Remarks

03.17.16

Senate Working in Bipartisan Way to Help Address Online Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today prior to the Senate voting on a bipartisan resolution regarding human trafficking: "Let me begin by stating an obvious point. When it comes to filling the current Supreme Court vacancy - which could fundamentally alter the direction of the court for a generation - Republicans and Democrats simply disagree. "Republicans think the people deserve a voice in this critical discussion. … Continue Reading


03.16.16

McConnell On Supreme Court Nomination

'The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court's direction…The American people may well elect a President who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next President may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majo… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Senate Should Work to Save Families From Higher Grocery Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan biotech labeling legislation: "In the last national election, the American people elected a Republican Senate. Since then, we've accomplished a lot of important things for our country. "Landmark education reform. Permanent tax relief for families and small businesses. Significant action to repair America's roads and bridges. And just last week, decisive steps … Continue Reading


03.14.16

Senate to Consider Bipartisan Bill to Protect American Families from Increased Food Labeling Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate legislation addressing the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO): "Vermont recently passed food-labeling legislation that, according to one study, could increase annual food costs by more than a thousand dollars per family. "These aren't just Vermont families I'm talking about. These are families across our country. "The Senate will soon consider comm… Continue Reading


03.14.16

Republican Senate Building on Bipartisan Accomplishments for American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding accomplishments under the Republican Senate Majority: "Last week the Senate took decisive action to address America's devastating prescription opioid and heroin epidemic by passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). "It's an important accomplishment for the American people. It's the latest example of a Republican Senate leading on important issues. "I… Continue Reading


03.14.16

National Democrats’ War on Coal Continues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding national democrats' continued assault on Kentucky coal miners, their families, and their jobs: "When President Obama was a candidate, he boasted that his energy tax policies would make electricity prices 'skyrocket' for American families. When President Obama took office, his administration declared a war on coal families and their jobs. "For a time, his administration … Continue Reading


03.10.16

Senate Set to Continue Accomplishments Under the New Majority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today prior to the vote on the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and regarding the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy: "Later this morning the Senate will have an opportunity to take decisive action to address our nation's devastating prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. "The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is good legislation that will help tackle this cr… Continue Reading


03.09.16

Passing Senate’s Bipartisan Bill will be ‘Big Step’ in Combating 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 (CARA): "The Senate will soon have a chance to come together in support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bill designed to help address the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic that's hurting our country."We've seen the impact this crisis is having in all 50 states-how it's affecting people of al… Continue Reading


03.08.16

Senate to Vote on Bipartisan Bill to Address Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging support for the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA): "The Junior Senator from New Hampshire delivered a powerful address to our nation this weekend. She spoke about the need to tackle a heroin and prescription opioid epidemic that's impacting not just her state, not just my state, but communities across our country. "She correctly called this a 'life… Continue Reading


03.07.16

McConnell Encourages Senate to Move Forward in Addressing Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today prior to the cloture vote on the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA): "As I noted earlier, combatting substance abuse was an issue close to Nancy Reagan's heart. It's fitting then that we will have an important opportunity this afternoon to help address the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic sweeping our nation. "We can do so by advancing the Comprehen… Continue Reading


03.07.16

Honoring the Life of First Lady Nancy Reagan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today honoring former First Lady, Nancy Davis Reagan: "Nancy Reagan was one of the most powerful First Ladies in recent memory. "Sometimes she spoke out - for instance, on issues like substance abuse - but more often Nancy wielded her power with calm confidence and quiet steel. It was an attitude that helped guide Nancy through so many challenges in her own life. "Getting an acting ca… Continue Reading


03.03.16

Bipartisan Bill Will Help Address Drug Epidemic in Kentucky and Nation

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): "Today we have an opportunity to take another step forward on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a critically important and bipartisan bill to address the growing prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. "As we've worked through debate on this legislation, we've heard numerous stories from… Continue Reading


03.02.16

McConnell Reiterates to President the American People Will Be Heard, Senate Will Observe ‘Biden Rule’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding yesterday's Supreme Court vacancy discussion with the President: "The current Senate Democratic Leader once stated that 'nowhere in [the Constitution] does it say the Senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote.' The incoming Senate Democratic Leader did not even wait until the final year of the last President's term to declare that the Senate should 'not conf… Continue Reading


03.02.16

Senate Continues Work to Pass the Bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding his discussion with the President on the nation's drug epidemic and bipartisan legislation to help address this national crisis: "We had a constructive discussion about legislative issues like the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic sweeping our country and the important bill we'll continue considering today to help address it. "The Comprehensive Addiction and Recove… Continue Reading


03.01.16

McConnell on Supreme Court Vacancy: American People Will Be Heard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding today's meeting with the President: "The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and I will meet with President Obama this morning. We will reiterate that the American people will have a voice in the vacancy on the Supreme Court as they choose the next President who in turn will nominate the next Supreme Court justice. "In other words, we will observe the 'Biden Rule.' "American… Continue Reading


02.29.16

Bipartisan Bill Would Help Communities, Law Enforcement Combat the Opioid, Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan efforts in the Senate to address the nation's prescription opioid and heroin epidemic: "There is an epidemic sweeping across our nation. "Ripping through communities. Tearing families apart. Striking at the vulnerable, even babies who have yet to take a first breath. "The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic does not discriminate by demographic or socio-e… Continue Reading


02.25.16

Senate Continues Bipartisan Efforts to Address the Opioid Epidemic, Help Families Impacted by Drug Abuse

'There are steps we can take today to help families impacted by drug abuse - and keep more families from ever going through it to begin with. That's why I'm proud to join my colleague, the Senior Senator from Iowa, in introducing the Protecting Families Affected by Substance Abuse Act, which would reauthorize grants to help children in foster care, or at risk of being placed there, because of their parent's drug habits…there are a number of other important pieces of related legislation he… Continue Reading


02.24.16

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the Selma Foot Soldiers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony today honoring the Selma Foot Soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches. The following are U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's remarks delivered during the ceremony, which took place in Emancipation Hall, in the U.S. Capitol: "From time to time we come together in retrospect, on the historic grounds of the Capitol, to show continuing gratitude to individuals whose actions helped shape our… Continue Reading


02.24.16

President Must Follow Laws He Signed Prohibiting Transfer of Gitmo Terrorists to U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President's announcement on the secure terrorist-detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: "President Obama has left the American people to wait many years for a serious plan - one that poses no additional risk to our nation or our armed forces, for instance - in pursuit of his desire to close the secure detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. "Americans have been w… Continue Reading


02.23.16

McConnell Asks Senate to Consider VP Biden’s Words on Supreme Court Vacancy

'Will we allow the people to continue deciding who will nominate the next justice, or will we empower a lame-duck president to make that decision on his way out the door instead?' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding "The Biden Rules" for a Supreme Court vacancy: "The signs of the season are all around us. "Volunteers are knocking. "Caucusers are caucusing. "Voters are voting. "Countless ballots have b… Continue Reading

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