Press Releases

Sen. Lee Launches Social Capital Project

May 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) published a report examining the state of associational life in America Monday. The report, titled “What We Do Together,” is the first in a series of reports that are all part of a larger “Social Capital Project” that will examine how family, neighborhood, workplace, and religious relationships are at the core of our nation’s economic success.

Sen. Lee Seeks Answers from President Trump on New Afghanistan Policy

May 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to President Trump Friday, requesting answers about possible strategic and operational changes to America’s longest conflict.

“From 2006 to 2014 the United States had over 20,000 troops deployed to Afghanistan at any given time, with 100,000 military personnel in the country between 2010 and 2011,” the one of the five questions asked in the letter reads. “However, these levels of military activity did not yield the long-term stability or security gains that were desired. How would an increase in the level of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and new strategy achieve a different outcome at this time?”

 A full version of the letter can be found here:

Senator Lee's Letter Requesting Information on President Trump's New Afghanistan Policy by Senator Mike Lee on Scribd

Sen. Lee Thanks Sec. Zinke for Listening to Utahns about Monument Abuse

May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday as Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke finished his four-day listening trip through Utah: “It was an honor to meet with Sec. Zinke about public lands issues earlier this week. I have also heard so many great things about the rest of Sec. Zinke’s trip through southern Utah. I’ve heard from Blanding rancher Kenny Black, all the commissioners from San Juan, Kane and Garfield counties, and also the Stewards of San Juan. Sec. Zinke has heard these Utahns explain how Obama’s monument is hurting their lives, and I am hopeful that Zinke will address the issue by fully rescinding the designation. Thank you Sec. Zinke for listening to the people of Utah on this issue.”

Sen. Lee Congratulates Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

May 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday after the Senate voted to confirm Secretary Heather Wilson as the 24th Secretary of the Air Force: “It is an honor to congratulate Secretary Heather Wilson on her confirmation to become the 24th Secretary of the Air Force. Dr. Wilson is highly qualified and her experience in the Air Force, Congress, and the private sector will serve her well in addressing the unique challenges our Air Force will be facing in the coming years. I was pleased to meet with Dr. Wilson earlier this year to discuss her priorities for the Air Force, including readiness and hiring challenges as well as controlling the costs of major acquisitions. I encourage her to visit Hill Air Force Base and Ogden Air Logistics Complex as soon as possible to see the innovations and solutions being delivered in Utah."

Sen. Lee Introduces Restoring Internet Freedom Act

May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Restoring Internet Freedom Act Monday, a bill that would nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order and prohibit the FCC from issuing a similar rule in the future. The bill is cosponsored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and James Inhofe (R-OK).

Sen. Lee Commends FCC Announcement on Internet Innovation

Apr 26, 2017

Permissionless innovation, free of Washington bureaucrat interference, has been the cornerstone of the Internet’s vitality and growth. President Obama’s net neutrality scheme is a threat to Internet innovation and I commend Chairman Pai for taking this first step to removing the regulatory threat.

Sen. Lee Thanks President Trump Beginning Monument Review

Apr 26, 2017

“I commend President Trump for beginning a review of past monument designations and I’m confident that after that review some of them, including the recent Bears Ears designation, will be rescinded or altered to better conform with the original intention of the Antiquities Act."

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.