Press Releases

Sen. Lee Introduces NEPA Accountability and Enforcement Act

Sep 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the NEPA Accountability and Enforcement Act Thursday, a bill that would set a maximum two-year deadline for agencies to complete the NEPA process. “The NEPA environmental review process has unfortunately become a weapon used by special interest groups to throttle much needed infrastructure investments across the country. The average time to complete an Environmental Impact Statement is over 4.5 years with more than a quarter of all reviews taking more than 6 years,” Sen Lee said. “This bill will cut through unnecessary delays and deliver better projects on time to millions of Americans that need them.”

Sen. Lee Leads Letter Calling for Further Investigation into Chinese Goods Produced by Slave Labor

Sep 17, 2020

WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to President Trump and Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan Thursday, calling for a further investigation into goods made from slave labor in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. “There is significant, publicly available evidence suggesting that religious and ethnic minority citizens in Xinjiang are being forcibly detained, indoctrinated, and conscripted into labor against their will. Most recently, according to media reports, Uyghurs have been forcibly transported to work in factories in COVID-19 infected areas to keep supply chains running. Disturbing reports of forced acts of sacrilege, anti-religious statist indoctrination, and forced abortions and sterilizations abound from the region,” the letter reads.

Sen. Lee’s Spectrum Valuation Act Passes Committee

Sep 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Senate Commerce Committee passed Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) Spectrum Valuation Act Wednesday, legislation that would require the federal government to estimate the value of electromagnetic spectrum currently assigned to federal agencies.

Sen. Lee Reflects on Google Antitrust Hearing

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.

Sen. Lee Introduces NEPA Process Accountability Act

Sep 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the NEPA Agency Process Accountability Act Wednesday, a bill designed reduce delays and paperwork while also promoting better environmental decision making. “The NEPA process has become a bureaucratic nightmare that makes it impossible for American taxpayers to invest in timely and efficient infrastructure projects. This bill will streamline the environmental review process by reducing duplicative paperwork and unnecessary analysis, thus reducing the cost and time needed to complete needed infrastructure projects.”

Sen. Lee Asks Netflix CEO to Explain Why His Exploitation of Minors Isn’t Criminal

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.

Sen. Lee Responds to Big Tech Denial of Anti-Conservative Bias

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.”

Sen. Lee Releases Final Witness List for Google Antitrust Hearing

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:

Sen. Lee Statement on Israel-UAE Peace Agreement

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.”

Senator Lee Introduces Pro-Business Fixes to Struggling Fed Program

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.