Press Releases

Lee, Klobuchar React to Proposed Bayer- Monsanto Merger

Sep 14, 2016

“The proposed acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer raises serious antitrust issues,” said Sen. Lee.

Sen. Lee Introduces the Pay for Printing Act

Sep 14, 2016

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Pay for Printing Act Wednesday, a bill that will require the senator sponsoring a ceremonial or commemorative Senate resolution to reimburse the Government Printing Office for the cost of printing.

Sens. Lee, Klobuchar Praise Seed Consolidation Hearing

Sep 7, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, Senators 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, thanked Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for scheduling a hearing on the antitrust and competition concerns surrounding several proposed mergers in the seed and chemical industry.

Herbert, Pence, and Fiorina to Address Workforce at the 2016 Utah Solutions Summit

Aug 18, 2016

Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) announced that Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, along with former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will discuss workforce at the Utah Solutions Summit on September 1, 2016, at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

“Students, employees, businesses, and institutions of higher learning are all searching for new and better ways to meet each other's needs and together prepare our economy and our workforce to succeed in the twenty first century,” Lee said. “Governors Herbert and Pence have both done excellent work in Utah and Indiana creating a policy environment that facilitates these vital relationships and bonds of cooperation. And Carly Fiorina’s first-hand experience managing a major corporation will be an invaluable addition to our discussion.”

Also contributing to Sen. Lee’s 2016 Utah Solutions Summit will be: 

World Trade Center President and CEO Derek Miller
Salt Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Lane Beattie
Utah Manufacturers Association President Todd Bingham
Utah Mining Association Executive Committee Member Josh Brown
Utah State Senator Ann Millner
Education First Co-Chair Nolan Karras
LDS Business College President Larry Richards
Salt Lake Community College President Deneece Huftalin


The Utah Solutions Summit is an annual event hosted by Sen. Lee that brings together business and civic leaders to discuss public policy solutions designed to meet our nation's most pressing challenges. Previous Solutions Summits have focused on the “Utah Model” of government and civil-society partnerships as well as reforming the federal regulatory state so that it works for, not against, hardworking Americans and their businesses. 

This year the Utah Solutions Summit will focus on how "disruptive innovation” – in government, educational institutions, and the business world – is the key to fostering the collaborative partnerships we need to create a healthy and productive workforce prepared for success. 

Lee Reacts to DOJ Review of ASCAP, BMI

Aug 5, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, the Department of Justice announced that it has closed its review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees without seeking any modifications at this time. The consent decrees have governed the licensing of performance rights for musical compositions since they were established in 1941. In 2014, ASCAP and BMI, the performance rights organizations that administer the issuance of licenses and the collection of royalties, requested that DOJ amend the consent decrees to allow individual publishers to withdraw their rights for digital performances, giving them greater negotiating power with internet music companies like Pandora. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition and Consumer Protection released the following statement:

Lee Congratulates Air Force, Hill for F-35A Initial Operational Capability

Aug 4, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement regarding the Air Force declaring Initial Operational Capability on the F-35A at Hill Air Force Base this afternoon: “I congratulate the men and women of the Air Force and Hill Air Force Base for this outstanding achievement,” Lee said. “It has been a privilege to witness the hard work and effort that has gone into meeting the IOC goal on time, and proves that the units at Hill continue to be among the best in the military. This is a proud day for Airmen around the world.”

Lee, Herbert, Bishop Issue Joint Statement After Bears Ears Hearing

Aug 1, 2016

BLANDING, UT—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Gov. Gary Herbert, and Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement after today’s Energy and Natural Resources field hearing on the potential Bears Ears monument designation:

Lee, Klobuchar Comment on Insurance Merger Transaction Announcements

Jul 21, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, Senators 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, released the following statements on the Department of Justice’s announcement on the Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna transactions.

Sen. Lee Introduces the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Act

Jul 14, 2016

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Orin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Act Wednesday, a bill that would allow local land managers to decide whether to allow mountain biking in wilderness areas.

Sens. Lee, Booker Introduce Commodity Check Off Reform Bill

Jul 14, 2016

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced on Wednesday? S. 3201, the Commodity Checkoff Program Improvement Act of 2016, a measure intended to bring much needed transparency and accountability to the federal government’s commodity check off programs.