Speeches

Civil war in Yemen and the importance of the separation of powers

Dec 12, 2018

Mr. President, the Senate is currently considering S.J. Res. 54. I am proud to be a cosponsor of this legislation--lead cosponsor, along with my distinguished colleague from Vermont, Senator Sanders. He and I, along with Senator Murphy and a number of other Members of this body, have engaged in this bipartisan effort, in a concerted endeavor to make sure that the separation of powers among our three branches of government is respected.

Remarks on S.J. Res 54: The Yemen War Powers Act

Nov 28, 2018

Mr. President, I stood before this body in March of this year to protest our country’s unconstitutional intervention in Saudi Arabia’s bloody war in Yemen. I was proud to stand with my colleagues Senator Sanders and Senator Murphy to file a discharge motion of our resolution, S.J. Res 54, that would remove U.S. armed forces from Yemen. At that time, members of the Foreign Relations Committee requested additional time to study the issue and debate the resolution in committee. The chairman of the committee, my colleague Senator Corker, requested this with the commitment to “bring forth legislation to actually appropriately deal with many of the issues relative to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and ourselves.” So the Senate voted to table the motion.

Floor Speech Honoring Jim Hansen

Nov 27, 2018

Mr. President, earlier this month Utah lost one of our finest: former Congressman Jim Hansen – a great leader, a great husband and father, and a great friend. And it is my privilege to honor his life today.

Federalism and Its Alternatives

Nov 15, 2018

As you know, Congress has just returned to Washington this week after the pre-election recess. And of course the talk of the town is the split results of the mid-term elections last week. Everyone in the media, on Capitol Hill, and the administration is wondering what the new Democratic House of Representatives will mean for the future. Will there be compromise? Will there be gridlock? There is a lot of handwringing going on. So it warms my heart to be here today and see that there is at least one group of people who are really optimistic about the next two years… Washington defense lawyers.

Opioid Summit: Keynote Address

Oct 12, 2018

Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us for the 5th Annual Solutions Summit. It’s an honor to host so many talented and dedicated Utahns at this event. There are few issues more pressing today, or more devastating, than the opioid crisis. And I can think of no better place to discuss this crisis than in Utah – where so many people are passionately and effectively working to address it. That’s why we convened this summit: to hear from some of the best and brightest warriors in the trenches of this life-and-death fight.