Remarks

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


08.23.18

Praise for Judge Kavanaugh from Across the Political Spectrum

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: 'This week, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has continued meeting with members of this body. So far, I believe the only Senators who've met with this nominee and then had negative things to say about him were Democrats who'd already announced beforehand they would oppose him. I suspect that, with Ju… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Senate Working to Fund National Priorities, Local Impacts

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: "This week, we've been considering appropriations measures to fund the Department of Defense and the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. These bills will make America stronger -- overseas and right here at home. They attend to national priorities like providing the resources needed to… Continue Reading


08.23.18

McConnell Discusses Senate Work To Be Completed By Labor Day

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: "Well, this continues to be a productive August here in the United States Senate. We reconvened this month because too much of the American people's business remained outstanding. Too many legislative priorities unfinished. Too many uncontroversial, completely qualified nominees left langu… Continue Reading


08.22.18

Appropriations Legislation to Provide Funding to Address Opioid Crisis, Medical Research

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: "I'm proud that, on this Congress's watch, our economy has produced so many job opportunities for the American people. Here was the AP's headline a few weeks ago: 'Open jobs outnumber U.S. unemployed for third straight month.' But that growth and prosperity needs to reach all families, and all communities. That … Continue Reading


08.22.18

Bonuses, Pay Raises, Tax-Cuts for Middle Class Families Across America

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: "This week, I've been highlighting some examples of the strength of the U.S. economy. The people of West Virginia, where President Trump visited yesterday evening, are no exception to this national trend. During the Obama years, West Virginia's economy was hit hard.… Continue Reading


08.21.18

America’s Economy Continues to Steam Ahead

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: "Our servicemembers won't be the only Americans who will be receiving well-deserved pay raises. As Republicans' pro-opportunity agenda continues to take hold, our economy continues to steam ahead. And working families across the country are reaping the benefits. By … Continue Reading


08.21.18

Appropriations Legislation Will Provide Our Military With The Support They Deserve

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: "This week, the Senate is considering the eighth and ninth of twelve appropriations measures for FY 19. They'll deliver on some of the most important promises we make to the American people. First and foremost is our promise to defend the nation -- and to meet our obligation to the brave men and women who do so.… Continue Reading


08.21.18

McConnell on the Affordable Clean Energy Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the EPA's replacement for the costly Obama-era "Clean Power Plan:" "The Obama Administration's so-called 'Clean Power Plan' offered a typical story from that era. An innocent-seeming name. A pleasant-sounding objective. But underneath, an intrusive regulatory regime -- built not on effective policy, but on far-left ideo… Continue Reading

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