By U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell
For years, the Senate was mired in gridlock and dysfunction. Republicans thought that needed to change, and last November the voters agreed. They sent a new Republican majority to Washington that's getting the Senate functioning again and back to work for the American people.
We're having more open debate, empowering senators of both parties to vote more often, and giving senators more of a stake in the legislative process by getting Senate committees working again.
In less than six months, we've already reported more than 140 bills from committees and passed more than 40 bills on a bipartisan basis.
And nearly 30 bills have already been signed into law by the president, including an important bill we just passed that will help facilitate new trade agreements and reduce unfair trade barriers abroad that discriminate against Kentucky workers and farmers.
By passing the first balanced budget in over a decade, the new Republican Congress is also working to restore fiscal sanity to Washington.
As the new Senate Majority Leader, I was committed to this goal, and it's been exciting to watch it unfold. And I'm optimistic that more accomplishments lie ahead.
I'm Senator Mitch McConnell, and that's my point of view.
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