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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


01.24.19

Senate to Vote Today on Compromise to End Government Shutdown

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: "Later today -- on Day 34 of this partial government shutdown -- the Senate will be voting on a proposal to end it. We'll be voting on the one plan -- the only one on the table -- that could reopen the shuttered portions of the federal government. A pragmatic compromise that could end this impasse right away. So … Continue Reading


01.23.19

Senate to Vote Tomorrow on Plan to Re-Open the Government, Fund Border Security

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: "Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on the plan put forward by President Trump to re-open the closed portions of the federal government right away, increase security on our southern border, deliver disaster recovery funding, and address some outstanding immigration issues. By way of reminder, this is a compromise mea… Continue Reading


01.22.19

Senate to Vote this Week to Re-Open Government, Fund Border Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Democrat obstruction and the President's plan to re-open the closed portions of the federal government, fund border security and address additional immigration measures: "Here's what happened this weekend with respect to the continuing disagreement over funding the government. Two things happened over the weekend… "On Saturday, the Senate was in session, and… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Political Obstruction is Democrats’ Top Priority

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: "'One dollar.' That is the amount the new Speaker of the House recently said she'd be willing to invest in physical barriers at our southern border. One dollar. Well, talk about serious, good-faith negotiations. Talk about taking border security seriously. The men and women on the ground have been unambiguous about… Continue Reading


01.15.19

Democrats Still Dodging the Conversation About Humanitarian, Security Crisis at the Border

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: "Over the course of this partial government shutdown, we've seen our Democratic colleagues engage in increasingly acrobatic contortions in order to dodge a serious conversation about the urgent humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Their refusal to come to the negotiating table has serious implic… Continue Reading


01.14.19

Border Security is Not ‘Immoral’

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: "Although three-quarters of the government is funded and fully operational, important federal functions continue to be unduly affected and hundreds of thousands of federal workers have now missed paychecks. By now, I think everyone in America understands the basic fault lines of this disagreement. "The new Speaker… Continue Reading


01.10.19

Partial Government Shutdown Prolonged by Democrats’ Refusal to Negotiate

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: "All week, I've been outlining the humanitarian and security crisis at our nation's southern border. I've discussed the threats from the inflow of drugs and criminal aliens. I've shared career border security experts' strong support for physical barriers. And I've cited the empirical data that actually backs up the… Continue Reading


01.08.19

McConnell Urges Democratic Colleagues to Get Past Harmful Political Games, Get Serious About Negotiating With the President

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: "Democrat intransigence has made sure that a quarter of the federal government has been shut down for more than two weeks. Now they're threatening to shut down the Senate, too. They've gotten the government to shut down for two weeks, now they want to shut the Senate down. They're threatening to shut down efforts t… Continue Reading

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