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10.25.17

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring Filipino Veterans of WWII

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony today honoring Filipino veterans who fought in World War II. The following are U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's remarks delivered during the ceremony, which took place in Emancipation Hall, in the U.S. Capitol: "Today we gather to salute the Filipino people, to pay tribute to extraordinary bravery and sacrifice in the Second World War, to celebrate bonds of friendship and culture that e… Continue Reading


08.03.17

Senate Continues Work To Help Our Nation’s Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding our nation's veterans and the remaining items on the Senate agenda: "Earlier this week, I set out a number of items for the Senate to get done this work period - both in terms of nominees and in terms of legislation. "First, on nominees. We had to confirm an FBI Director. We have. We needed to make progress on a number of other nominations that have been held up … Continue Reading


08.01.17

Veterans, FDA, Nominations On Tap For Remainder Of Work Period

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate's upcoming agenda: "As I said yesterday, the Senate has a number of nominations to consider in the coming days. Yesterday, we voted to advance a well-qualified judicial nominee to serve on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Soon, we will consider one of the president's nominations for the National Labor Relations Board. "And we obviously need to c… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Our Veterans Deserve the Care They Were Promised

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017: "The House of Representatives will vote later today on the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which would give the Department of Veterans Affairs more of the tools it needs to hold bad actors accountable. Last week, the Senate passed this bipartisan legislation by voice vote… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Keeping Our Commitment To Our Nation’s Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act: "Like those who've called for relief from Obamacare, many Americans across the nation are counting on us to help ensure better quality health care for our veterans. This is a critical issue for each of us, no matter what state we hail from, no matter what party we represent. Our v… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Bipartisan Bill Will Help Ensure Veterans Receive the Care They Need

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act: "As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, we are reminded of the great sacrifice that so many men and women in uniform have made on our behalf through the years. The servicemembers whose memory we honor paid the ultimate price in defending our nation, our families, and our freedom.… Continue Reading


12.07.16

75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today, December 7, 2016, in observance of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor: "Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a date that FDR rightly predicted 'will live in infamy.' "It's a time when we reflect on the meaning of this day - for our country and our military. "A time when we remember all those who sacrificed on our behalf. "And a time … Continue Reading


09.28.16

McConnell: Let’s Keep Working Together to Pass Critical Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on funding for Zika, veterans and continuing government operations: "Our colleagues in the House made good progress last night on a way forward to help the people of Flint in the Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA, which as we've said is its proper vehicle. "The Senate already voted overwhelmingly, 95-3, to pass assistance for Flint families a… Continue Reading


09.27.16

McConnell: We Cannot Afford to Wait Any Longer on Providing Critical Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on funding for Zika, veterans and continuing government operations: "I'd like to bring a little perspective to today's vote on the Clean CR/Zika package. "This is a 10-week funding bill. "Its contents command broad support. "It contains zero controversial riders from either party. "Can it really be that Democratic leaders have embraced dysfunction … Continue Reading


09.26.16

McConnell: We Should Pass the Fair and Clean CR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on Zika/veterans funding, continuing government operations: "The 10-week Clean CR the Senate will vote on tomorrow is pretty simple. "It keeps the government funded at the same agreed-upon, bipartisan spending levels as today. "It contains zero controversial riders. "It funds the fight against Zika. "And it ensures that veterans and the victims of … Continue Reading


09.22.16

Bipartisan Cooperation Needed to Complete Senate’s Important Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on Zika/veterans funding, continuing government operations: "There have been broad requests for a clean continuing resolution. So that's what I've just offered. It's the result of many, many hours of bipartisan work across the aisle. "It's a fair proposal that funds all current government operations through December 9, while also providing funding for… Continue Reading


09.12.16

McConnell Provides Update on Zika, Veterans Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on legislation to responsibly fund the government: Members on both sides have been working towards an agreement to responsibly fund the government. We've made a lot of important progress already. I expect to move forward this week on a continuing resolution through December 9 at last year's enacted levels and include funds for Zika control and our veterans. Talks are contin… Continue Reading


07.12.16

‘Truly a Comprehensive Response to the Opioid Epidemic’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and funding to support veterans, anti-Zika efforts: "Angie was 'a beautiful girl with a heart of gold and a smile that would light up a room' before her life was changed by heroin. Angie described her addiction to her mother saying, 'Mom, I need this drug like I need air to breathe.' It would take Angie experien… Continue Reading


07.11.16

Senate Has Opportunity to Combat Opioid Epidemic and Zika, Support Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding this week's legislative schedule: "We've recently made progress on issues of importance to the American people. We've also seen some very regrettable decisions from our colleagues across the aisle. This week offers the opportunity for all of us - and our country - to move forward. "Every Senator will have the chance to advance important solutions on behalf of the Am… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Senate Democrats Put Partisan Politics Over Women’s Health, Nation’s Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate Democrats voting to block important bipartisan funding measures to address Zika and support veterans: "Let me read you some headlines, 'Senate Democrats block Zika agreement ahead of recess,' 'Senate Dems Block House Zika Funding.' And here's what that last article goes on to say, 'Senate Democrats…blocked a critical funding measure needed to combat the s… Continue Reading


06.28.16

Senate Democrats Block Support for Veterans, Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate Democrats voting to block important bipartisan funding measures to address Zika and support veterans: "Here's where we are, we have a public health crisis descending on our country. We've been talking about this for three months. The Administration, the CDC-all involved said we need to get this Zika funding bill done before the 4th of July. "This conference repor… Continue Reading


06.28.16

Senate Must Pass Critical Veterans Funding, Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need to advance important bipartisan funding measures to address Zika and support veterans: "We've all heard Democrats warn that we, quote, '…cannot delay any longer' on Zika control funding. We've heard them warn that, quote, '[E]very day we wait…is increasing the risk that we will have problems with Zika.' We've even heard them warn that, and I quot… Continue Reading


06.27.16

Senate Democrats Should Not Block Critical Veterans Funding, Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need to advance important bipartisan funding measures to address Zika and support veterans: "Combatting the spread of the Zika virus should be a priority for both parties. We worked hard to forge a compromise solution that made $1.1 billion available to fight this virus. That compromise plan already passed the Senate with the unanimous support o… Continue Reading


06.23.16

McConnell Encourages Senate Democrats to Support Critical Veterans Funding, Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need to advance important bipartisan funding measures to address Zika and support veterans: "Combatting the spread of the Zika virus has been a priority for both parties. So Republicans and Democrats deliberated and forged a compromise in committee. Senators debated that $1.1 billion compromise on the floor and voted to pass it. Every single Democrat voted for it. … Continue Reading


05.25.16

McConnell to Senate Democrats: Stop Delaying Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "After two days of needless delay from across the aisle, this morning we'll vote to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the National Defense Authorization Act, and hopefully adopt that motion quickly thereafter. This critical defense bill passed committee on a strong bipartisan basis, there's no reason for further delay f… Continue Reading

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