Press Releases

Statement from Senator Mike Lee on the 2017 NDAA

May 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee joined two of his colleagues in voting against the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Utah Elected Officials Request Meeting with President Obama

Apr 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Utah lawmakers’ hand-delivered a letter to the White House requesting a meeting with President Obama on potential use of the Antiquities Act to create a national monument in Utah. Before delivering the letter, members of the Utah Delegation met with White House officials to discuss public land issues.

Sentencing Reform & Corrections Act Expands Bipartisan Support

Apr 28, 2016

The revised bill is now cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 37 senators and supported by a broad and diverse array of organizations and interests. In a recent letter of support from the National District Attorneys Association, the largest association of prosecutors in the country, the organization’s president wrote, “As a result of months of changes and good faith negotiations, our organization feels the latest version of the bill strikes the appropriate balance between targeting the highest level drug traffickers plaguing our communities, while simultaneously decreasing crime rates and addressing the burgeoning prison population.” The bill enjoys support from coalitions representing more than 400 groups and organizations across the political spectrum.

Lee, Leahy Comment On House Passage of the Bipartisan Email Privacy Act

Apr 27, 2016

Today’s 419-0 House vote for the Email Privacy Act is an historic step toward updating our privacy laws for the digital age. It should go without saying that law enforcement agents should have to get a warrant to read Americans’ emails or retrieve their sensitive information from the cloud – yet that is not what our statutes currently require.

Lee, Klobuchar Urge Careful Consideration of Proposed SABMiller, Anheuser-Busch InBev Merger

Apr 21, 2016

Last December, Lee and Klobuchar held an Antitrust Subcommittee hearing on Anheuser-Busch InBev’s proposal to purchase SABMiller for over $103 billion; the hearing examined how the proposed merger of the world’s two biggest beer producers would impact competition and consumers across the country

Judiciary Committee Senators Call For Investigation Of The U.S. Cattle Market

Apr 20, 2016

WASHINGTON – The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), as well as the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), sent a letter today to Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dodaro calling for an investigation of the fed cattle market.

Lee, Klobuchar Press FTC On Contact Lens Market

Apr 18, 2016

WASHINGTON—Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, sent a letter today to the Federal Trade Commission urging the agency to maintain vigilance over competition in the market for contact lenses.

Bipartisan Email Privacy Act Moving Forward

Apr 13, 2016

This bill has unprecedented support from all corners of Congress and for good reason: It ensures that the same privacy protections that apply to documents stored in our homes extend to our emails, photos, and information stored in the cloud. These critical updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act will bring that law into the 21st century. The broad, bipartisan coalition that cuts across industry, civil society, and academia deserves credit for their members’ tireless work to move this bill.

Sens. Lee and Cruz Take Aim at DOJ’s Operation Choke Point

Apr 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced legislation fighting the Obama administration’s Operation Choke Point, a Department of Justice (DOJ) initiative that unconstitutionally sought to choke off access to banking services for sellers of firearms and other lawful business enterprises. This legislation sponsored by Sens. Cruz and Lee serves as a companion bill to U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (R-Mo.) Financial Institution Customer Protection Act (H.R. 766), which passed the House with bipartisan support in February.

Lee, Klobuchar Praise DOJ’s Comments on Canadian Pacific’s Proposed Voting Trust

Apr 8, 2016

WASHINGTON—Senators Lee and Klobuchar, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights today issued the following statements on the Department of Justice’s determination that Canadian Pacific’s proposed voting trust “risks irreversible harm” to competition.