Press Releases

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NOTE: In 2009, Hatch wrote to President Obama asking the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division to investigate the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) after several undefeated college football teams were denied the opportunity to compete for a national championship. The BCS commissioners later adopted a four-team playoff competition for the college football postseason, which will debut in January.

Aug 01 2014

Hatch, Alexander Call on Burwell to Immediately Release Guidance on Biosimilar Drugs

Say patients, health care professionals, and congress must see FDA’s draft policy on naming, other key issues before first biosimilar is approved

U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today led colleagues in calling on the Obama administration to release guidance documents on biosimilar drug approvals. The senators were joined by three Republican members on the Senate health committee, Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.).
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted last night to significantly reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, provides funding to hire more health care providers, build new health clinics, support veterans and their families with more educational and psychological benefits, and give the Secretary of the VA the authority needed to fire senior executives at the agency as the Secretary sees fit.

Jul 31 2014

Hatch on Highway Trust Fund

In Speech on Senate Floor, Utah Senator Says, “As far as I can see, the only viable solution before the Senate today is to take up the House bill and pass it as-is. Once again, we’ve all known that this was the most likely outcome for some time now. It’s time we accept it and move on.”

In a speech on the Senate floor today, Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) highlighted the similarities between the House-passed Highway Bill and the Senate Finance Committee proposal.

Jul 31 2014

Hatch: Senate’s Importance as an Institution Must Not Change With Party in Power

Utah Senator Gives Third in a Series of Speeches on the State of the Senate

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the most senior Senate Republican, today gave the third in a series of speeches highlighting the Senate’s historical role and how it has become dysfunctional under the current Senate leadership.