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06.05.19

Senate Continues to Clear Backlog of Nominees Left By Democrats’ Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered 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 Andrew Saul of New York to serve as Commissioner of Social Security and voted to advance several more highly-qualified nominees. Today, we'll vote to confirm three other executive-branch nominees to important posts at the Departments of State and Interior a… Continue Reading


06.05.19

McConnell on Border Crisis: It is Long Past Time for Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the humanitarian crisis at our southern border and the urgent need for border security: "Now, in addition to nominations, there are a number of other important items the Congress ought to be able to tackle in the next several weeks. As I've mentioned several times, we need continued negotiations between the Senate, the House, and the White House toward a bipartisa… Continue Reading


06.04.19

McConnell Receives Distinguished Leader Award at Susan B. Anthony List Annual Gala

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received the Distinguished Leader Award at last night's 12th Annual Susan B. Anthony List Gala. The following are Leader McConnell's remarks as delivered: "Thank you very much, all of you. Particularly Diane and Marjorie for all you've done and for having me here tonight. I deeply appreciate this honor. Look, it's always good to be with friends and fellow travelers. And we've shared especially exciting times over the past c… Continue Reading


06.04.19

McConnell Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the 100th anniversary of the Senate's passage of the 19th Amendment, giving American women the right to vote: "Today, June 4, 2019, marks an historic anniversary for the United States Senate. It was 100 years ago today that this body passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and sent it on to the states for ratification. It was 100 years ago today that this i… Continue Reading


06.04.19

Senate Considering More Impressive, Uncontroversial Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "Before the Senate adjourned for Memorial Day, I laid out seven more nominations for our consideration when we returned. Four to fill important vacancies in the administration and three to the federal bench. So this week, the Senate will continue our work to confirm more well-qualified nominees … Continue Reading


06.03.19

Leader McConnell Remembers Senator Thad Cochran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of friend and colleague, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS): "On Thursday morning, we received sad news out of Oxford, Mississippi. Our friend and distinguished former colleague Senator Thad Cochran had passed away. Thad took retirement a little more than a year ago to focus on his health and family. That day concluded a truly remarkable career in the histor… Continue Reading


06.03.19

McConnell on Virginia Beach Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the shooting that took place this past Friday in Virginia Beach, Virginia: "As millions looked forward to an early summer weekend, Virginia Beach, Virginia, became the latest American community where lives were shattered by violence. Twelve workers at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center were shot and killed when a lone gunman -- a fellow employee -- opened fire on… Continue Reading


05.24.19

Leader McConnell Meets with Secretary of Defense Nominee Patrick Shanahan

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement after yesterday's meeting with the president's nominee for Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan: "I met with Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan on Thursday to discuss ongoing military operations, efforts to rebuild our military readiness and modernize our forces, as well as major security threats to our national interests. I look forward to supporting his nomination." Background: The Senat… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Senate Passes Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate passage of disaster assistance funding legislation: "All week, Chairman Shelby and a number of our colleagues worked tirelessly to get a supplemental funding agreement for disaster relief over the finish line. He has prepared one thoughtful, good-faith, compromise offer after another. "In fact, this has been going on for months now. Compromise offer after… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Experts, Advocates and Public Health Groups Rallying Around 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 raise the national minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21: "Earlier this week, along with Senator Kaine, I introduced new legislation to raise the national minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. Now, it has generated some attention that senators for Kentucky and Virginia, states with some connection to tobacco farming and production… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Senate Will Not Adjourn Without Voting to Fund Communities Hit by Natural Disasters

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 have stated, the Senate will not adjourn this week until we have voted on legislation to deliver long-overdue relief funding for communities that have been hit hard by natural disasters. None of my colleagues need to hear me recite yet again why action in this area is such an important priority. Why it is so urgently ne… Continue Reading


05.23.19

McConnell: America Must Give Iran No Reason to Misjudge Our Resolve

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the growing threat of Iranian aggression: "Monday, of course, is Memorial Day. Americans will take time out of our ordinary routines and busy lives to remember the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for the security of our nation and the liberty we cherish. We mourn every young American whose sacrifice has furthered the cause of our founding ideals. And we … Continue Reading


05.22.19

Americans Across the Country Struggling to Rebuild from Natural Disasters

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: "Several of our Senate colleagues and their counterparts in the House are continuing to zero in on long-overdue legislation to deliver additional help to Americans all across our nation who are struggling to rebuild from natural disasters. This ought to have been a fairly straightforward process. We shouldn't need to explain … Continue Reading


05.22.19

Four More Judicial Confirmations Today in the Senate

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: "Since President Trump took office in 2017, the Senate has confirmed 41 well-qualified individuals to serve on our nation's circuit courts. Number 41 was Daniel Collins of California, whom we confirmed yesterday to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As I've noted already, Mr. Collins came before the … Continue Reading


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

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