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America's leadership and greatness is the result of our support of freedom, our economic strength, a military that is second to none, and the fundamental goodness of our people.

The decision to send troops into a foreign country must be made only when a substantial American interest is at stake. This should be a very high hurdle.

American military strength is the best friend peace has ever known. We should maintain clear superiority in conventional military capabilities and at least parity in nuclear capabilities.

We must promote our values of freedom and free enterprise through our diplomacy, economic ties, alliances, and other soft power tools.

When nations attack our vital interests, including our infrastructure, elections, and technology, we must respond with appropriate and meaningful measures.


Romney: Greatest threat to freedom is an authoritarian China



WASHINGTON—In an exchange with the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) highlighted the threats China poses to freedom around the world and America’s responsibility to develop a strategy to confront them. Key excerpts of Romney’s exchange with Mr. Stilwell can be found below.
                                                      
Senator Romney: It is my view that the greatest threat to...

Romney, Menendez Joint Statement on Tunisia Elections

On September 15, for the second time since the 2011 revolution, Tunisians will participate in free and fair presidential elections. This will be followed by the October 6 parliamentary elections. While Tunisians prepare to reaffirm their commitment to democracy by voting for a new President and representatives, we in the United States reaffirm our commitment to Tunisia and its democracy, security and prosperity. Tunisia continues to stand as a model for those seeking to transition from autocracy...

Romney and Lee Comment on Emergency Funding Diversions Impacting Utah

In April, Senator Lee and I expressed our significant concerns to the Secretary of Defense regarding the potential diversion of funds for critical military construction projects in Utah. I’m disappointed that despite those concerns, two key military construction projects totaling $54 million will be delayed as a result of the February 2019 emergency declaration. Funding the border wall is an important priority, and the Executive Branch should use the appropriate channels in Congress, rather than...

Romney Hearing Focuses on U.S. Strategy to Support Iraq in Securing Prosperous Future

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, today convened a hearing titled “Iraq: A Crossroads of U.S. Policy,” focused on addressing how the United States can support Iraq in achieving a secure and prosperous future. Key excerpts of his remarks are below.
 senator romney's opening remarks

Senator Romney: In 2014, ISIS seized control of roughly one third of Iraqi territory, terrorizing the Iraqi people with a...

Romney, Rubio, Collins Introduce Bill to Protect U.S. from China’s Huawei Threat

Urge Inclusion of Huawei Provision in Final NDAA
We must make a concerted effort to confront the threat China poses to U.S. national security, intellectual property, and technology. As Congress continues to take steps toward protecting our national security against the threat China poses, it is vital that Huawei does not have access to our critical telecommunications infrastructure. Our bill will prohibit U.S.-based companies from doing business with Huawei until they no longer pose a national security threat.

Romney, Lee, Join Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Repeal 180-Day Hiring Restriction for Military Retirees at Hill Air Force Base

Right now, a six-month mandatory waiting period is preventing military installations around the country, like Utah’s Hill Air Force Base, from hiring the most qualified candidates for civilian jobs. Our bill will remove unnecessary barriers so that the DoD can hire retired members of our military in a more timely manner. I appreciate the leadership at Hill Air Force Base for bringing this matter to our attention so that we can take action to solve it.

Senate Passes NDAA with Romney Amendment to Reaffirm Constitutional Right of President to Protect and Defend United States

WASHINGTON—The Senate today passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 with a key amendment offered by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) to reaffirm the constitutional authority of the president to protect and defend the United States. Ahead of the vote today, Romney spoke on the Senate floor regarding his amendment, which was approved by an overwhelming 90-4 vote.
 
“This bipartisan package will authorize critical policy aimed strengthening our military, supporting...

Senator Romney's Statement Regarding Iran's Attack Against U.S. Drone

For the past several months, Iran has taken a number of increasingly provocative actions, including its proxy attacks on an oil pipeline, on several ships in the Persian Gulf, and now with the takedown of a U.S. drone. Such behavior cannot go unanswered, and a failure to respond would only invite further provocation. Any response by the U.S. must be meticulously considered and executed, and it ideally should be made in coordination with our allies and friends in the region.