Press Releases

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Durbin, Lee Inspector General Access Act

Jun 25, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee today on a 21-1 vote reported the Inspector General Access Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) that would expand the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (IOG) to include alleged DOJ attorney misconduct. Currently, the DOJ Inspector General (IG) has no authority to investigate professional misconduct by DOJ lawyers.

Sen. Lee Cosponsors Bill Expanding Federal Tax Deduction for Charitable Giving

Jun 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joined Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced the bipartisan Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act to expand the current above-the-line deduction for charitable giving made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March, The bill would ensure that Americans who donate to charities, houses of worship, religious organizations, and other nonprofits are able to deduct that donation from their federal taxes at a higher level than the current $300 deduction.

Sen. Lee Comments on FTC Contact Lens Regulation

Jun 23, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday after the Federal Trade Commission issued a new regulation designed to improve competition in the contact lens market. “I have urged the FTC to pursue updates to its Contact Lens Rule for years and am looking forward to thoroughly reviewing these updates issued today,” Sen. Lee said. “It is essential that consumers be made aware of their rights regarding access to their contact lens prescription allowing them to shop for lenses in a competitive market.”

The Facts about Google, Antitrust, and the First Amendment

Jun 19, 2020

Many of you have asked about claims made by Tucker Carlson that Sen. Mike Lee “has taken the side of big tech companies over your constitutional rights.” Nothing could be further from the truth. To better understand what is really going on, please do read the following fact check of Tucker Carlson’s claims below.

Sen. Lee Comments on NBC’s Attempt to Use Google to Silence Other Media Outlets

Jun 17, 2020

“As progressive liberal activists and their journalist collaborators increase their campaign to silence voices that don’t toe their party line, it is incumbent that Google transparently explain how exactly it handled NBC’s attempt to silence The Federalist so that its corporate policies don’t become a weapon for these online mobs."

FCC Responds to Sen. Lee Letter on Ligado 5G License Decision

Jun 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) replied to a letter sent by Sens. Mike Lee, Brian Schatz, Ron Johnson, Edward J. Markey, Ted Cruz, Mark R. Warner, John Thune, and Chris Coons earlier this month, asking the FCC to address issues surrounding the agency’s decision to modify Ligado’s 5G spectrum license. The letter asked 13 questions designed to provide the FCC with a fair opportunity to explain the basis of their decision after the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing opposing the FCC’s unanimous, bipartisan decision without hearing testimony in support.

Sen. Lee Thanks Interior for Transferring Water Projects to Utah

Jun 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) thanked Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman for notifying Congress of the federal government’s intent to transfer ownership of two federal water projects in Utah to local water user organizations.

Sen. Lee Signs Bipartisan Letter Questioning Juniper Networks Over Secret Government Backdoors

Jun 11, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joined Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with 13 members of the U.S. House, signing a letter asking Juniper Networks to explain how an NSA-designed backdoor appeared in its products and how the key to this backdoor was later changed by unknown parties.

Sen. Lee to Participate in Conference Call with Utah Charities

Jun 8, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee will answer questions during a conference call hosted by the Utah Nonprofits Association Monday, a call that will focus on what Congress can do to help charitable organizations cope with the challenges created by COVID-19. “The Coronavirus continues to disrupt all of our lives, but it also presents three unique challenges to our nation's charitable organizations,” Sen. Lee said. “First, charitable organizations that help our most vulnerable communities are seeing increased demand for their services. Second, the virus has disrupted how many of these organizations deliver their services. And third, most charities have suffered a decline in donations as Americans have felt the financial pain of less work and unemployment.”

Sen. Lee Comments on Eviction of Utah National Guard from D.C. Hotel

Jun 5, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Friday after DC Mayor Muriel Bowser evicted 200 Utah National Guard specialists from their hotel just hours after the soldiers came off duty protecting the people of D.C. “Evicting Utah National Guard personnel from their hotels after a late-night shift risking their lives to protect Washington is a shameful, petty, discrediting decision by Mayor Bowser.