First, I want to express immense gratitude for all involved in the raid against former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, including President Trump, our Kurdish allies, our intelligence professionals, and, most of all, our incredible Special Operators whose courage and skill are unmatched. We live in freedom because of them. This would not have been possible without our forward deployed troops in Syria and the assistance of our allies.
Over the course of October, the Democrats continued to prioritize their secret partisan effort to impeach President a Trump over everything else. They are putting our security and economy at risk and ignoring crucial issues that matter to the people of Wyoming and the nation.
Last Thursday, the Democrats passed a partisan impeachment resolution that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle claim brings transparency to the process. It does not. This resolution cannot fix the Democrats’ tainted record of secrecy and a fundamentally flawed process. The President has had no rights inside these secret hearings, his counsel has not been able to be present, the minority has not been able to bring witnesses, and Republicans, along with tens of millions of Americans, have been left in the dark.
In response to this vote, I sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi on Friday calling on her to immediately release the full transcripts of all depositions related to impeachment. The complete letter can be seen below:
We are at a moment where the nation faces grave, significant, ongoing threats, and Speaker Pelosi along with her Democrat colleagues have completely neutered arguably the single most important national security committee in this body, the Intelligence Committee, by forcing it to focus on a partisan impeachment process and not their oversight obligations. For more of my remarks on impeachment, you can watch here or below:
Additionally, I joined over 170 of my House Republican colleagues in cosponsoring a resolution introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) calling for the condemnation and censure of Chairman Adam Schiff.
Chairman Schiff has repeatedly and knowingly attempted to deceive the American people in his efforts to attack President Donald Trump. Whether it was his promotion of false allegations related to the President and Russia, the untrue retelling he gave of the President’s conversation with the Ukrainian President during a committee hearing, or his deception about his relationship with the whistleblower, he has a fundamental problem with the truth.
This pattern of ignoring the facts so he can advance his political agenda is shameful and beneath the dignity of Congress. He cannot be allowed to perpetuate these falsehoods in his efforts to circumvent the will of the American people and overturn the results of the 2016 election.
Last Thursday, I was pleased to introduce the Strengthening Support for Veterans with Service Animals Act to help make it easier for veterans with service-connected disabilities to fly with their service dog. One of the concerns raised to me recently by a Wyoming veteran was that some veterans, particularly those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, have found it difficult to acquire the paperwork necessary to travel with their service dog. My legislation would address this issue by streamlining and improving the process for a veteran to bring their service dog on a commercial airline flight.
I want to thank the veterans of Wyoming who brought this issue to my attention for their efforts to improve the lives of disabled veterans across our country. We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and I will always work to ensure we provide the benefits and care our veterans have earned and deserve.
Last month, I joined a few of my Republican colleagues in a lunch with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria, along with other pressing national security issues. I will continue my work to ensure that we continue to do everything we can to fight ISIS and stand with our allies around the world to keep our country safe.
I also traveled to the White House with several of my colleagues to meet with President Trump about the Turkish invasion of northern Syria. Unfortunately, instead of staying to discuss policy concerns, Speaker Pelosi and several of her Democrat colleagues chose to storm out of the meeting. Yet again, House Democrats decided it was more important to play politics instead of working across party lines to address the challenges our nation faces.
Finally, I voted against H.R. 4617, House Democrats’ legislation to circumvent the First Amendment. Securing America’s elections is crucial to the functioning of our democratic process. Instead of working in a bipartisan manner to achieve this fundamental priority, the legislation that Democrats brought to the floor was a thinly veiled attempt to control political speech in the name of national security. By giving the federal government the authority to define what constitutes ‘legitimate’ news and forcing Americans who wish to engage in political speech to navigate burdensome bureaucratic obstacles, this bill is a clear violation of our First Amendment right to free speech.
I hope our Democrat colleagues will realize the damage their partisanship and political games are doing. We must work together to pass meaningful legislation that secures our elections.
Please see below for a roundup of other things I’ve done to continue fighting for our state in Congress.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney
Natural Resources Committee
Last month, I joined Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-SD), and Frank Lucas (R-OK) to introduce the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act, a bill that would provide grants to certain state land-grant universities to better equip livestock producers with risk management training. With ever-changing markets, this measure will enable land grant universities like the University of Wyoming to assist our producers in giving them the background they need to properly plan for the future.
I was also pleased to welcome a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) draft rule providing much needed regulatory relief for the soda ash industry, which is crucial to Wyoming.
Our state has the largest deposit of trona in the world and the soda ash it creates is a critical component in products we use every day. Thursday’s proposed rule to allow for the reduction of the royalty rate to mine trona is a vital step towards ensuring producers in Wyoming remain competitive with Turkey and China, which are dramatically distorting the global market by subsidizing production and creating synthetic soda ash.
I have worked extensively with the Trump Administration on this proposed rule to ultimately level the playing field for U.S. trona producers, which will allow them to expand their operations and create more jobs in Wyoming. I look forward to our continued work on this important issue for our state as the rule-making process moves forward.
Finally, I led several of my Republican colleagues in sending a letter in October to President Trump urging him to take immediate action to revive and expand the domestic uranium industry.
This industry is vital to both our energy and national security. Unfortunately, U.S. uranium mining is at now its lowest levels in over eight decades, supplying just one percent of the uranium needed to power the American nuclear reactor fleet. This has forced the few remaining uranium companies to consider shuttering production entirely, which could lead to total American dependency on uranium imports.
I am hopeful that the Trump Administration will take bold and immediate action to revive and expand the domestic uranium industry. This will in turn preserve critical workforces and infrastructure, upholding them as a key productive component to U.S. national and energy security.
Armed Services Committee
Throughout October, I was proud to work with my colleagues to strengthen sanctions against Turkey in response to the country’s unprompted attack against the U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria. President Erdogan’s offensive into northern Syria left many innocent civilians displaced or dead, resulted in the release of ISIS fighters, and strengthened Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.
The tough sanctions approved by the House this week punish Erdogan for his violence against our Kurdish allies in northern Syria, who helped us destroy ISIS’s territorial caliphate. America must stand with its Kurdish partners, whose counterterrorism cooperation was critical in our special operators’ courageous raid against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi near the Turkish border.
You can watch more of my remarks related to the Turkish offensive here or below:
Meanwhile, I met with Afghan Ambassador Roya Rahmani and Finance Minister Mohammad Qayumi to discuss the critical U.S.-Afghan security partnership and the continuing threat posed by the Taliban, al Qaeda, and ISIS.
Thank you to President and Mrs. Trump for inviting me to watch Game 5 of the World Series along with some of our incredible wounded warriors. They were the true all-stars and heroes of last night’s game both on and off the field.
I enjoyed meeting Wednesday with Kevin Elsasser, who serves as the President of United Steelworkers Local HollyFrontier in Cheyenne.
Pleased to welcome Gillette College Vice President Janell Oberlander and colleagues to Washington to discuss higher education in Wyoming.
It was a pleasure meeting with Madeline Moreno of Laramie. Madeline is currently a student at Georgetown University and has a bright future ahead of her!
Great to meet with Cory Runion, who chairs the Wyoming State Legislative Board for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.
I was honored to speak earlier this month at the first Wyoming Aerospace and Defense Industry Supply Chain Conference in Casper, which connected Wyoming businesses and manufacturers with large aerospace and defense companies. Wyoming is a great place to do business and efforts like this will help grow and diversify our state’s economy and create more jobs.
I am incredibly grateful to the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance (CAEDA) and Forward Sheridan for their hard work to ensure we are bringing growth and investment to Wyoming.
Also earlier this month, I hosted a coffee in Casper to update everyone on developments in D.C. and hear important concerns from home. I enjoyed our discussions and am grateful to everyone who attended and shared their views!
On the 8th, I toured a construction project in Fremont County, where I spoke with construction officials about the need for Congress to pass a long-term infrastructure bill to help improve Wyoming’s aging roads and bridges. The project on Ethete Road continues to demonstrate the importance of funding local infrastructure and reconstruction projects on the Wind River Reservation and across Wyoming. Thank you Chad Connell of High Country Construction and Katie Legerski of the Wyoming Contractors Association for hosting me!
On October 9, I had the opportunity to meet with constituents in Cheyenne during an open house, where I reported on events in D.C. and listened to the important issues affecting our communities. I appreciate the time and input of everyone who joined me.
Last month, I also had the honor and privilege of meeting with Wyoming’s Adjutant General, Major General Greg Porter. I always enjoy spending time with him and learning about what our brave men and women in the WY National Guard are doing to keep us safe both at home and abroad.
I also met with Jill Morrisson, the Executive Director of the Powder River Basin Resource Council in Sheridan and Bernadette Barlow, a retired rancher and landowner from near Gillette. We had a great discussion on ways to address orphaned oil and gas wells throughout Wyoming.
The Hill: Pence huddles with GOP allies on Syria
Cowboy State Daily: Aerospace, defense companies meet Wyoming businesses in conference
The Casper Star Tribune: A burgeoning aerospace and defense industry in Wyoming? Some say it could happen
The Washington Examiner: Cheney introduced legislation sanctioning Turkish president and top officials over Syria invasion