Orrin Hatch

Julia Ritchey, KUER

During a visit to a Lehi company Tuesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch addressed President Donald Trump’s first 100 days and his own plans to run for an eighth term.

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To hear Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch tell it, Democrats’ filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is an unprecedented maneuver that goes beyond the pale.  

Lee Hale

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he does plan on running for an eighth term in the U.S. Senate in 2018, following months of speculation.

Hatch made his comments to CNN on Thursday, though his office later said his decision is not yet final. 

Gov. Gary Herbert, a longtime friend of Hatch’s, praised the 82-year-old senator, saying he has served Utah well for more than 40 years.

Julia Ritchey, KUER


If you’ve tried calling Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office lately, you might be hearing this message a lot more:

 

“Thank you for calling United States Senator Orrin Hatch. Unfortunately, we’re unable to take your call at the moment. We encourage you to leave your name, number, and a message so we may get in touch with you as soon as we’re able to."

Julia Ritchey, KUER

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he believes the presidential election will be close, but is urging Utah Republicans to deliver the state for Donald Trump.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch continued his campaign against confirming a new U.S. Supreme Court Justice before electing a new president at a speech at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.

courtesy Salt Lake Chamber

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether President Obama's 2014 executive actions on immigration are constitutional. Utah business leaders are disappointed that this issue is still not resolved. 

Brian Grimmett

Utah Republican and Democratic parties saw record numbers of people show up to participate in last night’s caucuses. Most people were drawn in by the presidential vote, but many first time caucus goers were confused about the other purpose of the night. 

Brian Grimmett

President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat, but Utah’s Senators insist he shouldn’t even be considered by the Senate.

View From The Gallery: Week 4

Feb 19, 2016

Week four marks the half way point of the Utah Legislative session, but lawmakers seem to be stuck on repeat.

Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch visited the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday. He told lawmakers and reporters that the U.S. Senate should wait until after the 2016 presidential election to confirm a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Senator Orrin Hatch was at the University of Utah today for a presentation on advances in genetics research and precision medicine. The event comes before Congress begins its budget negotiations.

Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee voted in favor of a bill that would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation released a report this week on high-skilled immigrant visas. It comes at a time when the demand for H1-B visas is at a record high, and when Utah’s senior Senator Orrin Hatch has reintroduced a proposal that could more than double the number of these visas available.

Office of Senator Orrin Hatch

Republicans in Utah’s congressional delegation have uniformly condemned President Obama’s executive action extending temporary legal status to some 5 million undocumented immigrants. But Senator Orrin Hatch says he plans to rectify the situation.

With More Power, Hatch Targets Obamacare and Taxes

Nov 5, 2014
Office of Senator Orrin Hatch

Now that Republicans have a majority in the US Senate, Utah’s senior Senator Orrin Hatch will have more power and influence. He says he wants to try again to repeal Obamacare and roll back a tax on medical devices.

As Republicans celebrated election night, Senator Orrin Hatch was thinking about what could be accomplished with Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell as majority leader. For one thing, he wants to try again to get rid of a 2.3 percent medical device tax passed as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Utah Mayors Call for Immigration Reform

Jun 5, 2013

A bipartisan group of Utah mayors have sent a letter to Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, urging them to immediately pass immigration reform legislation. From Fruit Heights to Salt Lake City to St. George, 19 mayors signed the letter. It calls for comprehensive immigration reform, and warns that Utah communities will face significant challenges unless that reform is enacted. 

As the debate on immigration reform continues in the US Senate, immigrants in Salt Lake City held a press conference and vigil Wednesday night urging Senator Orrin Hatch to support legislation that creates a path to citizenship and keeps families together.  

The event was organized by the Salt Lake DREAM team, immigrant young people who want a chance to earn their citizenship through college or military service. In their stories, what you hear are dreams deferred.

Senator Hatch Files 24 Amendments to Immigration Bill

May 7, 2013

Senator Orrin Hatch on Tuesday filed 24 amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill put forward by a group of Senators known as the Gang of 8. Hatch’s amendments focus on law enforcement, high-skilled work, health benefits, and back taxes. 

Speaking in Salt Lake City last week, Hatch told KUER the immigration bill would substantially improve border security, but he said there’s more work to be done. 

Senator Hatch Says Immigration Bill Could be Improved

May 1, 2013
Andrea Smardon

Senator Orrin Hatch spoke about immigration reform in Salt Lake City Wednesday at a Zions Bank client event. He praised the 844-page comprehensive legislation put forward by the group of Senators known as the Gang of 8, but stopped short of supporting it. 

KUER News Pod: Monday April 29, 2013

Apr 29, 2013

A unique medical technology company relocates to Salt Lake City, Senator Orrin Hatch says he’s ready to reform immigration, and state legislators plan to reintroduce a couple of defeated gun bills.

Bob Nelson

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch visited state representatives in the House Wednesday to deliver what he called unhappy news. He says the Sequester, the automatic across-the-board spending cuts, will happen and it will be a difficult thing, especially for civilian employees at Hill Air Force Base.

”and it’s certainly going to hit a lot of small contractors and it’s also going to hit our workforce up there, is about two thirds civilian. So if you can imagine we’ve got to be prepared for whatever comes,”says Hatch. 

Brian Grimmett

After more than 50 years of waiting a 92-year-old World War II veteran from Utah has finally received the medals he earned as a soldier fighting in the Pacific theater.

Lewis Frongner, 92, served for 20 months in the Army as a light mortar gunner during World War II earning him several medals, including a Bronze Star. But Frongner never received those medals. He says he left the service with only the shirt on his back. It wasn’t until his nephew, Steve Frongner, became curious about his uncle’s military service that anyone realized he had never received them.

Scott Howell: Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan Now

Sep 26, 2012

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Scott Howell vowed his support for the American military Wednesday saying the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is long overdue.

Howell pointed to the cost of the war in Afghanistan, both in American lives and in money, as he vowed to make sure all troops are withdrawn from the country as soon as possible. Howell even criticized President Barack Obama’s lack of action.

Senator Orrin Hatch was absent from last night’s U.S. Senate Debate in Bountiful, where Democratic Candidate Scott Howell challenged the 36 year incumbent to defend his record.

Howell, Independent Senate Candidate Bill Barron, Constitution party candidate Shaun McCausland debated social security reform, the nation’s debt ceiling and a constitutional amendment requiring congress to pass a budget, and trade. McCausland argued the U.S. can easily avoid outsourcing jobs caused by free trade policies.

Senator Orrin Hatch skips a debate, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Representative Jim Matheson, and Governor Gary Herbert reorganizes the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

Republican Leaders Critical of Health Care Ruling

Jun 28, 2012
KUED

Republican leaders in Utah were uniformly critical of Thursday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, saying it threatens the nation's economic recovery and could sharpen the partisan divide.  

In his monthly news conference on KUED, Utah Governor Gary Herbert said, "This has divided the country terribly and taken our eye off the ball on economic recovery.  I do believe, if you want to repeal Obamacare, you need to repeal Obama."

Andrea Smardon

Senator Orrin Hatch won the Utah Republican primary, and spent 10 million dollars in the process.  Now, Democratic challenger Scott Howell aims to turn that money against the incumbent Senator.   Howell says Hatch’s significant campaign war chest is not a problem for him.  It’s a problem for the people of Utah. 

“When you see that big money, that drives the behavior that we’ve seen in Washington DC, that gives loopholes to businesses and industries that have access that you and I don’t,” said Howell, “We’re going to end that in this campaign.”

Brian Grimmett

The KUER News team spent last night covering the biggest races in the GOP Primary Elections. We sent reporters and interns to election night events across the Salt Lake Valley and they used our new twitter account, @KUERnews, to keep you updated throughout the night of the latest results and to help give you a broader view of each candidates thoughts.

In Utah’s GOP Primary elections, Senator Orrin Hatch easily defeats Dan Liljenquist, the Salt Lake County Mayor’s race is too close to call, and the Wood Hollow wildfire continues to burn uncontained. All that and more in today's News Pod.

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