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12.18.18

Leader McConnell Thanks General John Kelly

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding White House Chief of Staff, General John Kelly: "Bidding farewell to our departing colleagues is never easy. Neither is seeing off a number of other colleagues, beyond the Senate, with whom we've had the privilege of working closely. For the past two years, America has been treated to a brilliant example of public service on one of its highest possible stages. First as… Continue Reading


12.18.18

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Senator Jon Kyl

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the retirement of friend and colleague, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ): "To the untrained eye, it might seem that I've completed my thanks and farewells to all my Republican colleagues who will depart at the end of this Congress. But I would be remiss if I did not also mention the junior Senator from Arizona - our good friend, Jon Kyl. When Senator Kyl bid farewell to this bo… Continue Reading


12.13.18

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Senator Jeff Flake

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the retirement of friend and colleague, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ): "I'd like close by paying tribute to another member of this body whose retirement from the Senate is fast approaching. This particular Senator, in his own words, grew up 'on a dry, dusty ranch in northern Arizona.' You might be surprised at that description if you'd known only the name of his… Continue Reading


12.12.18

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Senator Orrin Hatch

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the retirement of friend and colleague, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT): "It is my bittersweet job this morning to pay tribute to an historic Senate career that will conclude at the end of this Congress. Senator Orrin Hatch has faithfully represented the people of Utah in this body for the last 42 years. That makes him dean of our Republican conference and, of co… Continue Reading


12.06.18

McConnell Thanks Staff, Volunteers, Capitol Police for President Bush Memorial Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor to thank the staff, volunteers and Capitol Police for their efforts in the lying in state ceremony for President George H. W. Bush: "I have a number of important topics to discuss this morning. But first and foremost, I want to personally thank everyone in this building who gave so much of their own time and energy to facilitate the rituals that filled this Capitol fo… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Senator Bob Corker

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the retirement of friend and colleague, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN): "Now, finally, I'd like to close with a tribute to another distinguished member of this body who is leaving us at the end of this Congress. Senator Bob Corker is one of the most hardworking and -- frankly -- relentless members of this body. He's a builder by trade and a fixer by nature. And … Continue Reading


12.05.18

Remembering President George H. W. Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of President George H. W. Bush: "Earlier today, our forty-first president George Herbert Walker Bush departed the Capitol Rotunda and was memorialized at the National Cathedral. Now his remains are on the way back to Houston for a funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, before he is laid to rest right next to Barbara, his loving wife a… Continue Reading


12.03.18

President George H. W. Bush

"Thirty years ago, on the West Front of this Capitol, George Herbert Walker Bush addressed the nation for the first time as our president. He said: 'We meet on democracy's front porch. A good place to talk as neighbors and as friends.' The words of a humble servant who loved his fellow citizens. And of a principled leader who knew America not only guards our own future, but also safeguards democracy for the world. "Today, this hero has returned to the Capitol a final time. Not on the front porc… Continue Reading


12.03.18

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to President George H. W. Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of President George H. W. Bush: "On Friday, the 94-year journey of George Herbert Walker Bush came to a close. At once, Americans from all walks of life began paying tribute to this great patriot, and giving thanks -- For his fearless heroism in wartime skies. For his dedicated, expert service at the highest levels of government, in one essentia… Continue Reading


11.29.18

Leader McConnell Tribute to Senator Heller

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the departure of Senator Dean Heller of Nevada: "I'm sorry to say it is time to begin offering thanks and farewells to members whose Senate service will conclude at the end of the 115th Congress. Today, I'd like to begin with our friend, the senior senator from Nevada. "It doesn't feel like much of an exaggeration to say that Dean Heller may have been de… Continue Reading


08.28.18

Honoring John McCain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of his dear friend and colleague, U.S. Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ): "It was quite something to listen yesterday to members' heartfelt tributes to the memory of Senator McCain. He meant so much to so many of us -- inside this chamber and out. As I noted yesterday, the Senate is eager to work on concrete ways to continue this momentum and provide … Continue Reading


08.27.18

‘The Senate Won’t Be the Same Without John McCain’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of his dear friend and colleague, U.S. Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ): "On Saturday evening, a great loss echoed through our country. Six decades of patriotic service came to an end. We've suspected for some time that we'd bid farewell to our colleague, the senior Senator from Arizona, John McCain. John took full advantage of the months since his … Continue Reading


07.24.18

McConnell Honors US Capitol Police Officers Fallen in the Line of Duty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor honoring U.S. Capitol Police Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson who died in line of duty twenty years ago today: "I'd like to begin this morning by remembering two heroes -- and the events that claimed their lives 20 years ago today, right here in the Capitol. On July 24, 1998, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson made the … Continue Reading


06.25.18

President to Award Kentucky War Hero with Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Medal of Honor that will be awarded by President Trump posthumously to First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner of Kentucky: "This week, our nation will honor the memory of a brave Kentuckian. President Trump will posthumously award First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner with our nation's highest military distinction: the Medal of Honor. "In 1941, Garlin left h… Continue Reading


05.21.18

McConnell on the Santa Fe, TX Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the tragic shooting that took place this past Friday in Santa Fe, TX: "The nation watched in horror Friday morning as a senseless act of violence changed a community forever. The Senate and all Americans stand in mourning, sorrow, and sympathy with the students, faculty, staff, and families of Santa Fe High School in Texas. No community should ever be subjec… Continue Reading


05.14.18

Leader McConnell Visits Senator McCain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding his visit with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) this past weekend: "I had the opportunity yesterday to visit our friend, John McCain in the beautiful location of Sedona, about a two-hour drive from Phoenix. John, Cindy and I had a chance to sit on the back porch and reminisce about our friendship and all we had shared over the last 30 years. We had some laughs and… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Senate Honors United States Capitol Police Officers Fallen in the Line of Duty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor recognizing the memorial service in honor of the United States Capitol Police officers who died in line of duty: "An important tribute took place here in the Capitol this morning -- the fifth annual memorial service for the four United States Capitol Police officers who have died in the line of duty. "Sergeant Christopher Eney, Officer Jacob Chestnut, Detective John G… Continue Reading


05.07.18

Senate Remembers Michael Beaver

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor in memory of Assistant Senate Parliamentarian, Michael Beaver: "First, I'd like to pay respects to a member of the Senate family who tragically passed away last week. Michael Beaver was a talented attorney who served as the Senate's Assistant Parliamentarian. That followed service as Deputy Legislative Counsel for the state of California. "Michael was just 39 years ol… Continue Reading


04.18.18

McConnell Pays Tribute to Barbara Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush: "The Senate pays tribute this morning to a beloved American who passed away yesterday. To our 41st president, her lucky husband, Barbara Pierce Bush was a beloved wife and partner for more than seven decades. To the American people whom she lovingly served as an exemplary First Lady, she was one of the most resp… Continue Reading


04.11.18

McConnell: Speaker Ryan's Optimism and Energy Never Waned

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement that he will not seek re-election: "This morning, Speaker Ryan announced to his colleagues that he'll be departing the House at the conclusion of the 115th Congress. Two and a half years ago, Paul Ryan was drafted by his colleagues to lead the House through a new era. Like a true leader, Paul stepped up to the plate. He answer… Continue Reading

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