Press Releases

Lee Hosts Constitution Bowl Winners in Washington, DC

Feb 15, 2013

Mike Lee hosted the winners of the 2012 Constitution Bowl in Washington, DCthis week. The Cottonwood Heights teens won the opportunity to visit and tour our nation’s capitol when they proved their firm understanding of the U.S. Constitution in a competition with three other Utah teams in September.

Lee Statement on US Airways, American Airlines Merger

Feb 14, 2013

Today, Senator Lee, ranking member on the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines:
 
“Mergers are an essential element of our rapidly changing economy, often creating significant efficiencies and helping ensure that resources are put to their most productive use,” said Senator Lee.  “In a competitive market, consumers benefit from these efficiencies in the form of high quality products and services at low prices.  Absent evidence that a transaction will substantially reduce competition and thereby harm consumers, I believe government intervention is usually unjustified.
 
“The proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines has potential to benefit the air travel industry as well as consumers.  At the same time, a transaction of this size, which will result in the nation’s largest carrier, poses potential risks for the market.  In recent years, the airline industry has become increasingly consolidated and this merger would reduce the number of major carriers to four.
 
“Antitrust officials must ensure that an additional merger of this magnitude would not lead to higher passenger fares, result in diminished service to regional markets, or allow for coordinated conduct among rivals.  I look forward to joining Senator Klobuchar in a thorough review of this transaction and providing oversight of antitrust regulators as they do the same.”

Lee Introduces Immigration Reform Bills

Feb 13, 2013

Senator Mike Lee introduced two pieces of legislation that seek to reform America’s immigration system.

Lee Opposes Hagel

Feb 12, 2013

Today Senator Mike Lee, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted against the confirmation of Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.

Stewart, Colleagues Urge Secretary Salazar to Release Federal Lands in Utah

Feb 7, 2013

Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02), along with four other members of the Utah delegation, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, urging the Department to dispose of 5,423 acres of federal land in Utah that has been identified as suitable for disposal by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Lee Statement on Nominee for Interior Secretary

Feb 6, 2013

The Interior Department’s record of working with state and local authorities on land management issues under President Obama is subpar at best

Lee Statement on Group of Eight Proposal

Jan 28, 2013

Senator Mike Lee made the following statement with regard to the Statement of Principles on immigration reform released by the Group of Eight

Lee Amendment to Cut Tiny Fraction of New Spending Fails

Jan 28, 2013

Paying for what you spend should be non-controversial. It should be a principle Congress follows every time we spend the taxpayer dollars of hard working Americans. Today’s vote underscores the need for structural spending reforms, like a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. No Congress will restrain itself, therefore we need structural restraints in place to prevent future Congresses from driving the country further into debt.

Lee Praises D.C. Circuit Ruling on President Obama’s Unconstitutional “Recess” Appointments

Jan 25, 2013

Over the course of the last year, I have spoken out against these unprecedented and unconstitutional actions in numerous settings, including in meetings of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, in a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in countless interviews in the press. In protest of these unconstitutional appointments, I voted against President Obama’s judicial and executive appointments. Today’s decision represents vindication of the principled stand I have taken against this President’s disregard of our nation’s Constitution.

Lee Introduces Balanced Budget Amendment

Jan 22, 2013

Today, Senator Mike Lee introduced a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that requires Washington to live within it means and puts strict limits on the ability of Congress to run deficits and add to the national debt.