Press Releases

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Nov 11 2014

Hatch Welcomes U.S. Progress on International Technology Trade Pact

Utah Senator Says, “Given the recent progress achieved on international trade policy at APEC, it is imperative the President now work with Congress in a bipartisan way to help pass Trade Promotion Authority.”

SALT LAKE CITY – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced it reached a deal with China towards expanding the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), an international trade pact that works to eliminate tariffs on information technology products:

“After more than a year of stalled negotiations, the Administration’s progress with China to zero-out tariffs on information technology products, like medical devices, is welcome news. Expansion of the Information Technology Agreement would be a big win for American manufacturers, including many in my home state of Utah, who would then be able to increase their global footprint on cutting-edge technologies. Given the recent progress achieved on international trade policy at APEC, it is imperative the President now work with Congress in a bipartisan way to help pass Trade Promotion Authority. Renewal of this job-creating initiative will empower our nation to negotiate a high-quality Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that will grow the economy, benefit the American people and achieve the goals of Congress.”

NOTE: A longtime advocate of breaking down trade barriers, Hatch has repeatedly called on the President to work with Congress to renew TPA, which expired in 2007. This Congress, Hatch introduced the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act with then-Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp. To date, Democrat Leadership in the Senate has blocked movement of the bipartisan, bicameral bill.

Nov 10 2014

Senator Hatch Responds to President Obama’s Net Neutrality Statement

"It’s not 1934, and we are not dealing with telephones you hold in two parts."

Salt Lake City, Utah—Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, made the following statement on net neutrality:

“In a 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed about the importance of stopping net neutrality, I wrote that ‘the Internet has grown because of a virtuous and mutually beneficial circle: network operators provide ever-increasing speed and bandwidth; content providers one-up each other with game-changing innovations; and consumers adapt and adopt at lightning speed.’  In the five years since, the Internet has only continued to expand.  Yet the President now seeks to use 80-year-old regulations to control that incredible growth.  It’s not 1934, and we are not dealing with telephones you hold in two parts.  I’m proud of the work Senate Republicans have done to lay out an agenda for encouraging growth and innovation here in America, and we must defend against the use of a decades-old regulatory framework that would hurt that progress."

As Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, Sen. Hatch has been a strong voice against net neutrality. In the next Congress, Sen. Hatch will focus on a pro-tech, pro-innovation agenda that relies heavily on a free and open internet. 

Salt Lake City, Utah—Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, former chairman and longest serving Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the nomination of Loretta Lynch, the current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to be Attorney General of the United States.

"I congratulate Ms. Lynch on her nomination to serve as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States, and I look forward to reviewing and considering her nomination,” said Hatch. "When reviewing a candidate to serve as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer, a full and fair confirmation process is always essential, and its importance has only increased in light of the troubling abuses under the current Attorney General. I look forward to hearing Ms. Lynch’s plans for restoring trust in the Department of Justice.”

Salt Lake City, Utah—Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, former chairman and longest serving Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to hear King v. Burwell, a case that asks whether the federal government can lawfully provide subsidies to buyers of health insurance under Obamacare.

“Obamacare has been a disaster, in no small part because of the divisive process by which it was conceived,” said Hatch. “The Supreme Court must hold the Obama administration accountable to the text of the law as passed by Congress. The clear language of Obamacare authorizes subsidies only through the state exchanges, not the federal exchange.  In this case, the Obama administration simply ignored the law and implemented its own policy instead.  The administration’s decision to issue billions of dollars in subsidies in clear disregard of the statutory text represents a fundamental breach of our constitutional system, in which the rightful authority to make law is vested in Congress."

“President Obama continues to put politics ahead of the rule of law. I applaud the Supreme Court for deciding to hear this vitally important case, and I hope that it will reject the administration’s lawless behavior and instead uphold the lawmaking authority of Congress.” 

Senator Hatch has fought tirelessly to repeal Obamacare since it was signed into law in 2010. Earlier this year, along with Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), Senator Hatch released what the Washington Post called “the most complete Obamacare replacement plan,” the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act.

Salt Lake City, Utah—Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the most senior Republican in the Senate, released the following statement on the decision of the United States District Court for the District of Utah striking down as unconstitutional Endangered Species Act regulations that limit the rights of Utah property owners: 

“I’m glad the court has stepped in to protect the property rights of Utahns,” Hatch said. “I’ve worked on this issue for a long time, and this decision is a direct result of the tremendous efforts of the members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners, the Pacific Legal Foundation, the Iron County Commission, and the people of Iron County. This is the first time a federal court has found that Endangered Species Act regulations limiting the taking of a listed species exceed the scope of Congress’s enumerated powers. The court’s decision confirms what we have said all along: the federal government has no business interfering with property rights where the allegedly endangered species has no connection to, or effect on, interstate commerce. I will continue to fight the federal government’s unnecessary intrusions in the state of Utah.” 

Sen. Hatch visited affected sites in Iron County to see the issue firsthand in the summer of 2012. As Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus’s Public Lands Subcommittee, he also coordinated visits for officials of the Fish and Wildlife Service, which led to an official proposal that would allow for a more serious solution.