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    OREM — Approximately 3,000 people attended the Freedom Festival annual patriotic service, held at Utah Valley University Sunday evening. Introduced by Provo Mayor John Curtis, Sen. Orrin Hatch delivered a keynote speech on the current state of American freedom, the fight for religious liberty and the reasons to celebrate Independence Day. In his remarks, Hatch focused […]

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers in the Senate passed a proposal Thursday to provide a long-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund. Called the DRIVE Act, the bill included provisions long sought after by Utah transportation leaders and was advanced by Sen. Orrin Hatch. The bill passed by a vote of 65-34. “In a state growing as quickly […]

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. Senate begins debate on the president’s Iran deal, Sen. Orrin Hatch is continuing his opposition to the agreement. While the upcoming vote presents the first official opportunity for senators to go on record on the agreement, in the months before and after the president announced it, Hatch has raised what […]

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    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA— As lawmakers in the U.S. Senate continue the spirited debate over the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke out in favor of delaying consideration of a nomination now that voting has begun to elect the […]

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    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday to stress the importance of waiting until after the presidential election to confirm Justice Scalia’s replacement to the Supreme Court. “The Constitution does not dictate how the Senate must […]

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    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Legislation to restore accountability to the regulatory process was introduced Thursday by a coalition of lawmakers eager to ensure proper judicial review of administrative agency actions. The bill, called the “Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016,” looks to empower the courts, not agencies, to interpret all questions of law, including both statutes and […]

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    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the longest-serving member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, took to the Senate floor today to defend the constitutionality of the Senate’s decision to wait until after the election to consider a Supreme Court nominee. In defending the Republican position, he also laid bare many of the false […]

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    WASHINGTON — Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee each addressed the U.S. Senate this week, honoring former Sen. Bob Bennett, who died due to health complications May 4 at the age of 82. Read more: Former Sen. Bob Bennett dies at 82 Excerpts of the senators’ remarks are included in video attached to this report. The full text of their addresses […]

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    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – President Obama’s attempt at changing immigration policy was dealt a major blow Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision affirming a lower-court ruling that the administration had no authority to grant status to immigrants through his “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents” — or DAPA […]

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    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today about Obamacare and its negative impact on Utah. After outlining several of the health law’s deficiencies — including crushing rate increases, low enrollment figures, and decreasing options — Hatch shared experiences from Utahns who have […]

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    ST. GEORGE – A 24-year-old Utah man has been in jail in Venezuela since his arrest on June 30 on alleged weapons possession charges, weapons his family believes were planted in his apartment for political purposes. Joshua Holt’s health is declining as he sits in a Caracas prison. Although scheduled for trial Thursday, his mother fears it could […]

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    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — As outrage grows over the Obama administration’s suspected “ransom payment” to Iran after media reports detailed how a $400 million transfer was timed to coincide with the release of American hostages held by the rogue regime, the top Senate Republican charged with overseeing the Treasury Department is demanding answers. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, […]

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    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, has announced a contest to give Utahns the opportunity to win VIP tickets to a special question-and-answer session with Apple CEO Tim Cook. On Sept. 30, Cook will be touring Utah’s Silicon Slopes at Hatch’s invitation. Following the Q&A, Cook will […]

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    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Acting in his role as President Pro Tempore, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch invited Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to join him in opening the Senate floor Wednesday with a prayer. Christofferson is the first LDS apostle in […]

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    CEDAR CITY –The deadline for filing to run for municipal elections in Utah closed Wednesday at 5 p.m. and while two incumbents in Cedar City are seeking re-election, one councilman decided to bow out. Councilman Fred Rowley announced his decision to not run for office a second time during Wednesday’s council meeting, joking that he […]

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts. “Senate Republicans today came together to make history and advance a comprehensive tax overhaul […]

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    ST. GEORGE – A dozen Southern Utah military veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War went to Washington D.C. on Thursday for the three-day Utah Honor Flight trip. The St. George group is joining 38 veterans from the Wasatch Front, pushing the total number of veterans honored to more than 1,500 […]

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Retiring Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch went before a hometown crowd Thursday to tout his party’s second Supreme Court nominee in as many years and take shots at Democrats who oppose him. Hatch said those on the other side of the aisle have “completely lost their minds,” on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. […]

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    OPINION — The past few weeks have provided compelling lessons in how to advance an idea in our society. We’ve also seen some clear examples of what not to do. Many of us were surprised last week to hear that proponents and opponents of Utah’s medicinal cannabis initiative, known as Prop 2, had reached a […]

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    ST. GEORGE — What started as an effort by American Express to encourage people to begin shopping at small businesses around the holidays quickly became nationally recognized as “Small Business Saturday,” a day for local businesses to offer discounts and promotions the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, around 20 small businesses are offering sales and events […]