Remarks

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


01.27.15

McConnell Calls on Senate Democrats to Support Bipartisan Jobs, Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to support the Keystone Pipeline: "The Keystone jobs bill is a bipartisan infrastructure project the American people deserve. "So the vote last night to filibuster was disappointing. "The Keystone jobs bill has been considered and reported out by the Energy Committee… "It's been subject to weeks of open debate. "Senators on both sides have been abl… Continue Reading


01.26.15

McConnell Urges Senate Support For Keystone Infrastructure Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrats to vote for legislation approving construction of the Keystone Pipeline: "This weekend, President Obama's Chief of Staff lamented that the Senate has taken several weeks to debate an 'infrastructure project' - the Keystone jobs bill. "I agree it's about time to bring the Keystone debate to a positive conclusion, and we'll do that soon. We've had a lot of floor … Continue Reading


01.22.15

#tbt January 12, 2009 Senator McConnell Honors Senator Wendell Ford

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor Monday, January 12, 2009, honoring Senator Wendell Ford: "A few months prior to this body's convening last week, I was grateful to be chosen by my colleagues to serve once again as the Senate Republican Leader. And I'd also like to thank the people of Kentucky for giving me another term in the U.S. Senate. "I'm privileged that Kentuckians have sent me to the Senate five times … Continue Reading


01.22.15

Former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the passing of former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford: "Many have now heard the sad news: that one of the giants of Kentucky politics has passed away. "Wendell Ford first came to the Senate in the 1970s, calling himself just 'a dumb country boy with dirt between his toes.' But, over a distinguished two-decade career, this workhorse of the Senate would prove he was anything but. … Continue Reading


01.22.15

Senate Moves Forward with Open Process on Keystone

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Keystone energy debate: "The Senate will continue its work on the Keystone jobs bill today. "It's great to see a real debate on the floor of the Senate again. "We saw some action in this chamber yesterday. Even some unpredictability. "We saw how democracy in the Senate has looked many times in the past. "It's great to see both sides able to offer amendments once more. … Continue Reading


01.21.15

SOTU: A Missed Opportunity for Bipartisan, Constructive Engagement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the President's State of the Union last night: "Last night, the American people heard two very different addresses. "One was focused on the middle class, and how Washington can work together in a serious way for better jobs, higher wages, and more opportunity. It was a call for constructive cooperation. It was a call for new ideas. "I commend Senator Ernst for her thoughtful … Continue Reading


01.20.15

McConnell Comments on the President’s State Of The Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following comments regarding President Obama's State of the Union Address: Click the image below to view the Senator's remarks. U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL: "The biggest problem is the President made a speech that made it look like he's going to run for office again. His time for running is over. His time for governing is here. And in order to accomplish things over the last two years of the Obama Admi… Continue Reading

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