Don’t Count Me Out.

Senator Orrin Hatch
2018-01-12 16:29:17
Dear Friend,  Last week, I announced that my current term of service would be my last. Since then, many of you have asked how I feel with my Senate tenure drawing to a close. I think some expect me to say that I feel an overwhelming sense of satisfaction or relief.  Hardly. If anything, the decision to retire has imbued me with a sense of urgency as I have never felt before. With a year left in office, I have an agenda that is as ambitious as ever. And the ticking shot clock is a constant reminder of just how much I have left to accomplish.  Yesterday I spoke about my aggressive agenda for 2018 on the Senate floor. Fortunately, the stars have aligned for this year to be among my most successful yet, so don’t expect me to “go gentle into that good night.” Expect me to be on the Senate floor, early and often, pushing the most critical reforms of this Congress. Expect me to take the lead on a Finance Committee agenda that will equal in ambition our accomplishments of 2017. Expect me to be the same steady presence in the Senate that I have been for the last four decades. Above all, expect a flurry of legislative activity from my office. I have a dedicated staff determined to drive this old workhorse into the ground. And I have arguably the best working relationship with the White House of anyone on Capitol Hill. Add to this the advantages that accrue from a lifetime of legislative experience and bipartisan deal-making. The point I wish to make is simple: In legislative terms, my final year could very well be the most fruitful yet. In the months ahead, I am eager to capitalize on our tax reform victory by putting the nation back on the path to fiscal sustainability, finding a way forward on immigration, and securing long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. But this brief overview doesn’t cover even half of my agenda for 2018. Nor does it include some of the legislative surprises I plan for later this year. The virtue of being a seven-term Senator with a reservoir of goodwill is that you have a little bit of latitude in your final year. That’s why my plan is to go big and to go bold. Because unless you’re Michael Jordan, you only retire once—so you might as well make the most of it.  The truth is, I put the pieces in place long ago to ensure that my final year in office would be a legislative knockout. So no one should count me out—not for a single second. And anyone who does should be reminded that I can do in just a few months what it takes most Members a decade to complete. Tough, old birds like me don’t have lame-duck years. We just dig in and get tougher. For me, 2018 is not a victory lap but a sprint to the finish—and I plan to finish strong. Sincerely,   Orrin

Last week, I announced that my current term of service would be my last. Since then, many of you have asked how I feel with my Senate tenure drawing to a close. I think some expect me to say that I feel an overwhelming sense of satisfaction or relief. 

Hardly.

If anything, the decision to retire has imbued me with a sense of urgency as I have never felt before. With a year left in office, I have an agenda that is as ambitious as ever. And the ticking shot clock is a constant reminder of just how much I have left to accomplish. 

Fortunately, the stars have aligned for this year to be among my most successful yet, so don’t expect me to “go gentle into that good night.” Expect me to be on the Senate floor, early and often, pushing the most critical reforms of this Congress. Expect me to take the lead on a Finance Committee agenda that will equal in ambition our accomplishments of 2017. Expect me to be the same steady presence in the Senate that I have been for the last four decades.

Above all, expect a flurry of legislative activity from my office. I have a dedicated staff determined to drive this old workhorse into the ground. And I have arguably the best working relationship with the White House of anyone on Capitol Hill. Add to this the advantages that accrue from a lifetime of legislative experience and bipartisan deal-making. The point I wish to make is simple: In legislative terms, my final year could very well be the most fruitful yet.

In the months ahead, I am eager to capitalize on our tax reform victory by putting the nation back on the path to fiscal sustainability, finding a way forward on immigration, and securing long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

But this brief overview doesn’t cover even half of my agenda for 2018. Nor does it include some of the legislative surprises I plan for later this year. The virtue of being a seven-term Senator with a reservoir of goodwill is that you have a little bit of latitude in your final year. That’s why my plan is to go big and to go bold. Because unless you’re Michael Jordan, you only retire once—so you might as well make the most of it. 

The truth is, I put the pieces in place long ago to ensure that my final year in office would be a legislative knockout. So no one should count me out—not for a single second. And anyone who does should be reminded that I can do in just a few months what it takes most Members a decade to complete.

Tough, old birds like me don’t have lame-duck years. We just dig in and get tougher. For me, 2018 is not a victory lap but a sprint to the finish—and I plan to finish strong.

Sincerely,

 

Orrin

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