Remarks

01.24.19

Senate to Vote Today on Compromise to End Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and re-open the government: "Later today -- on Day 34 of this partial government shutdown -- the Senate will be voting on a proposal to end it. We'll be voting on the one plan -- the only one on the table -- that could reopen the shuttered portions of the federal government. A pragmatic compromise that could end this impasse right away. So … Continue Reading


01.23.19

Senate to Vote Tomorrow on Plan to Re-Open the Government, Fund Border Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and re-open the government: "Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on the plan put forward by President Trump to re-open the closed portions of the federal government right away, increase security on our southern border, deliver disaster recovery funding, and address some outstanding immigration issues. By way of reminder, this is a compromise mea… Continue Reading


01.22.19

Senate to Vote this Week to Re-Open Government, Fund Border Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Democrat obstruction and the President's plan to re-open the closed portions of the federal government, fund border security and address additional immigration measures: "Here's what happened this weekend with respect to the continuing disagreement over funding the government. Two things happened over the weekend… "On Saturday, the Senate was in session, and… Continue Reading


01.17.19

McConnell Votes to Support More Protection for the Lives of Unborn Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the 46th annual March for Life and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act: "Tomorrow, Washington will play host to one of our nation's proudest examples of peaceful activism, the 46th annual March for Life. Hundreds of thousands of Americans -- from different states, different faiths, different ethnic backgrounds -- will speak with one voice on behalf o… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Barr Has the Experience, Integrity, Total Commitment to be Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Attorney General of the United States, Bill Barr: "Even in the midst of this political climate, the president's nominee for Attorney General delivered an impressive performance during the first day of his hearings before the Judiciary Committee. Senators were reminded exactly why he won bipartisan admiration from this body back in 1991 and wa… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Political Obstruction is Democrats’ Top Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "'One dollar.' That is the amount the new Speaker of the House recently said she'd be willing to invest in physical barriers at our southern border. One dollar. Well, talk about serious, good-faith negotiations. Talk about taking border security seriously. The men and women on the ground have been unambiguous about… Continue Reading


01.15.19

Democrats Blocked Action on Security Aid to Israel in Favor of Political Show Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democrats' misguided priorities and the need to continue tough efforts against Russia: "I believe the Senate's voice should indeed be heard on national security policy. This is why I have moved to have the Senate's first legislative business this Congress be a bipartisan package of foreign policy bills. I made it our first priority to move legislation that would… Continue Reading


01.15.19

Democrats Still Dodging the Conversation About Humanitarian, Security Crisis at the Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "Over the course of this partial government shutdown, we've seen our Democratic colleagues engage in increasingly acrobatic contortions in order to dodge a serious conversation about the urgent humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Their refusal to come to the negotiating table has serious implic… Continue Reading


01.15.19

William Barr: Eminently Qualified, Widely Respected

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Attorney General of the United States, William Barr: "Today, our colleagues on the Judiciary Committee will begin nomination hearings for Mr. William Barr, the distinguished public servant President Trump has asked to serve as the nation's next Attorney General. Certainly no one needs me to explain all the reasons this is a vital position. Th… Continue Reading


01.14.19

Border Security is Not ‘Immoral’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "Although three-quarters of the government is funded and fully operational, important federal functions continue to be unduly affected and hundreds of thousands of federal workers have now missed paychecks. By now, I think everyone in America understands the basic fault lines of this disagreement. "The new Speaker… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Partial Government Shutdown Prolonged by Democrats’ Refusal to Negotiate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "All week, I've been outlining the humanitarian and security crisis at our nation's southern border. I've discussed the threats from the inflow of drugs and criminal aliens. I've shared career border security experts' strong support for physical barriers. And I've cited the empirical data that actually backs up the… Continue Reading


01.09.19

Democrat Inconsistency on Border Security Funding Continues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "Last night President Trump delivered his first address to the nation from the Oval Office. In the midst of this partial government shutdown, the president offered a reminder of just what's at stake: The security of our nation's southern border. By now, on Day 19 of Senate Democrats' latest experiment in 'absentee … Continue Reading


01.08.19

McConnell Urges Democratic Colleagues to Get Past Harmful Political Games, Get Serious About Negotiating With the President

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "Democrat intransigence has made sure that a quarter of the federal government has been shut down for more than two weeks. Now they're threatening to shut down the Senate, too. They've gotten the government to shut down for two weeks, now they want to shut the Senate down. They're threatening to shut down efforts t… Continue Reading


01.08.19

Middle East Policy Legislation Would Help Protect Allies, Strengthen Israel Relationship

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the S. 1 foreign policy legislation that he introduced with Senators Rubio, Risch and Gardner: "For years, America's vital interests in the Middle East have been jeopardized by regional chaos. The security of our ally Israel continues to be challenged by the long reach of the Iranian regime and its affiliates. In Syria, the Assad regime has made its own nation a gravey… Continue Reading


01.04.19

Senate to Take Up Middle East Policy Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the S. 1 foreign policy legislation that he introduced with Senators Rubio, Risch and Gardner: "Yesterday, the senior Senator from Florida introduced a package of four bills that pertain to U.S. policy in the Middle East. I am a proud co-sponsor of this legislation, along with Senators Risch and Gardner. It speaks directly to some critical American interests in the Mid… Continue Reading


01.04.19

‘The Situation at Our Border Demands Our Attention’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "Later today, I will again join President Trump, the Democratic Leader, the new Speaker of the House, and our other congressional colleagues at the White House. The meeting represents the latest in the president's ongoing efforts to persuade Democrats that appropriate funding for border security is a better outcome… Continue Reading


01.03.19

McConnell: The American People Need Democrats and Republicans to Work Together

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "So, as we begin this new Congress together, one fact is abundantly clear: the American people need Democrats and Republicans to work together. Today illustrates that very point. Last November, voters expanded our Republican majority here in the Senate -- but ensured that 60 votes will only be attainable by workin… Continue Reading


01.03.19

Majority Leader McConnell Welcomes 116th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the opening of the 116th Congress: "As we begin the 116th Congress, I'm glad to be welcoming back my friends and returning colleagues to what I hope will be a productive session. Before we get to work, I'd like to note the arrival of our eight newest members who were just sworn in. "The Senate welcomed Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun of Indiana, Kevin Cramer … Continue Reading


01.02.19

House Democrats’ Proposal Ignores the Needs of Border Security, Won’t Pass Senate, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "First, I'd like to wish my colleagues a happy New Year. It's a time for new beginnings. Tomorrow will kick off the 116th Congress. Of course, there's urgent business that the new House and the new Senate will need to tackle immediately. "Democrats will have to get serious about border security so that a government f… Continue Reading


12.22.18

Securing Our Nation's Borders Must Be A Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "I have on a red sweater this morning in the hopes that Christmas is not too far away for all of us, including the Members of Congress. With that in mind, let me give everyone an update on where we are. "Yesterday, the Democratic Leader and I reached a procedural agreement to create space for the ongoing negotiations… Continue Reading

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