Remarks

04.13.21

Clumsy Retreat from Afghanistan Would Be “a Grave Mistake”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Afghanistan: "Just moments ago, new reporting suggests the Biden Administration plans to turn tail and abandon the fight in Afghanistan. "Precipitously withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan is a grave mistake. It is retreat in the face of an enemy that has not yet been vanquished and abdication of American leadership. "Leaders in both parties, includi… Continue Reading


04.13.21

McConnell on the Death of Officer Billy Evans: “His Sacrifice Will Not Be Forgotten”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the death of USCP Officer Billy Evans: "As we speak, for the second time this year, a fallen officer of the United States Capitol Police lies in honor under the Capitol dome. "This morning, Officer Billy Evans was welcomed here for a final time by grieving comrades and a Senate family that is immensely grateful for his life, his friendship, and his ultim… Continue Reading


04.12.21

Election Law and Infrastructure Deserve Bipartisanship, Not Democrats’ 'Trojan Horse Tactics'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding upcoming legislative priorities: "The Senate returns today from a state work period. We got to meet with constituents in our home states and hear firsthand about their most pressing concerns. "Unfortunately, back here in Washington, Democrats continued to roll out new reasons for the American people to worry. "The week before last, the Biden Administratio… Continue Reading


04.12.21

McConnell Pays Tribute to Officer Evans & Salutes USCP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the April 2, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol: "On Good Friday, the United States Capitol Police were subjected to another violent attack. "Once again, our uniformed heroes wound up in harm's way. And Officer Billy Evans, a friend and favorite of many here on the Senate side, a faithful protector of the Capitol, was killed. "Investigators are stil… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Democrats’ Partisan Spending Spree Threatens State Policies that Help Kentuckians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 recovery: "Senators will soon head home for a state work period. We'll be seeing an Easter season of optimism and hope as the tide of the pandemic continues to turn. "Thanks to science and fueled by five bipartisan bills we passed last year, vaccines were developed, approved, and pre-ordered in record time. America was delivering more than a milli… Continue Reading


03.25.21

A Partisan F.E.C. Takeover? Socialism for Political Consultants? Not Exactly ‘Voting Rights’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding H.R. 1: "Yesterday, the Rules Committee held a hearing on Democrats' proposal to tilt our entire political system on a partisan basis. "It would forcibly rewrite every state's election laws in ways that defy common sense and are deeply unpopular with American voters. "It would mandate nearly unrestricted same-day registration. It would mandate big loophol… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Amid Border Crisis, Democrats Block Bills to Detain Violent Criminal Migrants and Fight Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the border crisis: "The crisis on our southern border continues to escalate. "CBP is tracking the largest surge in migrant apprehensions in 20 years. Unaccompanied children are literally piling up in close quarters. It turns out when politicians spend a two-year campaign advertising amnesty, people listen. "And as one senior CBP official said, there is, … Continue Reading


03.24.21

McConnell: Democrats’ Power Grab Would Invite “Total Chaos” in Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today at the Rules Committee hearing on S. 1: "Madam Chair, Senator Blunt, thanks for this important hearing. "From what the Majority Leaders just said, the state bills that he refers to only two of them have passed, and they had nothing to do with suppressing the vote. "It's also noteworthy that this is a solution in search of a problem. Turnout in 2020 was up 7%. Turnout in the 2020 elect… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Democrats’ Filibuster Threats Aren’t About Principle, Just Raw Power

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the legislative filibuster: "While House Democrats try to overturn a certified election result from last November, some Senate Democrats are agitating to break Senate rules to ram through a partisan rewrite of all 50 states' election laws. "The 60-vote threshold is the reason why huge pillars of domestic policy don't oscillate back and forth every time a d… Continue Reading


03.22.21

We Know What Kinds of Policies Are Pro-Job and Pro-Worker

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding American workers: "This afternoon, the Senate will vote on the President's nominee to head the Department of Labor. "I'll be voting against confirming Mr. Walsh. The Biden Administration has already signaled they will ask him to implement a variety of policies that do not serve the long-term interests of American workers. "Unfortunately, it appears that w… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Administration Must Back Up Tough Talk on China With Commitment to Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "On Thursday, Biden Administration officials had their first person-to-person meeting with representatives from the People's Republic of China. By diplomatic standards, the opening public exchange was tense. "The belligerent grandstanding by PRC diplomats was unfortunately no surprise. It's what we've come to expect. As China's military and economi… Continue Reading


03.18.21

McConnell Thanks Acting Sergeant at Arms Jennifer Hemingway

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Jennifer Hemingway: "This week marks the end of Jennifer Hemingway's service as the Senate's Acting Sergeant at Arms. "I'm happy and grateful that Jennifer is not going anywhere. "While she's stepping aside from the top job, as is custom when party control flips, Leader Schumer's had the excellent judgment to retain Jennifer as the Sergeant at Arms Chief … Continue Reading


03.18.21

The Democrats Trying to Overturn an Election Want to Rewrite the Rules for the Next One

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Democrats overturning elections: "I remember distant days, long ago, way back through the mists of time, when Democrats said it would be wrong for Washington D.C. to overturn a state-certified election result. "No, wait a minute. That was two months ago. "Two months ago, every Democrat, cable news channel, and liberal newspaper was melting down over some… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Biden Administration Sends FEMA to Border, Still Denies it’s a Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the border crisis: "Yesterday, Secretary Mayorkas testified, quote, 'the border is secure and the border is not open.' "Yet the situation on our southern border has required FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be called in. "So either this is the first time FEMA has been deployed just to admire a situation that is going smoothly, or the Admi… Continue Reading


03.17.21

McConnell on Challenges Posed by China and Potential for Bipartisan Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding China: "Tomorrow, the Secretary of State and the President's National Security Advisor will have their first face-to-face meeting with Chinese officials. "I'm glad our officials met with regional allies like Japan and South Korea right beforehand, and have been in touch with Australia and European allies as well. It's essential that we and our friends pres… Continue Reading


03.17.21

McConnell Calls on Trade Nominee Tai to Support Increasing Exports, Supporting Kentucky Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "Fortunately, the Senate will first be confirming a thoroughly-qualified nominee to be the new Administration's top trade official. "Katherine Tai is just the kind of qualified and mainstream person who is positioned to serve President Biden and the country well. "That's why she received broad, bipartisan support from the Finance Committee, a… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Becerra Nomination: Light on Health Expertise, Heavy on “Commitment to Partisan Warfare”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "Last week, our Democratic colleagues had to resort to a rare tactic to rescue the stalled nomination of Xavier Becerra to run the Department of Health and Human Services. "The distinguishing feature of this nominee's resume is not his expertise in health, medicine, or administration. That part of the resume is very brief. What stands out are … Continue Reading


03.16.21

Democrats Hypocritically Killing the Filibuster Would Break the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the legislative filibuster: "I'll begin today with a few quotations. "Quote: 'The legislative filibuster… is the most important distinction between the Senate and the House. Without the 60-vote threshold for legislation, the Senate becomes a majoritarian institution like the House, much more subject to the winds of short-term electoral change. No Se… Continue Reading


03.15.21

President’s COVID-19 Remarks Tried to Rewrite History and Overrule Science

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the COVID-19 response: "Last Thursday, I spoke about the pain and disruption this pandemic has caused this past year. "I also discussed the optimistic springtime that lies before us. "This brighter horizon is not a product of a partisan bill that was signed last week... or an administration that was sworn in less than two months ago. "It was built by th… Continue Reading


03.11.21

McConnell Pays Tribute to Departing Assistant Secretary of the Senate Mary Suit Jones

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Assistant Secretary of the Senate Mary Suit Jones: "As I've mentioned, it's customary for some top Senate staff positions to see new faces when party control changes hands. "Today, it is my honor to pay tribute to Mary Suit Jones, a huge asset to this institution who's become an institution herself. "Tomorrow, Mary will finish her second separate run as A… Continue Reading

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