Press Releases

Senators’ Statement on the Finalized Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement Legislative Text

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Jon Tester (D-MT) issued the following statement:
 
“Over the last four days we have worked day and night to finalize historic legislation that will invest in our nation’s hard infrastructure and create good-paying jobs for working Americans in communities across the country...

Romney: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Will Deliver for Utah

Senate votes to proceed to debate on bill which will help Utah rebuild its roads, mitigate drought conditions, fulfill critical water needs, and prepare for and respond to wildfires
The Senate today voted to proceed to debate on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, bipartisan infrastructure legislation negotiated by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and his colleagues, which would help Utah rebuild its roads, mitigate drought conditions, fulfill critical water needs, and prepare for and respond to wildfires. This historic investment is fully paid for and will not increase taxes.

Romney: Security Funding Bill Enhances Capitol Security and Makes Good on Commitments

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today voted in favor of the Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, legislation that includes measures to enhance security at the U.S. Capitol, support staffing needs of the U.S. Capitol Police, reimburse the National Guard for service following January 6, and aid Afghans who have assisted U.S. missions. The package passed the Senate by a vote of 98-0. 

Utah Congressional Delegation Introduces Legislation to Rename Provo Vet Center After “Candy Bomber” Gail Halvorsen

U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) with Representatives John Curtis (R-UT), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Blake Moore (R-UT) today introduced legislation to rename the Provo Vet Center in Orem, Utah after Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, the “Candy Bomber.” The delegation also wrote a letter to the Chairman John Tester and Ranking Member Jerry Moran of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in support of the name change.

Romney, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Hold E-Cigarette Companies Accountable for the Youth Vaping Crisis

U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to protect children from the dangers of e-cigarettes. The Resources to Prevent Youth Vaping Act would require that e-cigarette manufacturers pay user fees to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help to fund more activity at the FDA to conduct stronger oversight of the e-cigarette industry...

Op-eds

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...

The sacrifices of the fallen can remind us we must work together to heal the divisions among us

On the 20th anniversary of D-Day in 1964, Dwight D. Eisenhower led Walter Cronkite through the cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach where 9,388 headstones honor the Americans who gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy during World War II. The former president, reflecting on his tenure as Supreme Allied Commander, observed: “these young boys, so many of them over whose graves we have been treading, looking at, and contemplating their sacrifices, they were cut off in their prime…they have...

We can’t look away from China’s existential threat.

When President James Garfield was shot in 1881, the wound should not have been fatal. Doctors who rushed to examine the president probed first with unwashed fingers and then with unsterilized instruments. Years before, Joseph Lister had discovered that sterilization could prevent fatal infection. But the doctors attending Garfield either hadn’t read Lister’s work or ignored it, and sepsis and infection ultimately set in.
  
Today, our country is at risk of consequences both dire and...

Family Policy Shouldn’t Penalize Married and Stay-at-Home Parents

To leave behind a plan that lasts, Biden needs to reach across the aisle.

The U.S. birthrate reached its lowest level ever in 2020, according to data released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young people are marrying less and having fewer kids in part because they don’t feel confident about their job prospects and financial security. As everyone knows, raising kids is expensive. Health-insurance premiums are 55% higher than they were a decade ago. Home prices are rising at the fastest pace in 15 years, and a median starter home now costs...

On management of Utah public lands, Biden should pursue an accountable legislative process

On March 22, 2021, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that: “The creation of a national monument is of no small consequence.” We agree, as would all those who have argued for, or against, such designations. Monument decisions immediately impact ranching, energy, and recreation industries, in addition to local and tribal governments who rely on the land for their livelihoods. In fact, many of our friends and neighbors are still bitterly divided over the creation of some of Utah’s biggest monuments...

Speeches

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...