Romney Pushes Legislation to Improve Data to Fight COVID-19

The TEST Act Will Strengthen Disease Detection Systems and Preparedness Efforts for Potential Second Wave and Future Pandemics
Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Timely and Effective Systematic Testing (TEST) Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen the nation’s health preparedness efforts for COVID-19 recovery and future pandemics by requiring a plan for diagnostic testing and public health system integration to better detect infectious diseases, prevent outbreaks, and avoid future economic shutdowns related to pandemics. The senators...

Romney Joins Call on Central Asian Leaders to Release Unjustly Detained Prisoners at High Risk of COVID-19

Senator Romney, member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today joined his colleagues in calling on four Central Asian Presidents to release detainees imprisoned for peaceful activism who are also at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Citing high-profile cases of detained students, activists, and human rights defenders, the bipartisan letters were sent to the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly...

Romney Introduces Amendments to Confront China’s Aggression, Support Utah’s Role in National Security

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced several amendments to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) aimed at confronting China’s growing aggression and the threat it poses to U.S. national security, intellectual property, and technology. He also introduced amendments to limit the reduction of U.S. troops deployed to Germany and to support the role of Utah in U.S. national security. The NDAA is being considered on the Senate floor this week.

Romney, Colleagues Introduce Measure to Defense Bill to Limit Troop Reductions in Germany

In response to the administration’s recent announcement, U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would limit the use of funds to reduce the number of members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty in Germany.

Romney Cosponsors Bill to Bolster Inspector General Protections

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today joined his colleagues, led by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Gary Peters (D-MI), in introducing bipartisan legislation to strengthen a 2008 inspector general (IG) protection law that has been routinely flouted by two successive administrations from both political parties. The Securing Inspector General Independence Act (S. 3994) is also cosponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), James Lankford (R-OK), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jon Tester...

Romney Cosponsors Bill to Reform Policing Practices

JUSTICE Act Focuses on Police Reform, Accountability, and Transparency
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today joined his colleagues, led by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), in introducing the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act, legislation which would improve policing practices across the United States.

Romney Votes Against Bill that Expands Government Control of Utah Lands, Adds to National Debt

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today released the following statement after voting against the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation that would give the federal government control over more of Utah’s lands and add to the national debt by authorizing increased mandatory spending. Romney co-sponsored an amendment that would address the massive federal lands maintenance backlog, which was not included in the final legislation.

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.

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.