On Constitution Day 2015, Hatch Speaks on Responsible Governing [UPH Wire]

On Constitution Day 2015, Hatch Speaks on Responsible Governing Washington, D.C.—In honor of the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, Senator Hatch took to the Senate floor to discuss the vital role the Constitution plays in responsible governing. Hatch has spoken several times about the need to restore function to the Senate to ensure that the institution lives up to its constitutional duties. (Via  YouTube) In his remarks, Hatch quoted James Madison, widely considered the” Father of the Constitution.”                    James Madison called the…

Observations on the 2015 Utah GOP Organizing Convention

Some general thoughts and reactions to the events at the Utah GOP convention on August 15, 2015: People who paid $25,000 were allowed to speak for eight minutes before the main body of the convention. The speakers were Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Senator Mike Lee, Governor Gary Herbert, and Overstock.com CEO Jonathan Johnson, who plans to challenge Herbert in the primary in 2016. Johnson had this odd moment when he asked people to text to a number if they wanted him and Herbert to have a series of debates or…

Hatch endorses Jeb Bush for President [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Aug. 12, 2015 Media Contact: J.P. Freire — 202 596 5653 Orrin Hatch Endorses Jeb Bush for President Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah issued the following statement in support of Jeb Bush’s candidacy for President: “Our country is in the midst of a crisis in leadership. At home, our economy continues to limp along and too many citizens lack good jobs and opportunities to advance. Abroad, the United States appears weak. Our enemies no longer fear us and many of our friends no longer trust us. “We…

Sen Hatch Praises Senate Passage of Bipartisan Trade Bill [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* June 24, 2015 Media Contact: J.P. Freire: (202) 228-0210 Matt Whitlock: (202) 224-4511 *Hatch Praises Senate Passage of Bipartisan Trade Bill* *Utah Senator Says, “With Trade Promotion Authority back in our trade arsenal, we can continue as the premier leader on global trade and open more international markets for American farmers, ranchers, and businesses. These new opportunities will mean better jobs, bigger paychecks, and a healthier economy here at home.”* WASHINGTON – Lawmakers passed the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities & Accountability Act (TPA 2015) on Wednesday. Senate…

Hatch: The stakes are too high to act as if Iran is a trustworthy partner [UPH Wire]

  *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* June 22, 2015 Media Contact: J.P. Freire: (202) 228-0210 Matt Whitlock: (202) 224-4511 *Hatch: The stakes are too high to act as if Iran is a trustworthy partner* Washington—A scathing report released by the U.N. Security Council detailing Iran’s refusal to comply with existing UN resolutions and international agreements, has raised doubts among lawmakers regarding Iran’s willingness to act as an honest negotiating partner. “The lesson to draw from the Security Council report is clear,” Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in a speech on the Senate…

Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — May 27, 2015

Quick note to Salt Lake County employees: No one is paid what they think they’re worth. But unless your last name is Messi, that will always be the case. The other thing is that government work has always been about reasonable pay and awesome benefits. If you’re still there in this Utah economy, things ain’t so bad. (Trib) • Max Roth sits down with Sen. Mike Lee to talk politics. The topics are pretty standard: His sparring with Chris Christie, friendship with presidential candidates, and gay marriage. The real eye-opener…

Flake, Hatch, McCain and Lee Introduce Bill Prohibiting Presidential Water Grab [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* *CONTACT: *Flake Press Office (202) 228-2046 Thursday, May 21, 2015 press@flake.senate.gov | @FlakePress Matt Whitlock (Hatch) (202) 224-4511 Julie Tarallo (McCain) (202) 224-7130 Emily Long (Lee) (202) 224-3904 Flake, Hatch, McCain and Lee Introduce Bill Prohibiting Presidential Water Grab Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) today introduced S. 1416, a bill to prevent the president from changing the federal water-rights designation of lands declared to be national monuments. When the president federalizes land by declaring…