Press Releases

Sen. Lee Thanks Sec. Zinke for Listening to Utahns about Monument Abuse

May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday as Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke finished his four-day listening trip through Utah: “It was an honor to meet with Sec. Zinke about public lands issues earlier this week. I have also heard so many great things about the rest of Sec. Zinke’s trip through southern Utah. I’ve heard from Blanding rancher Kenny Black, all the commissioners from San Juan, Kane and Garfield counties, and also the Stewards of San Juan. Sec. Zinke has heard these Utahns explain how Obama’s monument is hurting their lives, and I am hopeful that Zinke will address the issue by fully rescinding the designation. Thank you Sec. Zinke for listening to the people of Utah on this issue.”

Sen. Lee Congratulates Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday after the Senate voted to confirm Secretary Heather Wilson as the 24th Secretary of the Air Force: “It is an honor to congratulate Secretary Heather Wilson on her confirmation to become the 24th Secretary of the Air Force. Dr. Wilson is highly qualified and her experience in the Air Force, Congress, and the private sector will serve her well in addressing the unique challenges our Air Force will be facing in the coming years. I was pleased to meet with Dr. Wilson earlier this year to discuss her priorities for the Air Force, including readiness and hiring challenges as well as controlling the costs of major acquisitions. I encourage her to visit Hill Air Force Base and Ogden Air Logistics Complex as soon as possible to see the innovations and solutions being delivered in Utah."

Sen. Lee Introduces Restoring Internet Freedom Act

May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Restoring Internet Freedom Act Monday, a bill that would nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order and prohibit the FCC from issuing a similar rule in the future. The bill is cosponsored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and James Inhofe (R-OK).

Sen. Lee Commends FCC Announcement on Internet Innovation

Apr 26, 2017

Permissionless innovation, free of Washington bureaucrat interference, has been the cornerstone of the Internet’s vitality and growth. President Obama’s net neutrality scheme is a threat to Internet innovation and I commend Chairman Pai for taking this first step to removing the regulatory threat.

Sen. Lee Thanks President Trump Beginning Monument Review

Apr 26, 2017

“I commend President Trump for beginning a review of past monument designations and I’m confident that after that review some of them, including the recent Bears Ears designation, will be rescinded or altered to better conform with the original intention of the Antiquities Act."

Sen. Lee Calls for Vote on Military Humanitarian Operations Act

Apr 11, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement calling for Congress to take up S. 409, the Military Humanitarian Operations Act which he and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced earlier this year: "Since the U.S. cruise missile strikes against the Shayrat Air Base in Syria last week, President Trump and several senior administration officials have indicated that the United States may be prompted to act again in retaliation to other attacks against civilians or for broader humanitarian purposes.

Sen. Lee Statement on Syria Air Strikes

Apr 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Friday: “Anytime we send our young men and women into harm's way, the president owes it to the American people to come to Congress and present a plan. The Constitution says that in order to declare war, you have to go to Congress and get approval. We want to hear the president's plan and have the ability to debate it.”

Sen. Lee Commends Kelleigh Cole’s Nomination to Broadband Development Advisory Committee

Apr 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai nominated Utah Broadband Outreach Center Director Kelleigh Cole to be Vice Chair of the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee.

Sen. Lee Statement on Syria Chemical Attacks

Apr 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday: “Like all Americans, I was shocked and saddened by the images of chemical weapons used in Syria this week. The use of indiscriminate and inhumane tactics like this, especially against non-combatants, should be condemned in the strongest terms. “If the United States is to increase our use of military force in Syria, we should follow the Constitution and seek the proper authorization from Congress. “President Trump should make his case in front of the American people and allow their elected representatives to debate the benefits and risks of further Middle East intervention to our national security interests. “I stand ready to stay in Washington, or come back to Washington, in order to properly consider any further military action and the national security interests of the American people.”

Sen. Mike Lee Honored to Support Gorsuch Confirmation

Apr 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) voted to bring Judge Neal Gorsuch’s nomination to the Senate floor Monday. During his remarks, Senator Lee reflected on Judge Gorsuch’s many qualifications as well as the role of Justices on the Supreme Court.
 
“I wonder how a judge that many are decrying as so wildly out of the mainstream that he can't become confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States could have seen 2,700 cases in his time on the 10th District Court and have ruled in unanimity with his colleagues 97% of the time,” Sen. Lee stated. “In 99% of the cases he was in the majority. That is not the background of a judge who is not in the mainstream.”
 
Sen. Lee continued, “At the end of the day, it is difficult to imagine a judge who is more well-prepared, more well-credentialed, or more well-suited as a matter of judicial interpretation, of statutory construction, or as a matter of judicial temperament. I am honored to support the confirmation of judge Gorsuch and I encourage my colleagues to do the same.”
 
Full video of the remarks can be found below: