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By Paul Carter

Senator Hatch Teams with Senator Clinton to Help Youth

WASHINGTON, DC -- Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah has sought out, and received, the support of Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the junior Senator from New York.

This Tuesday, May 8th, the two Senators will act as co-sponsors of a gala, $1,000 per plate fund raising event on behalf of the U.S. Dream Academy. The charity is headed by the Reverend Wintley Phipps and is a faith-based organization which benefits children with a parent in prison. The Tuesday night event is named "Power of a Dream" and will be presented by the two Senators, gospel singer CeCe Winans, and others. It will be held at the J.W. Marriott in Washington D.C.

According to Reverend Phipps, over two-thirds of juveniles caught up in the criminal justice system have a parent or other family member who has served time in prison. Teaching these young people values and providing mentors or visible role models for them is critical to the effort of reducing juvenile crime.

Referring to the Reverend Phipps, who is a friend of both Hatch and Clinton, Senator Hatch said, "He's helping these kids fight off the ravages of crime and drugs. If we can get this up and running even more, we can bring down crime dramatically in this country. A lot of these kids turn to crime because they don't have anything better."

When Senator Hatch asked, "How can I help you?" of the Reverend Phipps, the Reverend replied, "Well, we would like to expand our programs but we don't have enough money."

And that set in motion the Utah Senator, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who has since championed the cause of the organization headed by the Seventh-Day Adventist Reverend Phipps.

Senator Hatch has since raised $1.6 million for the U.S. Dream Academy, asking for support in the way of funding grants from the Justice Department, Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor, among other contributors. The Labor Department alone provided a grant of $645,000.

And now, Senator Hatch has called on Senator Hillary Clinton to become involved in supporting the cause, with the co-sponsorship of "Power of a Dream."

"She was delighted to help," states Senator Hatch. Replying to questions about the seemingly unusual combination of political objectives that the two Senators represent, Hatch continues, "I was a little tired of the way she was being treated by some of the press and some of my colleagues and I just wanted to extend a hand of friendship. I don't agree with her philosophy, but when she's right I'll support her -- and she supports me."


Hatch Forms Yet Another Odd Alliance on the Hill -- With HRC
Salt Lake Tribune 5May01 T2
By Greg Burton: Salt Lake Tribune


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