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01.02.19

House Democrats’ Proposal Ignores the Needs of Border Security, Won’t Pass Senate, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "First, I'd like to wish my colleagues a happy New Year. It's a time for new beginnings. Tomorrow will kick off the 116th Congress. Of course, there's urgent business that the new House and the new Senate will need to tackle immediately. "Democrats will have to get serious about border security so that a government f… Continue Reading


12.22.18

Securing Our Nation's Borders Must Be A Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "I have on a red sweater this morning in the hopes that Christmas is not too far away for all of us, including the Members of Congress. With that in mind, let me give everyone an update on where we are. "Yesterday, the Democratic Leader and I reached a procedural agreement to create space for the ongoing negotiations… Continue Reading


12.21.18

Senate Proceeds with Funding, Border Security Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "My colleagues, here's where we are. It's now clear that Republicans have enough votes to proceed to the pending legislation on government funding, disaster relief, and border security. Within the Republican conference, there is strong support for the president's reasonable request for more resources to tackle the … Continue Reading


12.21.18

McConnell: Let’s Secure Our Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "Yesterday, the House passed an amended version of the continuing resolution to sustain government funding and sent it here for our consideration. In addition to giving the entire federal government the necessary resources to operate into the New Year, this legislation also provides much-needed investments in disas… Continue Reading


07.31.18

McConnell: I Will Continue to Stand With the Brave Men and Women of ICE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding his visit to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Louisville Friday: "First, I want to take a few moments to discuss the brave men and women who serve in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. I had the privilege of visiting the ICE office in Louisville this past Friday and meeting with agents in person. This is a federal agency th… Continue Reading


02.15.18

McConnell: I Remain Eager To Improve Our Immigration, Security Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor following today's votes on immigration and border security: "I think it's safe to say this has been a disappointing week. I kept my commitment and set aside the entire week for a broad, productive debate over DACA, border security, and other important immigration issues. Everyone -- my friend the Democratic Leader, the Assistant Democratic Leader, the Congressional His… Continue Reading


02.15.18

McConnell: Let’s Make Law, Not Political Points on Immigration, Border Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the immigration and border security debate: "This entire week has been set aside, as I assured it would be, for votes on the DACA issue, border security, and other issues pertaining to the subject of immigration. At this point, we should be wrapping up a lively week of debate, amendments, and numerous votes. But that's not what happened. Instead, we're here o… Continue Reading


02.14.18

It’s Time for Democrats to Stop Stalling DACA, Border Security Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the immigration and border security debate: 'It is now Wednesday morning of the week the Senate set aside to debate DACA, border security, interior enforcement, and other immigration issues. I promised I would clear the way to debate these matters this week - and I have. I promised I would ensure a fair amendment process in which both sides could offer legisl… Continue Reading


02.13.18

On Immigration Reform, Border Security, Senate Needs to Look Past Talking Points, Focus on Making Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the immigration and border security debate: "Yesterday, the Senate took an initial step toward considering proposals to address DACA, border security, and other immigration issues. This week's debate comes as no surprise to my colleagues. For a month now, I've repeatedly stated my intention to bring these issues to the Senate floor following a government fund… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Senate Will Proceed to Immigration, Border Security Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the debate process that will begin today on immigration and border security: "As I have repeatedly stated, now that there is an agreement on long-term government funding, the Senate will proceed to a fair debate over the DACA issue, border security, and other matters pertaining to the subject of immigration. "This process begins in just a few hours. We will … Continue Reading


02.07.18

Congress Reaches Bipartisan Government Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan funding agreement reached by Congressional leaders: "I am pleased to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement. I want to thank my friend the Democratic Leader for joining me this afternoon, and for the productive discussions that generated this proposal. … Continue Reading


01.29.18

Serious and Constructive Talks Continue on Border Security, Immigration, Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding ongoing discussions on border security, immigration and defense funding: "A great deal of work remains before the Senate in the coming days. Bipartisan discussions continue on a variety of important issues - including immigration and border security, disaster relief, healthcare, and funding for our armed forces. With our February 8th deadline fast approaching… Continue Reading


01.25.18

Congress Continues Work on Immigration, Military Funding, Health Care, Disaster Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Congressional priorities: "Of course, a great deal of work lies ahead of us. In the near future, we need to make bipartisan progress on areas such as immigration and border security, disaster relief, health care, and securing adequate funding for our armed forces. It is my strong preference that Senators reach bipartisan agreements on these issues in advanc… 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

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


01.20.18

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

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

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