America has long been considered the leader of the free world—a role that requires continued commitment to supporting democracy, countering authoritarianism, and promoting freedom globally. The U.S. must not waver in this resolve, especially as countries like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea have garnered greater geopolitical influence amid attacks on democratic nations. We are a safer, and more prosperous, nation when we lead from a position of strength. This week, Senator Romney continued to push for aid to Ukraine and Israel, made efforts to counter antisemitism on American college campuses, and pressed the Biden Administration on their complete failure at the southern border.
Senator Romney joined Senator Sullivan (R-AK) and 20 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the executive director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council demanding the Council rescind its proposal to limit the type of mining projects eligible for the improved permitting process established under Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.
Romney, Colleagues Urge Education Committee Chairman to Hold Hearing on Antisemitism on College Campuses
Senator Romney joined Senator Cassidy (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and several of his Republican HELP colleagues in urging Senator Sanders, HELP Committee Chairman, to hold a hearing to ensure the Administration is upholding its legal responsibility to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitic harassment and attacks on college campuses in the aftermath of the Hamas-led terrorist attacks against Israel earlier this month.
Romney Presses DHS Secretary on Border Security & Questions FBI Director on Rise of Antisemitic Violence
At the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s annual “Threats to the Homeland” hearing today, Senator Romney pressed DHS Secretary Mayorkas on the Administration’s continued failure to secure the southern border and questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray about increased threats and violence against religious groups—particularly against Jews and Muslims.
Senator Romney helped move forward important priorities for the Beehive State—including a program to bolster Utah’s critical mineral production, as well as an effort to support Utah’s conservation efforts amid federal government overreach. He also met with housing leaders to discuss solutions to increase access to affordable housing in Utah.
Senator Romney joined Senators Risch (R-ID) and Crapo (R-ID), members of the Senate Western Caucus, in a letter to Senate leadership urging the continued Endangered Species Act listing prohibition for the greater sage-grouse.
Senator Romney applauded an announcement by the U.S. Economic Development Administration that it would invest in Utah’s critical mineral production and manufacturing industry. The announcement comes after Romney advocated on behalf of the Intermountain Critical Materials Consortium, a collaborative group of industry partners led by the Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative, which is developing a regional strategy to advance the production and manufacturing of critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies, many of which lack any domestic production presence.
As the people of Israel have been brutally attacked by Hamas, the Iran-backed terrorist regime, Senator Romney has worked tirelessly to affirm the United States’ role in standing with Israel and protecting free democracies around the world. Following a bipartisan trip to Israel this weekend, the Senator cosponsored legislation to condemn Hamas, underscored the need for Israel to eliminate Hamas with the nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel, and met with officials from Tibet on supporting Tibetans’ basic rights amid the CCP’s oppression.
Senator Romney joined Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Risch (R-ID) as a cosponsor of the bipartisan Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act, bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for “Good Samaritans,” such as state agencies, local governments, nonprofits, and other groups, to clean up and improve water quality in and around abandoned hardrock mines.
Senators Romney and Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation to prepare principals, superintendents, and other school leaders to facilitate high-quality early childhood education programs in school districts. The Creating Early Childhood Leaders Act would provide school leaders with the tools and training to support early childhood educators.
Senator Romney joined his colleagues, led by Senator Rubio (R-FL), in sending a letter to President Biden encouraging the Administration to resume and expand construction of the border wall. The letter requests that the Administration resubmit its supplemental funding request to include specific resources for border construction.
Senator Romney spoke at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s nomination for U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Last weekend, Senator Romney joined a bipartisan delegation of senators on an official visit to Israel following the unconscionable terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians.