Press Releases

Lee Introduces National Labor Relations Board Reform Bill

Sep 28, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced legislation that would strip the National Labor Relations Board of its power to prosecute and adjudicate labor disputes. The “Protecting American Jobs Act” would transfer the power to hear labor disputes to federal courts. The NLRB would retain the power to conduct investigations, but would not be allowed to prosecute them.

Lee Delivers Tribute to Elder Scott on Senate Floor

Sep 24, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered a tribute to the late Elder Richard G. Scott on the Senate Floor. The speech was deilvered at approximately 11:20 a.m. MT on C-SPAN2.

Lee Investigates Health Insurance Mergers

Sep 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) chaired a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights hearing today, examining the impact of recent health insurance company mergers on consumers.

Sen. Lee Commends DOJ for Rigorous Review of Expedia-Orbitz Merger, Promises Continued Oversight of Competition for Travel Services

Sep 18, 2015

WASHINGTON—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today issued the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s approval of the Expedia-Orbitz merger:
 
“I thank the Department of Justice for conducting a rigorous and thorough review of the merger between Expedia and Orbitz, two of the most popular online travel booking websites. The Department concluded that the deal is unlikely to result in new charges to consumers or higher commissions from airlines and hotels. It also observed that the travel booking marketplace is “rapidly evolving” and experiencing new entry. For these reasons, it found that the merger will not lessen competition. I appreciate this thoughtful analysis and look forward to continuing to monitor competition in the travel industry to ensure that consumers are benefitting from vigorous competition.”

Lee Releases Finalized First Amendment Defense Act

Sep 14, 2015

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) released the finalized version of the First Amendment Defense Act Monday. This finalized version specifies which entities and activities are protected by the bill, and which are not.

Senators Lee and Klobuchar praise FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, thank him for his service

Aug 24, 2015

WASHINGTON—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today issued the following statement on Commissioner Joshua Wright’s last day at the FTC:
 
“While I am saddened to see the Federal Trade Commission lose a fierce advocate for consumers, I wish Commissioner Wright all the best as he returns to teaching at George Mason University. Josh has been an invaluable resource to the Commission, providing both legal and economic expertise, and in just two years has already made a lasting impact there. His shoes will be difficult to fill, but I look forward to working with his successor to build on Josh's achievements.”

Ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), added:
 
“As FTC Commissioner, Wright demonstrated clear legal knowledge and economic know-how. It was a pleasure working with him, and I am committed to working with his successor to continue promoting competition and protecting consumers.”

Lee Seeks Answers And Accountability On EPA Mine Spill

Aug 20, 2015

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) signed two letters calling for accountability and answers from the federal government in the wake of the Environmental Protection Agency's spill of three million gallons of toxic mine wastewater into the Animas River.

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.