Remarks

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


12.07.20

Even Prominent Democrats’ Most Urgent COVID Priorities Are Already Addressed in Republican Proposal

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've reached the time of year when the Senate has more important outstanding business than we have days to complete it. "Delivering for the American people will take focus, dexterity and real bipartisanship. "On government funding, as I've said for weeks, it's my hope that our committees' work will bear fruit and a full-year funding packa… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Congress Should Deliver Consensus COVID-19 Relief “Right Away”

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: "Anyone who's heard me speak about coronavirus relief going back months has heard one central principle: Let's deliver right away on all the subjects where everybody agrees, and argue over the rest later. "That solution to this impasse has been in plain sight for anyone willing to see it. Agree where we agree, bank that progress, make law, t… Continue Reading


12.02.20

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Friend and Colleague Chairman Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN): "The Senate revolves around people. "The body consists of 100 individuals. One of our key duties concerns the personnel whom we examine and confirm. And there are all the dedicated staff professionals who make this place go. "Today, it is both my great honor and my regrettable task to honor someone who secured all three parts o… Continue Reading


12.02.20

“We Need to get More Bipartisan, Targeted Coronavirus Relief out to 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: "When I opened the Senate on Monday, I repeated something Republicans have stated for months now: We need to put partisanship aside and get more bipartisan, targeted coronavirus relief out to the American people. "Dating back to the summer, and all fall, Senate Republicans tried repeatedly to advance hundreds of billions of dollars to preven… Continue Reading


12.01.20

McConnell Tribute to “Trailblazing” Senator Martha McSally

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ): "As the 116th Congress draws to a close, I once again face a task that's among my favorite and least favorite jobs at the same time: Bidding farewell to some of the people we proudly call colleagues and friends. "But I'll take any excuse to brag about the impressive men and women we get to work alongside every day. "Today, I'll b… Continue Reading


12.01.20

Americans Need More 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 the week's business: "The latest results of vaccine trials continue to suggest that our victory over the coronavirus is on the horizon. "But here in Washington, the additional relief that would help families, workers, schools, and small businesses cross the finish line has been held up for months while Democratic leaders pursued an all-or-nothing approach. … Continue Reading


11.30.20

“The American People Need More Help and They Need It Now”

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 Senate is back in session to finish up 2020. The American people are counting on us to finish strong. We need to reach agreement on federal government funding to avoid a lapse in basic programs and services. "We need to finish the annual defense authorization to shore up the U.S. military's competitive advantage over our adversaries. "… Continue Reading


11.30.20

McConnell Welcomes Senator Chuck Grassley Back to the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): "First, as the Senate reconvenes this afternoon, I'm especially happy to welcome back our President Pro Tem. "Senator Grassley quarantined and worked from home following his positive COVID test two weeks ago. We all predicted that if any member of this body had the stamina and spirit to kick the virus to the curb, it would be him … Continue Reading


11.18.20

Democrats Still Blocking Vaccine Distribution Funds and Small Business Aid

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: "Senate Republicans have spent months trying to get another bipartisan rescue package passed and signed into law for the American people. "For months, our position has been consistent: We want to reach agreement on all the areas where compromise is well within reach, send hundreds of billions of dollars to urgent and uncontroversial programs… Continue Reading

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