Come see the President in Utah.

Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-11-30 17:41:36
This week, we celebrate a major victory for Utah: After countless hours of hard work and close coordination with the White House, the President has accepted my invitation to visit the Beehive State. On Monday morning, I will join the President aboard Air Force One on an official visit to Utah. Soon after we touch down in Salt Lake, the President will sign an executive order to undo the immeasurable damage caused by the Bears Ears monument designation.   I welcomed the President to Utah on Video this morning!  Next week’s visit is the culmination of months of hard work that began when I met with the President in the Oval Office during his first week on the job. There, I asked for his help in addressing the Bears Ears debacle. After learning of the devastation brought about by Obama’s overreach, the President said he would work with me to fix this disaster—and I didn’t let him forget it. In every meeting, phone call, and formal event thereafter, I constantly reminded President Trump of the families, farmers, and small-business owners who have personally suffered from this last-minute monument designation. It wasn’t long after that I convinced the President to sign an executive order calling for a comprehensive review of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. The President’s action was a meaningful first step in scaling back the federal overreach that has left our rural communities reeling. Just before signing the executive order, the President credited my dogged determination for his decision to act on Bears Ears. On live television, he said, “Believe me, [Orrin Hatch] is tough. He would call me and call me and say, ‘You’ve got to do this!’…[He] didn’t stop. He doesn’t give up.”  The President was right: I don’t give up. And I never will give up so long as there’s a battle to be won on behalf of Utah’s families. I was humbled when the President formally recognized my leadership on the public lands issue by giving me the same pen he used to sign the executive order.

This week, we celebrate a major victory for Utah: After countless hours of hard work and close coordination with the White House, the President has accepted my invitation to visit the Beehive State.

On Monday morning, I will join the President aboard Air Force One on an official visit to Utah. Soon after we touch down in Salt Lake, the President will sign an executive order to undo the immeasurable damage caused by the Bears Ears monument designation.

 

I welcomed the President to Utah on Video this morning! 

Next week’s visit is the culmination of months of hard work that began when I met with the President in the Oval Office during his first week on the job. There, I asked for his help in addressing the Bears Ears debacle. After learning of the devastation brought about by Obama’s overreach, the President said he would work with me to fix this disaster—and I didn’t let him forget it.

In every meeting, phone call, and formal event thereafter, I constantly reminded President Trump of the families, farmers, and small-business owners who have personally suffered from this last-minute monument designation. It wasn’t long after that I convinced the President to sign an executive order calling for a comprehensive review of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. The President’s action was a meaningful first step in scaling back the federal overreach that has left our rural communities reeling.

Just before signing the executive order, the President credited my dogged determination for his decision to act on Bears Ears. On live television, he said, “Believe me, [Orrin Hatch] is tough. He would call me and call me and say, ‘You’ve got to do this!’…[He] didn’t stop. He doesn’t give up.” 

The President was right: I don’t give up. And I never will give up so long as there’s a battle to be won on behalf of Utah’s families. I was humbled when the President formally recognized my leadership on the public lands issue by giving me the same pen he used to sign the executive order.

Read the Deseret News article about how I worked with the President to make these monument changes! 

On Monday, I will again stand by the President as he signs yet another executive order—this one calling for a dramatic reduction in the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. The new monument designations will rein in federal overreach. But most importantly, they will reflect the input of local Utahns who have for so long been ignored by previous administrations.

With this new executive order, we have at last achieved our ultimate goal: To give Utahns a greater voice in the management of public lands. Know that I will never stop fighting to ensure that your voice is heard. 

Sincerely,

Orrin

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