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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


01.18.18

McConnell Statement on House-Passed Government Funding, S-Chip Bill

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 House has sent us a bill that should be an easy 'yes' vote for every Senator in this chamber - an easy 'yes' vote. This bill continues government funding, prevents a needless shutdown, and extends a key health insurance program for vulnerable children for six years. Its content is bipartisan. There are no provisions… Continue Reading


01.18.18

‘Let’s Fund the Government, Extend S-CHIP, and Do Right by the Americans Who Elected Us to Serve Them’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for a government funding agreement: "Congress is fast approaching our Friday deadline to fund the government. The choice before us is simple. We can pass a noncontroversial, bipartisan bill to keep the government open. Or Democrats in Congress can manufacture a crisis and force a government shutdown over the unrelated issue of illegal immigration, which we… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Congress Needs to Keep the Government Running, Fund Children’s Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for a government funding agreement: "As we all know, Congress has until Friday to reach an agreement that ensures continued funding for the federal government. By now, it is clear that we are not yet ready to move ahead with a major agreement on long-term funding for our armed forces, nor on immigration policy. Serious, bipartisan talks are underway on th… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Too Much at Stake for Republicans and Democrats Not to Come Together on Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for a government funding agreement: "As we all know, Congress has until Friday to reach an agreement that ensures continuous funding for the federal government. There is too much at stake for Republicans and Democrats not to come together-particularly while serious, bipartisan conversations are underway on shared priorities such as rebuilding our military… Continue Reading


01.04.18

McConnell: Optimistic We Can Begin 2018 With A Bipartisan, Two-Year Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for a government funding agreement: "I spoke yesterday about the need to fund the federal government by January 19th. Members in both parties - including leadership on both sides - have publicly stated their desire to approach this issue in a serious and collaborative manner. And those sentiments were renewed in a productive meeting yesterday. I am optimi… Continue Reading


07.06.16

McConnell Discusses Senate Focus on Serious Solutions; Previews Legislative Schedule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding an active Senate: "Last week's passage of responsible, bipartisan legislation on Puerto Rico shows what's possible when we keep our focus on serious solutions. That's where we should keep our focus again during the coming work period. "We knew that doing nothing was not an option on Puerto Rico, so Senators of both parties worked to pass responsible legislation to hel… Continue Reading


04.05.16

McConnell Files Supreme Court Brief in Challenge to President’s Overreach on Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Republican Senators' efforts to challenge the Obama Administration's immigration executive action: "A few years ago, President Obama gave a speech in Miami where he said the following about immigration: 'I know [that] some…wish that I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that's not how democracy works.' "He's right. It isn't. "Apparently that w… Continue Reading


01.20.16

McConnell Urges the Senate to Move Forward on the American SAFE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act: "Our country has a proud record of admitting the oppressed as refugees to our shores. "Yet, the debate about how to safely admit refugees from Syria and Iraq is a serious conversation that deserves a serious response from Washington. "It's difficult to effectively vet immigrants from a war-torn country where rec… Continue Reading


01.19.16

McConnell Calls on Senate to Advance the SAFE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act: "It's clear that many Americans are concerned about the Administration's ability to properly vet thousands of individuals from Syria and Iraq. Elected officials in both parties have expressed concerns too, as have Administration officials. "That's why many Americans are asking us to take a step back and press 'pa… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Obama Administration Should Hit Pause Button on Refugee Entries, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Syrian refugees: "It's clear that the American people are concerned about the Administration's ability to properly vet thousands of individuals from Syria. "More than half of our nation's governors, governors of both parties, have demonstrated their concern. "Many members in Congress, members of both parties, have raised concerns too. "Given all this and given all that's hap… Continue Reading


10.20.15

Senate to Vote Today on Legislation that Includes Kate’s Law, Addresses Sanctuary Cities and Additional Law Enforcement Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act: "Just before the state work period, I asked Senators to consider some important questions. "In a time of limited federal resources and tough choices, is it fair to treat localities that cooperate with federal law enforcement or work hard to follow federal law no better than localities that refuse to help or actively… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Senate to Consider Legislation That Would Penalize ‘Sanctuary’ Cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act: "Senators will soon travel to their home states for the state work period. I ask colleagues to consider some important questions as they meet with constituents and take time to reflect. "In a time of limited federal resources and tough choices, is it fair to treat localities that cooperate with federal law enforcement or … Continue Reading


02.27.15

Senate Will Vote Today on DHS Funding, Consider Executive Overreach Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding votes on Department of Homeland Security funding and the President's executive overreach on immigration: "This morning, the Senate will complete work on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. And then, we'll turn to Senator Collins' bill. It's common-sense legislation that would protect our democracy from the egregious example of executive overreach we saw in Nove… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Collins Bill to Curb the President’s Executive Overreach ‘a Common-Sense Idea’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to support Senator Collins' sensible legislation blocking the President's executive overreach: "It was good to see Democrats finally bring an end to their weeks-long filibuster of Homeland Security funding. "Once the measure we voted on yesterday is complete, the Senate will consider sensible legislation from Senator Collins. "Her bill is simple: It would pro… Continue Reading


02.24.15

McConnell Calls on Senate Democrats to Support Bill Restricting President’s Immigration Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor in which he urged Senate Democrats to support legislation restricting the President's immigration overreach: "Last night, I took action to allow the Senate to consider common-sense legislation every common-sense Democrat should want to support. "This targeted measure would address the President's most recent overreach from November. The bill isn't tied to DHS funding. There's no excuse… Continue Reading


02.23.15

Senate Democrats Should End Their Weeks-Long Filibuster of DHS Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of the Department of Homeland Security funding bill: "In just a few moments, Democrats will have another opportunity to end their weeks-long filibuster of Homeland Security funding. "It will be the first opportunity for Democrats to show where they stand after a federal judge preliminarily enjoined the Administration from moving ahead… Continue Reading


02.12.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Stop Blocking DHS Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of the DHS funding bill: "For two weeks now, Democrats have continued to filibuster funding for the Department of Homeland Security. "Democrats are filibustering Homeland Security funding for one reason: to defend actions President Obama himself referred to as "unwise and unfair," and "ignoring the law." "For two full weeks, Democrat… Continue Reading

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