Speeches

Yemen Resolution Floor Remarks

Mar 13, 2019

Mr./Madam President, I rise to stand with Senator Sanders and Senator Murphy, as cosponsors of the legislation before us: S.J. Res 7, which would remove U.S. armed forces from Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. 56 Senators voted in favor of this resolution just a few months ago, in December of the last Congress. That vote was a victory for the Constitution and the separation of powers, to say nothing of prudence and justice.

Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights Hearing: Opening Statement

Mar 5, 2019

Welcome to this hearing of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights. Today we are pleased to have with us four distinguished witnesses to testify about whether the United States has a monopoly problem. We appreciate you taking the time to be with us today.

116th Public Lands Package

Feb 11, 2019

A little over a month ago, I stood before this body to object to the massive public lands package that it was poised to pass. This bill – 680 pages long – was released at 10am that morning. My staff and I had not seen it beforehand, and were given no time to read it. This is, of course, bad process. This is not the way legislation should be written and debated; and it is not the way that it should be passed. But in addition to the bad process, I objected because I suspected that it was also bad policy – bad policy that would disproportionally and negatively affect the state of Utah.

Honoring Major Brent Taylor

Feb 5, 2019

On November 3, 2018, this country lost a true American hero: Major Brent Taylor of Ogden, Utah, who gave the ultimate sacrifice while deployed in Afghanistan. Major Taylor died as he lived: going above and beyond the call of duty to his country, state, and family.

Remarks on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Feb 4, 2019

On the morning of April 5, 1977, a 17-year-old girl – scared, alone, and 7 ½ months pregnant – set foot in a Los Angeles abortion clinic. She had been advised to get a saline abortion – a procedure in which an injected saline solution burns a baby inside the womb, who is then delivered dead about 24 hours later. So she signed some papers, received the injection, and waited for the poison to run its course. But the child, little Gianna Jessen, had other ideas.