Remarks

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


06.18.19

The United States Needs to Remain Engaged, Prepared, and Powerful

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the upcoming Senate debate on the National Defense Authorization Act: "All these events I've discussed, from Iran's misbehavior to China's aggressiveness, underscore one thing very clearly: The United States needs to remain engaged, prepared, and powerful. We need to leave zero doubt among our friends and allies, our most violent foes, and everybody in between: Wh… Continue Reading


06.18.19

A Strong But Peaceful Response from the People of Hong Kong

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding protests in Hong Kong over a proposed extradition law: "Last week I spoke about the people's uprising in Hong Kong. Over the past several days, millions of residents have taken to the streets to defend their autonomy and the rule of law from continued encroachment by the communist government of mainland China. After days of tension, this past weekend brought some… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Senate to Consider Measures That Will Impact Our Presence and Influence in Iran

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: "For years, American administrations of both parties have properly labeled Iran as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism. This assessment is based on the cold, hard facts of Tehran's behavior. Iran's support for terrorism knows few bounds, sectarian or geographic. Iran has provided support to Sunni, Shi'a, and … Continue Reading


06.13.19

Urgent Need to Address Crisis at Our Southern Border

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: "All this week, I've been calling attention to the fact that Democrats in the House have spent six weeks ignoring the urgent need for more funding for the crisis on our southern border. I have recited one quotation after another from the administration leaders who are responsible for securing our nation and caring… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Modest Reform Helping Bipartisan Nominees Get Through Senate at an Efficient Pace

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 has been remarkably productive in confirming more of the president's well-qualified nominees. We've confirmed nine newly-minted judges to fill vacancies on the federal bench. Today, we'll turn to the executive branch and confirm David Stillwell to serve as Assistant Secr… Continue Reading

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