Press Releases

Joint Economic Committee Chairman Mike Lee (R-UT) Comments on March Employment Numbers

Apr 3, 2020

WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement Friday, in response to the U.S. Labor Department’s March 2020 jobs report. “The unemployment report this morning understates the challenges Americans are now facing. It was going to take a once-in-a-century emergency to disrupt our booming economy. But that’s what we have on our hands. People are losing jobs every day, and millions of families and businesses are just hanging on.

Sen. Lee Praises Pick for DC Appeals Court

Apr 3, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Friday after President Trump nominated U.S. District Judge Justin Walker to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: “I have known Justin Walker for years, and have had many opportunities to review his legal and scholarly writings. He is an unusually gifted lawyer and judge, and I couldn’t be more pleased that President Trump has decided to nominate him to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The American people will benefit tremendously from his service on that important tribunal.”

Sen. Lee Highlights Important Information for Supplemental Security Income Recipients

Mar 31, 2020

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued a note to all Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients Tuesday, describing how SSI recipients can access the COVID-19 relief made available from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The following note is from the Congressional Research Service: In general, individuals who did not file a federal income tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who did not receive Form SSA-1099 are ineligible for the recovery rebate in 2020.

Sens. Lee and Leahy Comment on DOJ OIG Interim FISA Report

Mar 31, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General released a Management Advisory Memorandum to FBI Director Christopher Wray identifying concerns with the FBI’s compliance with the “Woods Procedures” for FISA applications relating to U.S. persons. Woods Procedures are vitally important to the integrity of the entire FISA process, as they are designed to ensure that the government presents a complete, accurate assessment of the facts to the FISA court. Based on a sampling of 29 FISA applications in eight field offices across the nation, the IG concluded that “we do not have confidence that the FBI has executed its Woods Procedures in compliance with FBI policy.” Woods files were missing from four of the 29 applications, and the other 25 applications had an average of 20 issues discovered per application.

Sen. Lee Details How The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Impacts Utahns

Mar 27, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued three “Information Sheets” Friday, detailing how The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act impacts Utah families, small businesses, and large corporations. Each Information Sheet can be found at its link below. Resources for Americans Impact on Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Impact on Large Businesses Links to all three Information Sheets and many other Coronavirus response resources can be found on Sen. Lee’s Coronavirus Response Resource Page.

Impact on Large Businesses from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Mar 27, 2020

Impact on Large Businesses from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Impact on Small and Mid-Sized Businesses from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Mar 27, 2020

Impact on Small and Mid-Sized Businesses from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Resources for Americans from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Mar 27, 2020

Resources for Americans from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Sen. Lee Statement on Sen. Paul’s COVID-19 Test

Mar 22, 2020

“Upon learning that my colleague Sen. Paul tested positive for COVID-19, I consulted the Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress Dr. Harding. She advised me that because I have no symptoms or other risk factors, a COVID-19 test was not warranted. However, given the timing, proximity, and duration of my exposure to Sen. Paul, she directed me to self-quarantine for 14 days. That means no traveling or voting. But I will continue to make sure Utah’s voice is heard as we shape the federal response to the Coronavirus through phone, text, email and whatever other means are available.”

Sen. Lee Outlines Corona Response Priorities

Mar 19, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday as he continued to work with Senate colleagues on an economic response to the Coronavirus. “If there is any state that is best prepared for the one-two punch of a global pandemic and a generational earthquake, it is Utah. We will rise to this occasion. We will beat this virus. And we will rebuild from the damage from the earthquake that hit us Wednesday.” “All of us can do our own part to help our community through these times. For some, that means staying at home, practicing responsible social distancing. For others it means being on the front lines providing medical care and tests to those affected by the virus. And for some it means cleaning up, assessing, and rebuilding our infrastructure as we recover from the earthquake.” “Here in Washington I am working with my colleagues to make sure the federal government’s response helps all Utahns who need it. That means fighting for broad-based action to help all Americans through the social and economic disruptions this emergency is creating. “Americans are all in this epidemic together. So the federal response – from loan guarantees to tax reforms to regulatory relief to direct aid to families – should be as inclusive as possible, rather than carved out only for select special interests.”