It was a historic week in Washington D.C. which included the Senate putting an end to the Democrats’ impeachment sham, the President delivering an inspiring State of the Union address, and a January jobs report that blew estimates out of the water with 225,000 jobs added in the first month of 2020.
On Tuesday, President Trump’s State of the Union address championed the “Great American Comeback,” a bold and hopeful vision for the future of our nation. House Republicans have successfully worked with the Trump Administration to deliver a new era of American strength and prosperity. The President highlighted the historically strong economy that is benefiting families in Wyoming and across the country:
- 3.5% unemployment rate, the lowest in 50 years
- U.S. consumer confidence at highest levels since 2000
- Highest level of entrepreneurial activity recorded in the last two decades
- Median household family incomes grown by nearly 8 percent under President Trump
Additionally, the President reaffirmed his commitment to America’s military and our leadership around the world. The guests he invited, stories he told, and policies he outlined reminded us of all that is best about America. Click on the video below to watch my interview with Fox Business previewing the State of the Union address.
In stark contrast, Democrats’ response to the positive vision outlined by President Trump in the State of the Union was disgraceful, but unsurprising. Between their members staging an episode of political theater by walking out, to refusing to applaud common-sense accomplishments like awarding scholarships to students that need them or lowering unemployment rates for disabled veterans, they showed their true colors. At the conclusion of the speech, Speaker Pelosi had a tantrum, disgraced herself, and dishonored the House by ripping up a copy of President Trump’s speech. She is an embarrassment and should apologize to the American people for her behavior.
On Wednesday morning, I joined Wyoming’s “Let’s Talk With Al Harris” on KUGR 1490 AM to recap the State of the Union Address. We touched on the inspiring stories of the President’s guests including a Tuskegee Airman, a young girl receiving a scholarship for school, and a soldier returning home to his family. We also discussed how the President has successfully rebuilt our military and enhanced our national security by taking out terrorist leaders Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Qassem Soleimoni. Click below to listen to the full interview.
On Wednesday, Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, did the right thing in voting to acquit President Trump of the Democrats’ articles of impeachment. This effort was political from day one and Democrats’ goal to impeach the President began the day he was inaugurated. When House Democrats launched their formal impeachment inquiry, they completely denied due process or fairness. Democrats then rushed the process, putting their political timeline before any legitimate search for truth or the facts.
Throughout the process, Democrats ground all of the nation’s business to a halt, preventing Congress from focusing on the issues that matter to the American people because of this partisan impeachment. The country will hold Democrat leaders accountable for abandoning the Constitution and abdicating their oaths of office. Democrats proved that they cannot be trusted to put their responsibility to the country before their political self-interest, and that is something the American people will long remember. As a member of the House leadership team, I was proud to help lead the fight against the impeachment sham and uphold our Constitution.
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Interior announced it would provide nearly $36 million to Wyoming this year in Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants, to clean up and repurpose abandoned coal mines. As the nation’s leading coal producer and largest contributor to the AML fund, Wyoming’s coal communities rightly deserve these critical resources. These grants, which I have fought hard to protect, support investment in reclamation projects and leading-edge technologies like carbon capture. These hard-earned funds will create new economic opportunities while enhancing Wyoming’s land and water resources.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney
Natural Resources Committee
The Western Caucus recently announced that my legislation, the Increasing Access and Multiple Use Act, will be part of a package of bills aimed at modernizing the Endanger Species Act (ESA). My provision would provide certainty for permit and leaseholders on public lands. Livestock producers have long battled against the federal government’s attempts to reduce grazing on public lands. My bill is crucial to safeguarding ranchers, who legally graze on federal lands, from frivolous lawsuits that force them off their allotments, leaving them no choice other than to sell their livestock at fire-sale prices and subjecting them to economic ruin. My proposal ensures they will be able to continue to graze on public lands as they have for generations and it fulfills the intended mission of the multiple-use doctrine by protecting the interests of stakeholders in Wyoming. These reforms, in addition to the other pieces of legislation included in this package, are key to modernizing the ESA and bringing it into the 21st century.
Earlier this month, I introduced the Creating Opportunities And Leveraging Technologies for Coal Carbon Act (COAL TeCC), legislation to establish a carbon technologies program at the Department of Energy (DOE) to advance research for coal-driven carbon products. As the nation’s largest coal-producing state, the people of Wyoming know that coal is more than just a critical energy source. New technologies have opened up unlimited applications for coal as a carbon-based product used in automobile frames, airplanes, electronic devices, and plastics. The unique composition of coal has the potential to create stronger, lighter, and less expensive carbon-based materials, providing coal communities in Wyoming with an important source of jobs and revenue. Investing in carbon-based technology and research strengthens the reality of coal as one of America’s most versatile and valuable natural resources.
Armed Services Committee
On Monday, I joined Congressman Michael McCaul, the lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to introduce a resolution denouncing the United Kingdom’s decision to allow Huawei to build part of their 5G networks. I’ve been a leading voice in fighting back against the Chinese Communist Party-controlled telecommunications company’s attempts to infiltrate and spy on America’s allies. Allowing Huawei into the U.K.’s 5G networks would pose a national security threat that could not be mitigated or contained. I’ve also joined my colleague, Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, in introducing a bill that would bar the U.S. from sharing intelligence with any country that allows Huawei into its 5G networks.
Last week, President Trump outlined his vision to help create peace, prosperity, and a brighter future for Israel and the Palestinian people. The plan put forward by the President is a historic step towards bringing peace, security, and prosperity to a region that has long endured conflict and turmoil. President Trump’s plan re-affirms America’s unwavering commitment to the security and survival of the state of Israel and establishes a path forward for the Palestinian people to turn away from terrorism and embrace a future of freedom and prosperity. I applaud the President and his team for their commitment to working with our allies to bring peace, security, and prosperity to a troubled region.
Thank you to the Wyoming members of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America who stopped by my office to discuss the importance of keeping our communities drug free.
I enjoyed meeting with Mark Pepper, the executive director of Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems, and Steve Kant of Manville Wednesday to discuss water programs in the state.
I enjoyed speaking with Jason Baldes, the bison coordinator of the Eastern Shoshone tribe, about the importance of buffalo restoration and the Intertribal Buffalo Council.
Great to meet with my old friend, Doug Chamberlain. I’m grateful for Doug’s service to Wyoming and to our nation.
Thank you Siva Sundaresan, Brianna Jones, and their colleagues at the National Wildlife Federation for stopping by to discuss conservation efforts in Wyoming.
It was great meeting with retired Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, the director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, to discuss the transportation and infrastructure needs of our state.
I enjoyed meeting with Derek Jackson and Ali Hamel of the Wyoming Wheat Growers Association, along with Gregor Goertz of the Wyoming Wheat Marketing Commission to discuss the issues facing our state’s wheat industry.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice about the outstanding men and women serving in the Wyoming National Guard. We discussed a range of issues important to Wyoming and our nation.
I enjoyed meeting with Dr. Sven Larson, a research fellow from Cheyenne!
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