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06.08.21

McConnell: Bipartisan 1/6 Report Should Guide Ongoing Security Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding January 6th: "Today the Homeland Security and Rules Committees released the conclusions of their months-long joint investigation into the circumstances of the unprecedented breach of security here at the Capitol on January 6th. "I am grateful to our colleagues on both committees whose hard work made this invaluable report possible. "My assessment of the t… Continue Reading


05.27.21

Democrats’ “Defund the Police” Efforts Coincide with Explosion in Violent Crime

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding public safety: "From coast to coast, American families are facing an explosion of violent crime on their streets and in their neighborhoods. "2020 saw homicides skyrocket nationwide. The sharpest one-year increase in decades. And 2021 is already shaping up to be even worse. "Last year Seattle saw a 61% increase in murders citywide. "In 2020, Minneapolis … Continue Reading


05.24.21

Amid Violent Crime Surge, Biden Nominee Called for Cutting Police Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Department of Justice nominee Kristen Clarke: "When President Biden's nominees have been qualified and mainstream, they've received bipartisan cooperation. But the President's choice to head a key division at the Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General failed to even advance out of committee. "The Democratic Leader had to reach into the Judi… Continue Reading


05.13.21

McConnell Honors Fallen Kentucky Officer and U.S. Capitol Police

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor honoring National Police Week: "I'll begin this morning where I began on Monday: Talking about National Police Week. "Yesterday I got to welcome members of Kentucky's Fraternal Order of Police here to my office. I was glad for the chance to share my gratitude for their service and hear what's on their mind. "Tragically, the past year's fallen officers whom we're me… Continue Reading


05.10.21

McConnell Remarks During National Police Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding National Police Week: "Yesterday marked the beginning of National Police Week. "Under normal circumstances, we'd be welcoming peace officers from across the country here to Washington to share experiences and commemorate brothers and sisters who have fallen in the line of duty. "This year, I understand many of the in-person gatherings have been postponed … Continue Reading


04.19.21

“Instead of Trying to Tilt the Scales of Justice with Threats, Policymakers Should Focus on Making Policy”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate business and racial justice: "Last week the Senate began consideration of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. It's my understanding that the Democratic Leader hopes a final vote on this bill will occur Wednesday. "Earnest bipartisan conversations have improved this legislation considerably behind the scenes. Senate Republicans have helped make this bill … Continue Reading


04.12.21

McConnell Pays Tribute to Officer Evans & Salutes USCP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the April 2, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol: "On Good Friday, the United States Capitol Police were subjected to another violent attack. "Once again, our uniformed heroes wound up in harm's way. And Officer Billy Evans, a friend and favorite of many here on the Senate side, a faithful protector of the Capitol, was killed. "Investigators are stil… Continue Reading


03.10.21

McConnell on Garland Nomination and Pressing Issues Facing DOJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding nominations: "Yesterday, I voted to advance the nominations of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Judge Merrick Garland to be Attorney General. "These aren't the nominees that any Republican would have picked for these jobs. But the nation needs presidents to be able to stand up a team - so long as their nom… Continue Reading


02.03.21

McConnell Tribute as U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick Lies in Honor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor in remembrance of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick: "This morning, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick lies in honor under the dome of the institution he swore to defend - and died defending. "Four weeks ago, the rotunda was strewn with the debris of an insurrectionist mob. Today, it is adorned in solemn thanksgiving for the sacrifice of a her… Continue Reading


01.22.21

McConnell Thanks National Guard for Protecting the Capitol Complex

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the National Guard: "Yesterday evening, we learned that some of the National Guard forces who have been helping protect the Capitol complex were being made to rest in parking garages between their shifts. "I don't think a single Senator feels that was acceptable. I am glad the situation was resolved and I hope we learn exactly what happened. "I want to ag… Continue Reading


01.19.21

Leader McConnell Delivers Remarks as the Senate Returns Pre-Inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the inauguration: "The last time the Senate convened, we had just reclaimed the Capitol from violent criminals who tried to stop Congress from doing our duty. "This mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people. And they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal governmen… Continue Reading


09.24.20

McConnell Statement on Breonna Taylor & Overnight Violence in Louisville

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding protests in Louisville: "I've spoken repeatedly in recent months about the tragic killing of Breonna Taylor in my hometown of Louisville, the need for justice, and the healing work ahead for our community. "Kentucky's Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, conducted exactly the kind of thorough, impartial investigation that justice demands. Yesterday, that chapte… Continue Reading


09.15.20

McConnell: No Contradiction Between Rejecting Racism and Supporting the Police

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding law enforcement: "For months now, it has been clear to basically every reasonable American that our country can and must hold two sets of true statements in our minds at the same time. "Number one: Our country has unfinished work to ensure that policing is fair to everyone and that Black Americans do not feel unfairly treated or targeted by law enforcement. … Continue Reading


09.10.20

McConnell Honors Heroes In Advance of the Nineteenth Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the upcoming nineteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks: "Nineteen years ago tomorrow, thousands of our fellow Americans were murdered by terrorists. National landmarks were burning. Brave first responders in New York City, Arlington, and Pennsylvania rushed into mortal danger, putting their lives on the line to save strangers. "And as the dust… Continue Reading


07.01.20

McConnell: “The Rule of Law Cannot Fade In and Out With the Fashions of the Radical Left”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding civil unrest: "I'd planned to speak first today about the NDAA. I'd planned to discuss our work to ensure American servicemembers can protect our nation and secure peace for the United States. "But unfortunately, the inexplicable passivity and weakness of local leaders in our own country has denied some citizens peace and security right here at home. "Here … Continue Reading


06.25.20

McConnell Responds to Democrats Blocking Police Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democrats' decision to block Senator Tim Scott's JUSTICE Act: "The American people have been asked to swallow a number of contradictions over the past few weeks. I've already discussed some of them here on the floor. "Many citizens were told by their mayors that small religious services were just too dangerous - at the same time that massive political… Continue Reading


06.24.20

McConnell on Democrats’ Plan to Block Police Reform: “The American People Deserve an Outcome”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding police reform: "Today was supposed to bring progress for an issue that is weighing heavy on the American mind. In the wake of the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, following weeks of passionate protests from coast to coast, the Senate was supposed to officially take up police reform on the floor. "Instead, our Democratic colleagues are poised to t… Continue Reading


06.23.20

McConnell on Democrats’ Threats to Block JUSTICE Act: “The American People Expect Us To Do Our Jobs”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding police reform: "Last week, Senator Scott of South Carolina and a group of our colleagues rolled out the JUSTICE Act - a serious set of proposals to move the ball for police reform across the country. "This legislation identifies a number of smart levers that Congress can pull to advance and encourage smart reforms of law enforcement without steamrolling stat… Continue Reading


06.22.20

McConnell on the JUSTICE Act: We Want to Make A Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding police reform: "While the House of Representatives continues to be absent, the Senate continues to be open for business. "While taking smart precautions, Senators have stood with all the other essential workers who are continuing to man essential posts. And so, as our nation continues to work through medical, economic, and social challenges of historic propo… Continue Reading


06.17.20

McConnell on JUSTICE Act: I Hope We Can Step Up and Stand Together

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the JUSTICE Act: "Breonna Taylor. "George Floyd. "Over the last several months, our country has been shaken by the killings of more Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. And the people of this country have called for change. "The United States of America is not a fundamentally racist country. We are the greatest nation in world history, built on… Continue Reading

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