senate