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Senator Mike Lee's 2013 Annual Report

Senator Mike Lee's 2013 Annual Report

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Published by Senator Mike Lee
This report documents highlights of Senator Mike Lee's service during 2013. In the report you can find a summary of the new conservative policy agenda he introduced through the course of the year. You can also find a summary of legislation he has sponsored along with committee activity in the Judiciary, Energy and Natural Resources, Joint Ecnomic, and Armed Services Committees. The report also highlights Senator Lee's role in legislative debates.
This report documents highlights of Senator Mike Lee's service during 2013. In the report you can find a summary of the new conservative policy agenda he introduced through the course of the year. You can also find a summary of legislation he has sponsored along with committee activity in the Judiciary, Energy and Natural Resources, Joint Ecnomic, and Armed Services Committees. The report also highlights Senator Lee's role in legislative debates.

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Published by: Senator Mike Lee on Feb 20, 2014
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To the Citizens of Utah:
As I submit my annual report to the citizens o Utah, I wish to begin with my view o the challenges we ace as a nation and a ew o the solutions I have been developing that I think will get our country back on track. I especially want to address those individuals and amilies in our state who work hard, play by the rules, balance their budgets, honor the Golden Rule … and don’t understand why their government in Washington can’t do the same.You are probably as rustrated as I am about an ever-growing government that somehow thinks it is okay to lie to, spy on and even target its own citizens. Many hard-working Americans are discouraged and wondering what, i anything, can be done.I believe we need to do what Americans have always done – come together and press or positive change. oday, Americans know in their hearts that something is wrong in our country and in our communities, a sense that the “American Dream” is alling out o reach or ar too many o us. We are acing an inequality crisis — one that presents itsel in three principal orms:
immobility among the poor, who are being trapped in poverty by big-government programs;
insecurity in the middle class, where amilies are struggling just to get by and can’t seem to get ahead;
and cronyist privilege at the top, where political and economic insiders twist the immense power o the ederal government to profit at the expense o everyone else.Both political parties share the blame in creating and deepening this inequality crisis. I believe Americans o all political persuasions must always be willing to stand up and speak out against bad policy. I have had to do that on more than one occasion over the past year. I also believe that protesting alone is not enough — we must have a positive vision or the uture, and principles, policies and specific plans to create the kind o government we do want. And so in recent months, I have been developing legislation to address many o the root causes o unequal opportunity in American today.o help amilies better afford the costs o raising children, I have introduced legislation to reorm our tax code, and in particular to eliminate the unair bias against middle-class parents in the current system.o modernize higher education, and make it more accessible and affordable, especially or lower-income and non-traditional students, I introduced legislation to reorm college accreditation and student aid policies.I am also fighting to end the inequality orced on Utah’s rural counties through ederal control o our lands and the uncertainty o PIL unding.Some o these issues have gained bipartisan support, including the Leahy-Lee Patent Reorm bill, which received strong praise rom the Obama administration; a sentencing reorm bill with Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-IL); legislation on indefinite detention with Sen. Diane Feinstein, (D-CA); and an immigration reorm proposal with Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D-NY).Working with my colleagues on both sides o the aisle, I will continue to press or meaningul solutions. Most o the issues we ace are not lef vs. right, liberal vs. conservative or Democrat vs. Republican – they are simply American. Te battles are ofen Washington DC elites  vs. everyone else. Americans can and will unite around simple common-sense solutions with an agenda that will help elevate the poor, strengthen the middle class and end cronyist privilege. I know this because that is exactly what we do in our state. Utah is a great place to work and live because we have a thriving ree-market economy and a strong civil society. I am working everyday to persuade my colleagues that in Utah these principles and these policies work, and i we will apply them at the national level they will put more and more Americans back to work.Not just by cutting big government, but by
 fixing 
 broken government. Not just by making government smaller but by promoting bigger citizens, stronger amilies and more heroic communities. Our goal should be an America where everyone has a air chance to pursue happiness — and find it.I am confident that our best days as a nation are ahead o us — not because o government, but because within Americas diverse society o individuals and amilies, neighborhoods and churches, businesses and communities, reedom doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Freedom means we’re all in this together. I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve the citizens o Utah. I love to engage in meaningul dialogue with you as I travel the state. Te insight and ideas you share in letters, emails, phone calls and in our monthly tele-townhalls are priceless to me and to the effort to restore the opportunities that have made our country great. I invite you to join me on the road to a more prosperous America – together we can create the kind o government we do want and the kind o nation our children and grandchildren deserve.Michael S. Lee United State Senator – Utah

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