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Washington – This morning, Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined Cheyenne’s KFBC Radio to discuss the latest updates on coronavirus relief efforts as well as Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to allow legislation that would replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Listen to the full interview here, and see an excerpt of the transcript below:

REECE MONACO: You also tweeted out a response to a letter that Speaker Pelosi wrote. What are the biggest issues that you have with that letter?

REP. LIZ CHENEY: Well, the letter itself was really a partisan screed and what I think is really indefensible is that they announced that Congress is not going to convene until May 4th – and by they I mean the Democrats, the Speaker, they run things in the House –  the Speaker will not contemplate, will not allow, will not authorize any kind of activity towards changing the rules that would allow Congress to operate remotely. So, she won’t convene us, she won’t allow us to operate remotely, basically, in my view, failing to do our Constitutional duty and at the same time, attacking President Trump instead of being honest and saying what she’s actually doing is she’s blocking the appropriation of additional money that we know people in Wyoming and across the country need. The small business loan program has been hugely in demand, and we appropriated $350 billion for it. It’s been open now for about ten days and $250 billion of that has already been spent, people are applying for these loans. Over $700,000,000 in loans have gone out in Wyoming. It’s a really important program and it’s a program that we need to make sure that we’re continuing. [Speaker Pelosi] is refusing to allow us to move the legislation that would provide resources for that program. I think she needs to stop attacking the President, stop attacking people from a partisan perspective, and she needs to do her job.

MONACO: I know you can’t speak for the Speaker, but the reasons behind, the reasons why the House won’t convene until May 4th, the reasons why they are blocking some of this legislation?

REP. CHENEY: They’re blocking the legislation because they want to add things to it. We watched, for example, when they delayed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act because they wanted to make sure there was language in there for things like the Kennedy Center and the National Endowment for the Arts. What they’re doing is trying to block legislation that we need for the American people so they can get some of their pet projects adopted. In this case, the only piece of the CARES Act that is on the verge of running out of money is this loan program for small businesses. We know that small businesses are the backbone of the economy, small businesses provide paychecks for families all across our state and across the country. The Democrats don’t want to just do what’s right, which is to say, ‘Okay, we’re going to go ahead and just move an increase in funding for that part of the program.’ Instead they want to add additional funds for other items, which at this point we need to move quickly to get this part of the program funded. They shouldn’t be holding it up.

In the middle of  a pandemic, it is a huge challenge to figure out how does Congress meet? How do we convene in person given that you have CDC guidelines that say no gatherings of over ten and social distancing. What the Speaker has done is pretty much bury her head in the sand and say, ‘Well, okay we’re just not going to convene until May 4th.’ Well, we’re in the middle of a national health crisis, a national economic crisis, and for Congress not to be holding hearings, not to be debating, not to be available immediately to pass additional appropriations if necessary, is inexcusable. She has a duty. She’s the Speaker of the House. She has a responsibility to figure out how does Congress operate in a situation in which we are facing this kind of national crisis. Previous Speakers have been able to handle this. Obviously, post-9/11 there were a lot of challenges about continuity of government and how Congress will operate. She has a duty, not just to ignore the problem and say, ‘Okay, well, we’re going to recess.’ I think she needs, as I said, to stop attacking President Trump and do her job.

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