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Hatch: U.S. at a fiscal ‘crossroads’

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

NAME: Orrin Hatch

AGE: 78

RESIDENCE: Salt Lake City

EXPERIENCE: six-term senator

WEBSITE: orrinhatch.com

Orrin Hatch, a six-term Republican senator, sees himself as one of the solid fiscal conservatives in Washington, D.C.

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The conservative stand in financial matters is crucial to his campaign. Hatch, the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Finance, said he would become the chairman of the committee if Republicans capture a majority in the Senate in November.

"I think we’re, literally, at a crossroads. The crossroads — it’s time to right our fiscal ship," Hatch said, distancing himself from responsibility for the national debt.

The senator said he wants federal tax rates lowered, the tax base broadened and tax laws simplified. He wants tax laws that encourage corporations earning money overseas to bring the funds back to the U.S.

Hatch also supports amending the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget, something he has long championed. He said he would continue bringing Utah’s values to Capitol Hill.

"I’ve long been regarded as one of the solid fiscal conservatives," he said.

He said his re-election would put him in an influential position to attempt to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is often referred to as ‘Obamacare.’

Hatch is one of the sponsors of the SkiLink legislation that would make possible a gondola between Canyons and Solitude Mountain Resort. The gondola depends on the sale of a little more than 30 acres of federal land to Canyons.

He said in a SkiLink opinion piece, the gondola will ensure the Utah ski industry’s competitiveness with other states, create jobs and benefit the economy.

In Hatch’s most recent election, in 2006, he lost Summit County to Democrat Pete Ashdown by a tally of 5,322-4,980. It was the only county he lost in besting Ashdown by a wide margin in the statewide tally.