U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding the special Senate election in Massachusetts and Senator-elect Brown:
"First, I want to welcome everybody back after what I hope was a restful time away from Washington. It's good to be here. I can assure everyone that Republicans are energized and eager to pick up where we left off. There's a lot to do. We're ready.
"The news of the day, of course, is that we'll soon be welcoming a new senator into our ranks. It's been a long time since the people of Massachusetts sent a Republican to the Senate. I'd like to congratulate Senator-elect Scott Brown on his decisive victory last night.
"There's a reason the nation was focused on this race. The American people have made it abundantly clear that they're more interested in shrinking unemployment than expanding government. They're tired of bailouts. They're tired of the government spending more than ever at a time when most people are spending less. And they don't want the government taking over health care.
"This is why Americans are electing good Republican candidates who they hope will reverse a year-long Democrat trend of spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much. The voters have spoken. They want a course correction. We should listen to them.
"Today we'll have a chance to show we've gotten the message when we take up legislation that would raise the national debt limit. The reason we're being asked to raise the limit on the national credit card is clear: it's because the Majority has spent the past year spending money we don't have on stimulus bills that don't stimulate the economy, on budgets that double the debt in five years and triple it in 10.
"We need to move in a new direction. That's the message of Virginia and New Jersey. That's the message of Massachusetts."