Press Releases

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 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 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 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.

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 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.