U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today before members of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of Justin Walker, of Louisville, President Trump’s nominee to serve as a district judge for the Western District of Kentucky:

“It’s a great pleasure to be here this morning to introduce a brilliant Kentuckian. President Trump made a wise choice in nominating Justin Walker to be a District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.

Washington Times

Editor’s Note: The following commentary provided by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the rollback of a harmful Obama anti-coal regulation: 

Fox 5 DC

Editor’s Note: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding today’s Judiciary Committee hearing:


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:

Norton Healthcare

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that he has appointed Steve Ready of Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky, to serve on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Advisory Committee which is within the executive branch and established by the 21st Century Cures Act.

“Norton Healthcare provides critical patient services to the people of Kentucky, and I am proud to recommend their System Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Steve Ready, in this new, national role,” Majority Leader McConnell said.

75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Dec 7, 2016

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today, December 7, 2016, in observance of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor:

“Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a date that FDR rightly predicted ‘will live in infamy.’

“It’s a time when we reflect on the meaning of this day — for our country and our military.

“A time when we remember all those who sacrificed on our behalf.

Ongoing Battle for Retired Miners' Benefits

Nov 14, 2016
Public News Service

Legislation to protect healthcare and pension benefits for around 120,000 former coal miners and their families is stuck in the U.S. Senate, where Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is in charge. The majority leader has kept the Miners' Protection Act from coming to the floor.

Steve Brewer worked underground in Pike County for 21 years, until he broke his back in a mining accident. Brewer said it's time for Congress to honor a 70-year-old promise guaranteeing miners lifetime benefits.

Washington Times

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), announced the introduction of the bipartisan Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2016.

Currently, the Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has significant budget authority over taxpayer dollars without their appointment having been subject to confirmation by the United States Senate. 

McConnell Praises Outgoing Speaker Boehner

Oct 29, 2015
Outside The Beltway

Kentucky’s senior senator is praising outgoing House Speaker John Boehner.

Republican Mitch McConnell says the Ohio congressman who retires Friday (October 30) after 25 years in the House of Representatives will be a tough act to follow.

“I think he’s done an outstanding job, not only for our party, but for our country, and I think the way in which he has handled his leaving the congress has been a class act.”                   

McConnell Says Affordable Care Act Has Failed

Oct 26, 2015

Sen. Mitch McConnell says the Kentucky Health Cooperative’s decision not to offer policies next year to its more than 51-thousand customers is reflective of the overall state of health care in the United States since passage of the Affordable Care Act.

McConnell says the co-op was planning to hike premiums another 25 percent had it decided to continue operating next year.

The Kentucky Republican says Kentucky Health lost 50-million dollars last year and that was the biggest loss of any co-op in the country.

McConnell Discusses Kentucky's Drug Problem

Feb 11, 2015
Drug Treatment

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says he’s looking forward to working with the nation’s new drug czar to combat narcotics abuse in Kentucky.

On Monday (Feb. 9), the Senate confirmed President Obama’s nominee, Michael Botticelli, to the post. The Republican McConnell says there’s much to be done across the bluegrass.

“Kentucky is the fifth highest prescribing state when it comes to painkillers, and we have the nation’s third highest drug overdose mortality rate, with many deaths driven by prescription painkillers.” –Mitch McConnell

McConnell Invites Obama To Visit Kentucky

Jul 10, 2014

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is making another pitch for a Presidential visit to Kentucky’s coal country. The Republican lawmaker renewed his request on the Senate floor on Wednesday (July 9).

McConnell says Kentuckians are telling him at community forums across the Commonwealth they’re worried about the impact of new environmental regulations on the coal industry and their impact on utility rates.

McConnell Issues Debate Challenge

May 21, 2014
Insider Louisville

Fresh off their wins in the primary election, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is challenging Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates.  McConnell proposes three Lincoln-Douglas style meetings with no audience, props, or notes. 

McConnell suggests the first debate take place by July 4th before the airwaves are inundated with campaign ads.  The Senate republican leader requests that the other debates occur before Fancy Farm and around Labor Day. 

Minimum Wage Vote Defeated

May 1, 2014

Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators on Wednesday (April 30) voted against a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents an hour. The votes of Republicans Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul helped defeat the plan, which needed 60 votes to clear the chamber but only 54 were received.

McConnell says the proposal shows that what he calls “the liberal establishment” is out of ideas for improving the nation’s economy.

McConnell Comp Time Bill

Apr 9, 2014

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is pushing a plan to give non-exempt employees compensatory time instead of overtime pay for working overtime. The Kentucky Republican says it would give women in the private sector more flexibility…

McConnell says his proposal allows men and women to adapt to the needs of the modern workplace and lets business adapt to the needs of the modern workforce.

McConnell Blasts Democrats At CPAC

Mar 6, 2014
National Journal

Senator Mitch McConnell strode onto a Washington stage on Thursday (March 6) holding a rifle above his head.

The Kentucky Republican was among the speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

He presented the gun to Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma as a “Courage Under Fire Lifetime Achievement Award.” Coburn is retiring from the Senate at the end of this year. 

McConnell on IRS Reforms

Feb 12, 2014

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says he and some other lawmakers have sent a letter to new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen reminding him of his mandate to reform the agency. The Kentucky Republican says he wants to make sure that Koskinen understands that his charge is to return the IRS to its original mission of processing tax returns, not suppressing speech…

McConnell is referring to allegations that the IRS systematically denied tax exempt status to conservative organizations.

McConnell on Unemployment Benefits

Jan 8, 2014

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says Congress should find a way to pay for a three-month extension of benefits for more than a million long-term unemployed Americans. The Kentucky Republican voted for such an extension without spending offsets under President Bush. However, McConnell says the situation is different today…

McConnell spoke Tuesday at a press conference in Washington. The six-point four billion dollar measure cleared the Senate yesterday with the support of six Republicans but faces an uncertain future in the GOP controlled House.

SOAR Summit, McConnell Hearing

Dec 9, 2013

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is hoping the state legislature takes a big step next year towards helping eastern Kentucky upgrade its transportation network. The Prestonsburg Democrat spoke today at the first SOAR Conference in Pikeville…

Stumbo also says a pilot project to provide college scholarships to students in the coal regions should be made permanent. He says more than 400 students have already received assistance under the program and 91 have graduated.

McConnell Says KY Health Plans Being Canceled

Nov 5, 2013

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell claims nearly 300,000 health insurance policies in Kentucky are being canceled because of the federal Affordable Care Act. The Republican lawmaker spoke on the Senate floor today…

McConnell contends that millions of Americans are losing the health care plans they like and are now facing premiums they can’t afford.

Senator McConnell on Temporary Plan

Sep 26, 2013

Kentucky’s senior senator is indicating he would not oppose a compromise plan to keep the government operating through November 15th, if that’s the best agreement his Republican caucus can broker right now. Mitch McConnell was asked about the overture by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during a press conference in Washington…

McConnell is the Senate Minority Leader. Unless there’s an extension, the federal government’s borrowing authority runs out at the end of this month.

Friday, August 23

Aug 26, 2013

Governor Beshear has signed a new redistricting bill into law. A pavilion may be constructed for the Rowan County Farmer’s Market…and Alison Grimes and Mitch McConnell debate health care during separate appearances at the Kentucky State Fair. 

Grimes, McConnell on Health Care

Aug 23, 2013

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for US Senate Alison Lundergan Grimes says there are problems with the Affordable Care Act that need to be fixed. However, she told reporters at the State Fair Thursday scrapping the national health care law is not the answer…


A Bath County boy has been found safe after being reported missing Thursday. An Ashland Blazer graduate has been tapped by President Obama to become the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service…and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says it’s not likely the current Congress will pass any major reforms to the federal tax code.

Fancy Farm Showdown

Aug 4, 2013

The 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic was held this weekend in Graves County. Up until just a few weeks ago, many would have expected an off-year for the political event. But with high profile entrances into the 2014 U.S. Senate race, it can perhaps be said now there are no “off-years” at Fancy Farm.Under the massive bingo tent at the Fancy Farm Picnic, a victory is clear-cut. The first person to mark off five numbers in a sequence yells out “Bingo!” and is declared the winner. In the political arena just a few feet away, a win is far more difficult to call.

McConnell Says Tax Reform Unlikely

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell does not expect any major tax reform legislation to pass in the current Congress. The Kentucky Republican accuses Democrats of pushing the issue to generate extra revenue for the federal government…

“Well, I honestly don’t see how we get there. Back in the 80’s, there was a bi-partisan agreement between President Reagan and Speaker Tip O’Neill that the whole purpose of comprehensive tax reform was to make the country more competitive, not to raise revenue for the federal government.” – Sen. Mitch McConnell