Press Releases

Lee Reacts to Circuit Court Ruling On The NSA’s Data Collection Program

May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Lee issued the following statement after a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals found that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of Americans’ phone records goes beyond what is authorized under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.

Lee, Leahy REAX On Circuit Court Ruling On NSA’s Phone Surveillance Program

May 7, 2015

The dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records is unnecessary and ineffective, and now a federal appellate court has found that the program is illegal. Congress should not reauthorize a bulk collection program that the court has found to violate the law.

Lee hires new Energy and Natural Resources Legislative Assistant

May 6, 2015

Today, Senator Lee announced that he has hired Chris Prandoni to serve as his new Energy and Natural Resources Legislative Assistant. Prior to joining Senator Lee’s staff, starting on Wednesday, May 6, Prandoni was the Director of Energy and Environment Policy at Americans for Tax Reform, where he managed their energy portfolio covering oil and natural gas policy, as well as mining, electricity generation, and utility interests.

ICYMI: Mike Lee's Idea Factory

May 4, 2015

The National Journal published a profile piece on Senator Mike Lee's work in Washington. The article provides good analysis of his efforts to expand his influence in the Senate by creating an innovative policy agenda.

Senators Lee, Hatch, Vitter Introduce Native Species Protection Act

Apr 30, 2015

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Native Species Protection Act (S 1142). The bill seeks to clarify that noncommercial species found entirely within the borders of a single State are not in interstate commerce or subject to regulation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 or any other provision of law enacted as an exercise of the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

Senators Aim to End Patent Abuses that Cost U.S. Economy Billions of Dollars Every Year

Apr 29, 2015

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, along with senior committee members John Cornyn and Chuck Schumer today introduced legislation that would make necessary and commonsense reforms to restore integrity to the U.S. patent system. Judiciary Committee members Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch and Amy Klobuchar are also original cosponsors of the bill.

Bipartisan Coalition Led By Senators Lee and Leahy Introduce Legislation To Ban Bulk Collection Under Section 215

Apr 28, 2015

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced legislation to restore Americans’ eroded privacy rights by ending the government’s dragnet collection of phone records under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. An identical bill was introduced in the House on Tuesday, and lawmakers from across the political spectrum called on Congressional leaders to take up the measure ahead of a key deadline for expiring surveillance authorities.

Lee, Klobuchar Commend Agency Oversight on Comcast Merger

Apr 24, 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today released the following statements reacting to Comcast Corp.’s decision not to merge with Time Warner Cable:

Lee Votes No on Lynch

Apr 23, 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voted today against confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General. The U.S. Senate confirmed Lynch’s nomination 56-43.

Lee Questions Witness At Hearing On Asset Forfeiture

Apr 16, 2015

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) participated in a Senate Judiciary hearing titled “The Need to Reform Asset Forfeiture.” The hearing provided an opportunity to discuss the problems with Civil Asset Forfeiture and consider reforms to these laws.