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.
See below for complete video remarks from all of the speakers, as well as the roundtable.
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.
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. economy—far 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.”
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.”
Washington, DC— Today, the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation released the following statements after announcing Matt Sandgren would take the helm as executive director of the organization.
Sandgren was the chief of staff to former US Senator Orrin Hatch and shepherded legislation through some of the Senator’s most effective years as a lawmaker. Scott Anderson, chairman of the foundation’s five-member board and longtime colleague, also offered his full support.
“I was well served by all my chiefs of staff, but few—if any—compared to Matt Sandgren. Matt is a Utah native and one of the sharpest policy minds in Washington,” said Hatch. “He has the institutional memory, the administrative know-how, and the proven leadership ability necessary to build the Hatch Center into a nationally respected forum for bipartisan policymaking. Matt was the obvious choice for executive director, and I’m grateful to have him on the team.”
“Matt Sandgren’s Capitol Hill career was an embodiment of our mission: To promote commonsense solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems,” said Anderson. “As the Senator’s chief policy aide, he worked behind the scenes to forge consensus on highly sensitive issues—from immigration and antitrust to data privacy and IP reform. Matt knows the ins and outs of the legislative process and has a policy resume that is second to none. Most important, he has a profound appreciation for the Hatch legacy and the commitment necessary to carry it forward.”
A Capitol Hill veteran with over 15 years of experience, Matt Sandgren directed Orrin Hatch’s legislative, communications, and political activities during the Senator’s final chapter in the Senate. Previously, Matt served as senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Hatch led as member and chairman.
Beyond intellectual property and technology issues, his legislative portfolio spanned a significant portion of the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction, including biotechnology, cybersecurity, immigration, internet governance, and privacy. Matt also served as Senator Hatch’s staff director for the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force and as lead counsel for the International Creativity and Theft Prevention Caucus.
Both on and off the Hill, Matt is widely regarded as a leading expert on tech policy and intellectual property law. He earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University, a J.D. from The University of Tulsa, and an LL.M. from The George Washington University. Matt is a member of the Utah, District of Columbia, and U.S. Supreme Court bars.
Washington, DC—Last November, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation— joined Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare to host a health symposium focusing on “America’s Social Determinants of Health.”
The University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute authored a report highlighting the event. The report summarizes information presented at the symposium, outlines key observations, and poses next steps for consideration. Click here for PDF [LINK].
“From the Children’s Health Insurance Program to helping design Medicare Part D, I have long fought for sensible reforms to improve our healthcare system,” said Hatch. “We designed this event to help policy and healthcare leaders better understand and make informed decisions about addressing social determinants of health. By creating smarter policies, we are delivering better healthcare for Americans today and equipping future generations with the necessary tools to answer difficult medical challenges they’ll face.”
“The inaugural symposium of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation set the tone for our mission going forward—to forge commonsense solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems,” said Scott Anderson, Chairman of the Board. “By convening the biggest names in healthcare under one roof, we were able to facilitate meaningful discussion on the health challenges facing everyday Americans. Our discussion generated genuine breakthroughs, including Secretary Azar’s proposal to expand Medicare Advantage to assist with housing, nutrition, and other social needs. The new report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute weighs in on this and many other groundbreaking ideas.”
The symposium focused on strategies and innovations for addressing social determinants of health— the conditions in which people are born, live, work, and play that affect their health risks and outcomes.
Keynote speakers included: Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services; Orrin G. Hatch, then President Pro Tempore of the US Senate; Adam Boehler, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of HHS, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Innovation Center; Karen DeSalvo, MD, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS and Co-Convener of The National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health; Marc Harrison, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; Mikelle Moore, Senior Vice President, Community Health Intermountain Healthcare; Vince Ventimiglia, Chairman, Leavitt Partners, Board of Managers.