Remarks

04.05.16

Senate to Act on Bipartisan, Consumer-Friendly Aviation Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act: "We'll soon begin consideration of bipartisan legislation that can support American jobs, improve airline safety, and help passengers - all without raising taxes or fees on travelers. "The FAA Reauthorization Act before us is the result of a collaborative committee process. It shows what's possible with … Continue Reading


04.04.16

We Must Work With Our Allies to Fight Terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today that America must continue to work to defeat a global terrorist threat: "In recent weeks we have again been reminded of the pervasive threat posed by Islamist terrorists to the world. We've seen ghastly images in places as diverse as Brussels, Yemen, and Lahore. "Attacks seem to be coming nearly weekly now; it feels like we hear of a new one almost every time we flip on the news. … Continue Reading


04.04.16

McConnell Urges Support for Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Intellectual Property

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 the bipartisan Defend Trade Secrets Act: "Today the Senate will vote on the Defend Trade Secrets Act. This bipartisan legislation can help promote the growth of our economy, help spur the increase and retention of American jobs, and help protect American innovation in the global economy. "It aims to do so by providing tools for American companies, both… Continue Reading


04.04.16

McConnell Honors Capitol Police, Welcomes New Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the daily sacrifice of the United States Capitol Police: "I want to remember the daily sacrifice of our Capitol Police in light of the incident last Monday. Incidents like these remind us of the sacrifices officers make on our behalf each and every day. "These brave men and women protect all who work here. They protect countless visitors from across our nation and across… Continue Reading


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

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