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Sarah Sanders: Retiring Orrin Hatch 'Will Certainly Be Missed'


By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jan 2018 05:09 PM

The White House praised outgoing Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Tuesday, saying the longtime lawmaker will be missed when he retires at the end of this year.

Hatch announced his retirement plans Tuesday afternoon, shortly before White House press secretary Sarah Sanders began speaking at the daily briefing.

"The president certainly has the greatest and deepest amount of respect for Sen. Hatch," Sanders said. "And his over four decades of experience in the Senate. He's particularly thankful for the senator's leadership. And massive effort that he played and the role that he played in getting the tax cuts and reform package passed."

"And the president certainly praises his service and is very sad to see Sen. Hatch leave and knows that he will certainly be missed."

Rumors of Hatch's retirement have been swirling for several months. He chairs the Senate Finance Committee and played a crucial role in the tax reform package that was approved last month. After its passage, Hatch spoke passionately about the landmark legislation during a White House ceremony.

"I came from very humble roots," Hatch said. "And I have to say, that this is one of the great privileges of my life, to stand here on the White House lawn with the president of the United States, who I love and appreciate so much, and with these wonderful colleagues and Cabinet members that stand behind us. To see all of you and realize that you care too."

On a similar topic, Sanders was also asked about the administration's priorities for 2018. She said putting together and passing a two-year budget deal is key.

"That's our No. 1 priority and that will be the focus front and center of the conversations that are taking place this week," she said.

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Outgoing Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Tuesday, "will certainly be missed" when he retires at the end of this year, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.
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