The conservative case for criminal justice reform

Oct 2, 2015

This Thursday, after months of hard work, a bipartisan group of senators and I introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015. Most people, including many conservatives, might think criminal justice reform is a progressive cause, not a conservative one. But, like many pearls of conventional wisdom, this is simply untrue.

A Bad Deal and a Dangerous Precedent

Sep 11, 2015

Now is the time to make clear — to the White House and to the American people — that the Senate understands, and plans to defend, its rightful role in the treaty-making process.

A conscience vote on Planned Parenthood

Sep 8, 2015

In truth, Congress no longer approves the annual federal budget line-by-line — keeping this, cutting that, fixing the other. Rather, we budget by what is called a “continuing resolution,” or “CR.”

Mike Lee: Fixing our broken transportation system

Jul 24, 2015

Utahns deserve a reliable and efficient transportation system that delivers top-notch infrastructure at the most affordable price. And our state's transportation projects rank among the nation's best planned and most efficiently built. Unfortunately, the federal highway bill the United States Senate is voting on this week only perpetuates the worst aspects of Washington's broken system.

Don't Let Democrats Expand Federal Early-Education Funding

Jul 15, 2015

After making sure the ESEA reauthorization isn’t used to expand Washington’s control over early-childhood education and care, Congress must advance reforms that empower parents — with flexibility and choice — to do what’s in the best interest of their children.

SCOTUS Rebuffs EPA But Has The Damage Already Been Done?

Jul 1, 2015

The EPA’s flouting of the law is unsurprising. Under the Obama Administration, the EPA has become a politicized agency bent on implementing policies by bureaucratic fiat that Congress has explicitly rejected in the lawmaking process.

Congress Has a Plan to Defend Your First Amendment Rights After Court’s Marriage Ruling

Jun 29, 2015

In the wake of Friday’s 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court in the marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, many of the millions of Americans who voted to define marriage as an exclusively male-female institution in their state constitutions will be wondering: What does this mean for me?

End Ex-Im, the government's Enron

May 21, 2015

Congress has a choice to make, with a deadline of June 30. It can either renew the authorization of the Export-Import Bank — a taxpayer-backed credit agency that picks winners and losers in the marketplace — or let it expire and begin the bank's orderly winding-down.

Putting Utahns in control of environmental conservation

May 4, 2015

One of the great triumphs of the so-called environmental movement was the passage of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1969. But in the subsequent decades, the ESA has done more to inhibit economic activity, undermine local conservation efforts, and commandeer private property, than it has done to protect endangered species. Few understand this better than the citizens of southwest Utah.

It's time to put an end to NSA's bulk collection of Americans' metadata

Apr 29, 2015

The authors of our Bill of Rights included the Fourth Amendment because they knew that one of the best protections against tyranny is to limit the government’s power to search its citizens.