Remarks

01.24.18

Alex Azar: Extensive Qualifications And An Excellent Reputation

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 Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar: "Yesterday, the Senate took another important step in confirming President Trump's qualified nominees. In strong bipartisan fashion, we confirmed Jerome Powell to serve as Chairman of the Federal Reserve by a vote of 84-13. Mr. Powell was a fine choice to lead the Federal Res… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Senate To Consider Three More Well-Qualified Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate consideration of three more of the president's nominees: "We have a long list of legislative priorities to tackle in the coming weeks. But legislation is not the only bipartisan business that the Senate needs to handle. Yesterday afternoon, I filed cloture on three nominees to fill important positions in the administration: Alex Azar, to serve as Secre… Continue Reading


01.23.18

Tax Relief Continues

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 across the country thanks to tax relief: "While the press was focused on the unfortunate lapse in government funding, the good news about last month's historic tax reform law continues to pile up. The number of Americans preparing to receive pay raises, special bonuses, and other benefits thanks to the historic tax cuts… Continue Reading


01.23.18

‘Common Sense and Bipartisanship Won’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the end of the government shutdown and restarting negotiations on critical issues: "Now, on another matter we might call today 'the first day of the rest of the 115th Congress.' Yesterday, an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Senators voted to end a filibuster of government funding and conclude a short-lived shutdown of the federal government. This regretta… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill To End Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate passage of a bipartisan bill to fund the government and authorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)" "After three days of an unnecessary lapse in funding, a bipartisan majority has brought the Democratic Leader's extraordinary filibuster to an end and passed a bipartisan bill to reopen the federal government. As I've said repeatedl… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Tax Reform: More Jobs, Bonuses, Pay Increases

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 State of the Union address tomorrow night and the benefits Americans across the country continue to see from tax reform: "As the president delivers his first State of the Union address tomorrow, I'm especially looking forward to his remarks on tax reform and the state of our economy. Already, hundreds of businesses have announced significant… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Let's Get Back To Work For The American People

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 end the government shutdown and get back to work: "In two hours, every Senator can vote to end this government shutdown. At twelve o'clock, we will vote to end the Democratic Leader's filibuster and advance instead a bipartisan bill that would put this mess behind us. The bill before us does three things that every Democrat and Republican should … Continue Reading


01.21.18

McConnell: Let’s Resolve the Impasse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor: "I wanted to give my colleagues an update on where we are. I want to start by particularly thanking Senator Graham, Senator Flake, Senator Collins, and many others who have been working across the aisle to help resolve the impasse we find ourselves in. "When the Democrat filibuster of the government funding bill ends, the serious, bipartisan negotiations that have be… Continue Reading


01.21.18

Senate Democrats’ Shutdown Can End Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate Democrats' vote to shut down the government: "Today is day two of the Senate Democrats' government shutdown. Day two since the Democratic Leader made the political calculation to do something that, according to a recent survey, even most Democrats don't support: he shut down the government to appease a portion of his party's left-wing base. It make… Continue Reading


01.20.18

McConnell: Shutdowns Have Consequences

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate Democrats' vote to shut down the government: "The United States is one day into a government shutdown that Senate Democrats have forced upon our country. Let's take a look at where we are. Last night, a bipartisan majority of Senators - Republicans and Democrats - voted to avoid this. A bipartisan majority voted to advance a noncontroversial bill t… Continue Reading


01.20.18

Day One of Senate Democrats’ Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate Democrats' vote to shut down the government: "Well here we are. Day one of the Senate Democrats' government shutdown. We did everything we could to stop them. We put forward a noncontroversial bill that contains nothing they even claim to object to. It would continue funding the federal government and secure the future of the State Children's Healt… Continue Reading


01.20.18

Senate Democrats Vote To Shut Down The Federal Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor after Senate Democrats voted to shut down the government: "What we just witnessed on the floor was a cynical decision by Senate Democrats to shove aside millions of Americans for the sake of irresponsible political games. A government shutdown was one hundred percent avoidable. Completely avoidable. Now it is imminent. All because Senate Democrats chose to filibuster a nonco… Continue Reading


01.19.18

A Democrat-Led Government Shutdown Is Completely Avoidable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to prevent a government shutdown: "The deadline to fund the government is nearly upon us. The Senate is now just hours away from an entirely avoidable government shutdown. At midnight tonight, funding for programs that millions of Americans rely on - like veterans' services, opioid treatment centers, death benefits for the families of fallen soldiers, an… Continue Reading


01.18.18

McConnell Statement on House-Passed Government Funding, S-Chip Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to prevent a government shutdown: "The House has sent us a bill that should be an easy 'yes' vote for every Senator in this chamber - an easy 'yes' vote. This bill continues government funding, prevents a needless shutdown, and extends a key health insurance program for vulnerable children for six years. Its content is bipartisan. There are no provisions… Continue Reading


01.18.18

For American Workers: Tax Reform Benefits Speaking For Themselves

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the benefits Americans are seeing across the country thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: "Saturday will mark one year since President Trump's inauguration. A year spent working with Republicans to roll back runaway regulations, stand up for veterans, fund our troops, strengthen national security and pass once-in-a-generation tax reform. "Today, unemployment is at… Continue Reading


01.18.18

‘Let’s Fund the Government, Extend S-CHIP, and Do Right by the Americans Who Elected Us to Serve Them’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for a government funding agreement: "Congress is fast approaching our Friday deadline to fund the government. The choice before us is simple. We can pass a noncontroversial, bipartisan bill to keep the government open. Or Democrats in Congress can manufacture a crisis and force a government shutdown over the unrelated issue of illegal immigration, which we… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Senate to Reauthorize Important Anti-Terror Tool

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate consideration of the House-passed FISA bill: "In just a short while, the Senate will vote to reauthorize important provisions of the FISA Amendments Act. As we all know, Section 702 remains one of the most important tools that our national security professionals use to combat terrorism and keep Americans safe. "Let's be very clear about what Section 702 doe… 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


01.17.18

Congress Needs to Keep the Government Running, Fund Children’s Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for a government funding agreement: "As we all know, Congress has until Friday to reach an agreement that ensures continued funding for the federal government. By now, it is clear that we are not yet ready to move ahead with a major agreement on long-term funding for our armed forces, nor on immigration policy. Serious, bipartisan talks are underway on th… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Bipartisan Support for Critical Foreign Surveillance Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate consideration of the House-passed Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA): "The Senate will soon vote to reauthorize important provisions of the FISA Amendments Act. This includes Section 702, one of the most important tools used by our national security community to combat terrorism and keep Americans safe. It gives our law enforcement… Continue Reading

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