Remarks

03.01.17

McConnell: We Have a Historic Opportunity Before Us

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding President Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress: "I think we were all pleased to hear the president's unifying message last night. It was refreshing for everyone after such a difficult election season. It was great to see even my friend the Democratic Leader occasionally applauding the president last night. It's a reminder that we're all in this together. … Continue Reading


02.28.17

McConnell Welcomes the President to the Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding the president's address to Congress, Judge Gorsuch and Obamacare: "The past eight years have not been easy for America's middle class. Americans labored under an economy that failed to deliver. They fought against red tape that threatened their jobs and small businesses. And when they looked to Washington, they saw an administration that repeatedly put its left-win… Continue Reading


02.17.17

Historic, Unprecedented and Harmful Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Democratic obstruction of Cabinet nominees: "Over the past several weeks, we've seen an historic level of obstruction from our Democratic colleagues on the President's Cabinet. Let me say that again - truly historic, unprecedented and harmful obstruction. Pointless obstruction. Now, it's one thing to obstruct to get some outcome. Really these are a colle… Continue Reading


02.16.17

One of the Most Impressive Supreme Court Nominees We’ve Ever Seen

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Judge Neil Gorsuch, the president's nominee for the Supreme Court: "Neil Gorsuch is one of the most impressive Supreme Court nominees we've ever seen. His resume is a mile long. His reputation is second to none. And his record is something to behold. "In nearly a decade on the circuit court, his work was so outstanding, the Supreme Court didn't need to check it… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Obamacare is Unsustainable

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the necessary repeal and replacement of Obamacare: "Let me begin with a statement of the obvious: Obamacare is a disaster. An absolute disaster. Just one in five Americans say their families are better off since it went into effect. More actually say they're worse off. And really, is it any wonder? "Americans were promised costs would go down but they skyrocke… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Pruitt is The Leader We Need at the EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt: "In just a few minutes we'll have the opportunity to confirm the nominee for the Office of Management and Budget. I had several things to say about him yesterday. Now I'd like to talk about the nominee we can advance after that confirmation vote. "Let me start by saying this. We all want clean water. … Continue Reading


02.15.17

Senate Stands Up For Constitutional Rights of the Disabled

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the repeal of more regulations put in place by the Obama Administration as well as the Senate's upcoming confirmation vote on Rep. Mick Mulvaney for Director of the OMB: "The Senate has been acting to provide relief from harmful regulations by utilizing the Congressional Review Act, which provides the legislative tools needed to repeal them. I'm pleased to rep… Continue Reading


02.15.17

McConnell Welcomes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington, D.C.: "Let me begin by welcoming a true friend of the United States: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be visiting the Capitol later today. Over the years our nations have built a strong and enduring relationship - a relationship grounded in common values like democracy and ind… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Senate Democrats Causing Slowest Cabinet Confirmation Process in Modern History

"Over the past several weeks we've seen unprecedented obstruction from our colleagues across the aisle. It's made the confirmation of this president's nominees the slowest in modern history. It's left several key departments without a permanent secretary at the helm for far too long. "And what's the point other than needless delay? Our friends are slow-walking votes, not changing outcomes. Well, we took several important steps last night to move the nominations process forward. "First, we c… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Senate Democrats Should Follow The ‘Ginsburg Standard’ and Not A ‘Double Standard’ in Considering the Gorsuch Nomination

"When President Clinton took office in 1993, he named his first nominee to the Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg's nomination was not without controversy. She had argued for positions that are still quite controversial today. "For example, she had questioned the constitutionality of laws against bigamy because they implicated private relationships. For the same reason, she had opined that there might be a constitutional right to prostitution. She also had advocated for co-educati… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Leader McConnell Recognizes Senator Hatch, Longest-Serving Republican Senator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor recognizing Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history: "If I might, I'd like to begin this morning by directing some remarks to the Chair. I'd like to recognize an important milestone of his. But let me start off this way: The President Pro Tempore is something of a legend in the Beehive State. "He's a published author. He's … Continue Reading


02.09.17

The Senate Needs to Confirm the President’s Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor on the need to confirm President Trump's Cabinet, including Rep. Tom Price, MD, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary nominee, and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary nominee: "The nominee currently before us is the president's pick for Health and Human Services Secretary: Congressman Tom Price, MD. Dr. Price knows more about health care policy than just abo… Continue Reading


02.08.17

McConnell on Sessions: Fair in Action. Bound to the Constitution. A Defender of Civil Rights.

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 upcoming vote to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General: "I'd like to say a word about the nominee we're about to confirm. We've long known our colleague from Alabama as Senator Sessions - and, soon, Attorney General Sessions - but it wasn't always this way. There was a time when the distinguished Senator from Alabama was known simply… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Jeff Sessions: An Attorney General for All Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the upcoming confirmation vote on Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General: "We came together yesterday to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, so she can get to work improving our schools and putting students first. "We'll come together to confirm Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, so he can get to work helping provide relief f… Continue Reading


02.07.17

The President Deserves His Cabinet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democrats' unprecedented delay of the president's Cabinet: "'Now is the time to put country before party.' That was an observation by the Democratic Leader just yesterday here on the Senate floor. Our friend from New York makes a good point, and I'm hopeful that it's a principle his own caucus will follow in the days to come. We are no longer in the … Continue Reading


02.06.17

Judge Gorsuch is a ‘Superbly Qualified Nominee’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor on Judge Neil Gorsuch and the confirmation process: "President Trump's outstanding Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has earned high praise from across the political spectrum. Some of it has come from unlikely corners, whether Democratic Senators, left-leaning publications, former President Obama's own legal mentor - even his former top Supreme Court lawyer. "We've … Continue Reading


02.06.17

McConnell: Democrats’ Historic Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor on Democrat obstruction of President Trump's Cabinet and the importance of confirming Betsy DeVos to be the next Education Secretary: "Just before the election, the Democratic Leader said he believed the Senate has a 'moral obligation, even beyond the economy and politics, to avoid gridlock…' Put simply, he said, 'We have to get things done.' "And yet, just a … Continue Reading


02.02.17

Congress Chips Away at Obama’s Job-Killing Regs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions that would overturn job-killing Obama Administration regulations: "This Republican-led Congress is committed to fulfilling our promises to the American people. That work continues now as we consider legislation to push back against harmful regulations from the Obama Administration. On its way out the door, the Obama … Continue Reading


02.02.17

Gorsuch Has Received Widespread Acclaim from Both Sides of the Aisle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the support Judge Neil Gorsuch has received from both Republicans and Democrats: "I was surprised by a statement my friend the Democratic leader made here yesterday. I'm glad he came back to the floor to correct himself though. I think we all appreciated the Democratic Leader making clear that Republicans did not - let me repeat, did not - insist on 60-vote … Continue Reading


02.01.17

Helping Coal Families By Overturning Job-Killing Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions that would overturn job-killing Obama Administration regulations: "For the last eight years, the Obama Administration has pushed through a number of harmful regulations that circumvent Congress, slow growth, shift power away from state and local governments toward Washington, and kill jobs. "Even on the way out the … Continue Reading

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