Remarks

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


09.14.16

McConnell: Obamacare is a Direct Attack on the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on how Obamacare is hurting people across the country: "Let me start by stating the obvious: Obamacare is a direct attack on the Middle Class. Premiums are shooting up by double-digits… "Co-pays are spiking and deductibles are skyrocketing. "Co-ops are collapsing and insurers are withdrawing. "We all know the statistics. "They're shocking. "And yet, they sti… Continue Reading


09.13.16

McConnell: Obamacare is a Failing Partisan Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on how Obamacare is hurting people across the country: Days before Obamacare passed the Senate, in 2009, the Senior Senator from New York predicted that Americans would come around "soon" on the unpopular bill his party was trying to force through. "The reason people are negative is not the substance of the bill," he mused, "but the fears that the opponents have laid out. Whe… Continue Reading


09.12.16

McConnell Provides Update on Zika, Veterans Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on legislation to responsibly fund the government: Members on both sides have been working towards an agreement to responsibly fund the government. We've made a lot of important progress already. I expect to move forward this week on a continuing resolution through December 9 at last year's enacted levels and include funds for Zika control and our veterans. Talks are contin… Continue Reading


09.08.16

McConnell: Obamacare is failing the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on the realities that Americans are facing because of Obamacare: President Obama said something interesting just days before signing his namesake health takeover into law. In explaining the need for Obamacare, he said this: "[W]hat's happening to your premiums? What's happening to your co-payments? What's happening to your deductible? They're all going up. That's money straigh… Continue Reading


09.07.16

McConnell: Inexcusable that Senate Democrats Continue to Block National Defense and Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today after Senate Democrats once again blocked the compromise conference report for anti-Zika efforts and support for our national defense, veterans: "Last night, Senate Democrats blocked critical funding - for veterans, for pregnant mothers and babies, and for service members. It's not the first or the even the second time they've put partisan politics ahead of the health and saf… Continue Reading


09.06.16

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Stop Blocking Support for National Defense and Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today encouraging Senate Democrats to stop blocking the compromise conference report for anti-Zika efforts and veterans funding, and the defense appropriations bill: "I want to welcome colleagues back from what I know was a productive state work period. I'm sure I speak for us all when I say that traveling to our states and meeting with those we represent is one of the best parts of… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Republican Leadership Gets Senate Working for the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding accomplishments Senate during the Republican Majority: "One newspaper recently declared that the Senate 'has settled into a new normal' under Republican leadership, 'passing bills at [a] rate not seen in decades.' And that is good news for the American people. Here's why. "This 'new normal' includes more than 225 bills that have been passed, along with more than 140… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Senate Democrats Put Partisan Politics Before Veterans, Servicemembers, Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging Senate Democrats to support the authorization and funding for our national defense: "As every colleague knows, there are two types of bills necessary to fund our military. First is the defense authorization bill, which authorizes the many things our military needs. Democrats voted with us to pass that important bill last month. Second is the defense appropriations bill,… Continue Reading


07.14.16

With Democrat Cooperation, Senate Can Pass Anti-Zika Efforts and Funding for Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today encouraging Senate Democrats to stop blocking the compromise conference report for anti-Zika efforts and support for our veterans: "It's hard to understand why Democrats continue to filibuster the funding needed to fight Zika. We've already shown the reality behind various claims and half-truths about the compromise anti-Zika conference report. "The idea that it would underfu… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Senate Democrats’ Partisan Politics Blocks Critical anti-Zika Efforts, Support for Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate Democrats' blocking anti-Zika efforts and support for our veterans: 'Unfortunately, there are areas where our colleagues have blocked critical progress, on issues like Zika control funding and support for our veterans. Here was the headline in a newspaper this week, 'Reid: Senate Dems will block Zika funding again.' '[W]hich means,' the article explained, … Continue Reading


07.13.16

Republican-Led Senate Works to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Keep Americans Safe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) conference report, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, and the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "Today the Republican-led Senate will have two opportunities to make a difference for the American people by passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act conference report and the bipartisan… Continue Reading


07.12.16

‘Truly a Comprehensive Response to the Opioid Epidemic’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and funding to support veterans, anti-Zika efforts: "Angie was 'a beautiful girl with a heart of gold and a smile that would light up a room' before her life was changed by heroin. Angie described her addiction to her mother saying, 'Mom, I need this drug like I need air to breathe.' It would take Angie experien… Continue Reading


07.12.16

Memorial Service in Dallas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding today's memorial service in Dallas, Texas: "Today the City of Dallas will hold a memorial service in honor of the five police officers slain in the senseless shooting during last week's peaceful protest. "The victims are individuals who, like law enforcement officials in each of our… Continue Reading


07.11.16

Senate Has Opportunity to Combat Opioid Epidemic and Zika, Support Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding this week's legislative schedule: "We've recently made progress on issues of importance to the American people. We've also seen some very regrettable decisions from our colleagues across the aisle. This week offers the opportunity for all of us - and our country - to move forward. "Every Senator will have the chance to advance important solutions on behalf of the Am… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Now is the Time to Get Opioid Legislation to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA): "Far too many Americans know the toll the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic is taking on our families, our communities, and each of our states. "Anti-drug groups certainly know the toll this crisis is taking, and nearly 200 groups dealing with the crisis in their communities called for action in a let… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Senate Democrats Block Bills That Would Help Protect Our Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate Democrats voting to block the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act and Kate's Law: "We all know that so-called 'sanctuary city' policies are extreme. They undermine the safety of our communities, they can inflict incredible pain on innocent victims and their families, and President Obama's own Secretary of Homeland Security has called such policies 'not acceptabl… 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


06.29.16

Senate Must Act Now on Bipartisan Puerto Rico Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan legislation to help prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout of Puerto Rico: "The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is in crisis, it owes billions of dollars in debt, and it could be forced to leave residents without essential services like hospitals and public safety resources without prompt congressional action. "If we don't act before the island misses a critical deb… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Senate Democrats Put Partisan Politics Over Women’s Health, Nation’s Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate Democrats voting to block important bipartisan funding measures to address Zika and support veterans: "Let me read you some headlines, 'Senate Democrats block Zika agreement ahead of recess,' 'Senate Dems Block House Zika Funding.' And here's what that last article goes on to say, 'Senate Democrats…blocked a critical funding measure needed to combat the s… Continue Reading

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