Remarks

12.30.20

“We’re Going to Continue Delivering on the Needs of Our Nation”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding NDAA and COVID-19 relief: "Today, the Senate was supposed to finish legislation securing critical tools, training, and support for America's armed forces. "But the junior Senator for Vermont had other ideas. "Remember, Senator Sanders spent this past summer literally trying to defund our military. Not my words, but the title of a piece he published: "Defund… Continue Reading


12.29.20

McConnell on NDAA: “I Urge My Colleagues to Support This Legislation”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding NDAA and COVID-19 relief: "Congress has returned to work this week to enact the 60th annual National Defense Authorization Act into law. "Yesterday, a bipartisan supermajority in the House voted to reapprove the conference report of this must-pass legislation. Today, the Senate will set up a final vote for tomorrow - Wednesday - for this chamber to follow su… Continue Reading


12.21.20

McConnell Celebrates Historic Bipartisan Agreement on Pandemic Relief and Government Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding appropriations and COVID-19 relief: "Yesterday, leaders in the Senate, in the House, and the Secretary of the Treasury reached the major agreement that struggling Americans have needed for months. "We are going to pass another historic rescue package to help American families through this pandemic. We are going to pass full-year government funding so the Arm… Continue Reading


12.20.20

McConnell Announces COVID-19 Relief Agreement: “More Help Is On The Way”

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: "For the information of all Senators, and for the information of the American people, we can finally report what our nation has needed to hear for a long time: "More help is on the way. "Moments ago, in consultation with our committees, the four leaders in the Senate and the House finalized an agreement. "There will be another major rescue… Continue Reading


12.20.20

“Let’s Make Today the Day We Join Together, Put Differences Aside, and Finally Get it Done”

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: "Our bipartisan, bicameral discussions on another major pandemic rescue package continued all night and all morning. "We are winnowing down the remaining differences. I believe I can speak for all sides when I say that I hope and expect to have a final agreement nailed down in a matter of hours. "Yesterday evening, our Democratic colleagues… Continue Reading


12.19.20

“We Need to Conclude Our Talks, Draft Legislation, and Land This Plane”

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: "Our nation stands at a crossroads in our months-long battle with the new coronavirus. Tracking recent developments lately has felt like watching a split-screen television. "On one hand, Operation Warp Speed has fostered a modern medical miracle. The genius of science has brought forward safe and effective vaccines at a pace which, just mont… Continue Reading


12.18.20

“Let’s Finish Our Business for the American People”

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: "Our bipartisan discussions are continuing to make significant headway toward another relief package for the American people. "The Democratic Leader, Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, and I have been working around the clock for several days now. The talks remain productive. "In fact, I am even more optimistic now than I was last night that … Continue Reading


12.17.20

COVID-19 Relief Update: “Let’s Make Law As Soon As Possible”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding appropriations and COVID-19 relief: "We in Congress are no strangers to December funding deadlines or the occasional pre-Christmas cliffhanger. "In that respect, the situation we face now is familiar. Funding for the federal government is hanging in the balance. In the next few days, Congress will either succeed or fail at providing secure and stable fundin… Continue Reading


12.16.20

McConnell Honors “Iconic” Kansas Statesman Chairman Pat Roberts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS): "It's both my honor and my unhappy duty to offer one more parting tribute to a distinguished Senator who will leave us at the end of the 116th Congress. "My good friend the senior Senator for Kansas, Pat Roberts, is preparing to close out the longest Congressional tenure the Sunflower State has ever seen. "When Pat arrived in Was… Continue Reading


12.16.20

“Congressional Leaders on Both Sides Are Going to Keep Working Until We Get it Done”

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: "The Democratic Leader and I worked into the evening alongside the Speaker of the House and the House Republican Leader. We made major headway toward hammering out a targeted pandemic relief package that would be able to pass both chambers with bipartisan majorities. "We committed to continuing these urgent discussions urgently until we have… Continue Reading


12.15.20

McConnell Applauds President Trump & Congratulates President-Elect Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Trump and President-Elect Biden: "Over the last four years, our country has benefitted from a presidential term filled with major accomplishments. "President Donald Trump has repeatedly surprised the skeptics, confounded his critics, and delivered significant policy victories that have strengthened our country. "Case in point: "Back in May, when … Continue Reading


12.14.20

McConnell on Targeted COVID Relief: “Let’s Get This Done”

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 past weekend we saw that the historic, nationwide effort to bring this pandemic to heel has begun a critical final chapter. "After months of development, the first U.S. doses of a COVID-19 vaccine rolled off the assembly line, bound for treatment facilities across the country. "I'm particularly proud that an important waypoint on tha… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Democrats Blocking COVID Aid over Slush Funds for States Awash in Revenue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding floor business and COVID-19 relief: "The Senate needs to pass a stopgap funding measure today to prevent a lapse while the bipartisan, bicameral efforts close in on a full-year funding bill. "And we need to advance what will be the 60th annual defense authorization bill. "This year's NDAA will cement the historic steps that Congress and the Trump Administra… Continue Reading


12.10.20

McConnell Celebrates “Truly Exceptional” Senator Cory Gardner

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO): "It's my honor today to pay tribute to a truly exceptional U.S. Senator. "Someone who arrived in this body with a full head of steam; a determination to cram as much service as possible into every day he got to wake up and serve his neighbors who sent him here. "Our good friend Cory Gardner, the junior Senator for Colorado, has bee… Continue Reading


12.10.20

McConnell on National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding NDAA: "Yesterday, we began moving the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act toward the floor. "For the information of all Senators, we should expect the potential for a late night tonight and the possibility of votes tomorrow. "Back in July, the Senate passed our version of this crucial annual bill. Now our colleagues on the conference… Continue Reading


12.10.20

“Americans Cannot Afford To Wait” for Targeted 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: "We learned a few minutes ago that new unemployment claims just hit their highest weekly total since mid-September. "It's the largest one-week jump since back in March. And the number of continuing claims - people struggling with joblessness on an ongoing basis - which had plateaued for months but at least not increased, just ticked back up … Continue Reading


12.09.20

McConnell Condemns Treatment of Jimmy Lai and Continued Crackdown on Hong Kongers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "Last week, the struggle to preserve freedom and autonomy in Hong Kong was dealt another disturbing blow. "On Thursday, Jimmy Lai, a prominent media figure and pro-democracy activist, was denied bail. The Chinese Communist Party continues cracking down on dissent and free speech. "Not long ago, the international community hoped China's modernization … Continue Reading


12.09.20

“We Can’t Do A Thing Unless Democrats Decide They Want to Make Law”

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: "The American people are hurting. We're in the thick of one of the worst national crises in modern memory. And people's eyes are fixed on Congress. They need the House and the Senate to stop chasing our tails and make law. "There are small-business employees who've held onto their job all this time because of the Paycheck Protection Program … Continue Reading


12.08.20

McConnell Tribute to Departing Colleague Chairman Mike Enzi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY): "My colleagues here in the United States Senate are, to put it mildly, an impressive bunch. "That always makes it a challenge to pay adequate tribute when one leaves our ranks. "But even by the high standards of this place, the course charted by the Senator whom I have to send off this morning stands out. "The senior Senator for Wyom… Continue Reading


12.08.20

McConnell Speaks Against Efforts to Block Sales to the UAE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding UAE arms sales: "This week, some Senators indicate they may attempt to move a privileged resolution to disapprove of the Administration's proposed sale of advanced armaments to the United Arab Emirates, a critical partner in the fight against terrorists. "It's a little baffling to suggest that, now of all times, a protest gesture with no chance of obtaining … Continue Reading

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