The Biden Administration continues promoting dangerous policies that will have severe consequences for Wyoming workers and families. In his first month in office, President Biden has signed a number of executive orders aimed at fulfilling far-left campaign promises instead of putting American workers and families first. Now more than ever, I will continue to push back against the Democrats’ socialist agenda and stand up for the freedoms and values that Americans and Wyoming hold dear.
Legislation Prohibiting Oil and Gas Leasing Moratoriums:
To combat the President’s dangerous executive orders banning new leasing and permitting on federal land, I introduced two pieces of legislation to safeguard against them. I introduced “The Safeguarding Oil and Gas Leasing and Permitting Act” and, “The Safeguarding Coal Leasing Act” to prohibit any moratorium on federal oil and gas leasing or permitting or coal leasing unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted by Congress.
These bills protect states like Wyoming from Biden’s damaging orders, and prevent the job loss, higher energy costs, and loss of revenue that promises to come with them. These bills will defend the interests of the people of Wyoming and our nation, and I will work with partners in Washington to push for their consideration.
I am pleased to have the support of Governor Mark Gordon, the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, the Wyoming Mining Association, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), and a number of my House Republican colleagues in combatting the Biden Administration’s extreme agenda.
Calling On Biden To Revoke Leasing & Permitting Moratoriums:
I joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and 17 other House Republican leaders in sending a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to revoke the energy moratorium his Administration issued that would prevent leasing and permitting on federal land for 60-days.
The full letter can be seen here or read below:
Standing Up For Local Interests In NEPA Decision Making:
I recently introduced “The Recognizing Local Interests in NEPA Decision Making Act,” legislation providing that any proceeding for judicial review on the basis of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) can only be brought in the state where the action is proposed or permitted to take place, or in Washington D.C.
NEPA analysis is a required part of the approval process for a large range of permitted activities onfederal lands, from grazing leases to oil and gas project proposals. Sadly, extremist environmental groups are delaying projects that are important to Wyoming and the country by “venue shopping,” filing NEPA compliance suits in liberal courts to gain favorable decisions.
Activist judges, trial lawyers, and radical environmentalists should not be able to prevent Wyoming communities from utilizing local resources as they see fit to create good-paying jobs and improve local economies, and this legislation will stop that practice.
I am glad to have the backing of Governor Gordon, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Mining Association, the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, and several of my Republican colleagues in the House.
I will always fight to keep these radical groups and liberal judges from telling Wyoming how to utilize our local resources.
Legislation to Authorize Construction and Operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline:
I joined Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and 82 of my House Republican colleagues in introducing the “Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act.” This legislation authorizes the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and declares that a Presidential permit is not required. This legislation follows President Biden’s decision to rescind the border crossing permit.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is expected to provide approximately 11,000 jobs and up to 60,000 indirect and supporting jobs, generate tax revenue, decrease our reliance on foreign energy, and strengthen American national security and energy independence.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is crucial not just for our energy industry and our economy, but for our national security interests as well. It’s devastating that President Biden would cancel the continued construction of this pipeline, which will destroy thousands of jobs, increase energy costs, and make our nation more dependent on our adversaries for important resources that we need. As our economy rebounds, we need to be doing everything possible to create quality jobs for families, while reducing the burdens they face when it comes to the cost of energy. Continuing the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is an important way for us to do that.
I am glad to join my colleagues in introducing this bill, and I encourage all members of Congress – including Democrats – who support good-paying union jobs, lower energy costs, and efforts to allow the United States to maintain our energy independence to support this legislation so that construction of this pipeline can continue.
Fighting For Rural Wyoming:
I am proud to announce that I have been named to the Executive Committee of the Congressional Western Caucus for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus advocates on behalf of key issues that impact Wyoming and the West. Through this role, I look forward to continuing to stand up for Wyoming’s rural communities by ensuring our priorities are at the forefront of every debate.
Under the Democrats’ regime, rural America has come under attack. House Democrats continue to advance policies that increase the size and scope of the federal government, limit domestic energy production, infringe on Constitutional rights, expand federal land, and leave rural America behind. We cannot let that happen. I look forward to working with Representative Dan Newhouse, chair of the Western Caucus, and all our members as we fight for our Wyoming way of life.
Biden Executive Orders Endanger Wyoming’s Economy And Our National Security:
President Biden signed executive orders issuing a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing and permitting on federal land for one year. This move by the Biden Administration will endanger the Wyoming economy and threaten our national security.
This real and painful ban will be felt across the country, but especially here in Wyoming. Energy costs will rise, domestic energy production will fall, and jobs will be lost. Additionally, energy states like Wyoming with large amounts of federal land will lose out on critical education, infrastructure, and healthcare resources, and those who can least afford it will bear the brunt of this decision. The decision also diminishes our ability to produce energy domestically and maintain energy independence, forcing us to rely on our adversaries which undermines our national security interests.
According to Julian Balow, the Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, this order will eliminate $150M/year in resources that fund K-12 education in the state. Also, a study by the University of Wyoming finds that an oil and gas moratorium could result in losses of up to $2B in tax revenue over 4 years, around 18,000 jobs, and billions in wages.
While we continue fighting COVID-19, the decision to cut off a major lifeline that Americans have relied on to survive during this time is reckless and irresponsible. We should be expanding opportunities for energy production and economic success, not eliminating them.
Devastating Consequences Of The Biden Agenda:
In January, the acting Interior Secretary, Scott de la Vega, issued an order prohibiting local BLM offices from leasing and permitting for 60 days. The order is misguided and will have severe consequences for Wyoming. We need to be doing everything possible to support our energy producers and our economy, however, the administration’s decision will negatively impact so many hard-working families who rely on the national treasures in Wyoming to make a living.
I will continue to fight tooth and nail for the interests of our energy industry, and will stand with our partners in Wyoming to use all the available tools to challenge this illogical order and future ones like it.
Warning Of The Coming Border Crisis:
Last week, I joined 51 of my House Republican colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden warning him about the growing crisis on America’s southern border and calling on him to direct the Department of Homeland Security to immediately brief members of Congress on steps being taken to address this issue.
The letter opens with a rundown of recent data from the southern border which includes soaring daily apprehensions, and explains how the recent executive orders signed by the President are aimed at “dismantling the security of our borders,” instead of stopping the flow of illegal migration. The full letter can be read here and seen below:
Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights:
I co-sponsored H.R. 38, “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC). This legislation would allow people with state-issued concealed carry licenses or permits to conceal a handgun in any other state, as long as they abide by the laws of that state.
This legislation is hailed by major pro-Second Amendment groups and is considered “the greatest gun rights boost since the ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791.” I have co-sponsored the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” in past years. The legislation passed the House in 2017, but failed to receive a vote in the U.S. Senate.
I remain committed to protecting and defending the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. This bill protects the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens from being infringed upon by burdensome technicalities as they travel across state lines. I will always fight against any attempt to violate the rights of the people of Wyoming to keep and bear arms.
Urging Congressional Leadership To Protect The Hyde Amendment:
In the first weeks of the Biden administration, Democrats made it clear that they intend to eliminate protections for the unborn. Protecting innocent lives should not be difficult or partisan in any form.
Last Congress, Democrats blocked numerous attempts by my colleagues and I to force a vote to prevent infanticide and protect babies born-alive. It is our moral duty to stand up and fight for the most vulnerable among us. We know that if given the chance, the new administration and Democrats in Congress will ignore the importance of defending life, and take steps to allow for taxpayer-funded abortions. We cannot let that happen.
Recently, 196 of my House Republican colleagues and I sent a letter to Congressional leadership in opposition to Democrat efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which has existed for more than forty years and prevents the federal government from funding abortion. The letter comes after Democrats have threatened to eliminate or weaken the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life provisions.
The Hyde Amendment has saved millions of lives and I am proud to have joined my colleagues in standing up for the most vulnerable among us and supporting this important protection to safeguard taxpayer dollars from abortions.
The full letter can be read here and seen below:
Pressing Biden To Prevent Taxpayer Money From Funding Abortions In Other Countries:
As the Biden administration and Democrats continue to advocate for their pro-abortion policies, I joined 135 of my colleagues in signing a letter to President Biden that calls on him to reconsider his decision to discontinue the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) policy, also known as the Mexico City policy, which prevented taxpayer money from funding abortions in other countries when it was in place.
The full letter can be seen here or read below:
Biden’s Returning To The JCPOA Will Embolden A Terrorist Regime & Make Us Less Safe:
This week, it was reported that the Biden Administration was rescinding efforts to enforce UN sanctions on Iran and would be formally restarting negotiations on a nuclear deal with them.
The Administration’s actions make clear that President Biden wants to return to the JCPOA and give Iran billions in sanctions relief—even as Iran is committing nuclear blackmail and using its proxies to attack Americans.
The Iran nuclear deal was one of the most flawed agreements ever negotiated. The Obama Administration sent billions of dollars to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism in exchange for a pathway to obtaining a nuclear weapon. Re-engaging with the human rights abusers in Tehran to revive this disastrous, outdated agreement will embolden a ballistic missile-armed, terrorist regime and make us and our allies more vulnerable to their hostile behavior.
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney