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.
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.
Sep 10, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the final witness list for the Tuesday, September 15, 2020 hearing titled, “Stacking the Tech: Has Google Harmed Competition in Online Advertising?” The hearing will be held at 2:30 in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562 and can be viewed live online here:
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.”
Aug 13, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today issued the following statement after President Trump announced the historic peace agreement reached between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE): “The formalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE is a historic marker, demonstrating to the world that a path toward peace is possible. I commend the hard work and dedication of President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the staff who worked tirelessly to facilitate this agreement. This moment is worthy of celebration and sends a strong message to rogue actors who wish to spread and inflict terror that the geopolitical compass of the region is moving toward long-term stability and security.”
Aug 11, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced an amendment to improve the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) to better address the financial needs of businesses and banks as part of COVID-19 relief measures.
Aug 7, 2020
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai Thursday asking for answers regarding alleged political bias within the company’s search function.
Aug 6, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced legislation that would amend the Arms Export Control Act to prohibit the export of certain weaponized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Aug 5, 2020
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today announced that the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on October 7 at 2:30 p.m., entitled “Oversight of the Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws.” Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons and Justice Department Antitrust Division Assistant Attorney General Makan Delhrahim will both testify at this customary oversight hearing.
Jul 30, 2020
WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to the CEOs of Alphabet, Facebook, Squarespace, and Twitter Thursday asking each company to identify and justify their content moderation process. “I am specifically concerned about corporations using their power unilaterally to silence opinions they dislike and thus warp the public debates their platforms present to the American people,” the letter reads.