Natural Resources Committee
In the Natural Resources Committee, we discussed several pieces of legislation including H.R. 3997, to exempt veterans from fees for application permits for veteran demonstrations and special events at war memorials. We also marked up legislation that requires the federal agency overseeing the Federal Columbia River Power System to operate under the current plan, the “Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability Act” that provides stability of title to certain land in Louisiana, and the “Advancing Conservation and Education Act” to more efficiently manage land and generate education funding.
The House Rules Committee held a hearing on a financial services bill, H.R. 4790, the Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act. This legislation amends the Volcker Rules giving the rulemaking authority solely to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System instead of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and, the Securities and Exchange Commission. This legislation also exempts small community banks from the Volcker Rule which safeguards these community banks from over- burdensome regulations. H.R. 4790 passed out of the Rules committee and also passed on the House floor.
Armed Services Committee
Secretary of Defense General James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday regarding the fiscal year 2018 budget requests for the Department of Defense. I asked General Mattis about several pressing national security issues including Syria’s use of chemical weapons and North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
The committee held a roundtable discussion with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force to discuss future plans for ensuring continued superiority for our forces. I also met with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to discuss important issues and challenges, including modernizing our strategic forces.
The House Armed Services Committee Emerging Threats subcommittee held a hearing on the Review and Assessment of DoD Budget, Strategy, Policy, and Programs for Cyber Operations and United States Cybercom for fiscal year 2019. We covered a range of topics including the need for a national cyber strategy to combat the grave and growing cyber security threats.
I want to thank Wyoming BLM State Director Mary Jo Rugwell and Associate State Director Larry Claypool for meeting with me to discuss recent BLM activities in our state.
Scott McBride with the Independent Community Bankers dropped by to meet with me. Thanks for stopping by.
ADA Delegate from Casper, Wyoming Dr. Rod Hill, ADA Delegate from Worland, Wyoming Dr. Carl Jeffries, and President Wyoming Dental Association Dr. Lance Griggs from the Wyoming Dental Association met with me. We discussed various topics including action on opioids, DOC Access Act, and Action for Dental Health.
The directors from the Wyoming Rural Electric Cooperative met with me. It was a pleasure to discuss the broadband, the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program, and innovation in the Farm Bill. Thank you for meeting with me.
I want to thank Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust Executive Director Bo Alley for stopping by and meeting with me.
Wyoming Stock Growers Executive Vice President Jim Magagna and Secretary/Treasurer of the Public Land Council Niels Hansen stopped by along with Wyoming State Wool grower’s President Amy Hendrickson. It’s always a pleasure to discuss agricultural issues crucial to our state with you all.
I met with President Trump’s Director of the National Economic Council to discuss tariffs and their potential negative impact on Wyoming’s AG industry.
It was an honor to meet with the students of Douglas High School. It was wonderful getting to meet you all. I hope you enjoyed your visit to D.C.!
I got a chance to speak with Karla Pomeroy from the Northern Wyoming Daily News about tariffs, border protections, and Russia during my week back home. Check it out!
“Cheney said as she’s talked to groups during this “home work session” or Congressional recess and has been updating people on some key issues including the tax cut bill, de-regulation of ‘some of the overreach we’ve seen the last eight years, and also talking to folks about some of the issues that have been in the news recently such as the tariffs.’”