Senator Romney introduced pieces of legislation aimed at supporting Utah’s economic strength as our population continues to grow. These bills would responsibly increase the federal minimum wage for legal workers, make college more affordable for students, and overturn the Biden Administration’s reckless new student loan scheme. On the foreign policy front, Romney also introduced legislation to secure our technology from the CCP.
Romney, Ricketts, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Strengthen Oversight of U.S.-China Science and Technology Agreements
Senator Romney joined his colleagues in introducing the Science and Technology Agreement Enhanced Congressional Notification Act. The bill would strengthen oversight of science and technology agreements (STAs) between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) by requiring the Secretary of State to provide comprehensive details to Congress about any new, renewed, or extended agreement and establishing a minimum 30-day Congressional review period. This transparency and accountability provision includes thorough national security risk assessments, human rights considerations, and consistent monitoring mechanisms.
Senators Romney and Sinema (I-AZ) introduced the Earn to Learn Act, legislation to responsibly reduce student loan debt and help make college more affordable for students. The senators’ bill establishes a college matched-savings program that helps qualifying low-income students, including adult learners, pay for tuition, books, fees, and other education-related expenses.
Romney Leads Senate Hearing on Addressing Potential Threats Posed by AI, Quantum Computing, and Other Emerging Technology
Senator Romney, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee, today led a bipartisan hearing with Senator Hassan (D-NH), Subcommittee Chair, to examine how advanced technologies—such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and bioengineering—may pose risks to national security.
Senator Romney released a message to Utahns about his Senate reelection plans.
Senators Romney, Cotton, Cassidy, Collins, Capito, and Vance introduced the Higher Wages for American Workers Act, legislation which would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $11 and mandate E-Verify to ensure the wage increase only goes to legal workers. The bill would also index future minimum wage increases to inflation and includes a slower phase-in for small businesses.
Romney, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Create U.S.-ASEAN Center, Boost U.S. Ties with Southeast Asia
Senators Romney and Van Hollen (D-MD), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy respectively, introduced legislation to bolster the United States’ economic and cultural engagement with Southeast Asian countries. This bill enables the U.S. Department of State to establish a U.S.-ASEAN Center through a public-private partnership to focus on strengthening trade, investment, and people-to-people relationships between the U.S. and ASEAN countries.
Senator Romney joined his Senate Republican colleagues, led by Senator Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in introducing a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn President Biden’s reckless income-driven repayment rule, which will result in a majority of bachelor’s degree student loan borrowers not having to pay back even the principal on their loans, costing taxpayers as much as $559 billion.
During the month of August, Senator Romney had the chance to step away from his office in Washington and come back home to Utah for a state work session. He traveled throughout the Beehive State to see firsthand how the bipartisan infrastructure bill that he helped negotiate is modernizing Utah’s transit systems, upgrading roads and highways, and repairing bridges. Senator Romney also was able to meet with key national defense and foreign policy stakeholders for discussions on measures he helped secure in this year’s Senate defense authorization bill.
Romney, Scott, Colleagues Demand Biden Administration Investigate Chinese Communist Party Influence in American K-12 Schools
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined his Senate colleagues in a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona expressing concerns over new reports showing millions of dollars from CCP-linked entities have flowed into America’s K-12 classrooms.
Senator Romney joined KSL Sunday Edition with Boyd Matheson for a wide-ranging interview to discuss the issues impacting Utah, as well as some of the biggest challenges facing our nation—both at home and abroad.
At several different events throughout the state this week, Senator Romney highlighted how measures he secured in this year’s Senate National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will continue to help Utah carry out the important role it plays in our national defense. He also continued to stress the growing threat the Chinese Communist Party poses to our security and the urgent need for the United States to have a comprehensive, tactical strategy to confront it.