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01.16.24

McConnell on Gov’t Funding, National Security Priorities

“House and Senate negotiators worked hard to reach an agreement on topline government funding levels for the current fiscal year. And work continues to deliver full-year appropriations through regular order. “Shutting down the government - even part of it - would interrupt this important progress. That’s why, today, the Senate will begin the process of passing a short-term extension of government funding to allow this work to continue. “I’m grateful that the Speaker of the House was able to se… Continue Reading


11.13.23

McConnell on House CR: Responsible Measure Allows Important Work To Continue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding funding the government: “I’ve been encouraged this year by the progress our Appropriations Committee has made toward restoring regular order to the way we fund the federal government. As I’ve said before, shutting down the government does nothing to advance that work. “Regular order requires that Congress provide itself the time for careful consideration a… Continue Reading


10.31.23

Congress Has Opportunity To Address Growing Nat’l Security Threats At Home And Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding President Biden’s supplemental: “The brutal terrorist attacks of October 7th poured gasoline on the flames of anti-Semitic hatred around the world. “Take the alarming reports this weekend out of Russia, a country with a long, troubled history of anti-Semitism. After weeks of pro-Hamas propaganda spewed from the Kremlin, an angry mob overran a provincial ai… Continue Reading


10.25.23

Senate Taking Important Step Toward Full-Year Appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding appropriations: “Government funding is set to run out in 23 days. “We have a responsibility to keep the lights on and avoid the disastrous effects of a shutdown. We also need to make serious headway toward the full-year funding process that the nation actually deserves. “This week, thanks to a lot of hard work from Senator Collins, Senator Murray, and our… Continue Reading


10.17.23

Senate Must Make Headway on Full-Year Appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: “One month from now, Congress will face another deadline to avoid a lapse in federal government funding. Between now and then, the Senate needs to do our part to pass as many full-year appropriations bills as we possibly can. “First in line is the minibus legislation that would send critical resources toward supporting America’s farmers… Continue Reading


10.03.23

McConnell to Soft-On-Crime Democrats: Americans Deserve To Feel Safe

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate business: “I’d like to begin today by welcoming our newest colleague, Senator Laphonza Butler of California. “As the Senate continues to mourn our late friend and colleague, Dianne Feinstein, I know the people of California are grateful for Senator Butler’s willingness to serve. “And I know our colleagues join me in welcoming her. “Now, on another… Continue Reading


09.30.23

With Government Funded, Important Business Remains

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: “With just hours to spare, the Senate is now in a position to prevent a harmful and unnecessary government shutdown. “As I’ve said for weeks, the clearest path forward has been to pass a straightforward, short-term funding extension that gives us time to continue a number of important discussions about outstanding priorities: “From sec… Continue Reading


09.29.23

Congress Has Opportunity To Avoid Shutdown, Continue Important Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: “Congress has until tomorrow night to pass a straightforward, short-term funding extension and avoid a federal government shutdown. “All this week, and every time we’ve found ourselves in this situation before, I’ve offered my colleagues the same warning: “Shutting down the government doesn’t help anybody politically. “It doesn’t make… Continue Reading


09.28.23

McConnell: Government Shutdowns Are Bad News For Border Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: “Congress has three days left to pass straightforward, short-term funding legislation and prevent the federal government from shutting down. “That’s three more days to provide essential resources at the current rate of operations before critical government functions come to a screeching halt. “Let’s be absolutely clear about what’s at … Continue Reading


09.27.23

Funding Gov’t Means Paying Servicemembers, Border Agents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: “Yesterday, the Senate took the first step toward avoiding a harmful and unnecessary government shutdown. The business before us now is to pass standard, short-term funding legislation to keep basic and essential government functions operating while work continues on full-year appropriations. “We’re talking about making sure that the se… Continue Reading


09.26.23

McConnell: Senate Must Work To Avoid Harmful Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: “At midnight on Sunday, current appropriations will run out and the federal government will shut down. “Over the years, I’ve been pretty clear in my view that government shutdowns are bad news whichever way you look at them. “They don’t work as political bargaining chips. “They create unnecessary hardships for millions of Americans. F… Continue Reading


09.13.23

Senate Considers Appropriations With Major Impacts For Kentucky

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding appropriations: “As I outlined yesterday, the Senate’s pending business on appropriations is tremendously important to America’s farmers, to our veterans, and to the future of our airports, roads, bridges, and ports. “My home state of Kentucky is certainly no exception. “The Commonwealth is home to a host of important and overdue infrastructure projects. … Continue Reading


09.12.23

Senate to Consider Three Important Appropriations Commitments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding appropriations: “This week, the Senate will begin consideration of the first package of full-year appropriations for the coming fiscal year. This is an important milestone, and a down payment on our goal of funding the federal government through regular order. “Our progress on this front has been due in large part to the leadership of Senator Collins and S… Continue Reading


09.05.23

McConnell: Urgent Work On Government Funding Cut Out For Us

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: “This month, of course, Congress needs to address our nation’s most pressing needs with timely appropriations, and we need to keep the lights on come October 1st. “Back in January, Mr. President, I pointed out to Washington Democrats the new normal they faced. The American people had elected a divided government and demanded that we wor… Continue Reading


01.23.23

Senate Democrats Must Finally Put First Things First

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Senate priorities: "The American people want and need this 118th Congress to work differently from the past two years that we just finished. "We just had two years of one-party Democratic control. "Two years of spending us into record inflation on party-line votes. "Two years of ignoring top priorities of the American people, like violent crime and open … Continue Reading


12.21.22

Funding Bill Makes Essential Investments in American Strength and Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: "The bipartisan government funding bill before this body is imperfect but strong. It will make huge new investments in our Armed Forces while cutting non-defense, non-veterans baseline spending in real dollars. "Let me say that again: The world's greatest military will get the funding increase that it needs, outpacing inflation. Meanwhi… Continue Reading


12.19.22

Congress Should Fix the President’s Broken Defense Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: "When the Biden Administration put out their budget proposal, Republicans knew it was wrong for the country. "The Administration wanted to cut funding for our Armed Forces after inflation while massively increasing spending on non-defense. "Republicans have taken the President's bizarre position and flipped it on its head. "The bipart… Continue Reading


12.14.22

McConnell on Framework for Full-Year Funding: “The Hard Work Can Finally Start”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: "Today is December the 14th. Senate Republicans have spent months - literally months - begging our Democratic colleagues to stop fiddling with partisan nonsense and focus on two core things: The NDAA and government funding. "I have been talking about the need for a strong National Defense Authorization Act all year long. I'm glad we are… Continue Reading


09.28.22

Democrats Abandon Phony Fig Leaf “Permitting Reform”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding permitting reform: "The path to keeping the government funded has been clear for weeks now. "The solution was always going to be a clean, bipartisan continuing resolution; negotiated by Senators Shelby and Leahy; without any unrelated partisan language jammed in. "Our Democratic colleagues tried to complicate things by jamming in a phony, partisan fig lea… Continue Reading


09.27.22

Democrats’ Phony Fig Leaf “Permitting Reform” Would Make Things Even Worse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding government funding: "Last night, our Democratic colleagues released a draft short-term government funding bill. "Big parts of the draft are unobjectionable. Because they were negotiated across party lines. "Both sides of the aisle want to prevent a government shutdown that no one wants. Both sides want to keep resources flowing to disaster-stricken commun… Continue Reading

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