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12.03.15

Long-term Highway Bill Another Senate Accomplishment under Republican Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate accomplishments: "Every day this week, I've mentioned some of the significant accomplishments of a Senate under new management-a Senate that's put its focus back on the American people. "After years of inaction, this Senate took bipartisan action to help the victims of modern-day slavery. "Many said the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act would never pass the S… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Senate Will Vote Today on Bill to Repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act: "Middle Class Americans continue to call on Washington to build a bridge away from Obamacare. They want better care. They want real health reform. "For too long, Democrats did everything to prevent Congress from passing the type of legislation necessary to help these Americans who are hurting. "Today, that e… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act Another Senate Bipartisan Achievement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate accomplishments: "The past few days, I've noted some of the achievements of a new Congress that's back to work on the side of the American people. "We've passed bills no one ever thought Washington could touch. We've made reforms that had previously languished for years without result. "Even more remarkably, we've often done so on a bipartisan basis. "Consider just the … Continue Reading


12.02.15

Obamacare – A Direct Attack on America’s Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the pitfalls of Obamacare: "Obamacare is a direct attack on the Middle Class of our country. It's a partisan law that puts ideology before people, that hurts many of the very Americans it was supposed to help. "It resulted in millions of cancellation notices for hardworking Americans who had plans they liked, and who'd done nothing wrong. "It raised premiums, co-pays, d… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Senate Continues to Add to Growing List of Accomplishments For American Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate accomplishments: "The new Republican Senate has been working hard to get Congress back to work over the past year. We've obviously had a lot of success. "As I noted yesterday, the new Republican Senate will soon pass two really significant, bipartisan bills for a second and final time - the bipartisan multi-year highway bill and the bipartisan replacement for No C… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Senate Set to Begin Debate on Obamacare Repeal Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Obamacare repeal: "When Washington Democrats passed Obamacare over the objections of the American people, they were confident Americans would soon warm to the law. "But more than five years later, the American people continue to oppose this unprecedented Democrat attack on their health care. "Is it any wonder? "When Americans think Obamacare, they think increased cost. … Continue Reading


11.30.15

McConnell Highlights Bipartisan Senate Accomplishments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate accomplishments: "Last election, the American people chose a new direction with a new Republican majority in Congress. "We've been working hard ever since to get Congress back on their side and back to work. "Over the past year: "Americans have seen committees up and running again. "Americans have seen bills passing again. "Americans have seen meaningful, bip… Continue Reading


11.30.15

McConnell Outlines Failures of President’s Power Plan as Paris Climate Talks Convene

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President's costly power plan: "When President Obama tried to push a regressive, anti-Middle Class energy tax through a Democrat-controlled Congress, his own party said no. "Undeterred, the President simply went around Congress to impose similarly regressive - and likely illegal - 'power plan' energy regulations anyway. "He's currently trying to sell that power pla… Continue Reading


11.19.15

President Warned Not to Skirt Law that Bans Bringing Guantanamo Terrorists into U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Guantanamo terrorists: "Years ago, then-candidate Obama made a campaign promise that has not withstood the measure of time or the realities brought by terrorism. "He said he wanted to close the secure detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Ever since, he has pursued policies that willfully avoided the targeting chain of capture, interrogate, build intelligence, and target. "It … Continue Reading


11.19.15

Obama Administration Should Hit Pause Button on Refugee Entries, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Syrian refugees: "It's clear that the American people are concerned about the Administration's ability to properly vet thousands of individuals from Syria. "More than half of our nation's governors, governors of both parties, have demonstrated their concern. "Many members in Congress, members of both parties, have raised concerns too. "Given all this and given all that's hap… Continue Reading


11.18.15

Senate Opens Debate on Bill to Fund America’s Transportation and Housing Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act: "From the outset, the new Senate has worked to realize a smarter and more inclusive appropriations process. "That's why we passed a budget, moving past six years of inaction. "That's why we passed all 12 appropriations bills through committee, moving past six years of inaction. "Nearly all of those … Continue Reading


11.17.15

Post-Election Transition is a Potential Watershed for Reform Efforts, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the recent elections in Burma: "On several occasions this year, I have come to the floor and noted that this year's Burmese election would represent a crucial test for the country's path to political reform. The lead-up to this November's election was marked by a number of discouraging structural developments: the disenfranchisement of the Rohingya population and the defeat of… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Senate Considers Measures to Block Obama Administration’s Anti-Coal Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding two resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act of the President's EPA regulations: "The Obama Administration is trying to impose deeply regressive energy regulations that would eliminate good-paying jobs, punish the poor, and make it even harder for Kentuckians to put food on the table. "Their effect on global carbon levels? Essentially a rounding error. "Th… Continue Reading


11.17.15

The Attacks in Paris

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the terrorist attacks in Paris: "Allow me to express what I know each of my colleagues feels today. "We, the 100 men and women of the United States Senate, send our sincere condolences to the people of France. From across the Atlantic, Americans send condolences to the victims, to their families, and to first responders. "We understand the pain and the loss that accompany a … Continue Reading


11.10.15

Senate Will Vote Today on VA and Military Construction Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act: "The veterans funding bill before us is the result of great work by another champion of veterans: Senator Kirk, Chair of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. "Just like Senator Isakson's Veteran's Affairs Committee, the subcommittee led by the Senator from Illinois … Continue Reading


11.10.15

Defense Bill Retains Bipartisan Prohibition Against President Sending Guantanamo 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 National Defense Authorization Act: "We'll turn to legislation today that the men and women who currently wear our uniform have had to wait too long for. "When Senator McCain says that 'it is the first duty of the federal government to protect the nation,' he means it. He knows what it means to serve. He knows what it means to sacrifice. And in his role as Chair of … Continue Reading


11.10.15

Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Veterans Day: "Like many of my colleagues, I plan to commemorate Veteran's Day with the people I'm honored to represent here in the Senate. I'll join Kentuckians at a ceremony in Shelbyville's Veteran's Memorial Park. "Hands will be put to heart as the Star Spangled Banner is played. Heads will bow in reverence as 106 names are read aloud. "Each, a Kentuckian who made t… Continue Reading


11.09.15

McConnell Welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor welcoming Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington: "I'd like to welcome the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to Washington, D.C. "Today's visit between President Obama and the Prime Minister was the first time the leaders of our two countries have met in over a year. It was also their first time meeting since President Obama concluded his deal with Iran. "We know that that… Continue Reading


11.05.15

McConnell Says Senate Will Revisit Blocked Defense Bill, Proceeds to Veterans Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding veterans and defense appropriations (as prepared for delivery): "Our colleagues across the aisle just voted to allow the Senate to proceed to an individual appropriations bill. "Proceeding to a funding bill shouldn't be breaking news. "But it is worth noting. "Because Democrats have repeatedly blocked the Senate from even debating any individual appropriations bills f… Continue Reading


11.05.15

Rising Costs, Broken Promises of Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the failures of Obamacare: "I remember a recent time when President Obama tried to spin Americans on Obamacare. The best he could muster then was a condescending, cringe-inducing message that likely turned off more people than it converted. "He even said that Americans who already had health insurance, quote, 'may not know that they've got a better deal now [under Obamacare] t… Continue Reading

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