Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis

WYOMING

President Obama Daydreams, Congress Rolls up Sleeves

2016/02/09

Today, following President Obama’s budget announcement, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement:

“The President’s final budget is what we expected: a reckless, political scheme to score legacy points and raise taxes on American families, failing to balance the budget or tackle our $19 trillion in national debt.

“After seven years of more spending, more taxes, and more debt, we all knew President Obama’s last budget would be yet another delusional, big government wish list, so it’s up to us in Congress to exercise our power of the purse to restore fiscal sanity in Washington.  Congress needs to roll up its sleeves and do the work necessary to cut spending, balance the budget, roll back federal overreach, restore the Constitution’s division of power, reform the tax code, and develop a pro-growth legislative agenda to meet the needs of hardworking Americans.”

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Lummis Bill Increasing Southwest Wyoming Water Storage Passes Committee

2016/02/03

U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis’ (WY-At large) legislation to approve expansion of water storage at the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Fontenelle Reservoir in Lincoln County, Wyoming was approved today by a unanimous vote of the House Natural Resources Committee. 

“Water is our most precious natural resource and this legislation will help Wyoming increase water storage capacity at the Fontenelle Reservoir,” said Rep. Lummis.  “Ranching in Wyoming all my life, I know first-hand we can’t solely depend on rainfall in our high plains desert state.  Water storage and other water development projects are what make Wyoming and the arid West bloom and prosper, and this legislation will build on that success story with the common-sense, state-led fulfillment of Fontenelle’s storage potential.”

Background:

  • The bill allows for the expansion of water storage at the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Fontenelle Reservoir in Lincoln County.  This would be accomplished by completing the “rip-rap” around the reservoir.  “Rip-rap” is a foundation or sustaining wall of stones or chunks of concrete connected together around the reservoir to prevent erosion.
  • The bill directs the BOR to reach an agreement with the State of Wyoming to allow the State to complete the “rip-rap” around the reservoir.  The State of Wyoming would shoulder the cost of completing this project.
  • The current active storage capacity of the reservoir is 260,000 acre-feet.  The potential to expand the active storage capacity of the reservoir is up to 85,000 acre-feet for a total capacity of 345,000 acre-feet.
  • This project is part of Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s “Ten in Ten” plan, which aspires to build ten new water storage facilities in ten years.

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Fremont County Office Hours

2016/02/02

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

Riverton Office Hours
Friday, February 12, 2016
Riverton City Hall
Rendezvous Room
816 N. Federal Blvd.
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Lander Office Hours
Friday, February 12, 2016
Lander Town Hall
240 Lincoln Street
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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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Sweetwater County Office Hours

2016/01/25

The Field Representatives for Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis will hold “Office Hours” for the public in Sweetwater County on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.  Nikki Brunner of Senator Enzi’s office, Irene Parsons of Senator Barrasso’s office and Pat Aullman of Congressman Lummis’ office will be available at the following time and location:

Time: 11:00am to 12:00 noon

White Mountain Branch County Library

2935 Sweetwater Drive

Rock Springs, WY 82901

Area residents are encouraged to stop in and visit with the representatives to ask questions or discuss concerns regarding the federal government.  Questions and concerns will then be relayed to Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Representative Lummis.

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Sublette County Office Hours

2016/01/25

The Field Representatives for Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis will hold “Office Hours” in Sublette County on

Tuesday, February 3, 2016.  Nikki Brunner of Senator Enzi’s office, Irene Parsons of Senator Barrasso’s office and Pat Aullman of Congressman Lummis’ office will be available at the following time and location: 

Sublette County Branch Library

155 S Tyler Ave, Pinedale, WY

Tuesday, February 2, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 NOON

Area residents are encouraged to stop in and visit with the representatives to ask questions or discuss concerns regarding the federal government.  Questions and concerns will then be relayed to Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Representative Lummis.

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Sublette County Office Hours

2016/01/25

The Field Representatives for Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis will hold “Office Hours” in Sublette County on

Tuesday, February 2, 2016.  Nikki Brunner of Senator Enzi’s office, Irene Parsons of Senator Barrasso’s office and Pat Aullman of Congressman Lummis’ office will be available at the following time and location: 

Marbleton Town Hall

10700 US 189, Marbleton, WY

Tuesday, February 2, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Area residents are encouraged to stop in and visit with the representatives to ask questions or discuss concerns regarding the federal government.  Questions and concerns will then be relayed to Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Representative Lummis.
                                        
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Lummis Opposes Obama Gun Control Push

2016/01/05

Today President Obama issued executive orders on gun control and spoke at a press conference calling for gun control legislation.  In response, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement:

“President Obama’s words and actions on gun control today are a desperate attempt by a last term president to come up with legacy points.  The President cannot claim to respect the Constitution while at the same time use the swipe of his pen to impose restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.  In Wyoming, we know the value of the Second Amendment and understand its importance for self-defense and safeguarding our liberty.  Neither the Republican Congress nor the American people will stand for infringement of these rights.” 

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Lummis Opposes Trillion Dollar Funding Bill

2015/12/18

Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) voted against the $1.1 trillion Omnibus funding bill.  This bill funds the government through fiscal year 2016 at levels set in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which passed shortly before former Speaker John Boehner resigned in October.

“Gargantuan, end-of-the year funding bills have been the standard fare in Congress for years now and taxpayers have suffered as a result,” said Rep. Lummis.  “Like the spending bills before it, this bill is heedless of our exploding debt and marks missed opportunities to rein in President Obama’s overreaching administration.  Only by a return to constitutional, regular order can the Republican-led Congress finally wield the power of the purse in a way that curbs out of control spending and bureaucracies.  I know that new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will, in the coming year, make regular order the priority.”

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Delegation Restores Wyoming AML Funding

2015/12/03

A provision secured by Wyoming’s Congressional delegation as part of a long-term surface transportation spending bill will force the federal government to fully return past and future abandoned mine land (AML) payments owed to the state. Under the agreement championed for years by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming is now eligible to receive approximately $241.9 million immediately, and approximately $350 million in future years.

The bill passed the U.S. House and Senate late Thursday and is expected to be signed into law by the president. The provision will restore the full amount of AML funding for all certified states, including Wyoming, and Indian tribes. Additionally, it eliminates the $15 million yearly cap previously imposed.

“This is about returning money that rightfully belongs to the people of Wyoming that was raided in the 2012 highway bill,” Enzi said. “Trust funds such as AML set aside money for a specific reason and should not be poached by politicians. It’s money from Wyoming for Wyoming. This provision is the culmination of three years of work by this delegation to properly restore AML funds to Wyoming, and I sincerely thank John and Cynthia for their efforts.”

Barrasso, who served on the House-Senate Conference Committee that helped negotiate final details of the highway measure said, “It came down to a matter of fairness to return what was wrongfully taken from Wyoming years ago. The delegation was relentless and after a long stubborn fight, the federal government will be forced to stand by their commitments to the people of Wyoming. With energy revenues on the decline, it’s even more important now that Wyoming receives the money Washington owes us,” Barrasso said.

“This Abandoned Mine Land money has always rightfully belonged to Wyoming, despite Senate Democrats’ middle-of-the-night provision in the last multi-year highway bill that stripped this money from Wyoming,” said Rep. Lummis. “I am very proud and very pleased that our hard fought battle has won this victory for Wyoming. Righting this wrong could not have come at a better time, especially with the drop in revenues from coal, oil, and gas. I thank and congratulate Senator Enzi and Senator Barrasso. This was a team effort and I couldn’t be happier: a full restoration of the AML monies legally owed to Wyoming.”

Since 1977, federal law requires coal operators to pay a fee on each ton of coal into the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund. Annually, half of the funds were to be returned to the state from which they were collected to be used for such purposes as mine reclamation and restoration of land and water resources affected by coal mining. In 2012, a provision was added to a transportation bill to limit funds paid to each state to $15 million annually, shorting states like Wyoming by hundreds of millions of dollars.   

The House of Representatives voted 359 to 65 and the Senate voted 83 to 16 to approve the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the bill that includes the AML provision.

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EAJA Transparency Bill Unanimously Passes U.S. House

2015/12/01

Yesterday the U.S. House approved by voice vote the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (H.R. 3279), a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and cosponsored by Reps. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Steve Cohen (D-TN).  The bill reinstates requirements that federal agencies track and report the attorney fees they award under the Equal Access to Justice Act. 

“The Equal Access to Justice Act was a good idea when it passed Congress more than three decades ago as a way to help citizens and small businesses who find themselves in a ‘David and Goliath’ situation in court against federal government,” said Rep. Lummis.  “It remains a good idea today so long as it is operating as Congress intended.  Requiring agencies to keep track of what they pay attorneys will help Congress determine if EAJA is working well or not.  I am proud to have partnered with Rep. Collins and Rep. Cohen in this bipartisan effort, and I am very pleased to see this bill pass the House.”

The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) was passed by Congress in 1980 and over the years has been a cost recovery resource for veterans, Social Security beneficiaries, and small businesses who find themselves in litigation against the federal government.  For the last two decades, however, the program has operated in the dark.  Although Congress originally included a requirement that agencies and the Department of Justice issue annual reports on the amount of money paid out under the law, Congress ended those tracking and reporting requirements in 1995.

H.R. 3279 requires the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) to track and report payments made by the federal government under EAJA in order to increase transparency and inform Congress of the impact and effectiveness of the law. The bill requires ACUS to submit an annual report to Congress and establish an online searchable database available to the public.  This will allow the public to access information on the amount of attorneys’ fees being paid under EAJA, to whom the taxpayers’ money is being paid, and from which agencies.

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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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