Press Releases

Sen. Lee Introduces Poverty Measurement Improvement Act

Sep 23, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Poverty Measurement Improvement Act Wednesday, a bill that would improve the accuracy of poverty measurement by requiring the Census Bureau to supplement its existing poverty data with additional data from other federal agencies. “This bill has one goal, to protect the most vulnerable by making sure our limited government resources are being used as efficiently as possible,” Sen. Lee said. “We spend over $1 trillion on means-tested welfare programs every year so we need to make sure that money is being spent effectively.”

Sen. Lee Says Senate Will Advise and Consent on Trump Court Nominee

Sep 21, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday about the Supreme Court’s new vacancy: “In 2016, President Obama nominated a replacement for Justice Scalia and my Senate colleagues and I gave our advice and consent on the nominee, consistent with the Constitution, by rejecting him. This year, President Trump will nominate a replacement for Justice Ginsburg and, consistent with the Constitution, we will again give our advice and consent. If we like the nominee, we will confirm her. If we don’t, we won’t. It’s that simple.”

Sen. Lee Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Military Families

Sep 17, 2020

WASHGINTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act Thursday, 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. “Military families consistently rate Utah as a top destination to serve and a big reason why is the work our state has done to make sure professional military spouses licensed in one state can also work in Utah. The American people absolutely depend on the brave men and women of our nation’s Armed Services, and the families of those brave men and women deserve all the support we can give them. This bill helps do that by making it easier for military spouses to work when they have to transition to a new duty station.”

Sen. Lee Introduces NEPA Accountability and Enforcement Act

Sep 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the NEPA Accountability and Enforcement Act Thursday, a bill that would set a maximum two-year deadline for agencies to complete the NEPA process. “The NEPA environmental review process has unfortunately become a weapon used by special interest groups to throttle much needed infrastructure investments across the country. The average time to complete an Environmental Impact Statement is over 4.5 years with more than a quarter of all reviews taking more than 6 years,” Sen Lee said. “This bill will cut through unnecessary delays and deliver better projects on time to millions of Americans that need them.”

Sen. Lee Leads Letter Calling for Further Investigation into Chinese Goods Produced by Slave Labor

Sep 17, 2020

WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to President Trump and Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan Thursday, calling for a further investigation into goods made from slave labor in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. “There is significant, publicly available evidence suggesting that religious and ethnic minority citizens in Xinjiang are being forcibly detained, indoctrinated, and conscripted into labor against their will. Most recently, according to media reports, Uyghurs have been forcibly transported to work in factories in COVID-19 infected areas to keep supply chains running. Disturbing reports of forced acts of sacrilege, anti-religious statist indoctrination, and forced abortions and sterilizations abound from the region,” the letter reads.

Sen. Lee Reflects on Google Antitrust Hearing

Sep 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday, following Tuesday’s hearing on Google’s possible violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act: “I was very pleased with how yesterday’s hearing went. I and the other subcommittee members all put tough questions to Google and had a mostly productive discussion, which is what we wanted to happen. “I say mostly productive because, while the members put good questions to Google, I have to say I wasn’t satisfied with many of its answers. A lot of it felt scripted and not exactly responsive to the questions we asked. Specifically, Google’s witness was evasive about the number of competitors that really compete with Google.

Sen. Lee’s Spectrum Valuation Act Passes Committee

Sep 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Senate Commerce Committee passed Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) Spectrum Valuation Act Wednesday, legislation that would require the federal government to estimate the value of electromagnetic spectrum currently assigned to federal agencies.

Sen. Lee Introduces NEPA Process Accountability Act

Sep 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the NEPA Agency Process Accountability Act Wednesday, a bill designed reduce delays and paperwork while also promoting better environmental decision making. “The NEPA process has become a bureaucratic nightmare that makes it impossible for American taxpayers to invest in timely and efficient infrastructure projects. This bill will streamline the environmental review process by reducing duplicative paperwork and unnecessary analysis, thus reducing the cost and time needed to complete needed infrastructure projects.”

Sen. Lee Asks Netflix CEO to Explain Why His Exploitation of Minors Isn’t Criminal

Sep 11, 2020

WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Friday, asking the CEO to explain why his company’s film “Cuties” doesn’t constitute a criminal exploitation of minors. “While I have concerns with the movie’s young actresses’ influence on other young girls, my larger concern is with the possibility that the inappropriate scenes might encourage the sexual exploitation of young girls by adults,” the letter reads. “The federal government currently spends hundreds of millions of dollars combating child trafficking, child sexual exploitation, and child pornography both domestically and abroad,” the letter continues.

Sen. Lee Responds to Big Tech Denial of Anti-Conservative Bias

Sep 10, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday after reviewing the responses from letters to the CEOs of Alphabet, Facebook, Squarespace, and Twitter asking each company to justify ant-conservative bias in their content moderation process. “The responses received from the tech companies about bias against conservatives at their firms were completely unpersuasive,” Sen. Lee said. “I continue to be concerned about the ideological discrimination going on at these firms and I believe further oversight will be necessary in order to obtain the facts and answers that the American people deserve.”