Friends,

With Congress out of session, I have enjoyed spending time at home in our state, meeting with constituents, local government officials, and business leaders alike.

Last Wednesday, I joined Governor Gordon in welcoming the Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Wyoming. We had a great tour of Black Thunder Coal Mine, where we saw first-hand the operation of their autonomous dozers and the reclamation work they are completing all while producing a tremendous amount of coal.

The next morning, I attended a roundtable breakfast discussion at Hank’s in Wright, where local ranchers and owners expressed their concerns regarding both sage grouse and prairie dogs on U.S. Forest Service lands. After the breakfast, Secretary Perdue joined Governor Gordon and I on a horseback tour of the Thunder Basin National Grasslands, where we saw prairie dog and sage-grouse habitat first-hand. I’m grateful to the Checketts family for hosting lunch for us at the Fiddleback Ranch.

On Monday, I visited the Jackson Hole Jewish Community Center to sit down with members of the Wyoming AIPAC community. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Joan Goldfarb for organizing the event.

Later that evening, I was honored to attend the Congressional Award Reception that recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in the young people of our state. Since it began in 1979, Wyoming has led Congressional Award participation nationwide and is the only state to manage its Congressional Award program locally, enabling the organization to reach young people in their communities and provide hands-on mentoring as they set their goals.

Back in Washington, President Trump announced at the White House that a new trade agreement with the European Union is expected to increase beef exports by more than $270 million. This deal is a win for Wyoming and a win for America. I commend President Trump for his leadership in securing this agreement, and making good on his promise to put American workers first.

Wyoming ranchers produce beef that is the best in the world, and this deal means that there will be more availability and demand for their product. I hope the EU Parliament will swiftly approve this deal, and I look forward to our state reaping the benefits that come with growing our exports.

In other great news for our state, William Perry Pendley was appointed last week as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Perry’s experience dealing with public land issues and fighting for Wyoming makes him an excellent choice as Acting Director for the BLM. A Wyoming native, his past service—in uniform and during the Reagan Administration—exemplifies his devotion to this country and I know that he will put that commitment first in his new role. He has been a leader for decades on legal matters dealing with our land and resource issues.  I look forward to working with Perry and am confident that he will continue this Administration’s policies of rolling back burdensome federal regulation and preserving multiple use of our unparalleled public lands.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and please get in touch with me or my office if we can do anything to assist you.

Sincerely,

Congresswoman Liz Cheney

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