We have seen continued efforts from the Biden Administration to undermine American energy and energy producing states like Wyoming, while also weakening our national security on a global scale. Unfortunately, the President has put the interests of his far-left base ahead of American jobs, America’s competitiveness, and America’s safety. As we move forward, I will continue to fight for the needs and priorities of Wyoming, and oppose the heartless policies coming out of the Biden Administration.
Introducing NEPA Reform Bill To Streamline Regulations & Empower State/Local Leaders:
On Friday, I introduced the UNSHACKLE Act (Undoing NEPA’s Substantial Harm by Advancing Concepts that Kickstart the Liberation of the Economy Act) in the House of Representatives, a bill that combines five standalone NEPA-related pieces of legislation aimed at maintaining the previous Administration’s much-needed NEPA revisions.
In Wyoming and across the country, we have seen special interest groups use a variety of tactics to weaponize the NEPA process to cause delay and add significant costs to energy and infrastructure projects. The last Administration made critical revisions to streamline these projects to prevent them from being unnecessarily blocked by bureaucratic red tape. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration intends to empower federal agencies at the expense of state and local stakeholders who will face new challenges because of burdensome mandates that will take effect.
To combat these dangerous policies, the legislation introduced last week would reform the NEPA process so federal agencies, and state and local governments are empowered to carry out the Act’s original goal in a timely and cost-effective manner, which was the purpose of last year’s CEQ NEPA Rule. Permanently codifying that rule into law and enacting these other key reforms are an essential step to ensure that state and local leaders have the decision-making authority they deserve to move forward with important projects that are critical to our state and the nation’s economic activity.
- The Washington Examiner: “Liz Cheney defends Trump overhaul of environmental reviews”
Fighting For The Rights Of Law-Abiding Gun Owners And Calling On ATF To Withdraw Stabilizing Brace Guidance:
Yesterday, I joined Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC) and 138 of my House Republican colleagues in sending a letter to United States Attorney General Merrick Garland and Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Marvin Richardson urging the Department of Justice to withdraw proposed guidance on Stabilizing Braces.
The letter explains that the new guidance could make millions of law-abiding citizens, including disabled veterans, felons overnight. The full letter can be seen below or read at this link:
Other States Do Not Have The Right To Undermine Wyoming’s Energy Industry:
Last week, Wyoming and Montana pushed back against the Biden Administration’s support of dismissing a lawsuit brought by Millennium Bulk Terminals that seeks to prevent Washington and Governor Jay Inslee from undermining the energy industry.
This case should not be dismissed and the Biden Administration is wrong to ignore the important constitutional questions that it raises. It’s a violation of the Commerce Clause for one state to undermine another state’s economic activity, and that’s exactly what Governor Inslee is doing by attempting to deny a permit for a terminal to export Powder River Basin coal.
This is an important project that must be allowed to move forward. Washington’s policy objection – which is rooted in their radical environmental beliefs rather than the facts – is not an excuse for ignoring the law and infringing on the rights of Wyoming and our state’s energy producers.
Biden Administration’s Energy Policies Are Heartless And Wrong:
During the G-7 Summit, President Biden joined world leaders in announcing an end to public support of the coal industry.
Wyoming powers the United States with the cleanest coal in the world. The announcement by President Biden and world leaders would be devastating for our energy industry and communities across Wyoming. We must continue to support and use this affordable and reliable power source.
Additionally, on Tuesday evening, a federal judge in Louisiana blocked the Biden Administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal lands. The court decision blocking this heartless policy is very important.
In Wyoming, we rely on oil and gas to support our economy and provide resources for our communities. Our fossil fuels are national treasures that power our nation.
Paring Back Sanctions On Iran Makes Us Less Safe:
On Thursday, the Biden Administration announced that they were lifting sanctions on several Iranian officials and energy companies in an attempt to make Iran more willing to negotiate on a potential nuclear deal.
This is pre-emptive capitulation to the Iranian regime. The maximum pressure campaign was working.
Appeasing the mullahs in Tehran will only pave a pathway to an Iranian nuclear weapon.
The Threat Posed By The Chinese Communist Party Is Real. We Must Respond With Strength:
The Chinese Communist Party has been building up their military for years. It is our responsibility to counter these moves and respond with strength. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration is choosing to spend trillions on liberal priorities, but call for an inflation-adjusted cut to the Defense Department when military leaders tell us we need real growth to keep up with our adversaries. This is irresponsible and dangerous:
Pushing Back Against Burdensome Regulations:
Last week, it was reported that the Biden Administration intends to roll-out new federal clean-water regulations by undoing the the previous Administration’s work that eased requirements for landowners.
We can support clean water and protect the interests of Wyoming ranchers and farmers with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
The Biden Administration’s intent to dismantle it and re-impose Obama-era Waters of the United States’ rules will damage key industries and hurt our economy with burdensome and unnecessary regulations.
Biden Administration’s Policies Are Killing American Jobs:
Recently, the sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline pulled the plug on the project after President Biden cancelled the permit for the pipeline on his day in office.
President Biden put the interests of the environmentalist left before American jobs, America’s energy independence, and America’s competitiveness.
Canceling the Keystone XL pipeline will cost jobs, hurt communities and make us less energy independent. We’re seeing the results of this heartless decision.
Empowering Wyoming Ag Leaders:
For decades, the Wyoming L.E.A.D. program has cultivated rural leaders for our state and our ag community.
It was a pleasure to meet with this year’s class from all across the state and discuss the work I’m doing to empower Wyoming ag and pushback against burdensome regulations.
Hearing About Issues Facing the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area:
Earlier this month, my Senior Agriculture Policy Advisor, Holly Kennedy, heard about the issues facing the lake and recreation area during a visit to the south district of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.
You can read about her visit here and see a picture below:
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney