Remarks

02.22.16

McConnell Delivers Tribute Honoring the Life of Justice Scalia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor today honoring United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: "I'd like to say a few words about a towering figure of the Supreme Court who will be missed by many. "Antonin Scalia was one of a kind. "In the evenings he loved nothing more than a night at the opera house. During the day he often starred in an opus of his own. "For most watchers of the court, even many of Scalia's most ardent … Continue Reading


02.11.16

America Must Address Growing Foreign Policy Threats, Challenges and Prepare the Nation’s Defenses Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the passage of the bipartisan North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act and addressing America's foreign policy challenges: "Yesterday the Senate joined together to overwhelmingly pass bipartisan legislation that will further isolate North Korea in response to its policy of aggression. "It was necessary, because our nation faces a daunting array of threats and ch… Continue Reading


02.11.16

McConnell Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Protect Families, Students, Small Business from Taxes on Their Internet Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today prior to the Senate vote on the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act and Customs conference report: "The Internet is a resource used daily by Americans of all ages, across our country. "Students use it to research school projects and papers. "Entrepreneurs use it to help run their businesses and come up with new ideas. "Families use it to manage their busy schedules and … Continue Reading


02.10.16

Senate Should Pass Bipartisan North Korea Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act: "Today, the Senate has an opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation that would add to our nation's ability to hold North Korea accountable for its growing aggression. "North Korea threatens regional stability and our own national security. "It threatens allies in the region, especially South Korea and Ja… Continue Reading


02.10.16

SCOTUS Order Latest Sign President Obama’s Anti-Coal Regs Are Illegal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on the U.S. Supreme Court's stay of President Obama's so-called "Clean" Power Plan: "A few years ago the Obama Administration rolled out a massive regulatory scheme they dubbed a 'Clean' Power Plan-an odd choice, given that it wouldn't have a meaningful impact on global emissions or the health of our planet. "Here's what those massive regulations likely would do though. "Ship Midd… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Senate to Vote on Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Protect Families from Taxes on Their Internet Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act and Customs conference report: "I think many Americans would agree with this statement: The Internet should remain open and free - politicians should certainly not try to tax it. "Congress passed a temporary ban on Internet taxes in 1998. It was an important, bipartisan win for the American people. Congress has since voted… Continue Reading


02.09.16

McConnell Welcomes Sec. Burwell for Zika Briefing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today prior to a bipartisan briefing he requested by the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the Zika virus: "Just this morning, local health departments confirmed two cases of the Zika virus in two states bordering Kentucky - Indiana and Ohio. "Americans want a better understanding of the Administration's efforts to fight this virus and its spread. "Americans want to know what t… Continue Reading


02.09.16

McConnell Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan North Korea Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act: "The regime in North Korea presents serious threats - to regional stability, to the security of Americans, to the safety of our allies, and to the wellbeing of North Koreans themselves. "Pyongyang regularly threatens neighbors like South Korea and Japan. "It routinely engages in cyberwarfare. "It repeatedly commits gr… Continue Reading


02.09.16

McConnell Honors Departing Ambassador to Burma, Welcomes Incoming Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor today honoring Derek Mitchell for his service as the Ambassador to Burma. This afternoon, the Senate will vote to confirm Scot Alan Marciel to be the new U.S. Ambassador to the Union of Burma. "Our Ambassador to Burma, Derek Mitchell, has staunchly pursued America's interests in an important post. He's helped guide our relationship with Burma through an historic transition to elected government.… Continue Reading


02.08.16

McConnell Expects Administration’s Zika Briefing to Provide Answers on Plans to Protect Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Sec. Burwell's upcoming Zika virus briefing: "I recently asked Secretary Burwell to come to the Senate to brief committee chairs, ranking members, and leaders in both parties on the Administration's response to the Zika virus. I appreciate her team working with us to schedule that briefing for tomorrow. "Here are two key areas where we'll want to get a better understand… Continue Reading


02.08.16

McConnell Urges Senate to Move Bipartisan Energy Legislation Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the product of a year's worth of constructive and collaborative work. "In the Energy Committee, it passed overwhelmingly with the support of both parties. "Here on the floor, it's been subject to an open amendment process with input from both parties. "More than 30 amendments from … Continue Reading


02.04.16

McConnell Honors the Life of Marlow Cook

From 1968 to 1970, Mitch McConnell was the chief legislative assistant to Senator Cook in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor today honoring the life of former Kentucky U.S. Senator Marlow Cook upon his passing Thursday, February 04, 2016. Prepared remarks follow: "It is with sincere regret that I rise to mark the passing of Kentucky's former Senator, Marlow W. Cook. "Senator Cook served in this chamber for only … Continue Reading


02.04.16

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Advance Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The Energy Committee worked hard over the past year to develop the broad, bipartisan energy legislation before us. "Members in both parties focused on areas of common ground, worked across the aisle, and developed legislation that ultimately earned the support of more than 80% of their colleagues, Republicans and Democrat… Continue Reading


02.04.16

McConnell Congratulates the USO on 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today commemorating the 75th anniversary of the USO: "When Americans hear 'USO,' they often think of Bob Hope. There's no question that he helped lift the spirits of countless men and women in uniform. But the USO impacts military personnel in a number of other important ways too - something it's been doing for decades. "75 years in fact, to the day. "I think every colleague will join… Continue Reading


02.03.16

McConnell Urges Continued Cooperation on Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "We've seen bipartisan work many times over the past year in this Senate. "We have the latest example of it before us right now. "The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the result of months of hard work across the aisle. "It passed committee with overwhelming bipartisan support. "It's broad, bipartisan energy legislation that can … Continue Reading


02.03.16

McConnell Invites Sec. Burwell for Bipartisan Briefing on Zika Virus Response Efforts

'We know there is an increasing amount of concern about what the spread of this virus could mean for the United States as we head toward warmer months. Given the public concern that followed the first Ebola case in our country, I think we could all benefit from having a better understanding of what preparations are being made to protect Americans.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Zika virus: "As I… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Bipartisan Energy Bill Would Strengthen Long-Term National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "There are a lot of reasons to like the broad, bipartisan energy bill before us. "You'll like it if you're an American interested in producing more energy. "You'll like it if you're an American interested in paying less for energy. "You'll like it if you're an American interested in saving energy. "There are a lot of important reasons… Continue Reading


02.01.16

Bipartisan Energy Bill Would Prepare Country for Energy Challenges and Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The Senior Senator from Alaska knows that reform is urgently needed to modernize America's energy policies for a new era with new challenges and new opportunities. "The Energy Committee, under her leadership, has worked hard this past year to achieve that aim. "The committee convened listening sessions. "The committee held oversig… Continue Reading


01.28.16

Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation Would Modernize America’s Energy Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The last time a broad energy bill was signed into law was back in 2007. "It may as well have been a lifetime ago, as far as America's energy situation is concerned. "While we were once living in an era of energy scarcity, we're now living in an era of higher energy production and lower technology costs. "It's change that presents ma… Continue Reading


01.27.16

Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation Would Update America's Energy Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: 'The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the result of months of hard work across the aisle. It passed committee with overwhelming bipartisan support. And Congress hasn't passed legislation to update America's energy policies in nearly a decade. 'It's time that change that. 'This broad, bipartisan energy bill offers a good way forwar… Continue Reading

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