Romney, Merkley Introduce Bill to Address Vaping Crisis

With nearly a quarter of high school students vaping regularly, we must take decisive action to prevent a new generation from addiction and serious health risks. Let’s begin by passing legislation which ensures that non-tobacco flavored vaping products are removed from the market and prevents vaping devices from being adulterated with hazardous substances. The ENND Act will address both of these concerns, as well as apply the existing tobacco excise tax to e-cigarettes and use it to launch a...

Romney: Greatest threat to freedom is an authoritarian China



WASHINGTON—In an exchange with the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) highlighted the threats China poses to freedom around the world and America’s responsibility to develop a strategy to confront them. Key excerpts of Romney’s exchange with Mr. Stilwell can be found below.
                                                      
Senator Romney: It is my view that the greatest threat to...

Romney Urges BLM to Expedite Fiber Deployment Projects in Rural Utah

Completion of projects will enhance access to internet and cellular communications in rural parts of the state
Senator Romney urged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Utah to expedite its permitting process for fiber deployment projects, which will enhance access to broadband, Internet, and cellular communications in rural Utah. Initiatives currently awaiting permitting include the Fiber Build from Salt Lake City to Grand Junction, Utah Education and Telehealth Network Project in San Juan County, and the USDA project for the communities of Castle Valley, La Sal, Mexican Hat, and Halchita.

Romney, Menendez Joint Statement on Tunisia Elections

On September 15, for the second time since the 2011 revolution, Tunisians will participate in free and fair presidential elections. This will be followed by the October 6 parliamentary elections. While Tunisians prepare to reaffirm their commitment to democracy by voting for a new President and representatives, we in the United States reaffirm our commitment to Tunisia and its democracy, security and prosperity. Tunisia continues to stand as a model for those seeking to transition from autocracy...

Romney Supports President’s Decision on Capital Gains

Argues such a change would favor wealthy investors over American workers
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today commended President Trump’s decision this week not to lower capital gains taxes by indexing gains to inflation. In a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, he outlined that such a change would benefit wealthy investors without supporting American workers. Additionally, he argued that amending the capital gains tax law should be done in Congress, rather than the Executive Branch.
        
The full text of the Senator’s letter is below.
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Romney Meets with FDA Commissioner on Vaping

Announces next steps on legislation to address public health crisis
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today met with the Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the Administration’s announcement yesterday that it would ban all non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors. Following their meeting, Senator Romney released the following statement:
 
“I met this morning with the Acting Commissioner of the FDA to discuss the next steps we must take to solve this pervasive public health crisis,” Romney said. “With nearly a quarter of high...

Romney Urges HHS to Consider Recall on E-Cigarettes

Calls for stronger public education efforts and review of product standards
Following reports of the sixth death linked to the use of electronic cigarettes, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today urged the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider a recall on e-cigarettes as the agency continues to investigate deaths and serious illnesses related to vaping. In a separate letter, Romney updated Utah Governor Gary Herbert on his recent efforts and reiterated his commitment to supporting state efforts to address this public health crisis.

Romney and Lee Comment on Emergency Funding Diversions Impacting Utah

In April, Senator Lee and I expressed our significant concerns to the Secretary of Defense regarding the potential diversion of funds for critical military construction projects in Utah. I’m disappointed that despite those concerns, two key military construction projects totaling $54 million will be delayed as a result of the February 2019 emergency declaration. Funding the border wall is an important priority, and the Executive Branch should use the appropriate channels in Congress, rather than...

Senator Romney Statement on Recent Mass Shootings

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today released the following statement regarding the recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio, and California:
         
“The nation has witnessed senseless loss of life from recent mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy. These tragedies demand thoughtful, considered action from our local, state and federal leaders - and from ordinary citizens. Too often, once the initial headlines of a tragedy fade, the national conversation moves on without giving...

Romney Joins Colleagues in Effort to Protect Funding for BLM and Forest Service Wildfire Prevention

Senators demand savings from Wildfire Disaster Account be reinvested in Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for wildfire prevention
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today joined his colleagues in urging the Senate Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-NM) to reinvest savings from the Wildfire Disaster Account in the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to ensure the agencies can continue critical wildfire prevention, as intended. Specifically, the senators requested that savings from the Wildfire Disaster Account, which...