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10.24.18

Hatch Seeks Information About Protecting Consumers from Counterfeit Drugs Sold Online

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is seeking information from the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) and the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI) to better understand how they collaborate with the pharmaceutical industry and law enforcement agencies to prevent the sale of counterfeit medicines online. "The pharmaceutical industry plays a fundamental role in protecting U.S. consumers from counterfeit medicines sold online," Hatch said. "By sharing inf… Continue Reading


10.23.18

ICYMI: Tax Reform Gave Typical American Family a 58 Percent Tax Cut

One of Chairman Hatch's chief goals during last year's tax reform debate was to provide relief to hard-working middle-class families, a goal he brought to fruition. In fact, a family of four earning $73,000, the median family income, will see a tax cut of more than $2,000. Their tax bill will fall from what they would have paid in 2018, around $3,557.50, to paying $1,499 instead-a reduction of $2,058. That's 58 percent. While Democrats might call a 58 percent tax reductions, "crumbs," $2,000 me… Continue Reading


10.23.18

Hatch Highlights Finance Committee Legislation that Helps Kids and Families

[Click Here to See More Photos: Hatch Hosts Leaders to Celebrate Efforts to Benefit Children and Families] WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today hosted several Utah and national leaders to celebrate the longest extension of Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in program history, the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act and the reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV). Hatch thanked the… Continue Reading


10.16.18

Hatch Statement on Trump Administration’s Intent to Begin Trade Negotiations with EU, Japan and the UK

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today released the following statement after the Trump administration notified Congress that it intends to initiate trade negotiations with the European Union (EU), Japan and the United Kingdom (UK): "A trade agenda that prioritizes free trade and open markets is the best ways to defend American interests and strengthen our economy," Hatch said. "I am pleased that the administration is pursuing new trade agreements with severa… Continue Reading


10.03.18

Senate Passes Major Opioids Legislation That Includes Key Finance Committee Proposals

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today commended Senate passage of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act has already passed the House and will now go to the president for his signature. "America has been confronting an opioid crisis for years and the epidemic knows no social, economic or political bounds," said Hatch. "I am proud that despite these highly partisan times, members of Congress… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Hatch Opening Statement at SSA Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing to consider the nomination of Andrew Saul to be Commissioner of the Social Security Administration: This morning we are meeting to discuss the nomination of Andrew Saul to be Commissioner of Social Security. This is a long overdue nomination. Mr. Saul, if confirmed, will become the first confirmed Commissioner at the Social Security Administration since 2013. I believ… Continue Reading


09.30.18

Hatch Statement on NAFTA Deal with Canada and Mexico

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today released a statement following the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) announcement that it has reached an updated NAFTA agreement that includes both Canada and Mexico: "I am pleased that the Trump administration was able to strike a deal to modernize NAFTA with both Mexico and Canada. NAFTA is a proven success for the United States, supporting more than 2 million American manufacturing jobs and boosting agricult… Continue Reading


09.27.18

Hatch Opening Statement at SSA and PBGC Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) offered the following opening statement at a hearing to consider Gail Ennis to be Social Security Administration (SSA) Inspector General and Gordon Hartogensis to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC): This morning we are meeting to discuss the nomination of Gordon Hartogensis to be the director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Gail Ennis to be the Inspector General for the Social Securit… Continue Reading


09.27.18

ICYMI: Hatch Hears From Auto Industry Stakeholders About the Effect of Tariffs

WASHINGTON - The Senate Finance Committee yesterday held a hearing about the effect of tariffs on the U.S. auto industry. During the hearing, Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) heard from stakeholders about what current and potential tariffs have meant for their businesses. Check out highlights from their exchanges below: Watch the Chairman's full question and answer session here. Chairman Hatch to Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc: As your company, I think, … Continue Reading


09.26.18

Hatch Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Talks

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will begin trade talks with Japan: "Japan is one of the world's largest economies and our fourth largest trading partner. A trade agreement with Japan has the potential to open more markets for U.S. goods and services, which will help American producers expand operations and lower prices at home. I have long called for a strong U.S.-Japan t… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Hatch Announces Updates to Policy, Communications Staff

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today announced staff updates including promoting Becky Cole to deputy staff director and a new communications team lineup: Nicole Hager will take on a new role as the committee's acting communications director and Brigid Ueland will be promoted to deputy press secretary. "Becky's quick and comprehensive grasp of issues across the committee's wide range of jurisdiction has been crucial since she joined us earlier this year," H… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Hatch Opening Statement at Hearing on Impact of Tariffs on the U.S. Auto Industry

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing entitled Impact of Tariffs on the U.S. Auto Industry: I intend to focus this morning on the investigation that was self-initiated by the Department of Commerce under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether imports of automobiles and automotive parts threaten to impair our national security. Many of us on the committee have already expre… Continue Reading


09.25.18

Bipartisan Committee Leaders Announce Opioid Legislation Agreement

WASHINGTON - Bipartisan leaders from committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate today announced an agreement on sweeping legislation to combat the opioid crisis. In June, the House passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act by a vote of 396-14. On September 17th, the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 by a vote of 99-1. This bipartisan, bicameral agreement will allow final legislation to move swiftly through both chambers of Congress and to the pre… Continue Reading


09.25.18

Hatch Announces Hearing for SSA Nominee

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will convene a hearing to consider Andrew Saul to be Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The hearing will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. in 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The following nominee is scheduled to testify: Andrew Saul to be Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Who: Senate Finance Committee What: SSA Nomination Hearing … Continue Reading


09.21.18

Hatch Announces Hearing for SSA and PBGC Nominees

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will convene a hearing to consider Gail Ennis to be Social Security Administration (SSA) Inspector General and Gordon Hartogensis to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). The hearing will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. in 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The following nominees are scheduled to testify: Gail Ennis to be Inspector General, Social Security Administration Gordon H… Continue Reading

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