Hatch “Hopeful” after Announcement of University of Utah Mental Health Institute

Salt Lake City, UT—Today, Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, released the following statement after the University of Utah announced a $150 million gift from the Huntsman family to establish an institute devoted to understanding and treating mental illness.

“When it comes to suicide prevention and the effects of mental illness, my heart is both heavy and hopeful—heavy because of the many lives we have already lost in Utah, hopeful because of good people like the Huntsman family and their generous donation to the University of Utah. As with the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the establishment of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute will be transformative and provide life-saving assistance to those suffering,” said Hatch. “Although I am no longer introducing legislation such as the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, I am still firmly committed to being an advocate for mental health and working to save lives.”

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Hatch Foundation Hosts “Cybersecurity and Geopolitics” Symposium

Orem, UT—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium on cybersecurity and geopolitics entitled “America’s Cyber Resilience in the Digital Age” with keynote speaker John Sherman, Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The event was held at Utah Valley University.

“In an economy as digitally dependent as ours, a strong cybersecurity infrastructure is not an option but an absolute necessity,” said Orrin G. Hatch. Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “And with the 2020 election on the horizon, the need to strengthen our nation’s cyber defenses is more urgent now than ever before. The good news? Our nation’s cybersecurity is in good hands. Hearing from John Sherman and our panel of experts and industry professionals gave me confidence that we have the requisite talent and expertise to meet the cyber challenges ahead.”

“The fast-moving, disruptive nature of the new digital economy brings with it constantly evolving threats—and it will require the active participation of both the public and private sector to address them,”said Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation.“That’s why we brought together leaders from government and industry for this morning’s panel on cybersecurity and geopolitics. This, after all, is the mission of the Hatch Foundation: To bring together people of various backgrounds to find commonsense policy solutions to our nation’s most urgent problems.”

“We must stay at least one step ahead and we’ll need driven individuals who can step up and energize organizations for action and help create the needed solutions,” said John Sherman, Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “Ensuring American success in the cyber and digital domains is this era’s Apollo program, and we’re all going to have to innovate, engage, and improvise with the same energy that defined the Space Race.”

The event also included a panel (shown below) with Ryan Vogel, Director, Center for National Security Studies, Utah Valley University; John McClurg, VP and Ambassador-at-Large, Blackberry-Cylance; Matt Berrett, Director of Analytics, Center for Anticipatory Intelligence, Utah State University; Adam Marre, Head of SecOps, Qualtrics; Eric Jensen, Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University; and Andre Jones, Graduate Research Associate, American University. 

Following the event, John Sherman joined Doug Wright for an interview on KSL Newsradio. Click [HERE] to listen.

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Hatch Foundation to Host “Cybersecurity and Geopolitics” Symposium

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—announced it will be hosting a symposium on cybersecurity and geopolitics entitled “America’s Cyber Resilience in the Digital Age” with keynote speaker John Sherman, Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. 

With an election on the horizonand our national reliance on technology growing every daystrengthening our cybersecurity infrastructure is more urgent now than ever before,” said Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “As a former member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I understand the threats facing our nation, and John Sherman understands those threats better than anyone. I’m grateful John would accept my invitation to visit Utah, and I look forward to hearing from him and our panel of cybersecurity experts.”

“I am pleased to welcome the Hatch Foundation to our campus for an informative and timely symposium on the geopolitical challenges presented by cybersecurity,” said Utah Valley University President Astrid S. Tuminez. “Many of our students are forming their own political ideas and opinions and events such as this one provide environments where they can hear different viewpoints and expand their perspectives.

Speakers also include Ryan Vogel, Director, Center for National Security Studies, Utah Valley University; John McClurg, VP and Ambassador-at-Large, Blackberry-Cylance; Matt Berrett, Director of Analytics, Center for Anticipatory Intelligence, Utah State University; Adam Marre, Head of SecOps, Qualtrics; Eric Jensen, Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University; and Andre Jones, Graduate Research Associate, American University. 

Registration is free; click here to reserve a spot. 

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Hatch Foundation Holds “Discussion On Civility” with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

Provo, UT—Tonight, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium entitled “A Discussion on Civility” with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch at Brigham Young University. B-roll available here.

Speakers included Kevin J Worthen, President of Brigham Young University; President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Justice Neil Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court; Judge Carolyn B. McHugh, US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and A. Scott Anderson, President & CEO of Zions Bank and Board Chairman of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation. 

“Being a part of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation process was among the highlights of my time as Senator Orrin Hatch’s Chief of Staff,” said Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation. “Justice Gorsuch is a jurist of immense intellect and impeccable character. We’re fortunate to have him on the Supreme Court, and grateful that he would accept the Hatch Foundation’s invitation to visit Utah for a special symposium on civility.”

Shown during tonight’s event was this video of Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, sharing his thoughts on the importance of civility.
“Republics require a lot of special conditions to exist: they require an educated citizenry, they require a citizenry that is capable of governing themselves…they require a citizenry that can speak as well as listen, that can tolerate  as well as demand tolerance.” -Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch
Justice Neil Gorsuch of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Carolyn B. McHugh of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
“Civility is important to representative government…a lack of civility degrades our institutions, academic and other. Carried to an extreme, a lack of civility, such as policies that prevent the expression of other views in academic settings, suffocate free discourse. Civility is also important to religion. It’s a basic principle of Christianity. Civility is a virtue of civilization. It allows a politician to call out a lie, without calling someone a liar…It allows us to treat opponents as worthy of heavenly thoughts rather than destined for a special place in Hell.” – President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

During his final years in the Senate, Hatch urged his colleagues in Congress to “recommit to civility.” He weighed in frequently on the subject through various op-eds (see here and here) and Senate floor speeches.

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Hatch Foundation to Host Discussion with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—announced it will be hosting “A Discussion On Civility” with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. 

Civility is the indispensable public virtue. Yet sadly, it has all but vanished from our political discourse,” said Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “Our nation has much to learn from leaders like Justice Gorsuch—men and women who can stand firm in their beliefs but still disagree with grace and dignity. I’m grateful that Justice Gorsuch would accept my invitation to visit Utah, and I look forward to hearing his thoughts on how we can restore civility to its proper place in American society.

During his final years in the Senate, Hatch urged his colleagues in Congress to “recommit to civility.” He weighed in frequently on the subject through various op-eds (see here and here) and Senate floor speeches.

While serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Hatch helped usher Justice Gorsuch through the confirmation process. (Photo: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Justice Gorsuch will be joined by his former colleague Judge Carolyn B. McHugh, appointed by President Obama, who serves on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Tickets will be available in a limited amount; those interested in attending must register in advance here.

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Hatch Foundation Holds Music Licensing Symposium with Industry Experts

Park City, UT—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a symposium entitled “Music Licensing in the 21st Century.

Speakers included Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters; Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; Michael O’Neill, President and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc; and Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation. B-roll footage available here

“What an honor to have so many music luminaries here in our own backyard,” said Hatch“As a lifelong songwriter myself, I have long advocated on behalf of the talented men and women who contribute greatly to our arts and culture through their work in the recording industry. Today we heard insightful commentary from a handful of policymakers who are committed to building on the coordinated effort between lawmakers and stakeholders that resulted in the Music Modernization Act last year.”

“In true Orrin Hatch fashion, today’s symposium brought together two sides of an issue to work towards a unifying solution,” said Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation. “The focus of our discussion was on striking a balance in music licensing: We need a regulatory environment that allows our broadcasters to thrive, but we also need consent decrees that work for our songwriters and publishers. The biggest takeaway from today is that we can do both.”

“Regulation by Washington is not justified simply because it has been around for decades and has been the status quo…. Over the last century, innovation, regulation, and competition have been complementary—yet sometimes, competing—forces at play in the music industry.  When regulation threatens to reduce innovation or competition, change must occur to restore the proper balance.” – Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
“The ASCAP and BMI consent decrees have effectively prevented harm to licensees, songwriters and consumers, and ensured that radio and television broadcasters are able to fairly, efficiently and transparently license musical works to the benefit of their audiences. For these reasons, the Department of Justice should work with the many legislators who have weighed in during the Music Modernization Act process and since then to help develop an alternative framework prior to any action.” – Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters
“We have to innovate and collaborate together if we are going to create a global licensing marketplace with reliable and transparent data for licensees and drive a sustainable ecosystem for songwriters.” – Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
“If we all give and take, like we did with the MMA, we can make great things happen. That spirit of compromise can go a long way for our industry and better serve songwriters, businesses and the public.” – Michael O’Neill, President and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc.
Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, leads a panel discussion. 

After the symposium, Gordon Smith joined Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News, to discuss. Click here to listen. Yesterday, Makan Delrahim joined Matheson’s podcast to preview the event. Click here to listen.

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Hatch Foundation to Hold Music Licensing Symposium

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—announced it will be hosting a music licensing symposium in August in Park City, UT.

“As a lifelong advocate for songwriters and other important figures in the music industry, it was an honor to usher the Music Modernization Act into law last year,” said Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Hatch Foundation. “This legislation was the culmination of years of coordinated effort between lawmakers and stakeholders alike. The symposium will provide additional insights as we hear from various key players and discuss music licensing in the 21st century.”

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Hatch Calls for Equal Pay for Female Athletes

Washington, DC—Today, Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, released the following statement regarding the pay disparity between male and female athletes:

“I extend my warmest congratulations to the U.S. women’s soccer team in its 13-0 win over Thailand. While we cheer our team on in the Women’s World Cup, here at home, we can and must do more to ensure pay equity for all athletes,” said Hatch. “Hosting the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics and Paralympics was one of the proudest moments I had as a U.S. Senator to welcome the world to Utah and to showcase our country’s finest athletes. Just like then, the world’s eyes are on us to do the right thing. I trust that the U.S. Soccer Federation and other policymakers will once and for all end this two-tiered, gender-based structure that has unfairly discriminated against female athletes.”

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Hatch at Religious Freedom Symposium: “Religious Liberty Deserves Attention”

Salt Lake City, UT—This week, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—hosted a religious freedom symposium entitled “Protecting Our Religious Liberty.”

Speakers included: former US Senator Orrin G. Hatch; Leonard Leo, the Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society; Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, a Member of the UK Parliament; and Professor Brett G. Scharffs, the Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School.

The symposium was attended by leaders of many faiths, including rabbis, pastors, elders, and apostles such as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shown here with the speakers.
Matt Sandgren, Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation, moderated an interfaith roundtable featuring a lineup of local community leaders.
See below for complete video remarks from all of the speakers, as well as the roundtable.
“The second great commandment is to love your neighbor. To understand this is to know your neighbor is your equal, but may be in a much harder situation than you.” –Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, UK House of Lords, Founder of the AMAR Foundation
“All human beings are endowed by their creator with inherent and inalienable human dignity. This dignity is the foundation for human rights, and one of the most powerful justifications for religious freedom for all.” –Brett G. Scharffs, BYU Law Professor and Director of the International Center for Law and Religious Studies
“Religious liberty deserves our attention both at home and abroad.” 
-Former Senator Orrin G. Hatch
“[Freedom of religion] protects the right of conscience, not just in houses of worship but in workplaces, schools, hospitals, government offices, and anywhere else we go in this world.”—Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society
Panelists included: Chabad Lubavitch’s Rabbi Benjamin Zippel; First Presbyterian’s Pamela Atkinson; Sri Ganesha Temple’s Dr. Neale R. Neelameggham; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Elder Jack. N. Gerard; and Utah Muslim Civic League’s Avais Ahmed.

After the symposium, Senator Hatch and Leonard Leo joined Boyd Matheson, Opinion Editor at Deseret News. Click here to listen. They also discussed Senator Hatch’s op-ed from earlier this week, where he outlines the significant implications of “court-packing.” Click here to read.

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Hatch Center and FWD.us Release Report: Our Outdated Immigration System Needs Overhaul

Washington, DC—Today, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation—joined FWD.us in releasing a new report on the need to reform to the US immigration system to grow the economy, foster innovation, and create new American jobs. The report advocates specifically for commonsense, bipartisan changes to our high-skilled immigration policy.

The report’s release on April 1 is significant, as it marks the day that USCIS begins accepting H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2020. There are 65,000 H-1B visas available, and another 20,000 available for individuals who hold advanced degrees from US colleges and universities. The annual cap of 85,000 visas has been exhausted within one week for the previous six years.

“The United States is the innovation capital of the world, with a talented workforce that is second to none,” said Hatch“But unless we fix our broken immigration system, our workforce—and our economy—will fall behind. That’s why I have long been a champion of bipartisan immigration reform, including efforts to maximize the contributions of high-skilled workers. To maintain our global economic competitiveness, we must continue to attract the best and brightest in the world. This report is a blueprint for achieving that goal.”

“We haven’t updated our high-skilled immigration system in over 25 years, and we’re clearly seeing and feeling the consequences.  Every year, the huge demand for H-1B visas
which allow highly-skilled individuals to contribute their talents to the U.S. economyfar outpaces what is available, forcing the U.S. to miss out on the creation of American jobs. Immigrants are good for Americans; they contribute to our economy, and grow the middle class,” said FWD.us President Todd Schulte“We are proud to partner with the Hatch Foundation to release this new report, which underscores the urgent need for commonsense policies that would modernize our badly outdated legal immigration system, so that the best and the brightest from around the world can continue to bring their skills here to create new jobs and keep the U.S. competitive in the global economy.”  

Background

In the report, FWD.us and the Hatch Foundation find that “America’s ability to attract, educate, and employ the world’s greatest talent has created a workforce pipeline that has fueled our economy, and we must continue to replenish that pipeline with fresh ideas and skill-sets from around the globe… Economists have understood for decades that high-skilled professionals working in the sciences and engineering are fundamental to driving innovation, technological adoption, and productivity.”

The full report is available [HERE].