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Hatch outlines objectives for congressional committees

Utah's Orrin Hatch will on the United States Senate's finance, judiciary, health, labor, education and pension and intelligence committees during the 111th Congress.

As a member of the finance and joint taxation committees, Hatch's plans include striving to expand the economy through incentives, advocating policies encouraging savings and investment and continuing the fight to cut capital gains taxes to bring relief to working Americans, reining in federal spending and restoring America's financial independence.

"The federal government cannot spend its way out of this financial crisis," said Hatch last Wednesday. "We need to reduce irresponsible government spending and promote policies that will ensure that every dollar the federal government spends is being spent to meet vital needs and not being wasted on wants."

As a long-standing member of the judiciary committee, Hatch believes he is positioned to play a leading role in pushing laws that will make cities and streets safer, guard Americans' right to bear arms and protect the nation's most-vulnerable citizens - women, children and the elderly.

The Utah senator also believes he can help ensure the appointment of judicial nominees who respect and uphold the U.S. Constitution.

"I reject the misguided notion some advocate that the Constitution means what the judges say it means,'" said Hatch, a former judiciary committee chairman. "It is crucial to ensure the appointment of judges who understand the Constitution and the important but limited role our founders intended for them to play in our system of government."

A former health, education, labor and pensions panel chair, Hatch plans to continue working on that committee to try to make health care more accessible and affordable. Hatch noted the U.S. spends $2 trillion for health care, but only ranks 41st in health status in the World Health Organization rankings.

"That must change," said the Utah senator. "Health is a national issue that must be resolved in a bipartisan and fiscally responsible manner. We must ensure that every American has access to the quality and affordable health care of their choice. We can do that by controlling costs through more efficient and quality-focused health care delivery, and by building on private sector choices. We also must focus on preventative health care."

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