WASHINGTON COUNTY – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, will be taking a break during his recess to visit Southern Utah and hold a town hall meeting and an open house.
Lee will hold an open house on Sept. 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in St. George, at 285 West Tabernacle, Suite 200. The town hall meeting will be held that same day from 7 to 8 p.m. at the city council chambers, 175 East 200 North in St. George.
Press Secretary Emily Bennion said Lee would like to visit with residents and hear their concerns, and “what they want him to know and to take back to Washington.”
Bennion said Lee’s main objective, since arriving to the Senate in January, has been to get the country’s financial situation back in order. Lee, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, fought in the Senate for a Cut, Cap and Balance that would have forced Congress to cut spending and balance the budget each year.
The bill was co-sponsored by 41 members, but never made it to the Senate Floor after being shot down by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said Communications Director Brian Phillips. The House voted and passed a Cut, Cap and Balance that would have cut spending by $6 trillion and required a constitutional amendment be sent to the states – something Lee and Hatch have been pushing.
“… Congress does not possess the discipline to not spend more than it takes in,” Phillips said on Lee’s behalf. “We can’t rely on Congress to [balance the budget] on their own. We need something binding in the Constitution.”
Phillips said another of Lee’s concerns is a possible “federal land grab.” He said Lee has been on several phone calls with county commissioners to discuss the “Wilderness Study Areas;” which he said could take land from Utahans – land that could be used for economic growth.
As for next year’s election, Phillips said no one has officially announced his or her run for Senate against Hatch and, if that happens, Lee will not weigh in.
“He certainly works with Senator Hatch every day and is supportive of him,” Phillips said. “He certainly wishes [Hatch] well and we’ll leave it at that.”
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