Press Releases

Lee Calls For USA Freedom Act Debate Before Key Program Expires

May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) asked for unanimous consent Tuesday, to begin debate on the House-passed USA Freedom Act so that the Senate could act to preserve a vital intelligence committee program before it expires Sunday, May 31st.

Lee Amendment Preserves National Guard Apache Fleet

May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON - This week in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) successfully added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that preserves the National Guard’s Apache helicopter fleet.

Lee Commends House Passage of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015

May 14, 2015

With the House’s passage of the USA FREEDOM Act today, the American people are one step closer to having their core civil liberties protected from unconstitutional government surveillance under the USA PATRIOT Act.

Lee Leads Colloquy on USA Freedom Act, Receives Support from Lynch, Clapper, White House

May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) lead a colloquy regarding the USA Freedom Act on the Senate floor. Bill co-author Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and co-sponsors Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and Senator Richard Bloomenthal participated and shared their support.

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.