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06.13.19

Modest Reform Helping Bipartisan Nominees Get Through Senate at an Efficient Pace

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week, the Senate has been remarkably productive in confirming more of the president's well-qualified nominees. We've confirmed nine newly-minted judges to fill vacancies on the federal bench. Today, we'll turn to the executive branch and confirm David Stillwell to serve as Assistant Secr… Continue Reading


06.12.19

Senate Confirming Uncontroversial Well-Qualified Nominees in Fraction of the Time

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week we're continuing to confirm more unobjectionable nominees who've had to move through the Senate more slowly than they should. Yesterday, we confirmed Sarah Daggett Morrison to serve as a District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. And despite the fact that our Democratic friends … Continue Reading


06.11.19

Senate to Consider Six More Well-Qualified Judicial Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week, the Senate is making more progress in the personnel business. Since returning to more prompt consideration for unobjectionable, lower-level nominees, we're continuing to fill important vacancies around the executive branch and on the federal bench. Yesterday, we confirmed several more… Continue Reading


06.05.19

Senate Continues to Clear Backlog of Nominees Left By Democrats’ Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm Andrew Saul of New York to serve as Commissioner of Social Security and voted to advance several more highly-qualified nominees. Today, we'll vote to confirm three other executive-branch nominees to important posts at the Departments of State and Interior a… Continue Reading


06.04.19

Senate Considering More Impressive, Uncontroversial Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "Before the Senate adjourned for Memorial Day, I laid out seven more nominations for our consideration when we returned. Four to fill important vacancies in the administration and three to the federal bench. So this week, the Senate will continue our work to confirm more well-qualified nominees … Continue Reading


05.24.19

Leader McConnell Meets with Secretary of Defense Nominee Patrick Shanahan

LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement after yesterday's meeting with the president's nominee for Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan: "I met with Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan on Thursday to discuss ongoing military operations, efforts to rebuild our military readiness and modernize our forces, as well as major security threats to our national interests. I look forward to supporting his nomination." Background: The Senat… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Four More Judicial Confirmations Today in the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "Since President Trump took office in 2017, the Senate has confirmed 41 well-qualified individuals to serve on our nation's circuit courts. Number 41 was Daniel Collins of California, whom we confirmed yesterday to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As I've noted already, Mr. Collins came before the … Continue Reading


05.21.19

Senate Considering Five More Judicial Nominees This Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week presents us with more opportunities to make progress on the backlog of qualified nominees who are still awaiting Senate confirmation. We began yesterday by voting to advance an exceptionally well-qualified nominee to the federal judiciary. Daniel P. Collins of California was chosen by Presi… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Senate to Confirm Three More Qualified Nominees for Executive Branch and Judiciary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "Yesterday the Senate voted to confirm Kenneth Lee of California to serve as U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. Yet another well-qualified nominee will now bring impressive legal experience and fine academic credentials to the job of upholding the rule of law as a federal judge. Mr. Lee is far … Continue Reading


05.14.19

Another Well-Qualified Judicial Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president's nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Kenneth Lee: "This morning, we voted to confirm Michael Truncale to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. Now, we're considering Kenneth Lee of California, slated to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Lee is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law … Continue Reading


05.13.19

Continued Work on Nominees and Disaster Supplemental Funding in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need for disaster assistance as well as the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week the Senate will continue to promptly and reasonably consider a number of well-qualified nominees for important positions. Several weeks ago, we put an end to two years of unprecedented, systematic partisan obstruction that had kept abundantly qual… Continue Reading


05.09.19

After Democrat Obstruction, Modest Reform Has Nominations Process Back on Track

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "The Senate has continued to make significant progress in the personnel business. After two years of systematic heel-dragging from our friends across the aisle, even on the least controversial nominations, the modest reform the Senate adopted last month is helping us get back on track. "Another slat… Continue Reading


05.08.19

Senate Continues Timely Confirmation of Nominees After Democrat Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "As I've been discussing, the Senate's continuing to make better progress filling vacancies in the executive branch and the federal judiciary. After last month's action to restore a more functional, straightforward system for considering lower-level nominations, we've begun the process of clearing th… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Continued Confirmations of Abundantly Qualified, Non-Controversial Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "A few weeks ago, a majority of the Senate took a modest step to revive some of our institutional traditions and process the president's nominees for lower-level positions in a more fair and expeditious manner. At the time, our Democratic colleagues protested angrily. They'd gladly supported a nearly-… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Senate Continues to Confirm Well-Qualified Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "This week the Senate is continuing to make significant progress in our consideration of the president's nominees. By the end of this week, three more executive branch positions and five district court vacancies will have been filled with thoroughly qualified individuals. "Already, these uncontrover… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Thanks to Modest Reform, Senate Now Considering Nominees in a More Efficient Manner

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "The Senate is in the midst of considering several more well-qualified nominees for service in the executive branch and on our nation's federal courts. And we're doing so in a more reasonable, efficient manner -- more in line with this body's tradition -- thanks to the modest reform the Senate passed … Continue Reading


04.29.19

Senate Begins Consideration of Another Slate of Well-Qualified Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "Now, when I last spoke here on the floor, the Senate had taken an important step toward restoring the sort of comity and efficiency that once governed our consideration of uncontroversial nominations. In the face of across-the-board, systematic opposition and delaying tactics for even the most politi… Continue Reading


04.25.19

McConnell Addresses Hillsdale College

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Monday April 15, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) traveled to Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan to accept an honorary degree. Leader McConnell delivered remarks on his career-long efforts to defend the Constitution and the major constitutional challenges facing our nation today. In addition to the excerpts below, his full speech is available on YouTube. On judicial confirmations: "I believe these lifetime appointments are the single most important thi… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Interior Department Veteran David Bernhardt to be Confirmed as Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees including his nominee for Secretary of the Department of Interior, David Bernhardt: "Today, the Senate will vote to confirm the president's choice to serve as Secretary of the Interior. As I've discussed this week, David Bernhardt is no stranger to the Department. He's served twice before. In fact, thi… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Senate Continues to Overcome Democrat Obstruction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to confirm more of the president's well-qualified nominees: "The Senate continues to build on last week's progress in restoring our normal tradition regarding lower-level nominations. We're moving several well-qualified nominees more promptly through floor consideration. We're clearing the considerable backlog of those who had been mired for months in our Demo… Continue Reading

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