Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has shown through the years that although he is conservative himself, he can make deals with liberal Democrats. But the ascendancy of the tea party movement will put that strategy to the test when he becomes the top Republican on the Finance Committee next year, Roll Call
“There’s certainly less room [to negotiate], but I’m going to do what I’m going to do,” Hatch said in a recent interview with the news service. He promises to try accomplishing bipartisan agreements with the committee’s Democratic chairman Max Baucus.
“There are people of both extremes that don’t want to do anything,” Hatch says. “I’m going to do what’s right regardless of the consequences. I’m not going to change.”
Tea-party-backed Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina isn’t worried. “Orrin’s one of my favorite Senators. I think he’s good with the other side, but he’s conservative. I think he’ll work with us on tax reform, on Social Security reforms. I know I can work with Orrin.”
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