U.S. District Court Issues Injunction Against Department of Labor “Persuader Rule” [UPH Wire]

U.S. District Court Issues Injunction Against Department of Labor “Persuader Rule” Proposed rule violates attorney-client privilege and would have chilling effect on First Amendment SALT LAKE CITY July 5, 2016 – In the latest in a series of judicial reversals of federal overreach, a district court has issued a national injunction against a Department of Labor (DOL) administrative rule in a case in which Utah joined with Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, as well as several private plaintiffs. Instituted on March 24, the rule—known informally as…

Senator Jackson Resigns [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* July 1, 2016 *CONTACT* Ric Cantrell Senate Chief of Staff 801-647-8944 *SENATOR JACKSON **RESIGNS FROM THE UTAH SENATE* *Jackson family moves to **Virginia** to be closer to family and work* SALT LAKE CITY – Senator Al Jackson (R – Highland) resigned from the Utah State Senate this afternoon. He presented the following letter to the Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. Today, I officially resign as a Utah State Senator for Senate District 14. My family and I have decided it would be best for us to move east…

Hatch Leads Bipartisan Group Urging HHS to Make National Pain Strategy a Reality [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* July 1, 2016 Media Contact: J.P. Freire: (202) 228-0210 Matt Whitlock: (202) 224-4511 *Hatch Leads Bipartisan Group Urging HHS to Make National Pain Strategy a Reality* Washington, D.C.—Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member and former Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in writing a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell this week to request an update on the Department’s plan to implement their National Pain Strategy (NPS). Highlighting the urgent need to help millions of struggling Americans, Hatch…

VIDEO: Hatch Fights Obamacare for Utah’s Small Businesses with New Legislation [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* June 30, 2016 Media Contact: J.P. Freire: (202) 228-0210 Matt Whitlock: (202) 224-4511 *Video: Hatch Fights Obamacare for Utah’s Small Businesses* *with New Legislation* *Washington, D.C.—*Today, Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, gave an update on his commitment to repeal Obamacare and support Utah’s families and businesses that have been hurt the most by the President’s signature healthcare law. Senator Hatch delivered his statement on Obamacare to the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security. A video version of his remarks with…

Lee, Cotton Introduce United Kingdom Trade Continuity Act [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Thursday, July 30, 2016 *Lee, Cotton Introduce United Kingdom Trade Continuity Act* WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced the “United Kingdom Trade Continuity Act” Wednesday, a bill designed to promote economic stability and growth as the United Kingdom transitions out of the European Union. “Our nation’s special relationship with the United Kingdom has promoted economic prosperity and security in both countries for over a hundred years,” *Sen. Lee said*. “This relationship can and should be preserved,” Lee continued, “which is why we…

As Obamacare Hikes Healthcare Costs, Hatch Fights for Utahns [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* June 29, 2016 Media Contact: J.P. Freire: (202) 228-0210 Matt Whitlock: (202) 224-4511 *As Obamacare Hikes Healthcare Costs, Hatch Fights for Utahns* *“Small businesses know their employees and their health needs better than federal bureaucrats in Washington, and should have flexibility to design benefit packages that work best for them.”* *Washington, D.C.—*Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member and former chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued a statement to the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security highlighting the role small businesses play…

Utah AG Reyes Announces State, Federal and Consumer Multi-Billion Settlement Agreements with Volkswagen [UPH Wire]

Utah AG Reyes Announces State, Federal and Consumer Multi-Billion Settlement Agreements with Volkswagen VW Required to Repurchase or Fix Falsely-Marketed Diesel Vehicles, Provide Billions of Dollars in Additional Restitution to States, Federal Government and Car Owners SALT LAKE CITY June 28, 2016 – After months of intense negotiations, Attorney General Sean Reyes today announced a series of state and federal settlements that require Volkswagen AG and its related entities to make payments and take additional remedial action for consumers that will cost the automaker an estimated $15.2 billion nationwide. Today’s…

Sens. Lee, Sessions Call For Higher Defense Spending By NATO Members [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Tuesday, June 28, 2016 *Sens. Lee, Sessions Call For Higher Defense Spending By NATO Members* WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday stating that the viability of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is contingent upon a more equitable distribution of the collective defense burden, and requesting that this be a top priority of the administration at next month’s NATO Summit in Warsaw According to NATO’s own figures, the United…

Utah shines in bipartisan dialogue on poverty spearheaded by Reps. Love and Cleaver

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release: June 27, 2016 Contact: David Buer Sutherland Institute Director of Communications 801-355-1272 (w) dbuer@sutherlandinstitute.org *Utah shines in bipartisan dialogue on poverty spearheaded by Reps. Love and Cleaver* SALT LAKE CITY—Utah’s effective anti-poverty efforts took center stage today during a bipartisan gathering of local and national elected officials and advocates. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, invited her colleague Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, to come to Utah for this critical dialogue and asked Sutherland Institute president Boyd Matheson to facilitate the discussion at the South City Campus of…

Department of Labor Commissioner Steps Down [UPH Wire]

**attached contains the following: * For Immediate Release Contact: Kirsten Rappleye rappleye@utah.gov 801.505.1457 Department of Labor Commissioner Steps Down SALT LAKE CITY (June 27, 2016) – After serving for10 years as a member of the governor’s cabinet, Commissioner Sherrie Hayashi is stepping down to accept a position as the director of the University of Utah Office of Equal Opportunity. “I am deeply grateful to Gov. Herbert for his support and providing me with this opportunity,” Hayashi said. “This is a bittersweet moment, as I will miss the many hardworking, dedicated…