Remarks

06.08.16

NDAA Will Help Keep Americans Safe, Prepare Country for Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "There are an array of threats facing our country. And, as the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee recently observed, '[i]nstead of one great power rival, the United States now faces a series of trans-regional, cross-functional, multi-domain, and long-term strategic competitions.' "There are the conventional military chall… Continue Reading


06.08.16

Republican-Led Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Support Economic Opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act, the first major environmental reform in two decades: "After months of hard work and collaboration between both chambers, last night we were able to pass the first major environmental reform bill in two decades. "I know Bonnie Lautenberg has waited for this day for a very long time. "The Lautenberg Act bears her husband's name and wi… Continue Reading


06.07.16

McConnell: ‘We Need to Ensure the American People Are Protected’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "The National Defense Authorization Act before us is important for our troops, it's important for wounded warriors and veterans, and it's important for national security. "One way it will help keep Americans safe is by renewing clear prohibitions on President Obama's ability to move dangerous Guantanamo terrorists into the U.S… Continue Reading


06.06.16

Senate Continues Work to Pass Critical Measure to Support Servicemembers and National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "After needless and inexplicable delay by colleagues across the aisle, we will begin consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act today and work to pass it this week. "The NDAA authorizes funds aimed at meeting the combat readiness needs of our armed services, maintaining our national security posture, and supportin… Continue Reading


06.06.16

McConnell Honors The Greatest

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today honoring the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali: "Over the weekend the world learned the sad news of the passing of Muhammad Ali. "Ali was one of the preeminent athletes of the 20th century. "His story was an American story. "It's one that touched people in every corner of the world. "It's one that began in my hometown of Louisville. "Louisville is where he grew up.… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Under Republican Leadership, Senate Does It’s Job for the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate accomplishments in the Republican Majority: "So much has changed since the American people elected a new Republican majority to get the Senate back to work. Americans told us to break through the gridlock and get the Senate focused on real solutions again. We have, and we are. "This doesn't mean our colleagues across the aisle will always cooperate - we've ce… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Senate Democrats Need to Stop Blocking Defense Bill That Supports Veterans, Servicemembers, Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "The men and women who sign up to defend our nation don't ask for much, but our nation certainly asks a lot of them. They sacrifice on our behalf every day. They deserve the kind of support that the National Defense Authorization Act before us can provide. It will honor commitments to veterans, service members, and their familie… Continue Reading


05.26.16

More Unaffordable Premium Increases Thanks to Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Obamacare: "Here is the headline too many Kentuckians had to wake to this morning, 'Health insurance rate hike requests average 17 percent in [Kentucky]' "The story noted that these double-digit premium increases continue 'a national trend of hefty hikes as insurers adapt to a market reshaped by President Barack Obama's signature health care law.' "In other words,… Continue Reading


05.25.16

McConnell to Senate Democrats: Stop Delaying Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "After two days of needless delay from across the aisle, this morning we'll vote to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the National Defense Authorization Act, and hopefully adopt that motion quickly thereafter. This critical defense bill passed committee on a strong bipartisan basis, there's no reason for further delay f… Continue Reading


05.25.16

Obamacare: Bad News, Premiums Spike for Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the failures of Obamacare: "Last week, Senators came to the floor to highlight the continuing broken promises of Obamacare. We did so in the shadow of proposed double-digit Obamacare premium increases in states across the country, everywhere from Tennessee to Oregon to New Hampshire. "Americans have gotten further bad news since, including Obamacare premium spikes t… Continue Reading


05.24.16

McConnell Encourages Senate to Help Middle Class by Overturning Obama Regulatory Scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding a legislative measure that would protect working families and smaller savers from the latest burdensome regulation by the Obama Administration: "This Administration has been on a long regulatory march for years now, and too often, its regulations end up hurting the very Americans they purport to help. "Though issued in the name of greater equality, it's actually the… Continue Reading


05.23.16

McConnell Praises Reauthorization of Adam Walsh Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate passed the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act today. The legislation will bolster efforts to prevent future sexual assault crimes and help victims receive justice. It was sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and passed by a vote of 89-0. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted that the authorization for this important legislation expired in 2011, but was revived under a new chairman, Sen. Grassley. "It was disheartening to watch reauthorizatio… Continue Reading


05.23.16

Republican-Led Senate Advances Important Bipartisan Measures; Zika Work Continues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate passage of appropriations bills to improve transportation and housing infrastructure and care for veterans: "Last week, the Republican-led Senate passed two more appropriations bills by a large bipartisan majority. Both bills passed out of committee with unanimous support, were subject to hours of debate and deliberation, and included the input of Democratic a… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Bipartisan Appropriations Process Continues in Republican-Led Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding appropriations bills for improving care for veterans, transportation and housing infrastructure, and to help address Zika: "Senators have been working diligently this week, continuing our efforts to advance American priorities and responsibly fund important programs through the appropriations process. We've made good progress so far: The Senate already passed one … Continue Reading


05.18.16

McConnell: Obamacare is No Laughing Matter for the Millions Who Suffer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Obamacare's continued attack on the Middle Class: "A video recently surfaced that should concern all of us. It was three of President Obama's former speechwriters laughing it up. They were reminiscing about the time they apparently helped mislead the American people with a line that would one day become Politifact's Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan,… Continue Reading


05.18.16

The Schumer Standard, Biden Rule, Mikva Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate Democrats' 'pretend hearing' on the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy: "Last week, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee said that some would like to do 'some sort of a pretend hearing' on the President's Supreme Court nomination. He went on to dismiss that idea by noting that the Senate 'is not a pretend office.' Apparently he was overruled. "Later today, Demo… Continue Reading


05.17.16

McConnell: We’ll Continue Moving Forward with the Appropriations Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate's record progress on appropriations bills in 40 years: "Last week, the Republican-led Senate passed by an overwhelming majority the first appropriations bill of the year - the energy security and water infrastructure funding bill. "The Republican-led Senate did so in record early time. We began consideration of an annual appropriations bill this year at th… Continue Reading


05.16.16

McConnell Honors National Police Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today honoring law-enforcement officers in Kentucky and across the country who keep our communities safe: "This week we commemorate National Police Week and pay tribute to the local, state, and federal law-enforcement officers who keep our country and our communities safe. We're grateful for their service and their sacrifice. We benefit from their pledge to serve, protect, and defend… Continue Reading


05.11.16

McConnell on Obama Economy: It’s Clear We Need a Change to Get America Moving Again

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate back to work for the American people: "After much hard work, research, and deliberation from both sides of the aisle, we're closer to having an opportunity to pass the first funding bill of the appropriations season - the energy security and water infrastructure funding bill. "I know members have had some differences in opinion about an amendment authored … Continue Reading


04.28.16

McConnell to Senate Democrats: ‘Do Your Job’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate Democrats blocking the appropriations process with a filibuster: "Let me quote to you from a letter I recently received from our colleagues across the aisle: We are writing to reiterate our interest in working cooperatively to facilitate the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations process…As we see it, restoring the regular order promises not only a more open a… Continue Reading

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