Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Hatch says LDS mission part of bill inspiration

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published April 21, 2009 5:29 pm
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2009, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.
Join the Discussion
Post a Comment
Read All Comments

President Barack Obama, who got his political start as a community organizer, signed legislation Tuesday to more than triple the number of government-backed volunteers across the country at a cost of billions of dollars.

At a bill-signing ceremony at a public boarding school for disadvantaged youth before he headed off to a tree-planting project, Obama asked people to "stand up and play your part."

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who drafted the bill and served as the primary Republican sponsor, said: "Our country has a longstanding tradition of helping our neighbors, and I am honored to have been a part of such a monumental piece of legislation that will continue this valued tradition."

During the congressional debate, Hatch said he drew inspiration for the legislation from his two year mission for the LDS Church, which he served in the Great Lakes states. He said he wouldn't trade his two-year mission for all of the years he has served in the Senate.

Obama called Hatch "a class act" for leading the charge to rename the legislation the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

Tribune and wire



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Comments
Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, click the red "Flag" link below it.
See more about comments here.