The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel began last night at sundown.
Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah announced his retirement from the Senate today. His retirement will take effect in January 2019. Senator Hatch, now in his seventh term, has been indicating that he plans to retire in 2019. Hatch attributes his retirement to his age as the most senior Republican in the Senate at age 83. Senator hatch reports, “I’ve always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington. But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching.”
During his time in the Senate, Hatch headed up several initiatives including Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, the Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America’s Security Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and the Utah School Trust Lands Exchange Act. Senator Hatch is presently working on healthcare, border security, stopping forced unionization, and reducing spending. Senator Hatch serves as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and sits on the Judiciary Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and the Joint Committee on Taxation. Senator Hatch is a prized and highly valued member of the Senate for all of his hard work and will be greatly missed.