Remarks

07.08.19

Senate Will Continue to Confirm Highly-Qualified Nominees for Important Federal Offices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week the Senate will continue to make headway and confirm the president's highly-qualified nominees for important federal offices. We'll begin by considering Daniel Bress who has been nominated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Bress is a graduate of Harvard Co… Continue Reading


07.08.19

A Proud National Legacy of Liberty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding our nation's 243rd Independence Day and congratulating the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team on their World Cup win yesterday: "I hope all of our colleagues had a productive state work period and an enjoyable Fourth of July. On Thursday, hundreds of millions of proud Americans joined together all across our country - in town squares, parks, and backyards - to co-h… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Senate to Pass Bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act and the growing threat of Iranian aggression: "Later today, the Senate will vote to fulfill a solemn responsibility. For a 59th consecutive year, we'll pass the National Defense Authorization Act. I hope and expect we'll do it by a wide, bipartisan margin. It would be difficult to overstate the importance of this legislation … Continue Reading


06.27.19

McConnell-Kaine Tobacco-Free Youth Act Advances to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding legislation to raise the national minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21: "Just last month, I introduced legislation along with my colleague from Virginia, Senator Kaine, to address a serious and growing public health issue. As Senator Kaine and I laid out in May, the growing popularity and accessibility of tobacco products like e-cigarettes and vapor p… Continue Reading


06.27.19

House Should Pass Bipartisan Senate Humanitarian Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "Eight weeks ago, the administration sent Congress an urgent request for humanitarian money for the border. For eight weeks, we've seen evidence nearly every day that the conditions have been getting worse. But during all this time our House Democratic colleagues have been unable to produce a clean measure to prov… Continue Reading


06.26.19

National Defense Authorization Act Addresses Priorities at Home and Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "The National Defense Authorization Act is one of the most significant pieces of legislation we tackle each year. It addresses many national and international priorities. But underneath, there are countless local stories - of servicemembers, families, communities, and installations throughout our country. "A few weeks ag… Continue Reading


06.26.19

McConnell on Emergency Funding for Border Crisis: We Must Pass This Measure This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "First and foremost, the American people are continuing to hear elected officials talk a great deal about the humanitarian and security crisis on the southern border. Both sides of the aisle have talked a lot about this issue for the past two months. Here's the difference: It's Republicans who've actually supporte… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Non-Controversial Emergency Funding for Border Crisis Deserves Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "Of course, the NDAA does not exhaust the urgent priorities we should attend to this week. As my Republican colleagues and I have been arguing for two months now, Congress must address the humanitarian crisis on our southern border. The situation is well-documented. For months, record numbers of people have arrive… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Senate Must Ensure U.S. Forces Maintain Competitive Edge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "It's appropriate, that this very week, the Senate is considering the National Defense Authorization Act. The current situation with Iran is a stark reminder of our urgent responsibility to ensure our military remains equipped and ready to deter or threats and defeat potential challenges to our security. When we pass the ND… Continue Reading


06.25.19

The Senate and Nation are Closely Watching the Situation in the Gulf

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the growing threat of Iranian aggression: "The Senate and the nation are closely watching the situation in the Gulf. Last week, the recent recklessness from Tehran reached a new level. Iran fired on an unmanned U.S. intelligence aircraft that was flying over international waters. This is as violent and dangerous of an overt provocation as any nation has aimed at t… Continue Reading


06.20.19

McConnell Urges Senate to Stand With America’s Partners in the Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding arms sales to our partners in the Middle East: "In addition to completing the NDAA, the Senate will today have to dispense with several more privileged resolutions concerning arms sales to close American partners in a troubled but important region. I'm glad we secured a bipartisan understanding yesterday to expedite their consideration, so that the 22 separate res… Continue Reading


06.20.19

Senate Moving Forward with Legislation to Address Crisis at Our Southern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "For nearly two months, my Republican colleagues and I have come to the floor constantly to raise the alarm on the humanitarian crisis on our border. Record numbers of migrants have pressed upon the U.S.-Mexico border, including never-before-seen numbers of families and unaccompanied children. The agencies that care for these individuals and the facilities that hou… Continue Reading


06.20.19

McConnell: Kelly Knight Craft Has Won Respect at Home and Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Ambassador to the United Nations and fellow Kentuckian, Kelly Knight Craft: "Yesterday, I had the opportunity to introduce a skillful leader and fellow Kentuckian before the Foreign Relations Committee. Kelly Knight Craft was confirmed by voice vote in 2017 to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada. And now she is the president's choice to … Continue Reading


06.20.19

The National Defense Authorization Act Deserves Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "Yesterday, by a wide bipartisan margin, the Senate began considering this year's National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate has passed an NDAA each of the last 58 years. We authorize the resources, the equipment, the support systems, and the pay that keep our all-volunteer force the strongest in the world. So from the ou… Continue Reading


06.19.19

McConnell Introduces U.N. Ambassador Nominee Kelly Knight Craft at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of Kelly Knight Craft of Kentucky, President Trump's nominee to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "Thank you for the opportunity to introduce this nominee - a distinguished stateswoman and leader, and of course a proud Kentuckian. The Bluegrass is proud of this daughter of our Commonwealth. I'm confident our entire … Continue Reading


06.19.19

McConnell on Border Crisis: Let’s Put Partisanship Aside and Advance This Targeted, Bipartisan Solution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "As I've noted before, today my colleagues and I on the Appropriations Committee will begin marking up a standalone funding measure to address the humanitarian crisis on our southern border. By now, it could hardly be more obvious that the border crisis is unacceptable and unsustainable. I think all of us know perfec… Continue Reading


06.19.19

McConnell Supports Rollback of Obama-Era Anti-Coal Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the end of a harmful Obama anti-coal regulation that will be finalized later today: "The previous administration left a sprawling mess of regulation tangled throughout the federal government and the U.S. economy. Sweeping left-wing visions were dreamt up here in Washington and forced on farm families, domestic manufacturers, and small businesses throughout the cou… Continue Reading


06.19.19

National Defense Authorization Act Up Next In Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm a new Secretary of Defense and the upcoming Senate debate on the National Defense Authorization Act: "First, I want to express my gratitude for Acting Secretary Pat Shanahan, whom we learned yesterday will soon be leaving the Department of Defense. The Acting Secretary has served in a crucial post during challenging times and difficult circumst… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Leader McConnell Congratulates Senator Collins on 7,000 Senate Votes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor congratulating Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on casting her 7,000th roll call vote in the Senate: "I need to take just a moment to recognize a remarkable event that this institution was fortunate to witness a few minutes ago. During the vote we just concluded, our distinguished colleague, the senior Senator for Maine cast her 7,000th roll call vote. It's a tremendous milest… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Senate Passes Most Significant IRS Reforms in Twenty Years

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding passage of the Taxpayer First Act: "I want to celebrate another legislative accomplishment that the Senate notched late last week. On Thursday, the Senate passed the Taxpayer First Act and sent it to President Trump's desk to become law. This legislation is the most thorough package of reforms to the Internal Revenue Service in twenty years. Let me say that again: … Continue Reading

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