Sen. Orrin Hatch announced Wednesday that he has removed himself from the ongoing bipartisan health care negotiations in the Senate Finance Committee.
The Finance Committee deserves credit for working in a bipartisan way. But I think the way to describe that is to say, theyre still trying to figure out the best way to go in the wrong direction, Alexander said.
Hatch, sounding a similar note, reiterated that his problem isnt with Baucus but with the final product Congress is likely to produce.
I think he is really, sincerely trying to do a really good job. What I dont want to do is misrepresent, Hatch said. These are colleagues I respect and appreciate, and I dont want to misrepresent when I cant support a number of the things that theyre doing.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.