Press Releases

Lee and Thune Introduce Bill to Strengthen National Guard Resources and Readiness

Apr 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced the Guarding Readiness Resources Act, a bill to ensure that National Guard units receive the reimbursement required by law for the use of federal equipment to support state missions. Current federal law allows for the use of helicopters, trucks, and other federal equipment on state missions, but requires that states reimburse the National Guard for the costs associated with their use. However, state reimbursements are automatically diverted to the U.S. Treasury under the Miscellaneous Receipts Act (MRA), which mandates that any funds from a non-congressional source be sent to the Treasury. Without reimbursements, National Guard units are left with significant shortfalls in federal accounts used for operations and maintenance, under the level of the original congressional appropriation.

Sen. Lee Responds to Biden’s Address to Congress

Apr 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered the following in response to President Biden’s address to the joint session of Congress:

Lee, Rubio Call on Congress to Pass Tax Relief for Working Families

Apr 28, 2021

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a joint statement in response to President Joe Biden’s proposed child allowance plan, which would represent a return to the failed welfare system of the 1990s. In 2017, Lee and Rubio doubled the Child Tax Credit as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which tax return data confirmed has cut taxes for millions of American families.

Sen. Lee, Rep. Smith Lead Letter to CDC on Face Mask Guidance for Kids

Apr 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) today led 30 of their colleagues in sending a bicameral letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting information on how the agency determined its guidance for children aged two years and older to wear face masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Members of Congress wrote in part:

Sen. Lee and Republican Coalition Issue Joint Statement on Earmark Ban Victory

Apr 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – Following a vote by Senate Republicans to keep the ban on earmarks, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), James Risch (R-ID), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following joint statement: “We’re encouraged our GOP colleagues upheld the ban on earmarks. Still, we will remain vigilant against any efforts to bring back earmarks – including efforts that ignore conference rules – so that in the Senate, the American people are respected and their tax dollars remain free from this widely abused and wasteful spending practice.”

Sen. Lee Introduces State Grazing Management Authority Act

Apr 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced the State Grazing Management Authority Act, a bill to allow states to manage grazing programs on federal allotments. In public lands states, the agricultural community – particularly livestock producers – face unique problems in legally accessing and using the federal public lands within their domain. While many states have been able to streamline their grazing processes and work on the state and local level to make their lands more productive, grazers in public lands states are instead forced to navigate layers of bureaucracy and regulation from federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (FS), which are far removed and often unresponsive to their needs.

Apple Responds to Lee and Buck Reversing Parler Decision

Apr 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, Apple sent a letter to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) informing them of their decision to allow Parler’s return to the iOS App Store. On March 31st, Sen. Lee and Rep. Buck sent a letter to the CEOs of Google, Apple, and Amazon questioning actions their companies took against Parler in January of this year, including Apple’s removal of Parler from its App Store.

ICYMI: Sen. Lee, Colleagues Pledge to Uphold Ban on Earmarks

Apr 19, 2021

"We, the undersigned, stand committed to the ban on earmarks. We will not vote to repeal it. We will not participate in an inherently wasteful spending practice that is prone to serious abuse."

Lee, Colleagues Introduce Head Start Improvement Act

Apr 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) today introduced the Head Start Improvement Act, a bill to improve the Head Start program by eliminating bureaucracy and giving money directly to states through block grants. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) has sponsored companion legislation in the House. State and local governments are better equipped than the federal government to tailor education programs to meet the needs of the children they serve. This legislation recognizes that reality and would empower parents, community leaders, and state and local officials to improve the outcomes of American children everywhere.

Utah Delegation Issues Statement on The Salt Lake Tribune’s Abhorrent Cartoon

Apr 15, 2021

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT), John Curtis (R-UT), and Blake Moore (R-UT) issued a joint statement on The Salt Lake Tribune’s insulting “cartoon” depicting Congressman Burgess Owens (R-UT). “The Salt Lake Tribune recently published a repugnant ‘cartoon’ comparing Congressman Burgess Owens, our esteemed colleague and only black member of the Utah delegation, to a member of the Ku Klux Klan. This racially charged, perverse political statement is beyond the pale. We ask that The Salt Lake Tribune immediately take down this horrific image, issue a formal apology, and hold themselves to a higher standard.”