Press Releases

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.

Lee Announces Senate Field Hearing in Utah on Public Lands Management

Jul 14, 2016

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) announced Friday that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be conducting a field hearing at San Juan County High School in Blanding, Utah on July 27, at 3:00 p.m.

Sen. Lee Introduces The Voluntary Check-Off Program Participation Act

Jul 14, 2016

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Voluntary Check-Off Program Participation Act Wednesday, a bill that give would give farmers and ranchers the freedom not to participate in Department of Agriculture check-off programs.

Lee Testimony on First Amendment Defense Act

Jul 12, 2016

WASHINGTON—This morning, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).

Sens. Lee, Sasse Introduce Alternatives to Licensing that Lower Obstacles to Work (ALLOW) Act

Jul 12, 2016

WASHINGTON - Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced legislation Tuesday that would make it easier for many Americans to begin work in their chosen field by reducing unnecessary licensing burdens.