Update from Senator Orrin Hatch

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Fellow Utahn,

Nothing is better than being home in Utah listening to the concerns of the people of our great state. What I keep hearing is how concerned people are about the out-of-control spending and red-tape coming out of Washington. I couldn’t agree more. This coming week the Senate will take up a measure to fund the government. It better reduce spending, because that’s exactly what Utahns are rightly demanding.

I’ll also be starting a series of hearings on tax reform. Let’s face it – our tax system is too complicated and too burdensome and needs to be changed. To those who want to turn tax reform into tax hikes, that’s not something I’ll ever support, because we all know that Washington spends too much; it doesn’t tax too little. I look forward to hearing from you on how we can help move this nation forward.

In the Press this week:

President Wrong to Refuse Defense of the Defense of Marriage Act: “President Obama’s personal politics are trumping his presidential duty, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Defense of Marriage Act, a Democratic President signed it into law, and the Justice Department has a duty to defend it. It is deeply disturbing to see politics further distort the Department of Justice.”

Hatch Co-Sponsors Bill to Limit Presidential Power on National Monument Designation: “If this bill had been law in 1996, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument would look vastly different than it does today. Public lands in Utah and other states belong to the American people, not to government bureaucrats and environmental elitists”

Announcing Tax Hearings on Why the Tax Code Needs Reform: “Our tax system is burdensome, overly complex and stifles American competitiveness. It needs to be reformed. With these hearings, we hope to lay the ground work towards a comprehensive overhaul to ensure we are putting real pro-growth policies in place that will spur investment, economic expansion, and much needed jobs.”

Best Wishes,

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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