Press Releases

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:

Sens. Lee, Booker Introduce Commodity Check Off Reform Bill

Mar 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act of 2017 (OFF Act) Tuesday, a measure intended to bring much needed transparency and accountability to the federal government’s commodity check off programs.

Sen. Mike Lee Prays for Victims of London Terrorist Attack

Mar 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement today regarding Wednesday’s terror attack: "My heart goes out to Kurt Cochran’s family on their loss, particularly his wife Melissa who was also injured. Utahns are known for supporting their neighbors in times of need, and I encourage citizens of my home state to rally to support the victims of this tragedy, both in our community and abroad. An attack like this is an attack on all of us. My prayers are with the victims, their families, and everyone touched by this tragedy.”

Sen. Lee Praises Decision to Pull House Health Bill

Mar 24, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Friday after House leadership canceled a vote on the American Health Care Act: “The decision to pull this bill was a sound, commonsense one. We can now begin the hard and necessary process to get this right.” “We will begin working collaboratively here in the Senate and with our friends in the House to produce a bill that will get 51 votes in the Senate and 216 in the House. The bill will reduce costs, save taxpayers money, and make our health care system great again.” “The reality is that the current House bill was not ready for the House floor and certainly not ready for the Senate. We need an open, transparent, and deliberate process. The stakes for all Americans are simply too high for anything else.”

Sen. Lee Renews Call to Find Utahn Missing in Asia

Mar 23, 2017

WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joined with seven Senate colleagues Thursday to reintroduce a Senate Resolution on the disappearance of BYU student David Louis Sneddon in China in 2004. An identical resolution unanimously passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in December, and a similar resolution introduced by Congressman Chris Stewart was adopted in the House of Representatives last year.

Sen. Lee Opposes House Health Care Bill

Mar 22, 2017

“I promised the people of Utah I would do everything I can to repeal Obamacare.” Lee said. “The American Health Care Act fails to both repeal Obamacare and replace it with an alternative that lowers costs."