Dec 22, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday, commending President Trump for issuing an executive order on Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture: “As Winston Churchill said, ‘We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.’ And the shape of federal buildings over the last two generations has been abysmal: cold, boring, and contemptuous of America’s public taste and republican traditions. For decades, architectural elites and government bureaucrats have imposed their edifice complex on the American people, marring beautiful communities with ugly federal buildings.”
Dec 22, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday after the Senate approved a $2.3 trillion spending bill. “For almost a year, Utahns have been fighting through terrible conditions to work, to find work, to serve their neighbors and communities as best they can. Congress has failed to meet their standard of courage and duty. This COVID relief bill - like the one Senate Democrats blocked for months out of pure partisan politics - contains some much-needed items to help Utahns recover including more funding for faster vaccine deployment and an expanded charitable deduction.”
Dec 22, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday after seeing reports that Facebook and Google agreed not to compete against each other in online advertising, and had a deal in place to help each other if the agreement attracted antitrust scrutiny. “Google has repeatedly pointed to Facebook as evidence for its claim that there is plenty of competition in online advertising. But it turns out the two companies may have agreed not to compete at all. The American people deserve to hear the truth, under oath.”
Dec 14, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday after presidential electors met and cast votes in their respective states. “Our election process took a major step today when presidential electors met in their respective states and cast 306 electoral votes for former Vice President Joe Biden—more than the 270 electoral votes he needs to become president-elect. Concerns regarding fraud and irregularities in this election remain active in multiple states, and those concerns need to be addressed by Congress and state and local officials throughout the country. But absent new information that could give rise to a judicial or legislative determination altering the impact of today’s electoral-college votes, Joe Biden will become president of the United States on January 20, 2021.”
Dec 10, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joined a letter sent to the Senate majority and minority leaders Thursday, objecting to new regulations on small businesses placed into the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. “This provision is outside the jurisdiction of the Armed Services Committee, has not been considered by the appropriate Senate Committees or the full Senate, creates a substantial regulatory burden on millions of small businesses, exposes business owners to significant financial penalties and jail terms, and it threatens their privacy and due process rights,” the letter reads.
Dec 10, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday after President Trump announced Morocco has agreed to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. “Today the administration announced an agreement between Morocco and Israel that establishes full diplomatic relations between the two nations. This agreement, along with the Abraham Accords, demonstrates we are truly living in a historic time for Middle Eastern relations with the West. This agreement is yet another victory, under the leadership of President Trump, on the path toward a secure and peaceful Middle East. I commend the President and his team on this tremendous success."
Dec 10, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement of support for Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) Online Content Policy Modernization Act Thursday, after the consideration of the bill was postponed. “I don’t like involving government in industry, particularly with regard to an industry that has grown up in freedom as opposed to in regulatory captivity,” Sen. Lee said. “But Facebook and Twitter have claimed political neutrality while practicing political partisanship for far too long. That is why I would have voted for Senator Graham’s legislation to move through the Committee. He has worked with me to iron out some issues in his bill, and I trust he will continue to work with me to iron out a few others in the coming Congress. I look forward to engaging in that effort.” You can watch Sen. Lee’s extended remarks at the committee hearing here.
Dec 9, 2020
“The signing of the Abraham Accords creates a rare and historic opportunity for diplomacy in the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates – by committing to and taking action to normalize relations with Israel - demonstrates an appetite in the region that seeks stability and peace, and presents a counterbalancing front against the Iranian regime. I believe the arms sale to the UAE under consideration will contribute to this movement in the region, and will allow the United States to continue reducing our military presence throughout the Middle East. Because of these shared strategic goals, I’ve decided to support the proposed arms sale and oppose the resolutions of disapproval considered by Congress today.”
Dec 9, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday after the Federal Trade Commission announced it suing Facebook for illegally maintaining a social networking monopoly. “I am glad to see that our antitrust enforcers are finally taking the threats posed by Big Tech seriously,” Sen. Lee said. “If Facebook faced greater competition, it might be more reticent to engage in the draconian censorship it has become fond of. At the same time, the FTC previously cleared both the Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions, and I hesitate to congratulate it now for trying to clean up its own mess. This is one more reason that antitrust enforcement should be consolidated at the Department of Justice, as I’ve proposed in the One Agency Act. I’ll be following this case closely, and look forward to continuing to exercise oversight in this area.” You can read more about the One Agency Act here.
Dec 8, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Promoting Responsibility Over Moderation In the Social Media Environment (PROMISE) Act Tuesday, a bill designed to hold Big Tech companies accountable for their promises to not operate their social medial platforms with political bias. The legislation is cosponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS). “The billionaires who own our nation’s Big Tech companies have every right to be partisan political actors,” Sen. Lee said.