Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis

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Lummis, Walz Trail Bill Passes U.S. House

2016/09/26

Today H.R. 845, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, sponsored by U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) passed the U.S. House unanimously.  Both Rep. Lummis and Rep. Walz spoke on the House floor in support of the bill.

For Rep. Lummis’ floor speech click here or go to https://youtu.be/7mEwnqB1MXg

Transcript of Rep. Lummis’ remarks:

“I thank the gentleman.  I also thank Mr. Rouzer from North Carolina.  I also want to thank my former committee chairman on the House Agriculture Committee, now the ranking member, Mr. Peterson, for his support of this bill as well as Chairman Conaway of the House Agriculture Committee.

“Mr. Chairman, in the national forests, especially in areas where there have been bark beetle damage, the trees are starting to fall across the trails.  And I’ve talked to outfitters who are taking pack trips into the national forests, they’re only in there for two or three days and when they try to get out they’re having to chop their way out because so many trees have fallen across the trails, even while they’re in the forest.  So this maintenance backlog is getting bigger.  

“Mr. Chairman, it makes such sense, practically speaking, when we have a huge budget deficit, to maximize the use of volunteers on the national forests to help maintain these trails.  Now they will be able to avail themselves of workers comp and that is part of the reason that it has taken this bill such a long time to get to the floor.  But it came out of the [Agriculture] committee unanimously, it is one of the most bipartisan bills in the entire Congress, it has 86 cosponsors in the House and 23 in the Senate.  And I really want to thank my colleague Mr. Walz, who is co-chairman of this bill, cosponsor, for his work.  And I’m hoping he’ll tell the tale that he encountered this summer when he was hiking in the west.  More than 50 diverse recreation conservation groups wanted a way to increase volunteer efforts in our national forests, including the national association of counties.  

“Mr. Chairman, there’s a couple of additional provisions I want to highlight in this bill.  It directs a study be done on utilizing fire crews for maintenance work during off season for wild fires, which is a great way for them to maximize and for us to maximize their skills in the forest.  And it also requires the Secretary of Agriculture to identify nine to fifteen priority areas throughout the country to incorporate volunteers and to increase trail maintenance.  This bill has broad support.  It will produce opportunities for young people to volunteer in our forests.  It will allow outfitters and guides to offset some of their permit fees through work on trail maintenance performed by permit holders to construct, improve, or maintain national forest trails systems, trail heads, and develop sites under supervision of our national park service.  

“This is kind of a motherhood and apple pie bill, Mr. Chairman.  And it’s been my pleasure to work with Mr. Walz and the other proponents of this bill to bring it to the floor this afternoon.

“Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.”

Background:

In June of 2013, the Government Accountability Office released a report that outlined the immense challenges to maintaining the 157,000 miles of trails in the Forest Service trail system and wilderness areas. The Forest Service is only able to maintain about one quarter of the total miles of trails used for hiking, biking, and other activities while close to two-thirds of the trails receive no maintenance at all.

The GAO report recognized the importance of volunteers for trail maintenance and recommended taking steps to improve management of volunteers. The Lummis-Walz bill would improve the use of existing resources and require the Forest Service to develop a national strategy to maximize use of volunteers and partners to improve trail maintenance.

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Lummis Issues Statement on Flip McConnaughey’s Passing

2016/09/21

U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement:

“Flip McConnaughey and I shared a birthday as well as the joys of serving Wyoming and the frustrations of working in Washington, D.C.  He was delightful to work with.  To the entire Enzi family, I offer my deepest condolences and prayers.”                                                                             
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Lummis Statement on Passing of Brian Scott Gamroth

2016/09/19

Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement in response to the passing of Brian Scott Gamroth, a radio broadcaster for K2 in Casper:

"As personal heartbreakers go, this is right up there. Many of Brian's and my mutual friends know that I encouraged him to run for public office in Wyoming. He was a quintessential Wyoming guy. He loved its people and its places. He devoted his life to Wyoming. He cannot be replaced."

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Lummis: No Guantánamo Detainees on American Soil

2016/09/15

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) joined a bipartisan majority of her colleagues to support and pass H.R. 5351, which would prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba through the end of President Obama’s term.  Under current law, detainees can be transferred to other nations if certain conditions are met.  Two detainees who were released this year by the Obama Administration have returned to the fight.

“These detainees may pose a threat to the U.S.,” said Rep. Lummis.  “With released Gitmo detainees returning to the fight we cannot afford to let a campaign promise override security concerns.  President Obama needs to be less concerned with political points and more concerned with Americans' safety.”

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Lummis, Walz Trail Bill Passes Committee Unanimously

2016/09/14

Today H.R. 845, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, sponsored by U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) passed the U.S. House Agriculture Committee unanimously.

“The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act will stretch taxpayer dollars during these tight fiscal times, to make sure we maximize use of all our existing resources,” said Rep. Lummis. “Refocusing on volunteers and partners will help the Forest Service make real progress on the backlog and open up these trails to public access. The bill also looks into utilizing fire crews during the off season and letting outfitters work off some of their fees. We need to continue exploring the different ways we can clean up our trails and make progress on the $500 million trail maintenance backlog. Thanks to Representative Walz’s help getting it through the committee process, the bill is now ready for consideration on the House floor.”

“From hikers to bikers, outdoor enthusiasts across the country utilize 157,000 miles of National Forest System trails every day for exercise, relaxation, and exploration. Though public use remains high, close to two-thirds of these trails don’t receive any maintenance whatsoever because our Forest Service simply lacks the resources to keep up,” said Rep. WalzChairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. “I am proud the legislation Representative Lummis and I have worked on passed out of the Agriculture Committee today. Protecting our public lands for future generations while increasing access to the great outdoors is our responsibility, and this bill is a step in the right direction.”

Background:

In June of 2013, the Government Accountability Office released a report that outlined the immense challenges to maintaining the 157,000 miles of trails in the Forest Service trail system and wilderness areas. The Forest Service is only able to maintain about one quarter of the total miles of trails used for hiking, biking, and other activities while close to two-thirds of the trails receive no maintenance at all.

The GAO report recognized the importance of volunteers for trail maintenance and recommended taking steps to improve management of volunteers. The Lummis-Walz bill would improve the use of existing resources and require the Forest Service to develop a national strategy to maximize use of volunteers and partners to improve trail maintenance.

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Hearing Shows Grazing can Restore Federal Grasslands

2016/09/13

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Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis chaired an Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior hearing focused on how certain grazing practices can foster the health of grasslands, especially in the arid West.  In her opening statement, Rep. Lummis noted that much of federal land management and environmental law dates from the 1970’s, and that best practices have changed.  Chairman Lummis then played a video from Allan Savory discussing how he learned that culling elephant herds failed to improve habitat and described the benefits of the Savory grazing method.  She concluded by suggesting that Federal land management agencies should consider adopting such practices into their multiple-use land management policies to help restore public lands.

To watch please click here or go to: https://youtu.be/cEr9jXhQ6RI

Video transcript:

“I ranch in Wyoming. My family purchased the ranch next door. It had a Savory Grazing System on it, named after Allen Savory, the gentleman you just saw in the Ted Talk.  So it was 2600 acres.  It was divided into 16 grazing cells and we would put very large numbers of cattle into each cell and they would graze it down to the nubs and then we would move them frequently from cell to cell using the same herding ideas that were expressed that occur naturally in the wild in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa.

“By doing that, it did heal up some of the draws that were bare of all grasses, and the grass did return because you had the hoof action of the cattle depositing with their manure nutrients into the soil that were compacted into the soil by their split hooves before they were moved into the next pasture.

“So, I can attest to the fact that Allen Savory’s theories have worked on the ground in places, including the land that I worked as a rancher.  And so it’s something that we should discuss in terms of looking forward about how we manage public lands and prevent damage to our natural resources inadvertently.”

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Lummis: this Conference Committee is a Breakthrough

2016/09/08

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Today the House and Senate conference committee on S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, had its first meeting for opening statements.  U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), a conferee appointed by the House, spoke to her fellow members about the public lands and resources portions of the legislation, particularly reforming the Land and Water Conservation Fund and restoring state management over the gray wolf in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes.

For video of Rep. Lummis’ Statement click here or go to: https://youtu.be/jKg-PPoYQj4

Statement transcript:

“Thank you, Madame Chairman.

“You know this conference committee represents a positive breakthrough in this Congress and I am honored to be part of it. 

“As a proud daughter of Wyoming and a westerner, I am particularly hopeful that we can come together and address and improve stewardship of our public lands and resources.  So I am going to focus on a couple of aspects of this conference committee that are related to public lands.

“The Land and Water Conservation fund must be reformed, not just reauthorized.  Mission drift over the years have changed the intent and focus of the Land and Water Conservation fund. So let’s not just reauthorize a drifted program, let’s fix it.

“Also I want to say a few things about the gray wolf provision in the House bill.  Just this year in April, in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee we invited Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to discuss issues facing the Endangered Species Act.  When he was talking about the gray wolf and the litigation involving it, he says it’s ‘frustrating’ and, in the case of the gray wolf in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes, it’s interfering with the work of biologists in his agency to have this litigation.

“Also in April of this year, over in the House Natural Resources Committee, Director Ashe said the gray wolf was recovered and, I’m quoting him, he said ‘The wolf is probably… one of the most frustrating issues during my tenure… wolves are recovered… we’re that truck in the mud up to the running boards.  We can’t go forward and we can’t go backwards.’

“So, when federal policy fails, it’s the responsibility of Congress to govern.  It’s clear Congress must act to ensure science-driven gray wolf management in Wyoming and in the Great Lakes.

“So this is one of the tough issues for this conference committee, but let’s remember how we got this far.  This is a unique opportunity for both sides of the aisle to work together.  I’m confident that with a constructive dialogue and good faith negotiations, we can reach a positive outcome for the West and for our nation.

“Thanks again Madame Chairman, I yield back.”

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Campbell County Office Hours

2016/09/07

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 Campbell County “Office Hours” in Gillette and Wright at the following times and places:

Gillette

Thursday, September 8, 2016

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

George Amos Memorial Building

412 S. Gillette Ave. – Cedar Room

Wright

Thursday, September 8, 2016

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

Wright Town Hall

201 Wright Blvd

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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Albany County Office Hours

2016/09/02

U.S. Senators Michael Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their representatives are scheduled to hold office hours in Albany County on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Their schedule will be:

Rock River  - 10:00am to 10:30am
Town Hall 321 Avenue D

Laramie – 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Library 310 S. Eighth ST

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

If residents are unable to attend at that time, but would like information or assistance, please contact these Cheyenne District Offices at: Senator Enzi (307-772-2477), Senator Barrasso’s (307-772-2451), Congressman Lummis (307-772-2595).

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Lummis Congratulates Liz Cheney

2016/08/17

Last night Liz Cheney won Wyoming’s primary to become the Republican candidate for Wyoming’s lone House seat in November’s general election.  U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis issued the following statement in response:

“Hearty congratulations are in order for Liz Cheney on her successful campaign to become the Republican candidate for Wyoming’s lone House seat.  It has been a healthy primary and I would like to commend Leland Christensen, Tim Stubson, Darin Smith and the other candidates on their campaigns as well.  I look forward to Liz Cheney joining Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso to form a team of tireless advocates for Wyoming in Washington and I support her in the general election in November.”

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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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