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06.02.20

McConnell: “The Senate Is Present and Working”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the week's business: "Obviously, and unfortunately, this turmoil is not the only great challenge before us. Lest we forget, the healthcare fight against the worst viral pandemic in a century is still upon us. "Our nation is trying to smartly and safely re-open. Just as small businesses in some cities are sweeping up broken glass, American workers and entrepr… Continue Reading


05.21.20

McConnell on Successful Slowing of COVID-19: The American People Have Won “An Important Battle”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding COVID-19: "All month, the Senate has been on the job, attending to the needs of our nation. "We have legislated. We've confirmed nominees. We've held major hearings and conducted oversight on the historic response to COVID-19. "Now, yesterday, we learned that our Senate action will continue to contrast with our absentee neighbors across the rotunda. "While… Continue Reading


05.18.20

McConnell: Essential Workers Are Showing Up for Our Country And The Senate Is Showing Up for Them

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the week's business: "The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hold our nation on high alert. "More than 1.4 million Americans have been infected. More than 80,000 lives have been tragically lost. And the livelihoods of tens of millions of working families have been turned upside down in what seems like the blink of an eye. "Our nation's healthcare system has not… Continue Reading


09.18.18

Senate to Pass Funding for Military, Addressing Opioid Crisis

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: "Currently before the Senate is a crucial appropriations measure for the upcoming fiscal year. The conference report that will fund the Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Defense. It's the second minibus conference report we've taken up in what has already been an important year fo… Continue Reading


08.23.18

Senate Working to Fund National Priorities, Local Impacts

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: "This week, we've been considering appropriations measures to fund the Department of Defense and the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. These bills will make America stronger -- overseas and right here at home. They attend to national priorities like providing the resources needed to… Continue Reading


03.15.18

Tax Reform Already Providing Families More Opportunities for Their Children’s Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the benefits Americans across the country continue to see from tax reform: "Few subjects are closer to the hearts of parents than their children's education. That's why Republicans made sure the historic tax reform we passed last year included a provision, championed by Senator Cruz and others, that will help parents choose an education for their children tha… Continue Reading


12.21.17

McConnell Committed to Protecting Scholarships for Berea College Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following are prepared remarks by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) regarding an effort by Senate Democrats that will penalize colleges that provide students with tuition-free education: "Throughout this process of tax reform, Senate Republicans explained time and again that we are fighting for the middle class. Our opponents lobbed one attack after another claiming we were selling hardworking families short. But they were wrong. The tax bill we passed w… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Funding Bill Will Make a Positive Impact On the People We Represent

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the government funding bill: "The Senate will soon vote on the government-funding bill the House passed yesterday, and with it, critical resources to address a number of issues facing our country. As I've noted over the course of this week, the bill includes a number of provisions that are important to our country and - today - I'd like to take a closer look at the… Continue Reading


05.02.17

Funding Bill Will Promote a Number of American Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the government funding bill: "Yesterday, after months of committee work and bicameral negotiations, a government funding agreement that abides by the spending caps set in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was filed in the House. This legislation will promote a number of American and conservative priorities. "It will help strengthen the border, with the largest bor… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Obama Regulations Unsustainable for America’s Students, Educators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the repeal of two Obama-era education regulations: "The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act was one of the great triumphs of the last Congress. It represented the most significant education reform in over a decade. It heralded 'the largest devolution of federal control to the states in a quarter-century,' as The Wall Street Journal put it, empowering parent… Continue Reading


02.07.17

The President Deserves His Cabinet

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate Democrats' unprecedented delay of the president's Cabinet: "'Now is the time to put country before party.' That was an observation by the Democratic Leader just yesterday here on the Senate floor. Our friend from New York makes a good point, and I'm hopeful that it's a principle his own caucus will follow in the days to come. We are no longer in the … Continue Reading


03.03.16

Bipartisan Bill Will Help Address Drug Epidemic in Kentucky and Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA): "Today we have an opportunity to take another step forward on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a critically important and bipartisan bill to address the growing prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. "As we've worked through debate on this legislation, we've heard numerous stories from… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Bipartisan Funding and Tax Relief Legislation Will Strengthen the Economy and National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the bipartisan omnibus and tax relief legislation: "We know our constituents are deeply concerned about America's struggling economy. So let's take steps - as the legislation we'll consider proposes - to support more jobs, more opportunity, and more economic growth. "Let's enact permanent tax relief for American families and small businesses. "Let's set the table f… Continue Reading


12.10.15

Passage of Education Reform Another Example of Congress Back to Work Under Republican Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan accomplishments in the 114th Congress: "What a difference a new Senate can make. "Some may have thought Washington would never agree on a replacement for No Child Left Behind. Years of inaction on the Senate floor gave ample cause for doubt. Some may have been skeptical when a new Senate with a new approach resolved to finally solve the problem too. "But no lo… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Senate to Vote Today on Landmark Education Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan education reform, another in a series of bipartisan accomplishments in the 114th Congress: "Some questioned whether Washington could ever agree on a replacement for No Child Left Behind. "They needn't question any longer. Just consider today's headline from the Associated Press: 'Outdated education law up for major makeover in Senate.' "This morning, we expect tha… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Senate Set to Pass Bipartisan Education Bill That Replaces No Child Left Behind

'In short, the Every Student Succeeds Act would put education back in the hands of those who know our kids best: parents, teachers, states, and school boards. It would help students succeed instead of helping Washington grow.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan education reform, another in a series of bipartisan accomplishments in the new Congress: "Both parties have long agreed that No Child… Continue Reading


12.07.15

Education Bill a Bipartisan, Reformist Replacement for No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bi-partisan education reform: "Last November, the American people elected a new Congress to get Washington working again. "Nearly every day seems to bring more signs that we are. "Over the weekend, President Obama signed the FAST Act, a multi-year highway bill, into law. "It represents a significant departure from years of short-term extensions and congressional inaction. … Continue Reading


12.03.15

Long-term Highway Bill Another Senate Accomplishment under Republican Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate accomplishments: "Every day this week, I've mentioned some of the significant accomplishments of a Senate under new management-a Senate that's put its focus back on the American people. "After years of inaction, this Senate took bipartisan action to help the victims of modern-day slavery. "Many said the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act would never pass the S… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act Another Senate Bipartisan Achievement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senate accomplishments: "The past few days, I've noted some of the achievements of a new Congress that's back to work on the side of the American people. "We've passed bills no one ever thought Washington could touch. We've made reforms that had previously languished for years without result. "Even more remarkably, we've often done so on a bipartisan basis. "Consider just the … Continue Reading


11.30.15

McConnell Highlights Bipartisan Senate Accomplishments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding Senate accomplishments: "Last election, the American people chose a new direction with a new Republican majority in Congress. "We've been working hard ever since to get Congress back on their side and back to work. "Over the past year: "Americans have seen committees up and running again. "Americans have seen bills passing again. "Americans have seen meaningful, bip… Continue Reading

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