Press Releases

Sen. Lee Saddened by Republican Votes for Higher Spending

Jun 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday after two Republicans voted against President Trump’s $15 billion spending reduction rescissions package. “I thought we all campaigned on cutting wasteful spending,” Sen. Lee said. “I thought our party was about lowering federal deficits by lowering federal spending. It saddens me to see people who campaigned on lower spending break their promise and vote with Democrats against President Trump.”

Senators Call for Vote on Rescissions Bill

Jun 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, June 19th, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) will be joined by the Senate cosponsors of the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (S. 2979) for an 11:30am ET press conference, calling on the Senate to vote on the rescissions package this week. The bill would formally rescind almost $15 billion in unneeded spending identified by the White House on May 8, 2018. A press release on the bill can be found here. The press conference will be held in the Senate Radio & TV Gallery, S-325. Sen. Lee and his colleagues will be addressing the need to pass this bill and cut spending.

Sens. Lee, Sanders Call on Sec. Mattis to Disclose Full US Involvement in Yemen

Jun 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis today asking for details on the United States’ involvement in the Saudi’s war in Yemen, and to do so before US involvement in those hostilities intensifies. The letter expresses concern that Congress’s attempt to play their proper Constitutional oversight role may be impeded by Pentagon officials withholding information, leading to a violation of the War Powers Act of 1973.

Sens. Lee, Grassley, and Murkowski Introduce Inspector General Access Act of 2018

Jun 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Inspector General Access Act of 2018 today, a bill that would expand the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General to include alleged DOJ attorney misconduct.

Sen. Lee Commends Supreme Court Defense of First Amendment

Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday after the Supreme Court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated a baker’s First Amendment right free exercise of religion. “The Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s hostility toward the religious beliefs of Mr. Phillips was incompatible with the First Amendment,” Sen. Lee said. “Today’s decision is a win for our nation’s founding principle that our laws must be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion.”

Sen. Lee Statement on Release of Joshua Holt

May 26, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement today regarding the release of Utahn Joshua Holt: “I am very excited that after almost two years in prison, Utahn Joshua Holt has been released and will be reunited with his family today,” Sen. Mike Lee said. “We have long fought and prayed for his release from the Venezuelan government and are thrilled for his family.”

Conservative Senators Introduce White House Rescission Bills

May 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act Thursday, a bill that would formally rescind the $15 billion in unneeded spending identified by the White House on May 8, 2018.

Sens. Lee, Klobuchar Announce Hearing on T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

May 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, will hold a subcommittee hearing June 27th on the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint Merger.

Sens. Lee, Tester Introduce Pay for Printing Act

May 22, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Pay for Printing Act Tuesday, a bill that would require any sponsor of a commemorative Senate resolution to reimburse the Government Publishing Office for the cost of printing the resolution.

Sen. Lee Commends HUD Elimination of Costly Zoning Regulation

May 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday responding to news that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has withdrawn a computer assessment database that HUD was planning to use to perpetuate national zoning standards. “Every American should be free to choose where to live, and every community should be free to compete for new residents according to its distinct values,” Sen. Lee said. “What our communities do not need is another costly government mandate that makes it harder for local communities to govern. While ending the complicated assessment tool positively reduces burdensome paperwork, rescinding the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule is the best way to remove the federal government from yet another overreach into local and state decision making.”