Remarks

10.05.15

Bill That Sets Policy, Authorizes Defense Funding Set for Senate Vote on Tuesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Democrats to support the National Defense Authorization Act: "We live in an incredibly dangerous world. The number of threats facing our nation is just staggering. "That's one reason both parties came together to pass the national defense authorization bill through both chambers of Congress by large bipartisan margins. "In the Senate, 71 to 25. "In the House, 269 to 151. "A b… Continue Reading


10.01.15

Senate Passes Congressman Guthrie’s PACE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate passage of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act. The legislation now goes to the President's desk for his signature. "The PACE Act is smart legislation from my colleagues Senator Tim Scott and my Kentucky colleague over in the House, Congressman Brett Guthrie, that will help protect small and medium sized businesses that provide health care to their emp… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Funding for Military and Veterans up Next in Senate

'The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill is one of the 12 pieces of appropriations legislation we must pass to properly fund the government.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging Senate Democrats to support funding for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs: "This morning, I said the American people are ready to see Democrats start supporting - not blocking - the very bipartisan fundin… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Senator McConnell Honors Congressman Whitfield on the Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01) announcing his retirement following the end of his term: "Yesterday, Representative Ed Whitfield announced that he will retire at this end of this term. Ed has served Kentucky's first district for more than 20 years. He will be missed here in the Capitol when he retires. It's clear that his leadership will be missed back in Kentucky… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Senate Set to Consider More Funding, Support for Military and Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrats to stop filibustering the annual appropriations bills: "The Senate will complete its work on the continuing resolution today. "We remember watching our Democratic colleagues swerve from crisis to crisis when they ran the Senate. Perhaps this is just all Democrats have known, but it's not right for them to again force America into another short-term funding situa… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Senate Set to Pass Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Continuing Resolution (CR): "Last night, 77 Senators voted to advance legislation that would keep the government funded through the fall at the bipartisan level agreed to by both parties. "This bill hardly represents my preferred method for funding the government, but it's now the most viable way forward after Democrats' extreme actions forced our country into this situat… Continue Reading


09.28.15

Democrat Filibusters on Spending Bills Prompt Need for Short-Term CR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Continuing Resolution (CR): "A new Senate majority came to office this year with a different outlook on government funding from the previous majority. "First we passed a budget. "Then we worked across the aisle to pass through committee the dozen bills necessary to fund the government. "That's the first time either of those things had happened in six long years. "Our c… Continue Reading


09.25.15

McConnell on House Speaker 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 Speaker Boehner: "Grace under pressure. "Country and institution before self. "These are the first things that come to mind when I think of John Boehner. "He is an ally. He is a friend. And he took over as Republican Leader at a difficult time for his party. "When some said Republicans could never recover, he never gave up. "When some gave in to defeatis… Continue Reading


09.24.15

McConnell: Senate Democrats’ Opposition to Defunding Planned Parenthood Won’t End the Debate

'By placing their allegiance with the Far Left instead of women, Democrats are making a losing bet they will come to regret over the long term.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the introduction of a Continuing Resolution to fund the government: "Those of us who believe in protecting innocent and precious life may have lost a vote today, but we're steadily winning a larger argument - a critical argumen… Continue Reading


09.24.15

McConnell: A Privilege to Welcome the Pope to the Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier today welcomed Pope Francis to the U.S. Capitol. Following His Holiness' address during a Joint Meeting of Congress, Senator McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor: "I know I speak for the entire Senate when I say it was a privilege to welcome the Pope to the Capitol this morning. For the thousands who gathered on the Capitol lawn, it was an experience they're unlikely to ever forget. "A quiet nod. A soft … Continue Reading


09.24.15

McConnell: Funding Bill Would Fund Government and Protect Women’s Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund the government while protecting women's health: "It's no surprise that members of the Senate have differences on issues. That's normal. Healthy even. "But even if our Democratic colleagues may not agree with us on every issue, let us agree that the scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood is deeply unsettling. Let us agree that it … Continue Reading


09.22.15

Senate CR Would Fund Government, Not Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund the government while protecting women's health: "I was struck by some things the Democratic Leader said this morning about funding the government. "First he said it was not Democrats' responsibility to work toward sensible solutions because, quote, 'We've helped in any way we can, we've not held up anything procedurally.' "That … Continue Reading


09.22.15

McConnell Calls For End to Democrat Filibuster of Defense Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding defense appropriations: "Almost exactly a year ago, President Obama addressed the nation and declared his resolve to 'degrade' and 'destroy' ISIL. I'll speak more on that in just a moment, but there were two lines in that speech of particular relevance to the vote we're about to take: "'As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people,' he said… Continue Reading


09.22.15

McConnell: Pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: "Ask a family to show you the first picture of their child these days, and you're likely to get a black-and-white image with delicate fingers and tiny toes. "Maybe it's their precious Christine. Maybe it's their little guy Brett. But one thing's for sure: that baby is their child. "Scientific advances like the sonogram are helping … Continue Reading


09.21.15

McConnell Urges Support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor previewing the week ahead: "I know many Americans are looking ahead to the visit of Pope Francis this week with great interest. Thousands will gather on the Capitol grounds for the chance to hear him speak. I think I can speak for every colleague when I say the Senate welcomes him warmly. We look forward to his visit. "So it's obviously going to be a busy week here in the Senate. That'… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Senate Vote Today Would Link Sanctions Relief to Change in Iranian Behavior

'The Administration failed to negotiate to ensure the release of American citizens being held in Iranian custody. The Administration failed to negotiate to ensure Iran's recognition of Israel's right to exist. But we can do something to link the freedom American citizens being held in Iranian custody and the recognition of Israel to sanctions relief - something that the Administration should have done. We can say it has to be corrected before sanctions are lifted, and billions more flow into Ira… Continue Reading


09.15.15

McConnell Amendment Would Link Lifting Sanctions to Iran’s Recognition of Israel, Release of American Prisoners

'I will file on an amendment that would prevent the President from lifting sanctions until Iran meets two simple benchmarks: It must formally recognize Israel's right to exist, and it must release the American citizens being held in Iranian custody.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today outlining what is next in the Senate regarding the President's deal with Iran: "This evening, Senate Democrats will have one more… Continue Reading


09.15.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats Not to Block Vote to Stop Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the President's deal with Iran: "As the Senate continues debating President Obama's deal with Iran today, I think it's appropriate to consider a quote from President Obama himself: 'I believe Congress owes the American people a final up or down vote,' he said. 'We need courage. You know, in the end, this debate is about far more than politics.' "When it comes to the Iran deal… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Despite Bipartisan Opposition, Senate Democrats Filibuster to Protect President’s Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Democrats' filibuster of the resolution of disapproval: "The issue before us is of immense consequence to our country. The American people are entitled to a real voice, and to know where their elected Senators stand. "Until recently, this was a principle members of both parties appeared to endorse. "In fact, not a single Democrat voted against the Iran Nuclear Agreement … Continue Reading


09.10.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats Not to Block a Vote on President’s Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging Senate Democrats to allow a vote on the President's deal with Iran: "Just a few short months ago, Senators of both parties came together to pass a bipartisan bill based on an important principle: that the American people, through the Congress they elect, deserve a say on one of the most important issues of our time. "We rallied around that principle, voting 98-1 to ensure … Continue Reading

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