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12.11.17

Senate To Consider Three More Well-Credentialed Circuit Judges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the three circuit court nominees the Senate is set to consider this week: "This week, the Senate will consider three more outstanding individuals nominated by President Trump to serve on our nation's federal circuit courts. For eight years, we had a president who selected judicial nominees based on a so-called 'empathy standard.' It was an ideological litmus test designed to… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Senate Will Pass Short-Term Funding Bill Before End Of Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding government funding legislation: "The Senate must act before the end of the week to pass a clean short-term funding bill to maintain the critical operations of the federal government. Our colleagues in the House will send us the non-controversial provision soon, and then we will have the opportunity to consider it. I urge my colleagues to join me in voting to pass it. "Thi… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Tax Reform Conference Committee Next Step To Bringing Families Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding a conference with the House on tax reform: "Yesterday, the Senate formally voted to join our colleagues from the House to consider our tax reform bills in a conference committee. It's another important step toward delivering much-needed relief to the men, women, and families we represent. Now, the committee members will reconcile the differences between the bills. And when t… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Joseph Balash to Play Critical Role in Coal Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, Joseph Balash: "In addition to our important work on tax reform and to fund the government, this week the Senate is also continuing our efforts to confirm President Trump's nominees to his administration. "Soon, the Senate will consider the nomination of Joseph Balash to serve … Continue Reading


12.06.17

Continuing Resolution Will Allow Congress To Finalize Long-Term Funding Solution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding government funding legislation: "With the cooperation of our colleagues, Congress will pass a short-term continuing resolution before the end of the week. Once the House passes the continuing resolution, the Senate will have the chance to consider it as well. "By sending this short-term funding provision to the president for his signature, we will ensure that the governmen… Continue Reading


12.06.17

One Step Closer To Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding a conference with the House on tax reform: "Last week, Senators answered the calls of our constituents by voting to overhaul our complex and outdated federal tax code. We seized the opportunity to spur economic growth, to help create jobs right here at home, and to take more money out of Washington's pocket and put more money into the pockets of hardworking American familie… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Senate Will Vote To Send Tax Reform Legislation To Conference This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding tax reform: "Last night, our colleagues in the House of Representatives voted to send the tax reform legislation to a conference committee. There, members from both chambers will work to resolve the differences in our bills and eventually enable us to send a final product to President Trump for his signature. "The House's action last night is more progress in our years-long… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Congress And Administration Working To Finalize Government Funding Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding government funding legislation: "As we all know, we must pass legislation to fund the government before the end of the week. By approving a short-term bill, we can continue the crucial functions of the federal government while we work with our colleagues in the House and the Trump Administration to finalize a long-term plan. The temporary funding measure will come before th… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Senate To Confirm Nielsen For Secretary Of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen: "Yesterday, the Senate voted to advance the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to be the Secretary of Homeland Security. Now, it's time for us to vote to confirm her so she can get to work for the American people. "By confirming Ms. Nielsen's nomination to lead the DHS, this Senate will take a serious… Continue Reading


12.04.17

Congress To Pass Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding government funding legislation: "This week, Congress will consider short-term funding legislation to provide resources to address many important issues facing our country. The House recently released its legislative text to fund the government through December 22, and I look forward to our colleagues' consideration of the measure. This bill - one without any controversial po… Continue Reading


12.04.17

Kirstjen Nielsen Has The Talent And Experience To Succeed At DHS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen: "Today, the Senate will continue to fulfill its important responsibility to confirm critical nominees to President Trump's administration. We'll do that by voting to advance the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen, the president's choice to serve as the Secretary of Homeland Security. "As my colleagues… Continue Reading


11.30.17

McConnell On North Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the threat posed by North Korea and the need to provide the necessary resources to the Department of Defense: "Earlier this week, North Korea tested what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile which exceeded the altitude and time of flight of previous missile tests. Public reporting is that the missile achieved an altitude of 2,800 miles and traversed a lofted t… Continue Reading


11.30.17

It’s Time For Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for tax reform: "From across my home state of Kentucky, I've heard the calls for tax reform. For too long, hardworking men and women have been held back by an economy that has failed to live up to its potential. They're ready for us to get the economy going again. For example, the East Kentucky Power Cooperative, which serves more than 500,000 families and businesse… Continue Reading


11.29.17

McConnell: I Applaud Chairman Grassley For Not Allowing Blue Slip Courtesy To Be Abused

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding more of the president's well-qualified judicial nominees and Senate Democrats' abuse of the blue slip courtesy in the confirmation process: "Our colleague Senator Grassley has done an outstanding job processing the president's judicial nominees, beginning with the president's selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. Chairman Grassley and the members o… Continue Reading


11.29.17

Tax Reform: Time To Deliver Real Relief To The Men And Women We Represent

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for tax reform: "During the last decade, hardworking American families have tried to get ahead. But they too often faced insurmountable barriers. The economy was sluggish. Paychecks were stagnant. And jobs and opportunities seemed out of reach. The people we represent deserve better. And we must deliver. It's time to take our foot off the brake and get our economy g… Continue Reading


11.27.17

Senate To Consider Ninth Nominee For The Circuit Courts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for district court judge for the District of Columbia, Dabney Friedrich and the nominee for U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Gregory Katsas: "Later today, the Senate will consider two more talented nominees to the federal judiciary. First, we will vote to confirm the nomination of Dabney Friedrich to serve as a district cour… Continue Reading


11.27.17

More Money Out of Washington’s Pocket, More Money Into the Pockets of American Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for tax reform: "During the last decade, our complex tax code left hardworking families behind and allowed the wealthy and well-connected to get ahead. It's so bad, that one small business owner in Paducah, Kentucky, recently wrote to my office asking for relief, because, as he says, 'taxes are suffocating my company and me personally.' This pain isn't just being fe… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Senate Passes Critical Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "Just a moment ago, the Senate acted to send the president one of the most important policy bills we consider each year: the National Defense Authorization Act. Not only will this legislation authorize the resources, capabilities, pay and benefits that our men and women in uniform need to perform their missions, but this year's … Continue Reading


11.16.17

Senate To Confirm Two More Impressive Judicial Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding two more well-qualified nominees for federal district courts: "Today, the Senate will continue to fulfill its important responsibility of providing advice and consent on President Trump's nominations. So far this week, we have confirmed talented individuals to important positions in the Departments of Transportation, Labor, and Defense. "Yesterday, the Senate advanced the… Continue Reading


11.16.17

McConnell On Tax Reform: This Is Our Chance To Set A New Course

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding tax legislation being considered by the Senate Finance Committee: "During the past decade, many in the middle class struggled to make ends meet. The economy was sluggish. Paychecks were often stagnant. And jobs, for many, were too hard to find; perhaps not on the coasts, where the well-to-do were able to flourish under the Obama economy - but in Middle America, in states li… Continue Reading

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