Press Releases

Sen. Lee Introduces Infrastructure Plan

Sep 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced today his plan to pay less and build more infrastructure.  The bill, titled the Transportation Empowerment Act, would cut taxes and save federal dollars all while allowing more infrastructure to be built.  

 

The proposal focuses federal infrastructure spending on the Interstate Highway System and cuts the federal gas tax from 18.3 cents to 7 cents a gallon and the federal diesel tax from 24.3 cents to 8.3 cents a gallon.  It also covers the Highway Trust Fund’s outstanding obligations and replenishes the depleted fund by transferring $120.2 billion in unspent COVID-19 funds.

 

Of the bill, Sen. Lee said, “The Federal Government can easily meet its infrastructure obligations and we don’t have to spend trillions of dollars to do it.  By focusing on what is truly federal, we can cut taxes, pay less, and build more.  This bill does just that.”

 

Sen. Lee is joined by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) as cosponsors.

  

A one-pager for the bill can be found here.  The full text of the bill can be read here.  

Sen. Lee Introduces Bill Protecting Children from Sex Reassignment Research

Sep 21, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Protecting Our Kids from Harmful Research Act, a bill prohibiting federal funding of sex-reassignment research on minors. Medical interventions to reassign sex are experimental, irreversible, and often fail to produce the intended effects of improving patients’ mental health. This bill would prohibit federal funding from being used in research or publications that seek to establish or affirm gender identities that are incongruent with a minor’s biological sex.

Sens. Lee, King’s Made in USA Bill Passes Senate

Sep 15, 2021

The United States Senate unanimously passed Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Angus King’s (I-ME) Reinforcing American-Made Products Act which establishes a national standard for products to be labeled “Made in USA” in interstate commerce.

Sen. Lee Introduces War Funding Controls

Sep 14, 2021

Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mike Braun (R-IN) today introduced the Restraining Emergency War Spending Act to place Congressional controls on the use of emergency funding for enduring wars. Congress has appropriated over $2 Trillion of defense emergency funds over the past two decades with largely amorphous requirements, and the funds have been spent on everything from operations in Afghanistan and Iraq to standard deterrence missions in the European theater.

Sens. Lee, Tuberville Introduce Bill Requiring Senate Vote for CDC Director

Sep 14, 2021

Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today introduced the Restoring Trust in Public Health Act which would require that nominees for Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) be confirmed by the United States Senate. Recently, the CDC has impacted the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans through its COVID-19 guidelines and eviction moratorium all under directors that have not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Lee, Colleagues Advocate for Religious Freedom in SCOTUS Brief

Sep 10, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and 11 of his Senate colleagues submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court today encouraging the Court to protect religious educational institutions from discrimination in the form of disqualification from certain programs.

Sen. Lee, Colleagues Demand Answers from Biden on Afghanistan Withdrawal

Sep 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and 25 of his senate colleagues sent a letter to President Biden demanding information regarding the humanitarian crisis left by the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan. Specifically, the letter requests information on the number and status of Americans, green-card holders, and allies who were left behind.

Senator Lee's Budget Amendment for Increased PILT Passes Senate

Aug 11, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a budget resolution amendment that carves budgetary space for legislation increasing federal PILT payments to local governments. PILT stands for payments in lieu of taxes, and the program currently pays much less than local governments could collect if federal lands were assessed property tax. Senator Lee’s amendment opens the door for a bill to determine the size of the payment shortfall and bring PILT payments in line with what local governments are due. The amendment passed the Senate in the early hours of Tuesday by a 51-48 margin during the budget resolution vote-a-rama process.

Sen. Lee, Rep. Jacobs Lead Call for President Biden to End Unconstitutional Eviction Moratorium

Aug 11, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Congressman Chris Jacobs (R-NY) led a bicameral letter with 28 members of Congress to President Biden calling for the administration to change course and end its unconstitutional eviction moratorium.

Lee Bill Protects Schools From Critical Race Theory

Aug 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced the Empowering Local Curriculum Act, a bill to ensure that the receipt of federal education funds does not require the teaching of critical race theory. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) joined as a co-sponsor. “Critical race theory undermines our founding principles, institutions, social mobility, and history itself – and schools should not be forced to teach it,” said Sen. Lee. “This bill will ensure that with the receipt of federal funds, states and local educators will not have to.”