Press Releases

Sen. Lee and Republican Coalition Issue Joint Statement on Earmark Ban Victory

Apr 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – Following a vote by Senate Republicans to keep the ban on earmarks, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), James Risch (R-ID), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following joint statement: “We’re encouraged our GOP colleagues upheld the ban on earmarks. Still, we will remain vigilant against any efforts to bring back earmarks – including efforts that ignore conference rules – so that in the Senate, the American people are respected and their tax dollars remain free from this widely abused and wasteful spending practice.”

Sen. Lee Introduces State Grazing Management Authority Act

Apr 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced the State Grazing Management Authority Act, a bill to allow states to manage grazing programs on federal allotments. In public lands states, the agricultural community – particularly livestock producers – face unique problems in legally accessing and using the federal public lands within their domain. While many states have been able to streamline their grazing processes and work on the state and local level to make their lands more productive, grazers in public lands states are instead forced to navigate layers of bureaucracy and regulation from federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (FS), which are far removed and often unresponsive to their needs.

ICYMI: Sen. Lee, Colleagues Pledge to Uphold Ban on Earmarks

Apr 19, 2021

"We, the undersigned, stand committed to the ban on earmarks. We will not vote to repeal it. We will not participate in an inherently wasteful spending practice that is prone to serious abuse."

Apple Responds to Lee and Buck Reversing Parler Decision

Apr 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, Apple sent a letter to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) informing them of their decision to allow Parler’s return to the iOS App Store. On March 31st, Sen. Lee and Rep. Buck sent a letter to the CEOs of Google, Apple, and Amazon questioning actions their companies took against Parler in January of this year, including Apple’s removal of Parler from its App Store.

Utah Delegation Issues Statement on The Salt Lake Tribune’s Abhorrent Cartoon

Apr 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT), John Curtis (R-UT), and Blake Moore (R-UT) issued a joint statement on The Salt Lake Tribune’s insulting “cartoon” depicting Congressman Burgess Owens (R-UT). “The Salt Lake Tribune recently published a repugnant ‘cartoon’ comparing Congressman Burgess Owens, our esteemed colleague and only black member of the Utah delegation, to a member of the Ku Klux Klan. This racially charged, perverse political statement is beyond the pale. We ask that The Salt Lake Tribune immediately take down this horrific image, issue a formal apology, and hold themselves to a higher standard.”

Lee, Colleagues Introduce Head Start Improvement Act

Apr 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) today introduced the Head Start Improvement Act, a bill to improve the Head Start program by eliminating bureaucracy and giving money directly to states through block grants. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) has sponsored companion legislation in the House. State and local governments are better equipped than the federal government to tailor education programs to meet the needs of the children they serve. This legislation recognizes that reality and would empower parents, community leaders, and state and local officials to improve the outcomes of American children everywhere.

Sen. Lee Introduces Bills to Improve U.S. Aviation Industry

Apr 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has this week introduced four bills to improve and encourage innovation in the U.S. aviation industry: the Aviation Empowerment Act, the Flight Sharing Freedom Act, the Screening Partnership Reform Act, and the Air Traffic Control Safe Operations and Readiness Act. Details about the bills can be found below.

Sen. Lee Introduces SHUSH Act

Apr 14, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act of 2021, or SHUSH Act, a bill to eliminate the unnecessary regulation of suppressors. The SHUSH Act is cosponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), and the House companion legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.).

Sen. Lee, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Subject MLB to Antitrust Laws

Apr 14, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have introduced a bill to remove the antitrust exemption that has been in place for Major League Baseball to subject them to existing law. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), with over 20 cosponsors, has produced companion legislation in the House.

Sen. Lee Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Military Families

Apr 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act, bipartisan legislation that would give military spouses with valid professional licenses in one state reciprocity in the state where their spouse is currently serving on military orders.