Jun 23, 2022
Washington, D.C. – The US Senate has unanimously passed a modified version of the Fixing Our Regulatory Mayhem Upsetting Little Americans (FORMULA) Act introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). The FORMULA Act was created to combat domestic baby formula shortages and bolster the supply chain to help American families feed their babies. Recent shortages come in the immediate aftermath of a recall and temporary closure of a major American formula factory, but highlight systemic weaknesses in this vital supply chain. Due to the disruption, families in Utah and across the nation are struggling to feed their babies. This modified version of Lee’s FORMULA Act will lift substantial tariffs on the importation of baby formula and reduce the costs borne by retailers trying to keep their shelves stocked.
Jun 21, 2022
Last year, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and 11 of his Senate colleagues submitted an amicus brief supporting a challenge to a Maine statute that discriminated against the First Amendment rights of parents choosing to send their children to religious schools. In Carson v. Makin, the Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision striking down Maine’s discriminatory tuition assistance program.
Jun 17, 2022
Five amendments proposed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) became law under the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. Three amendments were from his SHIP IT Act and represent a part of his detailed plan to fight inflation.
Jun 16, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021 unanimously passed the Senate. The bill would give state officials the same deference granted to federal antitrust enforcers in regard to the venue in which cases are heard.
Jun 9, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has delivered a letter to Ambassador María Pagán, the Deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR) to the World Trade Organization (WTO.) The letter urges Ambassador Pagán not to waive the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for COVID-19 vaccines. In her capacity as the USTR Ambassador to the WTO, she negotiates the terms of trade arrangements between the United States and WTO member nations.
Jun 7, 2022
Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) bill renaming the Provo Veterans Center after the late Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen was signed into law today by President Biden. Col. Halvorsen is affectionately referred to as the ‘Candy Bomber’ for his unique and effective efforts distributing candy to the impoverished children of Berlin during the 1948 Berlin Airlift. Halvorsen’s compassion, humanitarianism, and community service did not end in 1948. He dedicated much of his life to serving children, promoting diplomacy between the United States and Germany, and regularly participated in community celebrations and re-enactments of the Candy Bombing of the Berlin Airlift. While Halvorsen died in February of this year, his legacy continues through the Utah-based Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation.
May 27, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), joined by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced the Competition and Transparency in Digital Advertising Act. The bill would restore and protect competition in digital advertising by eliminating conflicts of interest that have allowed the leading platforms in the market to manipulate ad auctions and impose monopoly rents on a broad swath of the American economy.
May 26, 2022
Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) resolution calling for a free trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom passed the United States Senate. Sen. Lee has advocated for a US-UK trade agreement since Britain’s vote to exit the European Union which allows for such a deal. In negotiation with Democratic colleagues, Lee introduced various versions of the resolution over the course of the past three years. He also published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal with the Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith MP calling for a free trade agreement between the allies. In 2015, the United Kingdom was Utah’s largest export market, and in 2016 Utah exported over $3.5 billion in goods and services to the UK.
May 25, 2022
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and other Republican members of the Senate Commerce Committee offered over 70 amendments to a bill further regulating American energy companies. While Lee introduced dozens of amendments, those that Lee offered for votes focused on reversing the Biden Administration’s moratorium on energy leases on federal land and countering a proposed SEC rule targeting energy producers with sweeping Environmental Social Governance (ESG) criteria obligations. Gas prices in Utah and across the United States are currently at historic highs. Democrats led by Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) objected to the amendments. Sen. Lee’s efforts to overturn Chair Cantwell’s rulings against the amendment were defeated on party-line, 14-14 votes.
May 20, 2022
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) led 53 other House and Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), urging a reversal on the Organization’s recent guidelines on abortion. These guidelines advocate for abortion on demand and critique conscious objections of healthcare providers. The updated guidelines follow years of controversy regarding the role, allegiance, and effectiveness of the W.H.O.