This past week, we remembered the day our country’s course was forever changed. On the anniversary of 9/11, let us never forget those who were killed, and give thanks to those who wear the uniform of our nation and defend our freedom. 

It was great to be at the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon last weekend honoring our Armed Forces. The men and women who received Cheyenne Trophy Awards are some of the best our nation has to offer and play a critical role in keeping our country safe.

Congratulations to the US Air Force 90th Strategic Missile Wing’s Cheyenne Trophy Winner, the 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron (pictured below)

We also honored the A/2-300 Field Artillery Battalion and the 153rd Force Support Squadron for winning the Wyoming National Guard Cheyenne Trophy.

Also this past week, I discussed issues facing our state and nation with members of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation. Thanks to Todd Fornstrom, Ken Hamilton, Brett Moline, and Holly Kennedy at WyFb for hosting the virtual meeting at their headquarters in Laramie.

Additionally, this past weekend marked the 150th anniversary of Wyoming’s Louisa Swain casting her ballot in Laramie making her the first woman in the United States to vote in a general election in 1870. To celebrate, the Louisa Swain Foundation charted a convoy that traveled 1,700 miles from the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC arriving in Laramie, Wyoming on September 6th.

It was an honor to join the Louisa Swain Foundation and other Wyoming leaders (pictured below) in celebrating this historic milestone. Click here to watch the re-enactment of Louisa’s Swain’s historic first vote from this past Sunday.

Yesterday, I toured the National Museum of Military Vehicles that just opened in Dubois with the museum’s founder, Dan Starks, and Tim Sheppard, who serves as the Executive Director of Wyoming Veterans Commission. The purpose of the museum is to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families, educate next generations on the history of American freedom, and preserve and share historic military vehicles:

Bureau of Land Management Announces Final Soda Ash Rule Supporting Wyoming’s Economy:

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it’s final rule to streamline the royalty rate reduction process for non-energy solid leasable minerals. This change will have a major impact on Wyoming where these minerals play an important role in creating economic growth. The final rule is estimated to save up to $5 million in regulatory costs over the next decade, helping the U.S. compete globally while supporting Wyoming jobs. Minerals covered by the BLM’s new rule include soda ash, potash, phosphate, sodium, potassium, sulphur, and gilsonite.

The Trump Administration has taken important action to reduce soda ash royalty rates in order to level the playing field for Wyoming and other U.S. trona producers. Wyoming has the largest deposit of trona in the world, and this rule will allow Wyoming producers to expand their operations and create much needed jobs in our state. Click here to read more.

EPA Gives Wyoming The Ability To Enforce Regulations Over Class VI Wells In Our State:

Last week, the EPA announced the approval of Wyoming’s request for primary enforcement responsibility (primacy) for Class VI wells under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.

I applaud the EPA for signing this final rule. The Trump Administration correctly recognizes that these decisions are best made by state and local officials, instead of heavy-handed mandates passed down from federal bureaucrats. Because of this rule, our state will now have more freedom to craft these rules in a way that works best for us, allowing for expanded growth and new opportunities. I look forward to working with President Trump and the EPA on additional ways that we can return more decision-making authority to the state and local level.

Taking A Stand To Support Our Law Enforcement:

This month, I was proud to sign Heritage Action’s “Police Pledge”, a pledge that offers unwavering support for America’s police officers and commits to opposing any legislative efforts to “defund the police.”

Our police officers in Wyoming and across the country risk their lives so that we can live in a society that is safe and where individuals’ rights and property are protected. We are forever indebted to them for what they do to protect our families and communities, and they deserve to be treated as heroes.

Democrats like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, who don’t speak out against the reckless campaign to ‘defund’ our police, are irresponsible and dangerous. We must condemn these radical proposals and let our police officers know, unequivocally, that we have their backs.

The fullpledge can be found below:

A lawful society—free from mob rule and violent insurrection—is not possible without Law Enforcement. Police Officers have chosen a noble profession. They dedicate their lives to upholding the law and protecting the sacred rights of their fellow citizens. As a profession, they deserve support and respect. I stand with America’s Police and pledge to oppose any bill, resolution, or movement to “Defund the Police.”

Democrats Block Targeted COVID-19 Relief From Reaching The American People:

On Thursday, Senate Democrats blocked legislation proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would secure federal unemployment benefits, re-open the Paycheck Protection Program for a second draw, send more than $100 billion to keep kids safe in school, help parents with childcare, help families afford expenses or homeschooling, and rebuild our strategic medical stockpile.

Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer blasted this proposal before it was even released, proving that this is a political issue for them rather than an opportunity to provide relief to the American people. As Senate Majority Leader McConnell said, “their position is clearly that they do not want any bipartisan relief whatsoever to reach American families before the election.”

As Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Bret Baier on Fox News Sunday, Speaker Pelosi, “has refused to sit down and negotiate unless we agree to something like a $2.5 trillion-dollar deal in advance.”:

Throughout this process, Democrats have not negotiated in good faith or worked to find compromise on common sense legislation. Instead they have demanded that Congress pass their partisan wish list that would give get-out-of-jail-free cards to criminals and provide taxpayer-funded checks to illegal immigrants if they are going to agree to a COVID-19 assistance bill. It’s long past time for Democrats to put the good of the American people before their far-left political agenda. 

Combating COVID-19:

The nation continues to see positive developments when it comes to fighting COVID-19 and developing a vaccine that will defeat the virus. In addition to the medical progress being made, a new report this month showed that the Paycheck Protection Program supported more than 51 million jobs and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified this month that the program was essential to the country adding nine million jobs over the past three months. 

The Paycheck Protection Program has proven to be a lifeline for Wyoming small businesses during the pandemic supporting 55,301 jobs at 12,210 businesses across our state. PPP loans are critical to restoring our economy.

President Trump and the Administration continue to confront the challenges posed by COVID-19 with a historic response. We continue to see strong progress – with the seven-day average in new cases down 37% since its peak in July and nearly half of all jurisdictions are now in a downward trajectory in cases. 

The President has lead the largest mobilization of public and private resources since WWII to respond to this pandemic working with private sector partners to secure the delivery of 99 million N95 respirators, 15 million face shields, and 83 million gloves. These critical PPE supplies are helping our heroes on the front lines stay safe while saving lives. 

Additionally, Operation Warp Speed is making incredible progress in helping to rapidly develop a vaccine. Three strong vaccine candidates are already moving through phase three trials in the United States with the administration investing billions to secure vaccine doses for the American people so they can be distributed as soon as a candidate is approved. Another 270 clinical trials are currently underway for coronavirus treatments.

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