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Hatch Casts 12,000th Vote

In a moment he declared “embarrassing,— Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was feted by his colleagues Thursday after casting his 12,000th vote on the Senate floor. The six-term Member, who was elected in 1976, thanked his home-state colleague, Sen. Bob Bennett (R), and his longtime friend, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), in brief floor remarks that included a call for bipartisanship and an ode to “this tremendous, tremendous body.— “I just want to thank my friends on the Democratic side for their patience and their tolerance and kindness,— Hatch said. “And my friends on the Republican side for putting up with me all these years.—

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