Watch Kennedy’s full remarks here.

WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today explained on the Senate floor that it would be unprecedented for the Senate to dismiss the impeachment charges the House has leveled against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas without holding a full, fair trial.

Key excerpts from Kennedy’s speech are below:

“In its first article of impeachment, the House alleges that Secretary Mayorkas has, quote, ‘willfully and systematically refused to comply with federal immigration law.’ The House says that Secretary Mayorkas has refused to detain some illegal Immigrants, as the law requires him to do, and has instead embraced his own catch-and-release scheme in which he has released huge numbers—I think any fair-minded American would call 8.6 million people huge—huge numbers of illegal immigrants into the United States.

“The House says that Secretary Mayorkas has refused to follow unambiguous and clear federal laws that require him to detain illegal immigrants who are subject to deportation for engaging in criminal or terrorism-related behavior. The House says that Secretary Mayorkas has failed to make case-by-case parole determinations, which the law clearly requires—clearly—and, instead, he has—on his own—he has paroled millions of people illegally into the United States en masse.

“In its second article of impeachment, the House alleges that Secretary Mayorkas has breached the public’s trust in two respects: by knowingly making false statements to Congress that the border is, quote, ‘secure,’ and that the Department of Homeland Security has, quote, ‘operational control’ of the border, and by failing to comply with subpoenas issued by congressional committees seeking to exercise oversight over DHS activities.”

. . .

“Any fair-minded person can see that these are serious charges, and they demand a full trial.”

 . . .

“The Senate must let the House present its case, and then we must do our job and give that case careful consideration.

“If the Senate dismisses these charges without a trial, as if it’s just a parking ticket being fixed by some politician, it will be the first time—the very first time—in the Senate's long history that it has dismissed impeachment charges against an official it has jurisdiction over without that official first resigning.”

. . .

“The United States Senate cannot and should not turn a deaf ear to the democratically elected members of the United States House of Representatives by dismissing their charges against Secretary Mayorkas without a full and fair trial.

Precedent demands a trial. . . . Respect for the House of Representatives demands a trial. . . . Respect for the law, Mr. President, demands a trial . . . and the American people demand a trial, and they deserve it. The United States Senate should do its job.”

View Kennedy’s full speech here.

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,480,988 in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for Louisiana disaster aid.

“Hurricane Ida struck southeast Louisiana, leaving damage to our ports. I’m thankful to see that this $1.5 million will go toward restoring Louisianians’ office facility at the Lafourche Parish Port,” said Kennedy.

The FEMA aid will fund the following:

  • $1,480,988 for the Greater Lafourche Port Commission to replace the Fourchon office building as a result of Hurricane Ida damage.

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) released the following statement upon the Supreme Court’s ruling in Trump v. Anderson, Colorado’s attempt to exclude former president Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 presidential ballot:

“The Supreme Court is right to unanimously rebuke Colorado for trying to stop people from voting for President Trump. The Colorado court made its decision in bad faith, for political reasons. 

“Protecting democracy means letting Americans vote for who they want.

“This is not Russia or China or countries whose Powerball jackpot is 287 chickens and a goat. This is America. We don’t use the courts to deny people the right to run for office or to deny our people the right to vote for their candidate. 

Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for the rule of law, the Constitution, democracy and common sense.”

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La) today joined Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and 15 other colleagues in urging the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to reconsider hiring former United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl as its director general. 

During Krähenbühl’s tenure at the UNRWA, the UNRWA included antisemitic material in its textbooks and allowed Hamas to store weapons in its facilities. His term ended in disgrace when he was placed on administrative leave and resigned in the wake of misconduct allegations against him and his staff. 

“In December 2018, UNRWA’s ethics office shared with the UN secretary-general a confidential report describing serious acts of mismanagement and abuse of power,” the senators wrote. 

“[T]hen-Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl . . . was accused of repeatedly engaging in an extra-marital affair with a subordinate while on official travel. On November 6, 2019, it was reported the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services had opened its own investigation, and, as a result of the preliminary report, the secretary-general decided to place Mr. Krähenbühl on administrative leave,” the lawmakers explained.

Krähenbühl effectively ended the inquiry by resigning his position within hours of his suspension.

“Extending beyond the allegations of ethical misconduct leveled against Mr. Krähenbühl, we have serious concerns about the direction UNRWA took under his leadership between 2014 to 2019. Over this period, UNRWA facilities were repeatedly used to store weapons on behalf of the U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization Hamas,” wrote the senators.

“Moreover, under Mr. Krähenbühl’s leadership, UNRWA textbooks included [antisemitic] material that incited anti-Israeli violence. The failure to address these incidents can be seen as a pre-cursor to the October 7th massacre, which we now know included direct participation by UNRWA employees,” they continued.

“As the largest donor to the ICRC, we cannot stand idly by as yet another international organization falls prey to [antisemitism] and violence, let alone gross mismanagement and moral corruption. . . . We urge you to find a more suitable candidate to lead the ICRC during this turbulent time,” the lawmakers concluded. 


  • In Jan. 2024, Kennedy authored a bill to defund the UNRWA permanently and divert its funding to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Also in Jan. 2024, Kennedy introduced a bill that would require the State Department to review the curricula of Palestinian schools and report whether U.S. foreign aid is funding material that encourages antisemitic violence.

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) also signed the letter.

The full letter is available here.

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $8,352,876 in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for Louisiana disaster aid. 

“Hurricane Laura rocked southwest Louisiana and the facilities that provide folks with electricity. This $8.3 million will help cover the cost of getting the local electric system back online,” said Kennedy.

The FEMA aid will fund the following:

  • $8,352,876 to Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative, Inc. for permanent repairs to the Michigan-Wisconsin Substation Hurricane Laura.

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Gov. Jeff Landry penned this op-ed in The Shreveport Times to explain how soft-on-crime policies have harmed Louisiana residents. Kennedy and Landry commended the state legislature for working to restore law and order in the state. This piece also appeared in The Daily Advertiser, Houma Today, The Daily Comet, The Town Talk, The News-Star, The Weekly Citizen and Daily World.

Key excerpts of the op-ed are below:

“Louisianans are some of the most hospitable, fun-loving people on earth, and they deserve to live in safe communities where their families can thrive. Yet in far too many parishes, rampant crime has left families too scared to pump their own gas or sit with their children on their front porches.

“This crime wave didn’t appear overnight. It was written into law. The Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act, a legislative package former Gov. John Bel Edwards championed seven years ago, prioritized the comfort of violent criminals over the safety of Louisiana families. It shortened prison sentences, reduced penalties on repeat offenders and expanded parole options for suspected criminals—all while trying to paint criminals as ‘misunderstood.’

“Look where we are now: Louisiana has the second-highest homicide rate and three of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the country. Criminals steal one car every hour in some parts of our state. Unless we make the necessary changes, an estimated one out of every 14 Black men under age 35 in New Orleans will be murdered.

“As leaders, we cannot sit on our hands and allow failed policies to tear apart more Louisiana families. That is why the Louisiana Legislature’s Special Session on reducing crime was so important.”

. . .

“What you allow is what will continue. Under the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act, criminals in Louisiana knew they can destroy property, steal cars and shoot people without facing any serious consequences. And Louisianans live in fear because they knew these criminals wouldn’t face any consequences, too.”

. . .

“Louisianans shouldn’t have to live in fear when pumping their gas, getting groceries or walking in their own neighborhoods. This special session was the first step to taking back our streets and empowering our citizens.”

Read the full op-ed here.

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today introduced the Crawfish Recovery Assistance from Weather Disasters and Droughts (CRAWDAD) Act. The bill would support Louisiana’s crawfish jobs as droughts and severe weather have put strain on the industry.

“Louisiana’s crawfish farmers have worked hard to weather a bad freeze and devastating drought. My CRAWDAD Act would give mudbug farmers the help they need to keep delivering quality Louisiana fare to crawfish lovers everywhere,” said Kennedy.

The CRAWDAD Act would expand Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) funding to crawfish producers. The bill would also classify a drought as a weather event that the Secretary of Agriculture could declare as an emergency. 

Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expanded ELAP in the past to extend assistance to crawfish farmers when the industry suffered losses in 2021. Kennedy’s bill would ensure crawfish farmers remain eligible for the assistance they need without waiting for bureaucrats to make that determination. 


  • The ELAP provides producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish access to federal financial assistance when they face adverse weather, disease or loss conditions.
  • In 2023, Louisiana experienced extreme drought conditions that led to a shortage in crawfish and higher market prices.
  • As a result, the price per pound of crawfish is now nearly double what it was in 2023.   
  • Kennedy’s bill would ensure that Louisiana’s crawfish farmers could receive federal aid in order to sustain their businesses and Louisiana jobs during difficult conditions.

The Louisiana Farm Bureau supports Kennedy’s CRAWDAD Act.

“Drought has not spared any crop or commodity in Louisiana, but crawfish, in-particular, has no current safety net to keep our farmers afloat. Senator Kennedy offering this bill is a huge support to our efforts to get crawfish farmers an adequate safety net, while also updating an existing cattle program with common sense solutions. We depend on someone like Senator Kennedy to deliver these solutions and he has stepped up in a big way,” said Louisiana Farm Bureau President Jim Harper. 

Full bill text of the CRAWDAD Act is available here.







WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine. The case challenges the FDA’s move to make the chemical abortion pill available through the mail without a doctor’s visit or in-person medical supervision. 

“The FDA’s move to make abortion pills available by mail—without so much as a doctor’s visit—puts women and babies in danger. It’s also illegal. The Supreme Court should stop the FDA before at-home abortions steal more lives,” said Kennedy. 

“The intent of our friend-of-the-court brief makes the case for holding the FDA accountable for endangering the lives of women and girls in its march to make abortion-inducing drugs easily available. It is about taking to task a federal agency that has willingly and aggressively subverted federal law. I hope the brief is well received as this case is heard by the justices,” said Hyde-Smith.

“The FDA is not only breaking the law by making dangerous abortion drugs available through the mail without proper medical oversight, but they are also endangering the safety of women and girls. I am proud to lead this initiative with Senator Hyde-Smith to keep politics out of health care,” said Pfluger.

The lawmakers’ amicus brief argues that:

  • The FDA’s failure to adhere to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) has created significant health and safety risks to women and girls. 
  • The FDA has permitted mail-order chemical abortion drugs in violation of federal law.


  • In Sept. 2000, the FDA used an accelerated process for drugs that treat “serious or life-threatening illnesses” to approve mifepristone, the chemical abortion pill.
  • Upon the initial approval of the drug, the FDA required that the drug only be used in the first seven weeks of pregnancy and with a prescription from a physician. 
  • In March 2016, the FDA revised these restrictions to allow non-physicians to prescribe and administer the drug in a single office visit, extend its use to ten weeks and no longer require doctors to report non-fatal medical complications. 
  • The Biden FDA again modified the these restrictions in Dec. 2021. This time, it made permanent a COVID-19 pandemic-related decision to undo the requirement that the drug be dispensed in person. This move cemented a system of mail-order abortion drugs.
  • In Nov. 2022, doctors and medical associations filed suit against the FDA, arguing that they violated the Administrative Procedure Act in their 2000, 2016 and 2021 decisions.
  • In April 2023, Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a preliminary ruling ordering a hold on federal approval of mifepristone. Within days, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed much of the lower court’s ruling but ordered the chemical abortion pill remain on the market pending further litigation.
  • Also in April 2023, the Supreme Court granted the Biden Justice Department’s request for emergency relief. That put the lower court’s ruling on hold. In Dec. 2023, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the abortion pill cases. 

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) signed the brief along with more than 90 members of the House of Representatives.

The amicus brief is available here.





Watch Kennedy's comments here.

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) spoke on the Senate floor against the radical medicalization of children who experience gender confusion. Kennedy explained that most children will outgrow gender confusion and condemned the activists who pressure parents into responding to often temporary gender confusion by subjecting their children to harmful drugs and surgeries.

Key excerpts from Kennedy’s remarks include:  

Well before a child learns the difference between adjectives and verbs, activists in many government schools are teaching their pre-K students lessons on transgender pronouns—pronouns like ‘ze’ and ‘zir.’ Public libraries host ‘drag queen story time’ for children of all ages. . . . TikTok essentially functions as a how-to-transition guidebook. 

“The issue of gender, Mr. President, has morphed from a topic that only involved the personal decisions of private adults into a movement—a movement that seeks to inject questions about gender and sexuality into every aspect of a child’s life with or without parental approval.”

. . .

“Many activists are comfortable allowing children to take sterilizing medications at 13 years of age, after a single appointment with a therapist—all because adults are supposed to trust children when they claim they’re a different gender.

“I’m very thankful to say that Louisiana is full of compassion and common sense, and we don’t do that. We know this agenda is dangerous, and we know it’s outrageous.”

. . . 

“Sec. Hillary Clinton once famously said it takes a village to raise a child. What she meant was that it takes the federal government to raise a child. No, it doesn't.

“Kids need parents to succeed, and parents have the right to raise their children according to their values. Parents are here to protect kids from danger, from the kids’ own immaturity and from misguided government agents.” 

. . .

“I am terrified that our country is mass-producing a generation of mutilated and sterilized young people because policymakers in our schools, in our cities, in our state capitals and in Washington are too afraid to stand up and say enough. . . . That’s why I was so proud of the Louisiana state legislature. The Louisiana state legislature passed HB 648. HB 648 protects Louisiana’s children and supports their parents. HB 648 makes it illegal to use puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgery on children under the age of 18.”

. . .

 “Nothing disturbs me, Mr. President, more than the notion that a child’s upbringing should be determined by some bureaucrat rather than the child’s parents, especially when those bureaucrats use the power of the government to maim children. It makes me want to throw up. It makes me want to reach for the sick bucket. Congress must do more to protect parents and their kids from the zealots of the transgender movement.”


  • The population of transgender children in the United States nearly doubled between 2017 and 2020. In Louisiana, 13-to-17-year-olds are nearly three times more likely to say they identify as transgender than adults aged 25 to 64.
  • Most young children outgrow their gender dysphoria. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, roughly 85% of children diagnosed with gender dysphoria at a young age did not remain dysphoric after adolescence.
  • Many gender-confused children also suffer from mental health issues. Children who identify as transgender are up to 13 times more likely to have ADHD, depression or anxiety than non-transgender children. A study out of the United Kingdom found that 35% of the children who received gender treatment had moderate or severe autism.
  • Many European countries have restricted the use of hormone treatments and surgeries on children. Most notably, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service shut down its transgender youth treatment center, the Tavistock Clinic, after an investigation revealed that the clinic had put young people “at considerable risk” of long-term mental distress. 
  • Still, many activists encourage parents to “affirm” their children’s gender dysphoria no matter how young their children may be. Activists also encourage parents to allow their children to receive “gender-affirming care,” including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries. These drugs and surgeries can inflict irreparable harm on children.
  • Puberty blockers are hormone-based injections or implants given to children as young as 8 years old to delay the onset of puberty. Gonadotropin, the hormone used in puberty blockers, is the same hormone used to chemically castrate sex offenders. It can leave children with diminished bone density and harm their future fertility.
  • Cross-sex hormones begin to transition children to appear more like the other gender. Boys take estrogen, which can cause infertility, blood clots and heart problems. Girls take testosterone, which can also cause infertility, male-pattern baldness and high blood pressure. Adults have given cross-sex hormones to children as young as 13 years old.
  • Sex-reassignment surgeries, including mastectomies, phalloplasty and vaginoplasty, are largely irreversible. They can result in infertility and loss of sexual function. Activists have advocated for 15-year-old girls to access double mastectomies and 17-year-old boys to receive vaginoplasties.
  • Activists claim that “gender reaffirming care” improves the mental health of children with gender confusion. However, a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that there is no significant reduction in mental health issues following hormone treatments or sex-reassignment surgeries.
  • American parents have struggled to protect their children from these radical procedures. Parents in some states can lose custody of their children for refusing to abide by the transgender ideology. In Oregon, children as young as 15 years old can receive Medicaid-funded hormone treatments without their parents’ consent.
  • Kennedy is a co-sponsor of the Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act, a bill that would help parents defend themselves when radical bureaucrats attack them for refusing to comply with the transgender agenda. 

Read more about the Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act here.

View Kennedy’s full remarks here.

View Kennedy’s full exchanges here. 

WASHINGTON – A Democrat today cut off Sen. John Kennedy (R-La), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, in a hearing as he defended life and highlighted the horrors of abortion. 

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) chaired the committee. 

Key remarks from Kennedy’s exchange with Caitlin Myers and Leilah Zahedi-Spung, whom committee Democrats brought as witnesses, are below. Kennedy also questioned Leslie Ford, a witness for Republicans. 

Kennedy: “My good friend Senator Whitehouse said, I want to quote, ‘Reproductive justice is economic justice.’ Close quote. Do you agree with that?”

Myers: “I might, as an economist, use the word ‘rights,’ but yeah, I do agree with that.”

Kennedy: “Okay, that’s not true for the baby, is it?”

Myers: “Well, first of all, I would refer to a ‘fetus,’ not a ‘baby.’”

Kennedy: “Well, a ‘fetus’—I refer to it as a ‘baby’—that's not true for the baby, is it?

. . .

Myers: “I'm sorry. I don't really understand . . . I'm not here to talk about ethics, assignment of personhood. That’s not my role.”

Kennedy: “Well, but you said you agreed with the chairman's statement that, ‘Reproductive justice is economic justice.’ There is no economic justice for the baby because the baby's dead, right?”

Myers: “I don't really know how to answer your question.”

Kennedy: “Well, is the baby dead or alive?”

. . . 

Myers: “The fetus would be dead after an abortion.”

Kennedy: “All right. If the if the mother is healthy and the baby is healthy, do you support abortion up to the moment of birth?” 

Myers: “You know, I think that’s a really hard question to answer because that just doesn’t happen. You’re asking me about something that simply doesn’t happen—”

Kennedy: “Well, actually, I will tell you, it’s legal in Vermont, New Jersey, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska and the District of Columbia, and the loon wing of the Democratic Party supports abortion up to the moment of birth. So, do you support that or are oppose it?”

. . .

Kennedy: “It’s real simple: You either support abortion for a healthy mother and baby up to the moment of birth, or you don’t—and I don’t think it’s a difficult question.”

. . . 

Kennedy: “This is a baby at 21 weeks, okay? The baby can feel pain, right?”

Ford: “Yes.”

Kennedy: “And the baby’s pretty developed, right?”

Ford: “Yes.”

Kennedy: “And, do you know the name of the procedure that the doctor would use to abort that baby at 21 weeks? . . . It's called dilation and evacuation, is that right?” 

Ford: “As far as I understand it.”

Kennedy: “Yeah, and, first, the doctor would dilate the cervix, and then the doctor would take what's called [a sopher] clamp. It's really a pair of pliers with sharp teeth on the end, and, without giving the baby any pain medication, the doctor would go through the vagina, through the uterus, and start tearing the baby apart, is that right?” 

Ford: “As far as I understand the procedure.”

Kennedy: “And [the doctor] might start with the legs and pull them out, and the arms and pull them out, right? And then she might go for the heart or the spine and just pull the baby out piece by piece. Is that right? Without giving the baby pain medication?” 

Ford: “That's what I understand the procedure to be.”

Kennedy: “Okay, but then you've got to get the head out. The baby's dead. Maybe not. Maybe it's still in pain, but then you've got to get the head out, and—even with the cervix dilated--you've got to get the head out, which is hard. So, then the doctor would go in and use those pliers to crush the baby's head. Is that right?” 

Ford: “As far as I know.”

Kennedy: “And then she'd pull the head out, the crushed skull out, right?”

Whitehouse: “Senator Kennedy, your time has expired here . . .”

Kennedy: “Well, you gave the others plenty of time, Mr. Chairman.” 

Whitehouse: “Just letting you know your time's expired. [We have] other senators waiting.”

Kennedy: “Well, [I] was waiting when you were letting others—I'm sorry you don't want to hear about what happens in an actual abortion, but [I thought] that was what we were here to talk about.”

Whitehouse: “No one else has gone over. Some of the witnesses went a little bit long, but on both sides.”

Kennedy: “I thought we were here about protecting mothers and killing babies.”

Whitehouse: “I'm going to turn to Senator Stabenow.”

Kennedy: “Well, I'm sorry you don’t want to hear it.” 

View full remarks here.