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02.03.16

McConnell Urges Continued Cooperation on Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "We've seen bipartisan work many times over the past year in this Senate. "We have the latest example of it before us right now. "The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the result of months of hard work across the aisle. "It passed committee with overwhelming bipartisan support. "It's broad, bipartisan energy legislation that can … Continue Reading


02.03.16

McConnell Invites Sec. Burwell for Bipartisan Briefing on Zika Virus Response Efforts

'We know there is an increasing amount of concern about what the spread of this virus could mean for the United States as we head toward warmer months. Given the public concern that followed the first Ebola case in our country, I think we could all benefit from having a better understanding of what preparations are being made to protect Americans.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Zika virus: "As I… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Bipartisan Energy Bill Would Strengthen Long-Term National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "There are a lot of reasons to like the broad, bipartisan energy bill before us. "You'll like it if you're an American interested in producing more energy. "You'll like it if you're an American interested in paying less for energy. "You'll like it if you're an American interested in saving energy. "There are a lot of important reasons… Continue Reading


02.01.16

Bipartisan Energy Bill Would Prepare Country for Energy Challenges and Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The Senior Senator from Alaska knows that reform is urgently needed to modernize America's energy policies for a new era with new challenges and new opportunities. "The Energy Committee, under her leadership, has worked hard this past year to achieve that aim. "The committee convened listening sessions. "The committee held oversig… Continue Reading


01.28.16

Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation Would Modernize America’s Energy Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The last time a broad energy bill was signed into law was back in 2007. "It may as well have been a lifetime ago, as far as America's energy situation is concerned. "While we were once living in an era of energy scarcity, we're now living in an era of higher energy production and lower technology costs. "It's change that presents ma… Continue Reading


01.27.16

Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation Would Update America's Energy Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: 'The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the result of months of hard work across the aisle. It passed committee with overwhelming bipartisan support. And Congress hasn't passed legislation to update America's energy policies in nearly a decade. 'It's time that change that. 'This broad, bipartisan energy bill offers a good way forwar… Continue Reading


01.21.16

McConnell Outlines Broad Bipartisan Energy Legislation, WOTUS Veto Override

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan legislation: "Next week, the Senate will turn to broad, bipartisan energy legislation. "The Energy Policy Modernization Act will help bring our energy policies in line with the demands of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. "It will help Americans produce more energy. "It will help Americans pay less for energy. "It will help Americans save energy. "That'… Continue Reading


01.20.16

McConnell: No Political Test for Federal Contracts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the President's reported 'Enemies List' regulation: "News outlets reported something today that should worry all of us. "Apparently, President Obama is again considering imposing his 'Enemies List' regulation by executive order - just weeks after Congress voted overwhelmingly to pass, and the President signed into law, legislation prohibiting him from doing that very thing. … Continue Reading


01.20.16

McConnell Urges the Senate to Move Forward on the American SAFE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act: "Our country has a proud record of admitting the oppressed as refugees to our shores. "Yet, the debate about how to safely admit refugees from Syria and Iraq is a serious conversation that deserves a serious response from Washington. "It's difficult to effectively vet immigrants from a war-torn country where rec… Continue Reading


01.19.16

McConnell Calls on Senate to Advance the SAFE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act: "It's clear that many Americans are concerned about the Administration's ability to properly vet thousands of individuals from Syria and Iraq. Elected officials in both parties have expressed concerns too, as have Administration officials. "That's why many Americans are asking us to take a step back and press 'pa… Continue Reading


01.12.16

In Final State of the Union, the President Should Move Beyond the Failed Policies of the Past

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President's State of the Union tonight: "Tonight, we will welcome President Obama to the Capitol for his State of the Union address. "It's his final address. It gives us cause for reflection. "Many of us recall the moment in Boston when a State Senator became a national star. "His rhetorical gift was undeniable. It was soaring elocution bathed in confetti that promis… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Bipartisan Funding and Tax Relief Legislation Will Strengthen the Economy and National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan omnibus and tax relief legislation: "We know our constituents are deeply concerned about America's struggling economy. So let's take steps - as the legislation we'll consider proposes - to support more jobs, more opportunity, and more economic growth. "Let's enact permanent tax relief for American families and small businesses. "Let's set the table f… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Bipartisan Legislation Would Eliminate Energy Export Ban, Bolster National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan omnibus and tax relief legislation: "The American people have two principal concerns: our nation's security and the economy. "The legislation we'll soon consider would help address both. "It would enact permanent tax relief for American families and small businesses. That will lead to more jobs, more opportunity, and more economic growth here in America. "Ano… Continue Reading


12.10.15

Passage of Education Reform Another Example of Congress Back to Work Under Republican Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan accomplishments in the 114th Congress: "What a difference a new Senate can make. "Some may have thought Washington would never agree on a replacement for No Child Left Behind. Years of inaction on the Senate floor gave ample cause for doubt. Some may have been skeptical when a new Senate with a new approach resolved to finally solve the problem too. "But no lo… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment’s Ratification

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate held a ceremony today commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery. The following are Leader McConnell's remarks delivered during the ceremony, which took place in Emancipation Hall, in the U.S. Capitol: "It was a January afternoon. "The air was frozen in apprehension. It was leavened with anticipation. "Hope and fear danced together that day, intermingling as they sometimes do at such important… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Senate to Vote Today on Landmark Education Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan education reform, another in a series of bipartisan accomplishments in the 114th Congress: "Some questioned whether Washington could ever agree on a replacement for No Child Left Behind. "They needn't question any longer. Just consider today's headline from the Associated Press: 'Outdated education law up for major makeover in Senate.' "This morning, we expect tha… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Senate Set to Pass Bipartisan Education Bill That Replaces No Child Left Behind

'In short, the Every Student Succeeds Act would put education back in the hands of those who know our kids best: parents, teachers, states, and school boards. It would help students succeed instead of helping Washington grow.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan education reform, another in a series of bipartisan accomplishments in the new Congress: "Both parties have long agreed that No Child… Continue Reading


12.07.15

Education Bill a Bipartisan, Reformist Replacement for No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bi-partisan education reform: "Last November, the American people elected a new Congress to get Washington working again. "Nearly every day seems to bring more signs that we are. "Over the weekend, President Obama signed the FAST Act, a multi-year highway bill, into law. "It represents a significant departure from years of short-term extensions and congressional inaction. … Continue Reading


12.07.15

President’s Oval Office Address ‘A Missed Opportunity,’ Says McConnell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President's insufficient plan defeat ISIL: "Last evening President Obama addressed the Nation concerning the threat ISIL poses to our people. "Unfortunately, the American people did not hear of a strategy or plan to defeat and destroy this terrorist army. Instead, they heard a restatement of a military campaign crafted to contain ISIL within Iraq and Syria. "Follow… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Promise Kept: Senate Passes Obamacare Repeal Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding passage of Obamacare repeal legislation: "For years, the American people have been calling on Washington to build a bridge away from Obamacare. For years, Democrats prevented the Senate from passing legislation to do so. But in just a moment, that will change. "It will be a victory for the Middle Class families who've endured this law's pain for too long. "On their med… Continue Reading

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