Sens. Lee, Sessions Send Letter to Colleagues Urging Opposition to Budget Deal [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Wednesday, October 28, 2015 *Lee, Sessions Send Letter to Colleagues Urging Opposition to Budget Deal* WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) sent a Dear Colleague letter to their fellow senators Wednesday urging them to oppose the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. From the letter: “Just four years ago we forced the president and Senate Democrats to agree to the Budget Control Act of 2011 in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. That legislation increased the amount of we can borrow in exchange for…

Sen. Mike Lee Explains Vote Against Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Wednesday, October 28, 2015 *Lee Explains Vote Against Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act* WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement explaining his vote against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. “This bill was a compromise between the Intelligence community and the Chamber of Commerce,” Lee said. “Its goal is to maximize the information given to the government and to protect companies from liability for sharing consumer data with the government.” “The bill allows companies to share information with the government even if they promise their customers…

Sen. Mike Lee’s Statement in Opposition to Latest Budget Deal [UPH Wire]

*Lee’s Statement in Opposition to Latest Budget Deal* WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after reviewing the 144-page budget deal released by Speaker Joh Boehner. “As bad as the process that produced this budget deal is,” Lee said, “the policy is arguably worse.” “We’re constantly told that raising the debt limit doesn’t actually increase any spending,” Lee continued, “but according to the Congressional Budget Office that is exactly what this bill does. Worse, it raids $150 billion from the Social Security Trust Fund, again delays entitlement…

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bill on Criminal Justice Reform [UPH Wire]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 22, 2015 Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bill on Criminal Justice Reform WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act in a vote of 15-5. The bill grants judges greater sentencing flexibility for certain low-level drug offenders and establishes recidivism reduction programs, while targeting violent criminals.   Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) is an original cosponsor of the legislation. Below are his remarks from today’s markup, as prepared for delivery, and a video of Lee correcting misconceptions about the bill can…

Lee, Cruz, And Rubio Issue Joint Statement on House Reconciliation Bill [UPH Wire]

*Lee, Cruz, And Rubio Issue Joint Statement on House Reconciliation Bill* WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement Thursday in anticipation of Friday’s House vote on H.R. 3762: “On Friday the House of Representatives is set to vote on a reconciliation bill that repeals only parts of Obamacare. This simply isn’t good enough. Each of us campaigned on a promise to fully repeal Obamacare and a reconciliation bill is the best way to send such legislation to President Obama’s desk.…

Senator Lee: Congress Needs Uber-Level Innovation [UPH Wire]

Congress Needs Uber-Level Innovation By Senator Mike Lee At first, I didn’t have strong feelings about the House Speaker’s race. I thought initial front-runner Kevin McCarthy might do a good job. I feel the same about other potential speakers, including Paul Ryan, Daniel Webster, and my good friend Jason Chaffetz. More than anything, though, it seemed that what mattered was not who the next speaker is but what the next speaker does. I shared my thoughts with the handful of House colleagues who asked for them, but, as a senator,…

Lee, Manchin, Murphy, Udall Call For An End to the Failed Syria Train and Equip Program [UPH Wire]

*LEE, MANCHIN, MURPHY, UDALL CALL FOR AN END TO THE FAILED SYRIA TRAIN AND EQUIP PROGRAM* *In a letter to Secretary Carter, Secretary Kerry and CIA Director Brennan, the bipartisan group of Senators urge U.S. officials to cease unsuccessful program and seek alternative ways forward* WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Tom Udall (D-NM) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry and Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan urging them to…

Utahns Dislike Trump, Would Still Elect Him Over Clinton

A recently released Utah Voter Poll showed that Utahns have a low opinion of Donald Trump, but they’d still vote for him 54-46 over Hillary Clinton. Trump has a net favorability rating of -51, but Clinton’s own net rating (-41) is also low and shows that most voters would rather vote for someone they don’t like from their own party than someone from the other party. Respondents identified as 55% Republican, 30% Democrat, and 15% as Independent or Other. For Utah’s senators, Mike Lee had a +3 rating (49-46) and…

Observations on the 2015 Utah GOP Organizing Convention

Some general thoughts and reactions to the events at the Utah GOP convention on August 15, 2015: People who paid $25,000 were allowed to speak for eight minutes before the main body of the convention. The speakers were Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Senator Mike Lee, Governor Gary Herbert, and Overstock.com CEO Jonathan Johnson, who plans to challenge Herbert in the primary in 2016. Johnson had this odd moment when he asked people to text to a number if they wanted him and Herbert to have a series of debates or…