Press Releases

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.”

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.”

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.

Lee Letter Asks For DOJ And HHS Investigation Of Planned Parenthood

Jul 21, 2015

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee and ten other Republican Senators sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary SyLvia Burwell Tuesday, requesting a full investigation of whether Planned Parenthood has violated federal law prohibiting the sale of human fetal tissue for profit.

Lee Introduces Bill to Drive Down Costs of Federally Funded Infrastructure Construction Projects

Jul 16, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee introduced a bill that reduces the inflated costs of federal construction projects on our nation’s transportation infrastructure. The “Davis-Bacon Repeal Act” also reduces burdens on federal contractors who train and employ low-skilled workers, while saving the American people billions of dollars in taxpayer money.

Lee Votes Against Federal Control of Education

Jul 16, 2015

WASHINGTON – Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday regarding his vote against the Every Child Achieves Act.

Lee Statement on Iran Deal

Jul 14, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Lee issued the following statement after President Obama announced he had reached an agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons.