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10.24.19

Opioid Fight Remains Top Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor marking the one-year anniversary of President Trump signing into law landmark opioid legislation: "Too many times, I've had to come to this floor to speak about the pain inflicted on families and entire communities by opioid addiction and substance abuse. It's a crisis present in every ZIP code. One that has wrecked lives throughout the country. "My home state of Kent… Continue Reading


10.23.19

McConnell Highlights Important Events at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor: "First, I want to acknowledge two notable events taking place here in the Capitol today. "As we speak, the First Lady of the United States is just down the hall for a special event relating to our nation's opioid epidemic - marking the progress that Congress and the administration have made in recent years and focusing our efforts on the work still ahead. "I will ha… Continue Reading


07.24.19

McConnell: Encouraging to See the Reduction in Overdose Deaths Across the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the nationwide battle against opioids: "The epidemic of opioid and substance abuse has wreaked havoc throughout the country. More than two million Americans suffer from opioid addiction. For years, the situation only seemed to get worse and worse. Unfortunately, my home state of Kentucky saw the pain firsthand. We're among the hardest-hit states by this crisis. "… Continue Reading


03.12.19

McConnell on the President’s 2020 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's 2020 budget proposal that was released yesterday: "First, yesterday the White House released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. Understanding the president's key priorities and vision for federal spending is critical to the success of the entire funding process here in Congress. Republicans agree that we need to remain focused on important goals … Continue Reading


02.06.19

President Calls on Congress to Walk Together Along a Higher Road

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding last night's State of the Union Address from President Trump: "Last night, the president shared a hopeful vision of a bright future for America. In part, he reminded us, that future is bright because of big steps we have taken together in the past two years to move this country forward. Steps like the historic tax reform that has helped middle-class families across Am… Continue Reading


12.21.18

McConnell: Let’s Secure Our Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to secure our border and fund the government: "Yesterday, the House passed an amended version of the continuing resolution to sustain government funding and sent it here for our consideration. In addition to giving the entire federal government the necessary resources to operate into the New Year, this legislation also provides much-needed investments in disas… Continue Reading


11.15.18

Long List of Bipartisan Accomplishments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the nomination of Michelle Bowman for the Federal Reserve Board and the recent bipartisan accomplishments in the Senate: "The Senate's final order of business this week will be to confirm Michelle Bowman, the president's choice to serve on the Federal Reserve Board. As I've highlighted in recent days, we have before us a nominee whose skills and background a… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Senate to Send Landmark Opioids Legislation to White House for Signature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the landmark opioids legislation before the Senate: "The Senate is also attending to other matters of critical, nationwide importance this week. Today, we'll pass a fulsome reauthorization for the critical functions of the Federal Aviation Administration. And we will also take up and pass landmark opioids legislation. It's set to deliver major relief to the … Continue Reading


09.18.18

More Help is on the Way to Address the Nation’s Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding passage of landmark opioid legislation: "Yesterday, the U.S. Senate sent a clear message to the millions of Americans who have personally done battle with addiction to opioids and prescription drugs. We sent a message to the families who have watched our nation's drug overdose fatalities double in the last decade alone. "To those in recovery who've struggle… Continue Reading


09.17.18

Landmark Opioids Legislation to Pass Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the landmark opioids legislation before the Senate: "Today, the Senate will take two important actions to help vulnerable Americans. First, we will pass the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, spearheaded by Senator Collins. This legislation would ban so-called 'pharmacy gag clauses,' which prohibit pharmacists from sharing drug pricing information that c… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Senate to Pass Landmark Opioids Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the landmark opioids legislation before the Senate: "The pain that opioid addiction and drug abuse has inflicted on families across America is almost unfathomable. Every day, 115 more American lives are lost to overdose. Synthetic opioid deaths nationwide skyrocketed six-fold from 2014 to last year alone. Sadly, the commonwealth of Kentucky is all too famili… Continue Reading


08.22.18

Appropriations Legislation to Provide Funding to Address Opioid Crisis, Medical Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's continued work on appropriations: "I'm proud that, on this Congress's watch, our economy has produced so many job opportunities for the American people. Here was the AP's headline a few weeks ago: 'Open jobs outnumber U.S. unemployed for third straight month.' But that growth and prosperity needs to reach all families, and all communities. That … Continue Reading


08.20.18

Continued Bipartisan Progress on Appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's continued work on appropriations: "Last week, the Senate turned to a critically important pair of appropriations bills -- those which encompass the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education. And we proceeded to this legislation by unanimous consent. That might seem like a small detail, in the scheme of things. But… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Senate Completes Work on Seventh Appropriations Bill, Funds Key Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's continued bipartisan work on appropriations: "For more than a week, the Senate has carefully considered a set of four appropriations bills. Together, they'll account for about one eighth of discretionary spending for the next fiscal year. They allocate funds for a variety of pressing needs in communities around the country. And they represent fou… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Important Opioid Research Taking Place in Kentucky

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the nationwide opioid epidemic: "I spoke yesterday about the new job opportunities flooding into the U.S. economy. It's all thanks to the ingenuity of American workers and job-creators, with an assist from Republican policies. Just this year, more than one million new jobs have been created. More than three million new jobs since January 2017. The unemployme… Continue Reading


04.24.18

On Opioids, Congress Must Continue To Do Its Part

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery through Effective Employment and Reentry (CAREER) Act and our nation's opioid epidemic: "Our nation's opioid epidemic continues to plague communities and families in my home state of Kentucky and across the nation. Here in Congress, we're doing our best to support the healthcare and law enforcement professionals who battle… Continue Reading


04.19.18

McConnell Introduces the Protecting Moms and Infants Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the nationwide opioid epidemic and the Protecting Moms and Infants Act: "We all know the grief the opioid crisis produces. Broken families. Stolen opportunity. Lost loved ones. This epidemic has been especially severe in my home state of Kentucky - claiming lives at a record pace. In light of this urgent problem, I'm proud Congress is fighting back. We've pas… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Congress Reaches Bipartisan Government Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan funding agreement reached by Congressional leaders: "I am pleased to announce that our bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on defense spending and other priorities have yielded a significant agreement. I want to thank my friend the Democratic Leader for joining me this afternoon, and for the productive discussions that generated this proposal. … Continue Reading


10.31.17

McConnell Requests GAO Report Targeting Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding our nation's opioid crisis and a report he requested from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) about federal response to opioid use disorders: "The opioid crisis is hurting communities across our country. Its challenges are complex. Its causes are many. As I said last week, no single bill or program is going to solve the crisis on its own. Only a sustained, commit… Continue Reading


10.26.17

Devastation From Opioid Abuse Is A Painful Reality For Families Across America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding our nation's opioid crisis: "For families in Kentucky and across the nation, the devastation of opioid abuse can be a constant and painful reality. Communities are forced to endure grief, worry and loss. A recent report showed that my home state suffered more than 1,400 fatalities as a result of drug overdoses last year alone. "Despite the troubling statistics, however, the… Continue Reading

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