Press Releases

Lee Statement on Wild Fires in Utah

Jun 27, 2012

Our thoughts are with those Utahns who have experienced the devastating destruction and loss caused by the wild fires across the State.

The Universal Music Group/EMI Merger and the Future of Online Music

Jun 21, 2012

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) today highlighted the challenges facing the music industry and identified important issues relating the Universal Music Group’s proposed acquisition of EMI’s record label.

Lee Backs Calls for Enforcing “Leahy-Thurmond Rule” on Judges

Jun 14, 2012

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee responded to reports that Senate Republicans would begin enforcing the “Leahy-Thurmond Rule,” an historic practice in presidential years when the Senate stops confirming certain judicial nominees. 

“I am pleased that the Republican caucus has decided to enforce the Leahy-Thurmond rule and cease confirming appeals court nominees until after the presidential election,” said Lee, a member of the Judiciary Committee.  “It is particularly important that we do so now in light of the unconstitutional ‘recess’ appointments President Obama made earlier this year.  The President must be held accountable for his unprecedented and illegitimate assertion that he may unilaterally determine when the Senate is in session.  I join Leader McConnell, Senator Grassley, and others in opposing President Obama’s abuse of power and curtailing additional appellate confirmations between now and the election.”

Lee Opposes Nomination of Andrew Hurwitz

Jun 12, 2012

Today, Senator Mike Lee spoke on the Senate floor opposing the nomination of Andrew Hurwitz for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Senator Lee noted that Mr. Hurwitz has closely associated himself with the misguided reasoning behind the controversial abortion rights decision in Roe v. Wade.

Poll: Overwhelming Majority Still Opposes Unconstitutional Mandate

Jun 5, 2012

A new poll shows Americans overwhelmingly continue to oppose a provision of the president’s signature legislation, ObamaCare, which would require individuals to purchase health insurance.

Lee: Verizon/Cable Deal Appears Procompetitive and Likely to Benefit Consumers

May 24, 2012

Although antitrust law is by its very nature forward looking, unmoored speculation must not be allowed to overtake rational economic analysis.

Senator Lee presses FBI Director Mueller on detention and surveillance of U.S. citizens

May 16, 2012

At a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing this morning, Senator Lee questioned FBI Director Mueller on the potential for indefinite detention of U.S. citizens under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Director Mueller agreed that the government should not be allowed to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely without charge or trial.

Lee offers Amendment to End Export-Import Bank

May 15, 2012

It's time that we wind down the Export-Import Bank, and my amendment, amendment number 2100, would do precisely that. The American people cannot be the world's financial backstop. The government shouldn't be picking winners and losers. Businesses in Utah and across the country are not receiving government help and are shutting their doors after decades serving their communities. We should not through this government be adding insult to injury by using tax money they contributed to prop up companies overseas.

Lee Defends Record on Judicial Nominations

May 9, 2012

Today, Senator Mike Lee blasted the White House for misleading the public on the issue of judicial vacancies and defended Republicans' record on moving forward with President Obama’s nominations.

Lee Introduces Act to Balance Land Designation Authority

May 7, 2012

Senator Mike Lee introduced the Federal Land Designation Requirements Act of 2012, which would limit the federal government’s power to make a variety of land designations, including national parks, national monuments, and national recreation areas. The bill requires the approval of the state legislature before the federal government can make any federal land designation.