Press Releases

Romney Joins Colleagues in Requesting Assistance for Livestock Producers Affected by Drought

“We respectfully request that FSA exercise its authority to further improve ELAP by providing payments to producers for a portion of the costs they have incurred from transporting their livestock to feed sources.”
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today joined his colleagues, led by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Jon Tester (D-MT), in leading a bipartisan group of senators urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to address a gap in coverage under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). In September, USDA announced it would provide ELAP assistance for the cost of transporting feed to livestock, but producers who are...

Romney, Colleagues Lead Roundtable with Local Child Care Providers Under Threat by Democrat Spending Bill Proposal

Senators heard from child care providers from across the country who voiced concerns about the devastating impact Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spending spree will have on workers and families
Senator Romney, with his Republican colleagues on the Education Committee, today led a roundtable discussion to hear firsthand how the Democrats’ ill-constructed child care proposal, which is included in their reckless tax-and-spending bill, would devastate existing child care programs, increase costs for families, and limit parental choice.

Romney, Bennet Release GAO Report Recommending Improvements to the Emergency Watershed Protection Program

Follows Senators’ Requested Report on Disaster Recovery Program in 2019 and Lays Groundwork for Future Legislation
U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today released a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighting the challenges faced by Western communities in the aftermath of wildfire and detailing opportunities for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve its Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to more effectively serve communities across the West as they recover. After a destructive wildfire season...

Senate Takes Up Defense Bill with Romney Measures to Counter China’s Abuses, Support Afghan Partners & Bolster Hill Air Force Base

The Senate this week is considering the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 with key amendments offered by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) to counter China’s aggression and human rights abuses—including a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics—support our Afghan partners following the United States’ disastrous withdrawal, and bolster Utah’s Hill Air Force Base in its work to support our national security.

Op-eds

‘Build Back Better’ is not fully baked and gives tax breaks to millionaires

It’s almost like they’re trying to confuse us. Well, not almost — they are.

There are two bills that have been banging around in Washington and the Democrats desperately want people to think that they are the same thing. They are not. One is about upgrading our nation’s physical infrastructure and the other is about new and expanded social programs.


I like the first one, and I dislike the other. Nineteen Republican senators voted for the one I like; not one Republican will vote for the other...

Filibuster or bust: Maintaining the minority’s power in the Senate is critical

For several years, many of us have recoiled as foundational American institutions have repeatedly been demeaned: The judiciary has been accused of racial bias; the media maligned as the enemy of the people; justice and intelligence agencies belittled; public health agencies dismissed; even our election system has been accused of being rigged.

America works. America has worked for more than 200 years. The character of the American people deserves most of the credit. But close behind are our...

A monumental insult

As a congressional delegation, we stand united in opposing the unilateral expansion of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments by way of President Joe Biden’s divisive proclamation. From the beginning of his presidency, we have been clear about our willingness to work with him on a permanent legislative solution. It is disappointing that these calls were ignored, and a route was chosen that will only delay needed permanent protections and resources for these areas.

Senator Romney: The most touching moment involved a flag, a choir and an anthem

I was in a tiny office squinting at a tiny TV screen.

I was in our Olympic office in Washington, D.C., and a neighbor in our shared office space had shouted that I should turn on the TV. The World Trade Center building had been hit—smoke was billowing from the top floors. I called my wife back in Salt Lake. As we watched together, we saw the second tower hit. It was an attack. The horror of the senseless loss of human life drained our hearts.

And it changed everything: The predictability of...

How the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Would Benefit Utah

It is estimated that 62 bridges and more than 2,064 miles of highway in Utah are in poor condition

Looking around our communities, it’s not uncommon to see roads, bridges and other infrastructure in need of serious repair. And as one of the country’s fastest growing states, Utah is also in need of additional infrastructure. For years — decades, even — elected officials have asserted that we needed to turn our attention toward our nation’s aging infrastructure. Yet various challenges and disagreements have resulted in little progress.

When he first took office, President Joe Biden proposed an...

Speeches

Romney Opposes Nomination of Tracy-Stone Manning to Lead the Bureau of Land Management

In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) voiced his opposition to the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Senator Romney cited Stone-Manning’s past involvement in eco-terrorism and believes that her attempt to conceal her participation in these activities from the Senate disqualifies her from serving as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

Countering Misinformation About Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents $550 billion in new spending—not $1.2 trillion— with responsible pay-fors including unused COVID-19 relief funds
In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) countered misinformation about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, bipartisan infrastructure legislation negotiated by Senator Romney and his colleagues.

Utah Had a Seat at the Table in Negotiating the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act gives Utah a seat at the table, does not raise taxes or add to the debt
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today spoke on the Senate floor ahead of the introduction of legislative text of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, bipartisan infrastructure legislation negotiated by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and his colleagues.

Interviews

Sen. Mitt Romney’s 3 greatest fears for the US are debt, China and climate change

Published by Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com.
 

LEHI — In Sen. Mitt Romney’s opinion, America faces three major challenges that the country’s just not dealing with.

DEBT

The first of Romney’s worries is the $23 trillion in debt the United States has accumulated and the trillion dollars it adds to it each year — even during a time when the economy is strong.

“That’s a problem. There’s no appetite to deal with it because it doesn’t have political currency right now,” the senator said while talking to...

Q&A: Utah Sen. Mitt Romney talks Iran, gun control and the future of the Republican Party

Published by the Deseret News Editorial Board.
 

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney recently sat down with the Deseret News editorial board to give an update on his service and answer questions related to foreign policy, the national debt, gun control, the future of the Republican Party and the state of American public discourse. Here are his responses.

The following has been edited for length and clarity.

Deseret News: How are you? Do you enjoy being a senator?

Mitt Romney: I’m good. Thank you. Everyone...

Road trip: Romney and Murphy the newest Senate Middle East travel team

Published by Niels Lesniewski for Roll Call.
 

As the leaders of the Senate subcommittee focused on foreign policy in the Middle East, Sens. Mitt Romney and Christopher S. Murphy might be spending a lot of time together overseas in the coming years.

The Republican from Utah and Democrat from Connecticut are back at the Capitol this week after spending the second half of the spring recess meeting with regional leaders in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Iraq.

Traveling the...