Remarks

06.13.16

McConnell Honors the Life of George Voinovich

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today honoring the life of former Ohio U.S. Senator George Voinovich: "I'd like to say a few words about a colleague we lost this weekend. George Voinovich was the oldest of six children and, until his late teens, an aspiring doctor. Then he realized he 'didn't get along' with the sciences. So he joined the Boy Scouts. He got involved in student government. And he told his frien… Continue Reading


06.13.16

McConnell on Orlando Attack: We Won’t Back Down in the Face of Terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida and the need to defeat ISIL: "Above this Capitol, the American flag flies at half-staff. A symbol of national sorrow-for lives taken far too soon. A symbol of national solidarity-for families left behind, plunged into despair. "ISIL claims the terrorist who committed this horrific act is 'one of the soldiers of the caliphate.' … Continue Reading


06.10.16

McConnell Encourages Senate to Pass Critical Measure to Support Troops and National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "In just a few minutes, the Senate will take another important step toward passing sweeping defense legislation that will support our troops and our national security. "It will help drive defense innovation and research. "It will authorize pay raises for our servicemembers and modernize retirement benefits. "It will help prep… Continue Reading


06.09.16

Passing NDAA Will Help Ensure Military Readiness and Keep Americans Safe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "President Obama's approach to national security policy began with unworkable ideas on the campaign trail, and it's been marked by some consistent themes. "Like inflexible commitments to drawing down our conventional military posture from across the globe. Like an excessive reliance on international organizations. Like a tenden… Continue Reading


06.08.16

McConnell Welcomes Prime Minister of India to U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today welcoming Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, for his address to a joint session of Congress: "Later today, we'll welcome the Prime Minister of India as he visits the Capitol. "Though this is Narendra Modi's fourth trip to the United States as Prime Minister, it marks the first time he will address a joint session of Congress. "It also marks the fifth time an Ind… Continue Reading


06.08.16

NDAA Will Help Keep Americans Safe, Prepare Country for Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "There are an array of threats facing our country. And, as the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee recently observed, '[i]nstead of one great power rival, the United States now faces a series of trans-regional, cross-functional, multi-domain, and long-term strategic competitions.' "There are the conventional military chall… Continue Reading


06.08.16

Republican-Led Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Support Economic Opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act, the first major environmental reform in two decades: "After months of hard work and collaboration between both chambers, last night we were able to pass the first major environmental reform bill in two decades. "I know Bonnie Lautenberg has waited for this day for a very long time. "The Lautenberg Act bears her husband's name and wi… Continue Reading


06.07.16

McConnell: ‘We Need to Ensure the American People Are Protected’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "The National Defense Authorization Act before us is important for our troops, it's important for wounded warriors and veterans, and it's important for national security. "One way it will help keep Americans safe is by renewing clear prohibitions on President Obama's ability to move dangerous Guantanamo terrorists into the U.S… Continue Reading


06.06.16

Senate Continues Work to Pass Critical Measure to Support Servicemembers and National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "After needless and inexplicable delay by colleagues across the aisle, we will begin consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act today and work to pass it this week. "The NDAA authorizes funds aimed at meeting the combat readiness needs of our armed services, maintaining our national security posture, and supportin… Continue Reading


06.06.16

McConnell Honors The Greatest

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today honoring the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali: "Over the weekend the world learned the sad news of the passing of Muhammad Ali. "Ali was one of the preeminent athletes of the 20th century. "His story was an American story. "It's one that touched people in every corner of the world. "It's one that began in my hometown of Louisville. "Louisville is where he grew up.… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Under Republican Leadership, Senate Does It’s Job for the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate accomplishments in the Republican Majority: "So much has changed since the American people elected a new Republican majority to get the Senate back to work. Americans told us to break through the gridlock and get the Senate focused on real solutions again. We have, and we are. "This doesn't mean our colleagues across the aisle will always cooperate - we've ce… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Senate Democrats Need to Stop Blocking Defense Bill That Supports Veterans, Servicemembers, Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "The men and women who sign up to defend our nation don't ask for much, but our nation certainly asks a lot of them. They sacrifice on our behalf every day. They deserve the kind of support that the National Defense Authorization Act before us can provide. It will honor commitments to veterans, service members, and their familie… Continue Reading


05.26.16

More Unaffordable Premium Increases Thanks to Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Obamacare: "Here is the headline too many Kentuckians had to wake to this morning, 'Health insurance rate hike requests average 17 percent in [Kentucky]' "The story noted that these double-digit premium increases continue 'a national trend of hefty hikes as insurers adapt to a market reshaped by President Barack Obama's signature health care law.' "In other words,… Continue Reading


05.25.16

McConnell to Senate Democrats: Stop Delaying Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the National Defense Authorization Act: "After two days of needless delay from across the aisle, this morning we'll vote to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the National Defense Authorization Act, and hopefully adopt that motion quickly thereafter. This critical defense bill passed committee on a strong bipartisan basis, there's no reason for further delay f… Continue Reading


05.25.16

Obamacare: Bad News, Premiums Spike for Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the failures of Obamacare: "Last week, Senators came to the floor to highlight the continuing broken promises of Obamacare. We did so in the shadow of proposed double-digit Obamacare premium increases in states across the country, everywhere from Tennessee to Oregon to New Hampshire. "Americans have gotten further bad news since, including Obamacare premium spikes t… Continue Reading


05.24.16

McConnell Encourages Senate to Help Middle Class by Overturning Obama Regulatory Scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding a legislative measure that would protect working families and smaller savers from the latest burdensome regulation by the Obama Administration: "This Administration has been on a long regulatory march for years now, and too often, its regulations end up hurting the very Americans they purport to help. "Though issued in the name of greater equality, it's actually the… Continue Reading


05.23.16

McConnell Praises Reauthorization of Adam Walsh Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate passed the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act today. The legislation will bolster efforts to prevent future sexual assault crimes and help victims receive justice. It was sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and passed by a vote of 89-0. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted that the authorization for this important legislation expired in 2011, but was revived under a new chairman, Sen. Grassley. "It was disheartening to watch reauthorizatio… Continue Reading


05.23.16

Republican-Led Senate Advances Important Bipartisan Measures; Zika Work Continues

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate passage of appropriations bills to improve transportation and housing infrastructure and care for veterans: "Last week, the Republican-led Senate passed two more appropriations bills by a large bipartisan majority. Both bills passed out of committee with unanimous support, were subject to hours of debate and deliberation, and included the input of Democratic a… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Bipartisan Appropriations Process Continues in Republican-Led Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding appropriations bills for improving care for veterans, transportation and housing infrastructure, and to help address Zika: "Senators have been working diligently this week, continuing our efforts to advance American priorities and responsibly fund important programs through the appropriations process. We've made good progress so far: The Senate already passed one … Continue Reading


05.18.16

McConnell: Obamacare is No Laughing Matter for the Millions Who Suffer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Obamacare's continued attack on the Middle Class: "A video recently surfaced that should concern all of us. It was three of President Obama's former speechwriters laughing it up. They were reminiscing about the time they apparently helped mislead the American people with a line that would one day become Politifact's Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan,… Continue Reading

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