Press Releases

Lee Reintroduces Davis-Bacon Repeal Act

Mar 15, 2024

WASHINGTON – Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) reintroduced the Davis-Bacon Repeal Act, legislation to eliminate the wage subsidy law that mandates federally funded construction projects worth more than $2,000 pay workers the "prevailing wage" rate applicable in the same locality for non-federal projects. This act imposes undue burdens on the economy, disadvantages unskilled labor, and unfairly benefits organized labor at taxpayers' expense.

LEE, DURBIN INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN SAFE ACT TO REFORM FISA SECTION 702

Mar 14, 2024

With the April 19 sunset of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) approaching in just a few weeks, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the bipartisan Security and Freedom Enhancement (SAFE) Act, a bipartisan compromise bill that protects Americans from foreign threats and from warrantless government surveillance.

Lee Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Accelerate Adoption of Geothermal Energy

Mar 14, 2024

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) along with Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), James Risch (R-ID), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), all members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the Geothermal Energy Optimization (GEO) Act to accelerate the adoption of geothermal energy nationwide.

Sens. Lee and Cruz Lead Senate Republicans in Challenging FCC’s Unlawful ‘Digital Equity’ Rules

Mar 14, 2024

WASHINGTON – Today, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) led a group of 19 senators in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) so-called “Digital Discrimination” order.

LEE, DURBIN INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN INSPECTOR GENERAL ACCESS ACT

Feb 27, 2024

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General to include alleged DOJ attorney misconduct. Currently, the DOJ Inspector General (IG) has no authority to investigate professional misconduct by DOJ lawyers. DOJ is the only agency whose IG has such a jurisdictional carve-out. The Inspector General Access Act would simply strike this loophole, which leads to an unfair double standard where every DOJ employee—including FBI and DEA agents, U.S. Marshals, and federal prison guards—can be investigated by the DOJ IG except DOJ lawyers.

Lee Calls Out Commerce: Time's Up on Pause for Gun Export Licenses

Feb 21, 2024

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) led a letter urging the Biden Administration to end the unilateral pause on issuing new export licenses for American firearms manufacturers by the Department of Commerce. This pause, initiated on October 27, 2023, purportedly to enhance national security interests, has instead inflicted financial harm on numerous businesses without tangible security benefits. Despite indicating that the pause would last only approximately 90 days, the moratorium on issuing new export licenses remains in effect, and the Commerce Department refuses to clarify when they will lift the pause.

Lee Leads Call for Senate Trial on Mayorkas Impeachment

Feb 20, 2024

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has led his colleagues calling for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to demand a Senate trial for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, noting the Senate's constitutional responsibility to conduct a thorough trial following the House's impeachment articles.

Mike Lee Demands Senate Trial for Impeached DHS Secretary Mayorkas

Feb 13, 2024

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the statement below following the U.S. House of Representatives vote to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas:

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Lee, Senator Vance, Elon Musk, and David Sacks Will Discuss Ukraine Funding on X Spaces At 6:00PM ET

Feb 12, 2024

WASHINGTON – Today at 6:00 PM ET, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator JD Vance (R-OH), Elon Mush, and David Sachs will participate in a X Spaces conversation on U.S. funding for the war in Ukraine.

Senators Alarmed by FDA's Chief Scientist's Perspectives on Promotions

Feb 8, 2024

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), joined by Senators Eric Schmitt (R-MO) and Mike Braun (R-IN), raised concerns to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf about the expressed views of Dr. Namandje Bumpus, the agency's Chief Scientist. The letter urges Commissioner Califf to consider how Dr. Bumpus's potential promotion to Principal Deputy Commissioner could influence the FDA's hiring and promotion practices and questions whether her perspective aligns with the FDA's mission to protect public health.