It has been a busy week in Washington and I’ve been engaged in a number of issues that directly impact folks across Wyoming. I will always work on behalf of Wyoming’s best interest and fight effectively for our state:
Joining Western Caucus “Chairman’s Chat”; Talking ESA & Efforts To Delist The Grizzly Bear:
On Wednesday, I joined Rep. Dan Newhouse, the Chairman of the Western Caucus, in the inaugural “Chairman’s Chat” video series to discuss much-needed improvements to the Endangered Species Act as well as de-listing the grizzly and Wyoming’s successful state management efforts.
You can watch the full conversation here and see clips of the discussion and their corresponding transcripts below:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Yeah, and I think that is true across the board whether you’re talking about ESA, you know, for us in Wyoming, obviously, issues that are connected to land use management and federal oversight control, ownership of our lands. The solutions all have in common the importance of getting local stakeholders at the table and helping to make those decisions. So, it’s really — and when you look at the ESA, and you look at the species that we’ve dealt with in Wyoming — the wolf and the Grizzly, you know, we’ve demonstrated, we’ve shown that we know how best to manage those species, that in our state, you know, the Grizzly is fully recovered and should be delisted, but it’s clear that the federal government needs a real push to do that — needs Congress, apparently, to legislate.
REP. DAN NEWHOUSE: So Liz, you’ve been very engaged in this issue. You come from a state that this is very important, and I know you’ve got some legislation pending. I’d like to give you a chance to talk about that just a little bit.
REP. CHENEY: Well, I appreciate that. Thank you. Yeah, I’ve introduced legislation to require the delisting of the Grizzly, to recognize that the Grizzly has been recovered. We need to recognize that, and we also need to recognize that citizens of Wyoming, citizens across the West where Grizzlies inhabit, need to be able to manage those, need to be able to take action, for example, to protect their livestock, to protect themselves. And, I think that the restrictions that exist because the species has not been delisted prevent that. And, it’s a place where, as you said, we ought to be celebrating the success and be able to get species off the list as they recover.
Opposing Biden’s Energy Policies & Pushing Back Against Critical Race Theory:
Please see below for excerpts from Fox Business where I discuss the decision to block the Biden Administration’s ban on oil and gas leases on federal lands, and Cowboy State Daily where I share my opposition to teaching critical race theory in our schools:
“‘Tonight’s decision blocking Biden’s heartless ban on oil and gas leases on federal lands is important,’ added Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., ‘In Wyoming, we rely on oil and gas to support our economy & provide resources for our communities. Our fossil fuels are national treasures that power our nation.'”
“In a comment to Cowboy State Daily, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said decisions about teaching children should be made by parents and local stakeholders in Wyoming schools, not Washington bureaucrats.
‘I strongly oppose the mandated teaching of critical race theory or using taxpayer dollars to advance that curriculum,’ she said. ‘Decisions about teaching and educating our children should not come from Washington bureaucrats or from radical liberals with extreme liberal agendas, but should be made by parents and local stakeholders in Wyoming so we can instill students with the Western values and principles that our state embodies.'”
President Biden Needs To Be Clear We Won’t Stand For Russia & China’s Aggression:
I joined the “Hugh Hewitt Show” yesterday to discuss President Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the underfunding of our national defense, and more.
You can listen to the full interview here and see relevant portions of the transcript below:
There Was Not A Lot Of “Strategic Thinking” Ahead Of President Biden’s Meeting With Vladimir Putin
REP. LIZ CHENEY: I think it was unfortunate that President Biden decided to sort of jump right in to go to this meeting with Putin. We kind of see this again and again, where, you know, U.S. presidents don’t recognize that meeting with somebody, meeting with Putin gives him a gift. It basically gives him a platform on the world stage. I think that Biden needs to be clear with his actions that there are things that Putin and the Russians are doing that we won’t stand for. Certainly, the cyber-attacks are among those. But actions matter and just going to have a meeting to have a meeting, there did not seem to be a lot of strategic thinking involved ahead of time or at the meeting. I think there were some other things Biden should have been doing rather than that.
We Have To Keep Our Commitment To Defend Taiwan From The Chinese Communist Party’s Aggressive And Hostile Actions
REP. CHENEY:I think that we have to be very clear that we will defend Taiwan. Taiwan is a thriving democracy, we’ve watched the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese government, make increasingly aggressive and hostile actions towards Taiwan. And, you know, we have to be absolutely clear that when we make a commitment for the defense of an ally, as we have with respect to Taiwan, that we will keep it, and I think that the policy of strategic ambiguity may, at this point, leave the Chinese government with a perception that should be incorrect, that, you know, somehow we won’t defend Taiwan. I think it’s very important for them to understand that we will.
The Defense Budget Biden Has Proposed Is Insufficient For Us To Defend Ourselves & Maintain Our Global Superiority
REP. CHENEY: We are actually seeing a cut in defense spending if you look at it from the perspective of, you know, real growth and inflation. We know we’ve got to have 3-5% annual real growth in the budget. That number is in order to be able to carry out the missions that were laid out several years ago in the National Defense Strategy. So, you know, the National Defense Strategy of three or four years ago, the world has certainly changed since then. We’ve obviously had COVID we’ve had to deal with, and we’ve seen the Chinese in particular, but also the Russians make huge gains and make, you know, massive and significant investments across the board including in their nuclear forces. So, I think that, you know, we’re right now going through all of the posture hearings in the Armed Services Committee, but people in Congress need to recognize, the American people need to recognize that the budget that the Biden Administration has proposed for the Navy and for the other services and for nuclear modernization is insufficient to be able to defend ourselves, to be able to maintain the superiority that we count on to defend ourselves from our adversaries.
President Biden’s Defense Budget Is Highly Irresponsible & Puts Our Nation At Risk:
President Biden’s defense budget fails to adequately fund our military. Between China’s assault on freedom around the world, Russia’s continued cyberattacks, and Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, our adversaries represent a serious threat to our country and our way of life.
In the face of these real and growing threats from around the globe, we must provide our military with the resources necessary to counter the malign activity of our adversaries and keep our nation safe.
As threats rise, U.S. defense falls:
- The Wall Street Journal (Editorial): “Threats Rise, U.S. Defense Falls”
Hearing From Community Leaders On How To End Homelessness:
This week I met with community leaders from across Wyoming who are working to find solutions to end homelessness. Together, we must focus on rebuilding our communities and helping our local leaders and organizations to connect with families and individuals in need:
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney