On this day 130 years ago, Wyoming was admitted as the 44th state in our Union. The Cowboy State continues to be unmatched not only for its beauty but also for our great people. Happy birthday Wyoming!
Expanding Access To Telehealth Services For Seniors:
The spread of COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for all Americans, one being the facilitation of a safe environment for our seniors to receive high quality health care. Increasing access to telehealth services, especially in our rural communities, has literally been a lifesaver for America’s seniors since the first outbreak of COVID-19.
To ensure that seniors continue to have access to these critical services, I introduced the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act, legislation that will continue the telehealth policies implemented by the Trump Administration and through the CARES Act. This bill will allow seniors to utilize telehealth services even after the emergency declaration has ended.
Congress has worked with the Trump Administration to remove many of the barriers that prevented seniors from utilizing telehealth services from the safety of their homes. As a result, telehealth use among seniors has continued to rise and this legislation would continue this successful trend well after the pandemic is over, while allowing Medicare to adapt to the ever-changing innovation in medical technology. Click here to learn more.
PILT Distributions Announced For Wyoming Communities:
Last week, the Department of the Interior announced the 2020 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) distributions. These distributions go to over 1,900 local governments around the country to help pay for essential public services.
This is welcome news to communities across Wyoming that rely on these payments to provide vital services like firefighting, police protection, and more. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has contributed to economic uncertainty, the timely release of these resources is particularly important for local and county governments in our state. Click here to read more about this announcement.
The Little Sisters Of The Poor SCOTUS Decision Is A Victory For Religious Freedom:
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity, cannot be forced by the government under the Affordable Care Act to provide free contraception to their employees in violation of their religious beliefs.
This decision is a victory for religious freedom in the United States. No American should ever be compelled by the government to violate their religious beliefs, but that’s exactly what was happening to The Little Sisters of the Poor because of unconstitutional mandates in Obamacare.
I proudly joined my colleagues in signing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to restore the Little Sisters of the Poor’s constitutional rights, and applaud the Court for doing just that. The Supreme Court’s decision, upholding religious and conscience protections adopted by the Trump administration, is a victory for religious freedom and for the First Amendment.
Paycheck Protection Program Extended:
Wyoming small business owners: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended until August 8th to help keep workers on payroll. Click here to apply: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program
House Armed Services Committee Passes National Defense Authorization Act:
Last week, the House Armed Services Committee voted 56-0 to advance the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of Committee.
During the Committee’s markup, I spoke out about a number of proposed amendments, including an amendment that proposed cutting funding for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) which would only embolden China. Watch my remarks below:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I also oppose this amendment. As Mr. Turner has said, we can go over all of the issues that we debate about the triad, certainly I disagree with Mr. Khanna’s characterization of the experts, the so-called expert’s view on the triad. But I would also point out what Mr. Khanna has suggested what we do is take a billion dollars out of funding for the GBSD and allocate that money to pandemic preparedness. Now this is, I suppose, something that he’s done to try to say that there’s a cause that’s greater than our nuclear deterrent. I think it’s important, first of all, to point out we have allocated significant resources to pandemic response, to pandemic relief, to ensuring that we are providing the kind of support this country needs to begin to recover from the pandemic and also to ensure that we’re protecting ourselves from these kinds of things in the future.
But there’s one fundamental issue that is missing in this discussion and that is China. The extent to which the Chinese government, the Chinese Communist Party, is directly responsible for the deaths that we’ve seen in the United States and around the world, directly responsible for the economic devastation. They caused this pandemic to be spread globally, and when I say they caused it to be spread globally, I say that because they knew that they had human-to-human transmission and they stopped travel from Wuhan to the rest of China but they allowed travel from Wuhan into the world. They knew what they were doing and instead of coming together to hold China accountable, which is what we ought to be doing, which is what we, the Republicans, asked Speaker Pelosi and others to do, to join with us on our task force to hold the Chinese government accountable for this death and devastation. Instead, my colleague Mr. Khanna is proposing an amendment cutting a billion dollars out of our nuclear forces. This amendment helps China, this amendment helps America’s adversaries. The people that would benefit from this amendment are the people that want to see the United States unilaterally disarm, and that is the government of China. It is absolutely shameful in my view.
This is a time that we need to be clearer than ever before that we are going to put the resources behind modernizing our nuclear forces, our adversaries are doing it, the government of China is doing it. We are falling behind, and I don’t think the Chinese government, frankly, could imagine in their wildest dreams that they would have been able to get a member of the United States Congress to propose, in response to the pandemic, that we ought to cut a billion dollars out of our nuclear forces. It is more than they could have imagined. I urge my colleagues to oppose this amendment and I yield back.
Pelosi’s Partisanship Is Fundamentally Hurting The People Of This Country:
Instead of working together to build solutions, Speaker Pelosi’s partisanship is fundamentally hurting the people of this country. Earlier this month, I highlighted the failed leadership of Speaker Pelosi for continuing to pursue partisan legislation instead of working with Republicans to solve the challenges facing the American people. Watch the video here, and see the transcript below:
USMCA Replaces NAFTA:
On July 1st, USMCA officially replaced NAFTA fulfilling President Trump’s commitment to opening markets and leveling the playing field for American workers and products. Thousands of Wyoming ranchers, manufactures, and small businesses will have access to new markets for our products and produce.
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.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney