Update

I strongly supported the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act that the Rules Committee reviewed and passed the House. This legislation was requested by President Trump to stop wasteful spending and cut unnecessary funds. This rescission package is the largest in the history of Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 and cuts nearly 15 billion dollars from unused funds from several federal agencies.

Congratulations to my dear friend Maggie Scarlett for being awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Wyoming. She has given so much back to our great state and our citizens. She’s demonstrated a life-long commitment to the importance of museums and libraries in preserving our heritage and history. I am extremely grateful for her contributions. She is a true inspiration and has set an example for her children, her seven grandchildren, her friends, and people all across our state and nation.

I want to thank the Wyoming Farm Bureau for hosting me in Casper over the weekend. I appreciate the chance to discuss the issues facing Wyoming Agriculture.

  

I’m always inspired by the impressive, hardworking young people at Wyoming Boys’ State. It was great to be with you all as you participate in this exceptional program that builds leadership skills, exemplifies Wyoming values, and encourages civic engagement.

Natural Resources Committee

It was an honor to be a part of the Wyoming Stock Grower’s Convention. Senators Enzi, Barrasso and I enjoyed taking questions and speaking with members of our state’s agriculture industry and providing an update of the efforts we are making in Congress to support our farmers and ranchers.

This week the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on several pieces of legislation that pertain to Wyoming’s oil and gas industry. The committee was honored to hear from important key witnesses including New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Katharine MacGregor. The legislation I reviewed in the Committee this week echoes President Trump’s efforts to bring relief to American energy companies and the hard-working folks who rely on them. The legislation dealt with issues including the outdated ADP protest process, oil and gas operations on split estates, and streamlining the federal permitting process.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Interim Chief Vickie Christiansen appeared before the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands for an oversight hearing on the wildfire risk, forest health, and associated management priorities of the agency.  This was one of several hearings that have occurred to examine forest service management challenges and wildfire risk on federal land including the issue of “fire borrowing”  that face Wyoming and states across the country.

The Natural Resources Committee also held a hearing for several pieces of legislation including the Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Act to re-designate the Golden Spike National Historic Site and to establish the Transcontinental Railroad Network and Desert Tortoise Habitat Conservation Plan Expansion Act to provide for the expansion plan in Washington County, Utah. We also reviewed the Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act that would grant states the authority to expand broadband services in rural communities to install infrastructure for high-quality telecommunications.

Rules Committee

The rules committee considered several pieces of legislation that focused on energy and water. The committee passed the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act and spent a significant amount of time on the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act and Water Resources Development Act that included several amendments that were voted on and passed on that House floor. These two bills appropriate funding for the development and improvement of water and energy infrastructure projects.

Armed Services Committee

The House Armed Services Committee is preparing to conference with the Senate over the National Defense Authorization Act. As part of this process, one issue on which I am particularly focused is ensuring we are doing everything possible to counter the growing threat from China against our military superiority and our economy.

The Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee held a classified briefing for members to receive a quarterly updated on current cyber operations from the U.S. Cyber Command and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Visits

I want to thank Nature Conservancy of Wyoming trustee and board chair Margie Taylor from Sheridan, trustee Page Williams from Cody, and State Director Milward Simpson for meeting with me.

It was an honor to meet with the exceptional students from Glenrock High School this week at the Capitol.

It was a pleasure meeting with Burger King franchise owners Amir and Tami Allison to discuss small business owners and economic growth.

It was a pleasure meeting with Tiffney Greer and Linda Schiffer from the Wyoming Agri-Women to discuss agriculture issues that are critical to our state.

I want to thank Wyoming sportsman Steve Meadows and former State Representative Clarence Law for meeting with me to discuss important topics such as the delisting of the gray wolf, grizzly bear, and sage grouse.

It was a pleasure meeting with UW’s College of Education Dean Ray Reutzel and Director of Development UW Foundation Tyler Spear to talk about the importance of education in Wyoming.

Newsworthy

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with the Casper Star Tribune’s Katie King to discuss President Trump’s upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un.

“’We need to hold a hard line, the risk to us is very grave and we can’t live in a situation where they can hold our cities hostage,’ U.S. House Rep. Liz Cheney said Tuesday in an interview with the Star-Tribune.

U.S. intelligence agencies believe the North Korean regime has assembled as many as 60 nuclear weapons and built a wide network of development and production facilities to create fissile material and testing components, and to assemble and store the warheads.”

Read the full story here.