Romney Hearing Focuses on U.S. Strategy to Support Iraq in Securing Prosperous Future

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, today convened a hearing titled “Iraq: A Crossroads of U.S. Policy,” focused on addressing how the United States can support Iraq in achieving a secure and prosperous future. Key excerpts of his remarks are below.
 senator romney's opening remarks

Senator Romney: In 2014, ISIS seized control of roughly one third of Iraqi territory, terrorizing the Iraqi people with a...

Romney Cosponsors Bipartisan College Transparency Act

With student loan debt at record high of $1.4 trillion, it is important for students and their families to have the most information available to them when deciding where to attend college and how much debt to assume. I’m proud to join my colleagues in cosponsoring this bipartisan measure that, in addition to providing relevant information about student loan borrowing, will ensure that students and their families have the most information possible to make the best decision regarding their future...

Romney Statement on the President’s Recent Comments

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today released the following statement regarding the president’s recent comments:
        
“The president’s comments were destructive, demeaning, and disunifying. The President of the United States has a unique and noble calling to unite the American people – of all different races, colors, and national origins. In that respect, the president failed badly. People can disagree over politics and policy, but telling American citizens to go back to where...

Senate Passes NDAA with Romney Amendment to Reaffirm Constitutional Right of President to Protect and Defend United States

WASHINGTON—The Senate today passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 with a key amendment offered by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) to reaffirm the constitutional authority of the president to protect and defend the United States. Ahead of the vote today, Romney spoke on the Senate floor regarding his amendment, which was approved by an overwhelming 90-4 vote.
 
“This bipartisan package will authorize critical policy aimed strengthening our military, supporting...

Lee and Romney Introduce the Early Action Against Ozone Act

WASHINGTONU.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced the Early Action Against Ozone Act, legislation that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work with local governments to lower pollution before they violate the Clean Air Act.
 
“Local governments that want to work with the EPA to lower pollution shouldn’t have to wait till pollution is already a problem in their communities before they are credited for reducing emissions,”
Lee said. “The Early Action...

Committee Approves Romney Bill to Raise Smoking, Vaping Age to 21

WASHINGTON—The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) today voted to approve key components of the Tobacco 21 Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Todd Young (R-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), to prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21.
 
“The HELP Committee took an important step today by advancing our bipartisan legislation to raise the federal smoking and vaping age to...

Senator Romney's Statement Regarding Iran's Attack Against U.S. Drone

For the past several months, Iran has taken a number of increasingly provocative actions, including its proxy attacks on an oil pipeline, on several ships in the Persian Gulf, and now with the takedown of a U.S. drone. Such behavior cannot go unanswered, and a failure to respond would only invite further provocation. Any response by the U.S. must be meticulously considered and executed, and it ideally should be made in coordination with our allies and friends in the region.

Romney Seeks to Add Key Utah and National Security Priorities to Defense Bill

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes critical policy and programs that support our military readiness and our troops. As China expands its economic and military power, it is past time for us to construct a comprehensive strategy to confront their growing aggression. I also am proud to introduce several amendments that will benefit my home state of Utah, including my legislation to keep the longstanding promise by the federal government to Utah’s Navajo Nation.

Romney, Udall Introduce Smoke-Free Schools Act to Ban E-Cigarette Use in Schools

In my home state of Utah, the use of electronic cigarettes has nearly doubled in the last five years, with young Utahns most likely to be introduced to vaping while they are in school. By banning the use of electronic cigarettes in schools, we are taking an important step to protect the health of young people in Utah and across the nation.