Why I didn’t go to the inauguration

Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-01-26 18:16:58
Dear Friend, Last Friday, we observed a time-honored tradition of the world’s oldest democracy: the peaceful transition of power. This changing of the guard from one president to the next is a defining feature of our Republic. At the request of President Donald Trump, I was honored to fulfill the role of designated survivor during the inauguration. As much as I would have liked to participate in the day’s festivities, I was honored to perform this important constitutional duty, which ensures the continuity of government.   Find out more about what I have in common with Kiefer Sutherland here As I watched the inauguration proceedings from an undisclosed location, I felt genuinely optimistic for the future of our country. The years ahead will bring much-needed disruption to business as usual in Washington. President Trump is an agent of change, and I am confident that he will serve our nation well. Both before and after the election, I have consulted frequently with the President and members of his inner circle. All of my interactions have led me to believe that President Trump is serious about governing and ready to lead. With Congress and the White House working together as partners, I am optimistic that we can advance a conservative reform agenda and effect meaningful change for Utah and the nation. Although I, like many Utahns, may not agree with President Trump on every issue, there are many areas where we share common ground. Where my viewpoints differ with the new administration, I am prepared to act as a check on executive power. But where our positions align, I plan to work alongside the President to promote policies that will foster innovation, bolster the economy, and strengthen our national defense. The new administration has already voiced its support for a number of policies that will directly benefit Utah’s families. As a member of Senate leadership, I will have the opportunity to partner with President Trump on several key points of his agenda: As Chairman of the Finance Committee, I will work to repeal Obamacare, create good-paying jobs, fix our entitlement system, and curb out-of-control spending; As the senior member of the Judiciary Committee, I will work to confirm a conservative justice to the Supreme Court, overhaul our broken immigration system, and rein in our burdensome regulatory bureaucracy;  And as a member of the Senate HELP Committee, I will work with my colleagues to continue improving our education system by returning decision-making power to the states. On these and many other critical reforms, President Trump has expressed his eagerness to work alongside me and others in Congress to promote the common good. In the years ahead, I look forward to collaborating with the new administration in advancing an ambitious legislative agenda that represents the interests of Utah and the nation at large. Sincerely,   Orrin

Dear Friend,

Last Friday, we observed a time-honored tradition of the world’s oldest democracy: the peaceful transition of power. This changing of the guard from one president to the next is a defining feature of our Republic. At the request of President Donald Trump, I was honored to fulfill the role of designated survivor during the inauguration. As much as I would have liked to participate in the day’s festivities, I was honored to perform this important constitutional duty, which ensures the continuity of government.

 

As I watched the inauguration proceedings from an undisclosed location, I felt genuinely optimistic for the future of our country. The years ahead will bring much-needed disruption to business as usual in Washington. President Trump is an agent of change, and I am confident that he will serve our nation well.

Both before and after the election, I have consulted frequently with the President and members of his inner circle. All of my interactions have led me to believe that President Trump is serious about governing and ready to lead. With Congress and the White House working together as partners, I am optimistic that we can advance a conservative reform agenda and effect meaningful change for Utah and the nation.

Although I, like many Utahns, may not agree with President Trump on every issue, there are many areas where we share common ground. Where my viewpoints differ with the new administration, I am prepared to act as a check on executive power. But where our positions align, I plan to work alongside the President to promote policies that will foster innovation, bolster the economy, and strengthen our national defense.

The new administration has already voiced its support for a number of policies that will directly benefit Utah’s families. As a member of Senate leadership, I will have the opportunity to partner with President Trump on several key points of his agenda:

  • As Chairman of the Finance Committee, I will work to repeal Obamacare, create good-paying jobs, fix our entitlement system, and curb out-of-control spending;
  • As the senior member of the Judiciary Committee, I will work to confirm a conservative justice to the Supreme Court, overhaul our broken immigration system, and rein in our burdensome regulatory bureaucracy; 
  • And as a member of the Senate HELP Committee, I will work with my colleagues to continue improving our education system by returning decision-making power to the states.

On these and many other critical reforms, President Trump has expressed his eagerness to work alongside me and others in Congress to promote the common good. In the years ahead, I look forward to collaborating with the new administration in advancing an ambitious legislative agenda that represents the interests of Utah and the nation at large.

Sincerely,

 

Orrin

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