Press Releases

Sen. Lee Comments on Public Lands Bill

Dec 21, 2018

WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Friday regarding a public lands package that failed to pass the Senate Wednesday night: “I understand people’s frustration, and I share it. Governor Herbert, like 49 other governors, has been completely cut out of this broken, unfair process. He has no choice but to accept the process and simply hope to get what he can out of it.

Sen. Lee Applauds U.S.-Mexico Asylum Agreement

Dec 21, 2018

WASHINGTON—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement today responding to Thursday’s Department of Homeland Security announcement that the United States and Mexico had reached an agreement that will help solve the migrant crisis: “I applaud Secretary Nielsen’s announcement yesterday of the Migration Protection Protocol. For too long our asylum system has been overloaded and subject to serious abuse. The Administration’s new policy is a strong first step toward solving these problems and putting the system on a more sustainable footing,” Lee said.

Sen. Lee Applauds Passage of the First Step Act

Dec 18, 2018

WASHINGTON—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement following the Senate’s passage of The First Step Act: “We did it. We passed real bipartisan criminal justice reform. Thanks to the hard work of my colleagues, American families will be stronger and our communities will be safer. This is a huge win for America and President Trump.”

Sen. Lee Releases Statement on Passage of S.J.R. 54

Dec 13, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement today after the Senate passed S.J.R. 54, a resolution leveraging their War Powers authority to end U.S. involvement in Yemen.

Senate Calls on State Department to Continue Search for Missing Utahn

Nov 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) secured unanimous consent Thursday for passage of a Senate resolution calling on the State Department to continue its investigation into the likelihood that Utahn David Sneddon was abducted by the current totalitarian North Korean regime.

Sens. Lee, Hatch Introduce Bill Renaming VA Outstation After Major Brent Taylor

Nov 29, 2018

Today, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a Senate resolution renaming the North Ogden Department of Veteran’s Affairs outstation the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation. A companion bill was introduced on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and was cosponsored by Reps. Chris Stewart (R-UT), John Curtis (R-UT) and Mia Love (R-UT). The bill would rename the outstation after Major Brent Taylor, who made the ultimate sacrifice on November 3rd, 2018 while deployed to Afghanistan. Prior to that deployment, he served as Mayor of North Ogden, where the outstation is located.

Sens. Lee, Markey Introduce Spectrum Valuation Act

Nov 14, 2018

Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the Government Spectrum Valuation Act. The bill would require the annual coordination of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to determine the value of electromagnetic spectrum assigned or allocated to each federal agency. It would also require each federal agency to report the value of their electromagnetic spectrum in the President’s budget and each federal agency’s financial statement.

“Congress has a clear responsibility to ensure that federal spectrum is being managed effectively and appropriately,” Sen. Lee said. “One of the first steps to conducting effective oversight is assessing the value of federal spectrum allocations. By simply calculating the value of federal spectrum allocations, Congress and the Administration will be better equipped to identify valuable federal spectrum bands and manage each federal spectrum allocation more efficiently.”

“Spectrum is the oxygen of the wireless world,” Sen. Markey said, “ensuring American consumers and companies enjoy all of the benefits of this Internet of Things economy. It’s a simple formula: more available spectrum equals more competition and innovation. But you cannot effectively manage what you have not measured, and this legislation will finally ensure the public knows the value of spectrum held by the federal government so we can ensure it is being put to the best use.”

Sen. Lee Mourns the Loss of Congressman Jim Hansen

Nov 14, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday on the passing of former-Rep. Jim Hansen (R-UT): “Jim Hansen was a friend and mentor who I will deeply miss. For over 30 years he served his community honorably in the Navy, the Utah state legislature, and the United States Congress. The state of Utah will sorely miss this faithful public servant.”

Sen. Lee Thanks President Trump for Supporting Criminal Justice Reform

Nov 14, 2018

“President Trump has always been a strong voice for tough on crime policies and his endorsement of bipartisan criminal justice reform is a huge win for the American people. This legislation strengthens public safety by increasing faith in the criminal justice system, reducing recidivism, and protecting vulnerable families. Now it is time for the Senate to act by bringing this important bipartisan legislation to the Senate floor.”

Sen. Lee Thanks AG Sessions for His Service

Nov 7, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned. “Jeff Sessions is a dear friend who has served our nation admirably as U.S. Attorney, a senator, and as Attorney General. I wish him well in the next chapter of his long and successful career.”