Inside the Beltway: Guest Blog by Utah’s Senator Lee

What happened last month

Since President Trump’s inauguration on January 20th, the Senate has focused a large part of its floor time to confirming the President’s nominees. As of the end of February, the Senate with the support of Senator Lee has confirmed General Mattis as Secretary of Defense, General Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security, Congressman Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Governor Haley as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Mrs. Linda McMahon as Administrator of the Small Business Administration, and Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce.

Additionally, the Senate has disapproved of three regulations finalized during Obama’s presidency, which effectively repeals these burdensome rules.  The repealed regulations include the Department of Interior’s stream protection rule; the Securities Exchange Commission’s requirements on resource extraction disclosures; and the Social Security Administration’s requirements for NICS background checks.  Senator Lee was happy to support the rollback of these regulations to save American mining jobs, level the playing field for American companies, and protect second amendment rights.

What to expect this month

Throughout the month of March, the Senate will continue to focus on confirming President Trump’s nominees and repealing burdensome Obama regulations through the Congressional Review Act process. The next nominees to receive Senate consideration will be Congressman Zinke to be Secretary of Interior, Mr. Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Governor Perry to be Secretary of Energy.  Additionally, the Senate may consider repealing regulations that apply duplicative methane emission standards, that inappropriately expand the federal government’s role into local classrooms with one-size-fits-all standards for teacher preparation and school accountability, that “blacklist” American employers bidding on federal contracts and who are trying to navigate the federal labor law bureaucracy, and that shift land policy management from local governments with specific expertise to the Bureau of Land Management.

Additionally, the House may send the Senate a bill known as reconcilaition that can be considered under special procedures.  This bill would be used for the repeal of Obamacare and potentially for aspects of a Republican healthcare replace plan.

Finally, the Senate Judiciary Committee will also begin its consideration of Mr. Gorsuch to be a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, but consideration of this nominee will not likely reach the Senate floor until April.

Bills we are introducing

This upcoming month Senator Lee hopes to introduce a number of pieces of legislation that would:

  • Protect Americans from being detained indefinitely, without charge or trial
  • Remove federal restrictions on how the private sector utilizes compensatory time
  • Standardize the rules for merger reviews at the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission
  • Protect Americans’ email from warrantless searches
  • Promote less restrictive, unnecessary licensing requirements

About Senator Mike Lee

Elected in 2010 as Utah’s 16th Senator, Mike Lee has spent his career defending the basic liberties of Americans and Utahns as a tireless advocate for our founding constitutional principles.

Senator Lee acquired a deep respect for the Constitution early on. His father, Rex Lee, who served as the Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan, would often discuss varied aspects of judicial and constitutional doctrine around the kitchen table, from Due Process to the uses of Executive Plenary Power. He attended most of his father’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, giving him a unique, hands-on experience and understanding of government up close.

Lee graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and served as BYU’s Student Body President in his senior year. He graduated from BYU’s Law School in 1997 and went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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