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09.19.19

Senate Democrats Continue to Block Critical Defense Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to fund the government: "Here's what happened on the Senate floor yesterday afternoon: Senate Democrats blocked this year's funding for our national defense. They voted it down. We can't move the legislation forward. Democrats blocked the funding our commanders need to keep pace with Russia and China. Democrats blocked money for the tools and training that our… Continue Reading


09.18.19

McConnell Urges Democrats Not To Filibuster Critical Funding for Defense

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to fund the government: "Today, the Senate will have an opportunity to take the first procedural step toward keeping the federal government funded and open. At the end of July, the White House and the Speaker of the House reached an agreement to guide the appropriations process. Both parties, both chambers, and both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue agreed to … Continue Reading


09.17.19

Senate Begins Process to Advance First Set of Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to fund the government: "The American people deserve for the federal government to spend their money in a considered, deliberate fashion. And until very recently, we have been on track to conduct a smooth, regular appropriations process for this year. More than a month ago, leaders in both parties, in both chambers, and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue… Continue Reading


09.16.19

Defense Funding Should Not Play Second Fiddle to Political Games

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to fund the government: "This weekend saw a brazen attack by Iran on a critical oil facility in Saudi Arabia. This is not just an isolated drone strike with the prospect of regional escalation, but an attack with significant repercussions for the entire global energy market. We are fortunate that advances in U.S. oil and gas production have made the U.S. … Continue Reading


09.12.19

McConnell Speaks in Support of Regular Appropriations Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks at today's hearing in the Senate Committee on Appropriations regarding the need to fund the government: "Well colleagues, I thought the hard part was going to be reaching the caps agreement this summer. Obviously, we have very different priorities on both sides, but we struggled through that, the Speaker and the president finally reached an agreement. And I hope we won't get so bogged down her… Continue Reading


09.11.19

McConnell: No Time To Waste When It Comes To Appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's agenda for the month of September: "With only a few weeks to go until the end of September, we have no time to waste when it comes to appropriations. We have planned for the Senate to consider bipartisan bills from the Appropriations Committee as soon as next week and make significant headway before a partial, interim continuing resolution becomes nece… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Senate to Confirm More of the President’s Well-Qualified Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's agenda for the month of September: "The Senate is in the midst of confirming several more of the president's well-qualified nominees to important federal posts. After we complete today's vote on Ambassador Kelly Craft, whom we confirmed a month ago to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations, we'll turn to several more public servants whom the preside… Continue Reading


09.09.19

Nominations, Appropriations Up Next in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's agenda for the month of September: "I'd like to welcome all my colleagues back to the Senate. I hope all of us took advantage of the past weeks that we spent in our home states, with our constituents. Washington D.C. is where we come to work, but we come here to fight for our neighbors, for the places we love and are proud to hail from. "The American … Continue Reading


04.02.19

‘Our Work on Disaster Funding is Far from Finished’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding supplemental disaster funding legislation: "Last night, the Senate had the opportunity to pass an important package of disaster relief funding for communities across America. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. Our Democratic colleagues voted down the efforts of Chairman Shelby and Senator Perdue to put together a comprehensive package, and it remains unfinished business … Continue Reading


04.01.19

McConnell on Disaster Funding: This Does Not Need To Be a Difficult or Partisan Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding supplemental disaster funding legislation: "For almost a week, the Senate's been considering an urgent priority: Aid funding for communities across the country that have been ravaged by natural disasters. Like last year's powerful hurricane season, which carried torrential downpours and gale-force winds across the coasts of Florida and the Carolinas and left families so… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Disaster Funding Legislation Would Address Urgent Needs, Deliver Critical Resources

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding supplemental disaster funding legislation: "In recent months, my home state of Kentucky has been hit hard by severe weather. Over half of our 120 counties have reported flood damage. Governor Bevin has placed the entire Commonwealth under a state of emergency and mobilized resources to help with recovery. Local, state and federal emergency officials have started assessi… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Senate Votes to Advance Disaster Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding supplemental disaster funding legislation: "In recent months, natural disasters have occupied an outsized share of headlines across America. We've seen counties in Alabama and Georgia bear the blows of a vicious tornado and support the loved ones of the 23 people whose lives it claimed. We've seen a spate of powerful hurricanes tear across the shores of Florida and the… 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


03.04.19

Leader McConnell: Senator Shelby Delivers Results for Alabama and the Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), who just became Alabama's longest-serving Senator: "I know the entire Senate joins me today in offering deep sympathies to the communities affected by yesterday's spate of tornadoes in east Alabama and Georgia. As first responders continue to search for survivors in the rubble, we know that at least 23 innocent lives were lost to this dis… Continue Reading


02.14.19

Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement Reached on Border Security, Government Funding

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: "Last night, our colleagues Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy filed the final text of a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agreement. For the past couple weeks, in conference with their House counterparts, they've worked in good faith to reach a compromise to address urgent priorities, including funding for o… Continue Reading


02.13.19

McConnell on Border Security, Government Funding: It’s Time to Get This Done

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, Chairman Shelby, Ranking Member Leahy, and their House counterparts continued finalizing their legislative proposal to fund the government. Their negotiated solution would wrap up this year's appropriations process and avoid another partial government shutdown. As our colleagues hammer out the final deta… Continue Reading


02.12.19

Bicameral, Bipartisan Agreement Funds Border Protection, Completes Appropriations Process

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: "First, I want to thank and congratulate our colleagues who have been working hard to secure a bipartisan, bicameral solution to complete the appropriations process and fund the government. It had been clear to everyone that, in order to reach an agreement, our Democratic colleagues would have to walk away from two… Continue Reading


02.11.19

House Democrats Add Poison-Pill Demand to Border Security Funding Debate

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: "As recently as a few days ago, our government funding discussions seemed to be in a pretty good place. Bipartisan, bicameral negotiations on finishing out the year's appropriations process seemed to be on track. We appeared headed toward a compromise result that could have provided much-needed investments in borde… 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


01.25.19

McConnell Supports President’s Plan to Re-open the Government

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 re-open the government: "For weeks, I've stated that I wouldn't let the Senate become a theater for show votes and messaging stunts from either side. We'd only vote on plans that stood an actual chance of being signed by the president and thus becoming law. "So I was glad to see today the president's announcement that he and Democrats … Continue Reading

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