Press Releases

Lee Laments Democrat’s Rejection of PILT Amendment

Aug 6, 2022

In Utah, the federal government owns 66.48% of the total land. Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) are federal payments to local governments designed to offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands within their boundaries. However, these payments are far lower than what local governments could expect to collect in property taxes. To regard PILT payments as tax equivalents in Utah cities, they would need to be 262 times larger.

Lee Denounces So-Called “Inflation Reduction Act”

Aug 6, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee denounced Senate Democrat's passage of the so-called Inflation Reduction Act. The bill spends hundreds of billions of dollars and raises taxes at a time when inflation has grown to 9.1% nationally and nearly 15% in Utah.

Lee Resolution Recognizes Pregnancy Centers

Jul 28, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a Resolution designating the week of November 7th as “National Pregnancy Center Week.” Pregnancy Resource Centers are a vital resource to women across the country, providing a wide range of healthcare services to those in need. Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) introduced a companion resolution in the House.

Lee Amendments Bolster Child Online Safety

Jul 28, 2022

During a markup focused on protecting children’s online privacy, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) offered thirteen amendments, nine of which the Senate Commerce Committee adopted. Lee’s amendments were adopted as part of Sen. Blumenthal’s (D- CT) and Sen. Blackburn’s (R-TN) Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) and provide additional regulatory safeguards and protections for children online. Sen. Lee voted in favor of pushing KOSA out of committee while noting the work still needed to improve the bill.

Sen. Lee Calls for the Release of Lt. Alkonis

Jul 25, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) called upon U.S. officials to negotiate with their Japanese counterparts and secure the release of Lt. Ridge Alkonis. While serving in Japan, Lt. Alkonis was involved in a deadly car accident that the U.S. Navy determined was caused by the sudden onset of Acute Mountain Sickness.

University of Utah Research Park Act Passes Committee

Jul 21, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) University of Utah Research Park Act passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today with a bipartisan vote. This bill would preserve the University of Utah’s nearly 600-acre research park and avoid possible action by the Bureau of Land Management to repurpose the land.

Sen. Lee’s FORMULA Act Heads to President’s Desk

Jul 21, 2022

Washington, D.C. – The United States Senate unanimously passed Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) FORMULA Act. The bill, which removes import tariffs on baby formula and baby formula input products until the end of this year now heads to the President’s desk. The House of Representatives had previously modified and passed the bill resulting in Senate reconsideration.

Sen. Lee Fights Biden’s War on Energy

Jul 20, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) stood against high energy prices today in asking the Senate to pass his bill reaffirming the law to limit the President’s authority to delay or forgo legally required sales of energy leases on federal land.

Sen. Lee Continues to Fight Inflation

Jul 19, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sought passage of his Preventing Runaway Inflation in Consumer Expenditures (PRICE) Act as a part of his continued effort to counter rising inflation.

Lee Applauds Uinta Basin Railway Project

Jul 15, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) applauded the Forest Service for issuing the Record of Decision regarding the Uinta Basin Railway Project. Sen. Lee has been an outspoken advocate for the project, working with federal agencies and local partners to get the project approved.