Utah Senator Mike Lee updates constituency on divided Congress, jobs bill

  • Sen. Lee reported on the American Jobs Act of 2011 and recent Senate voting
  • Lee will be in Utah visiting with constituents until the end of this week

Utah Senator Mike Lee held a Utah press teleconference Tuesday to update local media on activities taking place in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Lee highlighted the Senate’s recent vote on a continuing resolution that will keep government running through November and noted he will be in Utah the remainder of this week meeting with constituents.

When asked for his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s recent legislation, the American Jobs Act of 2011, he said, “[The bill] hasn’t moved forward, but [Senator] Harry Reid said it will get more attention next week.”

The U.S. Senate will be back in Washington next week.

“If we engage in more of the same it’s not reasonable to expect that a little more of the same will get better results,” Lee said.

The legislation proposed by Obama has yet to gain sponsorship in the House of Representatives.

In response to press questioning whether or not the split divisiveness in Congress would provide any real progress in Washington, Lee said he sees some hope in compromise.

“There is tremendous opportunity for compromise in tax reform,” he said. “There is a large appetite for tax reform. There is a decent possibility that there will be proposals to reform the tax code from the Senate Super Committee.”

Late last week,  Lee questioned Google executive chairman, Eric Schmidt at a Senate Judiciary Committee about Google ranking their own products in search results and whether or not the process limits competition.

“[I] was not proposing how he [Schmidt] should run his business,” Lee said. “I was questioning how Google’s own products are ranked in search results.”

Lee said in a news release, “I had hoped to hear the company acknowledge the responsibilities that accompany its preeminent position in the Internet search market and address concerns many have raised about Google’s possible anti-competitive activities. Unfortunately, I fear that some of the testimony in today’s hearing may only encourage those who are calling for legal enforcement or government regulation.”




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