Sep 30, 2022
Washington, D.C. – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the PROTECT Act, which would require pornography sites to verify the age of all participants in pornographic images; require sites to obtain verified consent forms from individuals uploading content and those appearing in uploaded content; and mandate that websites quickly remove images upon receiving notice they uploaded without consent.
Sep 29, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in conjunction with Sens. Mike Braun (R-IN), Todd Young (R-IN), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), spearheaded efforts to pass the Bulk Infant Formula to Retail Shelves Act to further ease the infant formula shortage in the United States. The bill passed the House on the suspension calendar and is now headed to the President’s desk for signature.
Sep 29, 2022
In the wake of Hurricane Fiona, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), introduced the Puerto Rico Recovery Act, a bill requiring the Department of Homeland Security to waive the Jones Act for vessels or operators reasonably demonstrating their intention to provide disaster relief to Puerto Rico. The waivers would be valid for one year or until the end of the Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico, whichever comes first. The bill was introduced by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) in the House.
Sep 27, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Protecting Drug Innovation Act to roll back the federal government’s authority to set drug prices covered by Medicare. The power to set drug prices was a key component of the Democrat’s so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” that passed through Congress without a single Republican vote.
Sep 26, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), joined by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Chuck Grassley (R- IA), urged their colleagues in the House to support passage of an antitrust reform package consisting of the State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act, the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act, and the Foreign Merger Subsidy Disclosure Act.
Sep 21, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced an amendment declaring that China is not a developing country and should not be treated by the UN or other intergovernmental organizations as such. The amendment would also require the Secretary of State to propose the removal of China’s designation as a developing nation under the Kigali Amendment. Sen. Lee’s amendment passed the Senate by a unanimous roll call vote.
Sep 19, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) led a letter addressed to his Senate colleagues urging them to adopt a "clean" Continuing Resolution (CR) free of additional spending and extraneous policy riders. The letter also calls for the CR to carry over into the 118th Congress.
Sep 14, 2022
Senator Lee introduced legislation to prevent the Federal Reserve from reshaping the U.S. financial sector and spying on every consumer transaction. The Fed, with encouragement from the Biden Administration, has begun to develop a central bank digital currency (CBDC), a cryptocurrency, minted, issued, and controlled by them, that would alter the ability of financial institutions to function as lenders, while giving the federal government knowledge of every purchase that uses a CBDC. Financial institutions could no longer offer loans since they would bear no risk for a deposit – they would function merely as wallets, holders of a CBDC – and as such, could not extend deposits to prospective borrowers in the form of loans. Moreover, since the Federal Reserve would be the sole operator and overseer of a U.S. CBDC, the bank would have knowledge of every purchase using the cryptocurrency; if it maintains the technology needed to create the CBDC, it will know how it is used.
Sep 14, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), joined by Sen. Grassley, Blackburn, Tillis, Cotton, Lummis, Cruz, and Scott, sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Lina Khan expressing concerns over the agency’s use of unpaid consultants. Earlier that month an FTC Inspector General report found that the FTC, despite making wide use of unpaid consultants, lacked any organized policy or procedures to prevent “unpaid consultants and experts involvement in inherently governmental functions.” The letter asked the FTC to respond to a series of questions to assist Congress in its oversight of the agency. Chairwoman Khan responded on September 9th.
Sep 7, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Stopping Harmful Incidents to Enforce Lawful Drone Use (SHIELD-U) Act to equip state and local law enforcement with the authority needed to protect their citizens and communities from drone threats.