Orrin Hatch just announced he’ll retire from the Senate
“There are two explanations: Either Hatch isn’t up for the job or the members of the committee wouldn’t support him if he were up for the job,” James Wallner, a political scientist with the conservative R Street think tank and former executive director of the Senate Steering Committee, told Vox in November of the veteran senator’s chair position.
“The way to explain the inaction is a combination of basically a lack of aggressiveness on the part of the chairman and a sense that they need to control these issues on the part of leadership,” Wallner said. “It just looks like leadership and the committee chairman, who have all been here for a long time, have completely forgot how to do their jobs. They have forgotten how to legislate.”