Senator Orrin G. Hatch's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (UT) - Sr, Republican
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Orrin Hatch refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, except when the life of the mother is endangered."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 1122. 105th Congress. Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 05/20/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S 1692. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S 636. 104th Congress. Abortion Clinic Access bill. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 05/12/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 936. 105th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 07/22/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 1833. 104th Congress. Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 12/07/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 2794. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Hospital Abortions Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 06/25/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S 3. 108th Congress. Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion bill. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 10/21/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 02/26/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Family Research Council 91 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Lauds Former U.S. Surgeon General's Anti-Abortion Letter To Reid And Pelosi. 4 November 2009. "Most Americans remain inalterably opposed to paying for abortions. Most health care providers are vehemently opposed to being forced to perform elective abortions. The refusal by the Obama administration and the Democratic leadership in Congress to include provisions in the bill to ensure this does not happen is puzzling and deeply disappointing. As Doctor Koop correctly points out, the health care legislation before Congress must be consistent with current laws with respect to abortion and conscience protections. I remain committed to doing all that I can to ensure that it does, and call on the Democratic leadership in Congress to include strong legislative language on these important matters." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Blasts Democrats' Proposal To Force Insurance Plans To Include Abortion Providers. 10 July 2009. "Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today blasted Democrats' amendment to the Kennedy healthcare bill that would require insurers to contract with health providers that offer abortion. 'Most Americans hold human life to be sacred and are rightfully and inalterably opposed to abortion,' Hatch said." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Reid Health Bill Represents Everything That's Wrong With Washington. 19 December 2009. "This so-called compromise language on abortions is significantly weaker than the Nelson-Hatch Amendment, and for the first time in over 30 years, federal dollars will pay for abortions, something that is unacceptable to me and 61 percent of my fellow Americans," said Hatch." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch, Coburn, Group of Senators Introduce Legislation Preventing Federal Funding of Abortion in ObamaCare. 4 May 2011. "A large group of Senators, including Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), today introduced legislation, the Protect Life Act (S. 877), that would codify longstanding policy preventing taxpayer funding of abortion and apply it to the partisan health law. "A strong majority of the American people do not believe that scarce taxpayer dollars should be used to fund abortions. This common-sense legislation would ensure that doesn't happen with respect to the highly-partisan health law," said Hatch. " (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Statement on National March for Life. 24 January 2011. "The March for Life symbolizes the beliefs and tireless work of millions of Americans and Utahns who continue to carry the flame for life of all people, including the innocent unborn. I welcome all of this year's participants and thank them for their determination and principled conviction to protect our most vulnerable. It's long past time that Congress finally and permanently put an end to taxpayer funding of abortion. This must be a priority in this Congress and I pledge to work with my colleagues in the Senate codifying the annual ban, known as the Hyde amendment, into law." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Marks 30th Anniversary Of Harris V. McRae, Critical Pro-Life Supreme Court Decision Upholding Hyde Amendment. 30 June 2010. "In our recent debate over healthcare reform, we often heard that because the Hyde Amendment is already 'settled law,' there was no need for specific provisions to ban taxpayer subsidies for abortion through the health insurance exchanges or other features of the legislation. That argument, of course, was wrong. The Hyde Amendment affects the appropriations that fund the Departments of Labor and of Health and Human Services. The vast healthcare bureaucracy created by this new legislation will exist outside of those departments. Time will tell whether those who argued so strongly that the Hyde Amendment is settled and "good law" will nonetheless challenge it again in the future. Let's be honest about a fundamental point: change in our healthcare system provides another opportunity for abortion advocates to claim that abortion is healthcare that must be funded by the taxpayers. That claim must be resisted and defeated, just as it was resisted and defeated in Harris v Macrae." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Anniversary Of Roe V. Wade. 22 January 2010. "We have not done enough to address the reasons that many women feel they have no alternative but abortion. I applaud the thousands of selfless women and men who volunteer and give and work to help women choose life. I understand that today there are more pro-life centers than abortion clinics in America. But abortion is right or wrong not because of why it is done, but because of what it is. Abortion is the killing of living human beings." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Letter to Donald Berwick. 9 June 2011. "We fully support the intent of HEA 1210 to prevent taxpayer dollars from subsidizing the operational costs of abortions; and more broadly, we support the right of states to administer their Medicaid programs in a manner consistent with the values and needs of their citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Orrin Hatch a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 244. 109th Congress. Unintended Pregnancy Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 03/17/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 2321. 106th Congress. Expressing Support for <i>Roe v. Wade</i> Decision. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 3927. 108th Congress. Military Abortion Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 06/21/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 593. 105th Congress. Abortions at Overseas Military Facilities. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 07/10/1997. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Orrin Hatch. Paula Zahn Now - Transcript. 27 September 2004. "Kennedy used the illustration that he was glad that George Bush wasn't president during the Cuban Missile Crisis. That was the perfect -- that's the perfect all-time illustration of the doctrine of preemption. His brother used it. They called it a quarantine, but it was really an embargo, which is an act of war. The fact of the matter is, we preempted the Russians, and I give John F. Kennedy full credit for it. But now that we're preempting the Osama bin Laden people and others by going to war both in Afghanistan and Iraq, there seems to be a lot of criticism about it. [...] Now, either we can take it and just sit back and let them attack us or we can go after them. And that's what President Bush is doing and I think he's done a pretty good job so far." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch: Obama's Afghanistan Policy Handicaps Success Of Troops. 1 December 2009. "It is evident the president's plan for Afghanistan has not maximized our forces' chances of success. Though the forces to be deployed have important capabilities that will have a meaningful effect on our counterinsurgency operations in the south and east of Afghanistan, the president has handicapped our forces by failing to provide the number of troops requested by his hand-picked commander, General McChrystal. Also concerning, the president's plan appears to set arbitrary withdrawal deadlines. History shows withdrawal decisions must be determined by the conditions on the ground, not arbitrary deadlines. Coincidentally, the president's arbitrary deadline assumes the war will be winding down and troops returning home just when the Administration is ramping up its campaign for re-election." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Praises Senate Confirmation Of General Petraeus To Lead Afghan War Effort. 30 June 2010. "General Petraeus is a national hero for a reason: he was one of the principal architects of our counterinsurgency strategy, known as the 'Iraqi Surge.' This strategy greatly stabilized a dangerously instable nation that had been overrun with terrorists. He understood that a failed nation in the heart of the Middle East would have provided a safe haven for terrorists to train, operate and attack America. Now, he will bring that same vision and experience to bear in Afghanistan, to direct and shape all aspects of the counterinsurgency plan that is already in place, leading thousands of brave American soldiers against the Taliban and al Qaeda. To succeed, we have to allow General Petraeus - and not Washington politicians - to call the shots. Regrettably, it seems that the President's decision to have a timetable for withdrawal was not a military one, as General Petraeus testified yesterday. I hope the Administration follows General Petraeus' strategy and counsel, and doesn't bow to the political pressures of the left." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Peace Action 8 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of Peace Action West 8 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. The Salt Lake Tribune: Hatch and Lee split on Afghanistan drawdown. 22 June 2011. "Two years ago, the president announced a flawed Afghanistan strategy of winning on the cheap and ignoring the counsel of the commanders on the ground," Hatch said. "By again refusing to listen to our commanders and instead listening to his political base, the president risks more bloodshed, instability and upheaval." (www.sltrib.com)
  • Orrin Hatch. The National Review: Hatch: Obama's ˜Three-Quarters Baked' Policy. 2 December 2009. "President Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan is 'three-quarters baked,' says Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), in a conversation with NRO. 'He's correct in adopting General McChrystal's counterinsurgency strategy. He's right in saying that we need to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for al-Qaeda and the Taliban. And he's correct in focusing on training the Afghan army and polices forces. Those are all fundamental goals. It's that last quarter, his timetable to begin withdrawal in July 2011, which concerns me. He was deliberately vague last night about what kind of drawdown that will be. Hopefully it will be based on the conditions on the ground. I'm just not sure, however, that our goals can be completed in 18 months.'" (www.nationalreview.com)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Statement on President's Speech on Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "Two years ago, the President announced a flawed Afghanistan strategy of winning on the cheap and ignoring the counsel of the commanders on the ground - jeopardizing our troops' safety and that could allow terrorists to regain control of the country. By again refusing to listen to our commanders and instead listening to his political base, the President risks more bloodshed, instability and upheaval in one of the most dangerous regions of the world. I hope my fears are proven wrong." (hatch.senate.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch: Runaway Government Spending Putting Our Nation's Defense at Risk. 6 February 2012. "It's no secret that there are those who don't subscribe to America having a strong national defense. They believe in "soft power" and believe that we should cut back our defense to dangerous levels. They refuse to accept that a robust American military presence defeated the Soviet Union. They believe we should cut defense for more social programs [¦] After enacting the largest growth in government in generations, this anti-military crowd now has the justification it needs to finally gut our defense: our over $15 trillion debt. And that's exactly what we saw last week, when the Obama Administration announced that it would be drastically slashing defense spending [¦] This is unacceptable. And I will fight to make sure our defense doesn't pay the price to support this radical and unsustainable expansion in government." (hatch.senate.gov)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch: Senate Budget Must Trim Deficit. 17 March 2005. "Hatch also said that while he would like to see more fiscal responsibility, spending necessities such as the military effort in Iraq make tighter budgets very difficult. 'We need to remember that this Nation is at war, and we still face tremendous challenges in protecting our homeland from further terrorist attacks. This budget resolution reflects these facts. At the same time, it places a virtual freeze on the growth of other discretionary spending.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "High Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense" Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. Other or expanded principles: "The social security surplus should not be used."
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Slams Senate Democrats' Failure to Submit a Budget. 25 May 2011. "So let's hold them to account. The House Progressives aim to balance the budget by 2021. They aim to reduce public debt as a percentage of GDP to 64.1 percent by 2021. They aim for both taxes and spending to grow significantly but to equal 22.3 percent of GDP by 2021. House Progressives advocate a fulsome growth in the role of the federal government, with new domestic spending rising by $1.7 trillion. And how do they propose to pay for all this? While Senate Democrats play hide-the-ball on this issue, the House Progressives are refreshingly frank. The short answer is tax hikes and cuts in defense spending. They propose $4 trillion in new taxes. Let's take a look at these new taxes. " (hatch.senate.gov)
  • Orrin Hatch. S 1059. 106th Congress. FY 2000 Defense Authorization. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 09/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 08/01/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 2206. 110th Congress. Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007. Orrin Hatch voted Did Not Vote on 05/24/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 4818. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 05/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 01/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. F-22A Raptor Aircraft Vital To America's National Security. 21 July 2009. "We continue to work to ensure Hill Air Force Base is well-positioned for the future," Hatch said following his speech and the Senate's vote. "While today's vote was not optimal, it is not surprising to see the new administration working to diminish support for our military's air superiority. After spending us blind for the first six months of the year, I believe the administration feels pressured to find cost savings. I just wish they weren't targeting military spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch on Defense Secretary Panetta's Announcement for Further Defense Reductions. 26 January 2012. "Utah's defense facilities, including Hill Air Force base, with their unmatched workforce are and will remain central to a strong national defense. I will carefully scrutinize these defense reductions to ensure no unwise or imprudent decisions are made that could leave our nation or our state vulnerable [¦] Lastly, I fear the White House is bowing to its liberal, anti-military base by putting the Defense Department over a barrel instead of making the tough decisions, like reforming our broken entitlement programs, to confront our record debt." (hatch.senate.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Orrin Hatch. Alternative Minimum Tax. 16 November 2007. "What she gives with one hand, this mother takes away with the other, by assuming the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, so essential to our economic growth, will expire. The mother ship already comes fully loaded with the largest tax increase in history. Allowing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire would dwarf even that. This is not a recipe for happy taxpayers, this is bitter and unnecessary medicine. The majority of Democrats in the Congress seem prepared to make the American taxpayer take the dose. You can see, it is not very tasty." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2008. 22 March 2007. "And we did so because President Bush and Congress held strong in pushing through tax cuts and stimulus tax incentive bills that have benefited each and every American. I know that some of my colleagues want to maintain the illusion that our economy is two-tiered; they say that it is great for the rich who are making out like bandits, and terrible for everyone else. And the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts have the lead roles in this melodrama. However, the numbers tell a much different story. Americans are paying taxes--a lot of taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2009 -- Continued. 11 March 2008. "The first faulty premise underlying this budget resolution is that it would not raise taxes on Americans. I know that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have said and will continue to say that this budget does not raise one cent in taxes. Technically speaking, this is true. However, while the document before us may contain no actual tax increase language, it does nothing to prevent the largest tax increase ever, which is set to occur at the end of 2010 if the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts are allowed to expire as scheduled. The American people need to ask a simple question of this budget. What is it doing to make sure that my tax bill does not go up in 2010? They will be met with deafening silence." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Democrat 2009 Budget Would Hike Taxes By $683 Billion. 13 March 2008. "This budget would hike taxes by an unprecedented amount, unleash ruinous spending and do dire harm to our economy. What's more, the resolution does not address looming problems that represent a very real danger to our nation's fiscal health and future." While the Democrats' nonbinding budget blueprint doesn't specifically call for a tax increase, it does not prevent Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts from expiring in 2010, which means taxes will skyrocket. Once the resulting sticker shock sets in, Hatch said, taxpayers will receive quite a jolt." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch: CongressMust Make Bush Tax Cuts Permanent to Keep Economy on Target. 5 February 2008. "The call to make these tax cuts permanent has been a top item in the President's budget for years. The Bush pro-growth tax cuts have helped fuel the last six years of growth, and helped the country absorb the shock of terrorist attacks, corporate scandals, wars, and devastating natural disasters." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Issue Position: Economy and Taxes. 23 June 2011. "I have worked hard to make permanent the president's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that helped us climb out of the recession and contribute to the high economic growth rate we currently enjoy. However, we must do more to ensure a strong and healthy economy: a reduced regulatory burden, continued tax incentives for savings and investment, and a government that does not spend beyond its means are all important goals of mine." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act and the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 -- Motion to Proceed. 29 February 2008. "Instead, the majority never consulted with the minority as this bill was being put together. In our view, we have a much better plan. It includes titles that would address taxes, capital markets, housing, and tort reform. We would keep taxes low. We would extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, preventing a looming tax hike, and making sure that working families do not get socked with thousands of dollars in extra taxes when these tax cuts expire in 2010. We would increase the value of homes and prevent an unfair tax on their sale. We would help to keep jobs at home by encouraging job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Tax Increases On Higher Income Americans. 27 July 2009. "We began hearing talk of raising taxes on the so-called wealthy last year during the presidential campaign. Then-candidate Obama made a number of promises regarding taxes. Perhaps most prominent among these were the following three pledges: He would cut taxes for small businesses and companies that create jobs in America; he would cut taxes for middle-class families, and no family making less than $250,000 per year will see their taxes increase; and families making more than $250,000 will pay either the same or lower tax rates than they paid in the 1990s. I have been around this town for a long time, and I have seen a lot of presidential candidates make lots of promises. It is easy to greet such pledges with a degree of skepticism. However, I have seldom, if ever, seen promises regarding tax cuts and tax increases made more prominently, more clearly, or more often than those made by the President when he was on the campaign trail last year. And yet, it was only a matter of a few weeks before the promise to keep tax rates below the 1990s level for higher income families was broken. In his budget outline for fiscal year 2010, which was released on February 26, 2009, the President included a proposal to partially pay for health care reform. This proposal would lower the value of itemized deductions for families with incomes over $250,000. When this proposal is combined with the President's promise to allow the 2001 tax cuts to expire for families making over $250,000, we are looking at effective tax rates well above those paid by higher income families in the 1990s. Thus, the President broke his pledge within weeks of Inauguration Day." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 - Conference Report. 23 September 2004. "While I would prefer to see these provisions, along with all the other parts of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts made permanent, a five-year extension is a very good step. The provisions being extended by this legislation will now be set to expire at the same time the remainder of the tax cuts run out, December 31, 2010. Thus, they can hopefully all be made permanent at the same time, which would ideally be well before that time." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S AMDT 2610. 109th Congress. Tax Rate Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 11/17/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 99 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 75 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Letter to Leader Reid. 17 May 2012. "If Congress and the President do not act by the end of this year, American taxpayers will face $310 billion in tax increases next year. This would be, without any exaggeration, the largest tax increase in American history. The failure to extend the expiring tax relief -- tax relief previously supported by President Obama -- would hit all taxpayers, undermine small businesses, and be a dangerous drag on the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Orrin Hatch, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Utah and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Orrin Hatch a rating of 97 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 92 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 10/01/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?" Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Other or expanded principles: "Above recommendations assume continued budget surplus as well as acceptable levels of debt reduction."
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Statement at Finance Hearing with Treasury Secretary Geithner Examining the President's Budget. 16 February 2011. "Over the last couple of years, the President and Congress have been spending like drunken sailors. Spending as a percentage of our economy is at levels that we haven't seen since World War II. Overall, it's up by 20% as a percentage of our economy. Non-defense discretionary spending, by itself, has ballooned in the last couple of years. It's up by 24%. If you count the stimulus spending, it's up by 84%." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch on Two-Year Anniversary of Failed Stimulus, House Action to Cut Spending. 17 February 2011. "Two years ago, the White House laid out an unaffordable, $1 trillion stimulus spending bill, claiming it would immediately jolt our ailing economy and stop our unemployment rate from topping 8 percent. Regrettably, after 21 consecutive months of unemployment at or above 9 percent, neither promise turned out to be true -- all while spending and borrowing more than our nation can afford. Two years later, the American people have made clear they will no longer stand for more of a failed status quo like they witnessed with the President's disappointing budget. They understand that the more Washington spends, taxes, and borrows, the less opportunity their children and grandchildren will have in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hearing of the Senate Finance Committee - The President's 2011 Trade Agenda. 9 March 2011. "As a nation, we have a lot of work to do in order to get the economy back on track. In my opinion, the administration wasted crucial time -- almost two years -- pursuing sideshows like stimulus spending for government jobs and health care reform, instead of taking on a pro-growth economic agenda. As a result, unemployment remains far too high, and Congress is just now getting to an agenda that will lead to meaningful economic growth, lasting job gains, increased productivity, and the dynamic economic expansion that citizens have patiently been waiting for." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Senator Hatch Alarmed By President's $3 Trillion Budget And Nation's Growing Deficit. 26 February 2009. "We cannot tax and spend our way out of this economic crisis. Washington needs to tighten its fiscal belt, rein in the runaway federal deficit and bring real relief to Americans struggling to make ends meet, pay their mortgages and keep their jobs. Unfortunately, this reckless budget will swamp Americans in a morass of debt and mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren. [¦] Raising taxes during a serious recession makes about as much sense as giving a diabetic a box of chocolates. Herbert Hoover raised taxes during a serious recession and it led to record unemployment and the Great Depression. History need not repeat itself if we pay heed to history." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Blasts Latest Version Of Misnamed Stimulus Bill. 12 February 2009. "Many Utahns have called and written me to express their concerns with this stimulus package and with the process by which it has been legislated. They are rightly worried about the consequences of an economic stimulus package that, with interest, will cost taxpayers well over a trillion dollars. And they are particularly worried that it will be ineffective in saving or creating jobs. In fact, when one adds up all of the provisions in the bill, more than 70 percent is spending and less than 30 percent is real tax relief. Where is the balance? Even worse, only one-half of one percent of this bill is devoted to tax relief to help struggling businesses keep their doors open. That is pathetic. Allowing companies to get quick refunds of taxes previously paid was one of the few smart and efficient provisions in the Senate bill designed to directly save jobs. And now that has been whittled down to a mere shadow of what it was." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Asks Obama To Put Billions Of Dollars Worth Of Utah Shovel-Ready Projects In Stimulus Bill. 16 January 2009. "I believe we should be using this stimulus package to lay the groundwork for a long-term economic expansion in a fiscally conservative way by creating a growth-friendly tax system which encourages innovation. I understand the President-elect has chosen a different approach. Therefore, it is appropriate to draw the President-elects attention to the fact that has Utah many important transportation and infrastructure projects ready to go and they should be funded." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 5 February 2009. "A large fraction of the proposed stimulus package is devoted to infrastructure projects that would spend out very slowly, not with the speed needed to put the economy on the path to recovery in 2009 and 2010. While some of these public jobs are necessary, we also must provide incentives for private sector jobs. Furthermore, the stimulus needs to take effect immediately and not continue to provide a stimulus once the economy has turned around." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009 - Conference Report. 13 February 2009. "This stimulus bill will explode the size of Government. Why? Because the more you explode it, the more you get people dependent upon the almighty Federal Government. The liberals who have been running us into bankruptcy over all of these years will put us even more into debt. I think conservatives need to be more alert. If these provisions are made permanent, and there will be a massive attempt to make these permanent, the expansion of Government is going to be enormous. I do not know what you call it other than socialism. Do not get me wrong. I am for a stimulus bill that would work, that would help homeowners, that would strengthen research and development, that would cut corporate and small business tax rates so that they can employ more people, that would move farther and farther toward creating jobs. That would be effective." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Votes Against Wasteful $410 Billion Omnibus Appropriations Bill. 10 March 2009. "In today's economic environment, we should be cutting back and focusing the limited amount of money we have available on projects that will position our economy for growth over the long term. Limited spending on reasonable transportation and infrastructure projects that will help our businesses compete, core research and development programs that will spawn the next generation of products and services, and interior projects that will help us harness our natural resources can be helpful. We should say no to the morass of projects in this bill that take us beyond the necessary and into the extravagant." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 01/21/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Asks Obama To Put Billions Of Dollars Worth Of Utah Shovel-Ready Projects In Stimulus Bill. 16 January, 2009. "I believe we should be using this stimulus package to lay the groundwork for a long-term economic expansion in a fiscally conservative way by creating a growth-friendly tax system which encourages innovation. I understand the President-elect has chosen a different approach. Therefore, it is appropriate to draw the President-elects attention to the fact that has Utah many important transportation and infrastructure projects ready to go and they should be funded." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action. Other or expanded principles: "Support outreach to minority communities & assistance to economically disadvantaged persons."
  • Orrin Hatch. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 09/28/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • efore, it is appropriate to draw the President-elects attention to the fact that has Utah many important transportation and infrastructure projects ready to go and they should be funded."
  • Orrin Hatch. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009 - Conference Report. 13 February 2009. "I am for a stimulus bill that would work, that would help homeowners, that would strengthen research and development, that would cut corporate and small business tax rates so that they can employ more people, that would move farther and farther toward creating jobs. That would be effective." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 5 February 2009. "A large fraction of the proposed stimulus package is devoted to infrastructure projects that would spend out very slowly, not with the speed needed to put the economy on the path to recovery in 2009 and 2010. While some of these public jobs are necessary, we also must provide incentives for private sector jobs. Furthermore, the stimulus needs to take effect immediately and not continue to provide a stimulus once the economy has turned around." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2008. 22 March 2007. "So here is the final take on these tax cuts: They turbocharged the economy. They created jobs. Good jobs. They have led to increased revenues. And they will continue to do so, as long as we do not choke them off with the tax increases contemplated by this budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Votes No On $1.2 Trillion Stimulus Package. 13 February 2009. "Hatch said the CBO has indicated tax cuts are the best way to stimulate the economy. But instead of the 40 percent in tax cuts that President Obama wanted in the bill, H.R. 1 delivers a paltry 18 percent. "What happened to the tax cuts for businesses?" Hatch asked. "They have been slashed by 66 percent from the original House bill. That's money that could have helped more businesses stay afloat and avoid employee layoffs. It's money that businesses could use to expand U.S. exports and create jobs. Instead, this bill contains $112 billion for the government to cut checks to pay people who don't pay taxes. This bill is less about stimulus than it is about social engineering."" (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Statement On Value Added Tax To Fund Government Expansion. 7 April 2010. "There's no question that we need to confront our skyrocketing debt that will reach an astonishing 90 percent of our nation's gross domestic product by 2020, and I believe we can do so in a reasonable and bipartisan manner. But when we should be liberating the private sector and small businesses in particular to get our economy moving again through lower taxes, the Administration is taking exactly the opposite approach." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Partisan Stimulus Bill A Wasteful Hodgepodge Of Liberal Spending. 5 February 2009. "Our economy began this downturn when our housing market collapsed. No stimulus will work unless we address the root of the problem. [¦] We need to enact tax relief that will help save and create jobs now. I believe that one way to truly stimulate the economy is by making the research tax credit permanent. For too long, companies have been waiting on a short-term basis to see whether or not this vital tax credit will be extended for yet another year or two. When 80 percent of the research credit is based on salaries and wages, I doubt that anyone in this chamber can honestly say that making the research tax credit permanent would not provide a great deal of 'bang for the buck.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010. 16 September 2010. "Madam President, last week President Obama called for a permanent research tax credit. We have always extended this tax credit. We failed last December to do it on time. Therefore, we are without it. We are without the jobs that would be created by it. I think it was a terrific move by the President to come out for a permanent research tax credit, and we ought to swiftly move to add it to this particular bill. The only way I can do that, because of the tying up of the tree--which is happening all too often around here--is by a motion to suspend the rules. This bill is a bill to create jobs. At least that is what it is supposed to be. But the research tax credit would do the most to instantaneously create jobs, and these are high-paying jobs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Orrin Hatch. Key Priorities: Education. 3 August 2012. "When it comes to educating our children, state and local governments know best. Following the example of my friend, Ronald Reagan, we need to return control and flexibility to parents, teachers and local communities " those that know the individual needs of families and children. Currently, the federal government's role in education is far too intrusive and impractical. Congress should instead be working to delegate these decisions to local authorities. Education reform is essential by empowering our local communities to make decisions based on the needs of their students so our children can succeed in the 21st century workplace." (hatch.senate.gov)
  • Orrin Hatch. Issue Position: Education. "Public education is one of our country's most important priorities, and I have been very concerned with the role the federal government has historically played in primary and secondary education. I believe education is best addressed by state and local government, and I have worked to return control and flexibility to those who are closer to the needs of the students being served." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 03/26/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Opposes Elementary And Secondary Education Act In Committee. 21 October 2011. "Utah's parents and students deserve better than this legislation. They need great teachers in their classrooms and leaders in their schools, districts, and state offices " not more Washington bureaucrats and a greater federal presence meddling in what should be the local decisions of parents and educators. [¦] Education is the responsibility of our state and local governments. For that reason, I support significant reductions in the federal footprint on education. During the decade of No Child Left Behind, a remarkable consensus has emerged on what the problems are with that law. Across the board, Utah's education officials, legislators, superintendents, principals, teachers " and most importantly parents " are demanding greater flexibility to make decisions at the state and local level that make sense for their communities." (hatch.senate.gov)
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Oppose affirmative action quotas for college admission."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Oppose affirmative action quotas for college admission."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."

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  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch, Vitter Unveil Major Bill to Unlock Domestic Energy Sources in Utah, U.S. 31 March 2011. "This Administration has created the most hostile atmosphere for domestic energy production our nation has ever seen. Whether it's federal offshore leasing, leasing on federal lands, or commercial regulations for oil shale development, this President has done more to stymie energy production than any other president in history. In spite of the President's words, federal energy leases have dropped 67 percent in the Rockies and 87 percent in Utah. That translates into an 87 percent cut in high-paying energy jobs in Utah, higher gas prices at the pump and less revenue for the state and federal government." (hatch.senate.gov)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Attacks Administration's Anti-Energy Agenda. 18 May 2011. "Well, today we are talking about a real, solid energy proposal. It's a proposal that will create American jobs in the Gulf and throughout America's energy industry. The Offshore Production and Safety Act is a proposal that will strengthen our nation, not weaken it. It will get us producing American oil, again, in the Gulf, and that is a critically important goal." (hatch.senate.gov)
  • Orrin Hatch. Issue Position: Energy Independence 23 June 2011. "There are no quick or easy solutions to our energy problems, but there are real steps we can take to strengthen the weakest links in our nation's energy system. I believe that to put our country on a path to energy independence, we must: Help increase refining capacity. Develop untapped energy resources -- like developing our oil shale resources and exploring for oil and gas on the outer continental shelf." (www.hatchforsenate.com)
  • Orrin Hatch. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 - Motion to Proceed - Continued. 1 August 2008. "This past week, the majority leader brought a bill to the floor to curtail oil price speculation, and while this was a start, my party tried to amend this bill to provide real solutions, ranging from expanding offshore drilling to boosting oil shale production. We were prevented from offering these various amendments, which was an opportunity to increase energy supply and to send the rest of the world a message that we are going to get serious about helping ourselves instead of sending $700 billion every year off some shore for offshore oil. Across the Capitol, the House refuses to even bring up legislation involving offshore drilling. I do not know how I can return home to my home State of Utah and explain to constituents such as Bill Howard, a farmer who has to increase the price of his cattle and hogs to combat fuel costs, that we cannot do anything about the soaring gas prices unless it is paid for and hurts the oil and gas industry. Americans need affordable energy now." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 2 March 2009. "Decreasing our nation's dependence on foreign oil was a prominent part of your campaign energy platform and has our full support. In addition to improved energy efficiency and the development of renewable resources, tapping new domestic sources of conventional energy will help relieve stress on family budgets, put Americans to work, and free us from dangerous and unstable foreign regimes. To achieve these substantial benefits, we urge you to limit any delay and complete as expeditiously as possible your Administration's five-year plan for offshore oil and gas development." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 7 April 2011. "Last year, American oil production reached its highest level since 2003. The Energy Information Administrator (EIA) Richard Newell recently pointed out that the 2010 production numbers are likely the result of new leases issued during the previous administration that are just recently beginning to produce oil. Unfortunately, in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore energy production is expected to decrease by 13 percent in 2011. This decrease is cited as the result of the moratorium and the slow pace of permitting. EIA's most recent short-term energy outlook projects that domestic crude oil and liquid fuels production is expected to fall by 110,000 bbl/d in 2011, and by a further 130,000 bbl/d in 2012." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Statement On Presidents's Energy Announcement Today. 31 March 2010. "U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement today after President Obama announced a decision to lift restrictions on offshore energy development off the east coast without eliminating the ban on energy development in Utah and the mountain west: 'Today's announcement by the President is at the very least an acknowledgement that we must develop a comprehensive energy strategy if we are to remain an economically vibrant and secure nation. We need to increase access to all forms of energy, while improving efficiency so we aren't reliant on dangerous foreign sources for our energy.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of Environment America 14 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

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  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action. Other or expanded principles: "Support outreach to minority communities & assistance to economically disadvantaged persons."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 06/10/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of Environment America 14 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Senate Western Caucus Votes To Save Small Businesses From EPA Power Grab. 10 June 2010. "We are being asked to give up trillions of dollars in economic activity, send all new manufacturing activity overseas, give up millions of jobs, and put basic human activities under the control of the EPA all for a benefit that cannot be measured on a household thermometer after a hundred years of sacrifice and pain." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Department Of The Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010. 24 September 2009. "Furthermore, I disagree with the EPA's finding that carbon dioxide poses an endangerment to humans and that it is a pollutant. Unlike conventional pollutants, CO2 does not normally cause direct harm to our environment or to our bodies. It is considered an endangerment only because it has the potential as a greenhouse gas to warm the planet. What seems to be completely lost by the EPA, is that most scientists will tell you that a warming climate is a net benefit, while a cooling climate is a net detriment to life on Earth. If greenhouse gases and warming are detrimental to life, then why doesn't the EPA propose to regulate water vapor? Water vapor makes up 95 percent of all greenhouse gases, and a cubic foot of water vapor has a much stronger warming factor than a cubit foot of carbon dioxide?" (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Slams Administration's Economic Agenda. 8 June 2011. "Unfortunately, the White House's response to this crisis has either not worked -- or made things worse for our small businesses, middle class families and job creators. Over two years ago, this Administration pushed through a nearly trillion dollar stimulus spending bill claiming it would prevent unemployment from going over 8 percent. Washington passed massive new federal regulations that have crippled job creation -- look at the $2.6 trillion partisan health law, Dodd-Frank, or even actions by agencies like the EPA regulating carbon." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch: EPA Power Grab Will Cost American Jobs, Bankrupt Economy. 8 June 2010. "Dr. Richard Lindzen, one of the UN's lead climate scientists from MIT said it best: 'Controlling carbon is kind of a bureaucrat's dream. If you control carbon, you control life.' This is about putting human activity under central control. And the cost of this Washington power grab by the EPA? American jobs, plain and simple. To the American people I say this: Watch your members of Congress to see if they are willing to do their job and protect your job and keep the EPA from regulating almost every aspect of our live." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 7 April 2011. "With consumers again facing $4.00/gallon gasoline, the EPA is pursuing job-killing greenhouse gas regulations that, like the failed cap-and-trade legislation, will serve as an energy tax on every consumer. The Affordable Power Alliance recently studied the impacts of this action and found that the price of gasoline and electricity could increase as much as 50 percent. To make matters worse, the EPA acknowledges that unilateral action by the United States will have no impact on the world's climate, as China and India dramatically increase their emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Supporting a Common-Sense Amendment to Stop White House from Hiking Energy Costs. 29 March 2011. "Now, this White House and its Washington allies want to further inflame gas prices with expensive carbon reduction regulations. No matter how you cut it, Americans will be left paying the bill for these extreme regulations which raise energy costs, kill jobs by the millions, increase our dependence on foreign oil and dramatically reduce government revenue from employment taxes and energy royalties. I've never seen a policy more destructive to our citizens and to America's strength." (votesmart.org)

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  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Orrin Hatch a grade of 55." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Tougher enforcement of laws already on the books."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Tougher enforcement of laws already on the books."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Orrin Hatch. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 07/29/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 362. 106th Congress. Gun Show Sale Regulation Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 05/20/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 4615. 110th Congress. Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 07/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S 1805. 108th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 03/02/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 4 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 11/20/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 02/25/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 1152. 103th Congress. Prohibiting the Possession of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 11/17/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S AMDT 1626. 109th Congress. Child Safety Lock Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 07/28/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. BRAC. 26 July 2005. "Thank you, Mr. President. I rise in strong support of S. 397, the gun liability bill. Now, this legislation is a necessary response to the growing problem of junk lawsuits filed, no doubt, in part with the intention of driving the firearms industry out of business. These ill-advised suits attempt to hold manufacturers and dealers liable for the criminal acts of third parties, actions totally beyond the control of the manufacturer. These types of lawsuits continue to be filed in multiple States, seeking a vast array of remedies concerning the marketing of guns and alleged design flaws. And they continue to be flawed." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Lauds Senate Vote To Lift Ban On Guns In National Parks. 13 May 2009. "This amendment will put an end to the confusing and unnecessary rules that have required citizens to check their Second Amendment rights when they enter a national park. The fact that it had such widespread support demonstrates that the vast majority support both the rights of law-abiding gun owners and the right of states to set their own reasonable standards in these areas. I am proud to support this legislation and hope to see it signed into law." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Press Conference With Senator Jeff Sessions; Senator Orrin Hatch; Senator Jim Demint; And Senator John Cornyn. 24 June 2009. "The Second Amendment means a great deal to us. It took a long, long time to get the Heller case that finally decided that the Second Amendment is a personal right. And I think the distinguished senator from Alabama has explained it quite adequately. The Senate has to look at Judge Sotomayor's entire record to evaluate her judicial philosophy, including her speeches, as well as the cases. Now, her Second Amendment decisions appear to have unnecessarily minimized and confined the scope and vitality of this Second Amendment constitutional right. Even after the Supreme Court in Heller indicated the Second Amendment protects not only an individual right to keep and bear arms but a preexisting fundamental right, Judge Sotomayor continued to say that the right to keep and bear arms is not a fundamental right, and this when it was not necessary to decide the case before her." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Press Conference With Senator Joseph Lieberman, Senator Orrin Hatch, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, District Of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty. 26 February 2009. "Personally, I feel like we should not interfere with the right to keep and bear arms, and I feel like this town will be better off if we -- if we do." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch On Supreme Court Second Amendment Ruling. 28 June 2010. "U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled that every American has a Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms: 'Today's ruling is a victory for law-abiding gun owners and confirms that the right to keep and bear arms is not optional, but is a fundamental right that cannot be ignored. I applaud the Supreme Court for its decision.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 January 2012. "As our Constitution makes clear, American citizens have a right to keep and bear arms, plain and simple. This is an individual right. I have long opposed any encroachment upon the Second Amendment and will oppose any future attempt to erode the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Ultimately, our freedom depends on the limits to legislative action that are set out in the Bill of Rights. Those limits include efforts to restrict firearm ownership. The fact is that restricting the ability of law-abiding citizens to own firearms for hunting and personal protection does nothing to prevent violent crime. I will continue to resist efforts to write the Second Amendment out of the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Letter to Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Re: Speedy Passage of Second Amendment Rights Legislation. 18 September 2008. "On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling affirming the Second Amendment right to bear arms as an individual and constitutionally protected right. In DC v. Heller, the court affirmed that the District of Columbia's ban on ownership of handguns was an unconstitutional restriction on that right. [¦] Despite the Court's ruling in June, the District of Columbia city council has continued to exact onerous and unconstitutional firearm regulations on law-abiding residents. Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6842, the National Capital Security and Safety Act. This bipartisan bill was overwhelmingly approved with a vote of 266-152. We ask you to ensure that D.C. residents do not have to wait any longer to realize their constitutional rights by allowing the full Senate to consider H.R. 6842 before the 110th Congress concludes." (votesmart.org)

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  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Orrin Hatch. Issue Position: Repeal ObamaCare. 1 January 2012. "Health care choices should not be made by the federal government and bureaucrats; they should be made by consumers and patients. Last year, the Congress and the President pushed through a partisan health care law compromising existing health care programs for the elderly and creating massive expansions to the Medicaid program. This law not only puts erroneous regulations and undue pressure on struggling state budgets, it will also raise taxes by $552.2 billion. Its unconstitutional federal mandate forces citizens to purchase health care while making it more expensive for employers to provide insurance. This law is now an imminent threat to our nation's finances and to the continued functioning of our nation's health care delivery system. It must be repealed. If we cannot get this disastrous law overturned, we must defund it completely. As Chair of the Finance Committee, this will be one of my first priorities." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Affordable Care Act. 1 February 2011. "Yesterday, barely 13 months after ObamaCare passed the Senate, and less than one year since it became law, the entire scheme was struck down in Federal court. In a triumph for both personal liberty and the American Constitution, the individual mandate was found unconstitutional and ObamaCare was struck down. Not part of ObamaCare. All of ObamaCare. Not surprisingly, the administration and its special interest allies responded with the same derision toward ordinary American citizens that has been on display throughout this debate. Instead of acknowledging the obvious--that ObamaCare represents a massive departure from any traditional understanding of limited government--White House officials went on the attack, calling the decision outside of the mainstream and ridiculing its reasoning. Really? Millions and millions of Americans believe that provisions essential to the operation of ObamaCare are unconstitutional intrusions on personal liberty that vastly expand the power of the Federal government. They understand that the justification for the individual mandate by ObamaCare's proponents essentially removes any limits on the power of the Federal government to regulate personal and economic decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Continues All-Out Push to Take Down Fatally Flawed $2.6 Trillion Health Law. 27 January 2011. ""There is no question that the $2.6 trillion health law will put our nation on a treacherous course -- driving up health care costs, increasing taxes on families and employers, stifling job growth, and reducing the quality of patient care. In fact, its central tenets pose a grave threat to our basic liberty and our ability to recover from this severe economic downturn." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Outlines Need For Comprehesive Medicaid Reform. 16 June 2011. "President Obama, having salted the earth during the campaign, took all of the innovative work that had been done and tossed it in the garbage. Instead of reforming a bankrupt system, he decided to double down on it. For all of the 2,000-plus pages of ObamaCare -- and believe me, it is no picnic getting through that bill -- it really is a pretty simple scheme. Spend $2.6 trillion on new coverage entitlements, and pretend to pay for it by raiding already bankrupt entitlements and raising taxes by half a trillion dollars. While they may have expanded coverage, they did nothing to address the fundamental problem facing our nation's health care system -- the cost of health care. We know how this book is going to end. If you put government on the hook for expanded coverage, without reducing the cost of coverage, the cost to taxpayers is going to go up." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Votes to Defund $2.6 Trillion Health Law. 14 April 2011. "The new health law is fatally flawed and needs to be repealed. It is a budget-buster that raises taxes, increases already out-of-control health costs, puts Washington in charge, and threatens the fiscal health of our already fragile entitlement programs. Our nation cannot continue on its current course. It's past time we start down the road of real reform and act to address the number one concern of the American people: skyrocketing health care costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch and Shurtleff Call for Full Repeal of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "Obamacare is not just bad. It is unconstitutional. If the federal government can force you to buy health insurance, it can force you to do anything. Read the government's briefs in the cases challenging Obamacare. For this Administration the only limit on the power of Washington is the limit on the imagination of the most liberal member of Congress. Obamacare is a direct assault on the Founders' Constitution of limited government and states' rights, and I am proud that Attorney General Shurtleff is leading the fight for Utahns in challenging this unconstitutional law." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch on House Vote Repealing Obamacare; Urges Senate Action. 19 January 2011. "Most Utahns and Americans remain strongly opposed to ObamaCare. This budget-busting $2.6 trillion government takeover of our nation's healthcare system infringes on people's liberty, expands government to record levels, and raises taxes on hard-working Americans - all while doing nothing to stop skyrocketing health costs. The White House and its Capitol Hill allies used every trick and budget gimmick in the book to force it through and onto the American people. It's now time to dismantle it. House Republicans have listened to the American people by acting to repeal this law. The question is whether the White House and its allies in the Senate will follow suit and support similar legislation that responds to the will of the people. I not only support a full repeal, but also a targeted approach that takes down the pillars holding up ObamaCare. I've introduced legislation taking aim at the unconstitutional individual mandate and the job-killing employer mandate. I'm confident that my legislation will garner increased bipartisan support this Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Time to Take Action Against Portions of Healthcare Law. 1 September 2010. "With every passing day, another one of President Obama's health care promises bites the dust. The more this $2.6 trillion health law is exposed for what it is -- a massive big government expansion into people's lives -- the more clear it is that we need to repeal two of the central pillars holding up ObamaCare: the job-killing employer mandate and the unconstitutional, federal individual mandate." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Orrin Hatch. S 2611. 110th Congress. Immigration Reform Bill. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 05/25/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 4231. 110th Congress. Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 03/13/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S Amdt 3117. 110th Congress. Border Fence and Customs Appropriations. Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 10/03/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 92 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. S AMDT 4087. 110th Congress. Orange Card Program Amendment. Orrin Hatch voted Nay on 05/23/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch Responds To President Obama's Speech On Immigration. 1 July 2010. "In calling for a massive overhaul of immigration law, the administration is also putting the cart before the horse. When the house is on fire, you don't try to fix the plumbing. We have a crisis on our hands that needs immediate attention. Hardened criminals, gangs, drug dealers and human traffickers are crossing the border between Mexico and the United States in droves and endangering American citizens. Rather than playing politics with the issue, the administration should listen to the American people and secure the border. It's time for the White House to lead by example by enforcing the immigration laws that are already on the books." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch: Administration Memo Shows Path To Granting Millions "Back-Door Amnesty". 30 July 2010. "This memo raises a lot of questions that need to be answered, and that haven't been answered by this Administration despite our repeated attempts. If the Administration deploys these tactics, it would be the equivalent of back-door amnesty for millions by unelected bureaucrats. That's a cynical way of governing that would generate the anger of the American people who are demanding action to secure the border." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch: Administration's "Back-Door Amnesty" Memo Warrants Congressional Scrutiny. 3 August 2010. "The Administration has left us little choice, but to ask for a hearing to try and understand if the Administration is planning back-door amnesty for millions. They've refused to answer letter after letter, and then this memo comes out about how they could enact so-called immigration reform without congressional approval. It's time for the Senate Judiciary to examine this memo and what this Administration is trying to do to grant legal status to millions by circumventing Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on "Immigration Reform". 2 March 2006. "The rule of law is a bedrock of our democracy, and unfortunately the overwhelming influx of illegal aliens conflicts with this important principle. We cannot promote full respect for our laws if there are million of individuals among us who are here illegally. We must go beyond empty threats of deportation and a policy of perpetual amnesty for those who simply break the law. It may be the case that we need harsher penalties and stronger enforcement mechanisms, indeed, I have an amendment that reinforces that point -- but we must renew our efforts to enforce the laws that are on the books today and enforce any changes in the law we enact through this process." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Letter to Mr. Gheen, Americans for Legal Immigration. 10 March 2011. "I do not support amnesty and in fact have voted against it even during Ronald Reagan's tenure as President. I opposed the McCain- Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform bill and voted against it twice. Most recently, I voted to strip the federal government's funding of their lawsuit against Arizona's immigration law. Let me underscore this point: I continue to believe that we must do everything to properly and finally secure our border. That should be our top priority. However, many of our nation's problems result from a residual effect of a porous border and a breakdown of our immigration enforcement system." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Letter to The Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary, U. S. Department of Homeland Security. 23 September 2010. "We write to you again to express our growing concern about the Department of Homeland Security's execution of U.S. immigration laws. [...] In response to earlier queries about the USCIS memorandum, you stated that the document was an "internal draft memorandum" that was intended to simply "raise [the] best ideas" of DHS employees and should not be equated with official action by DHS. You have also stated that DHS will not take any action with regard "to the Nation's entire illegal immigrant population or large classes of such population" to stop the removal of illegal immigrants. These assurances, however, do not address the other proposals contained in these recently-discovered memoranda that would, among other things, evade the current statutory penalties that bar aliens who illegally cross our borders from receiving immigration benefits, or that would allow violators of U.S. immigration laws to use relationships to legal residents or U.S. citizens to obtain immigration benefits to which they are not entitled under the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch: Wrong Way to Solve Immigration Problems. 28 June 2007. "Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) today underscored his opposition to the comprehensive immigration reform measure (S. 1639) by voting to block the bill from receiving a final vote. [¦] 'My heart wants to find a solution to our immigration problem. We're a nation of immigrants, and many people want to come and live here. But we're also a nation of laws, and this bill is far too lenient on those who have broken our laws. They are treated far better than those who have been seeking to enter our country the right way. That's not right. It sends the same message we sent in 1986 - break our laws and you'll be rewarded for it.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Family Research Council 87 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 17 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 60 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the American Family Association 92 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. HR 3396. 104th Congress. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Orrin Hatch voted Yea on 09/10/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch: President Wrong to Refuse Defense of The Defense of Marriage Act. 23 February 2011. "President Obama's personal politics are trumping his presidential duty. Congress overwhelmingly passed the Defense of Marriage Act, a Democratic President signed it into law, and the Justice Department has a duty to defend it. It is deeply disturbing to see politics further distort the Department of Justice." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. A Joint Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States Relating to Marriage. 9 July 2004. "But like my colleague from Oregon and others, I draw the line when it comes to traditional marriage and the definition of traditional marriage. So I rise in support of an amendment to our Constitution that would maintain the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, an institutional arrangement that is to this date supported by all of our State legislatures, every State legislature in the country. The bedrock of American success is the family, and it is traditional marriage that undergirds the American family." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Issue Position: Constitution. 22 June 2011. "We must amend the Constitution to defend traditional marriage from being undermined by activist judges. The bedrock of American society is the family, and it is traditional marriage that undergirds the American family. But recent court decisions have proven that courts are usurping the role of legislatures by imposing their own definitions of marriage on the people." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Federal Marriage Amendment - Motion to Proceed. 14 July 2004. "Some of my colleagues suggest we do not need a national policy on marriage. Guess what. We have always had one. When my home State of Utah wanted to enter into this great Union, the Federal Government conditioned such acceptance on our adoption of a one-man, one-woman marriage policy. The Federal Government understood then what we still know today, that children are best off having a mother and a father. Most of my colleagues agree. Some argue it does not belong in the Constitution. The Constitution properly deals with foundational questions of how our Nation should be organized. Traditional male-female marriage is the universal arrangement for the ordering of society and ensuring future generations. If a foundational institution such as this is not deserving of our protection in our Constitution, then I don't know what is." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Marriage Protection Amendment--Motion to Proceed--Continued. 6 June 2006. "This debate is not some sideshow for a small sliver of activist groups. Majorities of Americans across the Nation support the protection of traditional marriage laws. This support is not limited to red or blue American. States in every region of the country have worked in recent years to reaffirm the traditional definition of marriage. Forty-five States have either a State constitutional amendment or a statute that preserves traditional marriage laws. Nineteen States have codified the definition of marriage in their State constitutions. In 2004, 13 States, including Utah, overwhelmingly passed their own constitutional amendments to preserve traditional marriage. I was proud to join the majority of my fellow citizens in supporting the adoption of Utah's measure to protect traditional marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Judiciary Statement - A Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Preserve Traditional Marriage. 23 March 2004. "Let me be clear: I am for traditional marriage. [¦] The disintegration of the family in this country correlates with many serious social problems, including crime and poverty. We are seeing soaring divorce rates and out-of-wedlock birth rates that have resulted in far too many fatherless families. Weakening the legal status of marriage at this point will only exacerbate these problems. We simply must act to strengthen the family. " (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. MSNBC "Hardball With Chris Matthews" - Transcript. 4 May 2009. "When it comes to gay marriage, look, I take the position that marriage is a sacred institution that ought to be between a man and a woman, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't -- that we should be discriminatory against gay people at all." (votesmart.org)

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  • Orrin Hatch. National Defense. 7 August 2012. " The threat posed by Islamic terrorism and the nations that support it cannot be taken lightly. I am proud to have supported actions that make sure that we are taking the fight to those who would destroy us rather than waiting passively for that fight to come to us. I am proud to have led against failed policies that treat terrorism as a simple law enforcement problem. This is an attitude that we cannot afford when our enemies seek to launch nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks on citizens in their homes. [¦] We must maintain a strong national defense and continue to win the war on terrorism, sustaining current military readiness, transforming the way the nation defends itself, and enhancing American intelligence capabilities." (hatch.senate.gov)
  • Orrin Hatch. Orrin Hatch on the Critical Issues. 7 August 2012. "Senator Hatch believes that the security of America and her citizens is a vital role of the United States Senate and has proven his convictions countless times over the years. Senator Hatch knows that our enemies will not rest and that we must stay ever vigilant against those that would do us harm “ both abroad and at home. He is a major support of our military and with his years of service, knows what it takes to continue to keep America safe." (www.vote4hatch.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Maintain OASDI benefits; repeal the 1993 tax increase on benefits."
  • Orrin Hatch. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Maintain OASDI benefits; repeal the 1993 tax increase on benefits."
  • Orrin Hatch. Hatch on Medicare, Social Security Trustees Report. 23 April 2012. "As this report shows, leaving Medicare and Social Security on autopilot and allowing them to continue to grow beyond their means is no longer an option. It's time to fix these programs so our seniors aren't put at greater risk, so our massive economy-threatening debt doesn't go even higher, and so America's sky-rocketing costs don't keep soaring. Those who say reform can wait ignore the serious financial situation facing the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund which will go bankrupt in four years -- putting millions of disabled Americans at risk. Instead of pushing politically-motivated policies, the President needs to step up to the plate and lead to find a way to put Medicare and Social Security on a path to solvency once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Orrin Hatch supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 20 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Orrin Hatch. Issue Position: Senior Citizens and Social Security. 23 June 2011. "Social Security is vital to the quality of life of our senior citizens. More than 60 percent of America's seniors depend on Social Security for a majority of their income. Current and future retirees, after years of hard work, deserve financial security and the assurance of a viable Social Security system far into the future. While Social Security is safe and solvent today, increasing life expectancies and other demographic and employment factors will eventually bankrupt the program unless we enact significant reform. I believe that Congress, the President, and the American people must carefully examine alternatives to put Social Security on a path to long-term viability, and quickly act to ensure the retirement security of today's and tomorrow's retirees." (votesmart.org)

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Presidential Election 2000 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support.
c) Abortions should always be legally available.
d) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xf) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xg) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xh) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion.
Xi) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
j) Support funding for research on the drug RU-486.
k) Support "buffer-zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least five feet from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
Xl) Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions.
m) Other
2) Will your Supreme Court nominees share your principles on abortion?

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number only.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Agricultural programs
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts funding
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental programs
Maintain Funding Statusf) International aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Medical research
Maintain Funding Statusi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Scientific research
Maintain Funding Statusl) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusm) Welfare
n) Other
o) Other
p) Other
Yes2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number only.

Greatly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Funding Statusb) Covert intelligence operations
Greatly Decrease Fundingc) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Military hardware
Maintain Funding Statuse) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increase Fundingf) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase Fundingg) National Missile Defense Program
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increase Fundingi) Programs to improve military retention rates
Greatly Increase Fundingj) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase Fundingk) Troop and equipment readiness
l) Other
m) Other
n) Other

Using the key below, indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. Select one number only.

High Prioritya) Defense
High Priorityb) Education
High Priorityc) Federal debt reduction
Highest Priorityd) Medicare
Highest Prioritye) Social Security
High Priorityf) Tax cuts
Highest Priorityg) Other

The social security surplus should not be used.

h) Other
i) Other

Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number only.

Income Taxes: Family Income

Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Greatly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Greatly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other
f) Other
g) Other

Income Taxes: Retiree Income

Greatly Decreaseh) Over $40, 000
i) Other
j) Other
k) Other

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Eliminatee) Estate taxes
Maintain Statusf) Gasoline taxes
g) Other
h) Other
i) Other

Deductions/Credits

Slightly Increasea) Charitable deductions
Greatly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other
h) Other
i) Other
Undecided2) Do you support replacing the current U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Undecided3) Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
Yes4) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Yes5) Do you support requiring at least a 2/3 majority (super-majority) vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
Yes6) Would you cut taxes if there were an operating surplus?
No7) Would you cut taxes and use Social Security surpluses to supplement the difference?
8) Other

Repeal the estate tax; lower capital gains rates, institute a permanent R and D tax credit; simplify the tax code.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance issues.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Eliminate publicly financed matching funds for presidential campaigns.
Xc) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
Xd) Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
f) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
g) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xh) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
i) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
j) Make campaign spending limits mandatory for all federal candidates.
Xk) Require unions to get members' permission before using union dues for political advocacy.
l) Remove all contribution limits on federal candidates and parties, but require complete and immediate disclosure via the Internet.
m) Require Congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
Xn) Other

Require continuous updating of contributions and expenditures via the Internet.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Broaden the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Impose stricter penalties for violent felons.
Xd) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xe) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xf) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xh) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
i) Increase funding for community policing programs.
j) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
k) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xl) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
Xm) Other

Maintain and increase funds for law enforcement block grants.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime.

Xa) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xb) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
Xc) Provide block grants to states for implementation of programs to combat juvenile crime.
Xd) Impose harsher penalties for youths convicted of violent offenses.
Xe) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders.
Xf) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
g) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Support capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
e) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
f) Decriminalize the production and use of industrial hemp for agricultural purposes.
Xg) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
h) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
i) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12).

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xe) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow the states to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xi) Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
j) Support mandatory teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xk) Increase funding to reduce class sizes.
Xl) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xm) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xn) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
o) Other

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning higher education.

a) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
b) Eliminate federal financial aid for individuals convicted of drug offenses.
Xc) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xd) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
e) Other

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding religion and public schools.

Xa) Religious expression on public school property should be allowed.
b) Student religious groups should not be allowed to meet on public school property.
c) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that offer on-site child care.
i) Increase support for the AmeriCorps program.
j) Other

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.

a) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xd) The federal government should only utilize merits and qualifications in making government contracting decisions.
Xe) Other

Support outreach to minority communities and assistance to economically disadvantaged persons.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Waive environmental review requirements for grazing permits.
Xd) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
Xf) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
i) Strengthen logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xj) Strengthen regulations governing the security, safety, transportation, and storage of spent nuclear fuel and waste.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment.
Xm) Other

Greater inclusion of state and local officials in determining how to meet federal environmental standards.

No2) Do you support the United Nations (Kyoto Conference) treaty, in its current form, regarding global climate change?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns by law-abiding citizens.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns.
h) Hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns by children age 16 and under.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
j) Require three business days for background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Xk) Strengthen enforcement of current regulations on guns.
l) Require a license for gun possession.
XOther

Mandatory "10-20-life" for crimes committed with guns. Tougher enforcement for laws already on the books.

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education, and natural medicines and remedies.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xf) Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
Xg) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for purposes other than medical costs.
Xh) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
i) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
j) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Xk) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xl) Increase funding for AIDS programs.
m) Other
No2) Do you support increasing taxes on alcohol and cigarettes to help defer costs of Medicare and Medicaid?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to reduce the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance to six months.
d) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the U. S., should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
Xg) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official national language.
i) Support the separation of the INS into two bureaus: one administering naturalization and one administering border patrol.
j) Increase state autonomy to deal with immigration.
k) Reimburse states for providing services to illegal aliens.
Xl) Other

Increase training and resources for the border patrol; "English Plus" Reorganize the INS to separate enforcement and benefit functions.

1) Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
Xd) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
Xe) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
Xf) Other

Promotion of democracy programs such as the "National Endowment for Democracy."

Yes2) Should the International Monetary Fund (IMF) be restructured so that it can respond to international financial crises more effectively?

3) From the key below, indicate what levels of economic assistance you support (if any) for the following countries and/or agencies. Select one number only.

Countries:

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Colombia
Maintain Funding Statusb) Egypt
Maintain Funding Statusc) Israel
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Kosovo province
Maintain Funding Statuse) Mexico
Greatly Decrease Fundingf) North Korea
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Russia
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Turkey
i) Other
j) Other
k) Other

International Agencies:

Maintain Funding Statusl) African Development Fund
Maintain Funding Statusm) Agency for International Development(AID)
Maintain Funding Statusn) International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Maintain Funding Statuso) NATO Peace Keeping Missions
Maintain Funding Statusp) UN Crisis and Humanitarian Aid
Slightly Decrease Fundingq) UN Peace Keeping Missions
Slightly Decrease Fundingr) World Bank
s) Other
t) Other
u) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Kosovo province.

a) The U.S. should maintain ground troops in the Kosovo province with a specific deadline for withdrawal.
Xb) The U.S. should maintain ground troops in the Kosovo province without a specific deadline for withdrawal.
c) The U.S. should not maintain ground troops in the Kosovo province.
Xd) Other

The US should not indicate to our enemies when it will withdraw.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq only through diplomatic means.
Xb) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted United Nations resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
e) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xf) The U.S. should continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
g) Other

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

a) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
Xd) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
Xe) Other

The US should use the United Nations to advance US international goals, not the other way around.

No4) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes5) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with China?
Undecided6) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes7) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with nations with documented human rights abuses?
Yes8) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to unfriendly nations?
Yes9) Do you support modifying the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in order to deploy the National Missile Defense System?
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States?
8) Do you support normal trade relation (most favored nation) status with Vietnam?
Yes9) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?
Yes10) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes11) Do you support strengthening the American anti-dumping laws which give the Commerce Department additional power to fight imports priced below the manufacturing cost?
12) Do you support an open trade policy for the United States?
YesDo you believe there has been a decline in moral and ethical standards in America over the last four decades?
In one hundred words or less please explain what you would do as President to address this concern.

For eight years, we have had a President who has flaunted the moral values of our nation. He has lied and abused the White House for political gain. He has argued that a solemn oath can be violated on technicalities. I do not believe that America needs to agree with the president all of the time on matters of policy, but they need a president they can trust all of the time. They need a president whose personal conduct is worthy of the people he or she represents and a president whose policies are predicated on principles, not on polls.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
f) Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
h) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
i) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on incomes above $68,400 (which is currently exempt).
Xj) Support a lock box measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
Xk) Other

Maintain survivors and disability benefits; repeal earnings limit; repeal the 1993 increased tax on benefits.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.

a) Implement taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
c) Allow voter registration on-line.
d) Allow voting on-line.
e) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xf) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes such as hacking and Internet violence.
Xg) Support strong Internet privacy laws.
h) Regulation of the Internet should not in any way controlled by the federal government.
Xi) Other

Support extending a moratorium on internet taxation.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

Xa) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
Xe) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
f) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xg) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xh) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
i) Provide federal assistance to low-income job applicants for transportation to jobs at some distance.
j) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
Xk) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based or other non-profit organizations.
Xl) Other

Increased funds for child care block grants.

Please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected President of the United States. If they require additional funding for implementation please explain how you would obtain this funding.

As President, I will fight to reduce our tax burden so that we can continue to expand our economy and create high quality, high paying jobs. I will simplify our tax code, lower tax rates, and eliminate the marriage penelty and death tax. I will defend the 2nd Amendment. I will continue the fight to protect the right to life and the sanctity of life. I will rebuild our military. And, I will restore principles of integrity, honesty and candor to the White House, where respect of the law must be the rule not the exception.