Remarks

02.14.17

Senate Democrats Causing Slowest Cabinet Confirmation Process in Modern History

"Over the past several weeks we've seen unprecedented obstruction from our colleagues across the aisle. It's made the confirmation of this president's nominees the slowest in modern history. It's left several key departments without a permanent secretary at the helm for far too long. "And what's the point other than needless delay? Our friends are slow-walking votes, not changing outcomes. Well, we took several important steps last night to move the nominations process forward. "First, we c… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Senate Democrats Should Follow The ‘Ginsburg Standard’ and Not A ‘Double Standard’ in Considering the Gorsuch Nomination

"When President Clinton took office in 1993, he named his first nominee to the Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg's nomination was not without controversy. She had argued for positions that are still quite controversial today. "For example, she had questioned the constitutionality of laws against bigamy because they implicated private relationships. For the same reason, she had opined that there might be a constitutional right to prostitution. She also had advocated for co-educati… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Leader McConnell Recognizes Senator Hatch, Longest-Serving Republican Senator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor recognizing Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history: "If I might, I'd like to begin this morning by directing some remarks to the Chair. I'd like to recognize an important milestone of his. But let me start off this way: The President Pro Tempore is something of a legend in the Beehive State. "He's a published author. He's … Continue Reading


02.09.17

The Senate Needs to Confirm the President’s Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor on the need to confirm President Trump's Cabinet, including Rep. Tom Price, MD, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary nominee, and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary nominee: "The nominee currently before us is the president's pick for Health and Human Services Secretary: Congressman Tom Price, MD. Dr. Price knows more about health care policy than just abo… Continue Reading


02.08.17

McConnell on Sessions: Fair in Action. Bound to the Constitution. A Defender of Civil Rights.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's upcoming vote to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General: "I'd like to say a word about the nominee we're about to confirm. We've long known our colleague from Alabama as Senator Sessions - and, soon, Attorney General Sessions - but it wasn't always this way. There was a time when the distinguished Senator from Alabama was known simply… Continue Reading


02.08.17

Jeff Sessions: An Attorney General for All Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the upcoming confirmation vote on Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General: "We came together yesterday to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, so she can get to work improving our schools and putting students first. "We'll come together to confirm Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, so he can get to work helping provide relief f… Continue Reading


02.07.17

The President Deserves His Cabinet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democrats' unprecedented delay of the president's Cabinet: "'Now is the time to put country before party.' That was an observation by the Democratic Leader just yesterday here on the Senate floor. Our friend from New York makes a good point, and I'm hopeful that it's a principle his own caucus will follow in the days to come. We are no longer in the … Continue Reading


02.06.17

Judge Gorsuch is a ‘Superbly Qualified Nominee’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor on Judge Neil Gorsuch and the confirmation process: "President Trump's outstanding Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has earned high praise from across the political spectrum. Some of it has come from unlikely corners, whether Democratic Senators, left-leaning publications, former President Obama's own legal mentor - even his former top Supreme Court lawyer. "We've … Continue Reading


02.06.17

McConnell: Democrats’ Historic Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor on Democrat obstruction of President Trump's Cabinet and the importance of confirming Betsy DeVos to be the next Education Secretary: "Just before the election, the Democratic Leader said he believed the Senate has a 'moral obligation, even beyond the economy and politics, to avoid gridlock…' Put simply, he said, 'We have to get things done.' "And yet, just a … Continue Reading


02.02.17

Congress Chips Away at Obama’s Job-Killing Regs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions that would overturn job-killing Obama Administration regulations: "This Republican-led Congress is committed to fulfilling our promises to the American people. That work continues now as we consider legislation to push back against harmful regulations from the Obama Administration. On its way out the door, the Obama … Continue Reading


02.02.17

Gorsuch Has Received Widespread Acclaim from Both Sides of the Aisle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the support Judge Neil Gorsuch has received from both Republicans and Democrats: "I was surprised by a statement my friend the Democratic leader made here yesterday. I'm glad he came back to the floor to correct himself though. I think we all appreciated the Democratic Leader making clear that Republicans did not - let me repeat, did not - insist on 60-vote … Continue Reading


02.01.17

Helping Coal Families By Overturning Job-Killing Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions that would overturn job-killing Obama Administration regulations: "For the last eight years, the Obama Administration has pushed through a number of harmful regulations that circumvent Congress, slow growth, shift power away from state and local governments toward Washington, and kill jobs. "Even on the way out the … Continue Reading


02.01.17

McConnell: Judge Gorsuch Has a Stellar Reputation and a Resume to Match

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch: "Last night President Trump announced an outstanding nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado. While Judge Gorsuch has a significant legacy to live up to as the nominee for the seat left vacant by the loss of Justice Scalia, I'm confident his impressive background and lon… Continue Reading


01.31.17

McConnell: The Supreme Court Seat Doesn’t Belong to Any President or Any Political Party

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding tonight's Supreme Court announcement from President Trump: "The president has said he will announce his choice for the Supreme Court shortly from a list of about 20 well-qualified Americans. It's a list he shared publicly months ago. As I said yesterday, each of these potential nominees has a distinguished background - whether on the appellate courts or trial… Continue Reading


01.30.17

The Senate Should Respect the Result of the Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nomination: "Justice Antonin Scalia was a towering figure on the Supreme Court. His unfortunate passing was not only a great loss to our country but it came, as we all know, as our country was already in the midst of a contentious presidential election process. So - in keeping with the Biden Rule, which states that '&h… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Senate, Judiciary Committee Leadership to Meet with President, Continue Consultation On SCOTUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding upcoming meetings between Congress and the president: "Yesterday, leaders from both parties had an opportunity to meet with President Trump and Vice President Pence at the White House. We appreciate their time and look forward to more conversations with them in the days to come - including later today. "The president has invited the Democratic leader, the ch… Continue Reading


01.23.17

McConnell: The American People are Ready for Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the challenges that President Trump is inheriting from the last administration: "Last week, President Trump gave his first major address to the nation. The week before, President Obama gave his last. These are different men. They come from different parties. But their speeches were more similar than you might think, and there were some common themes. "&hell… Continue Reading


01.20.17

McConnell Congratulates President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor congratulating President Trump on his Inauguration, and outlining the status of Senate consideration of Cabinet nominations: "In November's election, the American people called for a new direction, a change from the last eight years. Today, we took a meaningful step toward that new direction, as we inaugurated a new President of the United States. "I think it's imp… Continue Reading


01.17.17

McConnell Unveils Permanent Coal Miner Health Care Fix

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor on legislation he introduced to protect the health care benefits of coal miners: "In the days since President Obama took office, too many coal miners have lost their jobs - including well over 10,000 in Kentucky - and more than 25 coal mining companies have filed for bankruptcy. This means that there are fewer active workers available to pay into an expanding retiremen… Continue Reading


01.12.17

The Senate Now Has the Tools to Repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's passage of the Obamacare repeal resolution: "The Senate just passed the legislative tools needed to repeal and replace Obamacare. "This is a critical step forward - the first step toward bringing relief from this failed law. "The resolution now goes to the House. They'll take it up soon. "The next step will then be the legislation to finally… Continue Reading

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