Floor Remarks on State Water Rights Amendment

Apr 29, 2021

Water is one of our most precious resources. It is vital to agriculture, industry, recreation, conservation, the development and growth of cities, and a myriad of other needs. Unfortunately, for states like Utah, our supply for this critical resource is threatened under the Antiquities Act. Why is this the case?

The PVSA is Bad News

Apr 29, 2021

This 135-year-old law, known as the Passenger Vessel Services Act (“PVSA”), harms American workers and redirects tourism to foreign nations. We are literally shipping our tourism and economic activity abroad, and destroying countless opportunities for our own coastal cities, states, and towns. It should be repealed immediately.

Stopping Border Surges Act

Mar 24, 2021

I have read the accounts—so have many of you. A young mother from Honduras. Two young sisters from Guatemala. A six-year old child from El Salvador. They are all told by the local cartel that—for a price—a better life awaits them in America. They are told, as evidenced by those chanting “Biden!” at the border, that this new president has opened the borders, and amnesty is imminent. So “get in while you can.”

Remarks on HHS Nominee Xavier Becerra

Mar 17, 2021

The stated mission of the Department of Health and Human Services “is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans.” The HHS Secretary is thus charged with overseeing all government healthcare and social services, and protecting the health and rights of the American people. It’s a worthy goal, and an important job. Unfortunately, the history of the nominee before us, Mr. Xavier Becerra, poses grave concerns for carrying out this very goal, and for overseeing an agency with such vast, far-reaching responsibilities.

Remarks on the Federal Budget

Feb 4, 2021

Mr. President, the federal government has become too big and too expensive. It's been this way for quite a long time. It's not without its impact. You know, it's been borrowing and spending far too much money and doing too many things even before the covid-19 global pandemic. This emergency has really shown how badly we need to return to some semblance of federalism; some semblance of federal restraint with respect to what it does and particularly what it spends.