On November 3, 2018, this country lost a true American hero: Major Brent Taylor of Ogden, Utah, who gave the ultimate sacrifice while deployed in Afghanistan.

Major Taylor died as he lived: going above and beyond the call of duty to his country, state, and family.
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On the morning of April 5, 1977, a 17-year-old girl – scared, alone, and 7 ½ months pregnant – set foot in a Los Angeles abortion clinic.

She had been advised to get a saline abortion – a procedure in which an injected saline solution burns a baby inside the womb, who is then delivered dead about 24 hours later. So she signed some papers, received the injection, and waited for the poison to run its course.

But the child, little Gianna Jessen, had other ideas.
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This coming Friday, tens of thousands of Americans will take to the snowy streets of Washington, D.C. to exercise their fundamental rights… on behalf of millions more who cannot.

They will come from every state in the union to march to the United States Supreme Court – fittingly, down Constitution Avenue – in the name of justice and in defense of the innocent.
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My objection to this nominee relates to my belief and religious freedom. You see, religious freedom is very important to me. I am the descendant of people who were ordered exterminated by the Governor of Missouri on October 27, 1837. Religious intolerance cannot be tolerated in this country, and I see a growing wave of religious intolerance. I see a growing wave of sentiment of people suggesting that on the basis of people's religious beliefs, they can be subject to adverse government decision-making.
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It is with mixed emotions that I rise today to honor my friend and senior Senator, the gentleman from Utah, Orrin Hatch.

This year marks the end of an astounding 42-year tenure serving the people of Utah in the Senate. In that time, Senator Hatch has made an indelible mark on our state and our nation.

People who follow Washington politics closely know what he has meant to this institution, his party, and the republic. But for those of us from Utah, Orrin Hatch is more than a name in the newspaper. He is the towering political figure not only of his generation, but also of the generations that have come along in his wake.
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Mr. President, the Senate is currently considering S.J. Res. 54. I am proud to be a cosponsor of this legislation--lead cosponsor, along with my distinguished colleague from Vermont, Senator Sanders. He and I, along with Senator Murphy and a number of other Members of this body, have engaged in this bipartisan effort, in a concerted endeavor to make sure that the separation of powers among our three branches of government is respected.
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Mr. President, I stood before this body in March of this year to protest our country’s unconstitutional intervention in Saudi Arabia’s bloody war in Yemen.

I was proud to stand with my colleagues Senator Sanders and Senator Murphy to file a discharge motion of our resolution, S.J. Res 54, that would remove U.S. armed forces from Yemen.

At that time, members of the Foreign Relations Committee requested additional time to study the issue and debate the resolution in committee. The chairman of the committee, my colleague Senator Corker, requested this with the commitment to “bring forth legislation to actually appropriately deal with many of the issues relative to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and ourselves.” So the Senate voted to table the motion.
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Mr. President, earlier this month Utah lost one of our finest: former Congressman Jim Hansen – a great leader, a great husband and father, and a great friend. And it is my privilege to honor his life today.
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As you know, Congress has just returned to Washington this week after the pre-election recess. And of course the talk of the town is the split results of the mid-term elections last week.

Everyone in the media, on Capitol Hill, and the administration is wondering what the new Democratic House of Representatives will mean for the future. Will there be compromise? Will there be gridlock? There is a lot of handwringing going on. So it warms my heart to be here today and see that there is at least one group of people who are really optimistic about the next two years… Washington defense lawyers.
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Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us for the 5th Annual Solutions Summit. It’s an honor to host so many talented and dedicated Utahns at this event.

There are few issues more pressing today, or more devastating, than the opioid crisis. And I can think of no better place to discuss this crisis than in Utah – where so many people are passionately and effectively working to address it.

That’s why we convened this summit: to hear from some of the best and brightest warriors in the trenches of this life-and-death fight.
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