Remarks

06.20.19

McConnell: Kelly Knight Craft Has Won Respect at Home and Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Ambassador to the United Nations and fellow Kentuckian, Kelly Knight Craft: "Yesterday, I had the opportunity to introduce a skillful leader and fellow Kentuckian before the Foreign Relations Committee. Kelly Knight Craft was confirmed by voice vote in 2017 to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada. And now she is the president's choice to … Continue Reading


06.20.19

The National Defense Authorization Act Deserves Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "Yesterday, by a wide bipartisan margin, the Senate began considering this year's National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate has passed an NDAA each of the last 58 years. We authorize the resources, the equipment, the support systems, and the pay that keep our all-volunteer force the strongest in the world. So from the ou… Continue Reading


06.19.19

McConnell Introduces U.N. Ambassador Nominee Kelly Knight Craft at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of Kelly Knight Craft of Kentucky, President Trump's nominee to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "Thank you for the opportunity to introduce this nominee - a distinguished stateswoman and leader, and of course a proud Kentuckian. The Bluegrass is proud of this daughter of our Commonwealth. I'm confident our entire … Continue Reading


06.19.19

McConnell on Border Crisis: Let’s Put Partisanship Aside and Advance This Targeted, Bipartisan Solution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "As I've noted before, today my colleagues and I on the Appropriations Committee will begin marking up a standalone funding measure to address the humanitarian crisis on our southern border. By now, it could hardly be more obvious that the border crisis is unacceptable and unsustainable. I think all of us know perfec… Continue Reading


06.19.19

McConnell Supports Rollback of Obama-Era Anti-Coal Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the end of a harmful Obama anti-coal regulation that will be finalized later today: "The previous administration left a sprawling mess of regulation tangled throughout the federal government and the U.S. economy. Sweeping left-wing visions were dreamt up here in Washington and forced on farm families, domestic manufacturers, and small businesses throughout the cou… Continue Reading


06.19.19

National Defense Authorization Act 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 need to confirm a new Secretary of Defense and the upcoming Senate debate on the National Defense Authorization Act: "First, I want to express my gratitude for Acting Secretary Pat Shanahan, whom we learned yesterday will soon be leaving the Department of Defense. The Acting Secretary has served in a crucial post during challenging times and difficult circumst… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Leader McConnell Congratulates Senator Collins on 7,000 Senate Votes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor congratulating Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on casting her 7,000th roll call vote in the Senate: "I need to take just a moment to recognize a remarkable event that this institution was fortunate to witness a few minutes ago. During the vote we just concluded, our distinguished colleague, the senior Senator for Maine cast her 7,000th roll call vote. It's a tremendous milest… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Senate Passes Most Significant IRS Reforms in Twenty Years

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding passage of the Taxpayer First Act: "I want to celebrate another legislative accomplishment that the Senate notched late last week. On Thursday, the Senate passed the Taxpayer First Act and sent it to President Trump's desk to become law. This legislation is the most thorough package of reforms to the Internal Revenue Service in twenty years. Let me say that again: … Continue Reading


06.18.19

The United States Needs to Remain Engaged, Prepared, and Powerful

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the upcoming Senate debate on the National Defense Authorization Act: "All these events I've discussed, from Iran's misbehavior to China's aggressiveness, underscore one thing very clearly: The United States needs to remain engaged, prepared, and powerful. We need to leave zero doubt among our friends and allies, our most violent foes, and everybody in between: Wh… Continue Reading


06.18.19

A Strong But Peaceful Response from the People of Hong Kong

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: "Last week I spoke about the people's uprising in Hong Kong. Over the past several days, millions of residents have taken to the streets to defend their autonomy and the rule of law from continued encroachment by the communist government of mainland China. After days of tension, this past weekend brought some… Continue Reading


06.18.19

Senate to Consider Measures That Will Impact Our Presence and Influence in Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the growing threat of Iranian aggression: "For years, American administrations of both parties have properly labeled Iran as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism. This assessment is based on the cold, hard facts of Tehran's behavior. Iran's support for terrorism knows few bounds, sectarian or geographic. Iran has provided support to Sunni, Shi'a, and … Continue Reading


06.13.19

Urgent Need to Address Crisis at Our Southern Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "All this week, I've been calling attention to the fact that Democrats in the House have spent six weeks ignoring the urgent need for more funding for the crisis on our southern border. I have recited one quotation after another from the administration leaders who are responsible for securing our nation and caring… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Modest Reform Helping Bipartisan Nominees Get Through Senate at an Efficient Pace

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: "This week, the Senate has been remarkably productive in confirming more of the president's well-qualified nominees. We've confirmed nine newly-minted judges to fill vacancies on the federal bench. Today, we'll turn to the executive branch and confirm David Stillwell to serve as Assistant Secr… Continue Reading


06.13.19

McConnell: Efforts to Block Arms Sales to Our Partners in Middle East are Misguided

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding an effort in the Senate to block arms sales to Bahrain and Qatar: "Later today, the Senate will vote on two resolutions that would undermine U.S. influence and credibility in the Middle East and ultimately make the region a more dangerous place. Some of our colleagues seek to block arms sales to two of the United States' closest partners in the region: Bahrain and… Continue Reading


06.12.19

The Border Crisis is Unacceptable and Unsustainable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "The Trump Administration's new agreement with Mexico marks an important breakthrough in the ongoing border crisis. It kept harmful tariffs from going into effect and cemented new steps to make certain that immigration enforcement and the rule of law are priorities on both sides of the border. "But, of course, th… Continue Reading


06.12.19

Senate Confirming Uncontroversial Well-Qualified Nominees in Fraction of the Time

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: "This week we're continuing to confirm more unobjectionable nominees who've had to move through the Senate more slowly than they should. Yesterday, we confirmed Sarah Daggett Morrison to serve as a District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. And despite the fact that our Democratic friends … Continue Reading


06.11.19

Congress Must Pass Bipartisan Supplemental Border Funding to Address Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "Last week's announcement of progress in negotiations with Mexico was a welcome development. It staved off the threat that tariffs would disrupt an important trading relationship and secured a promise that Mexican authorities will take more responsibility for their own borders. But, as I said yesterday, while this … Continue Reading


06.11.19

McConnell: Protesters in Hong Kong Should be Heard

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: "Like many of my colleagues, I watched images from Hong Kong this weekend and could not help but be moved by the residents of that metropolis. They are mounting a bold stand to preserve Hong Kong's autonomy from China and, by extension, defend their liberties. Over the weekend, more than a million residents -… Continue Reading


06.11.19

Senate to Consider Six More Well-Qualified Judicial 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: "This week, the Senate is making more progress in the personnel business. Since returning to more prompt consideration for unobjectionable, lower-level nominees, we're continuing to fill important vacancies around the executive branch and on the federal bench. Yesterday, we confirmed several more… Continue Reading


06.10.19

McConnell Remembers 61st Senate Chaplain Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of the sixty-first Chaplain of the United States Senate, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie: "Last week, the Senate learned of the passing of our longtime friend and counselor, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, our sixty-first Chaplain of the United States Senate. Dr. Ogilvie served as Chaplain for eight years, beginning in 1995. His career in ministry, teaching, and writin… Continue Reading

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