Today’s Agenda

 Senator Lee meets with Dan Ashe, the nominee for Administrator of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, to discuss a number of issues including the inclusion of the prairie dog on the endangered species list.  He is also meeting with Utah Jr. High History Fair winners and hosts his weekly “Jell-O” constituent open house. 


From the Senator’s Desk

U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tom Udall (D-NM) and 24 other senators sent a letter to President Obama today calling for a shift in strategy in Afghanistan ahead of next month's announced deadline to begin an accelerated transition to Afghan security forces. In the letter, the senators urge the President to use the deadline as an opportunity to begin a “sizable and sustained” drawdown of troops that puts the U.S. on a path toward removing all regular combat troops from the country.

From the letter:

“Mr. President, according to our own intelligence officials, al Qaeda no longer has a large presence in Afghanistan, and, as the strike against bin Laden demonstrated, we have the capacity to confront our terrorist enemies with a dramatically smaller footprint. The costs of prolonging the war far outweigh the benefits. It is time for the United States to shift course in Afghanistan.

We urge you to follow through on the pledge you made to the American people to begin the redeployment of U.S. forces from Afghanistan this summer, and to do so in a manner that is sizable and sustained, and includes combat troops as well as logistical and support forces.”

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Recent Votes

Senator Lee voted FOR a motion to proceed to an amendment that would repeal the ethanol tax credit.

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Around the Water Cooler

Jobs: “[Obama] joked about the wildly mistaken predictions he and others at the White House made a couple of years back about the job-creating potential of the stimulus.”

Accountability: “The White House is more or less conceding that it doesn't have a chance of winning a second term unless his major policies go on hiatus.”

Pakistan: “Their families don’t have any idea where they have been taken. Nobody knows what they have done.”


A Look Ahead

Senator Lee sits down with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Utah tomorrow and attends Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committee Meetings.  He also meets with the nominee for Solicitor General, Donald B. Verrilli.