Remarks

12.07.22

McConnell Honors Retiring Senator Jim Inhofe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK): "The annual defense bill that I just discussed will carry the name of one of our most senior and distinguished colleagues this year - the outstanding Armed Services Committee Ranking Member to whose career it will provide the perfect capstone. "Behind Senator Jim Inhofe's often soft-spoken manner and unfailing humility are a pair… Continue Reading


12.07.22

“Strong, Bipartisan NDAA” a Crucial Step for Defending America

"Yesterday evening, the Senate and House Armed Services Committees released a strong, bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act. "As Republicans have said for months and I repeated yesterday, our servicemembers, commanders, and civilian leaders should not have had to wait until mid-December to gain certainty for a fiscal year that's already more than two months over. We have got to take our national defense, military modernization, and defense-industrial base as seriously as our rivals take… Continue Reading


12.06.22

McConnell Honors Retiring Senator Roy Blunt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO): "My friend and our distinguished colleague Roy Blunt is one of us whose political careers began at the most local level. As a 20-some-year-old county clerk, Roy's career in government required real, hands-on public service from the very beginning. "Fortunately, hard work and rolled-up sleeves weren't foreign concepts for Roy. Afte… Continue Reading


12.06.22

McConnell to Democrats: Stop Delaying NDAA Over “Miscellaneous Pet Priorities”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding national defense: "Here we are again, Mr. President - into the month of December with crucial business unfinished. "Republicans spent months urging the Democratic majority not to neglect this year's National Defense Authorization Act; not to leave our Armed Forces to the last minute. Five months ago, I called on our colleagues to process the defense bill a… Continue Reading


12.05.22

Senate Unanimously Passes Congressman Barr’s CAROL Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the CAROL Act: "Two years ago, Kentucky mourned the sudden, tragic loss of our friend Carol Leavell Barr. "At only 39 years old, Carol suffered a fatal heart attack, likely caused by an illness known as valvular heart disease. She left behind two young daughters and our cherished colleague Congressman Andy Barr. Carol Barr led an extraordinary life, devote… Continue Reading


12.05.22

President Biden’s Border Policies: “A Choice Between Disaster and Catastrophe”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding border security: "Two years into the Biden Administration, the Democrats' approach to illegal immigration and our nation's borders has failed the American people. "Last week, one news organization reported that daily crossings along our southern border 'have remained near record highs.' Last fiscal year alone, more than 2.76 million illegal immigrants came… Continue Reading


12.01.22

McConnell Honors Retiring Senator Pat Leahy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT): "We've again reached the period, every two years, when the Senate begins our process of honoring and bidding farewell to our distinguished colleagues who are soon leaving our ranks. "Seeing friends off is hardly a task to look forward to, but it's made more tolerable when I get to boast about and embarrass our talented colleag… Continue Reading


12.01.22

“Un-American” Attacks on Free Speech and the Rule of Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding free speech and the rule of law: "It has been one of the big, unfortunate ironies of the past several years: Many of the same individuals and institutions on the political left who spent the years 2017 through 2020 yelling about the importance of norms and institutions have themselves not hesitated to undermine our institutions when they're unhappy with a g… Continue Reading


11.30.22

Democrats’ Response to Crime: Defund the Police

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding law and order: "A few days ago, the Washington Post published a major report on the explosion of violent crime that has shattered communities across America. This terrible trend is familiar to many of us by now, but the tragic human stories are still shocking. "In St. Louis, 25-year-old Damion Baker was killed in July in an attempted carjacking while escor… Continue Reading


11.29.22

U.S. Must Invest in American Strength, Security, and Alliances

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China and U.S. foreign policy: "The world's eyes are trained this week on the people of China, who appear to be engaged in the largest and most widespread protests against the country's repressive Communist Party government since 1989 and the events of Tiananmen Square. "While most of the rest of the world has learned how to adapt to the coronavirus, mitig… Continue Reading


11.28.22

Runaway Inflation Hurting Working Families in Georgia and the U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding inflation: "Last week our nation celebrated one of our great, distinctly American holidays. "In President Reagan's Thanksgiving proclamation in 1982, he wrote eloquently of the, 'divine plan [that] placed this great continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith and freedom.' "On Thur… Continue Reading


11.17.22

Democrats’ Inflation and Unfair Student Loan Socialism Hurts Georgians and All Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding inflation and student loan socialism: "The Capitol may be preparing for the next Congress, but hardworking Americans are still being hurt every day by the reckless, radical, party-line spending that Democrats rammed through during this Congress. "Since President Biden took office and his all-Democratic government fired up the printing presses, our nation h… Continue Reading


11.17.22

Republican House Majority Is “Great News for the Future of our Country”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives: "Yesterday evening brought confirmation of some great news for the future of our country: Republicans have secured the majority in the House of Representatives for the next two years. "It will be Senate Republicans' great pleasure to partner closely with and serve alongside the new Republica… Continue Reading


11.17.22

McConnell Remarks on Reelection as Senate Republican Leader

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate leadership elections: "Yesterday, the Republican Conference met to select its leadership team for the 118th Congress. "I am deeply honored that my remarkable colleagues on this side of the aisle decided to re-hire me for another term as Republican Leader. "I'm proud of Senators Thune, Barrasso, Ernst, Capito, and Daines, who were also elected t… Continue Reading


11.15.22

McConnell Welcomes New Senators-Elect: “A High Bar”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the new Senators: "Last week, our narrowly-divided country went to the polls and elected a narrowly-divided Congress - including a very narrowly-divided United States Senate. "The next couple of months will see a number of long-serving Senate all-stars taking retirement. But today, we are getting to welcome and meet our new soon-to-be colleagues on both si… Continue Reading


11.14.22

A Divided America Agrees That Democrats’ Failures Are Hurting the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the midterm elections: "Last week's midterm elections re-confirmed something that's been clear for a number of years: When it comes to politics and policy, we are a closely divided nation. "For the third straight election, our closely divided nation saw a closely fought election go all the way down to the wire. And as the dust settles, for the third straig… Continue Reading


09.29.22

McConnell on Ongoing Hurricane Ian

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Hurricane Ian: "The whole country continues our vigil for the people of Florida who are hunkered down through Hurricane Ian. "The storm's landfall yesterday brought surging seas and sustained winds over 150 miles an hour. "2.5 million Florida families and businesses are reportedly without power. Evacuation orders have been in place for more than 2 million… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Biden Administration Must Act Swiftly on Emergency Aid for Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Ukraine: "When the Senate votes today to fund the government, we'll also approve further emergency aid for Ukraine. "The Ukrainians have made remarkable progress in pushing back Russia's unhinged aggression. But the fight is far from over. They need more of the cutting-edge weapons that are helping them turn the tide. "Assisting Ukraine is not some feel-g… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Rising Crime, Record Homicides, and Open Borders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding law and order: "Runaway inflation isn't the only crisis keeping American families up at night. "The last two years have seen law and order deteriorate across our country. Public safety has eroded. Violent crimes like murders and carjackings are breaking records. And our southern border has turned into a turnstile. "We have seen the violence and chaos firs… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Democrats Blocking American Energy, Raising Prices, and Draining our Emergency Reserve

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding energy: "Families across America have felt the brunt of this all-Democratic government's failed energy policies. "When gas prices were skyrocketing, the Biden Administration insisted up and down they had no control over them. When the prices started to level off, the same politicians asked for a round of applause. "Funny how that works. "Here's what work… Continue Reading

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