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Washington, DC—This afternoon, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a special ceremony at the White House. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor, which “may be awarded by the President to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” 

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According to the White House press release, the President awarded Senator Hatch the Medal of Freedom in recognition of: his successful service as a legislator, having sponsored more bills that have become law than any living member of Congress; his efforts in the confirmation of qualified judges throughout the federal judiciary in order to protect our constitutional order; and his efforts to “champion religious liberty, fight against communism, and stand on the side of freedom around the world.”

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Justice Antonin Scalia, Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley, Roger Staubach, Alan Page, and Miriam Adelson were also recognized with medals.