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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


06.22.15

McConnell Optimistic Trade Bills Will Reach President’s Desk This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging continued bipartisan cooperation on trade: "When it comes to keeping the American people safe, there are many things Congress can do. "Encouraging reform at the TSA is one important step. But so is leading on trade. "President Obama's own Secretary of Defense recently said that the trade legislation before us was as important to him 'as another aircraft carrier.' But, he cautio… Continue Reading


06.22.15

After Long White House Delay, Senate Ready to Confirm New TSA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the nomination of Vice Admiral Neffenger: "We'll vote tonight to bring long-overdue permanent leadership to an agency in urgent need of reform and culture change: the TSA. "I wish the White House hadn't waited six months to send us a nominee to lead this troubled agency; but now that the Administration finally has, we're glad to see it's a highly qualified candidate like Pete… Continue Reading


06.18.15

McConnell Outlines Path Forward on Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the way forward on trade: "Following today's encouraging vote in the House, I'd like to update the Senate on where we stand with trade. "First, a brief look back to how we got where we are today. "Back in April, the Finance Committee came together to advance four trade bills on a big bipartisan vote "It was everyone's goal then to consider all of those bills and to begin th… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Support the Troops, Don’t Block the Defense Funding Bill, McConnell Tells Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Democrats to support defense funding: "America asks a lot of the men and women of its volunteer military force: to undertake dangerous missions in far-off lands, to spend months or years away from their families, and always to sacrifice, so that we might live in freedom. "These brave men and women do it all without reservation. They ask precious little in return, save for the re… Continue Reading


06.18.15

McConnell on Charleston Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the tragic shootings in Charleston, South Carolina: "At this time I would like to take a moment to discuss the terrible news out of Charleston. "This is a true tragedy. It's always awful when a tragedy like this occurs, but to happen at a house of worship makes it even worse. Churches should be a place of refuge, a place where people feel safe and secure, a place of mer… Continue Reading


06.17.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Allow Debate and Vote on Defense Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging bipartisan support for the defense authorization and appropriations bills: "It was heartening to see so many Democrats join us yesterday in advancing a good defense authorization bill by a big bipartisan margin. It now puts the Senate on a path to bring the bill to final passage tomorrow. "Once that happens, the Senate will have taken a significant step toward doing right by the … Continue Reading


06.16.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Support Nation’s Military, Not Washington Bureaucrats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrats not to filibuster defense authorization legislation: "Later this afternoon, the Senate will decide whether to advance or filibuster the defense authorization legislation before us. "Senators will take a vote and make a choice. "One option is for Senators to follow the bipartisan example of the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee, bo… Continue Reading


06.15.15

McConnell to Senate Democrats: Don’t Hold Defense Bill Hostage to Partisan Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding defense authorization legislation: "The National Defense Authorization Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation Congress considers each year. That's why the new majority has made it one of our top priorities. It's why we've reversed the worrying trend of recent years when we'd see such an important bill crammed in at the very last minute, with little time for deb… Continue Reading


06.11.15

McConnell Urges Passage Of Bipartisan Cybersecurity Legislation To Deter Future Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan cybersecurity amendment: "In just a moment, the Senate will consider an important cybersecurity measure. "I urge every one of my colleagues to support it. "USA Today recently cited a cybersecurity expert who noted that this 'Senate legislation has the potential to greatly reduce the number of victims targeted' by the kind of hackers we've seen in recent attack… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Senate Democrats’ Plans for ‘Filibuster Summer’ Would Hold America’s Military Hostage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging Senate Democrats to support American troops: "The bill the cyber measure has been offered to is the annual defense authorization act. "It's a related issue. It's about protecting our country. It makes sense to consider these issues together. "Now the defense bill is another measure that should be sailing to passage with strong bipartisan support. It does so almost every ye… Continue Reading


06.11.15

McConnell Calls for Passage of Senate Cybersecurity Measure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan cybersecurity measure: "I think a lot of people were shocked to hear that the Obama Administration was unable to prevent the information of 4 million Americans from being compromised by hackers. "Officials in the White House now owe it to every American to let Congress help them get out of the past and up to speed with the cybersecurity realities of the 21st Ce… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Tribute to Dr. James Billington, the Librarian of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding retirement of Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington: "We recently learned that Dr. James Billington, the Librarian of Congress who's been with us for almost 30 years, will be retiring in January. "He plans to spend more time with his wife of nearly 58 years, Marjorie. He wants to see more of his 4 children and 12 grandchildren. I'm sure he'd also like to catch up with hi… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Senate to Consider Bipartisan Cybersecurity Measure as part of Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding a bipartisan cybersecurity amendment as part of the defense authorization bill: "The massive cyberattack Americans just read about reminds us all of the need for action on this issue. Building America's public and private cyber defenses won't be easy. But the bipartisan cybersecurity measure that passed out of the Intelligence Committee with the support of every single Republi… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Obamacare: Broken Promises, Higher Costs, Massive Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the negative effects of Obamacare on the Middle Class: "The President put forth a mighty Obamacare spin effort yesterday. You have to give him credit for trying to salvage a law that only 1 out of every 9 Americans think is actually working. But I don't think condescending to Obamacare's victims was the best approach for him to take. "Consider this cringe-inducing assertion: A… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Rising Premiums, Costs Continue to Plague Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the failures of Obamacare: "Sometimes, the divide between the White House and reality can be stark. "That was on evident display yesterday, when President Obama told us that Obamacare was 'working' and that essentially 'none' of the warnings of the law's failures and broken promises had come to pass. "I imagine the families threatened with double-digit premium increases would … Continue Reading


06.04.15

McConnell Outlines Challenges, Opportunities Facing Burma in 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Burma: "Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Burmese Parliament, on his visit to Washington. It was the third time we'd met. "We had a cordial but frank discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing his country in 2015. There are obviously many issues that fall into both categories. "When it comes to challenges: "There's… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Obamacare: Skyrocketing Costs, Broken Promises, Repeated Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the burdensome costs of Obamacare: "We've heard a lot about the Supreme Court's imminent decision on Obamacare's latest problems. No one can say for sure how the court will rule, but one thing we do know is this: Obamacare is a mess. It's a law filled with broken promises, one that's been plagued by failure, and one that's caused costs to skyrocket for millions - after the sup… Continue Reading


06.03.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats Not to Play Partisan Politics with Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging cooperation on the defense bill: "Today, the Senate turns to consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016. "This legislation, which authorizes funds and sets out policy for our military annually, is always important. But it's especially important now, given the multitude of threats that challenge us as a nation: for instance, the aggressive rise of ISIL, Iran'… Continue Reading


06.02.15

McConnell Opposes Bill that Weakens Counter-Terrorism Tools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the USA Freedom Act: "Earlier this year I observed that President Obama's national security policy has been noteworthy for its consistent objectives: drawing down our conventional and nuclear forces, withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan, ending the tools developed by the previous administration to wage the War on Terror and placing a greater reliance upon international organi… Continue Reading

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