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Disturbing Video Of Sarah Palin Adoring Donald Trump

In addition, Gov. Palin will be interviewing senior U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. So it was only natural that he would be asked about it. During an interview at the Republican front-runner’s glass-enclosed cocoon on Fifth Avenue this week, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics tried to get Trump to get specific. “Sometimes they’re

Walker unveils health-care speech, new message

After much hype from his campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his health-care plan, which — like many of plans out there (including ones like those put out by Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Tom Price and Sen. Orrin Hatch) — proposes repealing Obamacare, going to a system of tax credits for those without employer-provided insurance, allowing insurance […]

Here’s the Senate Report on the IRS’s Out-of-Control Culture

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, released this report last week. Here are the highlights from the report, which report can be found here. During the years 2010 to 2013, IRS management failed to provide effective control, guidance and direction over the processing of applications for tax-exempt status. Top IRS […]

IRS is Rife with “Personal Politics” and “Gross Mismanagement”

The Washington Examiner with the latest: The Senate Finance Committee issued the report Wednesday and it included bipartisan criticism and a conclusion by panel Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, that “personal politics…influenced how the IRS conducted its business. The agency has been under fire since May 2013, when an inspector general’s report found that an IRS […]

Empowering individual workers rather than union bosses

By Rick Berman, The Washington Times This week, Sen Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, and Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, introduced a new proposal to rebalance the rights and the law regarding employees and union bosses. The Employee...Show More Summary

Civility's Place is in the Senate and the House

The weather is getting a bit warm in Washington as July rumbles into August, and tempers in the Capitol are heating up as well. In a rare Sunday session of the United States Senate, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who also serves as president...Show More Summary

Renewable Tax Extenders Package Set To Emerge From Finance Committee

Renewable energy is back on the docket for the Senate Finance Committee, and Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is likely to release the draft of his bill as early as this week. The Committee is considering a two-year extender for tax incentives for new wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and ocean energy projects during a markup. read more

All talk and no action keeps highways a bumpy mess.

The House passes a five-month highway patch. But the Senate still wants two years and Finance Chair Orrin Hatch thinks he might be able to fund five. The House bill relies on $8 billion in cats-and-dogs changes in tax administration and budget gimmicks to fund the short-term extension through December. Show More Summary

Finance Committee Working Groups: Tax Reform is Hard

After six months and two extensions, the Senate Finance Committee’s five tax reform working groups presented their reports today to panel chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and top Democrat Ron Wyden (D-OR). For the most part, they reached no consensus on either specific reforms or a broad design for overall reform. Show More Summary

Sen. Orrin Hatch Proposes LEADS Act To Protect Internet Privacy

When an Irish subsidiary of Microsoft was suspected of having information on a cloud server the U.S. Dept. of Justice had interest, Microsoft contended it was asked to turn that information over to the government in violation of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) between the governments of the U.S. Show More Summary

Kudos to Congressional Taxwriters for Sounding the Alarm on BEPS

In a letter yesterday to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways andRead the Rest...

What makes Lindsey run?

(Paul Mirengoff) Lindsey Graham has announced that he is running for president. Whenever a Senate “old bull” with very little support in the polls (e.g., Orrin Hatch, Arlen Specter, Chris Dodd) makes such an announcement, the question always asked is: why? The answer is easy. Show More Summary

The Benefit of Free Trade Is Not Exports, It's Lower Prices on Things We Want

In the news this morning, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R–UT), author of the Trade Promotion Authority bill, makes the usual case for trade agreements and TPA: We need to get this bill passed. We need to pass it for the American workers who want good, high-paying jobs. Show More Summary

Why would the IRS be outsourcing tax audits to a private law firm?

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants to know why the Internal Revenue Service has hired Quinn Emanuel to assist in auditing Microsoft, with the power to compel sworn testimony [Sean Hackbarth, Institute for Legal Reform] For a sampling of the complications...Show More Summary

US Republicans Block Bill on Public Disclosure of Trade Deal Details

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah has blocked legislation proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts that would require public disclosure of the text of trade deal legislation prior to assigning it "fast-track" status, The Hill reported.

Steady On toward Tax Reform

The Senate Finance Committee’s working groups on tax reform have narrowed their focus. Chair Orrin Hatch sounds like he’s given up on broad-based reform for now, but Tax Analysts reports (paywall) that the groups have focused on four areas where they still may make progress: Education, charity, and homeownership incentives, and tax administration. Show More Summary

Chief Senate Tax Writer Calls for IRS to Stop Use of “Hired Guns” in Taxpayer Exams

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) this afternoon sent a strongly worded letter to IRS Commission John Koskinen askingRead the Rest...

Orrin Hatch Refers To Asia As 'The Orient'

4 months agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called Asia “the Orient” while speaking on the Senate floor late Tuesday -- an outdated term considered offensive to Asians. Hatch and fellow senators were discussing how to proceed after Senate Democrats torpedoed the fast-track trade bill, which he had championed. Show More Summary

What’s Behind Ron Wyden’s Bipartisanship

Mark Bloomfield: Amid Washington's gridlock, there are occasional moments of bipartisanship, such as when Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) joined with Orrin Hatch and Paul Ryan to introduce Trade Promotion Authority legislation.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz draw eye rolls from fellow Republican senators

4 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Question: Who do you even root for in a battle of ideas between Republican senators like John Cornyn and Orrin Hatch and Republican presidential candidates like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz? (The latter are also senators,...Show More Summary

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