Press Releases

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Jul 22 2014

Hatch: Restore the Senate to the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body

Utah Senator Gives First in a Series of Speeches Highlighting Senate’s Current Dysfunction and Path to Reform

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the most senior Senate Republican, today gave the first in a series of speeches highlighting the Senate’s historical role and how it has become dysfunctional under the current Senate leadership.
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who was the lead Republican author the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), issued the following statement today after numerous media reports that the White House executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity will not include a clear exemption for religious organizations:
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today issued the following statement on CBO’s new report entitled, “The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook,” which details how spending for Social Security and health care entitlements will cause deficits to rise over time.

Jul 15 2014

Hatch: Senate Democrats’ Legislation Diminishes Religious Liberty Protections of all Americans

Protections of all Americans In Speech, Utah Senator Blasts Senate Democrats’ Response to Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Ruling

In a speech on the Senate Floor today, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a lead author of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), slammed legislation introduced by Senate Democrats’ (S.2578) that limits RFRA and the fundamental right of religious freedom.
Two land conveyance bills introduced by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) unanimously passed the U.S. Senate today. The Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (S.27/H.R.356) facilitates the exchange of 20,000 acres of state-held mineral rights within the Hill Creek Extension of the Ute Indian Reservation for mineral rights on approximately 20,000 acres of federal land in the northern portion of the reservation in eastern Utah. The Provo River Project Transfer Act (S.211/H.R.255) makes a technical change to the Provo River Project Transfer Act of 2004 in order to transfer the title of the Provo Reservoir Canal to the Provo River Water Users Association.