Press Releases

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.

Lee's Mobile Office Visits All 29 Counties

May 3, 2012

Last week, Senator Mike Lee's Mobile Office completed the first round of its visits to towns and cities in each county in the state of Utah. The Mobile Office is run by Senator Lee's Community Outreach Director, D. Gary Beck, CAPT, USCG (Ret), and it allows the senator to provide Utahns who might not otherwise be able to interact with him or his staff in the Salt Lake City, St. George or Washington D.C. offices a way to do so in or near their local communities throughout Utah. Since its creation late last year, the Mobile Office has visited 54 cities and towns, and has provided service to 599 constituents.

Lee: VAWA Oversteps Limits on Federal Power

Apr 26, 2012

My opposition to the current VAWA reauthorization is a vote against big government and inefficient spending, and a vote in favor of state autonomy and local control. We must not allow a desire by some to score political points and an appetite for federal spending to prevent states and localities from efficiently and effectively serving women and other victims of domestic violence.

Lee Responds to Interior Secretary’s Comments on Utah Lands

Apr 25, 2012

More than two-thirds of all the land within Utah’s borders is owned by the federal government, which makes it very difficult to grow our state economy, pay for education, and create new opportunities for Utahns. The President and his advisers like to talk about fairness, yet how fair is it that the state of Utah must ask for federal permission to use the vast majority of their own land?

Lee Backs Pick To Defend Against Unconstitutional Appointments

Apr 17, 2012

I commend Leader McConnell for having chosen Miguel Estrada, a superb advocate, to articulate the Senate's crucial perspective in the litigation over President Obama's unconstitutional “recess” appointments. At stake is nothing less than the Senate’s rightful constitutional prerogatives.

LEE: “Buffett Rule” Attempting to Divide, Distract Americans

Apr 12, 2012

Last night, Senator Mike Lee discussed President Obama’s push to distract Americans with the “Buffett Rule,” legislation that raises taxes on job creators and ignores the need for comprehensive tax reform.

Lee: DOJ Complaint Raises Serious Issues

Apr 11, 2012

Today, Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Senator Mike Lee made the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s announcement of a lawsuit against several book publishers and Apple, Inc. alleging that the companies conspired to raise prices for e-books