Friends, 

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, my focus has been ensuring that the people of Wyoming, including our healthcare providers, small businesses, ranchers, and energy producers, receive critical resources necessary to combat the unprecedented global health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. 

Over the last week, I’ve been in communication with federal leaders at the Department of Health and Human Servicesthe Department of Agriculture, and the Departmentof Interior requesting essential support and financial aid for the workers and families on the frontlines of this pandemic.

The fight to defeat coronavirus will not be easy, but I’m committed to making sure that the people of Wyoming have access to every tool available to confront the challenges we will face in the weeks and months ahead.  

As always, if you have any specific questions or need assistance as it pertains to the coronavirus response effort, please contact Ryan Hofmann with my office at ryan.hofmann@mail.house.gov.

Rep. Cheney Joins KUGR 1420 To Discuss Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

This morning, I joined “Let’s Talk With Al Harris” on KUGR to discuss the latest guidance from the Coronavirus Task Force on slowing the spread of COVID-19. You can listen to my conversation here and read part of the transcript below.

AL HARRIS: You know, a couple of weeks ago we couldn’t even pronounce this guy’s name and now he’s a household word. I understand that you had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Fauci yesterday and could you bring us up to date on that?

REP. LIZ CHENEY:Yeah, absolutely. Well, first of all, let me just say that we — John, Mike, and I are working hard every day, and I know Mark Gordon is as well. We know how difficult and unprecedented this time everybody is living through now. We’re just doing everything we can to help provide the resources to make sure that we’re funding the therapies, funding treatments, funding research into vaccines, and of course, getting our hospitals what they need on the frontlines. Dr. Fauci spoke yesterday, we had the Republican Members of the House on a call with him. He is such a tremendous person, somebody I’ve known for over 20 years, who has spent his life studying infectious diseases. Really, we are all blessed to have him at the helm right now. His advice is very much in line with what you’ve seen Dr. Birx recommend to the Vice President and the President, which is that we absolutely have to do everything we can to stop the transmission of this virus.

The combination of how contagious it is, with how deadly it can be in some people, with the fact that people can transmit it without even knowing they have it and that’s one of the really curious things about the virus is the fact that it is so devastating in some people and has absolutely no impact, that we know of, that we can see in other people. The numbers of Americans that are going to be hospitalized and are hospitalized, the numbers of deaths that we are going to have because of the virus, are really awful. The way I look at it is, all of the doctors and the nurses and the staff in our hospitals, all those health care professionals, they are absolutely on the frontlines.

We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to try and keep the numbers of people who have to be hospitalized down and to try and help make sure our system does not get overwhelmed, and that means these really difficult and stringent social separation and stay at home pieces of guidance that we’ve seen, which are very, very difficult but crucially important. Dr. Fauci is watching the trajectory and watching the numbers both in Europe and what we’re seeing in some of the hotspots in the United States. It was really because of his guidance and the guidance of the other doctors that the President said, ‘Look, we need to continue this stay at home step of policy through the end of April.’

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Instead of focusing on the above points, Speaker Pelosi continues to try and use the coronavirus crisis to promote her base’s political priorities. There have already been multiple examples of this:

  • While the Senate negotiated the CARES Act, Rep. Clyburn said that House Democrats would have the opportunity to restructure things to fit their “vision”
  • In the midst of negotiations on the CARES Act, Speaker Pelosi introduced her own bill containing far-left policies unrelated to combatting the coronavirus

Yesterday, during an interview with CNN, the Speaker was asked about her push for more legislation and said, “we couldn’t get everything we wanted in the other bill, let’s begin to go down this path.”

As a reminder, here is some of what Speaker Pelosi wanted in the other bill:

  • Publication of corporate pay statistics by race and race statistics for all corporate boards
  • A bail out on all current debt at the Postal Service
  • Required early voting
  • Required same day voter registration 
  • Provisions on official time for union collective bargaining
  • Full offset of airline emissions by 2025
  • Publication and reporting of greenhouse gas statistics for individual flights 
  • Retirement plans for community newspaper employees
  • Federal $15 minimum wage
  • Permanent paid leave
  • Study on climate change mitigation efforts 

Her dangerous plans will only make it harder for the nation to recover, especially at a time when we need to stand together for the health and safety of the American people. Watch the clip of her revealing comments below:

Wyoming small business owners: This Friday, small businesses and sole proprietorships will be able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, a provision of the CARES Act that provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

The funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities, and small businesses looking to receive them can apply  through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. 

Information from The White House, Treasury Department, and Small Business Administration about how the program is designed to work is included below:

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Economic Impact Payments, What You Need To Know:

The IRS has answered key questions about Economic Impact Payments, which is another important part of the CARES Act. Click here for information to know about how those payments are designed to work and see below:

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As always, If you have any specific questions or need assistance as it pertains to the coronavirus response effort, please contact Ryan Hofmann with my office at ryan.hofmann@mail.house.gov.

Latest Updates From The Coronavirus Task Force:

Last night, President Trump and members of his Administration announced the launch of an enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to protect the American people from the deadly scourge of illegal narcotics. Joining him in this effort was Attorney General Bill Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.

Secretary Mark Esper reported that criminal organizations are attempting to capitalize on the coronavirus crisis, and the operations announced yesterday will keep the pressure on these groups and protect the American people. The President said that this operation will be conducted in cooperation with the 22 partner nations, and will involve U.S. Southern Command increasing surveillance, disruption, and seizures of drug shipments, and providing additional support for eradication efforts.  

Additionally, during yesterday’s briefing, Dr. Fauci said that vaccine trials are, “right on target for the year to year and a half.” On the subject of treating the virus, Dr. Birx announced that a coronavirus antibody test could be available “within this month,” and stated that the Administration is calling on universities and states to develop ELISA tests, which detect and measure antibodies in blood.  Such a test could help identify those who have had the virus and recovered.

The Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force, which is being run by FEMA and focused on meeting the demand for critical medical resources and supplies, published a fact sheet detailing its four-pronged approach to address issues related to critical protective and life-saving equipment: Preservation, Acceleration, Expansion, and Allocation:

The fact sheet also includes additional information on the air bridge flights supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical professionals in the United States. Each flight will contain PPE, including masks, gloves, and gowns. The PPE will be provided first to medical distributors in areas of greatest need, while the remainder will be infused into the broader U.S. supply chain. Prioritization will be given to hospitals, health care facilities, and nursing homes around the country.

Information To Know In The CARES Act:

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Please follow this newsletter and the coronavirus page on my website for continued updates about COVID-19 and how government is responding to protect both the country’s health and our economic security. 

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney