Press Releases

Lee, Klobuchar Comment on Potential Airline Collusion

Jul 2, 2015

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today issued the following statements regarding the Department of Justice’s announcement that it was investigating potential collusion among certain airlines. Senator Lee is chair and Senator Klobuchar is ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights.
“I am gravely concerned by the possibility that the airlines may have colluded to reduce capacity in order to artificially raise ticket fares,” Lee said.   “Americans deserve a strong and competitive passenger airline industry that offers safe service and reasonable fares.  Reports of anticompetitive practices, especially in a time of rapid industry concentration, deserve a high level of scrutiny.  The airlines already benefit from unique protections, including protection from competition with foreign air carriers in the domestic marketplace and antitrust immunity for international airline alliances, and so they have an even weightier responsibility to scrupulously abide  by the law.”
"Pricing in the airline industry has been a long-standing concern of everyone from families looking for an affordable vacation to small business owners trying to identify the best frequent flier program,” said Klobuchar. "The Justice Department must ensure that airlines are not entering into agreements that raise prices. Ensuring healthy competition is the core concern of the Antitrust Subcommittee, and we will be reviewing these allegations to determine how best to protect American consumers."

Lee Calls For First Amendment Defense Act After Supreme Court Rules On Same-Sex Marriage

Jun 26, 2015

WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement the Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states license marriages between people of the same sex.

Lee Questions Federal Debt Programs

Jun 17, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after the Joint Economic Committee’s hearing on “The Economic Exposure of Federal Credit Programs.

Lee, Labrador Introduce Bill Protecting Religious Liberty

Jun 17, 2015

WASHINGTON – Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), today reintroduced legislation to clarify and strengthen religious liberty protections in federal law, by safeguarding those individuals and institutions who promote traditional marriage from government retaliation.

Lee, DeSantis Introduce Transportation Empowerment Act

Jun 11, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Transportation Empowerment Act (S. 1541), a bill which would give states and localities far more control over their infrastructure spending by phasing out the federal gas tax. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) plans to introduce a companion bill in the House soon.

Senators Introduce Amendment To Protect Against Indefinite Detention

Jun 9, 2015

WASHINGTON—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Due Process Guarantee amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment is designed to protect Americans from being detained indefinitely, without charge or trial.

Western Senators Introduce Defense Authorization Amendment To Protect Training Assets

Jun 4, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), Senator James Risch (R-ID), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would protect the ability of the Army, Navy, and Air Force to utilize their training ranges in western states, while also empowering those same states to better manage their wildlife.

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce 'Made in USA' Legislation

Jun 4, 2015

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) Senator King (I-ME), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced the Reinforcing American-Made Products Act (S. 1518). The bill seeks to make it easier for American manufacturers to use the “Made in USA” label without weakening the “Made in USA” standard.

Lee Applauds Passage of USA Freedom Act

Jun 2, 2015

WASHINGTON—Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement following the Senate’s passage of the USA Freedom Act

Lee Says Latest EPA Power Grap Threatens Utah's Economy

May 28, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the United States rule.