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05.08.19

McConnell Statement on the Highlands Ranch, Colorado School Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the shooting that took place yesterday afternoon in Highlands Ranch, Colorado: "I am saddened to have to begin my remarks this morning by acknowledging yet another senseless act of school violence in America. Less than a month after the 20th anniversary of the tragic shooting at Columbine High School, another Colorado community was shattered yesterday afternoon. "Just… Continue Reading


05.06.19

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Senator Mike Enzi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senator Mike Enzi's (R-WY) announcement that he will not seek reelection in 2020: "I was saddened to hear over the weekend that our friend and colleague, Senator Mike Enzi, will not run for reelection to this body. At the end of next year, he will retire with 24 years of service to the people of Wyoming. And the rest of us will have to step up to make up for the loss i… Continue Reading


04.29.19

Leader McConnell Remembers Senator Richard Lugar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of former Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN): "I know many of my colleagues were as sad as I was to learn yesterday that our esteemed former colleague Senator Richard Lugar had died at the age of 87. Many members past and present knew Dick Lugar as a senior peer who always seemed to have the perfect advice or the exact perspective you needed to hear. More recent… Continue Reading


04.29.19

McConnell Statement on Anti-Semitism and the Poway, California Synagogue Attack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the shooting that took place this past Saturday at a synagogue in Poway, California and the need to combat anti-semitism: "On Saturday, on the final day of Passover, our nation once again came face to face with the violent hatred of anti-Semitism. Barely six months since the murders at the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh. And again, gunfire in a synagogue. Again, a place of… Continue Reading


04.08.19

Leader McConnell Thanks Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: "Yesterday Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced she is concluding her two-plus years of service to this administration and to the American people. The men and women of DHS keep America safe on a dizzying array of fronts. They confront natural disasters, guard our coasts, defend o… Continue Reading


04.08.19

Leader McConnell Remembers Senator Fritz Hollings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC): "First, the Senate mourns a part of our institution's history who passed away over the weekend. Until Saturday, Senator Fritz Hollings of South Carolina was the oldest living former Senator. He is also the longest-tenured junior Senator in history, since 36 of his 38 years in this body came alongside Senator Thurmond. But th… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Leader McConnell Pays Tribute to Deputy Chief of Staff, Don “Stew” Stewart

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor thanking trusted advisor and friend, Don "Stew" Stewart for his decades of Senate service: "Madam President, few of us can aspire to the fame and fortune that are signified when a celebrity is known by just one name. There is 'Cher.' There was 'Prince.' There's 'Madonna.' And there is 'Stew.' Everybody knows Stew. Not 'Don Stewart.' Certainly not 'Don.' Just Stew. For more than … Continue Reading


12.19.18

McConnell Thanks Cornyn For His Service As Republican Whip

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding friend and colleague, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX): "Now I'm down to my very last end-of-year tribute to a member of this body. I offer this one with the very greatest reluctance. This one isn't occasioned by any retirement. Fortunately for all of us, Senator John Cornyn isn't going anywhere. He'll be right here with us when the 116th Congress convenes in January. But he… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Majority Leader McConnell Thanks Speaker Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding friend and colleague, Speaker Paul Ryan: "From time to time, each of us has indulged in the jokes and finger-pointing that sustain a friendly rivalry between the House and Senate -- the founders' metaphorical teacup and saucer. And make no mistake: I am thankful every day that so many former representatives see the light and come to join us in the upper chamber. But fo… Continue Reading


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

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