Remarks

11.03.15

Senate to Consider Measure to Halt Administration’s Cynical Waterways Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Federal Water Quality Protection Act: "Two federal courts have already found that the Obama Administration's plan to regulate the land around nearly every pothole and ditch is likely illegal. "It's hardly a surprise. "The Administration's so-called 'Waters of the U.S.' regulation is a cynical and overbearing power grab dressed awkwardly as some clean-water measure. "It's n… Continue Reading


11.02.15

Fiscal Agreement Directs Resources to Ensure Safety, Preparedness of American Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the two-year fiscal agreement: "I said that the Senate would take up the fiscal agreement after the House acted, and we are. "This agreement isn't perfect. I share some concerns other colleagues have raised. But here's the bottom line. This is a fully-offset agreement that rejects tax hikes, secures long-term savings through entitlement reforms, and provides increased support… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Speaker Ryan: A Big Heart, Extraordinary Intellect

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor welcoming the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives: "When responsibility calls, it's usually not at a time of our choosing. The decision to answer is rarely easy or straightforward. "Paul Ryan knows this. "He spent his nights dreaming about tax policy, not the speakership. "But our country is fortunate he stepped up to lead. I know I'm gratef… Continue Reading


10.29.15

John Boehner: ‘Country and Institution Before Self’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the retirement of House Speaker John Boehner: "There's a lot you can say about John Boehner. "He loves his breakfasts every morning at Pete's Diner. He's a fan of the tie dimple. He's one of the most genuine guys you'll meet. I know, because we've fought many battles together in the trenches." "He never breaks his word. He never buckles in a storm. And what's amazing is how … Continue Reading


10.28.15

Fiscal Agreement Includes Social Security Reform, More Funding for Troops and Doesn’t Hike Taxes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the two year fiscal agreement: "Yesterday the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass another important piece of legislation for our country. "By a vote of 74 to 21, the Senate said yes to protecting the private information of every American. The significant bill we passed would do so through the sharing of threat information from cyberattacks. "It wouldn't have passed wit… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Measures to Stop the Obama Administration’s Regulations on Coal-Fired Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding measures to overturn the Administration's job killing regulations: "As I noted this morning, Senators from both parties have joined together to work toward overturning the Administration's deeply regressive energy regulations. "These regulations will ship more Middle-Class jobs overseas. "They will punish the poor. "They will make it even harder for coal families in st… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Senate Set to Pass Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015: "As colleagues have no doubt already noted, a fiscal agreement has been filed that addresses a number of important issues. Members currently have the opportunity to review it. "I hope they'll take that opportunity. I hope they'll do so. "I will certainly have more to say on the matter later. But for now I encourage all… Continue Reading


10.26.15

Senate Moving Towards Passage of a Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today previewing the week ahead: "Last week, Senators voted overwhelmingly to advance legislation that will help to protect the privacy of their constituents. "Experts say the tools in the bipartisan cybersecurity bill the Senate voted to advance can help prevent future attacks through the sharing of information between the public and private sectors. The legislation's voluntary inform… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Burmese Election Must Show Commitment to Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding democratic elections in Burma: "On November 8th, just a few weeks away, the people of Burma will hold national elections. It promises to be a momentous event for a country many of us have studied and followed for a very long time. I say momentous for two reasons. "First, for Burma's citizens, or for many of them at least, this election represents a chance to finally choo… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the Monuments Men

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony today honoring the Monuments Men. The following are Leader McConnell's remarks delivered during the ceremony, which took place in Emancipation Hall, in the U.S. Capitol: "A few years ago, Louisville's Speed Art Museum unveiled an exhibit entitled Kentucky Home: The Colonial Revival Houses of Stratton O. Hammon. "Since designing his first house as a teenager in the 1920s, Hammon went on to become on… Continue Reading


10.22.15

President’s Partisan Veto of Defense Bill Is Unacceptable, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President's veto of NDAA: "The President regularly calls on Republicans and Democrats to work together to advance the priorities of the nation. We agree. "Our top priority is our national security, and Congress worked together on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis to pass the National Defense Authorization Act. So while Americans were surprised to learn the Presiden… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill Would Help Protect Privacy of Americans

'This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans' most private and personal information by sharing information between the private and public sector on cyber threats. Experts say the tools in this bill can help prevent future attacks in both the public and private sectors.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act: "Americans know that cyberattacks are attacks … Continue Reading


10.21.15

Cybersecurity Bill Is ‘strong, transparent, and bipartisan,’ McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act: "Earlier this year, millions of people were affected when the Obama Administration was hit by a devastating cyberattack. It's an attack that's been described as 'one of the worst breaches in U.S. history.' But it's hardly the last one we'll face. "The challenges posed by cyberattacks are real and they're growing. They threaten governm… Continue Reading


10.21.15

McConnell Encouraged by White House Focus on Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

'I'm encouraged to see both [ONDCP Director Botticelli] and the President engaged and proposing certain steps that my home state of Kentucky has embraced.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding his bipartisan legislation and the President's announcement to address our nation's drug epidemic: "I'd like to note that President Obama will be travelling to West Virginia today with ONDCP Director Botticelli to an… Continue Reading


10.21.15

Collapse of KY Health Co-op Emblematic of Obamacare’s Broken Promises

'The administration knew beforehand that this plan was not viable and that tens of thousands of people could lose their coverage. They chose to cling fast to a disastrous left-wing experiment with our health care system over choosing stability and affordable coverage for the many people caught up in Obamacare and these failed health care co-ops.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the collapse of the Kent… Continue Reading


10.20.15

Senate to Vote Today on Legislation that Includes Kate’s Law, Addresses Sanctuary Cities and Additional Law Enforcement Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act: "Just before the state work period, I asked Senators to consider some important questions. "In a time of limited federal resources and tough choices, is it fair to treat localities that cooperate with federal law enforcement or work hard to follow federal law no better than localities that refuse to help or actively… Continue Reading


10.08.15

Senate to Consider Legislation That Would Penalize ‘Sanctuary’ Cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act: "Senators will soon travel to their home states for the state work period. I ask colleagues to consider some important questions as they meet with constituents and take time to reflect. "In a time of limited federal resources and tough choices, is it fair to treat localities that cooperate with federal law enforcement or … Continue Reading


10.08.15

Senate to Consider Energy Security and Water Infrastructure Funding Bill Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill: "Ask most Americans to name two of the most basic duties of a Senator, and you're likely to hear some combination of the following. "Protect the country: that means working with us to pass the National Defense Authorization Act. "Fund the government: that means working with us to pass the 12 appropriations bills that fund it. "B… Continue Reading


10.07.15

In a Dangerous World, It’s ‘Essential’ President Sign, Not Veto, the Defense Bill, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today in urging the President to sign the National Defense Authorization Act: "I was glad to see the Senate come together yesterday to advance the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act. "This bipartisan defense bill will support our men and women in uniform in many ways. "It will attack bureaucratic waste, and authorize pay raises and improved quality-of-life programs for our sol… Continue Reading


10.06.15

Defense Authorization Provides Tools to Protect America’s National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of the National Defense Authorization Act: "Henry Kissinger recently said that our country faces the most 'diverse and complex array of crises' since the Second World War. It's hard to disagree with him. "Consider the daily situation reports received by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs: "Taliban forces overrunning Kunduz in Afghanistan, retaking their first provincial capit… Continue Reading

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