Jul 26, 2019
“The Department of Justice Antitrust Division has determined that the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, subject to certain divestitures and conditions, will be pro-competitive. I’m hopeful that the transaction will better position the merged firm to compete with Verizon and AT&T in the future, particularly as these carriers seek to roll out nationwide 5G networks,” Sen. Lee said. “That said, I have concerns whenever government joins hands with industry to cobble together a would-be competitor, particularly one who so stridently opposed the merger earlier this year. Time will tell whether this market intervention was sound, but it will no doubt invite similar gamesmanship in future antitrust reviews.”
Jul 24, 2019
“The recent announcement by the Antitrust Division that it will conduct a review of competitive conditions in the online marketplace further highlights the absurdity of having two federal agencies responsible for civil antitrust enforcement. Indeed, what’s evident from this latest institutional tug-of-war is that the Antitrust Division and FTC are now actively battling each other to take the lead in pursuing Big Tech,” Sen. Lee said. “While it is laudable that our antitrust enforcers are seeking to root out potential anticompetitive conduct in the tech industry, their duplicative reviews will inevitably waste government resources and lead to the agencies taking contradictory positions on the same issues. Moreover, without clear guidance, dual enforcement will leave industry in confusion as to what to expect from regulators or even what laws will specifically apply to their operations,” Sen. Lee continued. “In such an important area of the economy as technology, effective antitrust enforcement is critical. I look forward to exploring these issues when the Antitrust Subcommittee holds is oversight hearing on September 17,” Sen. Lee finished.
Jul 18, 2019
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) secured unanimous consent Thursday for the Senate to vote on two amendments and final passage of 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund next week. “The men and women who responded to the horrific events of September 11, 2001 are among the great heroes of American history,” Sen. Lee said. “Since 2011, the 9/11 Victims Fund has always had finite authorizations, and by all accounts it has an excellent record avoiding waste and abuse. These two things are not coincidental. They go together,” Sen. Lee continued.
Jul 17, 2019
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced fellow Utahn and District Court Nominee David B. Barlow to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Jul 11, 2019
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) released statements after the Tax Foundation’s report on 2018 tax return data showed the positive impact the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) had for millions of American families. Their efforts secured a provision in the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 that doubled the CTC from $1,000 to $2,000, expanded eligibility, and increased the refundability of the CTC from $1,100 to $1,400. The data from 2018 tax returns makes it clear the benefits of this effort. The number of people who received the CTC doubled, benefiting American families in every income bracket, with the exception of top income earners.
Jun 25, 2019
WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced the Early Action Against Ozone Act Tuesday, a bill that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to work with local governments to lower pollution before they violate the Clean Air Act.
Jun 21, 2019
WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Friday after taking with President Trump about his current Iran strategy: “After speaking with President Trump this afternoon, I am convinced he made the right call last night. It is clear the Iranian regime is a threat, and that such threats cannot be eliminated by wishful thinking like President Obama’s reckless deal with Tehran. But neither does every provocation call for a military response.”
Jun 13, 2019
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Native Species Protection Act Thursday, a bill that would allow states to manage species that exist entirely within their border. “There are real benefits to protecting endangered species from extinction, but the federal law intended to establish such protections – the Endangered Species Act – is in serious need of reform,” Sen. Lee said. “The Native Species Protection Act is a commonsense reform that would limit the damage caused by federal mismanagement of protected species and their habitats, while empowering state and local officials to pursue sensible conservation plans with their communities.”
Jun 13, 2019
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Protecting Access to American Products Act Thursday, a bill that makes it easier for Americans to receive flexibility from Jones Act regulations that prevent Americans from buying American. “American consumers should not be forced to buy more expensive products from despotic regimes just because of outdated and misguided government regulations,” Sen. Lee said. “All Americans should be free to trade with other Americans and the Protecting Access to American Products Act will help ensure that happens.”
Jun 11, 2019
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Miracle Mountain Designation Act Monday, a bill that celebrates the survival of Elk Ridge City, Utah during the Bald Mountain Fire.