Remarks

02.09.16

McConnell Welcomes Sec. Burwell for Zika Briefing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today prior to a bipartisan briefing he requested by the Secretary of Health and Human Services on the Zika virus: "Just this morning, local health departments confirmed two cases of the Zika virus in two states bordering Kentucky - Indiana and Ohio. "Americans want a better understanding of the Administration's efforts to fight this virus and its spread. "Americans want to know what t… Continue Reading


02.09.16

McConnell Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan North Korea Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act: "The regime in North Korea presents serious threats - to regional stability, to the security of Americans, to the safety of our allies, and to the wellbeing of North Koreans themselves. "Pyongyang regularly threatens neighbors like South Korea and Japan. "It routinely engages in cyberwarfare. "It repeatedly commits gr… Continue Reading


02.09.16

McConnell Honors Departing Ambassador to Burma, Welcomes Incoming Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor today honoring Derek Mitchell for his service as the Ambassador to Burma. This afternoon, the Senate will vote to confirm Scot Alan Marciel to be the new U.S. Ambassador to the Union of Burma. "Our Ambassador to Burma, Derek Mitchell, has staunchly pursued America's interests in an important post. He's helped guide our relationship with Burma through an historic transition to elected government.… Continue Reading


02.08.16

McConnell Expects Administration’s Zika Briefing to Provide Answers on Plans to Protect Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Sec. Burwell's upcoming Zika virus briefing: "I recently asked Secretary Burwell to come to the Senate to brief committee chairs, ranking members, and leaders in both parties on the Administration's response to the Zika virus. I appreciate her team working with us to schedule that briefing for tomorrow. "Here are two key areas where we'll want to get a better understand… Continue Reading


02.08.16

McConnell Urges Senate to Move Bipartisan Energy Legislation Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the product of a year's worth of constructive and collaborative work. "In the Energy Committee, it passed overwhelmingly with the support of both parties. "Here on the floor, it's been subject to an open amendment process with input from both parties. "More than 30 amendments from … Continue Reading


02.04.16

McConnell Honors the Life of Marlow Cook

From 1968 to 1970, Mitch McConnell was the chief legislative assistant to Senator Cook in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered remarks on the Senate floor today honoring the life of former Kentucky U.S. Senator Marlow Cook upon his passing Thursday, February 04, 2016. Prepared remarks follow: "It is with sincere regret that I rise to mark the passing of Kentucky's former Senator, Marlow W. Cook. "Senator Cook served in this chamber for only … Continue Reading


02.04.16

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Advance Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The Energy Committee worked hard over the past year to develop the broad, bipartisan energy legislation before us. "Members in both parties focused on areas of common ground, worked across the aisle, and developed legislation that ultimately earned the support of more than 80% of their colleagues, Republicans and Democrat… Continue Reading


02.04.16

McConnell Congratulates the USO on 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today commemorating the 75th anniversary of the USO: "When Americans hear 'USO,' they often think of Bob Hope. There's no question that he helped lift the spirits of countless men and women in uniform. But the USO impacts military personnel in a number of other important ways too - something it's been doing for decades. "75 years in fact, to the day. "I think every colleague will join… Continue Reading


02.03.16

McConnell Urges Continued Cooperation on Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "We've seen bipartisan work many times over the past year in this Senate. "We have the latest example of it before us right now. "The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the result of months of hard work across the aisle. "It passed committee with overwhelming bipartisan support. "It's broad, bipartisan energy legislation that can … Continue Reading


02.03.16

McConnell Invites Sec. Burwell for Bipartisan Briefing on Zika Virus Response Efforts

'We know there is an increasing amount of concern about what the spread of this virus could mean for the United States as we head toward warmer months. Given the public concern that followed the first Ebola case in our country, I think we could all benefit from having a better understanding of what preparations are being made to protect Americans.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Zika virus: "As I… Continue Reading


02.02.16

Bipartisan Energy Bill Would Strengthen Long-Term National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "There are a lot of reasons to like the broad, bipartisan energy bill before us. "You'll like it if you're an American interested in producing more energy. "You'll like it if you're an American interested in paying less for energy. "You'll like it if you're an American interested in saving energy. "There are a lot of important reasons… Continue Reading


02.01.16

Bipartisan Energy Bill Would Prepare Country for Energy Challenges and Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The Senior Senator from Alaska knows that reform is urgently needed to modernize America's energy policies for a new era with new challenges and new opportunities. "The Energy Committee, under her leadership, has worked hard this past year to achieve that aim. "The committee convened listening sessions. "The committee held oversig… Continue Reading


01.28.16

Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation Would Modernize America’s Energy Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: "The last time a broad energy bill was signed into law was back in 2007. "It may as well have been a lifetime ago, as far as America's energy situation is concerned. "While we were once living in an era of energy scarcity, we're now living in an era of higher energy production and lower technology costs. "It's change that presents ma… Continue Reading


01.27.16

Broad, Bipartisan Energy Legislation Would Update America's Energy Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Energy Policy Modernization Act: 'The Energy Policy Modernization Act is the result of months of hard work across the aisle. It passed committee with overwhelming bipartisan support. And Congress hasn't passed legislation to update America's energy policies in nearly a decade. 'It's time that change that. 'This broad, bipartisan energy bill offers a good way forwar… Continue Reading


01.21.16

McConnell Outlines Broad Bipartisan Energy Legislation, WOTUS Veto Override

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan legislation: "Next week, the Senate will turn to broad, bipartisan energy legislation. "The Energy Policy Modernization Act will help bring our energy policies in line with the demands of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. "It will help Americans produce more energy. "It will help Americans pay less for energy. "It will help Americans save energy. "That'… Continue Reading


01.20.16

McConnell: No Political Test for Federal Contracts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the President's reported 'Enemies List' regulation: "News outlets reported something today that should worry all of us. "Apparently, President Obama is again considering imposing his 'Enemies List' regulation by executive order - just weeks after Congress voted overwhelmingly to pass, and the President signed into law, legislation prohibiting him from doing that very thing. … Continue Reading


01.20.16

McConnell Urges the Senate to Move Forward on the American SAFE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act: "Our country has a proud record of admitting the oppressed as refugees to our shores. "Yet, the debate about how to safely admit refugees from Syria and Iraq is a serious conversation that deserves a serious response from Washington. "It's difficult to effectively vet immigrants from a war-torn country where rec… Continue Reading


01.19.16

McConnell Calls on Senate to Advance the SAFE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act: "It's clear that many Americans are concerned about the Administration's ability to properly vet thousands of individuals from Syria and Iraq. Elected officials in both parties have expressed concerns too, as have Administration officials. "That's why many Americans are asking us to take a step back and press 'pa… Continue Reading


01.12.16

In Final State of the Union, the President Should Move Beyond the Failed Policies of the Past

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the President's State of the Union tonight: "Tonight, we will welcome President Obama to the Capitol for his State of the Union address. "It's his final address. It gives us cause for reflection. "Many of us recall the moment in Boston when a State Senator became a national star. "His rhetorical gift was undeniable. It was soaring elocution bathed in confetti that promis… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Bipartisan Funding and Tax Relief Legislation Will Strengthen the Economy and National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan omnibus and tax relief legislation: "We know our constituents are deeply concerned about America's struggling economy. So let's take steps - as the legislation we'll consider proposes - to support more jobs, more opportunity, and more economic growth. "Let's enact permanent tax relief for American families and small businesses. "Let's set the table f… Continue Reading

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