Remarks

11.17.16

McConnell: Important Work Ahead

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding remaining agenda items of the current Congress: "It's been a busy and exciting week as we've welcomed new members, assembled our leadership teams for the 115th Congress, and gotten to work on important issues. "Today we'll have the opportunity to take up a bill that's particularly important for Gulf Coast states like Louisiana. "Senator Cassidy has been a leader on thi… Continue Reading


11.16.16

McConnell Grateful for Support of Colleagues and American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the 115th Congress: "This morning our conference came together to select the Republican leadership team for the 115th Congress. "It's an honor to have been chosen once again by my colleagues to continue serving as leader. "I know I speak for every Republican Senator in expressing gratitude to the American people for entrusting us with this majority. "It's a great resp… Continue Reading


11.15.16

McConnell Welcomes Senate Back to Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding wrapping up the 114th Congress: "We've had a regularly scheduled election in this country every two years since 1788, right on time. This year's campaign was long and it was tough. I think everyone's glad it's over. I think Americans are ready to come together and move the country forward. "As President Obama reminded us, '[We're] all on one team. This is an … Continue Reading


09.28.16

McConnell: Let’s Keep Working Together to Pass Critical Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on funding for Zika, veterans and continuing government operations: "Our colleagues in the House made good progress last night on a way forward to help the people of Flint in the Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA, which as we've said is its proper vehicle. "The Senate already voted overwhelmingly, 95-3, to pass assistance for Flint families a… Continue Reading


09.28.16

McConnell on the Passing of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today mourning the passing of Shimon Peres, the ninth president of Israel: "We were saddened to learn last night that Shimon Peres, the ninth president of Israel, has passed away at the age of 93. "He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of service on behalf of the people of Israel - and a lengthy resume to match. "The Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congress… Continue Reading


09.27.16

McConnell: We Cannot Afford to Wait Any Longer on Providing Critical Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on funding for Zika, veterans and continuing government operations: "I'd like to bring a little perspective to today's vote on the Clean CR/Zika package. "This is a 10-week funding bill. "Its contents command broad support. "It contains zero controversial riders from either party. "Can it really be that Democratic leaders have embraced dysfunction … Continue Reading


09.26.16

McConnell: We Should Pass the Fair and Clean CR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on Zika/veterans funding, continuing government operations: "The 10-week Clean CR the Senate will vote on tomorrow is pretty simple. "It keeps the government funded at the same agreed-upon, bipartisan spending levels as today. "It contains zero controversial riders. "It funds the fight against Zika. "And it ensures that veterans and the victims of … Continue Reading


09.22.16

Bipartisan Cooperation Needed to Complete Senate’s Important Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding completing work on Zika/veterans funding, continuing government operations: "There have been broad requests for a clean continuing resolution. So that's what I've just offered. It's the result of many, many hours of bipartisan work across the aisle. "It's a fair proposal that funds all current government operations through December 9, while also providing funding for… Continue Reading


09.21.16

McConnell: The United States Must Live Up to Its Commitments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today in support of the United States' commitment to assist Saudi Arabia in combating al Qaeda and ISIL: "Today the Senate will consider a motion to discharge a resolution of disapproval from the Foreign Relations Committee. "I oppose that motion because I believe it would harm our nation's long term strategic interests in the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East. It would fu… Continue Reading


09.21.16

McConnell: Obamacare’s Legacy is an Attack on the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on Senate Democrats doubling down on the failures of Obamacare: "My friend the Democratic Leader has a favorite saying. "He often says that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. "I'm not sure his fellow Democrats got the memo. "At a time when Obamacare is raising health costs dramatically, chasing competition out of the health industry, and co… Continue Reading


09.19.16

McConnell: Ensuring the Safety of All Americans Remains Our Top Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor on the attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota over the weekend: "Over the weekend, several incidents that appear to be acts of terrorism left dozens injured and many across the country shaken. While we're thankful that no loss of life has been reported, we also know that the injured will face a difficult road to recovery and healing. Our prayers are with each of them and all… Continue Reading


09.15.16

McConnell Praises Infrastructure, Commerce Components of Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today praising the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act: From the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay to the inland waterways that are so important to Kentucky's maritime jobs, America's waterways play a crucial role in supporting the economy, transporting goods and people from point A to point B, and supplying communities with drinking water. As the chairman of the Environ… Continue Reading


09.15.16

McConnell Welcomes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor ahead of his meeting with Burmese State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi today: "Today I have the distinct honor of welcoming my dear friend, Burmese State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as she visits the Capitol. "Daw Suu is an incredible woman with an incredible life story. "She's endured much since pro-democracy protests first swept her country many years ago. "What followed … Continue Reading


09.14.16

McConnell: Obamacare is a Direct Attack on the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on how Obamacare is hurting people across the country: "Let me start by stating the obvious: Obamacare is a direct attack on the Middle Class. Premiums are shooting up by double-digits… "Co-pays are spiking and deductibles are skyrocketing. "Co-ops are collapsing and insurers are withdrawing. "We all know the statistics. "They're shocking. "And yet, they sti… Continue Reading


09.13.16

McConnell: Obamacare is a Failing Partisan Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on how Obamacare is hurting people across the country: Days before Obamacare passed the Senate, in 2009, the Senior Senator from New York predicted that Americans would come around "soon" on the unpopular bill his party was trying to force through. "The reason people are negative is not the substance of the bill," he mused, "but the fears that the opponents have laid out. Whe… Continue Reading


09.12.16

McConnell Provides Update on Zika, Veterans Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on legislation to responsibly fund the government: Members on both sides have been working towards an agreement to responsibly fund the government. We've made a lot of important progress already. I expect to move forward this week on a continuing resolution through December 9 at last year's enacted levels and include funds for Zika control and our veterans. Talks are contin… Continue Reading


09.08.16

McConnell: Obamacare is failing the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today on the realities that Americans are facing because of Obamacare: President Obama said something interesting just days before signing his namesake health takeover into law. In explaining the need for Obamacare, he said this: "[W]hat's happening to your premiums? What's happening to your co-payments? What's happening to your deductible? They're all going up. That's money straigh… Continue Reading


09.07.16

McConnell: Inexcusable that Senate Democrats Continue to Block National Defense and Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today after Senate Democrats once again blocked the compromise conference report for anti-Zika efforts and support for our national defense, veterans: "Last night, Senate Democrats blocked critical funding - for veterans, for pregnant mothers and babies, and for service members. It's not the first or the even the second time they've put partisan politics ahead of the health and saf… Continue Reading


09.06.16

McConnell Urges Senate Democrats to Stop Blocking Support for National Defense and Anti-Zika Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today encouraging Senate Democrats to stop blocking the compromise conference report for anti-Zika efforts and veterans funding, and the defense appropriations bill: "I want to welcome colleagues back from what I know was a productive state work period. I'm sure I speak for us all when I say that traveling to our states and meeting with those we represent is one of the best parts of… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Republican Leadership Gets Senate Working for the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding accomplishments Senate during the Republican Majority: "One newspaper recently declared that the Senate 'has settled into a new normal' under Republican leadership, 'passing bills at [a] rate not seen in decades.' And that is good news for the American people. Here's why. "This 'new normal' includes more than 225 bills that have been passed, along with more than 140… Continue Reading

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