Remarks

02.01.17

McConnell: Judge Gorsuch Has a Stellar Reputation and a Resume to Match

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 the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch: "Last night President Trump announced an outstanding nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado. While Judge Gorsuch has a significant legacy to live up to as the nominee for the seat left vacant by the loss of Justice Scalia, I'm confident his impressive background and lon… Continue Reading


01.31.17

McConnell: The Supreme Court Seat Doesn’t Belong to Any President or Any Political Party

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding tonight's Supreme Court announcement from President Trump: "The president has said he will announce his choice for the Supreme Court shortly from a list of about 20 well-qualified Americans. It's a list he shared publicly months ago. As I said yesterday, each of these potential nominees has a distinguished background - whether on the appellate courts or trial… Continue Reading


01.30.17

The Senate Should Respect the Result of the Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nomination: "Justice Antonin Scalia was a towering figure on the Supreme Court. His unfortunate passing was not only a great loss to our country but it came, as we all know, as our country was already in the midst of a contentious presidential election process. So - in keeping with the Biden Rule, which states that '&h… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Senate, Judiciary Committee Leadership to Meet with President, Continue Consultation On SCOTUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding upcoming meetings between Congress and the president: "Yesterday, leaders from both parties had an opportunity to meet with President Trump and Vice President Pence at the White House. We appreciate their time and look forward to more conversations with them in the days to come - including later today. "The president has invited the Democratic leader, the ch… Continue Reading


01.23.17

McConnell: The American People are Ready for Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the challenges that President Trump is inheriting from the last administration: "Last week, President Trump gave his first major address to the nation. The week before, President Obama gave his last. These are different men. They come from different parties. But their speeches were more similar than you might think, and there were some common themes. "&hell… Continue Reading


01.20.17

McConnell Congratulates President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor congratulating President Trump on his Inauguration, and outlining the status of Senate consideration of Cabinet nominations: "In November's election, the American people called for a new direction, a change from the last eight years. Today, we took a meaningful step toward that new direction, as we inaugurated a new President of the United States. "I think it's imp… Continue Reading


01.17.17

McConnell Unveils Permanent Coal Miner Health Care Fix

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor on legislation he introduced to protect the health care benefits of coal miners: "In the days since President Obama took office, too many coal miners have lost their jobs - including well over 10,000 in Kentucky - and more than 25 coal mining companies have filed for bankruptcy. This means that there are fewer active workers available to pay into an expanding retiremen… Continue Reading


01.12.17

The Senate Now Has the Tools to Repeal Obamacare

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 passage of the Obamacare repeal resolution: "The Senate just passed the legislative tools needed to repeal and replace Obamacare. "This is a critical step forward - the first step toward bringing relief from this failed law. "The resolution now goes to the House. They'll take it up soon. "The next step will then be the legislation to finally… Continue Reading


01.11.17

McConnell on Obamacare: We Must Act Quickly to Bring Relief to the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate's upcoming vote on Obamacare: "When Obamacare's supporters forced their partisan law on our country, they promised an easy-to-use system; one that would lower premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs; one that would foster choice and allow families to keep the plans and doctors they liked. "But it didn't take long for the American people to discov… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Obamacare Repeal Means Relief for Kentucky

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the repeal of Obamacare and highlighting the impact on Kentucky: "Families across the country have been hurt by Obamacare's rising costs and limited choices, and we continue to hear the stories from constituents back home. My own home state of Kentucky was once championed as a success story by Obamacare's supporters. That's hardly the case today. "Too many Kentuc… Continue Reading


01.10.17

McConnell: Jeff Sessions ‘Believes Strongly in the Rule of Law’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the confirmation of presidential Cabinet nominees, including Jeff Sessions who is President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Attorney General: "Senate Committees have been working for many weeks to process President-elect Trump's Cabinet nominations. "I want to commend the committees and their staffs for their hard work. "Now we begin the next phase of this p… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Obamacare: Flawed from the Start, Only Getting Worse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the repeal of Obamacare: "Earlier today, I had a good conversation in New York with President-elect Trump about a number of pressing issues. We talked about the upcoming Senate agenda, the president-elect's nominees, and the way forward on repealing and replacing Obamacare. "As I told him, the Senate's focus this week will remain on the process to repeal Obamacar… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Obamacare Has Failed the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the failure of Obamacare: "Obamacare was sold to the American people with a lot of promises and a lot of fanfare. "Speech after speech. Promise after promise. "Splashy PR campaigns. "Quirky YouTube videos. "But the American people never bought it, and the law never worked out the way it was promised. It opened to big problems and crashing computers on day one.… Continue Reading


01.04.17

The Horizon of a New Era

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the start of the new Congress: "Two years ago the American people sent a new majority to the Senate. "They called for a change in direction. "They called for the Senate to get to work. "So we got committees functioning again, we gave members of both parties a say again, and we put the Senate back to work again - and back on the side of the American people. "Because w… Continue Reading


01.03.17

Majority Leader McConnell Welcomes 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the opening of the 115th Congress: "I'm pleased to welcome back familiar faces and express warm greetings to new ones. "On the Republican side, that includes Senator Young of Indiana and Senator Kennedy of Louisiana. "On the Democratic side, that includes Senator Duckworth of Illinois, Senator Cortez Masto of Nevada, Senator Hassan of New Hampshire, Senator Harris of C… Continue Reading


12.09.16

Senate Needs to Complete Work on CR, WRDA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the continuing resolution and Water Resources Development Act: "Yesterday, the House passed the continuing resolution (C.R.) on a very large bipartisan basis, with more than three-fourths voting in its favor. "Let me repeat that - three-fourths, a majority of both parties, voted for the legislation needed to keep the government open. While some Senate Democrats may want… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Majority Leader McConnell on the Retirement of Harry Reid

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks today on the Senate floor on the retirement of his long-time colleague Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada: "It seems that any speech about the Democratic Leader requires a mention of Searchlight, Nevada. "There's a reason why that is. "You can't begin to understand the man until you understand where it all began. "And here's where it began. "A tiny mining town at the southern tip of Nevada. O… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Majority Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Vice President Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks today on the Senate floor recognizing Vice President Joe Biden and his years of service in the U.S. Senate, as a Senator from Delaware and as the Vice President of the United States: "It's great to see the presiding officer back in the Senate. "It's good news for everyone when he's in that chair. "Good news for him, because the rest of us have to call him Mr. President. "Good news for the rest of us, be… Continue Reading


12.07.16

75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today, December 7, 2016, in observance of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor: "Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a date that FDR rightly predicted 'will live in infamy.' "It's a time when we reflect on the meaning of this day - for our country and our military. "A time when we remember all those who sacrificed on our behalf. "And a time … Continue Reading


12.07.16

Four Important Items to Finish

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding legislative items to finish before the 114th Congress ends: "The continuing resolution was filed in the House yesterday. "As we wait for the House to take the next steps, I encourage all Members to continue reviewing the legislative text. "The water resources development legislation has been filed in the House as well. "This is bipartisan legislation that will streng… Continue Reading

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