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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?

2 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'

3 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

3 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

A 'Path To Yes' On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It

The "fast track" trade bill introduced last week by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a number of problems. It sets aside Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and essentially pre-approves the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the public and most of Congress even sees it. Show More Summary

GOP: Well of Course We Must Pass ObamaCare Subsidies!

To those worried by the prospect that the Supreme Court could rule against Obama in Halbig, I said in February: [B]e of good cheer. Winning or losing that case won’t matter, it now appears — because, as Orrin Hatch recently made clear, Republicans are going to cave immediately if we win the case: Hatch said […]

Ten Republicans vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general; Ted Cruz doesn't show

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

The Senate voted 56-43 Thursday, finally, to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general, with eight Republicans voting to confirm her. Five had already committed themselves to support her: Republicans Orrin Hatch (UT), Jeff Flake (AZ),...Show More Summary

Senate Committee Passes TPA Bill

The Senate Finance Committee yesterday passed Trade Promotion Authority legislation by a vote of 20-6. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said the action “marks a pivotal moment for international trade policy and reflects years of...Show More Summary

Senators Don't Address Forced Labor Provision In Trade Bill

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- A new trade bill from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is notable in part for what it doesn't do: close an exception that allows the U.S. to import some goods produced by forced or child labor. The Senate...Show More Summary

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