Sen. Hatch concerned about jobs, Pakistan

An amendment Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is co-sponsoring could be part of a Senate jobs bill. In fact, Hatch says the “tax holiday” amendment he is co-sponsoring with Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York, may be the linchpin in pushing a bipartisan bill through Congress. “I consider it to be sound, solid, conservative policy to get our employers hiring again through a tax holiday,” Hatch says. “Now what we do is, for any company of any size, if they hire anyone who has been out of work for 60 days then we will allow them to not pay the 6.2% payroll tax for the remainder of this year. And if they keep the people on for a year they get a $1000 tax credit.” Sen. Hatch says that he feels the “tax holiday” is a common-sense and effective way of giving employers more incentive to start hiring sooner. He says the draft proposal demonstrates what can happen when both parties come together in a meaningful way to address the needs of the American people. Sen. Hatch also says he feels that headway is being made in the war going on in Afghanistan. He says it is still dangerous, it’s not easy and it’s expensive but we can’t let Afghanistan go back to Taliban rule. Hatch told KVNU he feels there’s an even more significant problem with Pakistan. “We know that there are Taliban insurgents in Pakistan,” Hatch says. “We know there are Al Qaeda people into Pakistan. We know that it is a volatile country. We know that it’s critical in its relationship with India. “There are a lot of things that are very serious about it and we have to not lose our guts here and make sure that, as a nuclear power, that Pakistan is kept in the responsible world rather than in the heretical world.” Hatch is the longest serving member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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