Remarks

09.11.19

McConnell: No Time To Waste When It Comes To Appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's agenda for the month of September: "With only a few weeks to go until the end of September, we have no time to waste when it comes to appropriations. We have planned for the Senate to consider bipartisan bills from the Appropriations Committee as soon as next week and make significant headway before a partial, interim continuing resolution becomes nece… Continue Reading


09.10.19

McConnell Marks 400th Anniversary of Our Land’s “Shameful History of Slavery”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the 400th anniversary of the first slaves' arrival in England's American colonies: "Today, Congress observes the 400th anniversary of a reprehensible moment in the history of our land. In August 1619, an English ship landed at the tip of Virginia's Lower Peninsula. On board were 20-some Africans whom the crew had captured from a Portuguese slave ship. These men and… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Senate to Confirm More of the President’s Well-Qualified Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's agenda for the month of September: "The Senate is in the midst of confirming several more of the president's well-qualified nominees to important federal posts. After we complete today's vote on Ambassador Kelly Craft, whom we confirmed a month ago to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations, we'll turn to several more public servants whom the preside… Continue Reading


09.09.19

Nominations, Appropriations 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 Senate's agenda for the month of September: "I'd like to welcome all my colleagues back to the Senate. I hope all of us took advantage of the past weeks that we spent in our home states, with our constituents. Washington D.C. is where we come to work, but we come here to fight for our neighbors, for the places we love and are proud to hail from. "The American … Continue Reading


08.01.19

Senate to Pass Administration-Pelosi Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the House-passed bipartisan budget agreement: "The Senate has accomplished a significant amount of business this week for the American people. We've made a big dent in the backlog of President Trump's well-qualified nominees for federal office. With respect to the judiciary, we've confirmed 13 impressive individuals to lifetime seats on the federal bench. And we've… Continue Reading


07.31.19

The Senate Needs to Pass the Administration-Pelosi Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the House-passed bipartisan budget agreement: "And of course, the Senate also needs to pass the bipartisan budget agreement secured by the administration with Speaker Pelosi. The deal we have in front of us is the product of extensive negotiations between President Trump's team and the Democratic House. I am confident it is not exactly the legislation that either s… Continue Reading


07.31.19

Ambassador Kelly Craft: A Very Impressive Individual to Serve in the Critical Role of UN Ambassador

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 including Ambassador Kelly Craft, the president's nominee for Ambassador to the United Nations (UN): "Yesterday the Senate took a number of steps forward on our considerable 'to-do list' for this week. We confirmed four well-qualified jurists who are now our country's newest district judges and v… Continue Reading


07.30.19

McConnell Thanks Senate Page School Principal Kathryn Weeden for Senate Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the retirement of Mrs. Kathryn Weeden, Senate Page School principal: "As Senate Majority Leader, it's my honor this morning to acknowledge a truly remarkable legacy of service to the Senate - and really, to the nation. Next month, the Senate Page School will say goodbye to its beloved principal. After twenty-six years heading up this unique institution, our very o… Continue Reading


07.30.19

Senate Needs to Confirm More Judges, Confirm Key National Security Nominees, and Pass the President’s Funding Agreement This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding this week's agenda: "The Senate has a lot of important business to attend to before we adjourn for the August state work period. As a reminder to all our colleagues, here's our considerable 'to-do list' for this week: Later this morning, we'll vote to confirm two more of President Trump's impressive nominees for district courts: Michael Liburdi for the District of… Continue Reading


07.29.19

McConnell Denounces Dangerous Rise of "Modern-Day McCarthyism"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding election security: "I'd like to welcome all members back to the Senate for a busy week. But first, there's something I need to address. Over the last several days, I was called unpatriotic, 'un-American,' and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of boldfaced lies. I was accused of 'aiding and abetting' the very man I've singled out … Continue Reading


07.25.19

Administration-Pelosi Budget Deal Will Provide for the Common Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the deal reached by the Trump Administration and Speaker Pelosi to avoid a government funding crisis: "Today, we expect the House of Representatives will pass the two-year government funding agreement that the Trump Administration and Speaker Pelosi announced earlier this week. I stand with the president, who has publicly expressed his support for the agreement s… Continue Reading


07.24.19

‘Taking Action to Combat Anti-Semitic Efforts to Delegitimize Israel Should Not Be Too Much to Ask’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding pending House action on the Senate-passed, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act (S.1): "Yesterday, the Democratic House of Representatives took a small step to denounce the scourge of anti-Semitism. They passed a symbolic resolution opposing efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel and condemn the BDS movement. It's too bad this, of all things… Continue Reading


07.24.19

McConnell: Encouraging to See the Reduction in Overdose Deaths Across the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the nationwide battle against opioids: "The epidemic of opioid and substance abuse has wreaked havoc throughout the country. More than two million Americans suffer from opioid addiction. For years, the situation only seemed to get worse and worse. Unfortunately, my home state of Kentucky saw the pain firsthand. We're among the hardest-hit states by this crisis. "… Continue Reading


07.24.19

Senate to Confirm FAA Administrator, Two More District Court Nominees

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: "First, the Senate will confirm several more impressive nominees. We're currently considering Stephen M. Dickson of Georgia to lead the Federal Aviation Administration. After him, we'll turn our attention to two district court nominees. Wendy Williams Berger is the president's choice for the U.S.… Continue Reading


07.24.19

Administration-Pelosi Budget Deal Will Restore Readiness of Our Armed Forces

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the deal reached by the Trump Administration and Speaker Pelosi to avoid a government funding crisis: "Earlier this week, the Trump Administration and Speaker Pelosi reached an agreement to avoid a government funding crisis and provide for our armed forces. In the tough circumstances of divided government, they achieved the kind of deal that our national defense … Continue Reading


07.23.19

McConnell on Democracy and Autonomy in Hong Kong: “The World Is Watching”

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: "In recent weeks I've spoken about our nation's renewed competition with other great powers such as Russia and China. Despite decades of efforts to welcome these nations into a peaceful, prosperous, and fair international system, we are constantly reminded that these nations have their own designs on the future… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Senate to Pass September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund bill: "In the meantime, this body has other significant business to complete for the American people. Most immediately, in just a few hours, we'll be confirming a new Secretary of Defense. The vote to advance Dr. Mark Esper's nomination yesterday afternoon came in at 85 to 6. That's precisely the kind of overwhelming bipa… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Administration-Pelosi Budget Deal Will Provide Necessary Funding to Rebuild and Modernize Our Military

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the deal reached by the Trump Administration and Speaker Pelosi to avoid a government funding crisis: "Yesterday, the administration informed congressional leaders that Secretary Mnuchin, White House Chief of Staff Mulvaney, and Acting OMB Director Vought had reached a deal with Speaker Pelosi to prevent a government funding crisis and deliver on President Trump'… Continue Reading


07.22.19

Mark Esper: A Well-Prepared Nominee for a Post of Vital Importance

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 Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper: "The Senate's first order of business this week will be confirming a thoroughly well-prepared nominee to a post of vital national importance. Later today, we'll vote to advance the nomination of Dr. Mark Esper to serve Secretary of Defense. Tomorrow, we'll vote on his confirmation. "When Dr. Esper was nomin… Continue Reading


07.18.19

Far-Left Agenda Would Harm Vulnerable Communities Just As Republican Agenda Is Helping Them Rebuild

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the benefits Americans continue to see from the Republican pro-opportunity, pro-growth agenda: "Earlier this week, I spoke about the economic pain that many Americans felt under the last administration's left-wing policies -- and all the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress have done to turn the page. Today, we see the lowest unemployment in nearly 50 y… Continue Reading

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