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Republican Sr Senator (UT):
Orrin Hatch on the Issues

Orrin Hatch on Abortion

  • Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research. (Jul 2001)
  • Abortions cause a societal insensitivity to life. (Dec 1999)
  • No litmus tests: no one issue should define appointments. (Jul 1999)
  • Appoint conservative judges without litmus tests. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)

Orrin Hatch on Budget & Economy

  • More $ for defense, research, Ag, Education, police. (Jan 2000)
  • Balance the budget; but high priority to all spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Prosperity based on Reagan’s tax cuts plus balanced budget. (Oct 1999)
  • Bankruptcy has too many loopholes & costs society. (Apr 1999)
  • No Chapter 7 bankruptcy for people with assets & income. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)

Orrin Hatch on Civil Rights

  • Founders avoided “national church,” not Ten Commandments. (Jan 2000)
  • Amendments for school prayer & flag protection. (Jan 2000)
  • Merit and outreach are the bases for helping minorities. (Jan 2000)
  • Gays support Democrats, but no intolerance. (Aug 1999)
  • Homosexuality is contrary to the Bible, but no intolerance. (Aug 1999)
  • Filth should not be banned; only youth exposure should be. (May 1999)
  • Hollywood should do more to change culture for good. (May 1999)
  • Rating system is ignored for mature movies, games, & music. (May 1999)
  • Crime Bill “reforms” Miranda Rights and Habeas Corpus. (Apr 1999)
  • Draw line between free speech and desecration of the flag. (Mar 1999)
  • We owe a Flag Protection Amendment to veterans & to America. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 20% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 14% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)

Orrin Hatch on Corporations

  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Orrin Hatch on Crime

  • Strict penalties; more prisons; status quo on death penalty. (Jan 2000)
  • Appointing conservative judges is more critical than Miranda. (Jan 2000)
  • 10-20-Life plan: harsh penalties for gun use. (Aug 1999)
  • More funding & prosecution of Hate Crimes. (Jul 1999)
  • Fight crime by fighting drugs and gangs. (Jul 1999)
  • Punish minor juvenile crimes to prevent later serious crimes. (May 1999)
  • Allow 14-year-olds to be tried & punished as adults. (May 1999)
  • Prosecute drugs & gun crimes; protect victims’ rights. (Apr 1999)
  • Restore & expand block grants to local law enforcement. (Apr 1999)
  • Fund truth-in-sentencing & longer sentences. (Apr 1999)
  • Victims’ Rights: hearings & notification. (Apr 1999)
  • Supports community-oriented policing. (Mar 1999)
  • Proper federal role is seed money, not running programs. (Mar 1997)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 25% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)

Orrin Hatch on Drugs

  • Stricter sentencing; death penalty for drug traffickers. (Jan 2000)
  • Fight methamphetamine, smarter & harder. (Aug 1999)
  • Fight crime by fighting drugs and gangs. (Jul 1999)
  • More penalties & more spending on drug interdiction. (Apr 1999)
  • More juvenile jails & drug-testing, via block grants. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)

Orrin Hatch on Education

  • More block grants; more student loans; school prayer OK. (Jan 2000)
  • Tax & savings reforms have helped make education affordable. (Mar 1999)
  • Fed help for school infrastructure, but no direct spending. (Mar 1999)

    School Choice

  • More vouchers; more charter schools. (Jan 2000)
  • Vouchers will cover costs under most circumstances. (Dec 1999)
  • Let parents walk away from failing schools. (Dec 1999)
  • Voted for vouchers for violent schools & crime victims. (May 1997)
  • Voted for school choice for low-income kids. (Feb 1994)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Orrin Hatch on Energy & Oil

  • Eliminate Kyoto Accords and implement more local control. (Jan 2000)
  • Revoke Kyoto Accords as environmental extremism. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports alternative fuels to meet EPA air standards. (May 1999)
  • Focus on market incentives to foster alternative fuels. (May 1999)
  • Tax credits for electric cars, alternative fuels & stations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Develop technology for carbon dioxide sequestration. (Feb 2008)
  • Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)

Orrin Hatch on Environment

  • Limit National Monuments to 50,000 acres. (Feb 1998)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Congress should decide land use, not DOI. (Sep 1979)

Orrin Hatch on Families & Children

  • Filth should not be banned; only youth exposure should be. (May 1999)
  • 4-point Youth Violence Plan to combat juvenile crime. (May 1999)
  • Prohibit marketing & renting violent music & games to kids. (May 1999)
  • Hollywood should do more to change culture for good. (May 1999)
  • Prohibit marketing & renting violent music & games to kids. (May 1999)
  • More funding to help missing, lost, & runaway children. (Apr 1999)
  • Block grants and tax credits for stay-at-home parents. (Mar 1999)
  • Prohibit alcohol sales to minors via phone & Internet. (Mar 1999)
  • Block Grants keep decision-making in local communities. (Feb 1998)
  • More funding for Boys and Girls Clubs. (Mar 1997)
  • Media supports moral poverty; Boys & Girls Clubs fight it. (Mar 1997)
  • Media supports moral poverty; Boys & Girls Clubs fight it. (Mar 1997)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids. (Jul 2008)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)

Orrin Hatch on Foreign Policy

  • Africa: Helping with AIDS is our duty as a great nation. (Jan 2000)
  • US should not police the world; but should police Europe. (Jun 1999)
  • Sudan: civil war not a US threat; terrorism is. (Jun 1999)
  • Support self-determination morally, not militarily. (Jun 1999)
  • Russia should focus on their economy, not on US. (Jun 1999)
  • Russia is acting as aggressively as Serbia. (Jun 1999)
  • Push Japanese reforms to keep rest of Asia stable. (Jul 1998)
  • Relations with China; limited with Taiwan. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)

Orrin Hatch on Free Trade

  • Supports NAFTA, GATT, WTO, Fast-Track. (Jan 2000)
  • Stop suspending import restrictions on steel. (Jun 1999)
  • Enforce anti-dumping laws consistently. (Jun 1999)
  • China’s WTO admission will undermine police state. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports bilateral trade agreement & China admission to WTO. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Rated 83% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)

Orrin Hatch on Government Reform

  • McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is unconstitutional. (Jan 2000)
  • Real campaign finance reform is disclosure & more disclosure. (Dec 1999)
  • Opposes judicial activism; stick to interpreting laws. (Oct 1999)
  • Campaign reform by example: $36 donations instead of $1000. (Oct 1999)
  • Soft money gets out the vote; against banning it. (Oct 1999)
  • Soft money is free speech; daily disclosure is better. (Oct 1999)
  • For lobbyist reporting; but unlimited $ and tax deductions. (Jul 1995)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)

Orrin Hatch on Gun Control

  • Supports 2nd Amendment, with stricter gun law enforcement. (Oct 1999)
  • Mental health check as part of background check. (Sep 1999)
  • Gun violence problems can be solved by more enforcement. (Sep 1999)
  • Trigger locks, gun show restrictions, import restrictions. (Aug 1999)
  • Guns should be sold with safety devices. (May 1999)
  • Enforce existing gun laws & extend them to juveniles. (May 1999)
  • Enforce existing gun laws & extend them to juveniles. (May 1999)
  • Prosecute gun crimes federally & severely. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow firearms in National Parks. (Feb 2008)

Orrin Hatch on Health Care

  • Home health and nursing homes should be more affordable. (Jan 2000)
  • Spent most of career solving health-care problems. (Oct 1999)
  • His CHIP program insures 7-10 million kids of working poor. (Oct 1999)
  • Reform Medicare by medical experts; more tax incentives. (Oct 1999)
  • More funds for Medicare “skilled nursing facilities”. (Aug 1999)
  • Supported federal Tobacco Settlement based on State deal. (Mar 1998)
  • $398B Tobacco deal: $186B to states; $95B to research. (Nov 1997)
  • Supports tax credit for “orphan drugs”. (Feb 1997)
  • Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)

Orrin Hatch on Homeland Security

  • Increase defense spending greatly. (Jan 2000)
  • Reverse low military readiness via leadership. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted for SDI; for nuke tests; chem-bio ban. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted for military pay raise; no to military abortions. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted against base closings; require Congress in future. (Jun 1998)
  • Votes: ban landmines; more F-18s; secret CIA $. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Hiding sources made post-9-11 analysis impossible. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA depends too heavily on defectors & not enough on HUMINT. (Jul 2004)
  • Administration did not pressure CIA on WMD conclusions. (Jul 2004)
  • School assistance to survivors of injured federal police. (Oct 1996)

Orrin Hatch on Immigration

  • Supports more enforcement by INS of immigration laws. (Mar 1999)
  • IMF encourages open markets despite imperfections. (Feb 1998)
  • Voted NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Rated 91% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)

Orrin Hatch on Jobs

  • Family farms: Crop insurance; no capital gains on land. (Jan 2000)
  • Assist farmers in transition to free market. (Dec 1999)
  • Ethanol subsidies OK, but no federal gasohol requirements. (Sep 1999)
  • Alternative fuels important to our energy security. (Sep 1999)
  • Raising the minimum wage causes “disemployment”. (Sep 1998)
  • Minimum wage jobs are first jobs; workers go on to others. (Sep 1998)
  • Replace minimum wage increases with cut taxes & education. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Rated 0% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

Orrin Hatch on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Republican Party 87.1% of 319 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Withdraws, citing too-late entry & anti-Mormon bias. (Jan 2000)
  • President should set a moral example. (Dec 1999)
  • 23 years of experience fighting for you. (Dec 1999)
  • $36 donations from skinny-cats, not $1000 from fat-cats. (Oct 1999)
  • Legislative record of bipartisan accomplishment. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Latter-day Saint. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)

Orrin Hatch on Social Security

  • Consider raising retirement age. (Nov 1999)
  • $792B tax cut does not affect Medicare or Social Security. (Jul 1999)
  • Simplify tax code on retirement & end savings disincentives. (Jun 1999)
  • Preserve Social Security fund in “Lockbox” until needed. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Orrin Hatch on Tax Reform

  • It will take political experience to reform the tax code. (Jan 2000)
  • Leaving money in Washington means bigger budget spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Day Two Agenda: Tax Reform. (Dec 1999)
  • High taxes protect government bureaucracy. (Dec 1999)
  • Tax sales instead of income & savings. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports flat tax, but prefers “starting over”. (Oct 1999)
  • Get rid of the entire IRS code and the IRS itself. (Oct 1999)
  • Surplus means taxpayers paid too much -- so give it back. (Jul 1999)
  • Estate tax hurts Great Aunt Edna, not the wealthy. (Jul 1999)
  • Cutting capital gains helps most Americans, not just rich. (Jul 1999)
  • $792B is about Congress being a kid in a candy store. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports permanent research tax credit. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 72% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

Orrin Hatch on War & Peace

  • Supports air strikes to destroy Serbian military. (Jun 1999)
  • Supported arming Bosnians in 1992 & bombing Milosevic then. (Jun 1999)
  • No limits once engaged; but need a clear mission. (Jun 1999)
  • NATO actions did not cause refugees; we should respond. (Jun 1999)
  • If we continue air strikes, no need for ground troops. (Jun 1999)
  • Rambouillet is irrelevant: finish destroying Serb military. (Jun 1999)
  • Sanctions on Serbia until Milosevic falls. (Jun 1999)
  • Serbs should lose at least a part of Kosovo. (Jun 1999)
  • Air power should destroy military, not change regime. (Jun 1999)
  • No US peacekeepers unless goals are clear. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • CIA mischaracterized Iraq WMD & abused intelligence position. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq-al-Qaida contacts, but no complicity or assistance. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA knew State of the Union Iraq-Niger connection was false. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not reconstituting its nuclear program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its biological weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its chemical weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was developing missiles, but not to reach the US. (Jul 2004)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq. (Feb 2007)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Orrin Hatch on Welfare & Poverty

  • Supports welfare reform from dependency to self-sufficiency. (Mar 1997)
  • Welfare should be a transitional program, not permanent. (Mar 1997)
  • Replace hand outs with hand up via job training. (Mar 1997)
  • Block grants let local programs work; fed programs do not. (Mar 1997)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)