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Friends,

We continue to witness efforts by the Biden Administration to push their dangerous agenda and increase the size of the federal government. As your Representative in Congress, I will continue to oppose these efforts and fight for our shared beliefs.

Updated Legislation To Open New Markets For State-Inspected Meat:

On Tuesday, I introduced legislation to update a bill I introduced this past March that would allow state-inspected meat to be sold across state lines. 

The new language, which can be read here, ensures that all products have an identification number and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is able to access that information to ensure product traceability.

As I’ve emphasized previously, this bill is important because we have to be doing everything in our power to allow ranchers and livestock producers to get their product to the open marketplace. Not only will this legislation help these producers move additional product and boost their bottom line, but it will increase the supply for consumers, leading to more reasonable costs and helping the economy as a whole while ensuring the meat going to market is safe. I will always look for areas where we can cut unnecessary government red-tape and empower the free market to do what it does best, which is generate capital and open more doors for those in the private sector.

In addition to this updated version and the legislation that I introduced earlier this year, I also introduced a similar bill in 2020 during the 116th Congress. As with the bill introduced earlier this year, this legislation has the support of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Farm Bureau, R-CALF USA, and the United States Cattleman’s Association.

Wyoming, Not Washington, Should Make Decisions When It Comes To The Gray Wolf And The ESA:

This week, we learned that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the initiation of a review on the Gray Wolf in an effort to re-list it under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Efforts from the radical environmentalist left to relist the Gray Wolf demonstrate the importance of reforming the Endangered Species Act once and for all. In Wyoming and across the West, we know that the species has successfully been recovered and that states have demonstrated their proficiency to manage the species. 

Activists should not be able to take advantage of the ESA’s loopholes. We must update this law to prevent this from happening and ensure that local stakeholders and states, as opposed to the federal government, are calling the shots when it comes to these decisions. I will continue to fight for needed reforms to the ESA to protect the people and interests of Wyoming.

Wyoming’s Effective State Management Proves The Grizzly Bear Should Be Delisted:

On Thursday, Governor Gordon announced a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear and give the state of Wyoming management over the population.

I commend Governor Gordon for filing a petition to require the Biden Administration to delist the GYE grizzly bear and allow Wyoming to manage the population.

The intention of the Endangered Species Act was good, but the implementation has been ineffective and the law is in dire need of reform. As we have seen with the grizzly bear, the federal government has continued to move the goalposts and unnecessarily prolong its delisting, even though the species has been fully-recovered for nearly two decades. 

In Wyoming and across the West, we have witnessed effective state management resulting in the recovery of the grizzly bear population. It is imperative that the federal government adhere to the work being done on the ground by local stakeholders and empower them to manage these populations without interference.

As I’ve emphasized before through legislation and letters, I remain committed to the delisting of the grizzly bear, and I look forward to continuing these efforts in Washington.

During the 117th Congress, I have taken the following action to emphasize the importance of reforming the ESA and push for the delisting of the grizzly bear:

  • I introduced HR 1403: Grizzly Bear State Management Act of 2021 — Requires the Department of the Interior to remove the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem population of grizzly bears from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife.
  • I co-signed a letter to Interior Secretary Haaland questioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s assessment to maintain the grizzly bear listing as threatened and requesting DOI answer questions regarding their recent species assessment even though in the GYE area they have met their recovery criteria.  

Op-Ed In The Washington Times: Biden Should Not Remove Uranium From Critical Minerals List:

I recently published an op-ed in The Washington Times outlining the importance of uranium in preserving our national security and energy security, and highlighted why the Biden Administration should not remove it from the critical minerals list:

The Washington Times: Biden, Environmental Extremists Undermine U.S. Energy Independence
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)
September 2, 2021

Since taking office, President Biden and his Administration have caved to extremists on the environmentalist left and sought to undermine the U.S.’s domestic energy production. Not only is this devastating for our economy and for the families who rely on a thriving American energy industry, but it’s dangerous for our national security. Producing less energy at home means that we are forced to rely on our adversaries for these critical resources, emboldening them and weakening our global standing as they attempt to undermine our interests.
 
Already this year, the United States hit a 10-year high for imports of Russian oil. Instead of working to reverse this disturbing trend, the Biden Administration is threatening to take steps to remove uranium from the critical minerals list. This would be a dangerous and misguided decision. Uranium is a vital component to both our national security and energy security and it’s essential that it remains on the list so we can spur production of this mineral domestically.
 
According to a 2018 U.S. Geological Survey, “U.S. sourced uranium will be needed in the future to meet defense requirements.” This mineral is also essential to our naval propulsion program and nuclear deterrence, as well as the many modular reactors powering our fleet of aircraft carriers. It is imperative that these national security assets be fueled by uranium that is not subject to the restriction and regulation of foreign nations.
 
On top of that, tritium production at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) also requires U.S.-developed uranium, as does the continued fueling of other modular and micro-reactors currently in use by our military. The security and resiliency of domestically produced uranium would provide the option of additional power sources for military facilities and would help to level the playing field against the production of this mineral by foreign vendors. Without renewed federal investment in a healthy nuclear fuel cycle and infrastructure that includes domestic uranium production, we risk jeopardizing defense capabilities and giving deference to adversaries in the face of the emerging military technologies.
 
Supporting uranium also benefits our energy industry. The same USGS report cited above also emphasizes the importance of ensuring, “a reliable supply of fuel for the 94 commercial nuclear power reactors that supply about 20 percent of U.S. electricity.” Since domestic uranium production has almost completely idled, the source of uranium for these reactors has increasingly become foreign state-owned entities. In fact, price insensitive imports from Russia and its allies are now approaching half of U.S. reactor demand and China is aggressively expanding its own share of global uranium markets. This significant import reliance is another reason why uranium must be revived domestically, and that starts with keeping it on the critical minerals list.
 
To preserve our national security and our energy security, we must advance policies that support the nuclear fuel cycle. Restoring and securing American uranium production is required if we are going to succeed in this mission, and keeping it as a resource on the critical minerals list will go a long way to attaining that goal.
 
Removing it, as the Biden Administration is proposing, is another sign that they are willing to bend to the whims of environmental groups at the expense of our interests. We cannot continue to rely on unfriendly nations that leverage energy dominance for geopolitical influence. Removing uranium from the critical minerals list would only exacerbate this disturbing trend. 

You Can Read The Full Op-Ed Here.

Speaking With KTWO’s Katelyn O’Shaughnessy In Casper About 30×30 Legislation:

I caught up with KTWO’s Katelyn O’Shaughnessy in Casper to discuss my new legislation to push back against the Biden Administration’s 30×30 initiative that could have serious consequences for our state.

You can watch our discussion here:

Additionally, 30×30 would be devastating for Wyoming ranchers and landowners. This piece of legislation is focused on pushing back against the Biden Administration’s reckless proposed land grab to protect private property and our ag industry. You can read more about my legislation in the below piece by the Sublette Examiner:

Letter Calling On The Biden Administration Not To Lift Sanctions On The Taliban:

On Tuesday, I joined my colleagues in calling on the Biden Administration not to lift sanctions on the Taliban regime. President Biden’s withdrawal has been a catastrophe, leaving Americans behind at the mercy of a terrorist state.

The full letter can be read here and seen below:

UN Taliban Sanctions
UN Taliban Sanctions Signatures
UN Taliban Sanctions Signatures Continued

Expressing Concern For Future Of Afghan Women:

On Monday, I joined Representatives Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Stephanie Bice (R-OK), and Lisa McClain (R-MI), members of the House Armed Services Committee, in expressing concern for the future of Afghan women.

The bright future for generations of Afghan women has now been extinguished by the Taliban’s return to power. Female politicians, journalists, mothers, and school-aged girls now fear for their safety.

The Taliban has not changed – they are still the brutish and repulsive terrorists they were twenty years ago. Last week, the Taliban murdered a pregnant policewoman in front of her family. Just a few months ago, the Taliban attacked a school in Kabul, killing at least 90 people, many of them young girls just leaving class. Last month, it was reported that the Taliban captured the district governor of Charkint, Salima Mazari. In the recent weeks since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Taliban leaders have warned women to stay at home for their safety from Taliban militants, formed a government absent any female representation, barred women from entering schools and their places of work, and broken up peaceful demonstrations by brave Afghan women with gunfire, arrests, and beatings.

It is unacceptable and abhorrent that women who now seek to serve in public office or want to receive an education in Afghanistan will face either punishment or death. Under Taliban control, women are stripped of any rights and face forced ‘marriage’ to terrorists who rape them – there is a human toll to this withdrawal that will be felt for generations.

The legacy of our nation’s first female Vice President will include the abandonment of Afghan women – leaving them at the hands of a barbaric terrorist organization. The worst part is that this was all avoidable.

We have worked for 20 years to secure these basic human rights for Afghan women, and we cannot allow them to be stripped away once more. The Biden-Harris Administration must acknowledge the brutal human rights atrocities being committed by the Taliban against Afghan women. The Biden-Harris Administration must commit that no taxpayer money or foreign aid will go to the Taliban regime and make it clear that the United States will never give official recognition to the terrorist Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Sixteen Amendments To FY22 NDAA; Twelve Included In Bill That Will Go To House Floor:

I offered sixteen amendments to the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was marked up recently in the House Armed Services Committee. Twelve of those amendments were adopted, with two of them passing the Committee by voice vote and ten of them being adopted en bloc.

After the bill was marked up, the full Committee voted 57-2 to advance it to the House floor. 

Of my sixteen proposed amendments, one would establish a bipartisan commission to offer a transparent look at what happened throughout the War in Afghanistan and examine the lessons that can be learned. The full language of that amendment, which was adopted by voice vote, can be read here and video of my introduction of it as well as a transcript of my remarks is available below:

REP. LIZ CHENEY: Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Chairman, as many of my colleagues have noted this evening, the work of this committee is most effective and best when we work in a bipartisan fashion, and this committee deals with issues that are more consequential and graver and potentially perilous than any other committee in the Congress. The extent to which we first went into Afghanistan 20 years ago, after we were attacked on 9/11, and for 20 years, the men and women in uniform who served there kept us safe — prevented future further mass-casualty attacks from the territory of Afghanistan. However, over the course of those 20 years, certainly, we have seen scenes of real devastation. We’ve seen mistakes, we’ve seen things that worked and worked well. We’ve also seen things that failed. And as a nation, having the ability to deal in a serious way with serious issues in a bipartisan way with these serious issues is crucial for us going forward. My amendment proposes the establishment of a bipartisan commission, modeled after the National Defense Strategy Commission that was in the 2017 NDAA. Again, totally bipartisan. Begins in 1996, when the Taliban first took control in Afghanistan, and runs all the way up through the withdrawal of forces over the course of the last few weeks. It requires an analysis — both of the tactical and strategic conduct of the war, and of the lessons learned, and the lessons learned across the whole array of challenges we face. So, I would urge my colleagues to support the establishment of this commission to ensure that we’re able as a nation to go forward. Again, not in a partisan manner — we have very different and strongly held views about the war, about what went right and what went wrong, but the nation deserves a transparent look at what happened and the lessons that we need to learn going forward. With that, I yield back.

In addition, see below for further details on the specifics of the amendments I proposed during the Committee’s mark up: 

Amendments Introduced By Rep. Cheney Adopted By Voice Vote:

  • #1268, Cheney: Commission on Afghanistan. 
    • This amendment establishes a bipartisan commission to offer a transparent look at what happened throughout the War in Afghanistan and examine the lessons that can be learned.
  • #931, Cheney: Prohibition on the Reduction of The Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles of The United States. 
    • This amendment prohibits the Department of Defense from reducing the quantity of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles of the United States to a number less than 400

Amendments Introduced By Rep. Cheney Adopted En Bloc:

  • #1393, Cheney: Expressing support for the designation of November 21, 2021, as the “National Warrior Call Day” and recognizing the importance of connecting our warriors with support structures necessary to transitioning from the battlefield.
  • #1371, Cheney: Report on the Progress and Development of ICBM Silos in Eastern XinJiang, Gansu, and Jinlantai Provinces.
  • #1289, Cheney: Defense Security Cooperation Agency briefing on lessons learned from the failure of the ANSF and partner forces with less capable security forces.
  • #1286, Cheney: NGSW Acquisition Strategy to Field Best Performing Magazines.
  • #1265, Cheney: Quarterly Report on the Threat Potential of Al-Qaeda and Related Terrorist Groups under a Taliban Regime in Afghanistan. 
    • This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report quarterly on the threat potential of Al-Qaeda and related terrorist groups under a Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
    #1262, Cheney: Report on Security of Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal.
  • #1012, Cheney: Sense of Congress Regarding the Next Generation Interceptor program.
  • #938, Cheney: Directs the Secretary of the Air Force to develop a cost estimate with respect to re-alerting long-range bombers in the absence of a ground-based leg of the nuclear triad.
  • #937, Cheney: Procurement Authority for Certain Parts of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent Cryptographic Device.
  • #934, Cheney: Certification of Readiness of Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.

Amendments Offered And Withdrawn By Rep. Cheney:

  • #1369, Cheney: China’s use of rules of origin intended to benefit countries eligible for African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
  • #1348, Cheney: Prohibition on funding for security or defense related aid and assistance programs in Afghanistan under the Taliban Regime.
  • #1266, Cheney: Prohibition on funding for Afghanistan.

Amendments Offered By Rep. Cheney And Not Adopted By Committee:

  • #1506, Cheney: Restores funds for stockpile sustainment/strikes B83 SLE extension.

I’m pleased that a number of my amendments were adopted in the House Armed Services Committee’s NDAA markup to bolster our national security. For more on my amendments, see the below story from K2 Radio:

  • K2 Radio: “Cheney Gets Several Amendments Included in Latest NDDA”

Letter Supporting SWOT’s Proposal To Improve Public Access & Allow For ORVs At Fossil Butte:

Southwest Wyoming Off-Road Trails has worked tirelessly to link communities, historical sites, and off-road trails in Uinta County.

I recently joined Senator Barrasso and Senator Lummis in sending a letter of support for SWOT’s proposal to improve public access and allow for ORVs at Fossil Butte.

The full letter can be read here and seen below:

SWOT Congressional Letter of Support
SWOT Congressional Letter of Support Signatures

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney

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