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State Leaders Formally Thank Trump For Impact On Utah

Utah Senate President Stuart Adams and House Speaker Brad Wilson sponsored a citation that expresses “appreciation and gratitude” for President Donald Trump on behalf of the Utah Legislature. The message is in response to U.S. Senator Mitt Romney’s vote to charge Trump with abuse of power during the recently concluded Senate impeachment trial.

The letter to Trump recognizes him and his administration for several policies and other actions Wilson and Adams believe benefit Utah, including economic growth; increased military funding; the 2017 shrinking of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments; and appointment of judges.

The message from Adams and Wilson also called upon the United States Congress to “get back to work.”

A citation is different from a resolution, where lawmakers vote to put forth a formal position of the Legislature. A citation specifically recognizes or thanks someone and doesn’t require a vote. The message to Trump wasn’t presented on the House or Senate floors Thursday.

In response to Romney’s impeachment vote, another bill, Rep. Phil Lyman’s House Joint Resolution 19,would have censured Romney. Although the bill was officially filed and the text made available to the public, House leadership has said that bill won’t move forward. And in what he says was legislation unrelated to Romney, Rep. Tim Quinn’s House Bill 217 would have allowed for voters to recall sitting U.S. senators. Quinn says that bill is dead, too.

Below is the citation to Trump from Wilson and Adams:

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.