Remarks

11.04.15

With Last Week’s Fiscal Agreement, Senate Democrats Are Out of Excuses to Block Defense Funding Bill

'It's time for the appropriations process to finally be allowed to move forward. That means it's time for the men and women who put everything on the line for us to finally receive the support they need to be safe. It's time for our troops to finally get the certainty they need to plan for training and operations.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding defense appropriations: "It's hard to think of a ti… Continue Reading


11.04.15

Senate Will Vote Today on Bill to Overturn Administration’s Indefensible Waterways Regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senator Ernst's resolution of disapproval on the 'Waters of the U.S.' rule: "The Administration's so-called 'Waters of the U.S.' regulation would grant federal bureaucrats dominion over nearly every piece of land that has ever touched a pothole, ditch, or puddle at some point. It would force the Americans who live there to ask federal bureaucrats for permission to do just abou… Continue Reading


11.03.15

McConnell Congratulates Senator Grassley on 12,000th Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today marking the 12,000th vote of Senator Grassley: "Last week, the Senate marked two milestones. "First, our colleague from Vermont cast vote number 15,000. "We all noted it at the time. "Then, our colleague from Iowa cast vote number 12,000. "That's what we'd like to note now. "It's true that Senator Grassley still has some catching up to do if he wants to overtake the Senator f… Continue Reading


11.03.15

McConnell on the Passing of Fred Thompson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson: "There was never any doubt when our colleague from Tennessee was nearby. "Six feet six inches tall. "Deep, booming voice. "Magnetic personality that lit up any room he was in. "Fred Thompson may have been towered over the Senate in a very literal sense, but he was one of the most down-to-earth guys you'll ever meet. "He wa… Continue Reading


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

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