Press Releases

Lee’s Candy Bomber Bill Signed into Law

Jun 7, 2022

Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) bill renaming the Provo Veterans Center after the late Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen was signed into law today by President Biden. Col. Halvorsen is affectionately referred to as the ‘Candy Bomber’ for his unique and effective efforts distributing candy to the impoverished children of Berlin during the 1948 Berlin Airlift. Halvorsen’s compassion, humanitarianism, and community service did not end in 1948. He dedicated much of his life to serving children, promoting diplomacy between the United States and Germany, and regularly participated in community celebrations and re-enactments of the Candy Bombing of the Berlin Airlift. While Halvorsen died in February of this year, his legacy continues through the Utah-based Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation.

Support Mounts for Lee’s Digital Advertising Act

May 27, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), joined by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced the Competition and Transparency in Digital Advertising Act. The bill would restore and protect competition in digital advertising by eliminating conflicts of interest that have allowed the leading platforms in the market to manipulate ad auctions and impose monopoly rents on a broad swath of the American economy.

Lee’s UK Free Trade Resolution Passes Senate

May 26, 2022

Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) resolution calling for a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom passed the United States Senate. Sen. Lee has advocated for a US-UK trade agreement since Britain’s vote to exit the European Union which allows for such a deal. In negotiation with Democratic colleagues, Lee introduced various versions of the resolution over the course of the past three years. He also published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal with the Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith MP calling for a free trade agreement between the allies. In 2015, the United Kingdom was Utah’s largest export market, and in 2016 Utah exported over $3.5 billion in goods and services to the UK.

Lee Amendments Push for American Energy

May 25, 2022

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and other Republican members of the Senate Commerce Committee offered over 70 amendments to a bill further regulating American energy companies. While Lee introduced dozens of amendments, those that Lee offered for votes focused on reversing the Biden Administration’s moratorium on energy leases on federal land and countering a proposed SEC rule targeting energy producers with sweeping Environmental Social Governance (ESG) criteria obligations. Gas prices in Utah and across the United States are currently at historic highs. Democrats led by Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) objected to the amendments. Sen. Lee’s efforts to overturn Chair Cantwell’s rulings against the amendment were defeated on party-line, 14-14 votes.

Lee Leads Letter Questioning W.H.O. Abortion Guidelines

May 20, 2022

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) led 53 other House and Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), urging a reversal on the Organization’s recent guidelines on abortion. These guidelines advocate for abortion on demand and critique conscious objections of healthcare providers. The updated guidelines follow years of controversy regarding the role, allegiance, and effectiveness of the W.H.O.

Lee Introduces Digital Advertising Act

May 19, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), joined by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), has introduced the Competition and Transparency in Digital Advertising Act. The bill would restore and protect competition in digital advertising by eliminating conflicts of interest that have allowed the leading platforms in the market to manipulate ad auctions and impose monopoly rents on a broad swath of the American economy.

Support for Lee’s FORMULA Act

May 18, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Since introducing the Fixing Our Regulatory Mayhem Upsetting Little Americans (FORMULA) Act, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has received wide support from congressional colleagues and outside groups. The FORMULA Act is aimed at combating domestic baby formula shortages and bolstering the supply chain to help American families feed their babies.

Lee Offers Amendment to Target and Pay For Ukraine Aid

May 16, 2022

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced an amendment to the House-passed, $40 billion Ukraine Aid package to streamline and target aid to meet the needs on the ground in the conflict. Sen. Lee’s amendment also would pay for the expenditure ensuring the aid does not add to the national deficit.

Sen. Lee's FORMULA Act

May 16, 2022

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) is finalizing his Fixing Our Regulatory Mayhem Upsetting Little Americans (FORMULA) Act to combat domestic baby formula shortages and bolster the supply chain to help American families feed their babies. In recent days, challenges in the baby formula supply chains have seen the out-of-stock rate for formula to triple from numbers seen six months ago. Recent shortages come in the immediate aftermath of a recall and temporary closure of a major American formula factory, but highlight systemic weaknesses in this vital supply chain. Due to the disruption, families in Utah and across the nation are struggling to feed their babies.

Sen. Lee Celebrates House Passage of RECA

May 12, 2022

The House of Representatives has passed Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) two-year extension of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) ensuring that those Americans harmed by the nation’s early nuclear program can be compensated. Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) championed the RECA in the House. The United States Senate unanimously passed the Lee measure in April.