Remarks

08.05.15

Given Widespread Bipartisan Concern, America Deserves a Serious Debate on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate debate of the President's Iran deal: "As the Administration's agreement with Iran comes under greater scrutiny, there is growing bipartisan concern. It's widespread and it's well-founded. "The leading House Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee recently said the deal 'troubled' him because 'it doesn't prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon, it just postpones it.… Continue Reading


08.04.15

McConnell Offers Path Forward on Cyber Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor offering a UC agreement on the cybersecurity bill: "Our government was recently struck by a devastating cyberattack that's been described as 'one of the worst breaches in U.S. history.' It was a major blow to the privacy of millions of Americans. "We know that the private sector is vulnerable to attack too. "The House has already passed two White House-backed cybersecurity bills to he… Continue Reading


08.04.15

McConnell Calls for ‘Thorough, Thoughtful and Respectful’ Senate Debate on Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor outlining the September debate on the President's Iran Deal: "This September, the Senate will formally weigh in on the nuclear deal struck between the White House and Iran. We'll take a vote and answer a simple but powerful question: Will the agreement actually make America and its allies safer? "When we do, the Senate- as an institution- will be put to the test. "The first test will … Continue Reading


08.04.15

Bipartisan Cybersecurity Bill Would Help Public, Private Sectors Defeat Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging cooperation on the bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act: "I recently shared an AP news story with my colleagues. I think it's worth sharing again. "Here's the headline: 'Federal Agencies Are Wide Open to Hackers, Cyberspies.' "Let me read just a little of what it says. The federal government, which holds secrets and sensitive information ranging from nuclear bluepr… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Senate Bill Would Fund Women’s Health, Not Scandal-Plagued Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding legislation that would redirect federal Planned Parenthood funds: "The revelations we've seen from Planned Parenthood are deeply disturbing. "They raise real fundamental questions about what kind of society we want to be. "I thank Senators Ernst, Paul, Lankford, and a number of others for accepting my invitation to lead the effort on the Senate's response. The legislation they… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Finalized EPA Regs: Probably Illegal, Would Hurt the Middle Class and Won’t Meaningfully Affect Global Climate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding President Obama's so-called Clean Power Plan: "In just a few minutes, President Obama will deliver another blow to the economy and to the Middle-Class. "He'll unveil regressive regulations that are set to harm struggling workers and families. "They're projected to cost billions. "They threaten to ship good Middle-Class jobs overseas. "They'll likely make it harder to… Continue Reading


07.30.15

McConnell Says Obama Administration Must Turn over Iran-IAEA Side Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Iran nuclear agreement: "The purpose of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act is to ensure Congress has a fully informed understanding of any comprehensive agreement reached between the Administration and Iran. "These are principles both parties endorsed when they voted overwhelmingly to pass the measure. "These are principles President Obama endorsed when he signe… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Senate Set to Pass a Multi-Year, Bipartisan and Fiscally Responsible Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan DRIVE Act: "Many thought we'd never get here, but we have. "Later today, the Senate will pass a multi-year highway bill that doesn't raise taxes by a penny, and we'll do it on a bipartisan basis. "This is more than just another accomplishment for the Senate, it's a win for our country. "Because the bill would cut red tape and streamline regulations. "I… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Senate’s Fiscally Responsible, Bipartisan Highway Bill Headed for Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan multi-year highway bill: "Late nights, vigorous legislating, and sometimes-unpredictable outcomes may make some reach for the aspirin. "But these are the hallmarks of a functioning Congress. "The push and pull between different parties, different members, and different chambers is all just part of the democratic rhythm. "That's especially true when you're… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Shocking Videos Prompt Legislation to Preserve Women’s Health Funding, Not Planned Parenthood Lobbyists

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Planned Parenthood defunding legislation: "The ongoing revelations about Planned Parenthood are more than just disturbing, they shock the conscience. A Democratic colleague called them 'very troubling,' 'extremely troubling,' and 'highly troubling.' "Next week, every member of his party will have a chance to join us in reaffirming the Senate's commitment to genuine compa… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Senate Moves towards Passage of Bipartisan, Multi-Year Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan DRIVE Act: "The Senate continues to move closer and closer to passage of a bipartisan, multi-year highway bill. "The legislation we advanced again last night is fiscally responsible. "It won't raise taxes by a penny. "And it will give state and local governments the kind of stability they need to plan longer-term projects for America's roads and bridges… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Senate Nears Completion of Fiscally Responsible, Multi-Year Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan DRIVE Act: "'There is no such thing as a Republican road or a Democrat road.' "That's what Chairman Inhofe said just a few days ago, and he's right. No wonder Republicans and Democrats continue to rally around a bipartisan, multi-year highway measure that's fiscally responsible and won't raise taxes. "The bill before us would streamline regulations, advance re… Continue Reading


07.26.15

Senate Moves into Final Stretch on Bipartisan Highway Bill

'Jobs are on the line. Infrastructure projects important to the people we represent are on the line. So we have to get it done. And with cooperation, we can ensure that more ideas from both sides of the aisle are still heard and voted upon.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan highway bill: "Our country needs a multi-year highway bill, and we're close to finally passing a fiscally responsib… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Senate Moves Forward on Bipartisan, Multi-Year Highway Bill

'The hard work to pass a bipartisan, fiscally responsible, multi-year highway measure that doesn't raise taxes or increase the deficit continues.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan highway bill: "The hard work to pass a bipartisan, fiscally responsible, multi-year highway measure that doesn't raise taxes or increase the deficit continues. "It hasn't been easy. We always knew obstacles… Continue Reading


07.23.15

McConnell Calls on Administration to Release IAEA-Iran Nuclear Side Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Obama Administration's deal with Iran: "Yesterday I joined Speaker Boehner, Senator Cotton, and Congressman Pompeo in sending a letter to the Administration with a simple request: that the Administration meet its full legal obligations to Congress under the terms of the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act - a law that both parties supported overwhelmingly just thi… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Transportation Bill Would Fund Roads, Highways, Bridges Without Raising Taxes or Increasing Deficit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan transportation bill: "There are a lot of tired clichés about not giving up after an initial setback. I won't subject you to any of them this morning. "But I will say that last night's vote represents an important first step toward passing a multi-year, bipartisan highway bill. "It's a first step on a much longer road - but, in my view, a worthwhile one.… Continue Reading


07.22.15

States Will Get More Flexibility, Certainty Under Long-Term Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan Drive Act: "I regret that yesterday's procedural vote on the multi-year, bipartisan highway bill wasn't successful. "It wasn't a vote to approve of the bill, just a vote to agree to talk about it. "We held the vote when we did because we wanted to give the House more space to work on it. "But some members said they wanted more time to review it before agreeing… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Obama Administration Carries Burden of Proof on Iran Nuclear Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Obama Administration's deal with Iran: "I've said that the Senate intends to thoroughly review the White House's deal with Iran, and then take a vote on it under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. "This is a review process that will allow us to determine whether the administration complied with the law and delivered the complete agreement, and it's a… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Senate Headed Towards Passage of Landmark Education Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging passage of the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act: "The pundits told us it would never happen. Republicans and Democrats will never agree on a way to replace No Child Left Behind, they said. "But a new Senate that's back to work is proving them wrong. "We're poised to pass bipartisan legislation that would replace an education law that no longer works with significan… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Senate Passes McConnell-Cosponsored Bill to Assist Families Adopting Children from Democratic Republic of the Congo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comments regarding Senate passage of the Adoptive Family Relief Act - legislation he cosponsored to provide meaningful financial relief to families adopting children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): "I just wanted to briefly say a few words about Senate passage of S.1300, the Adoptive Family Relief Act. The issue this bill addresses is of particular importance to me, and I'm proud to be a co-spons… Continue Reading

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