From my family to yours, I hope you all have a blessed and happy Easter!
Honoring Thyra Thomson:
Thyra Thomson was a mentor and trailblazer in Wyoming’s history. She embodied the very best of Wyoming through her life of dedicated service and statesmanship.
I was grateful for the opportunity to be in Casper with Thyra’s family for the building dedication in her honor.
You can read more about the event and see photos below and in this piece by Oil City News:
- Oil City News: “PHOTOS: Wyo dignitaries attend Thyra Thomson State Building’s grand opening in Casper on Wednesday”
Helping Our Neighbors Across Wyoming:
My office has been hard at work helping people from across our state cut through bureaucratic red tape and resolve their issues with federal agencies. Please see below for recent examples of how we have been able to help our neighbors in Wyoming:
My Cheyenne office assisted a man from Cheyenne who needed help getting his wife’s permanent Green Card and corresponding permission to travel document so they could travel abroad for a family emergency. Our office was able to coordinate a same-day appointment with the Denver Field Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to resolve the issue and get the appropriate paperwork.
My Casper office assisted a man from Torrington with an issue he was having with the Internal Revenue Service. We were able to investigate and explain how his balance due was created.
My Riverton office assisted a woman from Jackson with an issue with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Her Green Card was outside of normal processing times, and we were able to ensure she received her card.
My Cheyenne office assisted a constituent from Cheyenne who needed help with the Cheyenne VA Medical Center. They had multiple issues regarding appointment times and travel reimbursement. We coordinated a call from the VA and made sure all three items were resolved satisfactorily.
My Gillette office assisted a woman from Cheyenne with the Social Security Administration. She was not receiving her full benefit and a request was made to the payment center to adjust the amount. She is now in full receipt of her benefits.
If you can’t get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, our office may be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need. Please contact my office at cheney.house.gov and a member of my team will be in touch to begin the process of addressing your case.
What’s Happening In Ukraine Is a Genocidal Campaign; Russian Forces Must Be Defeated:
On Sunday, I joined CNN’s “State of the Union” to discuss Russia’s war against Ukraine and the steps the United States must take to combat Putin’s efforts, as well as the work of the January 6th Select Committee.
You can find excerpts of the interview and transcript below:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: I think that it’s crucially important that the United States be clear that we are absolutely committed to Zelenskyy’s victory. We should not be talking about, as Jake Sullivan did just now, improving Zelenskyy’s position at the negotiating table. This is about defeating Russian forces in Ukraine. It’s about much more than Ukraine. We ought to be moving much faster, much more quickly, recognizing that the Ukrainians now, given what they’ve been able to do and how long they’ve been able to fight and what they’ve been able to inflict upon the Russian forces, they need advanced weaponry. We need to be thinking about providing them with tanks, with artillery, with armored vehicles. We need to be doing much more, more quickly. And there should be no question that this is about, you know, getting to a negotiation or pressuring Zelenskyy to negotiate. This is about defeating Russian forces in Ukraine.
JAKE TAPPER: Let’s turn to that horrific missile strike on the Ukrainian train station, more than 50 people, including five children, killed. They were just trying to flee – they’re trying to flee the war and come here to Lviv where I am. They’re trying to escape, and they were targeted and killed. What was your reaction when you saw the new images? Are they war crimes? Do you consider this all genocide?
REP. CHENEY:I think this clearly is genocide. I think that you asked exactly the right questions. I think that Europe needs to understand and grapple with the fact that you’ve got a genocidal campaign, the first kind of horrific, genocidal campaign that we’ve seen certainly in recent decades. I think that also the Europeans need to understand that they’re funding that genocidal campaign. I understand the economic consequences to countries in Western Europe if they were to impose the kind of oil and gas embargo that the U.S. has imposed against Russian oil and gas. But they need to do it, and we need to do everything we can to increase our own domestic production to help make sure that we can supply them with as much as possible. But they need to understand that every single time, every single day that they are continuing to import Russian oil and gas, they’re funding Putin’s genocide in Ukraine.
REP. CHENEY: What’s happening today in Ukraine is a reminder that democracy is fragile, that democracy must be defended, and that each one of us in a position to do so has an obligation to do so. Clearly, I think Leader McCarthy failed to do that, failed to put his oath to the Constitution ahead of his own personal political gains. And I think that, you know, at the end of the day, each one of us is responsible for our own actions and activity. But if we don’t stand for our Constitution, if we don’t stand for democracy, if we don’t stand for freedom, – if we forget that our oath to our Constitution is an oath to a document, it’s not an oath to an individual, we’ve got to always remember that or our democracy is in peril.
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney