Press Releases

Lee Commends FTC On Issuing Section 5 Guidelines, Commits To Active Oversight

Aug 13, 2015

WASHINGTON—Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Trade Commission’s Policy Statement on their use of “stand alone” Section 5 authority under the Federal Trade Commission Act.

Lee & Leahy Press Senate to Protect Email Privacy

Aug 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, August 4, 2015) – As the Senate prepares to take up sweeping cybersecurity information sharing legislation this week, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said lawmakers must also work to protect Americans’ emails and other private information stored in the cloud.

Lee Votes To End Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood

Aug 3, 2015

WASHINGTON – Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke from the Senate floor today about his vote for S. 1881, a bill to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

Lee, Klobuchar Announce Date For Hearing On Healthcare Insurance Industry Consolidation

Jul 31, 2015

WASHINGTON—Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today announced a September 22nd hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights. The hearing will address proposed mergers in the healthcare insurance industry.  The CEO’s of Cigna, Anthem, Aetna, and Humana have been asked to testify.
 
Senator Lee is chair and Senator Klobuchar is ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights.

Lee Introduces Bill to Stop HUD Zoning Rule

Jul 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement Thursday after introducing the “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act,” a bill which denies all federal funding for implementing the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule.”

IRS Commissioner Commits Not to Target Religious Institutions

Jul 30, 2015

WASHINGTON – Under direct questioning from Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), IRS Commissioner John Koskinen promised Wednesday that he would not issue new regulations stripping religious institutions of their non-profit status due to their belief that only men and women can be joined in marriage.

“Will you commit to me that as long as you remain on as the commissioner of the IRS, you will not, in the absence of a directive by Congress or by the courts, a subsequent directive, one not in place right now, that you will not take any action to remove the tax exempt status from religious colleges or universities based on their belie that the marriage is between a man and a woman,” Lee asked at a Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee hearing.

“I can make that commitment,” Koskinen said.

“While I greatly appreciate Commissioner Koskinen’s word that he will not target religious institutions for their religious beliefs,” Lee said after the hearing, “it worries me and it should worry every American that the IRS does not absolutely disavow the power to target religious institutions based on their religious beliefs, even if the current IRS commissioner has committed not to use that power for the time being.”

“That is why I have introduced the First Amendment Defense Act,” Lee continued, legislation that would prevent any federal government agency from taking adverse action against any religious institution for their marriage beliefs.”

McConnell, Lee Continue Effort to Repeal Obamacare Through Reconciliation

Jul 28, 2015

WASHINGTON – United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statements Tuesday on the important tools in the Senate’s balanced budget that allow Congress to pass legislation repealing Obamacare and its broken promises.

Lee Calls On Senate Republicans To Repeal Obamacare Through Budget Reconciliation

Jul 27, 2015

WASHINGTON – Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement Monday in advance of Senate consideration of a Republican Leader amendment to fully repeal Obamacare.

Lee, Klobuchar Announce Hearing On Healthcare Insurance Industry Consolidation

Jul 24, 2015

WASHINGTON—Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today issued the following statements regarding recent announcements of mergers in the healthcare insurance industry.

Lee Welcomes Simple-Majority Threshold For Obamacare Repeal

Jul 24, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) offered the following statement after an Obamacare repeal amendment was scheduled for a Sunday vote during consideration of the Senate highway bill.