Remarks

07.22.15

States Will Get More Flexibility, Certainty Under Long-Term Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan Drive Act: "I regret that yesterday's procedural vote on the multi-year, bipartisan highway bill wasn't successful. "It wasn't a vote to approve of the bill, just a vote to agree to talk about it. "We held the vote when we did because we wanted to give the House more space to work on it. "But some members said they wanted more time to review it before agreeing… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Obama Administration Carries Burden of Proof on Iran Nuclear Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Obama Administration's deal with Iran: "I've said that the Senate intends to thoroughly review the White House's deal with Iran, and then take a vote on it under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. "This is a review process that will allow us to determine whether the administration complied with the law and delivered the complete agreement, and it's a… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senate Headed Towards Passage of Landmark Education Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging passage of the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act: "The pundits told us it would never happen. Republicans and Democrats will never agree on a way to replace No Child Left Behind, they said. "But a new Senate that's back to work is proving them wrong. "We're poised to pass bipartisan legislation that would replace an education law that no longer works with significan… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Senate Passes McConnell-Cosponsored Bill to Assist Families Adopting Children from Democratic Republic of the Congo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments regarding Senate passage of the Adoptive Family Relief Act - legislation he cosponsored to provide meaningful financial relief to families adopting children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): "I just wanted to briefly say a few words about Senate passage of S.1300, the Adoptive Family Relief Act. The issue this bill addresses is of particular importance to me, and I'm proud to be a co-spons… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Debate Advances on Bipartisan Education Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act: "The bipartisan education debate we're having in the new Senate is good for our country. And it was long overdue. "For too long, bureaucrats in Washington tried to dictate top-down, one-size-fits-all education policies to millions of students and families across our country. It was hurting our kids. It needed to change. And so, a… Continue Reading


07.15.15

McConnell Promises Full Senate Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran: "I said yesterday that the Senate would thoroughly review the White House's deal with Iran. I said we'd hold hearings, call witnesses, and ultimately vote to approve or disapprove of the deal in accordance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. That's what we've long planned to do and - once the Administration fully transmits the tex… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Key Question on Iran Nuke Deal: Does it Leave America and Its Allies Safer?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran: "Two weeks ago, I asked the Obama Administration to step back from the Iran negotiations, press pause, and reexamine the point of having talks in the first place. "That would have been the most rational and reasonable approach for the White House to take, especially considering that its own allies in the Senate were using phrases like "deepl… Continue Reading


07.09.15

Outcome of Fall Elections Will Signal State of Political Reform in Burma

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate Floor today regarding Burma: "A few weeks ago, I came to the floor to discuss the importance of Burma's election this fall. I noted that its conduct would tell us a lot about the Burmese government's commitment to the path of political reform. I said that demonstrating that commitment would be critical to reassuring Burma's friends abroad, and that it could even have consequences for further … Continue Reading


07.09.15

Senate Working Towards Passage of Every Child Achieves Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate Floor regarding the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act: "No Child Left Behind laid the groundwork for important reforms to our education system. But with its authorization expiring in 2007, and with the previous Senate majority failing to replace it with a serious proposal, many of the original requirements stayed in place anyway and gradually became unworkable. "This resulted in a lot of… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Congressional Ceremony Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Commemoration in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The following are Leader McConnell's remarks delivered during the ceremony, which took place in Emancipation Hall, in the U.S. Capitol: "Each morning, dawn breaks over the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort. "Bars of light stream across the dome. "A hall of democracy brightens with renewed purpose. "And overlooking it, light pours onto 200 tons of granite… Continue Reading


07.08.15

McConnell Urges Support for Bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate Floor today regarding bipartisan education reform: "Republicans and Democrats have long agreed that the No Child Left Behind law is broken and needs to be fixed. "But the Senate didn't do anything about it for seven long years, missing its deadlines repeatedly. "The new majority in Congress thought it was time to change that dynamic. We thought it was time for bipartisan action instead. "T… Continue Reading


07.07.15

Bipartisan Education Bill Debate Further Confirmation That Senate Is Back to Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate Floor today regarding the functioning Senate and the Every Child Achieves Act: "I'd like to share a few lines from an opinion piece Speaker Boehner wrote last week. "Here's how it began: In November, the American people decided to entrust Republicans with control of the U.S. Senate, where common-sense jobs bills too often went to die in recent years. Now, since the start of this year, the R… Continue Reading


06.26.15

PTSD Awareness Day

'So I hope Americans will take action this PTSD Awareness Day to shed some light on an often misunderstood condition, and hopefully to reach out to someone in need.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks recognizing Saturday,June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day (click HERE to view his remarks) "Saturday, June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. Sadly, post-traumatic stress disorder is an affliction that touches too many of our veterans. "Raising awareness … Continue Reading


06.25.15

McConnell on the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell Ruling

'Today's ruling won't change Obamacare's multitude of broken promises, including the one that resulted in millions of Americans losing the coverage they had and wanted to keep.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate Floor today regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on King v. Burwell: "That we're even discussing another of Obamacare's self-inflicted brushes with the brink - again - is the latest indictment of a law that's bee… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Passage of Trade Promotion Bill Underscores Congress Is Back to Work for the American People

'Passing trade wasn't the first bipartisan achievement of the new Congress. I know it won't be the last. But it's significant. It opens the door to more wins for the Middle Class as trade negotiations move forward under this President and the next one.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the passage of bipartisan trade legislation: "The road to yesterday's win for the Middle Class on TPA was never go… Continue Reading


06.25.15

McConnell Recognizes Warrior Games 2015, PTSD Awareness Day

'So I hope Americans will take action this PTSD Awareness Day to shed some light on an often misunderstood condition, and hopefully to reach out to someone in need.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Warrior Games and PTSD Awareness Day: "Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting with some of our nation's heroes. "These men and women are taking part in Warrior Games 2015, an annual DoD-organized sp… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Senate Will Pass, Send President Trade Promotion Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan trade legislation: "Yesterday's TPA vote was a long-overdue victory for the American worker and the American Middle Class. "It wasn't easy. Many thought it would never happen. We even saw corks pop in the facts-optional lobby a few weeks ago. "But that proved to be premature. "Because here's what we've always known about the legislation we'll vote to send to the … Continue Reading


06.24.15

McConnell Calls for Stronger OPM Response after ‘One of the worst breaches in U.S. History’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the OPM cyber attack: "Here's a headline from an Associated Press article that ran yesterday: 'Federal Agencies Are Wide Open To Hackers, Cyberspies' "That headline is scary enough. But read just a little further, and it gets even worse. Passwords written down on desks. Outdated anti-virus software. 'Perceived ineptitude' in information technology departments. The federal go… Continue Reading


06.23.15

McConnell Lauds the Advancement of Trade Promotion Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the vote to advance bipartisan trade legislation: "I want to say to our colleagues this is a very important day for our country. We have demonstrated we can work together on a bipartisan basis to achieve something that is extremely important for America. Not only when we confirm this Trade Promotion Authority we will have the mechanism in place for the President to finalize an… Continue Reading


06.23.15

McConnell Urges Senate Support on Trade Bill Vote Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan trade legislation: "Yesterday, the Senate's top Democrat on trade announced his support for the bipartisan trade legislation we'll vote on today. "It adds to the renewed momentum we're seeing for America's workers. "It's showing that Democrats can join with Republicans to knock down unfair international barriers that discriminate against America's Middle Class - b… Continue Reading

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