Remarks

03.03.15

McConnell Welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu to U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today welcoming Prime Minister Netanyahu to the U.S. Capitol: "Later this morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver an important address to Congress. "Members of both parties extend a warm welcome to him. This leader is a great friend of our country, and his visit comes at a critical moment in the relations between our countries. "The Prime Minister's address coi… Continue Reading


03.02.15

McConnell Outlines Busy Senate Schedule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding this week in the Senate: "This week promises to be a busy one. "Just across the street, an important Obamacare case will be argued before the Supreme Court. "And tomorrow, here in the Capitol, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress. It's an important speech that comes at an important time. Iran's long-standing determination to deve… Continue Reading


02.27.15

Senate Will Vote Today on DHS Funding, Consider Executive Overreach Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding votes on Department of Homeland Security funding and the President's executive overreach on immigration: "This morning, the Senate will complete work on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. And then, we'll turn to Senator Collins' bill. It's common-sense legislation that would protect our democracy from the egregious example of executive overreach we saw in Nove… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Collins Bill to Curb the President’s Executive Overreach ‘a Common-Sense Idea’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on Senate Democrats to support Senator Collins' sensible legislation blocking the President's executive overreach: "It was good to see Democrats finally bring an end to their weeks-long filibuster of Homeland Security funding. "Once the measure we voted on yesterday is complete, the Senate will consider sensible legislation from Senator Collins. "Her bill is simple: It would pro… Continue Reading


02.26.15

McConnell Condemns FCC’s Move to Put Internet Under Control of Federal Bureaucrats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor condemning the Obama Administration's 'Net Neutrality' rule: "Later today, the Obama Administration's FCC will take up a proposal, favored by the President, that would strike a blow to the future of innovation in our country: it's the so-called 'Net Neutrality' rule. "The growth of the Internet and the rapid adoption of mobile technology have been great American success stories. And the… Continue Reading


02.25.15

Stopping the President's Executive Overreach, Funding DHS is 'Sensible Way Forward,' McConnell Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senate Democrats to work with Republicans to stop the President's recent immigration overreach and fund the Department of Homeland Security: "Yesterday, President Obama took the extreme step of vetoing good American jobs. "He sided with partisan extremists and powerful special interests over the middle class. "It says a lot about the priorities of this Administration. But if the W… Continue Reading


02.24.15

McConnell Urges President to Stand with Middle Class, Not Political Extremists, and Support Keystone

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling on the President to sign the Keystone XL Pipeline bill: "Congress is sending the President another piece of bipartisan legislation today. Americans of both parties are calling on him to sign it. There's no reason not to. "The Keystone jobs bill is just common sense. The construction of this important infrastructure project would support thousands of American jobs. It would pump … Continue Reading


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

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