American Conservative Union awards Hatch for 80 pct. rating on conservative issues

Sen. Orrin Hatch accepting an award by the American Conservative Union, Washington, D.C., May 14, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch, St. George News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp presented Sen. Orrin Hatch the ACU Award for Conservative Achievement Thursday, based on his score of 80 out of 100 as part of ACU’s annual rating of Congress. The 2014 rating of Congress grades members of Congress based on their votes on issues important to conservatives and has been a yearly occurrence since 1971. The full guide is now available at the ACU website.

The award is given only to those members of the House and Senate who scored 80 to 89 percent on a wide variety of issues of concern to grass-roots conservatives voted on during the second session of the 113th Congress.

“For 44 years, our ACU Ratings have been considered the gold standard in determining a Member of Congress’ courage to stand up to big government liberals and to stand strongly in favor of policy positions important to conservatives,” Schlapp said. “Our award-winning Senators and Congressmen are fighting to protect the rights and freedom of all Americans by honoring President Reagan’s three-legged stool of economic, national security and cultural conservative issues.”

The award recognizes members of Congress who have consistently supported liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and a strong national defense. Sen. Hatch is the most senior Republican in the U.S. Senate.

“Senator Orrin Hatch is a true conservative legend,” Schlapp said. “He’s worked with the ACU on issues ranging from international trade to life issues, on which he has been a lifelong champion for our movements principles. We are proud to honor Senator Hatch for his good work and look forward to working with him on issues important to conservatives in the future.”

Since 1971, the nation’s oldest grassroots conservative organization has annually graded members of Congress based on their votes on issues important to conservatives.

Submitted by the Offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch


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  • BIG GUY May 14, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    No where close to Obama’s 98% plus liberal rating when he was a senator. You’ll have to try harder, Orrin.

  • izzymuse May 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Orrin Hatch has been in way too long.
    Here’s the BIG irony about Hatch: In 1976, in his first run for public office, Hatch was elected to the United States Senate, defeating Democrat Frank Moss, a three-term incumbent. Among other issues, Hatch criticized Moss’ 18-year tenure in the Senate, saying “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.” Hatch argued that many Senators, including Moss, had lost touch with their constituents. (Hatch himself has now been in office for 38 years.) [see his Wikipedia page] – Wow! Funny guy.

    I say Utah needs a new guy in. Someone who really will represent the constituents. —etc.

  • Brian May 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I just threw up in my mouth, and not a little. Hatch is the poster-boy for term limits (along with at least half of the rest of the politicians in DC). This could all go away by next Friday if the state legislatures in 39 states would pass a simple resolution that says nothing more than: “Effective immediately the US Constitution has the following amendment: All federal elected officials shall have a 2 term maximum. No term shall be more than 6 years. Current officials that have already passed this limit cannot run for re-election.” The Constitution left the power with the people, we’ve just forgotten it.

    • mesaman May 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      What other organs could you have thrown up in? Makes one wonder about the rest of your thinking.

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