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11.21.19

Democrats Blocking Bipartisan Defense, Trade Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "Washington D.C. and the cable news channels have spent this week fixating on House Democrats' impeachment hearings. "A few months ago, Speaker Pelosi was saying she was not 'for impeachment' unless it was 'bipartisan.' But even after the resolution codifying House De… Continue Reading


11.20.19

American Families, Job Creators Waiting on Speaker Pelosi to Allow USMCA Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor urging House Democrats to pass the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada trade agreement (USMCA): "Earlier this week, I got to attend the Kentucky Electric Cooperatives' annual meeting. The group represents 26 co-ops across Kentucky, particularly in rural communities. "We talked about the positive trends for what you might call 'middle Americ… Continue Reading


11.19.19

Focus Must Remain on Appropriations Process to Fund the Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate agenda and the need to fund the government and defense, process nominations, pass USMCA: "My colleagues are well familiar with my repeated calls for bipartisan progress in funding the federal government. For more than two months, as the appropriations process idled at partisan roadblocks, I've pointed out just how straightforward this entire proces… Continue Reading


10.16.19

While Democrats Indulge Three-Year-Old Impeachment Obsession, Senate Republicans Ready to Deliver Real Progress for American Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's agenda: "I mentioned yesterday the contrast between our work here in the Senate and what's transpiring in the House of Representatives. On this side of the Capitol, we are focused on working for the American people. "We are overcoming Democrats' historic delay tactics and obstruction to confirm more of the president's impressive nominees for the… Continue Reading


10.15.19

‘House Democrats Have Wasted No Time Throwing Fairness and Precedent to the Wind’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's agenda: "Congress is returning to Washington for a work period that will be filled with important to-do list items. But we already know what will top the agenda over in the House of Representatives. House Democrats are finally indulging their three-year-old impeachment obsession, full steam ahead. "Many of us remember the Washington Post headlin… 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


12.10.15

Passage of Education Reform Another Example of Congress Back to Work Under Republican Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan accomplishments in the 114th Congress: "What a difference a new Senate can make. "Some may have thought Washington would never agree on a replacement for No Child Left Behind. Years of inaction on the Senate floor gave ample cause for doubt. Some may have been skeptical when a new Senate with a new approach resolved to finally solve the problem too. "But no lo… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Passage of Trade Promotion Bill Underscores Congress Is Back to Work for the American People

'Passing trade wasn't the first bipartisan achievement of the new Congress. I know it won't be the last. But it's significant. It opens the door to more wins for the Middle Class as trade negotiations move forward under this President and the next one.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the passage of bipartisan trade legislation: "The road to yesterday's win for the Middle Class on TPA was never go… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Senate Working to Pass Trade Promotion, FISA and Highway Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging passage of bipartisan trade legislation: "I'm glad the Senate voted yesterday to take another step forward on the important trade legislation before us. "This bill represents an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to stand strong, together, for the Middle Class. "So I hope our friends across the aisle will allow us to seize it. I'm optimistic. "We all know that trade is im… Continue Reading


05.21.15

McConnell Urges Cooperation on Trade Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor calling for cooperation on the bipartisan trade legislation: "I'm very happy the Senate has decided to take another step forward on this very important initiative, not only of the President but of the Majority Party as well. I thank the folks on the other side who are also similarly inclined. "And let me just make it clear that Senator Hatch and Senator Wyden have done a terrific job o… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Trade Promotion Bill Will Help Spur Better Jobs, Higher Wages and a Stronger Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging cooperation on bipartisan trade legislation: "Yesterday, Senator Warner, a Democrat, and Senator Ernst, a Republican, joined me in hosting a press conference with small-business owners on the benefits of trade for entrepreneurs. "I thank them both for coming. I thank Senator Warner in particular for helping to lead his party on the issue. "We were joined by small-business owners … Continue Reading


05.20.15

McConnell Calls For Bipartisan Cooperation, Additional Trade Amendments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan trade legislation: "We have been working in good faith over the last several days to set up debate and votes on amendments from both sides of the aisle. "We've had some success. The bill managers, Sens. Hatch and Wyden worked together on the votes we've had, and so far have worked to get an additional seven amendments pending. "Sadly, there has been an objection f… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Approval of Trade Promotion Authority Is a Vote for American Workers, Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding a bipartisan 21st century American trade agenda: "Today we'll continue our work on the trade legislation before us. "I know Senators on both sides are eager to offer amendments to it. Yesterday was a good start. We voted on a few amendments, and we got a half-dozen more pending. But we need to keep the ball moving. So let me again encourage members of both parties to offer tho… Continue Reading


05.18.15

Senate Agenda This Week to Focus on Trade, FISA and Highway Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor outlining the week ahead: "Thursday's vote to open this debate on trade was important for our country. It brought Middle Class families one step closer to the increased American exports and American trade jobs our economy needs. "It took a lot of work to get us this far. It's going to take a lot more to bring these American jobs over the finish line. "Cooperation from both sides of th… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Keeping Poison Pills Out of Trade Bill a Positive Step For Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding 21st century American trade agenda: "I was glad to see our Democrat friends accept our path forward on trade yesterday. "Under our plan, the Senate will avoid the poison pills that had been floated in favor of the very type of bipartisan approach we've been advocating for all along. It follows regular order. It allows Senators to express themselves without endangering more Ame… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Senate Democrats Accept Leader McConnell’s Bipartisan Path Forward on Trade

'The plan I'm about to offer will follow the regular order on the trade bill, while also allowing Senators the opportunity to take votes on the customs and preferences bills - in a way that will not imperil the increased American exports and American trade jobs we need. We would then turn to the trade bill with TPA and TAA as the base bill, and open the floor to amendments as I've suggested all week. It's reasonable.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the foll… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Path Forward on Bipartisan Trade Bill ‘Still on the Table,’ Says McConnell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today urging Senate Democrats to stop blocking a bipartisan discussion on a 21st century American trade agenda: "It was quite something to watch President Obama's party vote to filibuster his top domestic legislative priority yesterday. "It left pretty much everyone scratching their heads. "The Democrat Leader made clear yesterday that he was not interested in debating the 'merits of th… Continue Reading


05.12.15

McConnell: Door Remains Open for a Path Forward on Bipartisan Trade Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Senate Democrats filibuster of a bipartisan trade bill: "What we just saw here is pretty shocking. "There are always limits to what can be accomplished when the American people choose divided government. "But it doesn't mean Washington shouldn't work toward bipartisan solutions that make sense for our country. "Trade offers a perfect opportunity to do just that. "We on… Continue Reading


05.12.15

McConnell Urges Senate to Begin Debate on Bipartisan Trade Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor urging Senators to start debate on a 21st Century American trade agenda: "The Senate will have the opportunity this afternoon to open the legislative process for a broad, 21st Century American trade agenda. "Let me remind Senators that the vote we're taking today is not a vote to approve or disprove of Trade Promotion Authority. In fact, the bill we'd be voting to proceed to is simply … Continue Reading


05.11.15

McConnell Discusses Senate Getting Back to Work, Previews Trade and Iran Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding an active Senate: "I took a trip up to Boston this weekend to address the Kennedy Institute. It was a unique experience. "I was there - in a full-scale representation of the Senate chamber - to discuss how the real Senate is beginning to get back to work. "I explained how committees are working again, so Senators can have more of a stake in the legislative process. "I expla… Continue Reading

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