Hatch Dispatch: Immigration, Energy Bills, and a Repeal of the Death Tax

Senator Orrin Hatch
2013-06-21 17:00:52
Dear Friend:Much of the work in Congress recently has focused on S. 744, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, currently being debated in the Senate. I wanted to update you on some important amendments to this bill that I have worked on to strengthen this legislation.I announced today that I am cosponsoring an amendment with Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to dramatically increase the border security provisions in S. 744, after two of the amendments I filed to the measure – on welfare and Social Security benefits - were included. I will also push for a vote on my amendment on back taxes I am sponsoring with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl) this coming week.I’ve been clear that in order for any immigration reform legislation to be successful it needs to be fair to both American taxpayers and those wanting to become American citizens. Furthermore, as my votes show, I believed strongly that the border security components of the bill needed to be further strengthened. Today, after lengthy negotiations, two of my amendments have been included in the broader border security amendment put forward by Senators Hoeven and Corker. I’m pleased these two common-sense amendments I put forward limiting public benefits to newly legalized immigrants are a part of this package as well.No legislation is perfect and I would have written it differently. Having said that, the reality is that there are 11 million people living with de facto amnesty today – avoiding taxes and obligations that American citizens have. Securing the border while making these immigrants meet the same obligations that Americans have to live up to just makes sense. Our immigration system is broken and not doing anything isn’t a solution.To read descriptions of the amendments, as modified, that are included in the Hoeven-Corker amendment you can visit here:While attention has been focused on this important issue – I thought you might also be interested in a few other items that have made an impact this week.Two Hatch Energy Bills Pass the SenateTwo pieces of energy legislation I introduced earlier this year that directly impact Utah passed the Senate this week. The South Utah Valley Electric Service District (S.25) and Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation (S.26) both passed the Senate unanimously.The Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act allows for the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork system of the Central Utah Water Project (CUP). This bill previously passed the Senate and the House companion bill passed the House, but neither bill has passed both bodies.This bill gives CUP the ability to move forward with harnessing the power it needs. I’m hopeful this is the year we get this needed legislation signed into law.The South Valley Electric Conveyance Act conveys certain federal features of the electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District. The South Utah Valley Electric Service District has operated and managed these facilities for decades and this bill will give them ownership.All we’re asking for here is for the South Utah Valley Electric District to have ownership of the distribution system that they’ve been running for decades. Let’s put this ownership into the hands of those who know the ins and outs of this technology, rather than bureaucrats in Washington.Bill to Fully Repeal Death TaxI joined a bipartisan group of members of Congress this week to back legislation to fully repeal the “death tax.” I have been a longtime backer of full repeal of this tax on estates. The legislation, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013, would permanently repeal the death tax and lowers the gift tax to 35 percent with a $5 million exemption.Hard-working Americans who pay taxes on nearly every aspect of their lives – from what they earn to what they buy - are then taxed again upon their death. I’ve heard from farmers and ranchers and small business owners across Utah who fear that they won’t be able to pass along to their children what they’ve worked so hard to build out of fear of the federal death tax. This bill puts a nail in the coffin of the death tax by repealing it for good. This bill protects small farms and businesses since the value of what’s passed on is locked in their land and their businesses. And this bill is bipartisan -- showing how widespread support is for curtailing this onerous and unfair tax.The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013 is supported by the American Farm Bureau Federation, Associated Builders and Contractors, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business, 60 Plus Association, Americans for Tax Reform, Club for Growth, National Black Chamber of Commerce, International Franchise Association, National Taxpayers Union, American Conservative Union, Family Business Coalition, and many other organizations.In addition to these important issues, I have made statements on other initiatives, issues and happenings this week that you might be interested in. I would encourage you to visit my website here.Thank you for your interest, feedback and support.Sincerely,Orrin Hatch
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Dear Friend:

Much of the work in Congress recently has focused on S. 744, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, currently being debated in the Senate. I wanted to update you on some important amendments to this bill that I have worked on to strengthen this legislation.

I announced today that I am cosponsoring an amendment with Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.),  Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to dramatically increase the border security provisions in S. 744, after two of the amendments I filed to the measure – on welfare and Social Security benefits - were included. I will also push for a vote on my amendment on back taxes this coming week.

I’ve been clear that in order for any immigration reform legislation to be successful it needs to be fair to both American taxpayers and those wanting to become American citizens. Furthermore, as my votes show, I believed strongly that the border security components of the bill needed to be further strengthened. Today, after lengthy negotiations, two of my amendments have been included in the broader border security amendment put forward by Senators Hoeven and Corker. I’m pleased these two common-sense amendments I put forward limiting public benefits to newly legalized immigrants are a part of this package as well.

No legislation is perfect and I would have written it differently. Having said that, the reality is that there are 11 million people living with de facto amnesty today – avoiding taxes and obligations that American citizens have. Securing the border while making these immigrants meet the same obligations that Americans have to live up to just makes sense. Our immigration system is broken and not doing anything isn’t a solution.

To read descriptions of the amendments, as modified, that are included in the Hoeven-Corker amendment you can visit here:

While attention has been focused on this important issue – I thought you might also be interested in a few other items that have made an impact this week.

Two Hatch Energy Bills Pass the Senate

Two pieces of energy legislation I introduced earlier this year that directly impact Utah passed the Senate this week. The South Utah Valley Electric Service District (S.25) and Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation (S.26) both passed the Senate unanimously.

The Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act allows for the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork system of the Central Utah Water Project (CUP). This bill previously passed the Senate and the House companion bill passed the House, but neither bill has passed both bodies.

This bill gives CUP the ability to move forward with harnessing the power it needs. I’m hopeful this is the year we get this needed legislation signed into law.

The South Valley Electric Conveyance Act conveys certain federal features of the electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District. The South Utah Valley Electric Service District has operated and managed these facilities for decades and this bill will give them ownership.

All we’re asking for here is for the South Utah Valley Electric District to have ownership of the distribution system that they’ve been running for decades. Let’s put this ownership into the hands of those who know the ins and outs of this technology, rather than bureaucrats in Washington.

Bill to Fully Repeal Death Tax

I joined a bipartisan group of members of Congress this week to back legislation to fully repeal the “death tax.” I have been a longtime backer of full repeal of this tax on estates. The legislation, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013, would permanently repeal the death tax and lowers the gift tax to 35 percent with a $5 million exemption.

Hard-working Americans who pay taxes on nearly every aspect of their lives – from what they earn to what they buy - are then taxed again upon their death. I’ve heard from farmers and ranchers and small business owners across Utah who fear that they won’t be able to pass along to their children what they’ve worked so hard to build out of fear of the federal death tax. This bill puts a nail in the coffin of the death tax by repealing it for good. This bill protects small farms and businesses since the value of what’s passed on is locked in their land and their businesses. And this bill is bipartisan -- showing how widespread support is for curtailing this onerous and unfair tax.

The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013 is supported by the American Farm Bureau Federation, Associated Builders and Contractors, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business, 60 Plus Association, Americans for Tax Reform, Club for Growth, National Black Chamber of Commerce, International Franchise Association, National Taxpayers Union, American Conservative Union, Family Business Coalition, and many other organizations.

In addition to these important issues, I have made statements on other initiatives, issues and happenings this week that you might be interested in. I would encourage you to visit my website here.

Thank you for your interest, feedback and support.

Sincerely,

Orrin Hatch

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