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Friends,

Vladimir Putin has launched an unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine. America and our allies must immediately impose the full set of crippling sanctions on Russia and its leaders. Putin’s decision to return to Soviet-style aggression against Russia’s neighbors cannot be tolerated by the free world. There is no excuse for praising or appeasing Putin. If America fails to lead decisively, the vacuum will be filled by the kind of brutal tyranny we are seeing on display in Ukraine.

America Must Make Clear That We Will Defend Our Allies:

Last week, I sat down with Will Silverstein of “Good Morning Wyoming” in-studio to discuss the crisis on the Ukrainian-Russian border, the work being done by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, and more.

Watch the full interview here and see an excerpt of the transcript below:

WILL SILVERSTEIN: There’s been sort of these growing voices about, you know, “Why is it our obligation to defend Ukraine?” You know, we’ve seen similar remarks made by the left over the years. But what’s changed, I guess, in that regard? Or why should we still be committed to Ukraine? 
 
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Yeah, I sometimes hear people say, you know, “We should be focused on our own border and not the Ukrainian-Russian border.” We absolutely need to be focused on our own border, there’s no question, and the Biden Administration with respect to our own border, is absolutely failing to carry out the policies that they should to secure the border. But the reality is, in the world we live in today, the choice is: are you going to live in a world where America and the nations that support freedom and support the liberal ideals on which our nation was founded, in which those nations set the rules of the road? Or you’re going to live in a world where Russia and China set the rules of the road? China would like nothing more than to be able to create a global surveillance state — that’s what they’re trying to do. They’ve allied themselves very closely with Russia. And America stands for something. We stand for freedom, we stand for the notion that people ought to be able to have self-determination. And we worked with NATO, the most successful alliance, I think, in history, to ensure that the nations of Europe could be free. And it’s very important that we stand by those commitments now. Our own freedom here at home depends upon the freedom — the fact that we will defend and stand for freedom around the world.

Fighting To Make Sure Our Ag & Energy Industries Have A Voice In Washington:

I sat down with Haley Roedder of “Wyoming News Now” in the KCWY studio to discuss my work representing Wyoming’s interests and pushing back against the dangerous policies coming out of the Biden Administration.

Watch the full interview here and see the transcript below:

HALEY ROEDDER: As our sole Representative in the House, what are you doing to make sure that this is known, that this is something that Wyoming is passionate about — is making sure that you know, these resources are able to use and that we’re able to continue to be an influence in this country?
 
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Yeah, well, it’s a combination of things. It’s introducing legislation — I’ve introduced legislation, for example, that would allow the sale of meat across state lines that is inspected in state inspection facilities, that would really help to relieve some of the burden on our ag industry and on our producers. I’ve also introduced legislation that focuses on telehealth. You know, we certainly saw during the pandemic, some of the restrictions were lifted in terms of reimbursement for telehealth services, we need to continue those. We need to make sure that those are permanently lifted so people can get access to their doctors, and they don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to do so. You know, I’ve also been working very closely with a number of my colleagues on issues like healthy forest management, making sure that we are pushing to have policies implemented that actually result in the kind of forest management that we need, that’s not going to create a situation where we see wildfire spreading across the West as we have or we see our ranchers not able to graze in our national forests or on our public lands. So, it’s a combination of legislation and working with the Administration to fight back against the dangerous things that they’re doing, to make sure they understand the impact it has on us here in Wyoming, and working to get much better policies implemented.

Meeting With The Next Generation Of Wyoming Leaders:

I had a very good discussion in Laramie with students in the ASUW Student Government. They are the next generation of leaders and are dedicated to making a positive impact on Wyoming and our country.

Learning How UW’s School Of Energy Resources Is Working To Meet The Needs Of Wyoming’s Energy Industry:

The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources has done impressive work using cutting edge education, research, and technology to meet the needs of Wyoming’s energy industry. 

Thanks to UW Energy Resources’ Holly Krutka and Scott Quillinan for a great educational visit and update! 

Supporting Wyoming Ranchers:

Thank you to the Wyoming Stock Growers Association for all you do to strengthen our rural and agriculture communities every day.
 
It was great to catch up with WSGA to discuss legislative priorities to support our ranchers in Wyoming.

Urging USDA To Prioritize The Health Of The Black Hills National Forest And Its Timber Sale Program:

Last week, I joined Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), John Thune (R-SD), and Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern with the U.S. Forest Service’s plans to reduce the timber sale program for the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF). We also urged the Forest Service to expedite treatment of the BHNF, which would help maintain the timber sale program that plays a critical role in keeping the forest healthy and supporting the local economy.

The full letter can be read here and seen below:

Talking About Important Issues Facing Wyoming & Our Nation:

I had a wonderful visit in Torrington and enjoyed sitting down with The Torrington Telegram to talk about my visit with local businesses, legislation that I’ve recently introduced, and other issues important to Wyoming. 

You can read more about my visit here and see some photos from the visit below:

Touring Torrington Community Hospital & Seeing The New Services Keeping SE Wyoming Healthy:

A big thanks to the amazing staff and to CEO Zach Miller for showing me around the recently completed expansion project at Torrington Community Hospital. These new services are important to keeping our communities in southeast Wyoming healthy.

Seeing First-Hand The Positive Impact Evergreen Plaza Is Having On Their Community:

Honored to visit Evergreen Plaza, the new assisted living center in Torrington, with Paul Novack. I enjoyed meeting with the staff and seeing first-hand the positive impact they’ve made on the community by allowing residents to remain local and close to their family and friends.

Discussing The Important Role of PILT & SRS Programs In Our Communities:

So honored to join the National Association of Counties for the annual NACo Legislative Conference last week. 

I enjoyed the engaging discussion with Sublette County Commissioner Joel Bousman about the important role PILT and SRS programs play in our rural communities. Thanks for having me!

Pushing Back Against The Bad Policies Coming From The Biden Administration:

I had a productive meeting with County Commissioner Espy, County Commissioner Bousman, and WCCA Counsel Bailey Brennan.

Great to see these local leaders and to give an update on legislation I’ve introduced to push back against the bad policies we’re seeing from the Biden Administration.

Hearing About The Important Resources Local YMCAs Provide Our Communities:

Great discussion with representatives from the Natrona County, Sheridan County, and Johnson County YMCAs about the work of local Ys and the important resources they provide to meet the social, educational, and wellness needs of our communities.

Letter Emphasizing Congress’s Role In Any New Deal With Iran:

I joined over 160 of my House Republican colleagues last week in a letter urging the Biden Administration to ensure that Congress has a role in any new nuclear agreement with Iran. The letter highlights the flaws of the Obama-era Iran agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and states that we will:

  • Oppose any agreement that lifts U.S. sanctions on the Iranian regime without first verifying Iran has accounted for its nuclear capabilities, dismantled its enrichment capabilities, halted its support for terrorists, and released all U.S. prisoners.
  • View any agreement not ratified by the Senate as non-binding.
  • Work to reimpose and strengthen any terrorism, missile or human rights sanctions lifted, suspended or otherwise weakened by such an agreement.
  • Investigate whether President Biden’s dependency on the Russians to revive the Iranian nuclear deal is weakening our deterrent posture with the Russians in Ukraine and other areas of the world. 

The full letter can be read here and seen below:

Calling On President Biden To Reaffirm Commitment To Ground-Based Missiles:

I recently joined ten of my House Republican colleagues in writing to President Biden to demand answers about whether the Administration is considering re-imposing limits on U.S. ground-based missiles in Europe and the Indo-Pacific.

The letter comes after China and Russia issued a joint statement calling on the U.S. to, “abandon its plans to deploy intermediate-range and shorter-range ground-based missiles in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe,” and after U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman recently said that putting restrictions on ground-based fires was “worth considering.”

The full letter can be read here and seen below:

Please follow this newsletter for continued updates about my work in Washington on behalf of the great people of Wyoming.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney

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