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03.25.21

Democrats’ Partisan Spending Spree Threatens State Policies that Help Kentuckians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 recovery: "Senators will soon head home for a state work period. We'll be seeing an Easter season of optimism and hope as the tide of the pandemic continues to turn. "Thanks to science and fueled by five bipartisan bills we passed last year, vaccines were developed, approved, and pre-ordered in record time. America was delivering more than a milli… Continue Reading


03.25.21

A Partisan F.E.C. Takeover? Socialism for Political Consultants? Not Exactly ‘Voting Rights’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding H.R. 1: "Yesterday, the Rules Committee held a hearing on Democrats' proposal to tilt our entire political system on a partisan basis. "It would forcibly rewrite every state's election laws in ways that defy common sense and are deeply unpopular with American voters. "It would mandate nearly unrestricted same-day registration. It would mandate big loophol… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Amid Border Crisis, Democrats Block Bills to Detain Violent Criminal Migrants and Fight Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the border crisis: "The crisis on our southern border continues to escalate. "CBP is tracking the largest surge in migrant apprehensions in 20 years. Unaccompanied children are literally piling up in close quarters. It turns out when politicians spend a two-year campaign advertising amnesty, people listen. "And as one senior CBP official said, there is, … Continue Reading


03.24.21

McConnell: Democrats’ Power Grab Would Invite “Total Chaos” in Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today at the Rules Committee hearing on S. 1: "Madam Chair, Senator Blunt, thanks for this important hearing. "From what the Majority Leaders just said, the state bills that he refers to only two of them have passed, and they had nothing to do with suppressing the vote. "It's also noteworthy that this is a solution in search of a problem. Turnout in 2020 was up 7%. Turnout in the 2020 elect… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Democrats’ Filibuster Threats Aren’t About Principle, Just Raw Power

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the legislative filibuster: "While House Democrats try to overturn a certified election result from last November, some Senate Democrats are agitating to break Senate rules to ram through a partisan rewrite of all 50 states' election laws. "The 60-vote threshold is the reason why huge pillars of domestic policy don't oscillate back and forth every time a d… Continue Reading


03.22.21

We Know What Kinds of Policies Are Pro-Job and Pro-Worker

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding American workers: "This afternoon, the Senate will vote on the President's nominee to head the Department of Labor. "I'll be voting against confirming Mr. Walsh. The Biden Administration has already signaled they will ask him to implement a variety of policies that do not serve the long-term interests of American workers. "Unfortunately, it appears that w… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Administration Must Back Up Tough Talk on China With Commitment to Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "On Thursday, Biden Administration officials had their first person-to-person meeting with representatives from the People's Republic of China. By diplomatic standards, the opening public exchange was tense. "The belligerent grandstanding by PRC diplomats was unfortunately no surprise. It's what we've come to expect. As China's military and economi… Continue Reading


03.18.21

McConnell Thanks Acting Sergeant at Arms Jennifer Hemingway

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Jennifer Hemingway: "This week marks the end of Jennifer Hemingway's service as the Senate's Acting Sergeant at Arms. "I'm happy and grateful that Jennifer is not going anywhere. "While she's stepping aside from the top job, as is custom when party control flips, Leader Schumer's had the excellent judgment to retain Jennifer as the Sergeant at Arms Chief … Continue Reading


03.18.21

The Democrats Trying to Overturn an Election Want to Rewrite the Rules for the Next One

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Democrats overturning elections: "I remember distant days, long ago, way back through the mists of time, when Democrats said it would be wrong for Washington D.C. to overturn a state-certified election result. "No, wait a minute. That was two months ago. "Two months ago, every Democrat, cable news channel, and liberal newspaper was melting down over some… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Biden Administration Sends FEMA to Border, Still Denies it’s a Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the border crisis: "Yesterday, Secretary Mayorkas testified, quote, 'the border is secure and the border is not open.' "Yet the situation on our southern border has required FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be called in. "So either this is the first time FEMA has been deployed just to admire a situation that is going smoothly, or the Admi… Continue Reading


03.17.21

McConnell on Challenges Posed by China and Potential for Bipartisan Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "Tomorrow, the Secretary of State and the President's National Security Advisor will have their first face-to-face meeting with Chinese officials. "I'm glad our officials met with regional allies like Japan and South Korea right beforehand, and have been in touch with Australia and European allies as well. It's essential that we and our friends pres… Continue Reading


03.17.21

McConnell Calls on Trade Nominee Tai to Support Increasing Exports, Supporting Kentucky Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "Fortunately, the Senate will first be confirming a thoroughly-qualified nominee to be the new Administration's top trade official. "Katherine Tai is just the kind of qualified and mainstream person who is positioned to serve President Biden and the country well. "That's why she received broad, bipartisan support from the Finance Committee, a… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Becerra Nomination: Light on Health Expertise, Heavy on “Commitment to Partisan Warfare”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "Last week, our Democratic colleagues had to resort to a rare tactic to rescue the stalled nomination of Xavier Becerra to run the Department of Health and Human Services. "The distinguishing feature of this nominee's resume is not his expertise in health, medicine, or administration. That part of the resume is very brief. What stands out are … Continue Reading


03.16.21

Democrats Hypocritically Killing the Filibuster Would Break the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the legislative filibuster: "I'll begin today with a few quotations. "Quote: 'The legislative filibuster… is the most important distinction between the Senate and the House. Without the 60-vote threshold for legislation, the Senate becomes a majoritarian institution like the House, much more subject to the winds of short-term electoral change. No Se… Continue Reading


03.15.21

President’s COVID-19 Remarks Tried to Rewrite History and Overrule Science

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the COVID-19 response: "Last Thursday, I spoke about the pain and disruption this pandemic has caused this past year. "I also discussed the optimistic springtime that lies before us. "This brighter horizon is not a product of a partisan bill that was signed last week... or an administration that was sworn in less than two months ago. "It was built by th… Continue Reading


03.11.21

McConnell Pays Tribute to Departing Assistant Secretary of the Senate Mary Suit Jones

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Assistant Secretary of the Senate Mary Suit Jones: "As I've mentioned, it's customary for some top Senate staff positions to see new faces when party control changes hands. "Today, it is my honor to pay tribute to Mary Suit Jones, a huge asset to this institution who's become an institution herself. "Tomorrow, Mary will finish her second separate run as A… Continue Reading


03.11.21

McConnell on Becerra Nomination: Wrong Nominee to Run HHS During a Global Health Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Becerra nomination: "At noon today, the Senate will vote on whether to pluck the Becerra nomination out of committee after it failed to garner enough support to advance. "Every one of President Biden's nominations the Senate has considered so far has received bipartisan support for confirmation. "There's a reason Mr. Becerra could not get one single R… Continue Reading


03.11.21

McConnell Remarks One Year Into The COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the COVID-19 anniversary: "A year ago, coronavirus cases were beginning to climb on U.S. soil. Shutdown measures were starting to take effect. "Americans have endured one of the strangest and most painful years in living memory. "Nearly two million Americans have been hospitalized with serious cases of the virus. More than half a million have lost their … Continue Reading


03.10.21

McConnell on Environmental Nominees: When Bad Policies are On the Table, Kentucky Families are On The Menu

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "That brings me to the issue of immigration more broadly. "Just a few weeks onto the job, the Biden Administration and Secretary Mayorkas are flailing and failing on our southern border. "The number of unaccompanied migrant children in Border Patrol custody has tripled in two weeks and now dwarfs anything seen during the last four years. "Li… Continue Reading


03.10.21

McConnell on Garland Nomination and Pressing Issues Facing DOJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "Yesterday, I voted to advance the nominations of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Judge Merrick Garland to be Attorney General. "These aren't the nominees that any Republican would have picked for these jobs. But the nation needs presidents to be able to stand up a team - so long as their nom… Continue Reading

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