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09.11.19

‘September 11th Changed Our Way of Life’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks: "For eighteen years, today's date has held a tragic meaning. September 11 is a day of mourning, a date stained by the terrorist murders of so many innocent people in New York, Arlington, and Pennsylvania. Each passing year, the reality is still shocking. The wounds are still painful. Each year we rememb… Continue Reading


09.10.19

McConnell Marks 400th Anniversary of Our Land’s “Shameful History of Slavery”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the 400th anniversary of the first slaves' arrival in England's American colonies: "Today, Congress observes the 400th anniversary of a reprehensible moment in the history of our land. In August 1619, an English ship landed at the tip of Virginia's Lower Peninsula. On board were 20-some Africans whom the crew had captured from a Portuguese slave ship. These men and… Continue Reading


01.03.19

Majority Leader McConnell Welcomes 116th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the opening of the 116th Congress: "As we begin the 116th Congress, I'm glad to be welcoming back my friends and returning colleagues to what I hope will be a productive session. Before we get to work, I'd like to note the arrival of our eight newest members who were just sworn in. "The Senate welcomed Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun of Indiana, Kevin Cramer … Continue Reading


11.14.18

McConnell Welcomes New Senators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the newly-elected Senators and Republican Leadership who will serve for the 116th Congress: "We're continuing to welcome our new Senators-elect, who are in town this week for orientation, meetings, and votes on party leadership. Yesterday evening, the Democratic Leader and I had the honor of toasting our future colleagues at our traditional bipartisan welco… Continue Reading


10.09.18

Justice Kavanaugh Hears First Supreme Court Arguments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh: "Yesterday, I was honored to attend the ceremonial swearing-in for the newest member of our Supreme Court -- Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Justice Kavanaugh's remarks yesterday affirmed yet again what his record and his testimony clearly told us: He will be a thoughtful, fair-minded justice who's committed to applying … Continue Reading


10.09.18

McConnell Statement on Ambassador Haley

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley: "First, I want to convey a few words of thanks to our dedicated Ambassador to the United Nations, who we just learned will be stepping down at the end of this year. Our nation has benefited greatly from the tough, skilled leadership that Nikki Haley brought to the United Nations. "Her tenure will be remember… Continue Reading


10.06.18

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be an Excellent Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor prior to the Senate vote to confirm the president's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity... "Those are the words of Henry Clay, Kentucky's own. They underscore that the decision United States Senators will make today will echo in the h… Continue Reading


09.05.18

Welcoming Senator Kyl Back to the Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) who will now serve the term of the late Senator John McCain: "Over the weekend, Senator John McCain was laid to rest at Annapolis. Our dear friend left a towering legacy of service and sacrifice. But as Senator Graham reminded us last week, while none of us can hope to fill his shoes, we should all strive to follow in his footsteps. Today, the great state of… Continue Reading


07.24.18

McConnell Honors US Capitol Police Officers Fallen in the Line of Duty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor honoring U.S. Capitol Police Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson who died in line of duty twenty years ago today: "I'd like to begin this morning by remembering two heroes -- and the events that claimed their lives 20 years ago today, right here in the Capitol. On July 24, 1998, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson made the … Continue Reading


04.11.18

McConnell: Speaker Ryan's Optimism and Energy Never Waned

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement that he will not seek re-election: "This morning, Speaker Ryan announced to his colleagues that he'll be departing the House at the conclusion of the 115th Congress. Two and a half years ago, Paul Ryan was drafted by his colleagues to lead the House through a new era. Like a true leader, Paul stepped up to the plate. He answer… Continue Reading


03.01.18

A Fitting Tribute For ‘America’s Pastor’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Congressional tribute to the late Reverend Billy Graham in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol: "Yesterday, we welcomed the president, the vice president, and the family of the late Rev. Billy Graham as he laid in honor here in the Capitol. This is a very rare tribute, even rarer for an American without government or military service. "But it perfectly su… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Congressional Ceremony Preceding the Lying in Honor of the Reverend Billy Graham

"Welcome, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, members of the Graham family, and all our guests -- on behalf of the Senate. The Speaker and I are honored you're with us. The man we recognize today may well have shared the Gospel with more people, face-to-face, than anyone else in history. "His clear voice thundered through packed tents, stadiums, auditoriums, parks, and plazas the world over. His warmth and graciousness lit up living rooms and touched hundreds of millions of hearts. And this Scot… Continue Reading


02.15.18

McConnell on Parkland, Florida Tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding yesterday's horrific school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Senate will hold a moment of silence at noon today. "I want to begin this morning by sharing the shock and sorrow that all of us in this body felt as we learned of yesterday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Flor… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring Senator Bob Dole

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate held a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony today honoring Senator Bob Dole. The following are the remarks of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during the ceremony, which took place in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol: "Sixty-seven years ago, on a January day, a young man headed to the Kansas State Capitol for his swearing-in as State Representative. He was only twenty-seven, but it wouldn't be the first time he swore to defend the C… Continue Reading


01.03.18

Defense Funding Remains Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the start of the second half of the 115th Congress and government funding: "As we open the second session of the 115th Congress, I am pleased to welcome my colleagues back to the chamber. I'd like to extend a particular welcome to our two new Senators. "First, Senator Doug Jones of Alabama will have big shoes to fill. His state has sent some very distinguished leg… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Congressional Dedication of a Commemorative Chair Honoring American Prisoners of War/ Missing in Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate dedicated a commemorative chair in the U.S. Capitol honoring American Prisoners of War/ Missing in Action. The following are U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's remarks delivered during the ceremony, which took place in Emancipation Hall, in the U.S. Capitol: "Today, we come together to pay tribute to the brave American servicemembers who never came back. Some were last seen as prisoners of war. Some remain missing in action. Th… Continue Reading


11.06.17

McConnell on the Sutherland Springs Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding yesterday's tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX: "For most Americans, a church is a place of worship and love - a place where the faithful go to feel mercy and compassion - which is why what happened in Texas yesterday is so difficult for many to comprehend. Why would an individual do this? Families lost so much. Our hearts go out to them in this time of untold grief. … Continue Reading


10.02.17

‘This Is A Moment For National Mourning And For Prayer’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the terrible tragedy that took place last night in Las Vegas, NV: "The news we awoke to this morning was heartbreaking. What happened in Las Vegas is shocking, it's tragic, and - for those affected and their families - it's devastating. It's hard to even imagine their pain. I hope they will know that we are all praying for them now. I hope they will find strength in the love… Continue Reading


09.13.17

Senator Pete Domenici

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the passing of former colleague, Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM): "It is with deep regret that I announce to the Senate the passing of our friend and colleague, Senator Pete Domenici. He had a long and notable career, one that took him from pitching on the baseball diamond to teaching mathematics at an Albuquerque junior high school, from city politics to the U.S. Senate. In fa… Continue Reading


09.11.17

McConnell on September 11th

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks, Hurricane Irma and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "Today, we opened the Senate with a moment of silence. We remember all those lost 16 years ago, on September 11th, 2001 - a day that changed our nation in profound ways. It wrenched our hearts with grief. It opened our eyes to cruel threats from afa… Continue Reading

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