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My Turn: Why won’t Senator Hatch speak for them?

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Children need others to speak for them, and they need decision makers who put their well-being ahead of selfish adult interests.” ~ Elder Dallin Oaks, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The well-known Mormon and honorable Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch happily sent an Email on Saturday to his constituents to let them know that “It’s Good to Be Home”.
Senator Hatch boasts in his Email about how he’s been a big supporter of the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act’ (who names these bills?) just passed by the Senate and pats himself on the back for having voted for Robert McDonald, the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
By the way, Hatch doesn’t say anything about why he never, not once, in nearly four decades in the United States Senate, initiated legislation to improve the quality of care provided by the VA to America’s heroes and heroines.
He goes on to say that he wants to make us “aware of my push to end the dysfunction that exists in the United States Senate”.
Hatch’s ‘push’ consists of 3 speeches over the past two weeks in which he blames Democrats for the dysfunctional senate.
After all the years Orrin Hatch spent in the United States Senate, you might think he could have offered at least one positive recommendation in any one or all of those 3 speeches to make the Senate work, but he didn’t.
Interestingly, while he is happy to be home, safe, secure, warm, and happy, Hatch’s Email contains not one word about the thousands of unaccompanied children who came to America seeking shelter from drugs, violence, and murder in their home countries in Central America.
Those thousands of unaccompanied children have been left frightened, hungry, and homeless on the Texas/Mexico border, waiting for Senator Hatch and other decision makers in Congress to return from their 5-week vacations to put their well-being ahead of selfish adult interests like hanging on to political power.
Makes me wonder . . . why wouldn’t Senator Orrin Hatch follow Elder Oaks’ direction and speak for the thousands of little ones on the border?
Huh?

If you’d like to ask Senator Hatch why he won’t speak for the children on the border, you can contact him (ostensibly after his 5-week paid vacation ends) at: 104 Hart Office Building – Washington, DC 20510 – Phone: 202-224-5251 – FAX: 202-224-6331 OR 8402 Federal Building – 125 South State Street – Salt Lake City, UT 84138 - Phone: 801-524-4380 – FAX: 801-524-4379

Comments? Questions? Contact the author at: davyjones@ethicscount.org or Tweet: @DavyZJones

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