The question that Congress wants answered is whether any senior Saudi officials, including members of the Saudi royal family, were responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. By law, the President is required to report to Congress on these findings and the imposition of sanctions. I am concerned that the Administration has yet to comply with the law, nor has it sufficiently explained why.
While this bill is far from perfect, it includes critical funding for border security and immigration enforcement, and prevents another harmful government shutdown. I will reserve judgment on any potential executive action by the President until I am able to fully evaluate it, but as I’ve said, I do not believe declaring a national emergency is the right approach.
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.
After carefully reviewing William Barr’s record and meeting with him personally to discuss his experience and qualifications, it is clear that he is exceptionally qualified to serve as Attorney General. Mr. Barr has a distinguished record of public service, and I believe he will provide strong leadership, respect and defend the rule of law, and maintain the Department of Justice’s independence.
The president’s speech was strong, well-delivered, and appealed to our patriotism and common values as Americans. He highlighted several critical policy areas where there are opportunities for both parties to work together – including lowering health care costs, reforming trade policies to better protect American workers, and strengthening border security and immigration enforcement.
Major Taylor represented the very best of Utah and our nation, and we are heartbroken by his loss. Renaming the Ogden veterans’ center in his honor will serve as an enduring reminder of a patriot, loving family man, and beloved community leader who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
Chief Petty Officer Jason Workman selflessly gave his life in service to our country—protecting the freedoms and values we hold most dear. One way we can honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice is to honor our Gold Star families. I’m humbled to be joined by Mrs. Workman for this year’s State of the Union address, and I am deeply grateful to the Workman family for their tremendous service to our nation.
Russia has continued its bad behavior by deploying prohibited weapons systems in blatant violation of the INF treaty. We cannot wish our way to deterrence, and withdrawing from the INF—with the full support of our NATO allies—is the right policy.
I’ve heard loud and clear from the people of Utah: end the shutdown and secure the border. I voted in favor of the President’s proposed compromise, which would have achieved both goals. When that measure failed, I also voted for an alternative proposal that would open the government and give the Democrats two weeks to put up or shut up - come to the table and agree to a final deal on border security and enforcement. That proposal also failed, and now it is up to Republican and Democratic...
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.