Remarks

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


09.09.15

McConnell Lays Out Case Against President’s Iran Nuclear 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: "Before the Senate is a resolution that would disapprove of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed to by the United States, China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran. "I've long said that the Senate should assess this deal by employing a simple standard: Will i… Continue Reading


09.09.15

McConnell Calls for Serious Debate on President’s Deal with Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate debate of the President's deal with Iran: "This afternoon, the Senate will engage in a debate of immense importance to our country. "I again ask every Senator to reflect upon its gravity. "At its heart, this is about more than just the short-term prospects of one agreement, or the long-term legacy of one president, or the narrow interests of one political party. "Wr… Continue Reading


09.08.15

Senate Begins Debate on President Obama’s Iranian Nuclear Agreement

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: "Today we will begin consideration of the resolution to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated by China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the United States, which seeks to constrain Iran's nuclear weapons program. "I will ask all Senators to be present in the ch… Continue Reading


08.05.15

McConnell Urges Senate to Open Debate on Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan cybersecurity bill: "A cyberattack can feel like a very personal attack on your privacy. "A criminal with your medical records, your credit cards, and your Social Security number… "A stranger with emails from your boss, texts to your friend, and pictures of your kids… "It's personally violating. It's financially crippling. It can be just plain cree… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Given Widespread Bipartisan Concern, America Deserves a Serious Debate on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate debate of the President's Iran deal: "As the Administration's agreement with Iran comes under greater scrutiny, there is growing bipartisan concern. It's widespread and it's well-founded. "The leading House Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee recently said the deal 'troubled' him because 'it doesn't prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon, it just postpones it.… Continue Reading


08.04.15

McConnell Offers Path Forward on Cyber Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor offering a UC agreement on the cybersecurity bill: "Our government was recently struck by a devastating cyberattack that's been described as 'one of the worst breaches in U.S. history.' It was a major blow to the privacy of millions of Americans. "We know that the private sector is vulnerable to attack too. "The House has already passed two White House-backed cybersecurity bills to he… Continue Reading


08.04.15

McConnell Calls for ‘Thorough, Thoughtful and Respectful’ Senate Debate on Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor outlining the September debate on the President's Iran Deal: "This September, the Senate will formally weigh in on the nuclear deal struck between the White House and Iran. We'll take a vote and answer a simple but powerful question: Will the agreement actually make America and its allies safer? "When we do, the Senate- as an institution- will be put to the test. "The first test will … Continue Reading


08.04.15

Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill Would Help Public, Private Sectors Defeat Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging cooperation on the bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act: "I recently shared an AP news story with my colleagues. I think it's worth sharing again. "Here's the headline: 'Federal Agencies Are Wide Open to Hackers, Cyberspies.' "Let me read just a little of what it says. The federal government, which holds secrets and sensitive information ranging from nuclear bluepr… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Senate Bill Would Fund Women’s Health, Not Scandal-Plagued Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding legislation that would redirect federal Planned Parenthood funds: "The revelations we've seen from Planned Parenthood are deeply disturbing. "They raise real fundamental questions about what kind of society we want to be. "I thank Senators Ernst, Paul, Lankford, and a number of others for accepting my invitation to lead the effort on the Senate's response. The legislation they… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Finalized EPA Regs: Probably Illegal, Would Hurt the Middle Class and Won’t Meaningfully Affect Global Climate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding President Obama's so-called Clean Power Plan: "In just a few minutes, President Obama will deliver another blow to the economy and to the Middle-Class. "He'll unveil regressive regulations that are set to harm struggling workers and families. "They're projected to cost billions. "They threaten to ship good Middle-Class jobs overseas. "They'll likely make it harder to… Continue Reading


07.30.15

McConnell Says Obama Administration Must Turn over Iran-IAEA Side Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Iran nuclear agreement: "The purpose of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act is to ensure Congress has a fully informed understanding of any comprehensive agreement reached between the Administration and Iran. "These are principles both parties endorsed when they voted overwhelmingly to pass the measure. "These are principles President Obama endorsed when he signe… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Senate Set to Pass a Multi-Year, Bipartisan and Fiscally Responsible Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan DRIVE Act: "Many thought we'd never get here, but we have. "Later today, the Senate will pass a multi-year highway bill that doesn't raise taxes by a penny, and we'll do it on a bipartisan basis. "This is more than just another accomplishment for the Senate, it's a win for our country. "Because the bill would cut red tape and streamline regulations. "I… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Senate’s Fiscally Responsible, Bipartisan Highway Bill Headed for Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan multi-year highway bill: "Late nights, vigorous legislating, and sometimes-unpredictable outcomes may make some reach for the aspirin. "But these are the hallmarks of a functioning Congress. "The push and pull between different parties, different members, and different chambers is all just part of the democratic rhythm. "That's especially true when you're… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Shocking Videos Prompt Legislation to Preserve Women’s Health Funding, Not Planned Parenthood Lobbyists

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Planned Parenthood defunding legislation: "The ongoing revelations about Planned Parenthood are more than just disturbing, they shock the conscience. A Democratic colleague called them 'very troubling,' 'extremely troubling,' and 'highly troubling.' "Next week, every member of his party will have a chance to join us in reaffirming the Senate's commitment to genuine compa… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Senate Moves towards Passage of Bipartisan, Multi-Year Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan DRIVE Act: "The Senate continues to move closer and closer to passage of a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill. "The legislation we advanced again last night is fiscally responsible. "It won't raise taxes by a penny. "And it will give state and local governments the kind of stability they need to plan longer-term projects for America's roads and bridges… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Senate Nears Completion of Fiscally Responsible, Multi-Year 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: "'There is no such thing as a Republican road or a Democrat road.' "That's what Chairman Inhofe said just a few days ago, and he's right. No wonder Republicans and Democrats continue to rally around a bipartisan, multi-year highway measure that's fiscally responsible and won't raise taxes. "The bill before us would streamline regulations, advance re… Continue Reading

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