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Published: Friday, May 16 2014 3:55 p.m. MDT

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Akiachak, AK

Kudos to Senator Hatch. Being able to walk across the aisle and work with Democrats to compromise and actually get something done is the key to his attaining this achievement. That almost cost him his last election. Again, Kudos. We need more like him on both sides of the aisle. If we did, congress could lose its epitaph of a "Do Nothing Congress." (And that word above, "compromise", is not a dirty word.)

Cedar Hills, UT

It's not the number of laws passed that matter it is the KIND of laws passed that really matter. Over the past 10 years Hatch has been indistinguishable from a Democrat so who cares what he passes...its all bad.

Cedar City, UT

We do not send representatives back to Washington DC to merely "pass laws". We should judge Hatch by the quality of the laws he has passed. Do the laws support the Constitution or violate it? Do the laws support state sovereignty or violate it? Do the laws violate the protection of our inalienable rights?

We need to judge Hatch by the quality of his laws, rather than the quantity.

South Jordan, UT

There are those who would argue that we have too many laws passed. There's too much intrusion of government in our lives, too much regulation and taxation. There is often a lot of "pork" in all these bills that Congress passes that has nothing to do with the bill. I personally think touting how many bills doesn't hold much weight for me. List what these bills he has passed are for specifically, along with which other bills Hatch has cast his vote over the years.

Farmington, UT

Although Senator Hatch is very proud of the distinction, it's not one to brag about. As others have noted, not only do we lose freedom with the proliferation of laws, but Senator Hatch's laws have a tendency to come with price tags attached. In 2010, he was the third most prolific earmarker in Washington. With all the new laws on the books, a defense attorney friend pointed out that many of us are in violation of laws we don't even know exist. More laws means more ways those in power can oppress, if they have a mind to.

Now, before you Hatch loyalists jump up in arms, consider this: all those favors Senator Hatch has acquired for Utahns over the years come with two price tags: the direct cost of the project, plus the cost of all the other projects he helped engineer in other states in return for other Senators' support for his. Can we really afford all this largesse at a time when the federal deficit is spiraling out of control?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Each law passed is another chip of Freedom being whittled away --
So much for Republicans and their idea of preserving Freedom.

Tooele, Utah

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
Alexis de Tocqueville

It is easy to spend someone else's money. I wish he could have been as effective repealing as many laws.
He was part if the problem NOT the solution.
To probably misquote Pogo, "we have seen the enemy and he is us"
We did this by electing those who promise us "things" and they can't stop themselves.?

Provo, ut

Well its not surprising seeing that he has been in office since Lincoln was shot.

Kearns, UT

Yes Hatch has done a lot. Yes he's gotten some dumb things passed. But also he has gotten passed a lot of pretty good things. Hatch, even at 80 years old, works harder than people half his age. If you know him as I do, most of you wouldn't say all the crap about him that you do.

aceroinox, so by your second paragraph, we should go ahead and get Hill AFB closed down? It's only the largest employer in northern Utah. Hatch has used his clout to save Hill many times in the past. Hill costs a lot in the grand scheme of things but its mission protects our freedoms. Is it largesse to keep a base opens that works to our advantage? They could have put the NSA computer center anywhere else, but it got put here. Say what you want about that center, but it got built here and benefits Utahns that work there.

Jefferson, Thomas
Bluffdale, UT

By definition laws restrict freedom. Those who crafted our constitution understood this and intended that less was better in terms of laws. Sure there needs to be reason. But not every good idea deserves a law. Senators should be judged on laws they support and the ones they passionately fight to prevent. Hatch long ago sold his soul to a political career and class that is contrary to what our great country was intended.

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

37 years in the Senate by a man who ran against his original three-term opponent because his tenure was too long stating ""We need new faces, new blood & new thinking in Congress.". Nothing else needs to be said.

Farmington, UT

I communicate regularly with all of our Congressional delegation, and while I don't know him personally, I know many who have worked with him for decades. Senator Hatch is the least responsive when a critical issue is at stake. When he has responded it has left me scratching my head. I remember expressing concern to Senator Hatch re Senator Arlen Specter's presumed ascension to chairman of the judiciary committee. Specter had warned President Bush that if he sent up strict constructionist Supreme Court nominees during his second term they would not get approved. Senator Hatch assured me that there was no need to worry, Specter was a loyal Republican, and that Specter had declared it was a misunderstanding and he would get the nominees approved. During that term Specter switched to the Democratic Party.

As Judiciary Chairman, Senator Hatch got a record number of nominees approved for President Clinton. One would assume that would earn him the right of calling in some favors and get the same done for President Bush. You may recall the dozens of Bush nominees who languished in the system for months, some for over a year.

...and I'm just getting started.

Heidi T.
Farmington, UT

So passing the "most laws"? Is that is where our taxes go--to win a contest? I guess if you are in Washington long enough, you pass a lot of laws.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

I voted for him and I feel so betrayed. His stand on immigration with no thoughts of closing the borders first. Do we have a country that's worth fighting to keep or just a piece of land that means nothing and anyone can come and homestead? Apparently, after 36,000 criminal illegals were released back on our streets we might think about what kind of country we really want.
Notice harry reid is right up there with the number of bills.
I noticed when the gal who was head of 0bamacae was coming into congress there was Hatch behind the doors giving her a sweet hug and handshake.

Dallas, TX

Let us not forget that Hatch was KEY in helping the NSA build their "spy shack" in Bluffdale.

Woodland Hills, UT

Along with passing the most laws, I'll bet he has also passed the most congressional breakfast's, brunches, lunches, and dinners, all on the tax payers dime for thirty seven years. What a career!

South Jordan, Utah

The arrogance exhibited by most posters is expected, but embarrassing. The majority of you find it easy to criticize, but have never accomplished anything close to what Senator Hatch has. Senator Hatch has represented Utah for many, many years and should be congratulated for a job well done, regardless of which side of the isle you fall on.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

I have a sheaf of letters from Senator Hatch's office thanking me for my support. Those letters were in response to requests for help from him. He never addressed anything that I wrote about and he made absolutely no difference in the outcome.

He may think that sending out press releases that tell us that he is "something" only shows that he has wasted his time and our money in Washington.

Look at what he "did" and then tell us whether Senator Hatch stood for Utah values or whether he stood only for himself and his lifetime "seat" in the Senate.

Sanpete, UT

Gotta go with LDS Liberal on this one.

We need laws obviously, but at what point do we say enough is enough? The country I have has done a complete 180 from what my parents had. And my kids will experience a drastic difference than what I've had.

Farmington, UT


"Embarrassing", "arrogance"? No, what's embarrassing and arrogant is that we have a politician who first campaigned on the premise that a senator who had been in office 18 years had been in too long and needed to be sent home. That same politician has clearly forgotten the principles he formerly espoused re the need to avoid professional politicians who don't know when to come home.

Power is difficult to relinquish once gained. One has the tendency to believe that without their involvement things would fall apart in government. That is seldom the case. Senator Hatch and his supporters would do well to recognize that others beside the senator have played key roles in preserving Hill Air Force Base, Tooele Army Depot, the Utah Test and Training Range, etc., such as Congressmen Jim Hansen and Rob Bishop. No one is indispensable.

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