Dear Fellow Utahns,
I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season. As we remember 2011 and all the challenges we faced, I wanted to take a few minutes to outline some of my priorities for 2012.
Restoring Fiscal Sanity to Washington
A few weeks ago our national debt topped $15 trillion. This is real money that will eventually have to be repaid.
Congress needs to listen to the America people who want spending to be cut now. It’s not Washington’s money to spend. It’s your hard-earned tax dollars that are being spent by the tax-and-spend politicians in Washington, often in the name of jobs that never seem to come.
I’ll continue to fight for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and to cut spending whenever and wherever we can. Our debt is a threat to economic growth and job creation now and in the future and we need to get serious and rein in government spending.
Fundamentally Reforming our Tax Code
As the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee (which oversees Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Trade and all revenue matters such as our Tax Code), I am committed to fundamentally reforming our tax code so that Utah families can keep more of their hard earned money and small businesses can invest more in themselves and create jobs. Our tax code hasn’t been significantly overhauled in decades. It’s antiquated and far too complex. Tax reform will allow both individuals and businesses to focus their efforts on their families and creating jobs instead of on tax compliance.
I voted against ObamaCare when it was voted on in the Senate and since then, I’ve been one of the most vocal Republicans on the need to repeal this disastrous law.
In the Fall, I released the top 10 reasons of why ObamaCare is crippling our economy and standing in the way of job creation (you can view it here).
The Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction over many of the provisions in the law, and I’m going to continue to push for fully repealing the law and in the meantime, ensure that the provisions due to take affect are not implemented.
There is much more work to do. I look forward to working with you in 2012 to help strengthen Utah and our great country for future generations of Americans. Together, we can restore our nation’s promise and return America to “a shining beacon on a hill.”
From my family to yours, I hope you have a happy, healthy, and joyous new year.
Senator Orrin Hatch