Press Releases

Sen. Lee, Colleagues Demand Answers from Biden on Afghanistan Withdrawal

Sep 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and 25 of his senate colleagues sent a letter to President Biden demanding information regarding the humanitarian crisis left by the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan. Specifically, the letter requests information on the number and status of Americans, green-card holders, and allies who were left behind.

Senator Lee's Budget Amendment for Increased PILT Passes Senate

Aug 11, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a budget resolution amendment that carves budgetary space for legislation increasing federal PILT payments to local governments. PILT stands for payments in lieu of taxes, and the program currently pays much less than local governments could collect if federal lands were assessed property tax. Senator Lee’s amendment opens the door for a bill to determine the size of the payment shortfall and bring PILT payments in line with what local governments are due. The amendment passed the Senate in the early hours of Tuesday by a 51-48 margin during the budget resolution vote-a-rama process.

Lee Bill Protects Schools From Critical Race Theory

Aug 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced the Empowering Local Curriculum Act, a bill to ensure that the receipt of federal education funds does not require the teaching of critical race theory. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) joined as a co-sponsor. “Critical race theory undermines our founding principles, institutions, social mobility, and history itself – and schools should not be forced to teach it,” said Sen. Lee. “This bill will ensure that with the receipt of federal funds, states and local educators will not have to.”

Sen. Lee, Rep. Jacobs Lead Call for President Biden to End Unconstitutional Eviction Moratorium

Aug 11, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Congressman Chris Jacobs (R-NY) led a bicameral letter with 28 members of Congress to President Biden calling for the administration to change course and end its unconstitutional eviction moratorium.

Senator Lee Introduces More than 100 Amendments to Democrat Budget Bill

Aug 10, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced today more than 100 amendments to the Democrats’ pending budget bill. The budget without amendments sets the course for Congress to add as much as $5,500,000,000,000 to the nation’s debt over ten years.

Sen. Lee Votes Against $1,200,000,000,000 Bill

Aug 10, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement today after voting against H.R. 3684, the $1.2-trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as amended: “I am sorely disappointed that the Senate chose to pass this irresponsible and so-called ‘infrastructure’ bill. It drastically expands federal power; it increases spending without legitimate ‘pay-fors’; it exacerbates our already dangerous inflation; and it facilitates burdensome taxes and regulations that will hamper and harm our infrastructure. Ultimately, it will be the American people who will be forced to pay the exorbitant price. That is why I opposed this bill, and why I am deeply concerned with the $3,500,000,000,000 cost of the next spending plan before the Senate.”

Sen. Lee, Colleagues Introduce “Don’t Draft Our Daughters” Resolution

Aug 6, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) yesterday introduced a resolution expressing that the Senate should not pass legislation mandating the registration of women for the Selective Service System. “Forcing our daughters into the draft creates a burdensome and disproportionately increased risk of injury and fatalities for our nation’s women, as readiness data shows,” said Sen. Lee. “This policy change is rushed and unnecessary in our current time of peace, and unduly harms women more than advancing any notion of equality. While American women should be empowered to serve in our Armed Forces, they should not be forced to fight.”

Senator Lee offers ‘Pay Less, Build More’ Amendment to Infrastructure Bill

Aug 3, 2021

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has put forth an alternative to the “bipartisan infrastructure bill.” Lee’s amendment #2255 is a combination of the Transportation Empowerment Act, the UNSHACKLE Act, and the Davis-Bacon Repeal Act. The amendment would reduce the federal gas tax by more than eleven cents per gallon, return the national Highway Trust Fund to solvency, speed-up and simplify burdensome National Environmental Policy Act requirements, and remove Davis-Bacon wage rules. Each of these reforms will allow more federal infrastructure projects to be built more quickly and more affordably. Of the amendment Sen. Lee said, “We cannot pour money into a broken pitcher. Without these reforms, spending trillions of dollars on infrastructure will not only exacerbate inflation, it will not substantially improve our infrastructure standing. The ‘Pay Less, Build More’ Amendment is a way to cut taxes and burdensome regulation to improve our infrastructure standing while spending less.”

Sen. Lee Votes in Favor of National Guard

Jul 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) voted for a measure that would provide funding to the National Guard to satisfy a debt incurred by security services provided post-January 6th. Passage of this legislation is aimed at preventing the cancellation of vital training missions planned by National Guards in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Without this reimbursement, numerous trainings and drill weekends would be cancelled, resulting in guardsman not receiving pay for those previously scheduled activities.

Sen. Lee, Rep. Curtis Introduce Legislation to Rename Provo Vet Center After “Candy Bomber” Gail Halvorsen

Jul 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) today introduced legislation to rename the Provo Vet Center in Orem, Utah after Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, the “Candy Bomber.” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Reps. Blake Moore (R-UT), Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Chris Stewart (R-UT) joined as cosponsors of the legislation. The delegation also wrote a letter to the Chairman John Tester and Ranking Member Jerry Moran of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in support of the name change. “Col. Gail Halvorsen exemplifies the best of the Utah spirit of service,” said Sen. Lee. “His creativity and compassion helped to heal the wounds of the Second World War, and softened the relationship between occupied Germany and the United States. Renaming the Provo Vet Center in his honor is a fitting and deserved recognition of this American hero.”