Press Releases

Senators Reintroduce Bill to Protect American Workers

Jan 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joined Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WW), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Thune (R-SD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) to introduce The Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act Thursday, a bill that would permanently authorize and expand the E-Verify program, an internet–based system that assists employers in determining whether current or prospective employees are authorized to work in the United States. The bill requires employers to use the program to determine workers’ eligibility.

Sen. Lee Comments on DHS Secretary Mayorkas Vote

Jan 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday after voting against Alejandro Mayorkas’s nomination to become Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: “Not only is Mr. Mayorkas the chief architect of the illegal and unconstitutional DACA and DAPA programs, but he also was found by the DHS Inspector General to have given special access to wealthy Democratic donors for the corrupt EB-5 visa program. The combination of Mr. Mayorkas’s expansive view of unlimited executive power coupled with his established track record of favoritism for partisan allies makes him a very dangerous choice to head the Department of Homeland Security for the American people.”

Sen. Lee Comments on 4th Quarter Economic Growth

Jan 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday in response to the Department of Commerce’s 4th Quarter Gross Domestic Product estimate. “The economy demonstrated enduring strength in the final quarter of 2020, and this news should be applauded in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. GDP grew at a pace of 4.0 percent, personal income remained above pre-pandemic levels, and Americans are saving more. For the economy to fully recover, however, Americans and their families must feel completely safe resuming the activities they do together. As medical professionals in the United States continue administering life-saving vaccines and treatments, I hope that consumer confidence will continue rising and that we will soon be able to return to the in-person activities that connect us.”

Sen. Lee Introduces Pro-Life Legislation

Jan 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced three pieces of pro-life legislation: the Abortion is not Health Care Act, the Protecting Life in Health Savings Accounts Act, and the Protecting Life in Foreign Assistance Act. “Each human life, born and unborn, has immeasurable dignity and worth. The lives of both an unborn baby and her mother matter; and healthcare should heal, protect, and preserve both their lives. Our laws and use of taxpayer money should reflect that truth, which is why I have introduced these bills,” Sen. Lee said.

Sen. Lee Joins Effort to End Taxpayer Funded Abortions

Jan 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, today joined an effort led by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., to reintroduce the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would make permanent the Hyde Amendment restrictions on using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. “The government should not endorse, nor should taxpayers subsidize, a practice that kills hundreds of thousands of unborn children each year. This bill would thankfully end that, and would help us move towards a culture of life upheld in our laws and through our taxpayer dollars,” Lee said.

Sen. Lee Cosponsors SAVE Moms and Babies Act

Jan 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today joined U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio) to reintroduce their Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms and Babies Act to strengthen federal controls over the regulation and distribution of chemical abortion drugs. The SAVE Moms and Babies Act would prevent labeling changes for already-approved abortion drugs; prevent providers from dispensing these drugs remotely, by mail, or via tele-medicine; and prevent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from approving new chemical abortion drugs.

Sen. Lee Introduces PPP Protection Legislation

Jan 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday after introducing legislation earlier in the week to ease the regulatory burden on banks participating in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). “The Paycheck Protection Program has become an essential vehicle for protecting millions of small businesses and hundreds of millions of jobs. The CFPB unauthorized attacks on banks participating in this program is putting all of these businesses and jobs at risk. Congress needs to act now to prevent CFPB meddling from creating any further delay in PPP lending and loan forgiveness,” Sen. Lee said.

Lee and Romney Join Effort to Prevent President from Unilaterally Suspending Energy Leases on Federal Lands

Jan 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined their colleagues, led by Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), in introducing the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act of 2021. The POWER Act would prohibit the president or his secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Energy departments from blocking energy or mineral leasing and permitting on federal lands and waters without Congressional approval. “President Biden’s energy moratorium has already done considerable damage to Utah’s economy. President’s should not have the unilateral power to kill jobs like this. The POWER Act will check the president’s power by giving Congress a say in future leasing disruptions,” Sen. Lee said.

Sen. Lee Comments on President Biden’s Job Killing Energy Order

Jan 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday, after President Biden signed an executive order halting oil and gas leasing on federal lands. “Today the Biden Administration has taken yet another step to force their elitist coastal values on the rest of America. President Biden’s moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal lands, will impact states across the west like Utah deeply, affecting education budgets, civil services and much more.

Sen. Lee Explains Why Senate Does Not Have Impeachment Jurisdiction Over Former Officials

Jan 26, 2021

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday after voting not to table a point of order, noting it is unconstitutional for the Senate to try a former president. “If the Senate were to adopt a broad interpretation of the impeachment power—one allowing federal officials to be convicted on impeachment charges even after leaving office—the result would not only be problematic, but also contrary to the most natural reading of the text, structure, and historical understanding of the Constitution.”