Remarks

09.24.18

Senate Continues Work on FAA Reform, Water Infrastructure, Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding legislation before the Senate: "Last week, our efforts to restore regular appropriations hit another milestone. The president signed into law our first appropriations package. It will fund critical efforts in energy research and security, waterways and infrastructure projects, and improving care at the VA. Earlier this month, the Senate passed the conference … Continue Reading


09.24.18

‘Judge Kavanaugh is a Man of Strong Character and Tremendous Integrity’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "Let me start with a quote: 'I'm going to fight this nomination with everything I've got.' That was the Democratic Leader on television mere hours after Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court. Others pledged their opposition before he was even named. Before they'd reviewe… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Senate to Pass Funding for Military, Addressing Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's continued work on appropriations: "Currently before the Senate is a crucial appropriations measure for the upcoming fiscal year. The conference report that will fund the Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Defense. It's the second minibus conference report we've taken up in what has already been an important year fo… Continue Reading


09.18.18

More Help is on the Way to Address the Nation’s Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding passage of landmark opioid legislation: "Yesterday, the U.S. Senate sent a clear message to the millions of Americans who have personally done battle with addiction to opioids and prescription drugs. We sent a message to the families who have watched our nation's drug overdose fatalities double in the last decade alone. "To those in recovery who've struggle… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Judge Kavanaugh Welcomes the Opportunity to Address the Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "Yesterday, Chairman Grassley announced the Judiciary Committee will continue its hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on Monday morning. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of California and Judge Kavanaugh have both been invited to testify under oath. "Dr. Ford will… Continue Reading


09.17.18

Chairman Grassley Will Continue ‘By The Book’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "It has been 70 days since the president nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. For more than two months, the Senate has pored over Judge Kavanaugh's professional record. We've reviewed the 300-plus opinions he has authored while serving on the D.C… Continue Reading


09.17.18

Landmark Opioids Legislation to Pass Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the landmark opioids legislation before the Senate: "Today, the Senate will take two important actions to help vulnerable Americans. First, we will pass the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, spearheaded by Senator Collins. This legislation would ban so-called 'pharmacy gag clauses,' which prohibit pharmacists from sharing drug pricing information that c… Continue Reading


09.17.18

McConnell on Hurricane Florence: Senate Stands with All Those Affected

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Hurricane Florence: "Since the Senate last convened, Hurricane Florence made landfall on our nation's eastern seaboard. According to the latest estimates, this terrible storm has already claimed more than 20 lives in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. With more than a million Americans subject to mandatory evacuations, many families have been displ… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Senate to Pass Landmark Opioids Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the landmark opioids legislation before the Senate: "The pain that opioid addiction and drug abuse has inflicted on families across America is almost unfathomable. Every day, 115 more American lives are lost to overdose. Synthetic opioid deaths nationwide skyrocketed six-fold from 2014 to last year alone. Sadly, the commonwealth of Kentucky is all too famili… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Appropriations Bill to Fund National Priorities with Local Impacts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Congress' continued work on appropriations: "This week we will vote to approve the conference report that will fund Energy and Water, Military Construction and the VA, and the Legislative Branch. This week's bills contain $147 billion for projects ranging from waterways infrastructure to military family housing to nuclear security. And much more. This legisl… Continue Reading


09.12.18

The Nation Saw Judge Kavanaugh’s Intellectual Brilliance and Thoughtful Temperament

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "Last week, the nation watched the president's outstanding Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, testify before the Judiciary Committee. They saw Chairman Grassley guide the committee with gracious, strong leadership and an incredible amount of patience. The Chairman deserves our gr… Continue Reading


09.06.18

Judge Kavanaugh is an Impressive, Brilliant and Mainstream Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "Day Two of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings proved to be a marathon session. For 13 hours, Judge Kavanaugh was grilled by our colleagues on the Judiciary Committee. Through that testing, the Senate got to see exactly why the American Bar Association deemed this nominee to be '… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Judge Kavanaugh: An Impressive, Talented, Measured Jurist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "The Senate continues work on a number of important priorities. This morning, I joined a number of colleagues in the first conference committee meeting for the farm bill. Others of our colleagues are continuing to confer with the House on appropriations bills, so we can stay on track with r… Continue Reading


09.05.18

McConnell Praises Armed Services Committee Selection of Inhofe as Chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the announcement that the Armed Services Committee has chosen Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) as its next Chairman: "Speaking of continuing John McCain's legacy, I'm also happy that our colleagues on the Armed Services Committee have officially chosen Senator Jim Inhofe to serve as their next Chairman. "Senator Inhofe filled in for Senator McCain during a diffic… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Welcoming Senator Kyl Back to the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) who will now serve the term of the late Senator John McCain: "Over the weekend, Senator John McCain was laid to rest at Annapolis. Our dear friend left a towering legacy of service and sacrifice. But as Senator Graham reminded us last week, while none of us can hope to fill his shoes, we should all strive to follow in his footsteps. Today, the great state of… Continue Reading


09.04.18

Bipartisan Praise for Judge Kavanaugh’s Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "Today, the Judiciary Committee began its hearings to consider Judge Brett Kavanaugh for confirmation as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. One of the distinguished professionals asked to introduce Judge Kavanaugh is Lisa Blatt, a prominent and accomplished Supreme Court litigator. Sh… Continue Reading


08.28.18

A Growing and Vibrant Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the benefits Americans continue to see from the Republican pro-opportunity, pro-worker agenda: "Lately, there's been no shortage of outstanding economic headlines. 'Small business confidence hits another record high.' 'U.S. workers get biggest pay increase in nearly a decade.' 'Open jobs outnumber U.S. unemployed for third straight month.' But it's also impor… Continue Reading


08.28.18

Completing Unfinished Business in August

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "August is usually a time for Senators to spend more time in our home states, meeting with our constituents and reporting on the progress we've made in Washington. But this August had to be different. There was too much business left unfinished. So I made the decision to keep the Senate in… Continue Reading


08.28.18

Honoring John McCain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of his dear friend and colleague, U.S. Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ): "It was quite something to listen yesterday to members' heartfelt tributes to the memory of Senator McCain. He meant so much to so many of us -- inside this chamber and out. As I noted yesterday, the Senate is eager to work on concrete ways to continue this momentum and provide … Continue Reading


08.27.18

‘The Senate Won’t Be the Same Without John McCain’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of his dear friend and colleague, U.S. Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ): "On Saturday evening, a great loss echoed through our country. Six decades of patriotic service came to an end. We've suspected for some time that we'd bid farewell to our colleague, the senior Senator from Arizona, John McCain. John took full advantage of the months since his … Continue Reading

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