This week we honored those who have selflessly defended our country in uniform and kept us safe. One of the greatest blessings of this country is that in every generation we have had citizens who have been willing to serve and citizens who have been willing to answer that call. The servicemen and women who put their lives on the line to protect our country represent the very best our Nation has to offer.
Honoring & Thanking Our Veterans:
I was honored to join the Cheyenne American Legion for yesterday’s ceremony honoring Wyoming veterans.
We owe our nation’s veterans a debt of gratitude — today and every day — for protecting the freedoms we hold dear:
Highlighting The Importance Of The Constitution And Rule Of Law At First Amendment Event:
This week, I delivered the keynote address at an event celebrating the First Amendment.
You can watch my full remarks here and see excerpts below:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Shortly after the impeachment back in January, I got a message from a Gold Star Father and he said to me, “Standing up for truth honors all who gave all.” And I think that is something I will certainly never forget and something that I think we all have to remember every day. This task now falls to us and the question for every one of us, not just for those of us who are elected, but for every one of us, is this: In this time of testing, will we do our duty? Will we do what we must? Will we defend our Constitution? Will we stand for truth? Will we put duty to our oath above partisan politics? Or will we look away from the danger, ignore the threat, embrace the lies and enable the liar? There is no gray area when it comes to that question. When it comes to this moment, there is no middle ground.
We are confronting threats globally that are in many ways unparalleled. We’ve watched in the last week as the Chinese have tested a hypersonic weapon. We’ve seen reports come out in just the last few days that they may have a thousand nuclear weapons by 2030. We are seeing a North Korea on the march, Iran on the march, Russia on the march — nations around the world testing America. At precisely this moment we need to make sure that we are unified. We need to ensure that as a nation we are working together to fight to preserve our freedom, to fight to preserve those ideals. And at this moment, when it matters most, we are also confronting a domestic threat that we’ve never faced before: a former president who’s attempting to unravel the foundations of our Constitutional Republic, aided by political leaders who have made themselves willing hostages to this dangerous and irrational man.
Just last night, former President Trump was invited by House Republican leaders to be the keynote speaker at our annual large fundraising dinner. At the dinner, he reportedly said, once again, that the “insurrection was on November 3rd,” and that the events of January 6th — when a violent mob invaded the Capitol in an effort to overturn the will of the American people and stop the constitutional process of the counting of electoral votes — that those events were a “protest,” that they were justified.
Political leaders who sit silent in the face of these false and dangerous claims are aiding a former president who is at war with the rule of law and the Constitution.
I am a conservative Republican. I disagree strongly with nearly everything President Biden has done since he has been in office. His policies are bad for this country. I believe deeply that conservative principles: limited government, low taxes, a strong national defense, the family — the family as the essential building block of our nation and our society, those are the right ideals for this country.
I love my party. I love its history. I love its principles, but I love my country more. I know this nation needs a Republican Party that is based on truth, one that puts forward our ideals and our policies based on substance. One that is willing to reject the former president’s lies. One that is willing to tell the truth: that millions of Americans have been tragically misled by former President Trump, who continues to this day to use language that he knows provoked violence on January 6th. We need a Republican Party that is led by people who remember that the peaceful transfer of power is sacred and it undergirds the very foundations of our Republic. We need Republican leaders who remember that fidelity to the Constitution, fidelity to the rule of law, those are the most conservative of conservative principles.
In the months since January 6th, I have sometimes heard people say something like, “Well, what happened was bad, but it wasn’t that big a deal because our institutions held.” To those people, I say, our institutions do not defend themselves. We the people defend them.
Our institutions held on January 6th because there were brave men and women, elected officials at every level of our government who did their duty, who stood up for what was right, who resisted pressure to do otherwise. And our institutions held because of the bravery of the men and women in law enforcement and in our military, our Capitol Police, some of whom are here with us today, our metropolitan police, the ATF — men and women in law enforcement who defended the most sacred space in our Republic, our Capitol building.
Our institutions held because there were 140 law enforcement officers who fought for hours and held the tunnel on the West front of the Capitol, preventing a violent mob of even more, thousands more, from entering our building. Because of these brave men and women, Congress was safe and we carried out our constitutional duty to count the electoral votes.That is why our institutions held. Because men and women of courage and honor recognized one of the most fundamental principles in a Republic — and that is the principle that no citizen in a Republic is a bystander. No one is. Every one of us is called to defend this great experiment of government of, by and for the people.
In all the history of mankind there has never been a place like America. Our nation is far from perfect, but we know that it is our founding documents, our founding principles, the Constitution, our Bill of Rights, that provide the path forward for freedom and for justice for every one of us — and not just for us, but for all mankind.
We’ve been entrusted with this nation by God and by every generation that has cherished and protected her since our founding. And we have a duty not just to protect and defend the nation, but we have a duty to protect our ideals and our freedoms by safeguarding our history.
As we’ve watched over the last several years, it has become even more clear than ever that American history is lacking in our schools. We have to teach our children what is special about this nation. Our children need to know about the boys of Pointe du Hoc. They need to know about Doolittle’s Raiders, the battles of Midway and Iwo Jima. They need to know about the courage of the young Americans who fought the Nazis at the Battle of the Bulge and the Japanese on Okinawa. They need to learn why America was right to end the war by dropping atomic bombs. And they need to know about the fundamental decency of a nation that established the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. They need to know about the horror of the Holocaust and what it means to promise ‘never again.’ They need to know that once there was an empire that was so evil and so bereft of truth, it had to build a wall to keep its citizens in, and that the free world, led by America, defeated it. And we did that, by the way, on this day in 1989 when the Wall came down. They need to know about the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, the courage of the first responders, and the heroism of the passengers on Flight 93. They need to learn about great men — great men like George C. Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan, and great women like Margaret Thatcher. They need to know what it took to prevail over evil in the 20th Century and what it will take in the 21st. And we must make sure that our children know that it’s the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who defend our freedom and secure it for millions of others as well. Our children need to know that they are citizens of the most powerful, good, and honorable nation in the history of mankind — the exceptional nation. Ordinary Americans have done heroic things to guarantee her survival.
America’s future and the future of freedom for all the world now depends on us. If we do our duty, if we stand for truth, if we put love of country above partisanship, if we honor our oaths, if we conduct ourselves as public servants in a way that is worthy of the sacrifice of the men and women who wear the uniform of this nation, then we will be able to hand this exceptional country with our freedoms secured to our children. And we will be able to say to them, “In our time of testing, we did not falter and we did not fail.” And our children and their children will know we loved our country more.
The Only Way The Republican Party Can Go Forward In Strength Is If We Reject The Lie:
On Sunday, I joined “Fox News Sunday” alongside South Carolina Congressman and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) to discuss being honored by The Panetta Institute for Public Policy as a 2021 recipient of the Jefferson-Lincoln Award.
Watch the discussion here and see excerpts of the transcript below:
CHRIS WALLACE: Congresswoman Cheney, how do you balance being partisan and patriotic?
REP. LIZ CHENEY: You know, I think a lot of it has to do with being focused on substance and recognizing that there are places where we’re going to differ and that we ought to, you know, be engaged in fierce debates about those principles and the differences in substance and policy, but that at the end of the day, we are all Americans. We have to remember that we’re able to have those debates, have those discussions and differences of opinion because we have a firm, solid foundation in our Constitution. Our commitment to the Constitution has got to come above partisanship.
WALLACE: As someone — well, I can’t say that about you Congresswoman, but Congressman Clyburn and I, we’re old-timers. I’ve been in Washington —
REP. CHENEY: Thanks.
WALLACE: I’ve been in Washington I bet longer than you have, 40 years — and, you know, there were always divisions and we always argued about policy. What strikes me that’s different now, and not just now but recent years, is we argue over facts, we argue over the truth. Congresswoman Cheney, there is talk now, talk, that January 6th was a false flag operation. That it was a case of liberals in the deep state setting up conservatives and Trump supporters. Is there any truth to that?
REP. CHENEY: None at all. You know, it’s the same kind of thing that you hear from people who say that 9/11 is an inside job, for example. It’s un-American to be spreading those kinds of lies, and they are lies. We have an obligation that goes beyond partisanship and an obligation that we share, Democrats and Republicans together, to make sure that we understand every single piece of the facts about what happened that day and to make sure that the people who did it are held accountable. To call it a false flag operation to spread those kinds of lies is really dangerous.
WALLACE: Congresswoman Cheney, I suspect one of the reasons that you are being honored is because you spoke out against President Trump after the insurrection, because you are one of the few Republicans who was willing to join the January 6th Committee – the committee investigating what happened. The flip side of that is that you lost your leadership position among House Republicans, you face a tough primary challenge in your state of Wyoming this next year. Why wouldn’t members of both parties look at your example and say, ‘that’s the last thing I want to do?’
REP. CHENEY: Well, I fundamentally believe, Chris, that at the end of the day, the success of this country and the future and the security of our constitutional underpinnings require that there is a recognition that there are sometimes when you do have to say, you know, partisanship has to be put aside. And I think that we’ve got to have two strong parties in this country, and I think the only way the Republican Party can go forward in strength is if we reject the lie, if we reject what happened on January 6th, if we reject the efforts that President Trump made, frankly, to steal the election, and if we tell voters the truth, and if we present ourselves to voters based on substance. I believe firmly in conservative principles and ideals, and I think those are the ones that are right for the nation, but in order to prevail, in order to win elections, we have to remember the most conservative of conservative ideals is embracing the Constitution and the rule of law. And so, I think that at the end of the day, that is much more important than party politics.
Safeguarding Taxpayer Privacy & Promoting Fiscal Responsibility:
I was honored to join Dave Picard and the Wyoming Taxpayers Association Wednesday for their 84th Annual Meeting in Cheyenne for a legislative update.
Amid out-of-control spending and reckless policies, it’s important that we safeguard taxpayer privacy and focus on fiscal responsibility:
Discussing The Importance Of Accounting Education & Fiscal Responsibility:
I enjoyed visiting with Renee Brower, Dustin Kukuchka, Andrew Beyeler, and Stephanie Pickering from the Wyoming Society of CPAs about the importance of accounting education and fiscal responsibility, as well as the burden taxpayers have faced during COVID:
Working With Tribal Leaders To Address The Challenges They Face:
I sat down with Co-Chairman Lee Spoonhunter and Jared White Bull from the Northern Arapaho Business Council.
I’ll continue to work with Tribal Leaders to make sure we’re doing everything possible on a state and federal level to address the challenges they’re facing:
Supporting Our Farmers & Ranchers:
A strong agriculture industry is essential to our communities and our way of life in Wyoming.
It was great to see Rick and Bobbi Maxfield from Lyman and other agriculture leaders for an update on Farm Credit Services programs and the importance of supporting our farmers and ranchers:
Learning About Issues Facing Compounding Pharmacists:
I had a productive meeting with Jenna Scozzafava from Laramie and Richard Johnson from Casper with the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding about the issues facing compounding pharmacists and ways to help them continue to deliver quality care to patients in Wyoming:
Helping To Strengthen Retirement Security For Military Spouses & Small Business Employees:
I enjoyed meeting with John Shade and Patti Hickerson from Edward Jones Wyoming Grassroots in Lander about ways to help strengthen retirement security for military spouses and employees of small businesses in Wyoming:
Hearing About Impacts On Theater Revenues In Local Communities:
It was great meeting with Bill Campbell from Orpheum Theater in Sheridan and Mark O’Meara from University Malls Theaters to hear from them about exclusive theatrical release windows and the impact they have on theater revenues in our local communities:
Fiscal Responsibility Legislation Passes The House:
Legislation I co-sponsored to promote greater transparency of our country’s financial health passed the House of Representatives by voice vote. The bill, H.Con.Res. 44, the “Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution,” would require the Comptroller General to present the Financial Report of the United States Government to an annual joint hearing of the House and Senate Budget Committees, open to all Members of Congress.
I was proud to co-sponsor this commonsense resolution and am glad that the House has taken action to pass it. Instead of ignoring our national debt and ramming through trillions of dollars in runaway spending, we must focus on fiscal responsibility and getting our spending under control. Our growing debt will not only harm future generations who will be forced to foot the bill, but will endanger our economic and national security. I hope requiring the Comptroller General to present annually on our nation’s fiscal situation will ensure Congress can’t ignore the fiscal realities of our growing national debt.
You can find the full text of the resolution here.
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney