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With two-thirds of Utah held as public land, it is my priority to obtain greater local and state involvement in decision-making and management of public lands. I support multiple use of these lands and will work to prevent excessive land grabs by presidents and federal bureaucrats. The Antiquities Act and the Endangered Species Act should both be reformed to require state approvals and local involvement. The State of Utah should assume management responsibility for select public lands when economically feasible, initially on a pilot basis.
 


Romney Joins Colleagues in Effort to Protect Funding for BLM and Forest Service Wildfire Prevention

Senators demand savings from Wildfire Disaster Account be reinvested in Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for wildfire prevention
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today joined his colleagues in urging the Senate Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-NM) to reinvest savings from the Wildfire Disaster Account in the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure the agencies can continue critical wildfire prevention, as intended. Specifically, the senators requested that savings from the Wildfire Disaster Account, which...

Committee Approves Romney Bill to Settle Water Rights for Utah’s Navajo Nation

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today voted unanimously to approve the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to settle a decades-long negotiation among the Navajo Nation, federal government, and the State of Utah over water rights for Utah Navajos.

Romney Announces Support for Bernhardt

I recently met with Mr. Bernhardt to discuss a wide range of issues impacting Utah, such as the need for greater state and local involvement in public lands issues. Based on our discussion and his years of experience managing federal lands, I believe he has a solid understanding of issues affecting Utah and Western states. I will support his confirmation and look forward to working with the Department of the Interior to ensure that Utah has a voice in public lands decisions.

Romney, McSally, Sinema Introduce Legislation to Settle Water Rights for Navajo Nation in Utah

For many years there has been a great deal of conflict about who has the right to water that flows through Utah and the Navajo Nation as part of Utah. This conflict could have been resolved through a lengthy court process that would have cost millions of dollars and accomplished very little. Instead, we have come together to introduce legislation that will resolve this conflict by providing additional water for the Navajo Nation and for the people of Utah in a way that is good for everybody. At...

Romney, Lee Join Colleagues in Introducing Drought Contingency Plan Legislation

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) today joined their colleagues in introducing the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act, which would ensure the wide-reaching Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) forged between the seven Colorado River Basin states and Indian tribes can be implemented without delay.
   
The legislation is co-sponsored by all 14 Senators from the Colorado River Basin which includes: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Kyrsten Sinema (D...

Bipartisan Public Lands Package Includes Utah Priorities

This legislation is the culmination of years of collaboration and cooperation between Utah county commissioners and local conservation groups, ranchers, recreationists, and others. As a result, it includes important provisions that were crafted and driven at the local level instead of by Washington bureaucrats. I was pleased to support this bill in the Senate today.

Lands package reflects Utah priorities

Utah is, and will always be, a public lands state. Such diverse and spectacular landscapes deserve to be managed through locally-driven solutions that protect the environment, secure Utah’s rural economies, and provide abundant recreational opportunities.

Sens. Lee and Romney Introduce the Protect Utah’s Rural Economy Act

For too long, Washington bureaucrats have dictated to our counties, ranchers, and recreators how and if they can use their lands. The PURE Act returns the decision-making and management power of our public lands to those closest to the land. I’m proud to sponsor legislation that puts an end to excessive landgrabs and provides rural Utahns a voice in land management.