Remarks

12.09.20

“We Can’t Do A Thing Unless Democrats Decide They Want to Make Law”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "The American people are hurting. We're in the thick of one of the worst national crises in modern memory. And people's eyes are fixed on Congress. They need the House and the Senate to stop chasing our tails and make law. "There are small-business employees who've held onto their job all this time because of the Paycheck Protection Program … Continue Reading


12.08.20

McConnell Tribute to Departing Colleague Chairman Mike Enzi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY): "My colleagues here in the United States Senate are, to put it mildly, an impressive bunch. "That always makes it a challenge to pay adequate tribute when one leaves our ranks. "But even by the high standards of this place, the course charted by the Senator whom I have to send off this morning stands out. "The senior Senator for Wyom… Continue Reading


12.08.20

McConnell Speaks Against Efforts to Block Sales to the UAE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding UAE arms sales: "This week, some Senators indicate they may attempt to move a privileged resolution to disapprove of the Administration's proposed sale of advanced armaments to the United Arab Emirates, a critical partner in the fight against terrorists. "It's a little baffling to suggest that, now of all times, a protest gesture with no chance of obtaining … Continue Reading


12.07.20

Even Prominent Democrats’ Most Urgent COVID Priorities Are Already Addressed in Republican Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "We've reached the time of year when the Senate has more important outstanding business than we have days to complete it. "Delivering for the American people will take focus, dexterity and real bipartisanship. "On government funding, as I've said for weeks, it's my hope that our committees' work will bear fruit and a full-year funding packa… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Congress Should Deliver Consensus COVID-19 Relief “Right Away”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "Anyone who's heard me speak about coronavirus relief going back months has heard one central principle: Let's deliver right away on all the subjects where everybody agrees, and argue over the rest later. "That solution to this impasse has been in plain sight for anyone willing to see it. Agree where we agree, bank that progress, make law, t… Continue Reading


12.02.20

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Friend and Colleague Chairman Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN): "The Senate revolves around people. "The body consists of 100 individuals. One of our key duties concerns the personnel whom we examine and confirm. And there are all the dedicated staff professionals who make this place go. "Today, it is both my great honor and my regrettable task to honor someone who secured all three parts o… Continue Reading


12.02.20

“We Need to get More Bipartisan, Targeted Coronavirus Relief out to the American People”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "When I opened the Senate on Monday, I repeated something Republicans have stated for months now: We need to put partisanship aside and get more bipartisan, targeted coronavirus relief out to the American people. "Dating back to the summer, and all fall, Senate Republicans tried repeatedly to advance hundreds of billions of dollars to preven… Continue Reading


12.01.20

McConnell Tribute to “Trailblazing” Senator Martha McSally

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ): "As the 116th Congress draws to a close, I once again face a task that's among my favorite and least favorite jobs at the same time: Bidding farewell to some of the people we proudly call colleagues and friends. "But I'll take any excuse to brag about the impressive men and women we get to work alongside every day. "Today, I'll b… Continue Reading


12.01.20

Americans Need More Targeted COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the week's business: "The latest results of vaccine trials continue to suggest that our victory over the coronavirus is on the horizon. "But here in Washington, the additional relief that would help families, workers, schools, and small businesses cross the finish line has been held up for months while Democratic leaders pursued an all-or-nothing approach. … Continue Reading


11.30.20

“The American People Need More Help and They Need It Now”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "The Senate is back in session to finish up 2020. The American people are counting on us to finish strong. We need to reach agreement on federal government funding to avoid a lapse in basic programs and services. "We need to finish the annual defense authorization to shore up the U.S. military's competitive advantage over our adversaries. "… Continue Reading


11.30.20

McConnell Welcomes Senator Chuck Grassley Back to the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): "First, as the Senate reconvenes this afternoon, I'm especially happy to welcome back our President Pro Tem. "Senator Grassley quarantined and worked from home following his positive COVID test two weeks ago. We all predicted that if any member of this body had the stamina and spirit to kick the virus to the curb, it would be him … Continue Reading


11.18.20

Democrats Still Blocking Vaccine Distribution Funds and Small Business Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19 relief: "Senate Republicans have spent months trying to get another bipartisan rescue package passed and signed into law for the American people. "For months, our position has been consistent: We want to reach agreement on all the areas where compromise is well within reach, send hundreds of billions of dollars to urgent and uncontroversial programs… Continue Reading


11.18.20

McConnell on Senator Chuck Grassley’s Historic Voting Streak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): "Yesterday, something extremely rare happened here in this chamber. Something so unusual that only a few of us current Senators had ever seen it before. "A roll call vote that did not include the name of our president pro tem and distinguished colleague from Iowa, Senator Chuck Grassley. "Before yesterday, the senior Senator for … Continue Reading


11.17.20

Senate Confirming More Impressive Nominees to Federal Courts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "While our committees are working, the full Senate is keeping busy with one of our core constitutional responsibilities: continuing to confirm well-qualified men and women to lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary. "Yesterday, we voted to advance the nomination of Kristi Haskins Johnson, the current Solicitor General of Mississippi with … Continue Reading


11.17.20

McConnell on Important Legislative Priorities before the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding legislative business: "There is significant outstanding business that Congress needs to complete before the end of the year. "My Republican colleagues and I have stated over and over that we still want to pass more coronavirus relief for the American people. Senate Republicans have voted multiple times to send hundreds of billions of dollars for schools, sma… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Premature Afghanistan Exit Would Jeopardize Trump Administration’s Record of Success

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the ongoing presence of U.S. forces in the Middle East to combat terrorism: "The last several days have brought renewed speculation about the prospect of rapidly withdrawing all U.S. military forces from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. "Here in Congress, a small minority in both parties seem to think it is in America's power to unilaterally resolve conflicts b… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Operation Warp Speed Provides More Good News For COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding another COVID-19 vaccine announcement: "Once again, this morning brought two different sets of headlines on the pandemic we've been battling for the last nine months. "On one hand, rates of infection and hospitalization are rising rapidly nationwide. We all must continue taking smart precautions such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing. But, at… Continue Reading


11.12.20

McConnell Celebrates COVID-19 Vaccine News and Urges Continued Precautions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the COVID-19 vaccine announcement: "Last week, the country and the world received some great news that we have longed to hear. "A major American drug company, together with their German partner, announced that their candidate for a COVID-19 vaccine appears to be at least 90 percent effective in trials. That is ninety percent - nine zero. "Dr. Fauci called t… Continue Reading


11.10.20

McConnell on Sec. Mark Esper and World Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Secretary Mark Esper and world affairs: "Yesterday, the President informed us that Secretary Mark Esper's tenure leading the Department of Defense has concluded. "When the Senate considered Secretary Esper's nomination, I said you could hardly invent better qualifications to run the Pentagon than his resume. From West Point and the 101st Airborne to his time… Continue Reading


11.09.20

McConnell Celebrates Vaccine Developments and Falling Unemployment Rate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate business: "The last several days have brought huge good news in our fight to beat this terrible virus. "This morning, one drug manufacturer announced that ongoing trials suggest their candidate for a COVID-19 vaccine may be more than 90% effective. "This is a huge testament to the ingenuity of the American private sector and their global partners, an… Continue Reading

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