5 Questions with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
The second part of our Member of the Week segment is a questionnaire with the Senator. We want you to know the most conservative members of Congress on both a professional and personal level because it’s import to see them as real people, not just politicians. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) starts off our segment with his answers to 5 questions, some policy oriented and some personal:
Heritage Action: What aspect of government (i.e., program, department, agency) do you want to reform the most? What legislation are you currently pushing or working on to achieve that reform?
Sen. Lee: The way government spends taxpayer money needs reform. I’ve written a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would require Congress to spend no more [than] it takes in each fiscal year.
HA: What’s a piece of smaller legislation, or nominee, that is currently on the agenda but flying under the radar that you feel conservatives should be concerned about?
Sen. Lee: Allowing American companies to repatriate earnings at a lower tax rate should be much higher on Congress’ economic agenda. It doesn’t cost taxpayers anything or require us to borrow from future generations. Estimates show that as much as $1.4 trillion would be brought back to the American economy – almost three times what the [P]resident is suggesting we borrow under his new stimulus.
HA: What do you enjoy the most and the least about being a Member of Congress?
Sen. Lee: The most enjoyable part is the day-to-day work of figuring out solutions that will actually solve the problems we face as a nation; and the least [enjoyable] is being away from my family.
HA: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in Washington?
Sen. Lee: Hiking and skiing in the beautiful state of Utah.
HA: What do you miss most about being a kid?
Sen. Lee: I had a short-lived snow shoveling business in the winter, and though it was a lot of work, it was a lot of fun and I made decent money.
Congressional Profile: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)