What gridlock?

Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-08-11 17:16:34
Dear Friend, Cable news paints a grim picture of Washington these days. And while it’s true that partisan tensions run high, the media’s doom-and-gloom narrative overlooks the fact that many of us are still getting things done, even amid unprecedented conflict and division.  Having served in the Senate for many years, I’ve seen my fair share of legislative standoffs. Through these experiences, I’ve learned how to navigate gridlock by reaching across the aisle to find common ground. This Congress, I’ve put these lessons to good use, working quietly behind the scenes to secure important victories for Utah and the nation.

Dear Friend,

Cable news paints a grim picture of Washington these days. And while it’s true that partisan tensions run high, the media’s doom-and-gloom narrative overlooks the fact that many of us are still getting things done, even amid unprecedented conflict and division. 

Having served in the Senate for many years, I’ve seen my fair share of legislative standoffs. Through these experiences, I’ve learned how to navigate gridlock by reaching across the aisle to find common ground. This Congress, I’ve put these lessons to good use, working quietly behind the scenes to secure important victories for Utah and the nation.

See more about what I've been working on in this story! 

Utah’s families deserve to know how the policy coming out of Washington will affect them, which is why today I wanted to highlight just a few of my most significant legislative accomplishments this year.  

Strengthening Our Law Enforcement

Violent crime is up across much of the country. Facing such challenges, it’s essential that we give our men and women in blue every available resource to get the job done. That’s why I introduced the Rapid DNA Act, which enables law enforcement to analyze DNA in record time, reducing backlogs in rape kits and keeping violent criminals off our streets.

By facilitating the use of rapid DNA technology, my proposal also helps to exonerate those wrongly accused of crime. Ultimately, this groundbreaking new tool will facilitate several investigations currently underway in Utah—and surely many more to come. After passing both the House and the Senate, my bill is simply waiting to be signed into law by President Trump.

Ending Modern-day Slavery

In our state, right now, there are hundreds of human beings living as slaves—men, women, and children stolen from their homes, stripped of their God-given rights, and robbed of their human dignity. These individuals live among us. They are the victims of human trafficking, a heinous and abominable crime that we should call by its real name: modern-day slavery.

I am committed to ending this evil practice once and for all, which is why I wrote legislation to form a special advisory council that will be key to dismantling the global slave trade. This panel of experts includes representatives from NGOs and nonprofits who together will serve as a point of contact for federal agencies enlisted in the fight against human trafficking. My bill left such an impression on the Majority Leader that he has since fast-tracked its passage, all but ensuring that this proposal becomes law as soon as the Senate returns from its August recess.

Addressing Utah’s Teacher Shortage

Our teachers are indispensable. In fact, study after study proves that teacher quality is the single greatest determinant of student success. This fact is even more pertinent as school districts across our state scramble to fill vacancies to address one of the worst teacher shortages in Utah’s history. 

To confront this problem head-on, I introduced the Teacher Loan Repayment Act—a bipartisan initiative that streamlines federal loan assistance programs to alleviate the burden of student debt and encourage our brightest graduates to pursue careers in education. This legislation gives teachers the resources they need to succeed and the incentives they need to stay in the classroom. I’m happy to report that my bill has been met with a groundswell of bipartisan support and is already well on its way to becoming law.

Stemming the Tide of Teen Suicide

Every 14 hours, a Utahn commits suicide, resulting in an average of 630 deaths each year. The problem is so acute that our state now has the 5th highest suicide rate in the nation. This troubling trend is particularly pronounced among our youth. Consider that suicide is now the leading cause of death for teenagers in Utah.

I’m committed to stemming the tide of suicide that has devastated hundreds of families in our state. That’s why I authored the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act—a bipartisan proposal that makes it easier for Americans of all ages to get help when they are experiencing suicidal thoughts. My bill requires the FCC to recommend an easy-to-remember, three-digit number for the national suicide prevention hotline—a radically simple step that will save thousands of lives by helping people find the help they need when they need it most.

These are just a few among many legislative proposals that are marching towards the finish line. Know that no matter what the situation may be in Washington—no matter the partisan gamesmanship or the level of dysfunction—I will continue to keep my nose to the grindstone, working hard to represent our values and effect meaningful change for the people of Utah. 

Sincerely,

 

Orrin

 

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