Press Releases

Romney Signs Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter on Chinese Government Atrocities in Xinjiang

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined his colleagues, led by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Representatives James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ), in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin regarding the ongoing atrocities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

Romney, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Protect Long-Term Health of Saline Ecosystems

Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to facilitate an integrated regional assessment of saline lake ecosystems. The Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Program Act of 2020 would fill a critical data gap regarding current and future stressors in saline lakes that has made it nearly impossible to address a variety of problems caused by declining water levels.

Romney Pushes Legislation to Improve Data to Fight COVID-19

The TEST Act Will Strengthen Disease Detection Systems and Preparedness Efforts for Potential Second Wave and Future Pandemics
Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Timely and Effective Systematic Testing (TEST) Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the nation’s health preparedness efforts for COVID-19 recovery and future pandemics by requiring a plan for diagnostic testing and public health system integration to better detect infectious diseases, prevent outbreaks, and avoid future economic shutdowns related to pandemics. The senators...

Romney Introduces Amendments to Confront China’s Aggression, Support Utah’s Role in National Security

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced several amendments to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) aimed at confronting China’s growing aggression and the threat it poses to U.S. national security, intellectual property, and technology. He also introduced amendments to limit the reduction of U.S. troops deployed to Germany and to support the role of Utah in U.S. national security. The NDAA is being considered on the Senate floor this week.

Romney Joins Call on Central Asian Leaders to Release Unjustly Detained Prisoners at High Risk of COVID-19

Senator Romney, member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today joined his colleagues in calling on four Central Asian Presidents to release detainees imprisoned for peaceful activism who are also at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Citing high-profile cases of detained students, activists, and human rights defenders, the bipartisan letters were sent to the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly...

Op-eds

America is awakening to China. This is a clarion call to seize the moment.

America is awakening to China. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that, to a great degree, our very health is in Chinese hands; from medicines to masks, we are at Beijing’s mercy. Embarrassed by the revelation of this vulnerability, politicians in Washington will certainly act to remedy our medical dependence — with the usual fanfare and self-congratulation. But China’s stranglehold on pharmaceuticals is only a small sliver of its grand strategy for economic, military and geopolitical domination...

Sen. Mitt Romney: Utah’s priorities saw progress in 2019

As we begin a new year, I remain honored to serve you in the U.S. Senate, where your ideas inspire me to work toward solutions that will improve the lives of Utahns and all Americans. Divided government, while challenging, also presents an opportunity for both parties to find common ground. And I’m pleased to provide an update about the progress we’ve made on many issues important to Utah over the past year.

Soon after I took office, final negotiations took place regarding a package of...

Follow Utah's lead, raise the national smoking age to 21

Tobacco is costing our nation hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year. Our home state of Utah was one of the first states in the nation to figure this out, and our Legislature responded by raising the smoking age to 21. It’s time for the rest of the nation to follow Utah’s lead. Our bill, the Tobacco to 21 Act — which has quickly gained the support of the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society Action Network and many more organizations — would do exactly...

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.

Speeches

Utah Women Led the Way

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today spoke on the Senate floor to commemorate the leading role of Utahns in the fight for women’s suffrage. After Romney concluded his remarks, the Senate unanimously passed the resolution he introduced with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) recognizing Utah’s leading role in the suffrage movement and celebrating the sesquicentennial of the first votes by women under an equal suffrage law on February 14, 1870.

Will China become the world’s sole superpower?

Remarks at the International Democrat Union (IDU) Forum
Senator Mitt Romney delivers remarks on increasing Chinese aggression and the need for international partnerships to pressure the regime to play by the global rules at the International Democrat Union (IDU) Forum. These remarks appear as delivered.

The TRUST Act: We Must Rescue our Federal Trust Funds from Insolvency

These two problems have been spoken about for, I think, virtually decades here in this chamber and across the political spectrum. One relates to preserving our extraordinary entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare, our Highway Trust Fund, and the like. These programs are very much under threat because within 13 years, each of these trust funds, each of these programs, will face insolvency.