Remarks

02.24.15

McConnell Calls on Senate Democrats to Support Bill Restricting President’s Immigration Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor in which he urged Senate Democrats to support legislation restricting the President's immigration overreach: "Last night, I took action to allow the Senate to consider common-sense legislation every common-sense Democrat should want to support. "This targeted measure would address the President's most recent overreach from November. The bill isn't tied to DHS funding. There's no excuse… Continue Reading


02.23.15

Senate Democrats Should End Their Weeks-Long Filibuster of DHS Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of the Department of Homeland Security funding bill: "In just a few moments, Democrats will have another opportunity to end their weeks-long filibuster of Homeland Security funding. "It will be the first opportunity for Democrats to show where they stand after a federal judge preliminarily enjoined the Administration from moving ahead… Continue Reading


02.12.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Stop Blocking DHS Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of the DHS funding bill: "For two weeks now, Democrats have continued to filibuster funding for the Department of Homeland Security. "Democrats are filibustering Homeland Security funding for one reason: to defend actions President Obama himself referred to as "unwise and unfair," and "ignoring the law." "For two full weeks, Democrat… Continue Reading


02.12.15

McConnell to Support Ashton Carter’s Confirmation as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the confirmation vote of Ashton Carter to be Secretary of Defense: "Later today, the Senate will consider the nomination of Ash Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense. If I could place one demand on him, it would be to leave his successor with our armed forces in a better position to deal with global threats than they are today. "As I've noted in the past, the overall con… Continue Reading


02.11.15

McConnell Urges the President to Sign Keystone Jobs Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging the President to sign the Keystone jobs bill: "Last night, I joined members of both parties to recognize the latest bipartisan achievement for the American people. "The Clay Hunt act, which will provide important support to our nation's veterans, passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. It's on its way to President Obama's desk now. I'm confident he'll si… Continue Reading


02.11.15

McConnell Calls on Senate Democrats to Drop Their Filibuster of DHS Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of the DHS funding bill: "Democrats are blockading Homeland Security funding in order to defend executive overreach the President said himself he couldn't take - many times over. "As I indicated yesterday, this is the reason the Senate can't move forward. So it needs to end. And here's the simplest and most obvious way it can. "Many D… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Thanks to Obamacare, Many Will Face New Tax Penalties This Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the effects of Obamacare on tax returns: "Many Americans have already started the process of filling out their tax returns. "It's a stressful time of year. "But thanks to Obamacare, many are sure to find it even more stressful. "Part of this is because of Obamacare's trillion-plus dollars in tax increases. "If you have health insurance, Obamacare now has a tax for that. "If y… Continue Reading


02.09.15

McConnell Speaks Out Against Administration’s Labor Board ‘Ambush’ Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the NLRB 'Ambush' Rule: "Recently, the Senate has had a lot of discussion about partisan overreach. "We've talked about an Administration that seems to view democracy as what it can get away with, not what it can work cooperatively to achieve. "It's worrying for our country. And we keep seeing more examples of it. "Consider the Administration's effort to weaken workers' rights… Continue Reading


02.09.15

McConnell to Support Confirmation of Michael Botticelli as Drug Czar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the nomination of Michael Botticelli to be the Director of National Drug Control Policy: "Today, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Michael Botticelli to be the next Director of National Drug Control Policy. I look forward to working with our nation's next Drug Czar, just as I've worked with previous Drug Czars. "Drug abuse is a serious problem in my home state. Kentuc… Continue Reading


02.05.15

Senate Will Try Again to Break Democrat Filibuster of Homeland Security Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of the DHS funding bill: "Yesterday, Democrats voted once again to protect politicians by blocking Homeland Security funding. "I don't understand why they'd want to block the Senate from even debating a bill to fund Homeland Security. "It just doesn't make sense. "You'd think Democrats would at least want to give the Senate an opportunit… Continue Reading


02.04.15

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats To End Filibuster of Homeland Security Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democrats' filibuster of the DHS funding bill: "It was good to see the new Senate come together and pass another bipartisan bill yesterday. "It was a win for our nation's heroes. And it was yet another win for the American people."But that was only one of the votes we took. "Because just hours after joining Republicans to do something good for our veterans, Democrats … Continue Reading


02.03.15

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring 1st Special Service Force, the “Devil’s Brigade”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring the WWII "Devil's Brigade." The following are Leader McConnell's remarks delivered during the ceremony, which took place in Emancipation Hall, in the U.S. Capitol: "Sometimes, truth can be more impressive than fiction. "When it comes to the heroes we honor today, that's certainly the case. "Members of the elite 'Devil's Brigade' excelled in rock-climbing and amphibious assault. "They adv… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Senate to Consider Bill to Fund DHS, Check President’s Executive Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill: "When the new Senate convened, I stated my view that democracy isn't about what you can get away with, it's about what can be achieved together. "Exercising raw power is easier, there's no doubt. "Changing the rules of democracy when they don't suit you, it can tempt politicians. "But we're hoping our colleagues in the D… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Bipartisan Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill Set to Clear Senate Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. The Senate will pass the bill today and send it to the President: "Following last week's bipartisan vote for American jobs, the new Republican Congress will vote to send the President another bipartisan bill today. "It's legislation that already passed the House of Representatives unanimously - the Clay Hunt Suicide P… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Senate to Pass Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act: "Members in both parties agree it's time to pursue positive reform for veterans who are hurting. "The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act aims to reduce the tragedy that befalls too many of our heroes - and the heartbreak that befalls too many of their families. "We lose thousands of veterans eve… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Republican Budget Will Continue Focus on the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the President's budget: "In his State of the Union address, President Obama promised to deliver a budget filled with, quote, 'ideas that are practical, not partisan.' "I know many Americans were glad to hear him say that. The American people elected a right-of-center Congress focused on jobs and reform. So it makes sense that a President would want to send common-sense ideas … Continue Reading


01.30.15

Veterans Bill, Homeland Security Funding, Up Next in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding passage of the Keystone jobs bill, the Clay Hunt Act and DHS funding: "The Senate's passage of the Keystone jobs bill is great news for the American people. "Now, the Senate will soon turn its attention to a few different matters. "First, we'll be voting on a bipartisan measure that's been championed by the Chairs of the Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees. "We l… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Keystone Approval Will Boost The Economy, Support Thousands of Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging final passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act: "The past few weeks have been a whirlwind. But the Keystone jobs debate has been important for the Senate and for our country. "We took about a dozen more roll-call votes on amendments yesterday. That means the Senate has now taken more than twice as many of these amendment votes on this bill alone than were allowed all of last year… Continue Reading


01.28.15

McConnell Urges Passage of Keystone, Calls on President to Sign Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging passage of the Keystone Pipeline bill, a bipartisan infrastructure bill: "Today, the Senate will resume consideration of the Keystone bill. "There are up to 18 roll call votes scheduled this afternoon on pending amendments to the bill. I commend Chairman Murkowski and Senator Cantwell for working with our colleagues to get dozens and dozens of amendments up and voted on in the… Continue Reading


01.28.15

President Was Right to Retreat on Taxing College Education Savings Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the President's decision to drop his proposal to end tax relief on 529s: "I'm glad to see the President has dropped his plan to make it harder for middle-class families to save for college with 529s. I fought to ensure these plans were tax-free at the federal level. Thanks to this incentive to save, millions of Americans use 529s to help prepare for college expenses. "These a… Continue Reading

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