Hatch Says 6th Term Would Give Him Finance Committee Chairmanship

Hatch Says 6th Term Would Give Him Finance Committee Chairmanship

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PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) -- Election to a sixth term would give him the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee, said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

"If I get to be chairman, I get to set the agenda and I'll tell you what I aim to do is that I want to change this god-awful tax system -- sorry to swear, but I just feel that way -- or die trying," he said Wednesday at a meeting of the Five County Association of Governments steering committee.

Washington County Commissioner Jim Eardley asked Hatch about prospects for a Washington County land-use bill that is being drafted. The bill would provide for some public land to be sold into private ownership.

Hatch said there has never been a majority of support for the bill's point of view in the House of Representatives and even less in the Senate.

"Even if we could get it through the House, it's awfully hard to get it through the Senate," he said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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