Press Releases

Sen. Lee Introduces Bill Granting Immediate SSDI Benefits for Terminally Ill

Mar 2, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced his Immediate Access for the Terminally Ill Act today. The bill would allow terminally ill patients with certain diagnoses with limited life expectancies to choose to forego the current five-month waiting period and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits immediately.

Sen. Mike Lee remarks on the passing of Walter Estes Dellinger III

Feb 18, 2022

Walter Dellinger was a scholar, a friend, and a lawyer’s lawyer. In every conversation I have ever had with him, Walter has offered encouragement, kind words, and sound advice. And although he and I had very different political views, that didn’t matter to him; friendship easily overcame politics for Walter. I’m grateful to have known Walter Dellinger, and mourn his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Senator Lee Introduces 1031 Exchange Improvement Act

Feb 18, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the 1031 Exchange Improvement Act which would eliminate the current 45-day requirement to identify 1031 exchange properties. 1031 exchanges allow taxpayers to roll earnings from real estate sales into near-term future investment properties while deferring the capital gain tax burden until the eventual sale of the ultimate property. The Internal Revenue Service had extended the 45-day period to 120 days during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Senators Join Mike Lee to Defund Vaccine Mandates

Feb 17, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and other Senators distributed a letter to colleagues on February 14, 2022 stating they will not grant consent to expedite passage of a Continuing Resolution without a roll call vote on an amendment that defunds the enforcement of the remaining federal vaccine mandates. Due to tight distribution turnaround, many Senators were unable to review the letter before initial release. Since then, Sen. James Lankford (OK) and Sen. James Risch (ID) have also joined the effort.

Senate Passes Legislation Establishing Internment Camp Historic Site

Feb 15, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) reached agreement on establishing the Amache Internment Camp site in Granada, Colorado as a national historic site. While both Senators had sought to commemorate the horrors of Japanese internment, they haddifferent approaches After debate on the Senate floor, the members agreed to a compromise solution.

Senators Join Mike Lee to Defund Vaccine Mandates

Feb 15, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and five Senate colleagues distributed a letter to colleagues stating they will not grant consent to expedite passage of a Continuing Resolution without a roll call vote on an amendment that defunds the enforcement of the remaining federal vaccine mandates.

Sen. Lee Celebrates Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act

Feb 2, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) celebrated the Ghost Army today as the group is honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. Sen. Lee championed this bill through its passage in the Senate and the House of Representatives and has been an advocate for the group’s recognition.

Sen. Lee, Colleagues Introduce Bill Giving Pregnant Moms Child Tax Credit

Jan 31, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) along with colleague Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and others reintroduced the “Child Tax Credit for Pregnant Moms Act,” which allows pregnant moms to claim the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for their unborn children. This is a continuation of Lee’s efforts to expand the Child Tax Credit. Sen. Lee was a primary advocate for the CTC expansion in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 and pushed CTC expansion in COVID relief legislation with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Senators Lee & Romney Celebrate Nomination of U.S. Attorney for Utah

Jan 26, 2022

Following recommendations by Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney of Utah, President Biden has announced the nomination of Trina Higgins to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah. Ms. Higgins is a graduate of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Utah since 2002.

Sen. Lee Celebrates the March for Life

Jan 21, 2022

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) celebrated the 2022 March for Life this week in a speech on the Senate floor and a message to the tens of thousands of marchers in Washington, D.C., Utah, and across the country.