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03.01.18

A Fitting Tribute For ‘America’s Pastor’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Congressional tribute to the late Reverend Billy Graham in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol: "Yesterday, we welcomed the president, the vice president, and the family of the late Rev. Billy Graham as he laid in honor here in the Capitol. This is a very rare tribute, even rarer for an American without government or military service. "But it perfectly su… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Congressional Ceremony Preceding the Lying in Honor of the Reverend Billy Graham

"Welcome, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, members of the Graham family, and all our guests -- on behalf of the Senate. The Speaker and I are honored you're with us. The man we recognize today may well have shared the Gospel with more people, face-to-face, than anyone else in history. "His clear voice thundered through packed tents, stadiums, auditoriums, parks, and plazas the world over. His warmth and graciousness lit up living rooms and touched hundreds of millions of hearts. And this Scot… Continue Reading


02.15.18

McConnell on Parkland, Florida Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding yesterday's horrific school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Senate will hold a moment of silence at noon today. "I want to begin this morning by sharing the shock and sorrow that all of us in this body felt as we learned of yesterday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Flor… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring Senator Bob Dole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony today honoring Senator Bob Dole. The following are the remarks of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during the ceremony, which took place in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol: "Sixty-seven years ago, on a January day, a young man headed to the Kansas State Capitol for his swearing-in as State Representative. He was only twenty-seven, but it wouldn't be the first time he swore to defend the C… Continue Reading


01.03.18

Defense Funding Remains Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the start of the second half of the 115th Congress and government funding: "As we open the second session of the 115th Congress, I am pleased to welcome my colleagues back to the chamber. I'd like to extend a particular welcome to our two new Senators. "First, Senator Doug Jones of Alabama will have big shoes to fill. His state has sent some very distinguished leg… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Congressional Dedication of a Commemorative Chair Honoring American Prisoners of War/ Missing in Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate dedicated a commemorative chair in the U.S. Capitol honoring American Prisoners of War/ Missing in Action. 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 come together to pay tribute to the brave American servicemembers who never came back. Some were last seen as prisoners of war. Some remain missing in action. Th… Continue Reading


11.06.17

McConnell on the Sutherland Springs Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding yesterday's tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX: "For most Americans, a church is a place of worship and love - a place where the faithful go to feel mercy and compassion - which is why what happened in Texas yesterday is so difficult for many to comprehend. Why would an individual do this? Families lost so much. Our hearts go out to them in this time of untold grief. … Continue Reading


10.02.17

‘This Is A Moment For National Mourning And For Prayer’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the terrible tragedy that took place last night in Las Vegas, NV: "The news we awoke to this morning was heartbreaking. What happened in Las Vegas is shocking, it's tragic, and - for those affected and their families - it's devastating. It's hard to even imagine their pain. I hope they will know that we are all praying for them now. I hope they will find strength in the love… Continue Reading


09.13.17

Senator Pete Domenici

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of former colleague, Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM): "It is with deep regret that I announce to the Senate the passing of our friend and colleague, Senator Pete Domenici. He had a long and notable career, one that took him from pitching on the baseball diamond to teaching mathematics at an Albuquerque junior high school, from city politics to the U.S. Senate. In fa… Continue Reading


09.11.17

McConnell on September 11th

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks, Hurricane Irma and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "Today, we opened the Senate with a moment of silence. We remember all those lost 16 years ago, on September 11th, 2001 - a day that changed our nation in profound ways. It wrenched our hearts with grief. It opened our eyes to cruel threats from afa… Continue Reading


07.20.17

John McCain Is An American Hero

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding U.S. Senator John McCain: "Senator McCain is an American hero. He's a hero to our Conference. He's a hero to our country. Here in the Senate, he is a friend to almost all of us. Our collective prayers are with him now. We're thinking of Cindy and the rest of his family as well, along with his staff and the people of Arizona. "Senator McCain, as we all know, has n… Continue Reading


06.05.17

Senate Commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding a bipartisan resolution that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the city of Jerusalem: "This week marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Six-Day War. Confronted by the massing of Arab Armies and the closing of the Tiran straits, Israel responded and, in a fight for survival, ultimately prevailed. As a result, the city of Jer… 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


04.13.16

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony today honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers. 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: "Christmas Eve is a special time for many of us. It's an evening filled with love and anticipation, confections and devotion. That's true whether you're in Louisville or Las Vega… Continue Reading


03.07.16

Honoring the Life of First Lady Nancy Reagan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today honoring former First Lady, Nancy Davis Reagan: "Nancy Reagan was one of the most powerful First Ladies in recent memory. "Sometimes she spoke out - for instance, on issues like substance abuse - but more often Nancy wielded her power with calm confidence and quiet steel. It was an attitude that helped guide Nancy through so many challenges in her own life. "Getting an acting ca… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the Selma Foot Soldiers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony today honoring the Selma Foot Soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches. 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: "From time to time we come together in retrospect, on the historic grounds of the Capitol, to show continuing gratitude to individuals whose actions helped shape our… Continue Reading


02.04.16

McConnell Honors the Life of Marlow Cook

From 1968 to 1970, Mitch McConnell was the chief legislative assistant to Senator Cook in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor today honoring the life of former Kentucky U.S. Senator Marlow Cook upon his passing Thursday, February 04, 2016. Prepared remarks follow: "It is with sincere regret that I rise to mark the passing of Kentucky's former Senator, Marlow W. Cook. "Senator Cook served in this chamber for only … Continue Reading


12.09.15

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment’s Ratification

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate held a ceremony today commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery. The following are Leader McConnell's remarks delivered during the ceremony, which took place in Emancipation Hall, in the U.S. Capitol: "It was a January afternoon. "The air was frozen in apprehension. It was leavened with anticipation. "Hope and fear danced together that day, intermingling as they sometimes do at such important… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the Monuments Men

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony today honoring the Monuments Men. The following are Leader McConnell's remarks delivered during the ceremony, which took place in Emancipation Hall, in the U.S. Capitol: "A few years ago, Louisville's Speed Art Museum unveiled an exhibit entitled Kentucky Home: The Colonial Revival Houses of Stratton O. Hammon. "Since designing his first house as a teenager in the 1920s, Hammon went on to become on… Continue Reading


08.16.07

McConnell Delivers Remarks At The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

'Ronald Reagan would have a lot to say about today's Congress' Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following speech on Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. "One of the things that really jumps off the page in the new Reagan Diaries is the love that Ronald Reagan had for his wife. In one entry he writes about calling a popular political cartoonist, who naturally tho… Continue Reading

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