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I Will Not Give Up on Healthcare

April 13, 2017

I wanted to keep you updated on the latest developments in the effort to repeal Obamacare and reform our healthcare system. You are probably already aware that the plan originally introduced in the House of Representatives failed to get enough votes to pass, so it was pulled from consideration. This is good news, because we […]

On Effort to Repeal Obamacare: Go Small or Go Big!

March 22, 2017

While I generally believe the intentions of my fellow Republicans are good, I know we can do better. And I know the American people expect more.

So right now when it comes to repealing Obamacare we have two choices: Go Small or Go Big!

Senator Mike Lee reminds us all what it’s like to watch a conservative debate

October 14, 2016

Conservative Review By: Chris Pandolfo At Wednesday night’s U.S. Senate debate at Brigham Young University, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah (A, 100%) was asked about the extremely difficult and polarizing topic of religious liberties versus LGBT rights. In the debate, against Democratic challenger Misty Snow (the first transgender nominee for a major party to run for […]

USA TODAY: Trump adds new names to SCOTUS list, includes Sen. Mike Lee

September 23, 2016

Trump adds new names to SCOTUS list, includes Sen. Mike Lee Eliza Collins, USA TODAY  Donald Trump is expanding his list of potential Supreme Court picks he might appoint to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, calling the cumulative 21 people “definitive.” On Friday the Republican nominee released an official list of 10 more people he may choose for […]

In our opinion: Sentencing reform gains foothold in Utah

September 2, 2016

In 1979, 44 percent of people convicted in federal court of felony-level offenses were sent to prison. By 2008, the number rose to 91 percent, an unprecedented increase resulting from political initiatives to get tougher on crime, particularly with the advent of minimum-mandatory sentences. The nation has come to the realization that this trend has […]

Big money, environmentalists and the Bears Ears story

August 10, 2016

Black Diamond co-founder Peter Metcalf speaks at a press conference at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. During the press conference, representatives of leading sports, ski, health and outdoor companies urged President Barack Obama to permanently protect the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah. […]

An interview on the Bears Ears with Utah Senator Mike Lee

August 5, 2016

Question: What do you think of 1.9 million acres? Answer: It’s big; it’s huge. Yosemite National Park, a crown jewel of the national park system, is only 1.3 million acres. So this would be that much bigger than that. I was up on top of the East Bears Ear this morning. To the north, basically […]

Mike Lee, US Senate to hold monument meeting near Bears Ears

July 26, 2016

BLANDING — U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and members of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing in Utah on Wednesday amid a push for a new national monument in the state. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop and representatives of San Juan County, the Navajo Nation and […]

A Critical First Step

June 3, 2016

Eliminating poverty is a key element of the Conservative Reform Agenda that has guided my first term as your U.S. Senator. To that end, next week I will introduce the Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act. Utahns understand better than most that hard work is the surest way to improve one’s lot in life. Decades […]

Revised criminal justice reform bill ready for Senate hearing

May 3, 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Support for a bill that would reform the criminal justice system is growing in Congress. Utah Senator, Mike Lee first teamed up with Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois about three years ago.Today the bill is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of senators. You might call it a rare […]

Lee leads effort to restore balance between Congress, president and courts

March 25, 2016

Conservatives give a lot of lip service to the Constitution, but too few actually read it or know what it says. While many focus on the admittedly important Bill of Rights, the meat of the Constitution outlines the basic functions of government, including the checks and balances designed to keep tyranny from America’s door. It […]

Cruz teams up with supporters in Utah

March 21, 2016

Ted Cruz teamed up with close friend and political ally Sen. Mike Lee on Saturday as the Texas senator campaigned in Utah and Lee kicked off his first-re-election bid in the state. The two senators appeared at a rally for Lee inside a school gymnasium in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper Saturday morning. […]

Signature gathering lands Sen. Mike Lee spot on GOP primary ballot

March 2, 2016

Sen. Mike Lee will be on the Republican primary election ballot this year no matter what happens at the GOP state convention. The first-term senator’s campaign said Thursday that it has gathered the required 28,000 signatures needed to assure Lee a spot on the ballot. At the same time, Lee supporters continued to recruit voters […]

Sen. Lee says Congress should decide on Women in the Draft

February 29, 2016

Politicians in Washington, D.C. are discussing the possibility of making women register for the U.S. military draft. Right now, only young men between 18 and 25 years old must sign up. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has plans in place to allow women to enter day-to-day defense jobs, including front-line fighting. Military leaders are now […]

Senator Lee to Speak at South Carolina Conservative Review Convention Will also join Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz for Campaign Events

February 17, 2016

Senator Lee to Speak at South Carolina Conservative Review Convention  Will also join Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz for Campaign Events Greenville, SC – U.S. Senator Mike Lee will join other leading conservatives from around the country on Thursday, February 18, in speaking at the Conservative Review convention in Greenville, SC. Senator Lee says he plans to […]

Mike Lee’s New Crusade

February 13, 2016

Having your BFFs run for president should be fun, right? Or at least moderately useful? That was what Senator Mike Lee was more or less hoping as he headed into this election cycle with not one but three of his closest Senate colleagues—Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and (until Iowa) Rand Paul—chasing the Republican nomination. Oh, […]

Executive Branch Overreach? Lawmakers Blame Themselves

February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON — Republicans outraged over abuse of executive authority typically blame power-mad Democratic presidents for acting outside the Constitution. Not Senator Mike Lee, the conservative Utah Republican. “This is of our own making,” said Mr. Lee, pointing his finger directly at Congress for a steady ceding of power from Capitol Hill to the executive branch. […]

Sen. Mike Lee Launches Congressional Project to Rein In Spending, Curtail President’s Power

February 3, 2016

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is spearheading a project to help Congress reclaim powers it has ceded to the president by refusing to control federal spending. Lee and a handful of other lawmakers announced Wednesday their launch of the Article I Project (AIP), a network of conservative legislators who will work together to rein in out-of-control […]

Rise of the Licensing Cartel

Should only dentists be allowed to whiten people’s teeth? Or is this a service anyone should be allowed to offer? This may sound like a silly question at first, but when the deeper question of occupational licensing is applied to the broader economy, it turns out that there are millions of jobs and hundreds of […]

A Conservative Senator’s 5 Steps to Fix Congress

February 1, 2016

After Republicans won a majority in the Senate and maintained their majority in the House in November 2014, I proposed that the two chambers take five modest steps to repair what had become a dysfunctional legislative branch. This was part of my effort as the recently elected chairman of the Senate Steering Committee to put […]

Video: Standing for Utah

January 30, 2016

Clock Ticking on Email Privacy Reform

January 28, 2016

January 28 marks Data Privacy Day—an annual day to raise awareness about personal and data privacy in an era when we store the majority of our business and personal lives online. It is also an important opportunity to remind Congress that Americans’ digital privacy rights remain exposed under an outdated law called the Electronic Communications […]

March for Life 2016: Today, We Celebrate Life

January 25, 2016

Jan. 22 is a bittersweet day in America. On this day 43 years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States issued two unconscionable decisions in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that made abortion legal and available on demand across the country. These decisions defied the spirit and the letter […]

Mike Lee Bids to Reclaim Congressional Power from the Executive

January 22, 2016

 ‘Do you see those stacks of papers over there?” Just pointing won’t suffice for Senator Mike Lee. He gets up from his chair and walks over to a wooden cabinet in the corner of his office. The shelves are filled with stacks of white paper. My eyes settle on one of the thicker sheaves, which […]

Sen. Mike Lee compares fixing broken government to cutting a mullet

January 7, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — A mullet doesn’t often find its way into politics. But Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, used the bygone hairstyle — short in the front and sides, long in the back — to make a point about government. “If you had a mullet, there’s nothing about making the mullet cool today, nothing you […]

Lee: The Omnibus: ‘An Insult To The American People’

January 5, 2016

Featured on UtahPolicy.com December 17, 2015 Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the need to pass a six-week continuing resolution to fund the government, which would allow for an open process where controversial policies and issues in the omnibus spending bill can be properly debated. The text of the […]

Mike Lee: Roll Back ‘Oppressive’ $2 Trillion ‘Compliance’ Costs

November 24, 2015

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) told PJM the Republican presidential candidates should speak more about the need to roll back federal regulations that cost the economy $2 trillion annually. Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Republicans must remind the American people that the $2 trillion in regulatory compliance costs is not only paid […]

“They’re Upset by the Policy and They’re Upset by the Process”

November 4, 2015

Senator Lee describes why his Facebook post on late-night budget deal went viral – reaching tens of millions of Americans: http://bit.ly/1NgtT4z

Mike Lee: Congress Needs Uber-Level Innovation

October 15, 2015

By Senator Mike Lee 10/15/2015 Source: The Federalist Congress Needs Uber-Level Innovation The challenge for congressional Republicans now is not ‘getting back’ to the old way of doing things, but devising entirely new ways of ‘getting things done.’  At first, I didn’t have strong feelings about the House Speaker’s race. I thought initial front-runner Kevin McCarthy […]

Sen. Mike Lee: A conscience vote on Planned Parenthood

September 8, 2015

Almost everyone who runs for Congress does so for the same reason: to reform the federal budget. The budget contains within it almost every political issue under the sun. And obviously everyone has his or her own idea about what “reform” means. I certainly did when I first ran for the Senate in 2010. I […]

A tea party original on taking down clays – and Hillary Clinton

August 11, 2015

(CNN) Skeet shooting was invented in 1920 in Andover, Massachusetts — where I just happened to grow up. But I didn’t try it for the first time until I was well into my 20s. If you ever get the opportunity — go. It’s addictive. For this episode of “Outside With Insiders,” I took Utah GOP […]

YOU are funding Planned Parenthood!

August 4, 2015

It’s time to put a STOP to even one more dollar going to Planned Parenthood. I want you to click here, right away, to sign my petition to Defund Planned Parenthood. Please, lend your voice to those who can’t speak for themselves, and help me send a message to the people who profit from the […]

Mike Lee: Fixing our broken transportation system

July 27, 2015

by Mike Lee Utahns deserve a reliable and efficient transportation system that delivers top-notch infrastructure at the most affordable price. And our state’s transportation projects rank among the nation’s best planned and most efficiently built. Unfortunately, the federal highway bill the United States Senate is voting on this week only perpetuates the worst aspects of […]

Utah Policy: Lee Votes Against Federal Control of Education

July 17, 2015

on 16 July 2015. Posted in Featured Articles Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday regarding his vote against the Every Child Achieves Act. “Not only did the Senate miss an opportunity to put states back in control of education policy,” Lee said, “but the Every Child Achieves Act also expands the Department of Education’s role in […]

PETITION: How DC is destroying our education system

July 16, 2015

As we speak, there’s a major debate brewing in the Senate. It’s a debate over the future of education, and the right and wrong way for Washington to spend your money. I’m going to ask you to get involved on this one – because my voice can’t be the only one out there! Here’s the […]

Happy Independence Day – and Thanks!

July 9, 2015

I hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend! I just wanted to touch base quickly on a couple of important items. First, a heart-felt “Thank You” to everyone who contributed to our June fundraising challenge. We beat our financial goal by more than 20 percent, and our contributors goal by an incredible 250 individual donors! That’s […]

Sen. Mike Lee: First Amendment Defense Act protects critical ‘space of freedom’

June 18, 2015

Deseret News Editorial: Sen. Mike Lee: First Amendment Defense Act protects critical ‘space of freedom’ Thusday, June 18, 2015 Later this month, the Supreme Court will issue its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case involving state marriage laws. The central question in this case is whether or not the Constitution requires all 50 states […]

Americans must not leave religious liberty conversation to executive, judicial branch

June 15, 2015

In a speech at Hillsdale College Thursday, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, highlighted America’s tradition of religious liberty and tolerance, and encouraged listeners to lead the movement to protect those traditions by pushing to advance the religious liberty debate in the legislative branches of government. “If the coming conversation about religious freedom is left to the […]

Lee Bests McConnell In Patriot Act Showdown

June 3, 2015

The Senate votes overwhelmingly to approve Mike Lee’s USA Freedom Act, delivering a stinging rebuke to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his leadership team. Reports Politico: Speaking to reporters afterward, McConnell at times pounded the podium to emphasize that “no one is listening to your phone calls.” He pulled out his BlackBerry to read a new […]

Dan Liljenquist: Credit Utah’s Sen. Lee as the driving force behind USA Freedom Act

May 28, 2015

By: Dan Liljenquist There will be much drama on Capitol Hill this Sunday as the United States Senate convenes to decide the fate of key aspects of the Patriot Act before they expire at 12:01 a.m. on Monday. At the fore is the Patriot Act’s controversial Section 215, which the National Security Agency (NSA) cites […]

KUTV: Lee attempting to replace Patriot Act with Freedom Act

May 26, 2015

KUTV) Utah Sen. Mike Lee, along with Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, were successful in selling the U.S. House of Representatives on the Freedom Act. Now, they hope they can do the same in the Senate. The Freedom Act would replace a section of the controversial law that allows the NSA to spy […]

Fox 13: Interview with Sen. Mike Lee

U.S. Senator Mike Lee came to the FOX 13 Studio Tuesday for an interview with Max Roth. In the first video, Lee talks about NSA data collection and his war of words with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He also discusses his recent collaborations with Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, which is a portion […]

Happy Memorial Day!

May 25, 2015

Let us all take a moment today to salute the memory of those who have fallen to preserve, protect and defend our values and freedoms. This nation will always be in debt to these men and women for their bravery, courage and sacrifice.

Fox News: Mike Lee questions George Stephanopoulos’ objectivity

May 19, 2015

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Lee’s important NDAA amendment

May 18, 2015

This past week as Congress worked to advance the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Senator Lee successfully added an amendment ensuring the protection of our National Guard’s apache helicopter fleet. The Senator’s amendment will give Congress and the Department of Defense another year to ensure our National Guard has the most effective resources possible to […]

Opportunity Lives: MIKE LEE EARNS REPUTATION FOR REFORM CONSERVATISM ON CAPITOL HILL

May 6, 2015

By OL Staff Mike Lee made waves in 2010 when he upset sitting Sen. Bob Bennett in the Utah Republican primary to win the party’s nomination. Now the junior senator from Utah, Sen. Lee has become an intellectual force among conservatives in Congress by proposing solutions on a wide range of policy issues. From the National […]

Rod Arquette: Mike Lee’s Idea Factory…

May 4, 2015

Oh Mike Lee. What a wonderful man. Ya know it wasn’t much of a surprise the level of animosity the man roused from the beltway establishment following his walloping of the former Senator Bob Bennet, a man who Human Events rated as one of the top ten most liberal Republicans in the senate at one […]

National Journal: Mike Lee’s Idea Factory

May 2, 2015

The National Journal published a profile piece on Senator Mike Lee’s work in Washington. The article provides good analysis of where he has been and where he is going with his conservative reform agenda. Here are some highlights from the article, which should be available online next week: “Today, the Utah senator is one of the […]

Fox Business: Are Republicans caving on the budget?

May 1, 2015

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The Washington Post: Much of NSA bulk surveillance as you’ve known it may soon end

April 29, 2015

By Greg Sargent Don’t look now, but much of the National Security Agency bulk metadata collection that stirred so much controversy in the wake of the Edwards Snowden revelations might — just might — be about to come to an end. While civil libertarians still worry about various aspects of the program continuing, this would be […]

National Review: It’s Time to Put an End to the NSA’s Bulk Collection of Americans’ Metadata

By Sen. Mike Lee “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things […]

The Christian Post:Will Congress Have the Courage to Change?

April 26, 2015

By Sen. Mike Lee If you want to understand the essential character of the federal government today and appreciate the scope of the challenges facing policy reformers, look no further than the recent Supreme Court case of Horne v. US Department of Agriculture. The central question of the case is whether a 1937 federal crop […]

The Federalist: The Constitution We Don’t Understand

April 15, 2015

  Why a fundamental misunderstanding of our founding document is at the heart of Washington’s dysfunction. In my Senate office stand two towers of documents. The first is only a few inches tall. A collection of all the legislation Congress passed in 2013, it contains about 800 pages. The second tower, which is 11 feet tall, […]

Reuters: Bill to Abolish some Mandatory Prison Sentences Gets Another Shot

April 12, 2015

 BY JULIA EDWARDS (Reuters) – Several U.S. senators from far-reaching ends of the political spectrum, including some with presidential aspirations, will reintroduce on Thursday a bill to abolish mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent drug offenders. The bill would allow federal judges to use their discretion to sentence low-level, non-violent drug offenders instead of having to […]

ABC News: Book Excerpt: ‘Our Lost Constitution’ by Sen. Mike Lee

April 11, 2015

Sen. Mike Lee discusses his new book on “This Week” Sunday. Reprinted from Our Lost Constitution by Senator Mike Lee with permission of Sentinel, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright (c) Mike Lee, 2015. Introduction: My love for the U.S. Constitution took root in my early years. […]

The Hill: Mike Lee seeks to stall increase in gas tax

March 26, 2015

By Keith Laing Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) wants to make it harder for lawmakers to increase the federal gas tax as they search for way to pay for a new transportation spending bill later this year. Lee is introducing an amendment to the Senate’s budget resolution that would increase the threshold for lawmakers in the upper […]

Senator Mike Lee Campaign Announces National Reelection Committee In preparation for 2016 run

March 11, 2015

Salt Lake City, Utah – In advance of a formal campaign launch for reelection in 2016, US Senator Mike Lee’s campaign team has announced the formation of his national reelection committee. The committee will be co-chaired by former Governor, Jon Huntsman, Jr. and Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson. The initial committee members include: Ambassador John […]

The Washington Times: Marco Rubio, Mike Lee rolling out tax code overhaul

March 4, 2015

By David Sherfinski Wednesday, March 4, 2015 GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah are rolling out an overhaul of the tax code on Wednesday that, among other things, consolidates existing tax brackets and provides for a per-child credit for parents. The two Republicans offered a preview of their plan in […]

The Wall Street Journal: Pro-Growth, Pro-Family Tax Reform

Cut the corporate rate to 25%. For individuals and families, reduce the current seven brackets to two: 15% and 35% By: Mike Lee And Marco Rubio March 3, 2015 6:52 p.m. ET   Six years after the Great Recession officially ended, most Americans can sense that the U.S. economy is still operating below its full […]

Doug Wright Interview: Criminal Justice Reform- Could the war on drugs be coming to an end?

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Legislative Malpractice

December 16, 2014

Human Events: Lee Takes Over Steering Committee In January

September 17, 2014

By: Neil W. McCabe, 9/17/2014 12:10AM Capitol Hill conservatives breathed a sigh of relief with the Sept. 16 announcement that Sen. Michael S. Lee (R.-Utah) will take over the helm of the Senate Steering Committee, the chamber’s conservative bloc in Congress’ next session. “I am honored by the opportunity to chair the Senate Steering Committee,” […]

Politico: Lee to Steer Senate Panel

September 16, 2014

By Burgess Everett – 9/16/14 @ 6:37 PM ET Utah Sen. Mike Lee was elected on Tuesday by Senate Republicans to lead the Senate Steering Committee, the chamber’s conservative caucus. Lee will succeed Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who chaired the committee for the past two years. The committee meets weekly on Wednesdays, huddles that […]

National Review Online: Mike Lee’s Shadow Party

April 24, 2014

The Utah senator pushes his reform agenda for the GOP. By Eliana Johnson APRIL 28, 2014 4:00 AM Congress has been out of session, and he isn’t up for reelection this year, but Utah senator Mike Lee is a busy man. He was out campaigning last week, traveling from Texas to Oklahoma to Nebraska to […]

The Weekly Standard: The Constitutionalist Utah’s freshman senator makes his mark

September 9, 2013

September 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 01 When I asked Mike Lee, the freshman Republican senator from Utah, how he identified himself politically, he said, “A constitutional conservative.” Note the adjective “constitutional.” It’s not surprising that the senator uses it. Lee is the son of the late Rex Lee, Ronald Reagan’s solicitor general from 1981 […]