Hatch Dispatch

Senator Orrin Hatch
2013-04-12 18:01:04
Dear Friend: I thought you might find it interesting to have a little more information about a few of the many significant issues we have discussed this week. Gun Control As our country and Congress continues to grapple with the issue of gun control, I first want to state that I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I do not want to infringe on the rights of millions of law abiding Americans that choose to exercise their right and responsibly own a firearm. This week the U. S. Senate was confronted with one of many discussions that will affect where we go as a nation on gun control and the Second Amendment as many wanted to proceed ahead on gun control legislation without any thoughtful debate. I could not in good conscience move forward on a proposal based on an outline and talking points. The text of the legislation has yet to be made public. Congress needs to take the time to understand what’s in this legislation, what it will and won’t do, and how it impacts every American citizen, before voting on it. This is a very important issue that could impact the Second Amendment to our Constitution and deserves a thoughtful debate. Immigration Reform Unfortunately some misinformed comments were made in the Utah media this week regarding my work on immigration reform, and in particular initiatives designed to help the business community. Earlier this year I introduced legislation, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 to bring long-overdue reforms to the nation’s immigration laws for high-skilled workers. This bill has the backing of a bipartisan group of 24 Senators and would allow American-trained foreign workers to remain in the United States. The bill focuses on areas vital to ensuring the United States can maintain its competitiveness in the global economy: the quantity of employment-based nonimmigrant visas (H1B visas), allowing for their growth depending on the demands of the economy while making reforms to protect workers; increased access to green cards for high-skilled workers by expanding the exemptions and eliminating the annual per country limits for employment based green cards; and reforming fees on H 1-B and green cards so those fees can be used to promote American worker retraining and education. Additionally I am currently involved in discussions with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to create a new agriculture guest-worker programs as part of any comprehensive immigration proposal. If you would like to learn more about the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, please visit here. The President’s Budget When the President released his budget this week I was very disappointment in what I saw. Not only was it two months late, it includes almost a trillion dollars in new spending, $1.1 trillion in new tax and revenue increases, and raises the nation’s near $17 trillion debt by more than $8 trillion. It barely makes a dent in our sky-high debt, while not doing enough to fundamentally reform Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Our $17 trillion debt – which represents a burden of over $55,000 for every man, woman, and child in America is a crisis that demands answering. Falsely claiming $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction, as the President proposes, isn’t the kind of leadership the people of Utah and America deserve. To learn more about some of my deepest concerns regarding this budget please read my press release on this topic at Budget. A Visit to the White House In a stated show of bipartisan effort, the President hosted a dinner this week with a group of Republican Senators at the White House, which I had the opportunity to attend. This was an open discussion about many of the financial and domestic issues facing our country and I was able to express my sincere concerns with the direction our country is headed. Our nation is at a critical crossroads, and I truly hope the President’s expressed desire to work together can be built upon for the good of our country. Thank you for your continued support and friendship. Sincerely, Orrin Hatch
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Dear Friend:

I thought you might find it interesting to have a little more information about a few of the many significant issues we have discussed this week.

Gun Control

As our country and Congress continues to grapple with the issue of gun control, I first want to state that I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I do not want to infringe on the rights of millions of law abiding Americans that choose to exercise their right and responsibly own a firearm.

This week the U. S. Senate was confronted with one of many discussions that will affect where we go as a nation on gun control and the Second Amendment as many wanted to proceed ahead on gun control legislation without any thoughtful debate.

I could not in good conscience move forward on a proposal based on an outline and talking points. The text of the legislation has yet to be made public. Congress needs to take the time to understand what’s in this legislation, what it will and won’t do, and how it impacts every American citizen, before voting on it. This is a very important issue that could impact the Second Amendment to our Constitution and deserves a thoughtful debate.

Immigration Reform

Unfortunately some misinformed comments were made in the Utah media this week regarding my work on immigration reform, and in particular initiatives designed to help the business community. Earlier this year I introduced legislation, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 to bring long-overdue reforms to the nation’s immigration laws for high-skilled workers. This bill has the backing of a bipartisan group of 24 Senators and would allow American-trained foreign workers to remain in the United States.

The bill focuses on areas vital to ensuring the United States can maintain its competitiveness in the global economy: the quantity of employment-based nonimmigrant visas (H1B visas), allowing for their growth depending on the demands of the economy while making reforms to protect workers; increased access to green cards for high-skilled workers by expanding the exemptions and eliminating the annual per country limits for employment based green cards; and reforming fees on H 1-B and green cards so those fees can be used to promote American worker retraining and education.

Additionally I am currently involved in discussions with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to create a new agriculture guest-worker programs as part of any comprehensive immigration proposal.

If you would like to learn more about the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, please visit here.

The President’s Budget

When the President released his budget this week I was very disappointment in what I saw. Not only was it two months late, it includes almost a trillion dollars in new spending, $1.1 trillion in new tax and revenue increases, and raises the nation’s near $17 trillion debt by more than $8 trillion.

It barely makes a dent in our sky-high debt, while not doing enough to fundamentally reform Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Our $17 trillion debt – which represents a burden of over $55,000 for every man, woman, and child in America is a crisis that demands answering. Falsely claiming $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction, as the President proposes, isn’t the kind of leadership the people of Utah and America deserve.

To learn more about some of my deepest concerns regarding this budget please read my press release on this topic at Budget.

A Visit to the White House

In a stated show of bipartisan effort, the President hosted a dinner this week with a group of Republican Senators at the White House, which I had the opportunity to attend. This was an open discussion about many of the financial and domestic issues facing our country and I was able to express my sincere concerns with the direction our country is headed. Our nation is at a critical crossroads, and I truly hope the President’s expressed desire to work together can be built upon for the good of our country.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

Sincerely,

Orrin Hatch

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