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Looking at Utah’s 2010 Senate candidates — Mike Lee: Republican Party

Mike Lee: Republican Party

 Mike Lee is the candidate from the Republican Party. He was born in Arizona and raised in Utah and Washington D.C. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the J. Reuben Clark Law School. He is a successful lawyer and has held clerkships in several courts, including the Supreme Court. He has also worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City and general counsel to Governor John Huntsman.

Lee proposed reduction in regulation is essential to restoring the economy.

“We need to do everything that we can to reduce the tax and regulatory burden that is discouraging investment,” Lee said. “Investment creates jobs, and when you create jobs that produces more wealth. You have to have wealth to produce investment.”

Lee said prospective investors needed to know the government would not prevent them from receiving fair returns. Lee said more jobs will be created as the investment/wealth process circles.

“It’s all about removing the federal government as an obstacle is how I see it,” Lee said.

On the subject of health care, Lee said reform of the present federal health care legislation is not enough.

“I want to defund it and repeal it,” Lee said on the subject of the health care bill recently passed by Congress. 

Lee described a process by which the bill could be defunded even if a repeal did not pass the legislative process and said he would pursue such a course.

Lee said rather than sweeping reform at the federal level, he would like to see state involvement in health care decisions and tort reform. 

“We need tort reform, and we need to start transferring more authority to the states with respect to our health care system,” Lee said.

Lee said states are already in charge of licensing individuals to practice medicine and regulate other medical professions and hospitals as well as insurance companies, and do so via laws.

“It makes sense to put as much of the authority over the health care system in the hands of the states rather than the federal government,” Lee said.

Lee said, in time, he would like to see it become very advantageous for an employee to shop around for health insurance rather than relying on their employer to choose a plan for them.

Lee said he would propose three steps to reform immigration policy. The first involves increased physical enforcement of the nation’s borders.

“I think we need more law enforcement effort along the border, probably more boots on the ground (border patrol agents),” Lee said. 

The second was to increase enforcement on immigration issues away from the physical border, particularly immigration linked employment.

“We need to spend more money and devote more efforts to aggressively enforce immigration employment laws, telling people that they cannot knowingly hire an illegal alien and if they do that they are going to be punished,” Lee said.

Lee said he was dissatisfied with current employment enforcement efforts, stating that employment laws have been on the books for decades, but by and large these laws have not been enforced.

The final point of Lee’s comments on immigration focused on legislation like HR 1868.

“From the point HR 1868 or legislation like it is passed into law, any child born in the United States would be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States . . . if any only if at the time of birth that child had at least one parent who was a citizen, a lawful permanent resident, or who was serving on active duty in the military,” Lee said.  

“It makes sense to put as much of the authority over the health care system in the hands of the states rather than the federal government,” Lee said.

Lee said he would like to see it become advantageous for an employee to shop around for health insurance rather than relying on their employer to choose a plan for them.

He would propose three steps to reform immigration policy. The first involves increased physical enforcement of the nation’s borders.

“I think we need more law enforcement effort along the border, probably more boots on the ground (border patrol agents),” Lee said. 

The second is to increase enforcement on immigration issues away from the physical border, particularly immigration linked employment.

“We need to spend more money and devote more efforts to aggressively enforce immigration employment laws, telling people that they cannot knowingly hire an illegal alien and if they do that they are going to be punished,” he said.

Lee said he is dissatisfied with current employment enforcement efforts, stating employment laws have been on the books for decades, but these laws have not been enforced.

The final point of Lee’s comments on immigration focused on legislation like HR 1868.

“From the point HR 1868 or legislation like it is passed into law, any child born in the United States would be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States . . . if any only if at the time of birth that child had at least one parent who was a citizen, a lawful permanent resident, or who was serving on active duty in the military,” Lee said.