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I know many of us have waited years for this moment to finally arrive. And, at long last, it finally has. I would urge every colleague to join me.feedback
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Mitch McConnell has been quoted 529 times. The one recent article where Mitch McConnell has been quoted is 'Obamacare is Death' - NBC News. Most recently, Mitch McConnell was quoted as having said, “We're going to vote on a motion to proceed to the bill next week.”.
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Jul 19 2017

We're going to vote on the motion to proceed to the bill next week.feedback

Jul 19 2017

John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life. The entire Senate family's prayers are with John, Cindy and his family, his staff, and the people of Arizona he represents so well. We all look forward to seeing this American hero again soon.feedback

Jul 18 2017

Sometime in the near future we will have a vote on repealing Obamacare, and it is potentially the same vote that we had in 2015. I would remind everyone that in that proposal, there's a two-year delay ... which would give us the opportunity to work out a complete replacement on a bipartisan basis, with our Democratic friends. That's the vote I think we're very likely to have, in the very near future.feedback

Jul 18 2017

Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.feedback

Jul 18 2017

President Obama vetoed it then. President Trump will sign it now.feedback

Jul 18 2017

I regret that the effort that we repeal and immediately replace Obamacare would not be successful. That doesn't means we should give up. This doesn't have to be the end of the story. We will now try a different way to bring the people relief from Obamacare. I think we owe them at least that much. In the coming days, the Senate will take up a vote on a repeal of Obamacare combined with a stable two-year transition period as we work toward patient-centered healthcare.feedback

Jul 18 2017

Well, we have a new Supreme Court justice.feedback

Jul 18 2017

This doesn't have to be the end of the story.feedback

Jul 17 2017

Our friend from Arizona is a pretty tough guy as we all know. He'll be back with us soon.feedback

Jul 17 2017

The truth is that very few of us expect to be at the center of world-changing events when we first file for office, and personal ambition usually has a lot more to do with it than most of us are willing to admit. That was certainly true for me, and I never saw the point in pretending otherwise.feedback

Jul 17 2017

When the Senate is allowed to work the way it was designed to, it arrives at a result that's acceptable to people all along the political spectrum.feedback

Jul 17 2017

When the majority leader decided a few weeks back to defy bipartisan opposition by changing the rules that govern this place with a simple majority vote, he broke something. The product is always a direct reflection of the views of his conference – not his own dictation.feedback

Jul 17 2017

The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.feedback

Jul 17 2017

The level of obstruction exhibited by Senate Democrats on these nominees is just breathtaking.feedback

Jul 16 2017

While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act.feedback

Jul 14 2017

The American people deserve better than the pain of Obamacare. They deserve better care. And the time to deliver that to them is next week.feedback

Jul 14 2017

This is our chance to bring about changes we've been talking about since Obamacare was forced on the American people.feedback

Jul 13 2017

I hope every senator will vote to open debate. Because that's how you change the status quo.feedback

Jul 11 2017

In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August.feedback

Jul 11 2017

We'll be on health care next week.feedback

Jul 11 2017

While the current president has made 178 nominations, the Senate has confirmed only 46 of them.feedback

Jul 11 2017

We're going to do health care next week.feedback

Jul 07 2017

What we're trying to do is a very complicated procedure. I'm in the position of the guy with the Rubik's Cube, trying to twist the dial in such a way to get to at least 50 members of our conference who can agree to a version of repealing and replacing at least as much of it as we can agree to do. That is a very timely subject that I'm grappling with as we speak.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - American politics

The American people said, We elected a Republican president, a Republican House and a Republican Senate and we want to see some results,' . And I can't say anything other than I agree with you. But it is not easy, and we are going to continue to wrestle with this and try to get it done.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - American politics

If Republicans are not able to agree among themselves, the crisis will still be there and we'll have to figure out the way forward at that point.feedback

Jul 06 2017

That is a very timely subject that I'm grappling with as we speak.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - American politics

Either Republicans will agree to change the status quo or markets will continue to collapse and when I have to sit down with Sen. Schumer any negotiation with Democrats will include none of the reforms that we would like to make both on the market side and the Medicaid side.feedback

Jul 06 2017

If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur. No action is not an alternative. We've got the insurance markets imploding all over the country, including in this state.feedback

Jul 02 2017 - Trump Presidency

It's not easy making America great again, is it?feedback

Jul 01 2017 - Supreme Court

One of my proudest moments was when I looked at Barack Obama in the eye and I said, Mr. President, you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Obamacare

It's not easy making American great again, is it?feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Republican Party

In the early stages, candidly, it's been kind of a waste of his time. We needed to get this far enough down the path.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Republican Party

Either Republicans will agree to change the status quo or markets will continue to collapse and when I have to sit down with Sen. Schumer, D-N.Y., … any negotiation with Democrats will include none of the reforms that we would like to make both on the market side and the Medicaid side.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Republican Party

We'll continue working so we can bring legislation to the floor for debate and ultimately a vote.feedback

Jun 28 2017

Look, legislation of this complexity almost always takes longer than anybody else would hope. But we are going to press on.feedback

Jun 28 2017

Our Democratic colleagues refuse to work with us in a serious way to comprehensively address Obamacare's failures.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Democratic Party

The status quo is simply unsustainable. It will be dealt with in one of two ways. Either Republicans will agree and change the status quo, or the markets will continue to collapse and will have to sit down with Senator Schumer and my suspicion is that in any negotiation with the Democrats would include none of the reforms that we would like to make both on the market side, and the Medicaid side.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Republican Party

It's a big complicated subject, we've got a lot discussions going on, and we're still optimistic we're going to get there.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Obamacare

The American people need better care right now. This legislation includes the necessary tools to provide it.feedback

Jun 25 2017

I would like to delay the thing. There's no way we should be voting on this next week. No way.feedback

Jun 24 2017 - Obamacare

I'm pleased that we were able to arrive at a draft that incorporates input from so many different members who represent so many different constituents who are facing so many different challenges. There will be ample time to analyze, discuss and provide thoughts before legislation comes to the floor. And I hope every senator takes that opportunity.feedback

Jun 23 2017

No amount of eleventh hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Republican Party

No amount of 11th hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the fact that more Americans are going to get hurt unless we do something.feedback

Jun 23 2017

This plan will improve the affordability of health insurance.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - Obamacare

We have a responsibility to move forward, and we are.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - Obamacare

We have to act. Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class, and American families deserve better than its failing status quo.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - American politics

We debated many policy proposals. We considered many different viewpoints. In the end, we found that we share many ideas about what needs to be achieved and how we can achieve it. These shared policy objectives and the solutions to help achieve them are what make up the health care discussion draft that we talked through this morning.feedback

Jun 22 2017

I wanted a clear line of demarcation – they were for this, and we were against it.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - Obamacare

We believe we can do better than the Obamacare status quo, and we fully intend to do so.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Obamacare

I wouldn't want to compare it to the House bill. It will speak for itself.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Obamacare

I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday. And we will go to the bill obviously once we get a CBO score, likely next week.feedback

Jun 20 2017

The Senate will soon have a chance to turn the page on this failed law.feedback

Jun 20 2017

Most of our real private meetings were the final tweaks, not the original bill. I think that's the difference. The general parameters of the bill were widely known.feedback

Jun 19 2017

Americans are right to be stunned – because this bill is a mess. And so was the process that was used to get it over the finish line. Americans are outraged by the last-minute, closed-door, sweetheart deals that were made to gain the slimmest margin for passage of a bill that's about their health care.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Obamacare

Think of me with a Rubik's cube, sitting there trying to think about what combination will get you to 50.feedback

Jun 15 2017

We'll let you see the bill when we finally release it.feedback

Jun 15 2017

Look, we've been dealing with this issue for seven years. It's not a new thing.feedback

Jun 15 2017

This massive piece of legislation that seeks to restructure one-sixth of our economy is being written behind closed doors, without input from anyone, in an effort to jam it past not only the Senate but the American people.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Republican Party

I think everybody handled it well and things seem to be under control.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Trump Presidency

Our goal here is to move forward quickly. The status quo is unsustainable.feedback

Jun 13 2017

We're certainly not trying to deny anybody an opportunity to have questions asked.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Obamacare

I think we've got a little ways to go. There's a lot of things that have to be resolved.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Trump Presidency

Christopher Wray's impressive credentials make him more than ready for the sober task of leading the FBI in fulfilling its law enforcement and national security missions, especially at a time when our country faces so many serious threats both at home and abroad. This, of course, is the criteria upon which an FBI Director nominee should be judged.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - American politics

I don't know how we get to 50 (votes) at the moment.feedback

Jun 07 2017

So what we have now, is our Democratic colleagues complaining about the removal of an F.B.I. director whom they themselves repeatedly and sharply criticized.feedback

Jun 06 2017

Doing nothing is not an option.feedback

Jun 06 2017

We're getting close to having a proposal to whip and to take to the floor. It's been seven years to talk about health care.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - Obamacare

The blame belongs with Obamacare. There's just no serious way to now try and spin away these years and years of Obamacare failures on cost.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Unilateralism

When the previous administration signed America up for this unattainable mandate, we made it clear we would fight this unilateral action any way we could, and this day could not have happened soon enough. President Trump has once again put families and jobs ahead of leftwing ideology and should be commended for his action.feedback

May 30 2017

We're not going to waste our time talking to people who have no interest in fixing the problem.feedback

May 27 2017

From his days in the major leagues to his years as my colleague in the Senate ... Jim rarely shied away from a new adventure.feedback

May 27 2017 - Trump Presidency

He knows, as you all know, that I've not been a fan of the tweets and the extracurricular comments. I said last week we could do with a little less drama.feedback

May 24 2017 - Obamacare

I think all of that is going to be handled by the special counsel and the Senate intelligence committee, and I'm confident in their ability to do the job.feedback

May 24 2017 - Trump Presidency

He knows, as you all know, that I've not been a fan of the tweets and the extracurricular comments. I said last week we could do with a little less drama. The reason I'm smiling - obviously, he's disinclined to take my advice on some things. But it has not impaired the ability to communicate and convey my opinion, which I do frequently. This was a guy who was giving fund-raisers for (Senate Democratic leader) Chuck Schumer four or five years ago.feedback

May 24 2017 - Trump Presidency

It's been really helpful because members feel like they can go over and whisper in his ear about whatever their particular problem is, and something will be done about it, because they've kind of elevated it to a higher level.feedback

May 24 2017 - Obamacare

I don't know how we get to 50 (votes) at the moment. But that's the goal.feedback

May 24 2017 - American politics

It's a technical procedural step. Beyond likely reiterating things we already know–like that fewer people will buy a product they don't want when the government stops forcing them to–the updated report will allow the Senate procedurally to move forward in working to draft its own health-care legislation.feedback

May 24 2017 - Obamacare

Whatever CBO says about the House bill today, this much is absolutely clear: the status quo under Obamacare is completely unacceptable and totally unsustainable. Prices are skyrocketing, choice is plummeting.feedback

May 24 2017 - Trump Presidency

It's been disappointing to see so much pointless obstruction by our friends across the aisle. And they've done so not to change the result, but simply to eat up floor time that could be used for legislation to help our constituents.feedback

May 24 2017 - Obamacare

We're not going to waste our time talking to people that have no interest in fixing the problem.feedback

May 24 2017 - Obamacare

I don't know how we get to 50 at the moment. But that's the goal. Beyond likely reiterating things we already know – like that fewer people will buy a product they don't want when the government stops forcing them to – the updated report will allow the Senate procedurally to move forward in working to draft its own health care legislation.feedback

May 23 2017 - Republican Party

Actually achieves balance.feedback

May 23 2017

Every president since I've been here, and that covers a good period of time, has made a recommendation, and then we decide what we're going to do with those recommendations.feedback

May 23 2017

The president's budget, as we all know, is a recommendation. We'll be taking into account what the president is recommending but it will not be determinative in every respect.feedback

May 22 2017

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.feedback

May 19 2017

It will have to be revenue-neutral.feedback

May 18 2017 - Obamacare

Our members want to deliver on repeal and replace of Obamacare. They're really excited about fixing this broken tax code.feedback

May 18 2017 - Republican Party

If the GOP loses the Montana and Georgia special elections, then that would make people more open to [impeachment].feedback

May 17 2017 - Trump Presidency

It would be helpful if the president spent more time on things we're trying to accomplish.feedback

May 16 2017

I think it would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House.feedback

May 16 2017 - Obamacare

I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things, so that we can focus on our agenda, which is deregulations, tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare.feedback

May 16 2017 - Obamacare

I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda.feedback

May 16 2017

I think the most important thing is for the president to pick somebody who's apolitical, who clearly has a deep law enforcement background. Historically it's been a solid law enforcement professional without a background in elective office. That's the kind of person who ought to be in the job, and I think it would also make an important statement about the president himself.feedback

May 16 2017 - Trump Presidency

It would serve the country well and lead to, I think, a more bipartisan approach.feedback

May 16 2017 - Obamacare

I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things, so that we can focus on our agenda.feedback

May 15 2017 - Republican Party

In just a few short months, we have turned a significant corner from how things operated under the Obama administration. Instead of going around Congress to push through regulations, the president is working with us to ease the burden.feedback

May 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

We're going to be an enthusiastic supporter almost all the time.feedback

May 12 2017 - IPhone

Like millions of people around the world, the last thing I look at at night and the first thing I look at in the morning is my iPhone. Unlike millions of people around the world, I think of Harrodsburg, Ky., and this amazing Gorilla Glass that you guys make here. We are going to try, through comprehensive tax reform, to make both of these corporations be in a better position to compete with other companies in other countries.feedback

May 12 2017 - Obamacare

To those who've suffered from the failures of Obamacare: We hear you. Congress is acting.feedback

May 10 2017 - Russia

Partisan calls should not delay the considerable work of [Senate Intelligence Committee] Chairman [Richard] Burr and Vice Chairman [Mark] Warner. Too much is at stake.feedback

May 10 2017 - Democratic Party

Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!feedback

May 10 2017

Today we'll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation which could only serve to impede the current work being done.feedback

May 10 2017 - Russia

Once the Senate receives a nomination, we look forward to a full, fair and timely confirmation process to fill the Director position. This is a critical role that is especially important as America faces serious threats at home and abroad.feedback

May 10 2017

This is what we have now, our Democratic colleagues complaining about the removal of an F.B.I. director whom they themselves repeatedly and sharply criticized.feedback

May 09 2017

The working group that counts is all 52 of us. Nobody is being excluded based upon gender ... Everybody's at the table. Everybody.feedback

May 09 2017

Nobody's being excluded based on gender. You need to write about what's actually happening, and we're having extensive discussions about the real issues. Everybody's at the table.feedback

May 09 2017 - American politics

Nobody is being excluded based on gender.feedback

May 08 2017 - Obamacare

This process will not be quick or simple or easy, but it must be done.feedback

May 06 2017 - Trumpcare

We've had very candid conversations about that. And as you can see, my advice has not made a bit of difference.feedback

May 06 2017 - Burma

It's a work in progress. It's going to be slow-going.feedback

May 05 2017 - Obamacare

Congress will continue to act on legislation to provide more choices and freedom in health care decisions.feedback

May 04 2017 - Obamacare

It will be a real big challenge on the Senate side.feedback

May 04 2017 - Trump Presidency

After years of an administration that failed to get serious on border security, this bill provides the largest border-security funding increase in a decade.feedback

May 04 2017 - Republican Party

When they send it over here, it'll be a real big challenge on the Senate side as well, and you'll have an opportunity to file lots of stories about the discussions as we move toward trying to achieve that.feedback

May 03 2017 - Trump Presidency

I look forward to the House passing the bill today so that we can take it up and send it to President Trump for his signature soon.feedback

May 03 2017 - American politics

It's no secret that this has been a big issue in the last four campaigns, and we're going to continue to work on it. And when they send it over here, it'll be a real big challenge on the Senate side as well.feedback

May 02 2017

His extensive work in the private sector will serve him well as he looks to strengthen our financial markets, thereby supporting American businesses, boosting job creation, and spurring economic growth.feedback

May 02 2017 - Trump Presidency

It would fundamentally change the way the Senate has worked for a very long time. We're not going to do that.feedback

May 02 2017 - Republican Party

To get results in the Senate, as all of you know, it requires some Democratic participation and cooperation.feedback

May 02 2017 - Republican Party

I don't think we should act as if we're going to be in the majority forever.feedback

May 02 2017 - Trump Presidency

Who would be the biggest beneficiary of that right now? It would be the majority, right?feedback

Apr 28 2017

Talks on government funding legislation have continued throughout the week on a bipartisan, bicameral basis.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Immigration

Some of the things that were said during the campaign, I think he now knows simply aren't the way things ought to be. He's learning the job.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Democratic Party

I think it's pretty clear we're going to have to use a reconciliation vehicle because today's Democratic party is very different from the Democratic party in the 80s. I can tell you my preference is that we treat businesses of all types similarly. Most businesses are not corporations.feedback

Apr 25 2017

So we'll have to reach an agreement among ourselves.feedback

Apr 25 2017

We're hoping to reach an agreement in the next few days on how to process the entire bill through September 30th. I don't want to speculate about whether that can actually clear this week.feedback

Apr 25 2017

I look forward to more productive conversation with senators, our House colleagues, and the White House so that we can get this important work done quite soon.feedback

Apr 25 2017 - Democratic Party

Today's Democratic Party seems to be preoccupied with wealth transfer from those who have done well to those who have done less well. So we'll have to reach an agreement among ourselves.feedback

Apr 15 2017

The only reason that we were able to do them is they were 51-vote situations.feedback

Apr 09 2017

It seems to me that neither side benefits from sort of a government-shutdown scenario again in September. Exactly how we get from here to there, I couldn't tell you today.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Chemical weapons

Indeed, if through this limited strike the President's credibility is not restored, because Assad uses chemical weapons again, what then? Add new targets aimed at toppling the regime which end up jeopardizing control of these same chemical weapons stashes – allowing them to fall into the hands of Al Qaeda or others intent on using them against the United States or our allies. Where would the cycle of escalation end?feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Syria conflict

I've concluded that being credible on Syria requires presenting a credible response, and having a credible strategy. And for all the reasons I've indicated, this proposal [to attack Syria for use of chemical weapons] just doesn't pass muster. The President's proposal seems fundamentally flawed, since if it's too narrow it may not deter Assad's further use of chemical weapons. But if it's too broad, it risks jeopardizing the security of these same stockpiles, potentially putting them into the hands of extremists.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Chemical weapons

The President's delayed response was to call for a show of force, for targeted, limited strikes against the regime. We have been told that the purpose of these strikes is to deter and degrade the Assad regime's ability to use chemical weapons.feedback

Apr 08 2017

I can't envision us agreeing on what an AUMF ought to be.feedback

Apr 08 2017

I'm hoping that, after this two-week break, people are going to be in a more friendly mood. Now we pivot into a period where, with the exception of whatever we're going to do on tax reform, Democrats will be full partners.feedback

Apr 08 2017

We all understand that's what makes the Senate the Senate.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Syria conflict

I don't interpret this as a first step toward anything else in particular other than trying to eliminate or at least make sure [Syria] knows what the consequences are for doing this.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - SCOTUS

The practical result of where we are now is we're back to where we were as late as 2000. As "the most consequential decision I've ever been involved in.feedback

Apr 07 2017

I support both the action and the objective. In the days ahead, I am committed to working with the administration to continue developing a counter-ISIL strategy that hastens the defeat of ISIL and establishes objectives for dealing with the Assad regime in a manner that preserves the institutions of government in an effort to prevent a failed state.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Supreme Court

This is a person of extraordinary credentials who will bring honor to the Supreme Court for many, many years to come. So it is indeed a proud day.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - SCOTUS

I would be the beneficiary – and my party would be the beneficiary – of changing that. I'm opposed to changing that. I think that's what fundamentally changes the Senate.feedback

Apr 07 2017

I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney. Obviously, I'm an Orrin Hatch supporter. Orrin has to decide what he wants to do. If he wants to run again, I'm for him.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Supreme Court

As I look back on my career, I think the most consequential decision I've ever been involved in was the decision to let the president being elected last year pick the Supreme Court nominee.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - SCOTUS

He's an exceptional choice.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Chemical weapons

The strike was well-planned, well-executed [and] was certainly more than a pin-prick. Don't use chemical weapons again.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - SCOTUS

It'll be great to have a fellow Westerner on the court!feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Supreme Court

This will be the first and last partisan filibuster of the Supreme Court.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - SCOTUS

This is the latest escalation in the left's never-ending judicial war, the most audacious yet, and it cannot and will not stand.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - SCOTUS

If you truly cannot support the nomination of this eminently qualified nominee, then at least allow the bipartisan majority of the Senate that supports Gorsuch to take an up-or-down vote. You already deployed the 'nuclear option' in 2013, don't trigger it again in 2017.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Supreme Court

This will be the first, and last, partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee. This is the latest escalation in the left's never-ending judicial war, the most audacious yet, and it cannot and will not stand.feedback

Apr 06 2017

There is still time for them to support a nominee who even longtime Democrats have praised, or at the very least, do not block him with the first successful partisan filibuster in American history.feedback

Apr 05 2017

There's not a single Senator in the majority who thinks we ought to change the legislative filibuster. Not one.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - SCOTUS

Democrats are bowing to hard-left special interests that can't get over the results of the election and thus are demanding complete Democratic opposition to everything this president touches.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Supreme Court

Democrats would filibuster Ruth Bader Ginsburg if President Donald Trump nominated her. There is simply no principled reason to oppose this exceptional, exceptional Supreme Court nominee. Yes.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - SCOTUS

Democrats are now being pushed by far-left interest groups into doing something truly detrimental to this body and to our country. They seem to be hurtling toward the abyss this time, and trying to take the Senate with them.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - SCOTUS

There's no sentiment to change the legislative filibuster.feedback

Apr 04 2017

I guarantee you, it is a decision that, if they actually go through with it, they will live to regret. Let me assure you: This Pandora's box, once opened, will be utilized again and again by future majorities – and it will make the meaningful consensus-building that has served our nation so well a relic of the past.feedback

Apr 04 2017 - SCOTUS

It's not too late for our friends to do the right thing. The future of the Senate will hang on their choice.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week. How that happens will really depend on what will happen with our Democratic friends.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Supreme Court

It's not too late for our Democratic colleagues to make the right choice.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Twitter

You know, I tweeted today, @realDonaldTrump. I tweet.feedback

Apr 03 2017

I think they clearly laid out that they're going wherever the facts take them. We don't need yet another investigation. We know the FBI is looking at it from their perspective.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - SCOTUS

I don't think the legislative filibuster is in danger.feedback

Mar 30 2017

This regulation is an unnecessary restriction on states that know their residents' own needs best.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - SCOTUS

Gorsuch will come out of committee, will be on the floor of the Senate next week and confirmed on Friday. We fully anticipate getting an outcome before the end of April. We have to, actually.feedback

Mar 28 2017

America being a force is a lot more than building up the Defense Department. Diplomacy is important, extremely important, and I don't think these reductions at the State Department are appropriate because many times diplomacy is a lot more effective – and certainly cheaper – than military engagement.feedback

Mar 28 2017

Our Democratic friends now have the law that they wrote in place and we'll see how that works out.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - SCOTUS

We're going to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed.feedback

Mar 28 2017

Democrats and Republicans . . . are working together on this, and we fully anticipate getting an outcome prior to the end of April.feedback

Mar 28 2017

It's pretty obvious we were not able, in the House, to pass a replacement. Our Democratic friends ought to be pretty happy about that because we have the existing law in place, and I think we're just going to have to see how that works out. We believe it will not work out well, but we'll see. I want to thank the president and the speaker, they went all out to try to pass repeal and replacement. Sorry that didn't work.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - SCOTUS

I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you will regret this, and you may regret it a lot sooner than you think.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Obamacare

Obamacare is failing the American people and I deeply appreciate the efforts of the speaker and the president to keep our promise to repeal and replace it, . I share their disappointment that this effort came up short.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Trumpcare

We will reach a conclusion on health care next week. We'll either pass something that will achieve a goal that we've been working on, or not.feedback

Mar 22 2017

If the House passes something, I will bring it up. We'll try to move it across the floor next week.feedback

Mar 22 2017

We thought – correctly, I think – that the only way the American people would know that a great debate was going on was if the measures were not bipartisan. When you hang the 'bipartisan' tag on something, the perception is that differences have been worked out, and there's a broad agreement that that's the way forward.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Trumpcare

I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we've made to the American people for almost 10 years now.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - SCOTUS

If there aren't 60 votes for a nominee like Neil Gorsuch it's appropriate to ask the question is there any nominee any Republican president could make that Democrats would approve. Gorsuch will be confirmed I just can't tell you exactly how that will happen yet.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - SCOTUS

[C]loture could be invoked, it could not be invoked. All I can tell you is Judge Gorsuch is going to be confirmed.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - SCOTUS

This is a futile gesture, it's playing to the mob, saying resist to everything. Gorsuch will be confirmed I just can't tell you exactly how that will happen, yet.feedback

Mar 21 2017

The president has been very effective in helping in the House with the health care bill. And we intend, once it comes over from the House, to have the president weigh in with our folks as well. America being a force is a lot more than building up the Defense Department. Diplomacy is important, extremely important, and I don't think these reductions at the State Department are appropriate because many times diplomacy is a lot more effective – and certainly cheaper – than military engagement.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Supreme Court

As you know, I played arguably the single biggest role in having the vacancy there. And politically, oddly enough, not only did it not hurt our guys who were running, it actually helped the president bring Republicans home, and he ended up getting 90 percent of the Republican vote, just like Mitt Romney did, and the single biggest issue was, who do I want to make this Supreme Court appointment.feedback

Mar 19 2017 - Supreme Court

Of course the American people should have a say in the court's direction. It is the president's constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice. And it is the Senate's right to act as a check on a president and withhold its consent.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Saturday Night Live

This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al.feedback

Mar 17 2017

Our folks are so excited to have a pro-coal president and we thank you so much for being on our side.feedback

Mar 16 2017 - Mexico

I'm amused by the Democrats apparently warming up to the idea that threatening to shut down the government's a good idea.feedback

Mar 16 2017

I'm pleased to see an increased focus on our national security and veterans' budgets. These are positive steps in the right direction. I look forward to reviewing this and the full budget when it is released later this spring.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Regarding the projection of fewer people purchasing, I think that's the inevitable result of the government not making you purchase something you may not want. And so we are hoping to have a more vibrant market that will attract a greater number of people to actually be able to buy, at an affordable cost, insurance that actually makes sense for them rather than one prescribed by the government.feedback

Mar 14 2017

The diplomatic portion of the federal budget is very important.feedback

Mar 13 2017

When you have a president of another party you can freelance all you want to but now we have an actual chance to change the country.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - American politics

We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump's administration.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Supreme Court

I hope colleagues on both sides will show him the fair consideration he deserves, the same fair consideration we showed to all four of the Supreme Court nominees of Presidents Obama and Clinton after they were first elected – a respectful hearing followed by an up-or-down vote.feedback

Mar 09 2017

We know (Democratic senators are) not going to participate.feedback

Mar 09 2017

I think finishing on tax reform will take longer. But we do have to finish the health-care debate, up or down, win or lose, before we go to taxes. I don't know. It is complicated.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Obamacare

If the idea behind Obamacare was to get everyone covered, that's one of the many failures. In addition to premiums going up, copayments going up, deductibles going up. Many Americans who actually did get insurance when they did not have it before have really bad insurance.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - American politics

They have sort of a Europeanized version of [health care reform] that they jammed through without a single Republican vote in the last Congress.feedback

Mar 08 2017

This isn't a law that can be fixed. This isn't a law that can be saved. It has to be repealed and replaced. We promised the American people we would. We're keeping our promise.feedback

Mar 08 2017

We are certainly open to improvements and recommendations in the legislative process, but this is the bill, and the president supports the American Health Care Act.feedback

Mar 02 2017

The goal is for the administration, the House and the Senate to be in the same place. We're not there yet.feedback

Mar 01 2017

The diplomatic portion of the federal budget is very important and you get results a lot cheaper frequently than you do on the defense side. So speaking for myself, I'm not in favor of reducing the (foreign aid) account to that extent.feedback

Feb 24 2017

I thought we had a lot of the general public here, plus a whole lot of others today. I'm perfectly open.feedback

Feb 22 2017

I'll take a look at anything they may choose to do in that regard.feedback

Feb 22 2017

Winners make policy and the losers go home.feedback

Feb 17 2017 - American politics

Clearly this is not one of those bipartisan 'Kumbaya' moments, and so we, as Republicans, expect that both of those issues will be – which are very big issues – will have to be tackled Republican-only. I'm hopeful that, as I said earlier, when the fever breaks, that maybe we'll be able to move on.feedback

Feb 17 2017

I'm not a great fan of daily tweets.feedback

Feb 17 2017

If it wasn't one thing it would be another. The effort has been to delay the nominations that they make controversial as long as possible in order to play into their left wing base which will not accept the results of the election.feedback

Feb 15 2017

The fundamental question for us is what is our involvement in it and who ought to look at it. And the intelligence committees are already looking at Russian involvement in our election.feedback

Feb 15 2017 - US voter fraud

There is voter fraud in the country. But there is no evidence that there was significant enough vote fraud to affect the outcome of the election. I'm more interested in what he's doing than what he's tweeting.feedback

Feb 14 2017

In so many states, including mine, that's a welcome change from Washington.feedback

Feb 13 2017

This is the slowest time for a new cabinet to be up and running since George Washington.feedback

Feb 13 2017

This Treasury nominee is smart, he's capable, and he's got impressive private-sector experience.feedback

Feb 09 2017

He's got a big job ahead of him. I think he is up to the task. He's tough, but he is fair. He's persistent, but respectful. He's a likable guy, a principled colleague, an honest partner.feedback

Feb 09 2017

"She was warned,". "She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.".feedback

Feb 08 2017

Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.feedback

Feb 07 2017

Number one, the administration strongly supports Andy Puzder and wants to stick with him. He's qualified for the job, and for myself, I'm enthusiastically in his camp.feedback

Feb 06 2017

It seems this gridlock and opposition has far less to do with the nominees actually before us than the man who nominated them.feedback

Feb 06 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine, and messed around in our elections. No, I don't think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.feedback

Feb 06 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

I don't think we ought to spend any federal money investigating that.feedback

Feb 05 2017

And I don't think we ought to spend any federal money investigating that. I think the states can take a look at this issue.feedback

Feb 05 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Well, Putin is a former KGB. He's an agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine, and messed around in our elections. No, I don't think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.feedback

Feb 05 2017

We all get disappointed from time to time at the outcome in courts on things that we care about.feedback

Feb 03 2017

I appreciate many Kentuckians sharing their comments and for their patience with the jammed phone lines. I might suggest to people who've had that experience, the best way to contact me is online.feedback

Feb 02 2017

In my home state of Kentucky and others across the nation, the Stream Buffer Rule will cause major damage to communities and threaten coal jobs.feedback

Feb 02 2017 - Coal mining

The legislation we passed today will help stop this disastrous rule and bring relief to coal miners and their families.feedback

Feb 01 2017

The president made an outstanding appointment; we're all thrilled and looking forward to getting the confirmation process started.feedback

Feb 01 2017 - SCOTUS

Judge Gorsuch understands the invaluable contribution to the federal judiciary and our democratic government made by the justice he is succeeding. Like Justice Scalia, he understands the constitutional limits on the authority of a federal judge and that the duty of a judge is to apply the law even-handedly, without fear or favor, and not to rule based on one's empathy with a party in a case.feedback

Jan 31 2017

It is time to get over the fact that they lost the election. The president is entitled to have his Cabinet appointments considered. None of this is going to lead to a different outcome.feedback

Jan 30 2017

What we hope would be that our Democratic friends will treat President Trump's nominees in the same way that we treated Clinton and Obama.feedback

Jan 29 2017 - Terrorism

I think it's a good idea to tighten the vetting process But I also think it's important to remember that some of our best sources in the war against radical Islamic terrorism are Muslims, both in this country and overseas.feedback

Jan 29 2017 - Trump-Putin

Well, we'll wait and see. I hope the president will follow our advice and not be lifting the sanctions on the Russians.feedback

Jan 28 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

These sanctions were imposed because of their behaviour in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now we know they've been messing around in our elections as well. If there's any country in the world that doesn't deserve sanctions relief, it's Russia.feedback

Jan 26 2017

We intend to address the wall issue ourselves.feedback

Jan 26 2017 - CIA

I think the director of the CIA has made it clear he's going to follow the law.feedback

Jan 24 2017

It does occur. There are always arguments on both sides about how much, how frequent, and all the rest.feedback

Jan 24 2017 - American politics

I appreciate his soliciting our advice.feedback

Jan 17 2017

This means that there are fewer active workers available to pay into an expanding retirement pool, leaving health benefits in jeopardy for thousands of miner retirees.feedback

Jan 13 2017 - Obamacare

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a big challenge. It isn't going to be easy.feedback

Jan 12 2017 - Obamacare

Republicans "plan to take on the replacement challenge in manageable pieces, with step-by-step reforms. Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a big challenge. It isn't going to be easy.feedback

Jan 12 2017

When Obamacare's supporters forced their partisan law on our country, they promised an easy-to-use system; one that would lower premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs; one that would foster choice and allow families to keep the plans and doctors they liked.feedback

Jan 12 2017 - Obamacare

But it didn't take long for the American people to discover the truth about Obamacare. Too many have been personally hurt by this law. Too many feel they're worse off than they were before Obamacare.feedback

Jan 12 2017

We must act quickly to bring relief to the American people.feedback

Jan 12 2017 - Obamacare

The Senate just took an important step toward repealing and replacing Obamacare by passing the resolution that provides the legislative tools necessary to actually repeal this failed law while we move ahead with smarter health care policies.feedback

Jan 09 2017

Everybody'll be properly vetted as they have been in the past.feedback

Jan 09 2017 - Obamacare

By nearly any measure, Obamacare has failed.feedback

Jan 09 2017 - Obamacare

The president elect and I had a good meeting about the Senate agenda, which of course includes confirming the Cabinet appointments, getting further down the road toward repealing and replacing Obamacare.feedback

Jan 09 2017

Once repeal is passed we will turn to replacement policies that cost less and work better than what we have now.feedback

Jan 09 2017

All of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration at having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate.feedback

Jan 09 2017

I remember (President) George W. Bush having the same hope. My suspicion is these hopes will be dashed pretty quickly.feedback

Jan 08 2017

All of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration in having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate. I understand that, but we need to sort of grow up here and get past that.feedback

Jan 08 2017 - US, Russia relations

My suspicion is these hopes will be dashed pretty quickly.feedback

Jan 08 2017

We will be replacing it rapidly after repealing it.feedback

Jan 04 2017 - Supreme Court

Apparently there's yet a new standard now, which is to not confirm a Supreme Court nominee at all. I think that's something the American people simply will not tolerate.feedback

Jan 03 2017

I didn't think ... Trump had a chance of winning.feedback

Dec 29 2016 - Sanctions

As the next Congress reviews Russian actions against networks associated with the U.S. election, we must also work to ensure that any attack against the United States is met with an overwhelming response.feedback

Dec 20 2016

And I didn't think President Trump had a chance of winning.feedback

Dec 20 2016

Trump was able to convey – oddly enough a message from a billionaire who lives in Manhattan – a genuine concern for people who felt kind of left off, who felt offended by all the political correctness they see around them.feedback

Dec 20 2016

There's no question that the Russians were messing around in our election. It is a matter of genuine concern and it needs to be investigated.feedback

Dec 19 2016

What I hope we will clearly avoid, and I'm confident we will, is a trillion-dollar stimulus.feedback

Dec 13 2016

It's an important subject, and we intend to review it on a bipartisan basis.feedback

Dec 12 2016

He stopped short of endorsing a special panel investigation.feedback

Dec 12 2016

I hope that those who are going to be in positions of responsibility in the new administration share my view.feedback

Dec 12 2016 - NATO

I think we ought to approach all of these issues on the assumption that the Russians do not wish us well.feedback

Dec 12 2016 - Crimea

The Russians are not our friends.feedback

Dec 12 2016 - Nuclear weapons

These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.feedback

Dec 12 2016

I agree with Senator Schumer, Chairman McCain, (Sen.) Burr and others, this simply cannot be a partisan issue.feedback

Dec 12 2016

Obviously any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing, and I strongly condemn any such efforts. The Russians are not our friends.feedback

Dec 07 2016

Her word is her bond, she's a passionate advocate for the causes she supports, and good luck stopping her once she's put her mind to something.feedback

Dec 05 2016

It's legislation that can have an impact on each of our states and each of our constituents.feedback

Dec 05 2016

I'm confident his lifelong career of selfless service will be a positive addition to the incoming administration.feedback

Dec 03 2016

We're going to move to it after we go back in the first week in January.feedback

Dec 03 2016

We've been working with the transition team on all the things he can begin on his own to produce relief on. Some will take longer than others. But we intend to begin to dismantle this regulatory nightmare that's ... kept us from reaching our potential.feedback

Dec 03 2016

All across rural America, there's a sea of red because our friends on the other side have become an urban-oriented party.feedback

Dec 03 2016

We have an obligation to the American people to straighten this out.feedback

Dec 03 2016

As a practical matter, we will not be doing any trade agreements anytime soon.feedback

Nov 29 2016

Elaine Chao is just as much an American as any of the rest of them. In fact, she had to go through a lot more to become American.feedback

Nov 29 2016

We've got a lot to do.feedback

Nov 28 2016

Frequently, new majorities think they will last forever. Nothing is forever in this country. We have an election every two years right on schedule. I don't think we should act like we'll be in the majority forever.feedback

Nov 26 2016

Freedom and democracy are long overdue in Cuba.feedback

Nov 16 2016 - Sanctions

We're going to take up the House bill. ... And we're going to pass it.feedback

Nov 15 2016

President Trump will make a selection, and the Senate will act on it expeditiously.feedback

Nov 13 2016

If Trump was able to win in Elliott County, that really underscores how his message resonated across the country.feedback

Nov 09 2016 - NATO

I think Article 5 (of the NATO treaty) means something: you attack any member of NATO, you have us to deal with. I want the Russians to understand that fully.feedback

Nov 09 2016

It's certainly not going to be brought up this year.feedback

Nov 09 2016

We would like to see the country go in a different direction and intend to work with him to change the course for America.feedback

Nov 09 2016

After eight years of the Obama administration, the American people have chosen a new direction for our nation. President-elect Trump has a significant opportunity to bring our nation together. It is my hope and intent that we succeed in the years ahead by working together with our colleagues across the aisle to strengthen our national and economic security.feedback