Press Releases

Sen Lee Comments on Today’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing

Sep 27, 2018

WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after today’s Judiciary Committee Hearing. “Today’s hearing was heart wrenching. Both witnesses have suffered, and both offered brave and compelling testimony. “The Judiciary Committee has conducted an investigation into Dr. Ford’s allegation. Despite deliberate obstruction of that investigation by Committee Democrats, we now have sworn statements from all those named by Dr. Ford at the alleged incident. None of them remembers the incident ever happening. “I believe Dr. Ford was the victim of a crime. I do not believe Judge Kavanaugh committed it, and no corroborating evidence suggests he did. “Brett Kavanaugh is a good man, and a great judge. He belongs on the Supreme Court for the fall term, and back on the sidelines at Blessed Sacrament for the fall basketball season. Judge Kavanaugh has my vote.”

Sen. Lee Votes Against Unaccountable Opioid Spending

Sep 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after voting against the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.

“There are some very good elements in this opioid response bill, including strengthening U.S. Customs and Border Protection authority to discover and destroy packages containing illegal controlled substances. Unfortunately, the bill also includes dozens of new grant programs with little accountability for how the dollars will be spent and minimal measurement or analysis on their effectiveness. Good intentions are not enough. In the face of a crisis such as this, we cannot afford to waste precious funds on programs which likely won’t work.”

“What we ought to do is focus our efforts on the state and local level – where we can best tailor our solutions and effectively reach people succumbing to the grip of the opioid crisis. American lives depend upon it.”

Sen. Lee Introduces the Screening Partnership Reform Act

Sep 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Yesterday. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Screening Partnership Reform Act, a bill that would make changes to the Transportation Safety Administration’s Screening Partnership Program.

Sen. Lee Offers Opening Statements on Day 1 of Kavanaugh Hearings

Sep 4, 2018

Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) participated in the first day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. His opening remarks, in part and as prepared, were as follows: “Over the next few days, Senators will ask you questions about Supreme Court cases, your record, and your qualifications. Some of these questions will be fair. Many others will be unfair. And some of these unfair questions will ask you to promise to vote a certain way in particular cases that are likely to come before the Court…

Criminal Justice Reform Likely to See Vote After Midterms

Aug 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) participated in two meetings to discuss what elements would be included in a possible criminal justice reform bill that would be taken up by the Senate after the midterm elections. Sen. Lee released the following statement on the possible bill after the meetings:

Sen. Lee Letter on Possible T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Aug 7, 2018

Yesterday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission highlighting testimony presented at the June 27, 2018, hearing on the proposed T-Mobile US and Sprint merger. The letter draws the agencies’ attention to important issues raised by witnesses appearing at the hearing, including the resulting increase in market concentration in the wireless telecommunications industry, and the potential for the merger to create a more competitive wireless carrier. In particular, the letter addresses the potential for significant efficiencies that would benefit consumers.

Sen. Lee Celebrates Pioneer Day with 2nd Annual Taste of Utah

Jul 25, 2018

WASHINGTON - This evening, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and the Utah delegation celebrated Pioneer Day and Utah’s continued pioneering and industrious spirit at the 2nd Annual Taste of Utah in Washington, D.C. This year’s event hosted over 500 attendees who learned about, enjoyed product from, and interacted with business owners from over 20+ Utah businesses representing food, manufacturing, and more.

Sen. Lee Introduces Constitutionally Sound Tort Reform

Jul 20, 2018

“For too long, trial lawyers have been able to manipulate the diversity jurisdiction rules to deny litigants their day in federal court,” Sen. Lee said. “By creating a minimal diversity requirement consistent with the vision of the very first Congress, this bill increases out-of-state litigants access to the federal courts for major controversies. By returning to first principles, we can increase both fairness and efficiency in the civil litigation system.”

Sen. Lee Meets with Judge Kavanaugh

Jul 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday after meeting with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. “It was a pleasure meeting Judge Kavanaugh today,” Sen. Lee said. “His insight into the current state of the law and the Constitution shows he is just the kind of originalist jurist we need on the Court.”

Sen. Lee Statement on European Commission Google Decisions

Jul 18, 2018

“Today’s decision by the European Commission to fine Google over $5 billion and require significant changes to its business model to satisfy EC bureaucrats has the potential to undermine competition and innovation in the United States,” Sen. Lee said. “Moreover, the decision further demonstrates the different approaches to competition policy between U.S. and EC antitrust enforcers."