Remarks

03.08.17

Obama Regulations Unsustainable for America’s Students, Educators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the repeal of two Obama-era education regulations: "The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act was one of the great triumphs of the last Congress. It represented the most significant education reform in over a decade. It heralded 'the largest devolution of federal control to the states in a quarter-century,' as The Wall Street Journal put it, empowering parent… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Senate Working to Protect Americans from Harmful Obama Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding another heavy-handed Obama regulation: "For the past eight years, Americans felt left behind by an economy that failed to live up to its potential, a job market that left too many behind, and a future that didn't seem as bright as it once had. For too long, the previous administration pursued an agenda that put Washington's interests above the peoples' interests and… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Obamacare: Paying More For Less

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding the progress Congress has made on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare: "Last night, the committees of jurisdiction in the House released a proposal to repeal Obamacare and begin the process of replacing of it with common-sense reforms to preserve access and lower cost. The plan builds upon the 2015 repeal bill, which was vetoed by President Obama. I'm happy to he… Continue Reading


03.06.17

Americans Need Health Care Solutions That Actually Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding the need for Obamacare repeal and replacement: "In election after election, the American people have called for an end to Obamacare. In the last election, they made their voices clear one more time. They elected a president and a Congress dedicated to bringing relief from this partisan law, and we're determined to do right by our constituents by doing so. "Nearly … Continue Reading


03.06.17

Providing Relief from Costly Obama Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding Senate work to roll back a costly Obama Administration 'blacklisting' regulation through the Congressional Review Act: "Regulations aren't issued in a vacuum; they have real economic consequences that can harm the middle class. They can kill jobs, raise prices, depress wages, and lower opportunities. And yet, the Obama Administration went on a regulatory rampage at … Continue Reading


03.02.17

Judge Neil Gorsuch Continues to Earn Praise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding Judge Gorsuch's SCOTUS nomination and the president's Cabinet: "The Senate has been working to put the president's Cabinet in place at several important agencies that serve the American people. I'm pleased to share that, by the end of this week, we'll have confirmed even more nominees. "That includes Rep. Zinke - who we approved yesterday - as well as Dr. Ben Carson… Continue Reading


03.02.17

McConnell on Obamacare: The American People Need Help Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding the need to repeal and replace Obamacare: "I appreciated the opportunity to visit with the president yesterday after his impressive speech before Congress. We had a positive discussion about the upcoming legislative agenda. "One important item we discussed was the way forward on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Just yesterday our Members came together for a produ… Continue Reading


03.01.17

McConnell: We Have a Historic Opportunity Before Us

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding President Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress: "I think we were all pleased to hear the president's unifying message last night. It was refreshing for everyone after such a difficult election season. It was great to see even my friend the Democratic Leader occasionally applauding the president last night. It's a reminder that we're all in this together. … Continue Reading


02.28.17

McConnell Welcomes the President to the Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on Senate floor today regarding the president's address to Congress, Judge Gorsuch and Obamacare: "The past eight years have not been easy for America's middle class. Americans labored under an economy that failed to deliver. They fought against red tape that threatened their jobs and small businesses. And when they looked to Washington, they saw an administration that repeatedly put its left-win… Continue Reading


02.17.17

Historic, Unprecedented and Harmful Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Democratic obstruction of Cabinet nominees: "Over the past several weeks, we've seen an historic level of obstruction from our Democratic colleagues on the President's Cabinet. Let me say that again - truly historic, unprecedented and harmful obstruction. Pointless obstruction. Now, it's one thing to obstruct to get some outcome. Really these are a colle… Continue Reading


02.16.17

One of the Most Impressive Supreme Court Nominees We’ve Ever Seen

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Judge Neil Gorsuch, the president's nominee for the Supreme Court: "Neil Gorsuch is one of the most impressive Supreme Court nominees we've ever seen. His resume is a mile long. His reputation is second to none. And his record is something to behold. "In nearly a decade on the circuit court, his work was so outstanding, the Supreme Court didn't need to check it… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Obamacare is Unsustainable

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the necessary repeal and replacement of Obamacare: "Let me begin with a statement of the obvious: Obamacare is a disaster. An absolute disaster. Just one in five Americans say their families are better off since it went into effect. More actually say they're worse off. And really, is it any wonder? "Americans were promised costs would go down but they skyrocke… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Pruitt is The Leader We Need at the EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt: "In just a few minutes we'll have the opportunity to confirm the nominee for the Office of Management and Budget. I had several things to say about him yesterday. Now I'd like to talk about the nominee we can advance after that confirmation vote. "Let me start by saying this. We all want clean water. … Continue Reading


02.15.17

Senate Stands Up For Constitutional Rights of the Disabled

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the repeal of more regulations put in place by the Obama Administration as well as the Senate's upcoming confirmation vote on Rep. Mick Mulvaney for Director of the OMB: "The Senate has been acting to provide relief from harmful regulations by utilizing the Congressional Review Act, which provides the legislative tools needed to repeal them. I'm pleased to rep… Continue Reading


02.15.17

McConnell Welcomes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington, D.C.: "Let me begin by welcoming a true friend of the United States: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be visiting the Capitol later today. Over the years our nations have built a strong and enduring relationship - a relationship grounded in common values like democracy and ind… Continue Reading


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

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