Sen. Lee Letter Asks McConnell Not To Include Federal Land Buying Program in Spending Bill [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Friday, December 4, 2015 *Lee Letter Asks McConnell Not To Include Federal Land Buying Program in Spending Bill* WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Friday, asking him not to include language permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in any end of the year or must-pass legislation. “Since its inception 50 years ago, the LWCF has drifted far from its original intent and is in desperate…

The Mero Moment: Mormons and kids from same-sex marriages – November 19, 2015

On the heels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ new policy regarding the children of same-sex married couples, a state judge ruled that a gay married couple were not fit parents because of their same-sex status. Ruling on the three-month old child’s foster care status, Seventh District Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen cited research indicating that children are worse off in the care of same-sex couples than in the care of heterosexual couples. Of course the ruling has ignited a wildfire of protests across the nation. While…

Senator Mike Lee: The Failed Policy and Cynical Process of the Highway Bill [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Friday, December 4, 2015 Click here to watch *The Failed Policy and Cynical Process of the Highway Bill* WASHINGTON—Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor last night outlining the problems with the highway bill and the broken process that produced it. You can watch the remarks here . *Mr. President,* *I rise in opposition to the highway spending bill before us today – and not just the failed and corrupt substance of the legislation. * *I rise to oppose the bill’s irresponsible…

Senator Lee Applauds Senate Passage of Obamacare Repeal Bill [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Wednesday, December 3, 2015 *Lee Applauds Senate Passage of Obamacare Repeal Bill* WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT issued the following statement Thursday after the Senate passed an Obamacare repeal bill through reconciliation. EndFragment “Today the Republican Party took a huge step down the road to repeal Obamacare. I applaud leadership for their steadfast efforts over the past days and weeks, and I commend the Senate Budget Committee for their tireless work in crafting a reconciliation package that doesn’t just tinker around Obamacare’s edges, but lays the…

Mark Twain on the statistics of indiscriminate mass shootings in 2015

As the debate over how public policy should respond to mass shootings whips into a heated fury of facts, figures, statistics and memes, I can’t help but remember Mark Twain’s insight on the media: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” The last few days have seen a proliferation of examples of this. You’ve heard, repeated ad nauseam, that we’ve had more mass shootings this year than ever, more even than there are days in the year! If your internal BS radar doesn’t go off, then…