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Apr 08 2014

Hatch, Colleagues to IRS: End Proposed Agency Rule Designed to Stifle Free Speech

In Letter to IRS Commissioner Senate Finance Committee Republicans Write, “We call on you to stand your ground and stop this terrible proposed regulation from becoming a final regulation by refusing to sign it if it reaches your desk.”

Today, the eleven Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee, led by Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), called on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen to put an end to the Obama Administration’s proposed regulation designed to stifle the free speech of groups that have criticized the White House.
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today issued the following statement after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) announced its decision to pare back previously proposed cuts to the market-driven Medicare Advantage (MA) program.
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at a committee markup on
the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today praised the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which found that limits on the total amount of money donors can give to all candidates, committees, and political parties violate the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech. Hatch has long argued that such limits on campaign contributions are inconsistent with an individual’s rights to political speech guaranteed under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Today’s decision is a victory for all Americans and for the free speech protections that individuals of every political stripe hold dear,” Hatch said.  “I’m pleased the Supreme Court recognized that unreasonable restrictions on aggregate political contribution limits unjustly intrude on each citizen’s ability to exercise the most fundamental First Amendment activities.  Today’s decision will help ensure the robust political participation and debate that our nation’s Founders envisioned.”

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, today joined with Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and 32 of their Senate Republican colleagues in sending a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), seeking clarification regarding the recent announcement that NTIA intends to relinquish responsibility of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global multistakeholder community.