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Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-08-04 17:17:59
Dear Friend, I represent a generation of lawmakers brought up on the principles of bipartisanship and compromise. And I believe that these very virtues are the keys to my success as a Senator. By putting these principles in practice—and by working in good faith with my friends from across the aisle—I’ve been able to pass more bills into law than anyone alive today.     Video via Facebook I draw from my own personal experience as a legislator not to gloat but to convey a simple truth: In an era of endless gridlock and increasing polarization, there is no alternative to civility and healthy debate. This is a point I made recently in Time Magazine, and it’s a point that bears repeating after months of stalemate, discord, and partisan bickering in Congress. The Senate is capable of so much more than it is today. I know because I’ve seen the Senate at its best. I’ve seen the Senate when regular order was the norm, when legislation was debated in committee, and when members worked constructively with one another for the good of the country. I’ve seen the Senate when it truly lived up to its reputation as “the world’s greatest deliberative body.” I believe we can again see this body at its best. But restoring the Senate to its proper function requires real change on all sides. It begins by recognizing that all Senators—Democrats and Republicans alike—are to some extent culpable for the current dysfunction. If my colleagues and I want to break free of the current gridlock, and if we want to show the American people that we are serious about legislating, then we have to be honest with ourselves. And we have to recognize that laying all the blame on the other side is as counterproductive as it is disingenuous. Most importantly, Senators must be willing to work in the spirit of civility with members of the opposite party. All too often, we miss opportunities to effect meaningful change by hiding behind partisan differences. We must take the opposite course by renewing our efforts to reach across the aisle to overcome division and forge consensus.  There is no better template for effective, bipartisan legislating. This is the model I’ve followed for years to much success—and it’s the model I will continue to follow for the betterment of Utah and the nation. Sincerely,     Orrin  

Dear Friend,

I represent a generation of lawmakers brought up on the principles of bipartisanship and compromise. And I believe that these very virtues are the keys to my success as a Senator. By putting these principles in practice—and by working in good faith with my friends from across the aisle—I’ve been able to  pass more bills  into law than anyone alive today.  

 

I spoke about this on the Senate floor this week.

I draw from my own personal experience as a legislator not to gloat but to convey a simple truth: In an era of endless gridlock and increasing polarization, there is  no alternative to civility and healthy debate. This is a point I made recently in  Time Magazine , and it’s a point that bears repeating after months of stalemate, discord, and partisan bickering in Congress.

The Senate is capable of so much more than it is today. I know because I’ve seen the Senate at its best. I’ve seen the Senate when regular order was the norm, when legislation was debated in committee, and when members worked constructively with one another for the good of the country. I’ve seen the Senate when it truly lived up to its reputation as “the world’s greatest deliberative body.”

I believe we can again see this body at its best. But restoring the Senate to its proper function requires real change on all sides. It begins by recognizing that all Senators—Democrats and Republicans alike—are to some extent culpable for the current dysfunction. If my colleagues and I want to break free of the current gridlock, and if we want to show the American people that we are serious about legislating, then we have to be honest with ourselves. And we have to recognize that laying all the blame on the other side is as counterproductive as it is disingenuous.

Most importantly, Senators must be willing to work in the spirit of civility with members of the opposite party. All too often, we miss opportunities to effect meaningful change by hiding behind partisan differences. We must take the opposite course by renewing our efforts to reach across the aisle to overcome division and forge consensus. 

There is no better template for effective, bipartisan legislating. This is the model I’ve followed for years to much success—and it’s the model I will continue to follow for the betterment of Utah and the nation.

Sincerely,

   

 Orrin

 

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