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We are at a pivotal moment in history. Democrats, led by Speaker Pelosi, have embraced socialist policies that would rob opportunity from the American people and abandon our founding principles. in favor of a radical agenda. We must continue to fight for freedom, and I’m committed to helping lead that fight as a member of the House Republican leadership team in the next Congress. The battle ahead of us will be real and competitive, but it’s one we’re ready for and one we have to win because the future of our country is at stake. 

I’m honored that my colleagues have elected me to serve as the Chair of the Republican Conference for the 117th Congress and look forward to collaborating with each of them on all the challenges before us. I am looking forward to partnering with our state and local leaders to continue fighting for our shared vision of a Wyoming and an America that affords all individuals the freedom and opportunity they need to succeed. Click on the picture below to watch my remarks after being re-elected to serve as House Republican Conference Chair for the 117th Congress. 

COVID-19 Update In Wyoming:

The United States is facing an unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases across the country and the 182,832 new cases reported yesterday is the highest single-day total over the course of the pandemic.

In Wyoming, the total number of COVID-19 cases grew by 894 on Thursday, with the number of confirmed cases rising by 739 and the number of probable cases rising by 155, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily update.

Governor Mark Gordon announced on Thursday that two Health and Medical Task Force (HMTF) teams from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Disaster Medical System will be deploying to Wyoming. One team of medical professionals will be sent to Campbell County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) in Gillette and another team sent to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC). The Wyoming National Guard is also providing additional support to Wyoming hospitals to address the surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I strongly encourage everyone to celebrate in a safe and responsible way while taking necessary health precautions to slow the spread of COVID by washing hands, maintaining physical distance, and wearing masks. We trust people to make the right and smart decisions that will keep our state healthy and safe. 

Wyoming offers free at-home COVID-19 testing. These tests are available to Wyoming residents at no cost; insurance is not necessary. This saliva-based test does not require a nasal swab. The test uses high-quality laboratory technology for a high level of effectiveness. The sample collection process is performed under the supervision of a healthcare provider through an online, video-based telehealth visit. Click here to learn more. 

F.E. Warren Air Force Base To Receive New MH-139 Grey Wolf Helicopter:

This week, the Secretary of the Air Force announced that new MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters will be based at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. The Grey Wolf will replace the UH-1N Huey helicopter fleet. F.E. Warren will also receive $75 million in construction funding to support the upgrade.

The UH-1N Huey entered operational service in 1970 and provides aerial security coverage to intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) fields in Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota. Air Force officials said the new MH-139 Grey Wolf closes the capability gaps in the areas of speed, range, endurance, payload and survivability in support of the ICBM missions.

The MH-139 Grey Wolf will help ensure that the land-based leg of our nuclear triad continues to be ready, secure, and safe. I am pleased that F.E. Warren is receiving this upgraded aircraft, which will further enable our men and women in uniform to perform the vital mission of continuing to protect our nation. Click here to learn more.

Pictured above: Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, gives thumbs up after disembarking his first ride in the MH-139A Grey Wolf with Col. Michael Jiru, Air Force Materiel Command.

President Trump Signs Executive Order To Modernize Water Management And Infrastructure:

President Trump recently signed an Executive Order on modernizing America’s water resource management and water infrastructure. This action by the Trump Administration further demonstrates its commitment to putting the needs of America’s ranchers, farmers and families first.

For too long the regulatory process for constructing new water infrastructure projects has been a bureaucratic maze including different federal, state, and local agencies. Reducing burdensome red tape will mean greater access to clean water for communities across Wyoming which will lead to more economic growth and jobs in our state. Click here to learn more. 

Management Of The Gray Wolf Will Be Returned To The States… Where It Belongs:

This month, the Department of Interior announced that the management and protection of the gray wolf will be returned to the states following successful recovery efforts.

This final rule puts the process of managing the gray wolf back where it belongs – in the capable hands of individual states. Over the past decade, our courts have been abused by radical environmental groups filing frivolous lawsuits to prevent states from managing the gray wolf population, despite repeated delisting decisions.

I applaud this new rule that will provide individuals with the certainty they need to protect their livestock and livelihoods under their respective state’s management of the gray wolf.

Trump Administration Invests $252,000 in High-Speed Broadband in Rural Wyoming:

The Trump Administration recently announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $252,000 to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Wyoming. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

Now more than ever, communities in Wyoming deserve reliable and affordable access to high-speed internet, a staple in information technology and communication. This investment will empower our rural hospitals, schools, ranches, farms, and banks to better serve the people of Wyoming as we recover from the pandemic. We need to continue prioritizing this crucial infrastructure for Wyoming to thrive and compete in the 21st century. Click here to learn more. 

U.S. Forest Service Announces Final NEPA Rule:

This week, the U.S. Forest Service released their final rule to modernize processes for how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires agencies to analyze the environmental impact of proposed actions prior to to making decisions which would impact the environment.In these revisions to NEPA, the Forest Service intends to add or expand existing Categorical Exclusions (CEs). CEs are actions which have been determined to have a minimal environmental impact, and therefore do not require lengthy environmental assessments. According to the Forest Service, “On average, an environmental assessment takes 687 days to complete. Average time to complete a CE takes just 206 days.”

The final NEPA revisions will dramatically reduce processing timeframes, and provide both enhanced flexibility and the necessary tools to address poor forest and rangeland conditions that have led to catastrophic wildfires like the Mullen Fire in southeastern Wyoming. I’m proud to support this long-overdue effort to modernize NEPA that will save lives and protect communities across the country. Click here to learn more. 

University Of Wyoming & Central Wyoming College Secure USDA Grant Supporting Native American Students:

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the University of Wyoming (UW) and Central Wyoming College (CWC) with a New Beginning for Tribal Students grant in order to attract and retain more Native American students in food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences.

I applaud the USDA for supporting the mission of the University of Wyoming and Central Wyoming College to empower Wyoming’s Native American students and enhance our state’s agricultural systems. There are many food and natural resources challenges that are unique to our Native American communities across the state. This grant will go a long way towards preparing Wyoming’s Native American students to actively play a role in creating solutions to these challenges like food security and sustainability.

The USDA NIFA proposal is from the New Beginning for Tribal Students Programs. The joint venture between UW and CWC is titled “Growing Season: Native student pathways to food system and sovereignty studies.” 

State Department To Identify Organizations Engaged In Anti-Semitic BDS Activity:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that he was directing the United States Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Elan Carr, to identify organizations engaged in politically motivated actions intended to penalize or limit commercial relations with Israel.

I applaud this important announcement. Radical Democrats who embrace the hateful BDS movement are knowingly supporting an anti-Semitic effort that seeks to delegitimize and demonize one of our closest allies. This is another key step that shows we stand unapologetically with Israel. Click here to read Secretary Pompeo’s full statement.

White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing:

On Thursday, the White House Coronavirus Task Force held a detailed briefing to discuss the spike in COVID-19 cases being diagnosed across the country, while also highlighting the progress that has been made when it comes to testing, therapeutics, and the development and distribution of a vaccine. Vice President Pence, Secretary Azar, CDC Director Redfield, General Perna, General Sanford, Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx all spoke at the briefing.

The Task Force explained how effective Operation Warp Speed has been in getting the nation on the precipice of having a safe and effective vaccine for the American people and announced that once an Emergency Use Authorization has been issued, a vaccine will begin to be distributed 24 hours later. The below chart that outlines the distribution process will take place:

In more encouraging news, they noted that one company planned to imminently seek an Emergency Use Authorization for their vaccine, and Pfizer announced this morning that they were asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, “starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic.”

This week’s news from Moderna along with the announcement from Pfizer means we are closer to defeating COVID with a safe and effective vaccine. Once approved by FDA, Operation Warp Speed will deliver millions of vaccine doses to Americans free of charge.

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

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