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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 4:15 p.m. MDT

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'Love it when the Republicans turn on each other.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Alright, the tea party is listing. A few more of these comments and the tea party will be sunk.


Senator Lee is clueless and completely ineffective in Washington. His presence in DC is a direct result of the Tea Party capturing the state caucus system a few years ago. No one dislikes Obamacare more than I do, but Lee's approach is a waste of time and nothing more than political grandstanding.

Magna, UT

orin hatch lies when he says that the government will be shutdown if obamacare is defunded. That is not at all what the House bill does and it passed the House easily. Senators Lee & Cruz have been fighting and saying the same thing the house has said yet orin has no other plan but to fall in line with destroyers of a Nation.

obama himself defunded the aca for all the special people but left the average american to suffer the costs of the worst act since the federal reserve act of 1913.

orin has no guts and is devoid of honor.

Hooray for patriots who will stand against tyranny in the face of those who should be friends but are deserters.

Tremonton, UT

It is good to hear that one of Utah's U.S. Senator's has some good judgment, when it comes to the budget.

I am not a fan of ObamaCare. ObamaCare needs to go. It is totally the wrong approach to affordable medical care for the American people.

But this is not the time to pick this fight. It is futile. There will not be enough votes in the Senate, and even if there were, Obama has promised to veto the bill. There is no way that even the House has enough votes to override a veto, let alone the Senate. So, all Senators Lee and Cruz are going to accomplish, is waste valuable time. Time that is needed to reach a reasonable compromise on a budget.

Come on, Senator Lee. Grow a backbone, stand up to the right wing extremist Tea Party people, and do something that is good for America, instead of watching out for your re-election.

Syracuse, UT

Keep at it Lee! Keep at it Cruz! What is shameful is that there are only two senators willing to stand up (literally!) to socialism and more government takeover.

Plano, TX

I support Lee and Cruz wholeheartedly. I don't agree with the "we can't win so we're going to roll over" mentality. You never know how much courage you give to others when you speak up for what you believe to be right. Affordable care for America is wrong---in my opinion. This is a right given to the states, not the feds. The closer to the problem, the more effective the solution, and the federal government has proven time and time again that they are almost never and effective solution. Let the states do as they will, but constitutionally it doesn't belong at the federal level. I say kill Obamacare any way you can. But even if you can't win, go down fighting!

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Hatch is bound and determined to leave Washington in the good graces of the entrenched power brokers. After all, he can come back as a lobbyist in a couple of years. No point in upsetting future clients and people who can do him some good.
Now is the time to learn whether these RINOs will make good on their campaign promises to stop Obamacare. If they let things ride they can say they voted to block the ACA. The truth is that they can vote for the House version, knowing full well 51 votes in the Senate will kill it.
It's not that hard to understand that Orrin doesn't want to make waves. He represents the Good Old boys in the GOP, not the will of the people of Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks Sen. Hatch. Now if a Democrat will stand up and say let's compromise, something positive may happen. Sen. Lee is rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

The government shuts down every Friday night, and on long holiday weekends. Doesn't hurt my life style at all. Not sure what the big deal is.

Anyway, I like seeing Harry Reid in pout mode. Let them shut it down. What a bunch of clown losers.

the truth
Holladay, UT

Orrin Hatch once again proves how liberal and out of touch he is.

Is he really representing the State of Utah? or the extreme left old guard of the republican party?

All you have do is look who supporting Hatch in these comments. Truth is self evident.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

When Orrin Hatch is liberal, you are an extreme right winger.


I just wished that we could get rid of every single one of them back there in Washington and start all over. Get people in there and love this Country and want to serve. Not those who love power or who are corrupt. We need good leadership that's all there is to it. This is what we are lacking back there.

Cedar Hills, UT

Sen. Hatch long ago sold his soul as a Washington DC insider politician. The irony is that back when he was a new Senator he probably would have had the actual character and principle to do something similar to what Sen. Lee and Sen. Cruz are doing now.

Salt Lake City, UT

@the truth
Extreme left? Hah, he's a conservative. He's just pragmatic and thinks a legislators job should be to legislate. I respect him, but I wouldn't vote for him because I don't agree with him on much.

St.George, Utah

Would we have ever thought that the GOP would be eating it's own?

Mapleton, UT

I just watched the last half hour of Mike Lee's principled and articulate dismantling of Obamacare as a function of constitutional law and established jurisprudence. It was superb! It reminded me of the words of an old family friend, his father, and former solicitor general, Rex Lee. Next time we get a Republican in the White House, Mike Lee needs to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

Orrin Hatch? He needs to retire or be recalled and the sheeple that put him there need to be educated on their straying ways.

Springville, UT

Just the opposite. I know the local media despises Mike Lee. But I actually think he's doing a fantastic job in efforts with Cruz and Paul to turn the nation's attention to our overbearing government.

Though this paper's editors have no problem with our bloated government and oppressive taxation and loss of freedom and liberty, Mike Lee and a few others are waking the nation up. I'm grateful to them. And I'm also grateful that Hatch has recently exposed himself as a part of the problem...a Republican who just wants to get along.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Principled filibuster?

Ted Cruz simply loves to hear himself speak on any subject.

Just ask him.

He also has publicly dismissed veteran Republican Senators as being untrustworthy.

It's no wonder hatch has gone public with his frustration.

Watching the Republican circular firing squad in action is good for the soul.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

When Hatch ran for election he SAID he would do whatever he could to defeat Obamacare.

He should've qualified that by saying "if its o.k. with my good friend Harry Reid"!

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