Press Releases

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: President’s Speech “A Disappointing Reprise of His Divisive Campaign Rhetoric”

Jan 22, 2013

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Lee released the following statement on the president’s second inaugural address:

"The beginning of a second term has historically been an opportunity for the president to signal a willingness to move past political divisions and unite all Americans for the common good,” said Senator Lee.  “As Ronald Reagan said in his second inaugural address, 'For all our problems, for all our differences, we are together as of old'.

"Unfortunately for the country, on a day when the president should speak with a unifying voice for all Americans, his inaugural speech was, instead, a disappointing reprise of his divisive campaign rhetoric. Rather than define us as a nation, he chose to divide us as a people. This is not the approach of a leader attempting to find solutions to problems but rather the tactics of a partisan trying to pick political fights. His vision for the next four years is clear: defend a broken system, ignore the fiscal crisis, and drive future generations further into debt."

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.

Lee Statement on the President’s Gun Control Proposals

Jan 16, 2013

It is unfortunate that the president is using the tragedy in Newtown to advance a set of proposals that would do little, if anything, to prevent these kinds of shocking events

Senator Lee Reacts to Obama's Debt Limit Press Conference

Jan 14, 2013

The president says he wants to stabilize our debt, reduce our deficit, ensure we make important investments to improve our economy, and end political gamesmanship. I share his interest in these goals and hope he will join me in pursuing the right spending reforms so that we may achieve them.

Lee Attends Hill AFB Ceremony

Jan 11, 2013

WASHINGTON - Today Sen. Mike Lee attended the formal changing of command ceremony at Hill Air Force Base. Col. Kathryn L. Kolbe officially took over command of the 75th Air Base Wing from Col. Sarah E. Zabel.

"Hill Air Force Base has a proud history of exceptional leadership and I am pleased to see they will continue in that tradition with Colonel Kolbe," Said Sen. Lee, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Hill has a deep connection to the local community and broad support in the region. I look forward to working with Col. Kolbe to ensure that Hill Air Force Base and the people of Utah maintain a close and positive relationship."

Lee Statement on Nomination of Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary

Jan 10, 2013

Unfortunately, the nomination of Jack Lew as Secretary of Treasury signals that the president will continue to pursue the same failed policies of the previous four years: higher taxes, more spending, and more debt.

Lee Statement on Nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Jan 7, 2013

The United States continues to face significant national security challenges and it is critical to have strong leadership at the Pentagon that can respond to our evolving and emerging threats. The nomination of Senator Hagel presents an opportunity to discuss not only his qualifications for the position and his approach to defending the United States and her allies, but also the specific ways in which he would seek to strengthen, modernize, and reform our national defense. I look forward to hearing Senator Hagel’s answers to questions involving these important issues.

Lee Joins Armed Services Committee for 113th Congress

Jan 4, 2013

For the 113th Congress, Senator Mike Lee will join the Senate Armed Services Committee and keep three previous committee assignments on Judiciary, Energy and Natural Resources, and the Joint Economic Committee.