The Utah Congressional delegation in coordination with the Department of State, today announced five “Passport Fairs” throughout the state. Utahns in need of a passport, or those whose passports have expired or will expire in the next year, may register for an appointment from February 13 – 17 at one of five locations.
Utah Delegation Urges Secretary Haaland to Work with UDOT and Washington County on Northern Corridor Highway Plan
The Utah Congressional delegation sent a letter to Interior Secretary Haaland urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to consider concerns raised by the UDOT and Washington County regarding the BLM and FWS decision to implement a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to reconsider the planned Northern Corridor highway in Washington County.
Senator Romney joined a group of his Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership demanding that the national security supplemental bill include “an immediate and permanent prohibition” of U.S. aid to the UNRWA. The letter follows recent allegations that 12 UNRWA staff were directly involved in the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel on October 7, 2023, and reporting by the Wall Street Journal that around 10% of UNRWA staff in Gaza have ties to Islamist militant groups.
Romney Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold E-Cigarette Companies Accountable for Youth Vaping Crisis
Senator Romney joined his colleagues, led by Senator Shaheen (D-NH), in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to protect children from the dangers of e-cigarettes. The Resources to Prevent Youth Vaping Act would require e-cigarette manufacturers to pay user fees to the FDA to help conduct stronger oversight of the e-cigarette industry and increase awareness for the danger of e-cigarettes.
Romney Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect American Genetic Data from Foreign Adversaries
Senator Romney, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee, joined HSGAC Chairman Peters (D-MI), Senator Hagerty (R-TN), and U.S. Representatives Gallagher (R-WI) and Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), in introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help prevent foreign adversaries from stealing sensitive American genetic data and personal health information.
Senator Romney joined a bicameral group of 120 colleagues, led by Senators Crapo (R-ID) and Cruz (R-TX), and Representative Walberg (R-MI), in sending a letter to U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Sophie Shulman calling for the withdrawal of the Biden Administration’s proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for passenger cars and light-duty trucks.
Senators Romney and Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office requesting an assessment of the Department of Commerce’s export controls on advanced semiconductors, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and related technologies from China and other countries. Strong export controls protect national security and will restrict adversaries, like China, from using advanced U.S. technology to bolster their artificial intelligence capabilities.
Senator Romney joined his colleagues, led by Senator Scott (R-SC) and HELP Ranking Member Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), in introducing a resolution designating January 21 through January 27, 2024, as National School Choice Week.
Senators Romney and Manchin (D-WV) released a statement following the House Budget Committee’s markup and passage of the bipartisan Fiscal Commission Act, which is the House companion to the Senators’ Fiscal Stability Act. The legislation would create a bicameral fiscal commission tasked with finding legislative solutions to stabilize and decrease the national debt, which now exceeds $34 trillion—nearly double what it was just ten years ago.
On Eve of Taiwan Elections, Senate Approves Bipartisan Resolution Commending Taiwan’s Commitment to Democracy
The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution cosponsored by Senator Romney, which was led by Senators Sullivan (R-AK) and Kaine (D-VA), commending Taiwan for its commitment to democratic elections and institutions, despite ongoing threats from the Chinese Communist Party. This resolution comes prior to Taiwan’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections set to occur on Saturday, January 13.
As Congress reconvenes, Senator Romney joined KSL’s Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson to reflect on the last year and outline his priorities for 2024. They discussed a range of topics including the national debt—which surpassed $34 trillion last week—the growing threat of China, the bipartisan infrastructure bill’s continued benefits for Utah, and the outlook on government funding.
Senator Romney announced changes to his communications staff.