July 25,2011

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Hatch Statement on President’s Address to Nation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement this evening after President Obama delivered an address to the nation on the status of the debt negotiations:

“As Commander in Chief, the President of the United States has an obligation to lead.  Unfortunately, this evening he once again refused to lay out a path to get our nation out of this spending-fueled debt crisis that threatens the future of our great nation.  The President spoke of consensus and compromise, but when has he ever brought people together?  He spoke of the challenges before us, but failed to offer any real plan for the future that doesn’t end with more taxes on the backs of hard-working American families, small businesses, and investors.  The President regrettably seems more interested in his own political future than confronting the significant challenges before us. 

“The American people don’t want more lectures.  They are demanding action.  They know the answer is cutting and capping spending, and passing a strong Balanced Budget Amendment that will prevent this crisis from ever repeating itself.  They expect better than more spending, more taxes, and more debt that is a lead weight around the neck of our nation’s weak economy and the millions of unemployed Americans looking for work.  It’s time the President delivered.”