Romney, Coons Seek More Information From Treasury on Jobs and Labor Markets

Better Understanding Relief Programs’ Impact Will Help Congress Draft Additional Legislation Focused on Workers
As Congress considers additional relief legislation, U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today sought answers from the Secretary of the Treasury to better understand the economic impact of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). An accurate picture of the job growth resulting from PPP hiring incentives—rather than market conditions—will help Congress craft legislation better tailored to helping American workers.  

Romney Urges Paperwork Relief for Small Businesses Who Utilized PPP

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today joined his colleagues, led by Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), in urging Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza to ease paperwork requirements for small businesses seeking loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The letter, signed by 44 senators, specifically requests that the loan forgiveness application for loans under $250,000 to be no longer than one page in length.

Senate Unanimously Passes Romney-backed PPP Extension

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released the following statement today after the Senate unanimously passed important updates he fought for to improve the PPP loan program. The measure extends the loan forgiveness period to 24 weeks instead of 8 and eases the payroll threshold requirement from 75 percent to 60 percent. Romney introduced the initial Senate PPP extension proposal with Senator Manchin last month.

Senate Passes Romney Bill to Settle Water Rights for Navajo Nation in Utah

Legislation Now Awaits Passage by the House
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act, his legislation to settle a decades-long negotiation among the Navajo Nation, federal government and the State of Utah over water rights for Utah Navajos. The legislation, led by Congressmen Rob Bishop (R-UT) and John Curtis (R-UT), awaits passage by the House of Representatives.

Romney Urges State Department to Expedite Massive Passport Application Backlog

Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), David Perdue (R-GA), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and John Boozman (R-AR) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to seek answers as to why the passport applications of Americans have not been completed since March 19, 2020. The lack of processing has resulted in a backlog of 1.6 million applications, and the State Department has continued to receive applicants’ payments for passport fees even though...

Romney Lauds State Department Officials for Efforts to Bring Utahns Home During COVID-19

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a bipartisan resolution cosponsored by Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) to commend State Department professionals for their dedication repatriating United States citizens and legal permanent residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution, led by Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Romney, Colleagues Urge Mnuchin to Counter China’s International Predatory Economic Behavior

Senator Mitt Romney joined colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin following disturbing reports that the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) state-owned and -directed enterprises are looking to exploit the economic crisis by buying U.S. and foreign companies. As companies backed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) approach banks to identify the purchase of companies in the U.S. and in Europe affected by the pandemic, the senators urged Mnuchin to protect...

Romney, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning China’s Plans to Violate the Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong Basic Law

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined his colleagues, led by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), in introducing a resolution condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) proposed “sweeping national security law” for Hong Kong that would ban secession, subversion, and foreign interference.

The resolution states unequivocally that passage of this proposed law would put the Beijing in direct violation of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Hong Kong Basic Law. The resolution also...