Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis

WYOMING

Fremont County Office Hours

2016/06/22

U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Jenelle Garber, Pam Buline and Sherlyn Kaiser will be available to visit with Fremont County residents on the following date, times and locations:

Shoshoni Office Hours

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Shoshoni City Hall

102 East 2nd Street

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

(307) 876-2515


Riverton Office Hours

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Riverton City Hall, Council Chambers

816 N. Federal Blvd.

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

(307) 856-2227


Lander Office Hours

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lander City Hall

240 Lincoln Street

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

(307) 332-2870

Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives of the Wyoming delegation on an individual basis during this time to discuss matters regarding the federal government.  These comments and concerns will then be relayed to their U.S. Senators and Congressman.

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Albany County Office Hours

2016/06/20

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their representatives are scheduled to hold Office Hours in Albany County on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Their schedule will be:

Centennial – Centennial Library, 27 2nd Street 11-:11:30 AM

Laramie – First Interstate Bank,  2nd Floor Conference Room, 221 Ivinson Street, 3:30-4:30 PM

Area residents are encouraged to stop by during these times to discuss matters regarding the federal government.  All comments and concerns will be relayed to Senators Enzi, Barrasso and Representative Lummis.

For more information, please call Jamie Gronski at 307-772-2451.

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Lummis Bill Gives Parents Choice on Federal Mandates in Schools

2016/06/16

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) introduced legislation in response to the many federal mandates interfering with local public education, including President Obama’s recent pronouncements regarding K-12 locker room and bathroom policies.  The Local Education Freedom Act (LEFA) of 2016, supported by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) and Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) as original cosponsors, would support parental choice in whether to subject their children to federal education mandates.

“For too long Washington has been providing roughly 10% of funding for our public schools while imposing 100% of the overbearing federal mandates that undermine our local school boards and burden our teachers,” said Rep. Lummis.  “School systems have a choice as to whether they accept the federal mandates and parents should have the same choice.  My bill would give parents that choice.  If they object to any of Washington D.C.’s mandates they can take their kids and their education dollars elsewhere to get an education free from federal influence.  Public education is not the problem; federal control of public education is the problem.”

Summary of LEFA:

  • Would require states with local schools that implement federal mandates to provide education savings accounts for parents who disagree with any federal mandate that has been implemented.
  • Would require states to fund the education savings accounts at the average per-pupil expenditure of the state.
  • Would allow parents to use the funds to educate their child in a learning environment not subject to the federal mandate with which the parents disagree.

        o   Alternatives include public or charter schools that have not implemented the federal mandate, private schools, private tutors, distance learning programs, institutions of higher education, and home schooling.

  • Would NOT apply to states or school districts that do not implement federal mandates.

For bill text please click here or go to http://lummis.house.gov/UploadedFiles/LEFA.pdf

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Hearing Spotlights Bill to Sunset Coal Lease Moratorium

2016/06/14

Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis hosted Wyoming panelists at a hearing on H.R. 5259: the Certainty for States and Tribes Act.  Rep. Ryan Zinke (MT-At large) introduced and Rep. Lummis cosponsored the legislation in response to the current Administration’s recent attacks on coal, oil, and gas production, including: the Secretarial Order placing a moratorium on new federal coal leases during a review of the federal coal program; the Office of Natural Resources Revenue’s proposed valuation rulemaking for coal, oil, and gas; and the Bureau of Land Management’s ongoing evaluation of a royalty rate increase on coal, oil and gas produced on public lands.

Among those testifying were Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow and Mr. Alex Kean, Administrator of the State of Wyoming Economic Analysis Division.

“While ignoring input from Wyoming and her citizens, this Administration continues wielding regulatory power like a meat cleaver, cutting off responsible energy production that is crucial to state revenue and keeping lights on across America,” said Rep. Lummis.  “Wyoming livelihoods are at stake in the ongoing review of the federal coal program, and this bill ensures Wyoming voices are represented through a reconstituted and strengthened Royalty Policy Committee.  The bill also sunsets Secretary Jewell’s indefinite moratorium on federal coal leasing, capping it at three years to provide more certainty to states and coal producers during this process.  Coal remains the most abundant, reliable, and affordable of America’s energy fuels, a critical ingredient for American energy security that will be left in the ground if this Administration’s policies are allowed to stand.”

“Reinstating the Royalty Policy Committee is one straight-forward, common sense way to improve communication between States and the Federal Government,” said Superintendent Balow.  “In addition, through the creation of the State and Tribal Resources Board, those states and tribes most dependent on royalty revenue from oil, gas, and coal will be provided greater opportunity to report on the impact of changes to royalty policy and be allowed additional time, if needed, to prepare for any reductions to critical services, including education funding.”

“Cooperation between State and federal agencies is critical to effective management of resources,” said Administrator Kean.  “Wyoming has significant expertise and information that will improve federal regulatory processes in many areas.  Wyoming has the biggest stake in the federal coal program and H.R. 5259 gives Wyoming the opportunity to be part of the process from the beginning and will result in better regulations and policies.”

Summary of the Certainty for States and Tribes Act (H.R. 5259):

  • Reconstitutes and ensures state representation on the Royalty Policy Committee, originally established in 1995 to advise the Secretary of the Interior on royalty management issues (including coal, oil, and gas) as well as other mineral-related policies.

             o   The Committee had only met once during the Obama presidency before Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell let the Committee’s charter lapse in 2014.

  • Creates a "State and Tribal Resources Board" to assess the economic impacts of the Department of the Interior’s proposed regulations on state and tribal budgets and make recommendations to the Secretary.

             o   If the Secretary fails to make the recommended changes prior to policies or regulations being finalized, the Secretary must provide clear justification of why the recommendations were not followed. 

  • Places a 3 year deadline for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) of the federal coal program, sunsetting the moratorium on new federal coal leases at the earlier of three years or the completion of the PEIS.
  • Grandfathers in coal leases pending at the time of the coal Secretarial Order.
  • Establish streamlined procedures to ensure existing coal leases can be modified during the moratorium.
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Saratoga Office Hours

2016/06/13

The field representatives for Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis will hold “Office Hours” in Saratoga.  Jenelle Garber, Irene Parsons and Karmen Rossi will be available at the following time and place:

Saratoga

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Town Hall Council Chambers
110 E. Spring Avenue

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Lummis: We Need the Full Nuclear Triad

2016/05/19

Yesterday evening, U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) voted with a bipartisan majority of her colleagues to pass H.R. 4909: the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017.  Rep. Lummis along with Reps. Ryan Zinke (MT-At large), Kevin Cramer (ND-At large), and Mike Rogers (AL-03) offered an amendment that passed by voice vote earlier in the day.  The amendment ensures that U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) forces are kept on full alert, preventing President Obama from unilaterally disarming our nuclear forces.  F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY oversees the nation’s ICBMs.

“With the geopolitical challenges America faces with Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran, we cannot afford to sacrifice any part of our nuclear triad,” said Rep. Lummis.  “Our successful amendment will ensure that our intercontinental ballistic missiles, including those based in Wyoming, remain at the ready, on alert, 24/7.  The ICBM force is not only an effective nuclear deterrent that is continuously on call, but it is also the most affordable leg of the nuclear triad.  I am proud of my colleagues in the House joining to support America’s defense, especially during these uncertain and unstable times in the world.”  

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Wyoming delegation introduces legislation to give states more say in energy development

2016/05/17

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., helped introduce bicameral legislation to protect coal jobs from the Obama administration’s recent moratorium on new federal coal leases. The legislation would help ensure that states and tribes have a significant voice in any changes to federal coal, oil and gas royalties or leasing policy.

Led by U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, both R-Mont., the legislation would reinstate the Royalty Policy Committee, made up of state governors, their appointees and Indian Tribes that produce federal minerals, to advise and inform the secretary of the interior in the formation of mineral and energy policies and regulations.

The legislation would also place a “firm, reasonable timeline” on the federal government’s review of the federal coal leasing program and would ensure the program’s lease sales continue in a timely and consistent manner after completion of National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) reviews.

“As I told the BLM at today's public meeting in Casper, the people of Wyoming already know the value of coal mined on federal land,” Enzi said. “It is important to reinstate the Royalty Policy Committee so that states and tribes most impacted by federal coal leasing, the real experts on this program, have a meaningful say. The Certainty for States and Tribes Act would help provide the states this opportunity. It would also put a critical check on Interior’s review of the federal coal program so that it can't drag on for years on end without a time limit or accountability.”

“The Obama administration’s plan to raise royalty rates on federal coal, oil, and gas is yet another effort to appease reckless and extreme environmentalists,” Barrasso said. “By reestablishing the Royalty Policy Committee, our bill gives voice to communities that are impacted most by the secretary of the Interior’s decisions. It will also prevent the secretary from continuing to wreak economic havoc within Rocky Mountain states and Indian tribes.”

 “Any review of the federal coal program must involve meaningful consultation with states, tribes, and industry,” Lummis said. “I am proud to join with Representative Ryan Zinke and Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso to introduce the Certainty for States and Tribes Act. This legislation would reconstitute the Royalty Policy Committee, require the committee's input on any proposed changes to royalty policy rates, and place a 3 year deadline on the completion of the federal coal program review. The bill would also take steps to ensure coal leasing can continue during the course of the review, instead of letting Secretary Jewell's moratorium on coal lease sales to continue indefinitely.”

The Certainty for States and Tribes Act is also co-sponsored by David McKinley (W.Va-01), Scott Tipton (Colo.-03), Paul Gosar (Ariz.- 04), Kevin Cramer (N.D.- AL), Bruce Westerman (Ark.- 04) and Bill Johnson (Ohio- 06).

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Campbell County Office Hours

2016/05/05

DeAnna Kay, Oaklee Anderson, and Matt Jones, Field Representatives for U.S. Senators Michael Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are scheduled to hold “Office Hours” in Wright at the following time and place:

Wright

Thursday, May 19, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Wright Town Hall

395 Lariat Drive

Area residents are encouraged to come to discuss issues or views, questions or concerns regarding the federal government.  These comments and concerns will be relayed to Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Congressman Lummis.

If residents are unable to attend at that time, but would like information or assistance, please contact these offices at:

Senator Enzi’s Gillette office at 307-682-6268

Senator Barrasso’s Sheridan office at 307-672-6456

Congressman Lummis’ Sheridan office at 307-673-4608
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Lummis Supports, House Passes Email Privacy Protections

2016/04/27

Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) voted with a sweeping bipartisan majority of her colleagues, with no one opposing, to pass H.R. 699: the Email Privacy Act.  This legislation updates the 30 year old law on electronic communications by requiring warrants for law enforcement to obtain for the purpose of criminal investigation the content of electronic communications such as emails, texts, photos, videos, and documents stored online. 

“Americans have the right to expect privacy in their online communications and that’s what the legislation we passed today ensures,” said Rep. Lummis, cosponsor of the bill.  “We have constitutional limitations on law enforcement’s search of our property and there must be limitations on such searches of virtual, online property as well.  House passage of the Email Privacy Act will prohibit the government from requiring service providers to produce stored copies of electronic communication without a warrant, bringing email standards in line with those already established for wire-taps.  Security and law enforcement are critical parts of our society, but we cannot afford to sacrifice our constitutional liberties without the due process of a warrant.”

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Carbon County Office Hours

2016/04/25

The field representatives for Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis will hold “Office Hours” in Saratoga.  Jenelle Garber, Irene Parsons and Karmen Rossi will be available at the following time and place:

Saratoga

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Town Hall Council Chambers

110 E. Spring Avenue

Area residents are invited to visit with the representatives about issues or questions regarding the federal government.  These will then be relayed to Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Representative Lummis.
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Contact Information

113 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2311
Fax 202-225-3057
lummis.house.gov

Cynthia Lummis (pronounced “Luh-miss”) was elected to represent the people of Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.  She was raised on her family ranch in Laramie County and graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Biology. In 1979, Cynthia became the youngest woman ever elected to the Wyoming Legislature. She returned to the University of Wyoming for a law degree, which she received in 1985.

 

Cynthia then clerked at the Wyoming Supreme Court, practiced law in Cheyenne, and served a total of fourteen years in the Wyoming House and Senate, concentrating on natural resource and taxation issues. She completed her legislative service in 1994 and then chaired Governor-elect Jim Geringer’s transition team. She continued to work in the Governor’s office for two more years, primarily on natural resource issues. Cynthia also served as the interim Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments.

Cynthia was elected Wyoming State Treasurer in 1998. In eight years (two terms) as Wyoming State Treasurer, she converted Wyoming’s primarily fixed income investment portfolio of $3.5 billion to a fully diversified portfolio of equities, real estate and fixed income investments, public and private, domestic and international, totaling $8.5 billion. Her term of office as State Treasurer ended in January 2007.

 

Cynthia continues to be involved in the daily operations of the Lummis family ranch. She and her husband, Al Wiederspahn, a former Wyoming legislator and Cheyenne attorney, have one daughter, Annaliese.

As the sole House Representative for the state of Wyoming, Cynthia is a staunch advocate for fiscal responsibility, limiting the size and scope of the federal government and developing our nation’s domestic energy capabilities. Cynthia is a member of the House Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform and Science, Space and Technology Committees.


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