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12.05.16

Senate Renames Cancer Initiative in 21st Century Cures Bill After Beau Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the renaming of the NIH cancer initiative in the 21st Century Cures Act after Vice President Joe Biden's late son, Beau, who lost his battle with cancer last year: "It's a rare day when we get to see the Vice President presiding in that chair. "It's great to have him here today. "We look forward to welcoming him again later this week too. "I know members will have ple… Continue Reading


12.05.16

Senate to Vote on 21st Century Cures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate's upcoming vote on the 21st Century Cures Bill: "Last week, the House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures medical innovation bill. Now it's the Senate's turn to move this bill forward and send it to the president's desk for signature. "This legislation has earned wide support from both sides of the aisle and is one of the most important bi… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Senate to Vote on Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on the Senate's upcoming vote on the Iran sanctions extension legislation: "Later today, we'll have a chance to pass the Iran sanctions extension legislation that passed the House by a large margin. "Given Iran's continued pattern of aggression and the country's persistent efforts to expand its sphere of influence across the region, preserving these sanctions is critical. "This … Continue Reading


12.01.16

21st Century Cures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today in support of the 21st Century Cures bill: "Yesterday the House passed the 21st Century Cures bill with overwhelming bipartisan support, and I hope to see the same here in the Senate. "This medical innovation bill is one that can have a substantial impact for families across the country. "It supports medical research, including promoting regenerative medicine. "It provides real… Continue Reading


11.30.16

McConnell on Remaining Items for this Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding remaining work before the 114th Congress comes to a close: "The Senate has a number of issues to wrap up including the conference reports on the Water Resources Development Act, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act. "The action taken by the Senate yesterday will allow us to have a final vote on the critical Iran Sanctions Exten… Continue Reading


11.29.16

McConnell on the Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding extending sanctions against Iran: "In just a moment Senators will have a chance to pass the Iran sanctions extension bill that recently passed the House overwhelmingly. "Preserving these sanctions is critical given Iran's disturbing pattern of aggression and its persistent efforts to expand its sphere of influence across the Middle East. "This is all the more importan… Continue Reading


11.28.16

Senate Begins Wrap-Up of 114th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate's remaining work in 2016: "Over the next few weeks, Senators will work to conclude the business of the 114th Congress as we begin looking forward to the 115th. "We've got a lot to do, including approving several conference reports and funding the government. "It's good to see the respective committees making important progress on conference reports for the N… Continue Reading


11.17.16

McConnell: Important Work Ahead

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding remaining agenda items of the current Congress: "It's been a busy and exciting week as we've welcomed new members, assembled our leadership teams for the 115th Congress, and gotten to work on important issues. "Today we'll have the opportunity to take up a bill that's particularly important for Gulf Coast states like Louisiana. "Senator Cassidy has been a leader on thi… Continue Reading


11.16.16

McConnell Grateful for Support of Colleagues and American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the 115th Congress: "This morning our conference came together to select the Republican leadership team for the 115th Congress. "It's an honor to have been chosen once again by my colleagues to continue serving as leader. "I know I speak for every Republican Senator in expressing gratitude to the American people for entrusting us with this majority. "It's a great resp… Continue Reading


11.15.16

McConnell Welcomes Senate Back to Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding wrapping up the 114th Congress: "We've had a regularly scheduled election in this country every two years since 1788, right on time. This year's campaign was long and it was tough. I think everyone's glad it's over. I think Americans are ready to come together and move the country forward. "As President Obama reminded us, '[We're] all on one team. This is an … Continue Reading


09.28.16

McConnell: Let’s Keep Working Together to Pass Critical Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on funding for Zika, veterans and continuing government operations: "Our colleagues in the House made good progress last night on a way forward to help the people of Flint in the Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA, which as we've said is its proper vehicle. "The Senate already voted overwhelmingly, 95-3, to pass assistance for Flint families a… Continue Reading


09.28.16

McConnell on the Passing of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today mourning the passing of Shimon Peres, the ninth president of Israel: "We were saddened to learn last night that Shimon Peres, the ninth president of Israel, has passed away at the age of 93. "He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of service on behalf of the people of Israel - and a lengthy resume to match. "The Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congress… Continue Reading


09.27.16

McConnell: We Cannot Afford to Wait Any Longer on Providing Critical Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on funding for Zika, veterans and continuing government operations: "I'd like to bring a little perspective to today's vote on the Clean CR/Zika package. "This is a 10-week funding bill. "Its contents command broad support. "It contains zero controversial riders from either party. "Can it really be that Democratic leaders have embraced dysfunction … Continue Reading


09.26.16

McConnell: We Should Pass the Fair and Clean CR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on Zika/veterans funding, continuing government operations: "The 10-week Clean CR the Senate will vote on tomorrow is pretty simple. "It keeps the government funded at the same agreed-upon, bipartisan spending levels as today. "It contains zero controversial riders. "It funds the fight against Zika. "And it ensures that veterans and the victims of … Continue Reading


09.22.16

Bipartisan Cooperation Needed to Complete Senate’s Important Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on Zika/veterans funding, continuing government operations: "There have been broad requests for a clean continuing resolution. So that's what I've just offered. It's the result of many, many hours of bipartisan work across the aisle. "It's a fair proposal that funds all current government operations through December 9, while also providing funding for… Continue Reading


09.21.16

McConnell: The United States Must Live Up to Its Commitments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today in support of the United States' commitment to assist Saudi Arabia in combating al Qaeda and ISIL: "Today the Senate will consider a motion to discharge a resolution of disapproval from the Foreign Relations Committee. "I oppose that motion because I believe it would harm our nation's long term strategic interests in the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East. It would fu… Continue Reading


09.21.16

McConnell: Obamacare’s Legacy is an Attack on the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on Senate Democrats doubling down on the failures of Obamacare: "My friend the Democratic Leader has a favorite saying. "He often says that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. "I'm not sure his fellow Democrats got the memo. "At a time when Obamacare is raising health costs dramatically, chasing competition out of the health industry, and co… Continue Reading


09.19.16

McConnell: Ensuring the Safety of All Americans Remains Our Top Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor on the attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota over the weekend: "Over the weekend, several incidents that appear to be acts of terrorism left dozens injured and many across the country shaken. While we're thankful that no loss of life has been reported, we also know that the injured will face a difficult road to recovery and healing. Our prayers are with each of them and all… Continue Reading


09.15.16

McConnell Praises Infrastructure, Commerce Components of Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today praising the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act: From the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay to the inland waterways that are so important to Kentucky's maritime jobs, America's waterways play a crucial role in supporting the economy, transporting goods and people from point A to point B, and supplying communities with drinking water. As the chairman of the Environ… Continue Reading


09.15.16

McConnell Welcomes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor ahead of his meeting with Burmese State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi today: "Today I have the distinct honor of welcoming my dear friend, Burmese State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as she visits the Capitol. "Daw Suu is an incredible woman with an incredible life story. "She's endured much since pro-democracy protests first swept her country many years ago. "What followed … Continue Reading

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