Press Releases

Lee Statement on New Wilderness Recommendations

Nov 14, 2011

Last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recommended to Congress that three areas in Utah—Desolation Canyon, Westwater Canyon, and Mill Creek Canyon—be federally designated as "wilderness areas." In response, Senator Mike Lee is reiterating his position on federal land use.

Lee Cosponsors Legislation to Reverse Rule on 'Mini-Unions'

Nov 10, 2011

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) today introduced legislation that would reverse the National Labor Relation Board’s recent decision allowing as few as two or three employees to form micro bargaining units, or “mini-unions,” to engage in collective bargaining with employers. Isakson’s legislation, the Representation Fairness Restoration Act, has 28 cosponsors.

Lee Introduces Bill to Repatriate Overseas Earnings

Nov 9, 2011

Today, Senator Mike Lee introduced the Rebuilding America Act, legislation that will permanently increase incentives for American companies to invest oversea earnings back in to the U.S. economy. Under Lee’s legislation the effective repatriation tax rate would be set at 5% down from 35%, which is currently the highest in the developed world.

Lee’s Land Conveyance Bills Pass Senate

Nov 3, 2011

Last night, the Senate approved legislation introduced by Senator Mike Lee to authorize the transfer of vacant and virtually unused federal land in Utah to the growing cities of Mantua and Alta. The bills were approved by unanimous consent and represent the first pieces of legislation authored by Senator Lee to pass the full Senate.

Lee Co-Sponsors Reform to Eliminate Budget Gimmicks

Nov 2, 2011

Today, Senator Mike Lee will co-sponsor legislation that eliminates the most common budgetary gimmicks used by Congress to hide hundreds of billions of dollars in spending. In the past six years alone, the tricks addressed in the Honest Budget Act (S.1651) have enabled Congress to spend over $350 billion, money that the country simply doesn’t have.

Governor Herbert, Utah Congressional Delegation React to Announcement on Hill Air Force Base

Nov 2, 2011

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Utah’s entire congressional delegation, including Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and Congressmen Rob Bishop, Jim Matheson and Jason Chaffetz, today expressed deep concerns with the Air Force’s decision to eliminate jobs at Hill Air Force Base. The Governor and Utah’s delegation sent a letter today to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley detailing their disappointment with the decision. Currently, there are approximately 24,000 employees that work at Hill Air Force Base in various roles.

Lee: Failed Motion Shows Commitment to Big Spending Remains

Nov 1, 2011

Today, Senator Mike Lee's motion to maintain certain 2012 spending appropriations at 2011 levels was voted down. The motion would have affected legislation that will authorize funding for several departments, including agriculture, commerce, and transportation.

Lee Troubled By Proposed Rule Allowing Agencies to Mislead Public

Oct 27, 2011

Today, Senator Mike Lee reacted to reports that the Department of Justice may be attempting to allow federal agencies to provide misinformation about the existence of certain government documents. Senator Lee cautioned that the proposed rule could be a “slippery slope” toward making government unaccountable to the people.

Lee, Schumer Introduce Immigration Reform Bill

Oct 20, 2011

With an excess of supply stalling a recovery in the U.S. housing market, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) announced today that they will offer a bipartisan proposal to boost demand for homes by luring foreign investors to purchase residences and live in the U.S. The concept is part of a broad immigration package aimed at boosting foreign travel and investment in the United States.

Lee Announces Mobile Office Hours

Oct 19, 2011

Today, Senator Lee announced the launch of his Mobile Office Hours. The project is an effort to reach constituents across Utah who might not otherwise be able to meet with casework officers at Senator Lee’s offices in Salt Lake City and St. George. The Mobile Office will hold events in multiple locations throughout all 29 counties within the State. The full schedule will appear on Senator Lee’s website and be updated periodically.