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Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) talks to reporters during a series of votes in Washington December 17, 2011. The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to extend a payroll tax cut for two months in legislation that also attempts to force President Barack Obama to approve construction of an oil pipeline.   REUTERS/Benjamin Myers    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Benjamin Myers/Reuters)
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2001, on pushing the Bush tax cuts via reconciliation:
"I think we can do a reconciliation bill that'll have an overwhelming number of senators and congresspeople voting for this $1.3 trillion to $1.6 trillion tax cut," he said.
Orrin Hatch in 2010 on using reconciliation to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
To impose the will of some Democrats and to circumvent bipartisan opposition,President Obama seems to be encouraging Congress to use the "reconciliation" process, an arcane budget procedure, to ram through the Senate a multitrillion-dollar health-care bill that raises taxes, increases costs and cuts Medicare to fund a new entitlement we can't afford. [...]

This use of reconciliation to jam through this legislation, against the will of the American people, would be unprecedented in scope. And the havoc wrought would threaten our system of checks and balances, corrode the legislative process, degrade our system of government and damage the prospects of bipartisanship.

Orrin Hatch on Monday, on using reconciliation to repeal the ACA:
"We will repeal it," Hatch said in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute on Monday. "And the Democrats know that we can. After their abuse of the budget reconciliation process in 2010 to get this law passed, it should come as no surprise when Republican majorities legitimately and appropriately use the same process to repeal this unpopular law next year."
Right. It's all about the system of checks and balances, the legislative process, system of government and prospects of bipartisanship. Unless it's something Republicans want. For such a sanctimonious SOB, he sure is a hypocrite.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 02:19:49 PM PDT

  •  principles stay the same (0+ / 0-)

    orrin changes.  now we need a new judge.  but now it's harry's fault.  

    Utah Judge Emergency

  •  same as it ever was (0+ / 0-)

    Orrin has a long history of situational ethics and flexible integrity.  Like any good lawyer he can argue either side of any disagreement, and does so often.  Ever since the Clarence Thomas hearings I have considered him to be a scumbag extraordinaire.

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 04:51:58 PM PDT

  •  The ghost of Teddy Kennedy (0+ / 0-)

    needs to come back and haunt his "old friend" Orrin, and do a checks and balances summary of Orrin's life.

    Using a line from A Christmas Carol:  Teddy to Orrin about the business of being a Senator, "Mankind is your business! Their common welfare is your business!"

    Hypocrisy?  Watch part of the eulogy he gave to honor Sen. Kennedy and note his remarks about health care.  It's shameful how far he's fallen since The Lion was laid to rest.  If he had been a true friend, he'd still be fighting for healthcare now!


    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 05:16:55 PM PDT

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