Press Releases

Sens. Lee and Hawley Introduce the Take Care Act

Jun 5, 2019

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced the Take Care Act Wednesday, a bill designed to promote accountability and effective administration by restoring the original understanding of the President’s constitutional power to remove his subordinates. “For nearly 150 years after the Founding, it was well-established that Article II of the Constitution gave the President complete power to remove upper-level executive branch officers,” Sen Lee said. “But following the Supreme Court’s deeply flawed decision in Humphrey’s Executor, Congress has, since the New Deal era, gradually created an immense, headless fourth branch of government that is outside the President’s control and thus totally unaccountable to the American People. It’s time for a course correction.”

Sen. Lee Comments on Antitrust Investigations

Jun 4, 2019

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday, responding to news stories discussing potential antitrust investigations of high-tech firms. “Antitrust is a highly technical inquiry, not something that lends itself to easy generalizations or blanket condemnations,” Sen. Lee said. “This is why such investigations are best left to the antitrust agencies rather than Congress.”

Sens. Lee, Feinstein Introduce Due Process Guarantee Act

Jun 3, 2019

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Due Process Guarantee Act Wednesday, a bill to protect Americans from being detained indefinitely, without charge or trial.

Sen. Lee Introduces Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act

May 28, 2019

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act Thursday, a bill that would empower local managers of wilderness areas to decide whether to allow and how to regulate non-motorized travel in wilderness areas. “The National Wilderness Preservation System was created so that the American people could enjoy our country’s priceless natural areas,” Sen. Lee said. “This bill would enrich Americans’ enjoyment of the outdoors by expanding recreational opportunities in wilderness areas.”

Sen. Lee Introduces Government Spectrum Valuation Act

May 23, 2019

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Government Spectrum Valuation Act Monday, a bill designed to estimate the value of electromagnetic spectrum assigned to each federal agency as a first step towards meeting the nations spectrum needs. “The United States is in the midst of a ‘virtual renaissance’ that is full of opportunities for innovation that could transform the quality of life for millions of Americans.” Sen. Lee said. “The Government Spectrum Valuation Act will help us better make decisions on how to free up the radio frequency we need to make this future a reality.”

Senate Conservatives Ask Appropriators to Hold the Line on Life Protections

May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON – Twenty-five conservative senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday, asking the committee to preserve all existing pro-life and religious freedom protections in all future appropriations bills produced by the committee. “The unborn are the most vulnerable members of our society, yet they are under attack,” the letter reads. “In 2015 alone, 638,169 unborn children lost their lives to abortion. This is a terrible tragedy, and we must continue to prevent federal funding from supporting the unjust practice of elective abortion.”

Lee and Romney Congratulate Howard Nielson on Confirmation

May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued the following statement today after the United States Senate voted to confirm Provo native Howard Nielson to the United States District Court for the District of Utah.

Romney, Lee, Braun, Toomey Introduce Legislation to Require Congress to Budget for Natural Disasters

May 21, 2019

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today introduced the Budgeting for Disasters Act, legislation that would require future disaster funding to fall within statutory budget limits. A summary of the legislation is available here. “It is long overdue for Congress to start planning ahead for natural disasters,” Romney said. “By building disaster spending into the annual budget process, instead of busting our spending limits and adding to our national debt, our bill will both ensure that funding is available for disaster assistance and save taxpayers billions of dollars every year.”

Sen. Lee Urges No Vote on Divisive Equality Act

May 17, 2019

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Friday, ahead of the House of Representative vote on H.R. 5. “Americans are becoming more tolerant every day, which is why the Equality Act is so counterproductive. It unnecessarily pits communities against each other and divides our nation when patience and understanding are so sorely needed.”

Sen. Lee Introduces Agency Accountability Act

May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Agency Accountability Act Tuesday, a bill designed to increase transparency, oversight, and accountability over the executive branch. “Congress has given far too much power and authority to the executive branch and it is far past time for us to start taking it back,” Sen. Lee said. “By forcing government agencies to get approval from Congress before spending government money, the Agency Accountability Act is an essential element of any effort to rein in executive branch overreach.”