The Biden Administration and Democrats in Washington continue pushing a radical agenda that will harm our state and our nation. As your Representative, I will always push back against these dangerous policies. I am working hard to protect our energy producers, support our veterans, secure our nation, and fight on behalf of Wyoming families.
Legislation To Protect Wyoming Energy Producers By Codifying Royalty Rates On Coal, Oil & Gas:
Last week, I introduced legislation to protect Wyoming energy producers by amending the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) to permanently fix the federal royalty rate for surface coal and onshore oil and gas at 12.5%.
Amending this legislation will lock in royalty rates for certain types of coal, oil, and gas at 12.5-percent and keep the Department of the Interior from raising rates on energy producers in Wyoming and across the country. Any move by the DOI to increase these rates would eliminate jobs, decrease energy production, lead to higher energy costs, and unnecessarily hurt our state’s economy.
Wyoming is home to the cleanest coal in the world and our fossil fuels are our national treasures. It is time to provide certainty for our energy producers and prevent unelected bureaucrats with radical environmental agendas from targeting these affordable and reliable sources of energy.
Stone-Manning Is Not The Right Person To Lead BLM:
I sent a letter to President Joe Biden yesterday that outlined the reasons why Tracy Stone-Manning is not the right person to serve as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management and called on him to withdraw her nomination.
The letter cites several examples of Stone-Manning’s past policy positions and actions that make her unfit to lead the Bureau, including her comments critical of multiple use, her support for penalizing the energy industry, her efforts to withdraw the Lewiston and Missoula BLM Resource Management Plans, her opposition to the sage-grouse final environmental impact statements, and her involvement in a tree-spiking incident that amounted to ecoterrorism.
I concluded the letter by stating that Stone-Manning, “has proven she lacks the judgment and integrity to serve in such an important position. She is not the right person to lead our largest federal land agency, and Wyoming and the West deserve a better candidate. I urge you to immediately withdraw her nomination to serve as BLM Director.”
The full letter can be read here and seen below:
Bill To End Unnecessary Electric Vehicle Subsidy That Targets The Energy Industry:
I recently co-sponsored H.R. 3796, the “Eliminate Lavish Incentives To Electric (ELITE) Vehicles Act.” The bill will end the electric vehicles tax credit, which unfairly targets the energy industry costs billions in taxpayer funds.
The electric vehicle market continues to grow which negates the need for this costly subsidy that disadvantages energy producers in Wyoming and across the country. Eliminating the subsidy will save taxpayers billions of dollars and also help to protect the energy industry from the far-left’s radical environmental agenda. I will always fight to ensure the tax code works fairly for the people of Wyoming, and is not disproportionately slanted for special interests don’t deserve or require it.
Resolution To Establish National Warrior Call Day:
I joined Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) last week in introducing a resolution to establish National Warrior Call Day, which would be observed on November 21, 2021.
National Warrior Call Day would be designed to encourage all Americans to reach out to service members who risk or have risked their lives in defense of our communities or nation and offer them thanks and support, especially in the wake of the increasing suicide rates that we’re seeing among veterans.
Our warriors are heroes. Whether it’s on our streets at home or on battlefields in faraway lands, they risk their lives to preserve our American way of life. Their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way in defense of our freedom deserves to be honored everyday by all Americans. Sponsoring a resolution in support of National Warrior Call Day is an important way to make sure that these brave men and women know that their service to our country is not only appreciated beyond measure, but that it is never forgotten. By establishing this day and encouraging Americans to reach out to those who have worn or are wearing the uniform, we can save lives and protect those who have done so much to protect us.
Bipartisan Resolution To Honor Journeyman Lineworkers:
This week, I co-sponsored a resolution designating July 10th as Journeyman Lineworkers Recognition Day.
Our lineworkers are essential to our communities and deserve to be recognized for the hard work they do that benefits all of us. Whether during a major disaster or performing routine maintenance, these men and women put themselves in harm’s way on a regular basis to ensure our power stays on. I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution so our brave lineworkers are given the recognition they deserve on July 10th, and will continue to advocate for them in Congress.
Six Amendments To Democrats’ Far-Left Infrastructure Legislation:
Last week, House Democrats brought to the floor H.R. 3684, which is a partisan infrastructure bill that does more to fund the Green New Deal and other radical environmental programs than it does to provide for the kind of surface transportation projects that both parties agree we need.
Before the legislation appeared before the House for a full vote, I offered six amendments during the bill’s markup before the House Rules Committee. Two of these amendments were made in order and received a full vote in the House, while four of them were voted down by Democrats on the Committee. You can see below for further details on the specifics of those amendments:
- An amendment to prevent the federal government from using Electronic Logging Data (ELD) to impose additional regulations Wyoming’s truck drivers. OOIDA and its 741 independent operators residing in Wyoming support this amendment. Democrats on the House Rules Committee voted down this amendment.
- A bipartisan amendment along with Representatives Kat Cammack (R-FL), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), John Rose (R-TN), Jim Baird (R-IN), Randy Feenstra (R-IA), and Glenn Thompson (R-PA), to exempt livestock haulers from ELD requirements within a 150 mile radius of the final destination. Adding this exemption would reduce regulatory burden and increase their efficiency during harvest season. This amendment was made in order by the House Rules Committee and will receive a floor vote on Thursday.
- An amendment with Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) to strike the section that forces states to consider whether an operational improvement or transit project would be more cost-effective than a capacity expansion for single occupancy vehicles. The federal government does not understand the transportation needs of our state better than our local and state officials. This amendment was made in order by the House Rules Committee and will receive a floor vote on Thursday.
- An amendment with Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) to strike a provision that would ban double decker transportation of horses across the board. This language is critical to Wyoming’s rodeo industry and would prevent those who work in this field from taking extra semis and requiring an additional driver that they then have to pay to not only transport the horses to and from the destination, but while at the rodeo over the weekend. Democrats on the House Rules Committee voted down this amendment.
- An amendment with Representative David McKinley (R-WV) that adds the text of the Water Quality Certification Improvement Act, which clarifies the scope of section 401 of the Clean Water Act so that certification decisions are made solely on the basis of water quality. Democrats on the House Rules Committee voted down this amendment.
- An amendment with Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA), Steve Scalise (R-LA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Kay Granger (R-TX), Tom Cole (R-OK), Bruce Westerman (R-AR), James Comer (R-KY), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Michelle Steele (R-CA), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Michael Guest (R-MS), Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR), Nancy Mace (R-SC), David McKinley (R-WV), William Timmons (R-SC), Tom Rice (R-SC), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Michael Burgess (R-TX), David Kustoff (R-TN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Glenn Thompson (R-PA), and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) to modernize NEPA to make infrastructure project reviews more efficient and reduce project costs. Democrats on the House Rules Committee voted down this amendment.
As Congress continues to debate infrastructure issues, I will continue to put the needs of Wyoming first while also working to combat efforts from Democrats to prioritize their dangerous policies over common sense proposals to fund key surface transportation projects and advance rural broadband.
The Biden Administration’s Defense Budget Is Woefully Insufficient, Inadequate:
During last week’s House Armed Services Committee hearing on the FY 2022 Budget Request made by the United States Army, I questioned Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth and Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville about how the Biden Administration’s defense budget is insufficient and inadequate to maintain our current capabilities as our adversaries modernize at breathtaking speed.
You can watch my line of questioning here and see the transcript below:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to both our witnesses for being here today. I wanted to talk in a little bit more detail about what we’re seeing in terms of our adversaries’ capabilities. We’ve had multiple testimonies over the course of our posture hearings this year, as we have in previous years, but this year in particular, comments like, “The breathtaking speed with which we were watching the Chinese, for example, modernize” — in the context that we’re seeing adversary capabilities increase, the Biden Administration defense budget is woefully insufficient, inadequate to maintain our own capabilities. In your joint testimony, you said, “While America’s Army maintains a tenuous overmatch, it is fleeting.” And I’d like to ask you first, General McConville. We’ve heard this again year after year, this notion that it’s, you know, “We still got overmatch, but just barely.” Could you explain exactly what you mean by tenuous overmatch and on what basis? I understand in this setting it may be less specificity, but on what basis you feel confident to say, “We still maintain tenuous overmatch?”
GENERAL JAMES McCONVILLE:Yeah, Congresswoman, what I would say is we’re at an inflection point right now. So, the systems that we basically developed in the 80’s, you know, the ‘Big Five’ weapon system, the Abrams and all those type systems, the doctrine we developed, the training centers — all those type things we developed, we’ve incrementally improved over the last 40 years. I think we’re at a point right now where we must transform the Army to put us on a path, to keep us the overmatch we need. So, when I’m talking about — it’s not just the six modernization priorities, which is a ‘31 plus 4’ system, its new doctrine, it’s joint all the main operations of how we’re going to fight as a joint service. And I’ve got to see to combine all the main operations because we’re going to fight with our allies and partners. It’s new organizations we’re building, like the Multi-Domain Task Force that’s going to give us the long range precision effects, long range precision fires that we need to have to penetrate this anti-access area denial capabilities developing. It’s new ways we train. It’s new ways that we bring things on board. And more importantly, it’s a 21st century talent management system where we manage people and compete for people very differently — all those things need to be done. And as we discuss this, people are going to say, “Well, the barracks aren’t this or this.” You know, we are trying to take the money we have and apply it so we are postured the best we can with the money we’ve been given for the future.
REP. CHENEY:Well, I appreciate that, and I think that’s a key point for the American people to understand — that you’re doing the best you can, but at this moment, our adversaries are not facing the same constraints. In a contested environment, General, today, do you think that the Joint Force would have dominance across the entire spectrum?
GENERAL McCONVILLE: I do.
REP. CHENEY:Because two years ago, in 2018, as the Army began to change the doctrine, there was testimony at that time that, in fact, then we would not have. But do you think that we’ve now increased our capacities and our capabilities, that they’ve improved since 2018?
GENERAL McCONVILLE: I think we have. I think we’re on a good path right now, I feel comfortable with the Army we have. I spend a lot of time talking to allies and partners and moving around, and I’ve fought with this Army, and I feel pretty comfortable that we’re on the right path with the Army we have. And again, I think where we’re going is going to give us not the tenuous overmatch, I think it’s going to give us significant overmatch we need for the future.
REP. CHENEY:Well, I would also just urge that we can’t get to that significant overmatch if we don’t have the resources, and time is not on our side. And I appreciated your comments about whole of government, but again, I come back to the notion that deterrence fundamentally requires that our adversaries understand we have the capability and the will — and that’s the military capability and the will. And so, Secretary Wormuth, could you explain how you are thinking about deterrence in new ways, because it seems pretty clear that being able to depend upon overmatch, being able to depend on dominance across every domain, isn’t where we’re headed with this budget. So, what are the new ways you’re thinking about effective deterrence in that world?
SECRETARY CHRISTINE WORMUTH:Congresswoman, I would say a couple of things. First of all, I think one area of overmatch that we have is our relationships with allies and partners. And, you know, I firmly believe that part of our deterrent is going to be signaling clearly that we have friends that China doesn’t have in the theater, for example, who would be willing to be with us. And the Army has put a lot of emphasis and, I think, is well positioned to strengthen and thicken that network of relationships of allies and partners. I think another area that we need to work on and that we are working on with things like our artificial intelligence integration–
REP. CHENEY:My time has expired, Secretary. I look forward to continuing that discussion. I think that there’s no amount of allies, though, that can substitute if we allow our adversaries to get ahead of us from a capability perspective. Thank you.
The Congressional 4-H Caucus:
I recently joined the Congressional 4-H Caucus which works to raise awareness of the impact 4-H is having on young people and communities across the country.
I am proud to join the Congressional 4-H Caucus to continue advocating for the positive impact that 4-H has on youth across Wyoming and the nation. This critical program empowers students with the skills, values, and knowledge to be leaders in our communities. The four ‘H’s’ – head, heart, hands, and health – are great ideals to live by, and I look forward to joining my colleagues in advancing 4-H’s mission in Congress.
The Importance Of Forest Management, Timber Harvesting & More:
I joined Natural Resources Committee Republicans and members of the Congressional Western Caucus last week for a forum on the importance of improved forest management, responsible timber harvesting from our federal forests, and increased sawmill capacity in addressing the recent lumber shortages and skyrocketing prices:
Packer Concentration, Conservation & Carbon Capture:
I recently sat down with the Wyoming Livestock Roundup to discuss my work in Congress on packer concentration, conservation and carbon capture. You can read our conversation at the link below:
- Wyoming Livestock Roundup: “Cheney Addresses Packer Concentration”
I also spoke to the Gillette News Record about efforts to find more uses for Carbon in Powder River Basin so we can support both our energy industry and our overall economy:
- Gillette News Record: “Effort on at all levels to transform PRB into nation’s Carbon Valley”
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney