Congresswoman Liz Cheney's March 2nd Newsletter
Natural Resources Committee
This week the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on liquefied natural gas exports and their geopolitical consequences.Last year the U.S. became a net exporter of natural gas for the first time since 1957 and it’s key that our permitting process, export terminals, and infrastructure are improved to facilitate production of this valuable resources. In addition, Russia continues to use dependence on natural gas by its neighboring countries as a political weapon. Our national security requires that we continue to work to wean European allies off Russian natural gas.
Armed Services Committee
This week CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel testified before the House Armed Services Committee. General Votel testified that Iran has accelerated its terrorist and other malign activities since President Obama brokered one of the worst deals in American history, the Iran Nuclear Deal. He also expressed serious concerns about Iran's increased ballistic missile activity and the threat it poses to US allies and interests.
The House Rules Committee reviewed and voted on three bills, H.R. 1865, The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, H.R. 4607, The Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act, and H.R. 4296, a bill that places requirements on operation risk capital requirements for banking organizations established by an appropriate Federal banking agency. All three bills passed out of the Rules Committee and were passed on the House floor.
It’s always a pleasure when Laura Grott from the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters and Al Harris and Steve Core from The Radio Network in Green River stop by. Thanks for keeping me updated on the TV and radio issues affecting communities across our state.
This week I met with Neurologist Tracie Caller, M.D. to talk about the increasingly devastating opioid crisis, the rising cost of drug prices, and research funding. Thank you for taking the time to keep me up-to-date on these issues.
Cheyenne’s Steve and Judy Gilmore from the Rare Disease Advocacy Group came by to visit me this week to discuss the OPEN ACT and the crucial need for health care reform.
The Wyoming Weed and Pest Council met with me this week to discuss several key issues that affect their industry, such as prairie dog management in the Thunder Basin Grassland and APHIS approval process of new bio-control agents. I want to thank President John Watson, District Supervisor Josh Shorb, District Supervisor Aaron Foster, and Weed and Pest Coordinator Slade Franklin for a great meeting.
Several Wyoming Postmasters met with me to talk about the Postal Reform Bill this week. I want to thank Postmaster Susan Link from Thermopolis, Retired Postmaster Gloria Clawson from Ralston, Postmaster Toni Benthusen from Powder River, Postmaster Debbie Dancik from Hanna, Postmaster Wanda Dach from Mills, and Postmaster Eileen Jenkins from Thanyne for discussing on-going postal related issues with me.
I had the privilege of meeting with a great group of students from Hot Springs County High School and Cheyenne East High School. It was a pleasure getting to speak with young people who are interested in American politics and government.
Vice Commander Mike Cooke from Rock Springs and Gillette’s Terry Miller from the American Legion and Gillette's Peggy Miller and I met this week. Thank you for taking the time to discuss the challenges facing Wyoming veterans. I was grateful to receive the commemorative coin celebrating 100 years of the Wyoming’s American Legion.
This week I had the pleasure of discussing the accomplishments of the University of Wyoming’s NASA EPSCor and NASA Space Grant, newly developed STEM programs, and awards. I want to thank Dr. Shawna McBride and Associate Director and faculty at Laramie County Community College Megan Candelaria for the update.
PBS came to speak with me with week about public broadcasting and funding. It’s always a pleasure to speak with Ruby Calvert, General Manager for Wyoming PBS Terry Dugas, and Former Director for Wyoming PBS Foundation Joanna Kail. I’m looking forward to making an appearance on PBS Wyoming!
I want to thank Anadarko Petroleum’s Joe Milczewski, Susan Aldridge, Dave Applegate for briefing me on the potential new development in Converse County and the EIS process.
It was an honor to meet with Wyoming Wing Gov. Liason Officer Col. Bill Morton and Wyoming Wing Commander Col. Jeff Johnson of the Civil Air Patrol men. We discussed their annual report and I’m now proud to say I’m now an honorary member of the Civil Air Patrol.
The Petroleum Association of Wyoming and I discussed several pieces on on-going issues in our state such as sage grouse and migratory birds and the National Historic Preservation Act. I want to thank Wave Petroleum Joe Icenogle, EOG Resources Spencer Kimball, and Vice President of the Public Lands Petroleum Association of Wyoming Esther Wagner for attending the meeting.
I encourage everyone to read this article about General Joseph Votel's testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on Iran's increased terrorist activities since the Iran Nuclear Deal.
“In response to questioning from Wyoming representative Liz Cheney, Votel said that Iran’s advancing ballistic missile arsenal, along with the export of those capabilities, represents one of CENTCOM’s main concerns. “These weapons pose the threat of widening the conflict out of Yemen, and frankly put our forces, our embassy in Riyadh, our forces in the United Arab Emirates, at risk,” he said.”
Read more here: https://goo.gl/XPCJZv