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05.20.21

McConnell Co-Sponsors Bill to Block Democrats’ Anti-Free-Speech, Anti-Privacy Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding S.1: "As Democrats have pushed their massive political takeover bill, S. 1, Americans' First Amendment rights and privacy rights have been thrust into center stage. "The legislation contains multiple elements that would chill Americans' exercise of free speech and let Washington bureaucrats hoard more of citizens' private information without good cause. "… Continue Reading


05.11.21

Democrats Block McConnell Amendment to Protect Citizens’ Free Speech Rights and Privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At today's Senate Rules Committee Markup of S1, commonly referred to as the 'Democrat Politician Protection Act,' Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered an amendment designed to protect citizens' free speech rights and privacy: "This bill is riddled with a variety of different efforts to give Washington D.C. more control and more power over the free speech of American citizens. "Some of this is overt. S. 1 would give the newly-partisan FEC major new authorit… Continue Reading


07.22.20

McConnell Defends Free Expression and Civil Discourse in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding freedom of expression: "Since the spring, our nation has engaged in important conversations about racial justice in policing. "Most people understand that continuing our nation's tremendous progress toward justice does not mean battling against American principles or American history. Progress means fulfilling our values, not attacking them. "And yet, a gro… Continue Reading


07.02.20

McConnell Sounds Alarm on Democrats’ Threats to Governing Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the war on institutions: "Before I discuss the legislation before the Senate, I need to spend a moment on something broader. "Our country needs to confront the Democratic Party's willingness to threaten our governing institutions themselves. "Earlier this year, as the Senate disposed of the least fair, least thorough, and most rushed impeachment in modern h… Continue Reading


06.10.20

“America Cannot Be America if Civil Disagreement Becomes a Contradiction in Terms”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding civil discourse: "Yesterday, I explained we cannot let the First Amendment become another casualty of this troubled moment. "No matter how charged the issue, peaceful protests must be protected - from suppression by governments or hijackings by violent mobs. In the United States of America, people get to protest. "In our country, people also get to worship.… Continue Reading


06.09.20

McConnell on Religious Liberty: Politicians Do Not Get to Play “Red-Light, Green-Light” With the First Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding religious liberty: "Several times now, I have praised the peaceful demonstrations protesting racial injustice and the killings of black Americans. I am grateful that after several harrowing days of looting and riots, law enforcement restored order and helped these peaceful protests be heard. "Notwithstanding the far-left calls to disband the police altogethe… Continue Reading


06.01.20

“This Is An Hour of Great Pain and Unrest in Our Country”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding ongoing protests and riots throughout the nation: "This is an hour of great pain and unrest in our country. "Americans from coast to coast have been grieved and horrified by the killings of African-American citizens: Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minneapolis. "In each disturbing situatio… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Twitter’s Ban on Paid Political Speech Follows Anti-Speech Headwinds from Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor discussing the First Amendment: "I have come to the floor frequently in recent months to warn about dangerous anti-speech, anti-First-Amendment headwinds blowing out of Washington D.C. "I've warned about proposals from our Democratic colleagues that seemed tailor-made to chill the free exchange of ideas and make it more difficult for Americans to engage in political s… Continue Reading


10.23.19

House Democrat Proposal is Designed to Reduce Free Speech in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding H.R. 4617: "Later today, I understand the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 4617 - the latest installment in Speaker Pelosi's campaign to expand government's control over Americans' political speech. "It's a transparent attack on the First Amendment that has united an unlikely band of opponents across the political spectrum. Everybody from hardcore … Continue Reading


03.05.19

McConnell Previews House Vote on Democrat Politician Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the Democrat Politician Protection Act: "This week, the House will be devoting floor time to the Democrat Politician Protection Act. That's what I call the signature effort that Speaker Pelosi has given top billing as 'H.R. 1.' Because this new House Democrat majority's top priority is apparently assigning themselves an unprecedented level of control over how they get … Continue Reading


02.26.19

Democrat Politician Protection Act Contains No Effort to Crack Down on Voter Fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding House Democrats' proposal to centralize electoral control in Washington, D.C. and to erode free speech: "Anyone who's been attentive to the news these past few days has learned about the complete debacle that unfolded in last November's election for North Carolina's ninth congressional district. Soon after Election Day, allegations of illegal ballot harvesting and vote … Continue Reading


02.13.19

Democrat Politician Protection Act Would Turn Bipartisan FEC Into a Partisan Weapon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding House Democrats' proposal to centralize electoral control in Washington, D.C. and to erode free speech: "As I alluded to earlier this week, I have a feeling this Congress is just getting started discussing Speaker Pelosi's signature bill, H.R. 1. I, for one, am eager to continue shining the spotlight on the Democrat Politician Protection Act and asking why, exactly, Wa… Continue Reading


02.12.19

Democrat Politician Protection Act Includes a Taxpayer Bailout for Political Campaigns

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding House Democrats' proposal to centralize electoral control in Washington, D.C. and to erode free speech: "Last week, the House began the hearing process of Speaker Pelosi's signature bill, H.R. 1, the Democrat Politician Protection Act. I've already touched on several of its outlandish and problematic provisions. I want to focus today on one corner of the craziness. It'… Continue Reading


02.07.19

The Democrat Politician Protection Act: A Solution to An Invented Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding House Democrats' proposal to centralize electoral control in Washington, D.C. and to erode free speech: "In the days since House Democrats began arguing for a massive federal takeover of America's elections, we've heard a lot of dramatic claims about the state of American democracy. Speaker Pelosi has denounced, quote, 'devious vote-suppression schemes.' The Democrats' … Continue Reading


01.31.19

Democrats Seeking Power Over Our Nation’s Elections Through the Democrat Politician Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding House Democrats' proposal to centralize electoral control in Washington, D.C. and to erode free speech: "Earlier this week I began discussing H.R. 1, House Democrats' marquee bill for the new Congress. I've stated this week that it really adds up to one big, expensive partisan power grab. An effort to centralize more control over Americans' speech and Americans' voting … Continue Reading


01.30.19

H.R. 1: A Democrat Political Power Grab

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding House Democrats' proposal to centralize electoral control in Washington, D.C. and to erode free speech: "Yesterday, I spoke for the first time on a subject that House Democrats have crowned their signature effort for this Congress -- H.R. 1, also known as the 'Democrat Politician Protection Act.' Speaker Pelosi and her colleagues are advertising it as a package of urgen… Continue Reading


01.29.19

“The Democrat Politician Protection Act”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding House Democrats' proposal to centralize electoral control in Washington, D.C. and to erode free speech: "This week, Democrats in the House of Representatives are beginning the committee process for a bill they're saying is their party's signature priority for this Congress. They are so focused on this legislation that they've given it the ceremonial designation of H.R. … Continue Reading


12.11.18

Protecting the Private Information of American Citizens from the IRS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate regarding an attempt by Senate Democrats to undo an important Treasury Department privacy reform: "The Senate will soon vote on an attempt by some of our Democratic colleagues to unwind an important privacy reform the Treasury Department enacted earlier this year. We need to stand up for privacy, stand up for the First Amendment, and reject the Democrats' resolution. The qu… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Bipartisan Cooperation Needed to Complete Remaining Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate regarding remaining business to be completed in the Senate before the end of the year: "First, I think it's time the Senate subject ourselves to a bit of a 'reality check.' Today is December 11th. Here are just some of the things the Senate needs to accomplish before this Congress adjourns. "We need to confirm more of the president's nominees for the judiciary and for the … Continue Reading


07.17.18

IRS Announcement A Victory For Free Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the announcement from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it will no longer require donor lists from certain nonprofit organizations: "Last night, the Internal Revenue Service made an important announcement. It's particularly welcome news to those of us who are intently focused on defending the First Amendment, for those of us who raised concerns during … Continue Reading

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