Since President Biden took his oath of office in January, Democrats in Washington have repeatedly attempted to abuse their power in an effort to enact their dangerous policy agenda. We have seen this through their Green New Deal “infrastructure” proposal, their attacks on the Second Amendment, and their desire to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. As your Representative in Congress, I will continue to fight back against these radical attacks on our institutions and our shared beliefs.
Biden/Pelosi Spending Plan Needs To Actually Focus On Infrastructure, Not Democrats’ Priorities That Will Raise Taxes & Destroy Jobs:
Last Sunday, I joined Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face The Nation” to respond to an interview given by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and emphasize how the Democrats’ “infrastructure” plan is the wrong approach and needs to be redone to actually focus on infrastructure. You can see a segment of the interview and an excerpt of the transcript below:
REP. LIZ CHENEY:Well, it’s a very different proposal, obviously. Something less than six percent, as you mentioned, of this proposal that President Biden has put forward is actually focused on infrastructure. The National Association of Manufacturers has said we will probably lose over a million jobs if this is enacted, and you are certainly going to see in addition to the corporate tax increases in the bill, you’ll see middle class tax increases. This is a pattern that we watched the Democrats use time and again, where they massively increase spending, they massively expand the size and scope of the federal government, and then they come back around and impose middle class tax increases. So, those are not things that we support, not things that I support.
BRENNAN: Well that tax increase you’re talking about with the National Association of Manufacturers that was losing a million jobs over two years, it was specifically targeting the corporate tax rate going about 28%. Is that an area you’re focusing in on? If Speaker Pelosi offers you an olive branch and says we’ll go down to 25%, for example, I mean is that something you can work with?
REP. CHENEY: Look, the bill would need to be fundamentally redone. It would need to be a different bill. It would need to actually focus on infrastructure, not on so many of the additional Green New Deal spending priorities, spending priorities that are focused on helping Democrat allies around the country. You know, we have already, as you pointed out, appropriated trillions of dollars since January, and last year as well. I’m really concerned about the impact on the economy, the potential inflationary pressure that we might see with this additional injection of cash, and so much of it is unnecessary. Six percent is actually focused on the kind of infrastructure that there is bipartisan support for. So, I would urge Democrats, let’s focus on that.
VP Harris Refuses To Address The Public Health, Humanitarian, And National Security Crisis Happening Along The Southern Border:
On Wednesday, I spoke about the continued crisis taking place along our southern border and Vice President Harris’s refusal to take any action to address it. President Biden named her Border Czar more than three weeks ago, and since that time she has tried to distance herself from this issue and done nothing to actually try and solve the problems, which are only getting worse.
She won’t even visit the border herself, even as all the evidence demonstrates that the Administration’s open borders policies have created a public health, humanitarian, and national security crisis for our country:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: We’ve got several issues that we’re going to discuss. The Whip has had a group at the border, we have a number of our members who are going to talk about what they saw at the border – the crisis there. We think it’s really important that the press continue to ask the White House about the extent to which the President has said Vice President Harris is in charge of the border, Vice President Harris said she was not in charge of the border, nobody seems to be in charge – she hasn’t been there and we have a humanitarian and national security crisis and health crisis unfolding there. We’re going to hear directly from our members who have been there.
Introducing Legislation To Reauthorize The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee:
I recently introduced H.R. 2462, “The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee Reauthorization Act of 2021,” which would reauthorize the collection of the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fee for seven years and reduce the fee rates by 40%.
The AML fund plays a key role in ensuring that hazardous coal mining sites that have been abandoned are reclaimed by distributing funds to the sites that are deemed a priority. This bill will allow the AML program to continue while reducing the burden on coal miners, particularly in light of the significant hardships they have faced from the decline in demand for coal. We need to do what we can to ensure our coal industry can continue to provide good paying jobs and contribute to local and state economies.
I am pleased to have the support of the Wyoming Mining Association, the National Mining Association, and a number of my House Republican colleagues for this critical legislation.
I Will Always Defend The Second Amendment:
This month, President Biden signed executive orders that will infringe on the Second Amendment rights of the American people.
The Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. I will always defend it. Actions like the ones President Biden took infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, while doing nothing to prevent criminals from committing the tragic attacks we have seen in communities across our country.
Advocating For Our Veterans:
I was honored to have House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Bost join our tele-townhall with Wyoming Veterans! We had an engaging discussion about a range of issues, including our recent legislation to protect Constitutional Second Amendment rights of law-abiding veterans:
Supporting University Of Wyoming’s Essential Agriculture Research And Extension Work:
I enjoyed speaking with University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Dean Rasco, Bob Kidd, and Shane Shulz on funding needs to support essential agriculture research and extension work from land-grant universities like the University of Wyoming:
Fighting For Innocent Human Life Means Fighting To Protect Babies Born Alive:
I was proud to sign the discharge petition to force a House floor vote on H.R. 619, the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.” This legislation mandates that any infant born alive after an abortion receives the same standard of care as any newborn baby while instituting penalties for abortionists who allow infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn.
Ensuring medical care for babies born alive should not be a partisan issue. The provisions in the bill are crucial to fulfilling our moral obligation to uphold the sanctity of life and care for the most vulnerable among us. I am proud to join my Republican colleagues in supporting this important legislation.
We Know What Happens If Terrorists Establish Safe Havens; We Must Ensure It Doesn’t Happen Again:
At this week’s House Republican leadership press conference, I delivered remarks criticizing President Biden’s expected announcement that he will withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.
You can view the video here and see the transcript of my remarks below:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: I also want to just say a word about Afghanistan. President Biden announced that he will be withdrawing forces from Afghanistan – I understand he’s making a speech this afternoon – by a date certain. First of all, any withdrawal of forces based on a political timeline, and he has said, as I understand it, that this will not be based on conditions on the ground. Any withdrawal of forces that is not based on conditions on the ground puts American security at risk. He’s further, apparently, going to announce that the date for the withdrawal will be September 11th. Now, I’m not sure why the White House has selected that date, but I can tell you that that is a huge propaganda victory for the Taliban, for al-Qaeda. The notion that on the day they attacked us, we are going to mark that anniversary by withdrawing our forces. We know that al-Qaeda continues to operate across Afghanistan, we know that the Taliban has not, in fact, lived up to any of the commitments that they made during the previous administration, and we know that this kind of a pullback is reckless, it’s dangerous, it puts American security at risk, it will provide an opportunity for terrorists to be able to establish safe havens again. It also puts the women of Afghanistan at risk. It puts the women of Afghanistan into the position they were in potentially 20 years ago where their lives are not valued, where they have no freedom. The United States of America went to Afghanistan because our security depended upon it, because we were attacked by al-Qaeda, because the Taliban hosted al-Qaeda – that relationship continues. A withdrawal of forces that isn’t based on conditions on the ground is fundamentally dangerous.
The president is apparently going to say, “We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago, but that cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021.” I would say that does explain exactly why we must remain there. We know what happens if terrorists establish safe havens – we must ensure it doesn’t happen again. Finally, I would say the president is obligated by law that we passed in the NDAA last year “to certify that conditions have been met for the enduring defeat of al-Qaeda and ISIS” before he initiates any significant withdrawal. That is an obligation we expect that the White House will uphold and will meet. Again, it’s an obligation that they have by law, we passed in the NDAA last year.
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney