Message from Senator Hatch

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Fellow Utahns,

It’s no secret that there are those who don’t subscribe to America having a strong national defense.  They believe in “soft power” and believe that we should cut back our defense to dangerous levels. They believe we should cut defense for more social programs.  For many of us, we thought that irresponsible view had been defeated.  But we were wrong.

After enacting the largest growth in government in generations, this anti-military crowd now has the justification it needs to finally gut our defense:  our over $15 trillion debt.  And that’s exactly what we saw last week, when the Obama Administration announced that it would be drastically slashing defense spending.

A lot of people in Northern Utah who live or work near Hill Air Force base should understand that the work they do to protect America could be in jeopardy, because the Obama Administration refuses to tackle the real causes of our debt…because they refuse to repeal the massive health law.  This is unacceptable.  And I will fight to make sure our defense doesn’t pay the price to support this radical and unsustainable expansion in government.

I’ve spoken with the Secretary of the Air Force and will continue to be in contact with the Air Force, my colleagues in Utah’s congressional delegation, Governor Herbert, state legislators and leaders around the state to lay out why Hill Air Force base is second to none and must remain a central figure in keeping America safe.  You can read my comments to the Secretary here.

You have my commitment to continue to fight to cut our national debt so our nation’s security is not put in harm’s way.

In Speech, Hatch Calls out President’s Unconstitutional Recess Appointments, Call for Tax Hikes at National Prayer Breakfast

Thursday morning the President suggested to the attendees that Jesus would have supported his latest tax-the-rich schemes.  With due respect to the President, he should stick to public policy.  I think most Americans would agree that the Gospels are concerned with weightier matters than effective tax rates.

To read the entire speech click here.

Hatch, 33 Senate Colleagues Ask Majority Leader Reid to Clarify His Position on Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

This past week I and 33 of my Senate colleagues sent a letter to Majority Leader Reid about the President’s use of unconstitutional recess appointments.  “It was under Majority Leader Reid’s leadership that the Senate first began to use pro forma sessions to shorten recess periods in order to prevent President George W. Bush from making recess appointments beginning in November 2007, and that this became the standard practice for the Senate during the rest of President Bush’s term in office, during which time no recess appointments were made.”

The letter also notes that on several occasions Majority Leader Reid publicly supported ignoring the Constitution and Senate precedent that, the Senators note, Majority Leader Reid created, and supported President Obama’s decision to bypass the Senate and make these recess appointments.

To read the letter to Senator Reid click here.

Hatch says CBO’s Annual Budget and Economic Outlook Should Serve as “Wake Up Call”

This report should serve as a wake up call.  Unsustainable debt, unacceptably-high unemployment, and soaring taxes is a dangerous status quo.  America deserves better than the failed economic policies of this White House.  It’s time for a dramatic change from the policies the American people have endured over the past three years. To achieve the goal of a bright and prosperous future for our children and grandchildren, we must start now.

To read what the CBO found in its Budget and Economic Outlook click here.

Hatch, Lee Introduce Legislation to Resolve Land Ownership for Homeowners Near Scofield Reservoir

Senator Mike Lee and I introduced legislation that allows for the transfer of ownership of certain federal lands surrounding the Scofield Reservoir in Carbon County. Within the last few years it has been discovered that dozens of homes around the Reservoir are encroaching on land owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation , meaning that homeowners do not own the land underneath their homes. The legislation allows the homeowners to purchase the land from the Bureau.

To view more about this bill please click here.

Sincerely,

Senator Orrin Hatch

P.S. If you have any concerns which my office can help with, please visit my website at www.hatch.senate.gov.

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