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Congress Introduce Bi-Partisan Bill To Abdicate Its Own Role And Screw Over American Public All At Once

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We knew this was happening sooner or later, but Senate Finance chair Max Baucus, along with ranking member Orrin Hatch have introduced the "fast track authority" bill in the Senate. Over in the House, the same basic bill has been introduced by Rep. Show More Summary

Now Is The Time To Revise The Second Amendment

As the casualties from America’s long love affair with guns continue to mount to levels unparalleled in other developed countries, the idea of vastly overhauling the Second Amendment seldom comes up. In 1982, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was commissioned to do a history of the Second Amendment in Strom Thurmond’s Senate Judiciary Committee. This is when the lost […]

Senate Votes 59-36 to Confirm John Koskinen as IRS Commissioner

The Senate this morning voted 59-36 to confirm John Koskinen as Commissioner of the IRS. GOP Sens. Richard Burr (North Carolina), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tennessee), Orrin Hatch (Utah), and Rob Portman (Ohio) voted with Democrats. Bloomberg The Hill New York Times Politico Wall Street Journal Washington Post

Why Workers Deserve the Employee Rights Act, Part 1: Secret Ballot Elections

In November, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Representative Tom Price (R-Ga.) introduced the Employee Rights Act, a bill that strengthens federal labor law to protect workers from union coercion and enhance worker choice when deciding on whether or not to join a union.

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The top story tonight: The budget deal appears to be on the fast track for passage through the Senate, with six Republicans now promising support (remember, the filibuster is still around for legislation). Orrin Hatch offers an interesting reason why: “Hatch, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, said he is acting out of a […]

Six GOP Senators Back Ryan-Murray Budget, Ensuring Senate Passage

The budget deal that House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is set to clear the Senate, The New York Times reports. “Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican...Show More Summary

Hatch backs budget deal: 'Sometimes the answer has to be yes'

You can add another Republican senator who is supporting the Ryan-Murray budget deal: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Hatch said in a statement: “This agreement isn’t everything I’d hoped it would be, and it isn’t what I would have written. But sometimes the answ …

Senate Holds Hearing on John Koskinen's Nomination to be IRS Commissioner

The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing today on John Koskinen, President Obama's nominee to be Commissioner of the IRS. Testimony of John Koskinen Statement of Chair Max Baucus Statement of Ranking Member Orrin Hatch Accounting Today Bloomberg Reuters USA Today Wall Street Journal Washington Post Washington Times

A workers’ rights bill that almost everyone likes — except Big Labor

The Washington Examiner Sen. Orrin Hatch has been defending employee rights since he was first elected in 1976. As a freshman senator, the Utah Republican helped lead the filibuster that defeated the Labor Law Reform Act, which would have effectively eliminated secret ballot elections.

Only 5 Obamacare Enrollees in Washington, D.C.

A grand total of five people have completed enrollment in Obamacare thus far in Washington, D.C., according to information compiled by Republican senators Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (Utah).Since the health-care exchanges launched...Show More Summary

Only Five Obamacare Enrollees in Washington, D.C.

A grand total of five people have completed enrollment in Obamacare thus far in Washington, D.C., according to information compiled by Republican senators Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (Utah).Since the health-care exchanges launched...Show More Summary

Hatch Blames Shutdown, 'Couple of Senators,' for Cuccinelli's Loss

Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) laid the blame for Ken Cuccinelli's narrow loss in Virginia's gubernatorial election on his colleagues who led the effort that resulted in the government shutdown."Cuccinelli would have won if a couple of senators hadn't shut down the government," Hatched told Fox News on Thursday morning. Show More Summary

ENDA moves forward in Senate, 61-30

As expected, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act cleared its first procedural vote in the Senate early Monday evening. The vote was 61 to 30, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Mark Kirk, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman and Pat Toomey voting in favor. Show More Summary

GOP Establishment Signals Primary Fight Against Tea Party Favorite Mike Lee

On Tuesday, 79-year old Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), now serving his seventh term in the Senate, signaled that he and other members of the Republican establishment are likely to encourage a primary challenge to first term Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Show More Summary

GOP Senators Shrug Off Debt-Limit Date

Republicans appear to be increasingly dismissive of the October 17 deadline the White House has set for when the federal debt limit must be raised to avoid an economic disaster. Even relative moderates such as Senators Orrin Hatch (R.,...Show More Summary

If You Don't Like ObamaCare, Can You Quit?

At a physician's roundtable years ago, I asked Senator Orrin Hatch why I couldn't punch out of Social Security, happy to leave all that I had paid "into the system" on the table. Why couldn't anyone, I asked, willing to leave behind all they had paid in, be allowed to walk away from these entitlements, as long as they were willing to forgo a future claim to these "benefits?"

Hatch, Baucus Accuse IRS of Refusing to Answer Questions

Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch are not happy with the IRS. The two senators, who are the Senate finance committee chairman and ranking member respectively, sent a letter back in May to the IRS that contained 41 questions regarding the Inspector general report that outlined how the IRS had targeted tea party groups. Show More Summary

Some Senators Release Their Blank Slate Tax Reform Ideas

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch asked their fellow Senators to submit proposals for reforming America's tax laws by July 26. The Senate is exploring taking a "blank-slate" approach to revising...Show More Summary

Some Senators shun secrecy, share tax reform suggestions

In seeking specifics from their Senate colleagues on ways to reform the tax code, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the committee's Ranking minority party member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) promised confidentiality....Show More Summary

Unclear on the Concept

Discussing Eric Holder’s proposed challenge to Texas’s recent change to voting laws, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah reveals some unclarity on the nature of despotism. “The court has already ruled — and he’s trying to reinstitute the Voting Rights Act in Texas,” the Utah Republican tells Newsmax. “If I were a Texan, I’d be so…

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