U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has a lot of praise for the Tea Party movement these days. But a group of Tea Party members turned out to a town hall meeting for Congressman Jason Chaffetz on Monday urging him to run against Hatch in 2012. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Hatch said he is not concerned about what Chaffetz plans to do. “I don’t know what he’s going to do,” Hatch said. “He’s got every right to do whatever he wants to and we’ll meet that challenge. We intend to win because I’m going to be chairman of that finance committee.” Hatch is the ranking Republican on the Senate’s Finance Committee and he said if he is re-elected he will become the chairman. “It’s the most powerful committee in the whole Congress,” Hatch continued, “and if we’re going to get this country under control it’s going to come from that committee.” Right now, Hatch says, with the current climate in Washington it is impossible to work with Democrats. “Republicans want to spend less. The Democrats want to spend more,” he explained. “We want to help our job creators so that we can pull this country out of the mess it’s in. “They seem to want to punish them with some of these stupid labor laws and bills. We want to put American citizens in control and they want more government.” Hatch is facing possible challenges from fellow Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson. Hatch sponsored the so-called Dream Act approximately 10 years ago which was intended to give more rights and opportunities for immigrants. This week he was accused by Tea Party members of still supporting the bill even though he has publicly abandoned it.
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