A collection of newsworthy information as reported from newspapers, magazines, and blogs.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Orrin Hatch Threatens "War"
GOP Senator Orrin Hatch is now warning that if Dems pass health care reform via reconciliation it will lead to permanent “war” between the two parties — even though he voted for more than a half dozen GOP bills passed through the process known as…reconciliation.
“It is going to be outright war and it should be, because it would be such an abuse of the reconciliation rules,” Hatch said. “If they abuse those rules it is going to lead to even more heated animosities between not just the two parties, but even between individual senators.”
Which is interesting, because Hatch voted for…*
* The College Cost Reduction Act of 2007, which passed through reconciliation; * The Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005, which passed through reconciliation; * The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, which passed through reconciliation; * The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, which passed through reconciliation; * The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, which passed through reconcilation; * The Marriage Tax Penalty Relief Reconciliation Act of 2000, which passed through reconciliation; and * The Taxpayer Refund and Relief Act of 1999, which passed through reconciliation.
Offices Held: Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where he serves on the subcommittees on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure and Taxation and IRS Oversight.
Hatch is also on the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, as well as the Joint Committee on Taxation.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
He notably formed a longstanding legislative partnership with the late Edward M. Kennedy.