Friends,

At every opportunity, the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats are working to take power away from the American people in order to empower themselves. Rather than address the issues facing our nation, Democrats are preoccupied with enacting their dangerous policy agenda. I believe the power resides with the people, not Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. For that reason, I remain committed to leading the fight against their socialist agenda and standing up for our shared principles.

Democrats’ Green New Deal Puts Their Radical Agenda On Full Display:

This week, Democrats led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reintroduced their radical, liberal pipe dream – the Green New Deal.

With the Green New Deal, the Democrats’ radical agenda is on full display. 

Their $93+ trillion proposal is another step to remake our nation in their socialist vision. It is a systematic effort by the left to take control of the entire economy, outlawing large swaths of the energy industry, destroying jobs, and putting the federal government at the center of many elements of individuals’ lives. 

I will oppose any effort by Democrats in Washington that target the people of Wyoming and energy-producing states like ours. 

Supporting Wyoming’s National Treasures – Coal, Oil & Natural Gas:

This Congress, I have introduced and co-sponsored legislation to combat the radical energy policies of Democrats in Washington and protect access to our state’s fossil fuels. 

On Earth Day and every day, we’re grateful for our national treasures in Wyoming – coal, oil, and natural gas – that are the greatest and most reliable sources for power.

As the Biden Administration and Democrats in Congress wage war on the West and enact heartless, heavy-handed mandates, it is essential that we continue to support and utilize these essential resources.

Advocating For Wyoming’s Schools, Students & Teachers:

Last weekend, I got to spend some time with our tremendous Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow to discuss Wyoming’s schools, students, and teachers:

Honoring Wyoming Students:

Attending the Wyoming Congressional Awards Medal Ceremony is one of my favorite events of the year. It was inspiring to be with so many accomplished Wyoming students and honor their achievements:

Photo courtesy of The Wyoming Congressional Award Council.
Photo courtesy of The Wyoming Congressional Award Council.
Photo courtesy of The Wyoming Congressional Award Council.

Washington Democrats Abuse Their Power Every Chance They Get:

Democrats are abusing their power and infringing on our freedom as they pass their radical agenda into law.

In the first few months of the 117th Congress, we have seen Democrats take steps to expand the Supreme Court, give taxpayer funds to their political campaigns, make Washington, D.C. a state, and overturn a state certified election in Iowa, all in an attempt to solidify their majority-rule in Washington.

Not only are these bad policies, but they are part of a full-fledged attack on the Constitution orchestrated by Speaker Pelosi. I will continue to stand up for the freedoms and values that the people of Wyoming and America hold dear, and push back against these dangerous assaults on our Constitution.

Our Adversaries Are Testing President Biden & He’s Responding With Weakness:

At Tuesday’s House Republican leadership press conference, I spoke about the Biden Administration’s weak response as our adversaries continue to test and threaten our national security.

You can watch the video here, and see the transcript below:

REP. LIZ CHENEY: We’ve got a number of – two of our new members here to talk about D.C. statehood and the bill that will be on the floor today on that, and also about what’s happening at the border again. The other issue, set of issues, that we’ve been discussing are the national security set of issues which we’re watching around the world – our adversaries are testing this new Administration. Whether you’re talking about what’s happening in Russia with the troop buildup on the border of Ukraine – the new CIA Director Bill Burns said this could well be a preparation for a limited military incursion. Whether you’re talking about what’s happening with the Chinese government, the Chinese Communist Party, and the extent to which they’re threatening Taiwan and continuing their malign influence and activities around the globe. What’s happening in Iran – the announcement that they’re now going to 60% enrichment in their continued aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons. Whether you’re talking about North Korea and their continued nuclear buildup and potential resumption of testing, long range testing. Around the globe we’re watching as our adversaries test us, as our adversaries threaten us and so far, the Biden Administration has been lacking, sadly, in its response. 

Our adversaries need to know that we have the will and the capacity to defend ourselves, that is the only way to deter the kind of threat that we see. When you combine the continued response by the Biden Administration, which seems to be “if the Iranians threaten their nuclear buildup, then what we need to do is get back in the JCPOA.” The JCPOA obviously gives the Iranians a pathway to a nuclear weapon. So, they do not seem to recognize that it’s in fact weakness, it’s provocative, and we, certainly, in the House Republicans are absolutely dedicated, committed to ensuring that we do our part in terms of oversight, in terms of highlighting the extent to which we know that a military that is second to none and a strong relationship with our allies – those two things are very important for us to be able to defend ourselves. We’re going to continue to focus on and work on those issues.

Highlighting China’s Unprecedented Nuclear Threat & The Need To Defend The U.S.:

On Wednesday, I participated in a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces hearing focused on the United States’ Strategic Forces Posture for Fiscal Year 2022. 

During the hearing, I questioned Navy Admiral Charles A. Richard, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, about China’s unprecedented nuclear threat and the need for the United States to counter them. You can watch the full exchange below:

REP. LIZ CHENEY: Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. Thank you to all of our witnesses. Admiral Richard, I wanted to follow up on something one of my colleagues was asking you about. There’s an idea from some on this Committee, and more broadly, that even though we’re facing adversaries, as you’ve described, historic, unprecedented situation with respect to China and Russia, both of whom are undertaking massive modernization buildup and expansion programs, that somehow the solution is for us to risk our own security, to tie our own hands, with no first-use, to reduce our own capabilities, to delay, yet again, modernization. I wanted to remind the Committee, generally, of something that President Truman said in NSC-68, which is timeless. He said, “No people in history have preserved their freedom who have thought that by not being strong enough to protect themselves they might prove inoffensive to their enemies.” I’d like to ask you, Admiral Richard, if you could describe in a little bit more detail what we are seeing from the Chinese, in particular. I don’t think the American people fully recognize and understand the nature and the expanded nature of that threat. Also, what it means when we say that Minuteman III is so old, what does that mean in terms of what’s available, what’s not available, what it would really mean if we were to ask you simply to extend the life of that program once again?

ADMIRAL CHARLES A. RICHARD: Congresswoman, thank you for the question. I ran through it very quickly in my opening statement, but I’ll elaborate that we are seeing this very rapid expansion of Chinese capabilities. I’ll give you the specific numbers in the closed session, but this is rapid expansion of their road-mobile capability. This is an intercontinental ballistic missile that’s on a very large truck. Russia and China have them, we do not. Those are very large countries, and they simply drive the missile around. It is a challenging thing to keep up with them. They have this new capability, expanding rapidly, they have many new solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile silos, these are the same ICBMs, by the way, that we’re talking about either life extending or otherwise trying to use ourselves. A solid fuel rocket is very responsive and that coupled with their new nuclear command and control gives them a launch under warning or launch under attack capability that right now only the U.S. and the Russians possess. They’re about to complete a triad so they have a strategic bomber with an air launched ballistic missile capability on that, so for the first time they have a complete triad. They have six second generation ballistic missile submarines so they can do continuous at sea deterrent patrols, i.e. a survivable second strike capability and a missile that can reach the continental United States from a protected bastion in the South China Sea. You add all of this together and they can do any plausible nuclear employment strategy regionally. This will backstop their conventional capability and will potentially constrain our options. In other words, we’ll be the ones that are getting deterred and if I don’t have the capability to similarly deter them. The key point is that this is about to become additive to what the Russians can do. So, that’s the threat, more detail in the closed session, but this is a breathtaking expansion. I just gave an order at STRATCOM that if you have a China brief that is more than a month old, take it back to the intel people and get it updated because it is out of date. That’s how rapidly they’re moving. Remember, STRATCOM is not the source of this intelligence. The intelligence comes from the Intelligence Community. We’re simply the ones that interpret it operationally like other commands. 

REP. CHENEY:Thank you, Admiral. I think it’s important to just reaffirm the words that you’ve used, that the Chinese are at an inflection point. This is a breathtaking expansion accelerating rapidly, and we’re asking you to be able to deter both China and Russia simultaneously. I think from the perspective of this Committee and our obligation to ensure that you have the resources you need, the notion that we’re asking you simply to life extend, one more time, technology from the 1970s is completely irresponsible. I think we need to face the consequences of that choice if that’s the path we choose to go down.

ADMIRAL RICHARD:Congresswoman, if I could just add. Again, I’ll defer to the U.S. Air Force and the Secretary of Defense as to whether or not Minuteman III can be life extended, they provide me this system. Here’s why I say I’m just not sure it can be done: they have a long list of parts that are in very short supply. For example, right now there’s only two of these launch switches that go into every launch control center. So, only two in supply, you’ve got to have 45 of them for each launch control center, nobody makes the inside of the switch anymore, no company is going to make the inside of the switch, this is like asking a company to make a dial-up modem, right? There’s no profit in doing something like that. The Air Force has been consistently pulling rabbits out of a hat to solve these problems. I’m afraid there’s a point where they won’t be able to pull the rabbit out of the hat and the system won’t work.

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney