Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis

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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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Lummis Supports IRS Reform

2016/04/21

Washington, D.C.-This week U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) voted with the majority of her colleagues to prevent the IRS from rehiring former employees who were previously removed or terminated for misconduct and ban bonuses for IRS employees until the agency develops a comprehensive customer service strategy. Other House-passed bills would block the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from spending user fees without Congressional approval and would prohibit the IRS from hiring any new employees until the Treasury Department certifies that no IRS worker has serious tax delinquencies. 

“The IRS has destroyed any trust the American people had in the fairness of our country’s tax system and collection service,” said Rep. Lummis.  “In response, the legislation we passed this week aims to rein in the IRS by regulating hiring, blocking undeserved bonuses, blocking undeserved bonuses, and reclaims congressional authority over how IRS-collected fees are spent.  I have also called for the impeachment of Director Koskinen and for a simplified flat tax system. The House has insisted the IRS get their act together and begin the long road to restoring some scrap of their reputation with the American people. This week’s legislation would help do just that.”

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Sheridan County Office Hours

2016/04/20

Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their Sheridan County representatives, DeAnna Kay, Oaklee Anderson, and Matt Jones are scheduled to hold Office Hours in Sheridan at the following time and place:

Sheridan

Thursday, April 28, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 am

Sheridan County YMCA

Whitney Room

417 North Jefferson

Area residents are encouraged to come to visit with Kay, Anderson, and Jones on an individual basis to discuss issues, or their views regarding the federal government.  These ideas and concerns will then be relayed to Senators Enzi and Barrasso and Congressman Lummis.

If residents are unable to attend at that time but would like information or assistance, please contact their 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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How to Overcome Barriers to Endangered Species Recovery

2016/04/20

Washington, D.C.- (2:48 video) U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), Chairman of Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on the Interior, held the first part of two hearings on “Barriers to Endangered Species Act Delisting”.  Two Wyoming witnesses joined to testify at the hearing on the issues that Wyoming communities face when serial litigants tie up boots-on-the-ground work in courtrooms.

“With the herculean effort of delisting the gray wolf continually undermined by serial litigants and out of touch federal judges, Wyoming understands all too well the updates that the Endangered Species Act desperately needs,” said Rep. Lummis.  “I appreciate both Ms. Budd-Falen and Commissioner Bousman’s testimony and participation in our hearing and I will continue pushing to improve the Endangered Species Act with local, boots-on-the-ground conservation instead of briefcases in the courtroom.”

“If we could somehow redirect a little bit the Fish and Wildlife Service to become more of a resource for state and local governments to say ‘how can we help you meet the goals, the conservation goals of a species’ we could be much more effective on the ground,” said Mr. Joel Bousman, Chairman, Sublette County Commissioners.

“I think the most frustrating thing about the wolf case for the people in Wyoming was the fact that that case got litigated in Washington, D.C. rather than in Wyoming, with a Wyoming federal district judge who knew the people, who knew the land, who knew the state,” said Ms. Karen Budd-Falen, Senior Partner, Budd-Falen Law Offices, LLC Cheyenne, Wyoming.  “I think the second problem is, is that after the wolf case got sent back to Wyoming because they didn’t have a written commitment from the Governor, the legislature and the Game and Fish immediately acted to put in that true written commitment on wolf recovery in place but the case was over the court wouldn’t recognize it and then the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refused to recognize it. So Wyoming tried to fix the problem identified by the court and it didn’t help.”

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Campbell County Office Hours

2016/04/20

Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their Campbell County representatives, DeAnna Kay, Oaklee Anderson, and Matt Jones are scheduled to hold Office Hours in Gillette at the following time and place:

Gillette

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 am

Campbell County Public Library,

Pioneer Room I

2101 S. 4-J Road, Gillette

(307) 682-3223

Area residents are encouraged to come to visit with Kay, Anderson, and Jones on an individual basis to discuss issues, or their views regarding the federal government.  These ideas and concerns will then be relayed to Senators Enzi and Barrasso and Congressman Lummis.

If residents are unable to attend at that time but would like information or assistance, please contact their 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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WY Delegation Calls on FERC to Give Jordan Cove LNG a Rehearing

2016/04/18

Today, U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., joined a bipartisan group of four senators and eight representatives in signing a letter supporting the proposed LNG export terminal at Coos Bay in southwest Oregon.

In a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the chairman and commissioners of FERC, the lawmakers expressed support for the proposed LNG export terminal at Coos Bay in southwest Oregon. If approved, Jordan Cove’s project would allow Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Indian tribes – including the Ute and the Southern Ute tribes – to export LNG overseas.

In March 2016, FERC denied Jordan Cove’s application for its certification for the natural gas pipeline, citing little or no evidence of need. FERC also denied authorization for Jordan Cove’s LNG export terminal.

In their letter, lawmakers urge FERC to reconsider its decision in light of recent commercial agreements for more than 75 percent of the pipeline’s capacity, and 50 percent of the LNG export terminal’s capacity.

“[W]e welcomed the recent news that Jordan Cove has executed transportation services precedent agreements with three different entities for more than 75 percent of the Pacific Connector Pipeline’s capacity. We were also encouraged by the recent news that Jordan Cove has signed two purchase agreements for the LNG terminal’s export capacity: one with JERA Co., Inc.— soon to be the world’s largest LNG buyer by volume—for at least 25 percent of the terminal’s capacity for an initial term of 20 years; and another with the ITOCHU Corporation for an additional 25 percent of the terminal’s capacity for an initial term of 20 years. We believe that these agreements demonstrate the need for and public benefits of the Jordan Cove Project.,” wrote the lawmakers.

In addition to Enzi and Barrasso, the following senators signed onto the letter: Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Mike Lee (R-UT).

In addition to Lummis, the following members of the House of Representatives signed onto the letter: Representatives Scott Tipton (R-CO), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Ken Buck (R-CO), and Mia Love (R-UT).

Full text of the letter below:

April 18, 2016

Dear Chairman Bay and Commissioners LaFleur, Clark, and Honorable:

We write to restate our strong support for the Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Project (Jordan Cove Project). 

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied Jordan Cove’s application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the Pacific Connector Pipeline, citing “little or no evidence of need for the…Pipeline.” FERC went on to find that “without a pipeline…, the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Terminal can provide no benefit to the public.” FERC’s action was “without prejudice” and thus allows Jordan Cove to ask FERC to reconsider its decision and show a market need for the Project. Since FERC’s denial, Jordan Cove has signed commercial agreements for over 75 percent of the pipeline’s gas and 50 percent of the export terminal’s LNG. We believe these agreements demonstrate the need for and public benefits of the Jordan Cove Project and ask that you grant Jordan Cove’s rehearing request.

Natural gas production serves as a foundation to the economies of Rocky Mountain states, including Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and Indian tribes, including the Ute Indian Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. However, market conditions have recently led to a severe drop in employment in the oil and gas sector. In Wyoming, the oil and gas sector lost 4,800 extraction and support jobs from December 2014 to February 2016. According to the latest data, Colorado and Utah have seen similar job losses. From January 2015 to September 2015, the oil and gas sector in Colorado lost over 900 extraction jobs and, from September 2014 to September 2015, the oil and gas sector in Utah lost over 300 extraction jobs. Jordan Cove offers our communities a rare opportunity to access overseas markets, boost production, and stem ongoing job losses.

For these reasons, we welcomed the recent news that Jordan Cove has executed transportation services precedent agreements with three different entities for more than 75 percent of the Pacific Connector Pipeline’s capacity. We were also encouraged by the recent news that Jordan Cove has signed two purchase agreements for the LNG terminal’s export capacity: one with JERA Co., Inc.— soon to be the world’s largest LNG buyer by volume—for at least 25 percent of the terminal’s capacity for an initial term of 20 years; and another with the ITOCHU Corporation for an additional 25 percent of the terminal’s capacity for an initial term of 20 years. We believe that these agreements demonstrate the need for and public benefits of the Jordan Cove Project.

We applaud FERC’s permitting of LNG export terminals and related facilities along the east coast and Gulf of Mexico. However, it is critical that FERC make every effort to allow Rocky Mountain states and Indian tribes to access overseas markets. We ask that FERC recognize that market conditions have changed and delayed commercial agreements for LNG projects. We also ask that FERC refrain from adopting an arbitrary timeline by which a project proponent must finalize commercial agreements. Such a timeline would run counter to FERC’s own precedent, dramatically increase the risk that project proponents already assume, and may foreclose the opportunity for future LNG exports. We urge FERC to address our concerns by granting Jordan Cove’s rehearing request and allowing Jordan Cove to show the market need for its project.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your prompt response.

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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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