Orrin Hatch: Put a conservative immigration bill on the agenda

The Washington Post | Jan 7, 2015

With the change in majority control of the Senate, the longest-serving Republican, Orrin Hatch (Utah), becomes president pro tempore, the third in the line of succession to the presidency. In an e-mail previewing his plans Hatch’s office advises: “The role of the President Pro Tempore can be broken down into three categories: (1) Presiding over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President and helping to encourage proper process and decorum, (2) preparing for continuity of government as third in line in succession to the Presidency, and (3) acting as an elder statesman within the institution, helping to build consensus and enable the Senate to legislate effectively. The office of President Pro Tempore is a platform to articulate a compelling policy vision and support the party’s leaders in realizing that vision through substantive legislation that is enacted into law.”

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Author: UI