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Friends,

Yesterday marked one year since President Biden was sworn in as President of the United States. Over the past year, I’ve introduced legislation to push back against the Biden Administration’s destructive policies that have been harmful to our economy, our energy and agriculture industries, and our national security. I will continue to push back against these dangerous policies and advocate for our shared values and beliefs in Washington.

Emphasizing Detrimental Effects Of Biden’s Energy Policies On Wyoming & Highlighting Legislation To Protect Fossil Fuel Industry:

On Wednesday, I spoke at a forum focused on holding the Biden Administration accountable for skyrocketing prices and failing energy policies hosted by the Congressional Western Caucus and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Republicans.

During the forum, I discussed the Biden Administration’s harmful policies that threaten our energy security and Wyoming’s economy. Additionally, I questioned Ms. Kathleen Sgamma, President of the Western Energy Alliance (WEA), about steps Congress can take to fight back against these devastating policies.

You can watch our exchange here and see the transcript below: 

REP. LIZ CHENEY: Thank you so much, Dan. Thanks to you for hosting this and to Jody as well, and to Ralph, thank you for your efforts, and thank you for drawing attention to this critically important issue. I was pleased to hear Kathleen mention the University of Wyoming study, and the job losses we’ve seen from the Biden Administration’s policies. And it’s really, as you all have been discussing, a devastating situation, particularly for us in Wyoming where we’re first in natural gas production on federal lands, second in federal oil production– the millions of dollars that we’re seeing already in lost revenues, the fact that we’re seeing some of the producers say they’re going to indefinitely pause their operations on federal lands. And we know that this is very much an effort by the Biden Administration to end completely– I think to end fossil fuels. They are beginning this process by ending leasing and production on federal lands every possible way they can. And it’s really unfortunate that we’ve found ourselves in a situation where, you know, the things that we all have been saying that we knew would happen, sadly, are happening. And we lived through this, to some extent, during the Obama Administration when there was a similar effort made. I think this is even more dangerous now because, frankly, they’re building on things that were done in the past. And I think that the efforts are going to require us– now that we’ve gone from a position where we’re energy independent to a position where we no longer are, to a position where we’re seeing inflation, we’re seeing these rising prices at the pump, and the really detrimental energy policies. I’d be interested in hearing from our witnesses, based upon some of the lessons that we learned when we went from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration policies on energy, and the benefits that those brought. If you look now at where we are, and certainly we in Congress are going to continue to fight and introduce legislation. I’ve introduced legislation, for example, that would prohibit bans on oil and gas leasing on public lands, that would maintain royalty rates at 12.5%. But if you look at what we can do now, what would you say are some of the most effective things we can do now to make sure that we’re fighting against these policies, and that we’re prepared to make sure that the industry can recover as effectively as possible? Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future once we have better policies, better leadership in place. Maybe I’ll go to Kathleen for that question initially.
 
MS. KATHLEEN SGAMMA: Thank you, Congresswoman, I really appreciate it. You know, luckily, the Build Back Better Act didn’t pass, the House version, because I honestly don’t see how anybody could operate on new leases with all the provisions there. So, I do think that it’s really positive that that didn’t happen. But we expect to see the Administration do rulemaking to do several of the things that were in there, like raise royalty rates, rents, bonuses, adding in a new nomination fee. And so, there’s all these additional costs that they’re planning to put in place, which I’m not sure if we can stop that rulemaking. But I think it was effective during the Trump Administration. And to some extent, it’s not positive because we have this whiplash between different administrations. But there were rules put in place during the Trump Administration that did rescind some of these harmful rulemakings. And so, I would hope that we can do that in the future. But I’m not sure there’s a lot we can do with how gridlocked Congress is to stop them from moving forward with increasing costs on federal lands. That has been one of their big priorities, and I’m not sure that I have a simple solution for stopping that. 
 
REP. CHENEY: Well, I think it’s just such a critically important issue. I think what you all are doing in terms of helping to educate the public about the benefits of American fossil fuels, as you’ve said, they’re the cleanest in the world. And certainly, you know, when you look at what we’re dealing with now, in terms of Russia, on the verge of invading Ukraine, and the fact that we’ve, you know, now the Biden Administration has given the go ahead for Nord Stream 2 but is preventing us from developing and continuing to build our own pipelines here at home just makes no sense at all. Thank you very much for the opportunity to be with you today. Thank you for your participation, and we’ll certainly all, I know, keep fighting on behalf of what really are national treasures, our American fossil fuels. And thank you very much for the opportunity, I appreciate it.

Letter To USDA To Expand The Availability Of Meat Inspectors:

On Tuesday, 23 of my House colleagues and I sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to expand the availability of meat inspectors.

This letter comes in addition to legislation I sponsored last year that would allow state-inspected meat to be sold across state lines, allowing ranchers and livestock producers to get their product to the open marketplace which would expand supply and bring down costs. This week’s letter was sent in response to the Biden Administration’s plan to increase competition in the meat and poultry supply chain as the price of meat and poultry continues to burden American consumers.

The full letter can be read here and seen below:

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The President Must Lead In Countering Russia; The Current Approach Represents “Complete Incompetence”:

I joined “The Guy Benson Show” on Fox News Radio yesterday to discuss President Biden’s failed leadership when it comes to countering Russian aggression, and attempts by elected officials in both parties to attempt to delegitimize our electoral processes. 

Listen to the full interview here and see relevant portions of the transcript below:

GUY BENSON:So, very bad things coming for Russia if they invade, but it kind of depends on the nature of the invasion. If it’s just a ‘minor incursion,’ well that might not be exactly bad enough to get everyone in line to do the harsh punishments that he’s been talking about and the West has now been threatening for weeks and weeks and weeks. This word, this ‘minor incursion ‘ phrase, landed like a lightning bolt– just like a thunderbolt in Kiev and Ukraine. Immediately their government was putting out statements, talking to reporters. They were shocked that Biden said that. The President of Ukraine put out a statement saying there’s no such thing as a ‘minor incursion’ or like a minor loss of life in our sovereign territory. I just wonder, Congresswoman, how you felt when you heard the President saying the things that we’ve just played back for you?

REP. LIZ CHENEY:Well, Guy, it is complete, strategic incompetence — just complete, and it’s incredibly damaging. The President of the United States is not, you know, a MSNBC analyst. The President of the United States has to lead. The President of the United States needs to make clear, in no uncertain terms, that if Putin takes a step that threatens the sovereignty of Ukraine, if Putin invades, that he will be met with swift and overwhelming force in response. That is what deterrence is all about. When the President of the United States stands and, on live television, and contemplates, you know, ‘Well, it might be a minor incursion,’ — it’s just complete incompetence. And the reason it’s dangerous is because it leads to miscalculation, because it leads to our adversaries thinking, you know, ‘Well if the President of the United States is not willing to stand for our allies and is not willing to play the role that the United States must play globally to ensure the defense of freedom, to ensure territorial sovereignty, to ensure that we keep our commitments,’ then our adversaries will miscalculate and are our allies will think they can’t count on us. And so, I just, you know, it was certainly one of those moments where the President really absolutely failed to do what a President of the United States needs to do in the circumstances that we’re currently facing.

BENSON:Yeah, the President of the United States – any President of the United States – is arguably the number one shaper of events in the world and not some bystander saying, ‘oh gosh, if I had to guess, he’ll probably do this and it kind of depends on if it’s a major incursion or a minor incursion, and we don’t really don’t have our house in order over with NATO, so let’s just see what he does.’ I mean, you say that Putin could maybe miscalculate. I guess maybe this is my cynical side…would it be a miscalculation to assume that this would be meant with weakness? Or would that just be, perhaps, the correct calculation that Biden has just, sort of, let out of the bag?

REP. CHENEY:Look, I think that this American foreign policy has been completely mismanaged, and I think partly what we’re seeing is a result of the Biden Administration’s catastrophic decision in Afghanistan. We’re seeing, you know, globally an assessment that’s being made that you can’t count on the United States. And your point is exactly right, and I think this notion of, you know, the American President thinking that he’s a bystander. We have that problem across the board. We’re living in a moment where our nation faces serious crises and serious challenges from a national security perspective, from a domestic perspective, from a constitutional perspective, and we have a lot of elected officials across the board in both parties right now who think they’re bystanders, who seem not to recognize and understand the seriousness of these issues. Not to understand that they’ve got an obligation and a duty to lead, and certainly the President of the United States is foremost among those who must be absolutely clear, you know, America’s security, America’s freedom depends upon American strength, and power, and leadership globally, and we cannot afford a situation where America suddenly decides that adversaries, with a show of force, are going to be able to set the rules of the road for the world going forward. That’s not a world in which we can be secure.



BENSON: Last question on this subject though, Congresswoman. There’s a school of thought, a lot of Americans across the spectrum might ask the question, ‘Why should we care about Russia and Ukraine? Why, and it’s not really our fight and we’d like to be on the side of freedom and, you know, I guess we’re sort of with Ukraine, but why should we bother to get all whipped up over potentially, sort of, a regional struggle far away?’

REP. CHENEY: Because it matters to the United States, it matters to our freedom, and it matters to our security that we lead in the world. And when we’ve made commitments, when we have someone like Putin who’s attempting to bully us, he’s attempting to force us to end our policy of accepting new members into NATO, who’s attempting to force us to walk away from commitments that we’ve made to NATO members, from commitments that we’ve made to Ukraine. He’s attempting to use force in order to redraw the map of Europe and to have his way, both, you know, through military force, through economic blackmail, through cyber attacks, through a whole range of actions, bad actions. Those who believe that the United States of America can simply withdraw from the world and can simply sit back in isolationism, hope for the best, are badly mistaken and it’s a lesson that we’ve learned throughout history. And the reality in the current situation is that the Biden Administration has completely misunderstood and miscalculated and failed to conduct any kind of effective deterrence. The bottom line here is deterrence. You don’t want to be in a situation where you are compelled to use force, but your adversaries need to understand that you have the capability and the will to defend your interests and your ally.

BENSON:What was your reaction watching that play out and watching this incoherent response from the Democrats at least flirting with this stuff openly?

REP. CHENEY:It’s utterly irresponsible and they ought to stop it. You know, we have a situation where America’s adversaries have attempted to delegitimize our elections process. You know, the Chinese government, for example, makes claims that democracy can’t work, it can’t function, it can’t reflect the will of the people. We have all certainly watched what happened over the course of the last year when former President Trump made claims that the election was stolen, made false claims of election fraud, inspired people, incited people to violence on the basis of those claims. And the President of the United States and elected officials have a responsibility to affirm public trust in our elections. Elected officials in both parties have a responsibility to do that. We can work together to find ways to ensure that our elections are as free and fair as possible. Certainly, there are ways to improve our election process. There are ways that we can do that on a bipartisan basis, but the notion that any elected official would be questioning whether or not the 2022 election outcome is going to be fair, that would be attempting to delegitimize those elections, is acting in a highly irresponsible manner that is, again, dangerous to our democratic system. And they ought to all stop it. And we ought to come together and say, ‘What do we need to do to make sure January 6th never happens again, and how do we find reforms that we can agree on a bipartisan basis that do not do what the Democrats’ reforms have tried to do, which is federalize our elections process?’ We’ve got to respect states’ rights, we’ve got to respect the Constitution, we need at every moment to make sure we’re doing things like – we ought to be protecting poll watchers, we ought to be making sure people aren’t subject to pressure. I believe we ought to have Voter ID. I believe we ought to look at what we can do to reform the Electoral Count Act. There are important reforms that can be made, but they need to be made responsibly.



BENSON:The President admitted that he didn’t reach out to any Republicans on this issue, on the actual working together. It seems like that was not the priority. What they wanted was a partisan power grab. Last word to you on that point, Congresswoman.

REP. CHENEY:Look, and if you look at what’s happening in the Senate you actually do have Democrats and Republicans who would like to work together — in the House as well. But in the Senate, you know, Leader Schumer won’t advance those reforms that there could be bipartisan agreement on. Instead they’re putting forward these massive bills that resemble, you know, H.R. 1, that the Democrats passed in the House that present fundamental, I believe, you know, constitutionally questionable reforms that at the end of the day, you know, they pass on a partisan basis because, in my view, they federalize elections, they take power away from the states, they give authority to a Federal Election Commission that can no longer be balanced.

BENSON:And the White House did not reach out to you on this ‘working together’ stuff?

REP. CHENEY:No.

BENSON:They did not.

REP. CHENEY:They have not. They have not.

Fighting For The Unborn:

We have a moral obligation to stand up for the unborn and the sanctity of life.

I’m honored to receive an A+ rating on the Susan B. Anthony List National Pro-Life Scorecard for my commitment to pro-life legislation in Congress.

I’m proudly pro-life and will continue to fight every day for the most vulnerable among us.

Pushing Back Against Harmful Regulations Targeting Our Agriculture Community:

I enjoyed meeting with Keith Kennedy, Derek Jackson, and Casey Madsen from the Wyoming Wheat Growers Association.

I’ll continue to advocate for our agriculture community and push back against erroneous Washington regulations like WOTUS and 30×30 that will harm our state.

Supporting Educational Freedom & Letting Parents Choose What Is Best For Their Children:

I enjoyed visiting with Brenna and Ezekiel Lowry from Cheyenne this week. 

I will always support educational freedom and ensuring that parents have the flexibility to do what is best for their children.

Letter Urging The Biden Administration To Withdraw From Talks To Return To Failed Iran Nuclear Deal:

Last week, I joined 109 of my House Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the Biden Administration to immediately withdraw from talks in Vienna to return to the failed Iran Nuclear Deal:

You can read the full letter here and below:

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney

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