Remarks

05.22.19

Public Health Groups Express Support for the Tobacco-Free Youth Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding legislation to make 21 the new minimum age for purchasing any tobacco product: "On Monday, I introduced legislation to raise the national minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. I walked through the long history of our nation's complicated relationship with this major cash crop. I laid out the challenges facing tobacco farmers in Kentucky and in other… Continue Reading


05.21.19

McConnell: Time to Deliver Resources for Disaster Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for disaster assistance funding: "As I've discussed many times here on the floor, powerful natural disasters have recently devastated communities across America. Many are still in need of aid as they struggle to rebuild. My colleagues know all too well the destruction brought states across the Southeast and Gulf coasts, and Puerto Rico, by a bad hurricane sea… Continue Reading


05.21.19

Senate Considering Five More Judicial Nominees This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week presents us with more opportunities to make progress on the backlog of qualified nominees who are still awaiting Senate confirmation. We began yesterday by voting to advance an exceptionally well-qualified nominee to the federal judiciary. Daniel P. Collins of California was chosen by Presi… Continue Reading


05.20.19

McConnell Introduces Legislation to Make 21 the New Minimum Age for Purchasing Tobacco Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding legislation to make 21 the new minimum age for purchasing any tobacco product: "Today, I am introducing federal legislation to make 21 the new minimum age for purchasing any tobacco product, anywhere in the United States. Let me say that again. A new age, nationwide, for purchasing anything classified as a tobacco product - cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapor products, and … Continue Reading


05.16.19

Senate Republicans Won’t Let These Far-Left Dreams Get in the Way of Progress for Middle-Class Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the benefits Americans continue to see from the Republican pro-opportunity, pro-growth agenda: "This week, I've been discussing the stark contrast between the remarkable opportunity economy that Republican policies have helped unlock for the middle class and my Democratic colleagues' hard turn toward far-left ideas that would stifle the progress. My colleagues across th… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Senate to Confirm Three More Qualified Nominees for Executive Branch and Judiciary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "Yesterday the Senate voted to confirm Kenneth Lee of California to serve as U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. Yet another well-qualified nominee will now bring impressive legal experience and fine academic credentials to the job of upholding the rule of law as a federal judge. Mr. Lee is far … Continue Reading


05.14.19

Communities Across the Country Continue to Reap Benefits from Opportunity Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the benefits Americans continue to see from the Republican pro-opportunity, pro-growth agenda: "Since the beginning of this Congress, the nation has watched two fascinating trends play out. We've observed the job market, and the opportunities available to working Americans, continue to break records and open new doors across this country. And at the very same time, we'v… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Another Well-Qualified Judicial Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Kenneth Lee: "This morning, we voted to confirm Michael Truncale to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. Now, we're considering Kenneth Lee of California, slated to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Lee is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law … Continue Reading


05.14.19

McConnell on National Police Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding National Police Week: "This week we observe National Police Week, an annual gathering of tens of thousands of law enforcement personnel here in our nation's capital. Tomorrow, America will pay special tribute to the service and sacrifice of our fallen officers as we mark Peace Officers Memorial Day. Officers from around the country will join together to honor their bro… Continue Reading


05.13.19

Continued Work on Nominees and Disaster Supplemental Funding in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for disaster assistance as well as the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week the Senate will continue to promptly and reasonably consider a number of well-qualified nominees for important positions. Several weeks ago, we put an end to two years of unprecedented, systematic partisan obstruction that had kept abundantly qual… Continue Reading


05.09.19

An Historic Economic Moment for the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the benefits Americans continue to see from the Republican pro-opportunity, pro-growth agenda: "As I mentioned, we're in the middle of an historic economic moment for the American people. Last week, of course, the nationwide unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since December of 1969. And in just the year and half since Republicans passed comprehensive tax reform,… Continue Reading


05.09.19

After Democrat Obstruction, Modest Reform Has Nominations Process Back on Track

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "The Senate has continued to make significant progress in the personnel business. After two years of systematic heel-dragging from our friends across the aisle, even on the least controversial nominations, the modest reform the Senate adopted last month is helping us get back on track. "Another slat… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Republican Pro-Growth, Pro-Opportunity Agenda Continues to Pay Off for Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the benefits Americans continue to see from the Republican pro-opportunity, pro-growth agenda: "Yesterday, I talked about leaving the 'outrage industrial complex' behind and returning focus to the issues that impact the everyday lives of the American people. That's what my Republican colleagues and I have been focused on all along. And we're continuing to see that focus… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Senate Continues Timely Confirmation of Nominees After Democrat Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "As I've been discussing, the Senate's continuing to make better progress filling vacancies in the executive branch and the federal judiciary. After last month's action to restore a more functional, straightforward system for considering lower-level nominations, we've begun the process of clearing th… Continue Reading


05.08.19

McConnell Statement on the Highlands Ranch, Colorado School Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the shooting that took place yesterday afternoon in Highlands Ranch, Colorado: "I am saddened to have to begin my remarks this morning by acknowledging yet another senseless act of school violence in America. Less than a month after the 20th anniversary of the tragic shooting at Columbine High School, another Colorado community was shattered yesterday afternoon. "Just… Continue Reading


05.07.19

McConnell on Special Counsel Mueller’s Findings: Case Closed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Special Counsel Mueller's report on Russian interference in our 2016 election: "It's now been more than six weeks since Special Counsel Bob Mueller, the former FBI director, concluded his investigation into Russia's interference in our 2016 election and delivered his findings to the Justice Department. It's been two weeks since Attorney General William Barr made the 45… Continue Reading


05.06.19

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Senator Mike Enzi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senator Mike Enzi's (R-WY) announcement that he will not seek reelection in 2020: "I was saddened to hear over the weekend that our friend and colleague, Senator Mike Enzi, will not run for reelection to this body. At the end of next year, he will retire with 24 years of service to the people of Wyoming. And the rest of us will have to step up to make up for the loss i… Continue Reading


05.06.19

McConnell Statement on Terrorist Attacks Against Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the attacks that took place this past weekend in Israel: "Over the weekend we were given yet another tragic reminder of the daily threats that face our friends and allies in Israel. While American families enjoyed a spring weekend, those who make their home in the border regions of the Jewish state were subjected to a barrage of hundreds of rockets and other projectile… Continue Reading


05.02.19

McConnell: Ill-Fated Paris Deal Will Go Nowhere in the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding an effort from House Democrats to remain in the Obama-era Paris agreement on greenhouse gas emissions: "As I've mentioned, there's been a remarkable development this week in the House. The Rules Committee held the first hearing to discuss 'Medicare for None.' It was another demonstration of how disconnected my Democratic colleagues' agenda has become from the best inte… Continue Reading


05.02.19

McConnell on Yemen Resolution: I Urge My Colleagues to Uphold the President’s Veto

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding a Senate resolution that would have misused the War Powers Act in Yemen and has since been vetoed by President Trump: "In March the Senate narrowly passed a resolution that would have misused the War Powers Act and actually hampered U.S. efforts to help bring the conflict in Yemen to a close. Fortunately the president vetoed it. And so today, members will have a second… Continue Reading

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