Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis

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Lummis Votes against Executive Amnesty

2015/03/03

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted against the clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill that funds the agency through September. In response to passage of the bill, Rep. Lummis issued the following statement:

“President Obama has said time and again, and again, and again that he could not act unilaterally on immigration, citing the separation of powers.  Then last November suddenly and completely disregarding the Constitution, President Obama bypassed Congress and legislated by executive fiat, essentially granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.  This unconstitutional action must be addressed and what better place to address it than the DHS funding bill.  Though now, with the disappointing passage of the bill, we must rely on the courts to hold the President’s feet to the fire as one judge in Texas has already done while we find further means to fight this unconstitutional action.”

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The Facts behind the Student Success Act

2015/02/26

This week, the U.S. House is considering H.R. 5: the Student Success Act. Every child in every school deserves access to an excellent education. Unfortunately, the country continues to fall far short of reaching that goal. The federal government’s involvement in local K-12 schools is at an all-time high, yet student achievement remains stagnant. Approximately one out of every five students drops out of high school. Many that do graduate lack the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a postsecondary education and compete in the workforce. Only 38 percent of high school seniors can read at grade level and a mere 26 percent are proficient in math. The K-12 education system is broken, making it harder for countless children to enjoy a life of opportunity and success. The involvement of parents and education leaders is vital to ensuring every student in every school receives an excellent education. Yet, under the current law, states and school districts are bound by what Washington wants, not by what parents and local education leaders know their children need.

The Student Success Act (H.R. 5) will restrict the Department of Education and its Secretary, cut federal intrusion, eliminate federal coercion, restore local control, and empower parents and local education leaders to return their schools and their students to a path to success. Click here for the full bill text.

H.R. 5 – THE STUDENT SUCCESS ACT: 

  • Ensures parents have the information they need to hold local schools accountable.    
  • Protects state and local autonomy over decisions in the classroom by preventing the Secretary of Education from coercing states into adopting Common Core or any other common standards or assessments and reining in the secretary’s regulatory authority.
  • Empowers parents and education leaders to hold teachers accountable by supporting efforts underway at the state and local level to evaluate teacher effectiveness.
  • Promotes additional educational opportunities for parents and children by supporting a Direct Student Services program, which will allow school districts the option of offering tutoring or public school choice.
  • Returns responsibility for improving underperforming schools to states, parents, and local leaders by eliminating federally-prescribed school improvement and turnaround interventions.
  • Replaces the one-size-fits-all national accountability scheme with state-led accountability systems, returning responsibility for measuring student and school performance to states and school districts. The House wants to ensure new policies put an end to the overuse of standardized testing and over-testing.
  • Replaces more than 65 ineffective, duplicative, and unnecessary programs with a Local Academic Flexibility Grant, helping schools better support students and repeals Adequate Yearly Progress and the Highly Qualified Teacher requirement.                             
  • Reforms the regulatory process to provide the public with greater transparency and accountability over the development of new rules affecting K-12 schools.
                                                                                 
  • Prevents the Secretary of Education from creating additional burdens on states and school districts, particularly in standards, assessments, and accountability plans.
  • Repeals federal requirements governing accountability, teacher quality, and local spending that hamper innovation and hamstring states’ and school districts’ ability to address the unique needs of their students.

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Fact Check on Student Success Act Critics

2015/02/26

Claim: No Child Left Behind has extremely high levels of federal interference in education, and H.R. 5 keeps the federal government intimately involved in educational decisions best left to parents, teachers and states.” (Heritage Action)

FACT:  The authorization for No Child Left Behind expired in fiscal year 2008, and without Congressional action, this Administration has dictated education policy by executive fiat. By refusing to reauthorize the law, Congress allows the Secretary of Education to continue using waivers and impose national policies.  H.R. 5 actually gives states the power to develop their own accountability measures and prevents the Secretary of Education from dictating teacher standards.

Claim: “H.R. 5 does not give states the ability to opt out of the prescriptive programmatic requirements of NCLB and use funding in a way that meets their student’s needs.” (Heritage Action)

FACT:  H.R. 5 eliminates over 65 existing federal programs and turns them into a Local Academic Flexibility Grant which allows local school leaders to determine where funds are most needed.  It also eliminates all “Maintenance of Effort” requirements, allowing states and local school districts to set their own funding levels.

Claim: “It would extend the current testing mandates that are the hallmark of the law.” (RedState)

FACT:  H.R. 5 protects state and local control over testing decisions by preventing the Secretary of Education from coercing states into adopting Common Core or any other common standards or assessments or any other mode of federally sponsored testing.

Claim: “Absent a plan that terminates No Child Left Behind, House members should demand that the bill allow states to completely opt out of the program. Otherwise, in accordance with the 10th Amendment, the bill should be opposed.” (Club for Growth)

FACT:  I was an original cosponsor of the A-Plus Act in the 112th Congress to allow states to opt-out of federal education programs.  If this bill had any chance of passage, I would gladly vote in support.

Claim: “Finally, at over 600 pages, the bill does not reduce spending – it simply reorganizes how the Department of Education spends roughly $25 billion per year.” (Heritage Action)

FACT:  H.R. 5 flat lines funding for K-12 for five years.  This amount is lower than the Title 1 authorization for the last year it was authorized under current law.  More importantly, the bill ensures federal funds go towards helping students, not bureaucrats.  It requires the Secretary of Education to identify the number of full-time employee positions associated with the consolidated 65 programs and reduce the department’s workforce by an equal number.

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Lummis Interview with KGAB Radio on the Student Success Act

2015/02/26

Rep. Lummis joined Gary Freeman on KGAB radio to talk about the Student Success act and President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Click here for audio. Read More

Niobrara County Office Hours

2015/02/20

U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Kelly Carpenter, Riata Little and Jackie King will be available to visit with Niobrara County residents on the following date, time and location:

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lusk Town Hall – City Council Chambers
201 East 3rd Street

Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives of the Wyoming delegation 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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Converse County Office Hours

2015/02/20

U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Kelly Carpenter, Riata Little and Jackie King will be available to visit with Converse County residents on the following date, times and locations:

Douglas Office Hours

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Douglas City Hall-101 N. 4th Street-Council Chambers

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

Glenrock Office Hours

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Glenrock Town Hall-Council Chambers

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives of the Wyoming delegation 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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Johnson County Office Hours

2015/02/13

DeAnna Kay, Brianna Straub, 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 Buffalo at the following times and places:

Buffalo

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Johnson County Library

171 N. Adams Ave. 

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 Introduces Paddling Legislation

2015/02/13

Since first introducing Yellowstone National Park paddling legislation over a year ago, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis has worked with the Wyoming paddling community to revamp the legislation in response to concerns articulated by the National Park Service and other stakeholders, culminating in her introduction today of H.R. 974: the Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act.

The bill would require the National Park Service to promulgate a rule allowing paddling within three years after funds are made available for such a rulemaking.  The rulemaking will replace Park Service regulations passed in the 1950’s, which prohibited paddling in both parks primarily to curb overfishing.  These outdated regulations have prevented the Park Service from even considering proposals from the paddling community to open up certain rivers and streams for recreational paddling like canoeing and pack rafting.  Rep. Lummis included the three year window in the bill to ensure Yellowstone and Grand Teton officials have ample time to conduct the studies and analysis necessary to set new rules allowing for paddling access.  The types of hand-propelled watercraft allowed on waterways in the Parks would remain at the discretion of the National Park Service.

“This bill would remove an outdated federal ban on paddling that was instituted because of overfishing but today imposes a barrier to the responsible enjoyment of these waterways by the public,” said Rep. Lummis.  “I took great care to preserve the discretion of park managers to actually manage paddling as they do any other recreational activity in the parks, and to ensure park managers have the time and resources necessary to go through the proper studies and analysis.  The end result will be yet another way for the public to have truly unforgettable experiences enjoying the Wyoming treasures that are Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.”

The Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act:

Reinforces the authority of park service management over waterways within their jurisdiction.

Improves an overly broad, outdated federal ban on paddling from the 1950’s only when a new management plan is in place.

Gives sufficient time according to the requests of the Park Service for the rulemaking process as well as a National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) review.

Ensures that the National Park Service remains in charge of all management and supervision of access for paddlers through their agency rulemaking.

Creates an open, public process where folks can ask about their priority areas and gives an avenue for assurance of conservation.

Supports the NPS’ authority to monitor hand propelled watercraft as well as charge cost recovery fees for registration.

For the bill text please click here.

 For more information please contact:

American Packrafting Association
PO Box 13
Wilson, WY 83014
907­‐947‐6437
info@packraft.org
www.packraft.org

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Lummis, Ribble Introduce State Wolf Management Bill

2015/02/12

U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (WY) and Reid Ribble (WI-08) today introduced H.R 884, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

H.R. 884 would simply reinstate two decisions of the Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List and allow states to continue their successful population management plans.  The Endangered Species Act and the ability of the Fish and Wildlife Service to re-list the gray wolf in the case of future population changes are left entirely intact.
 
“When it comes to the gray wolf in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes, the science speaks for itself—the wolves are recovered and will continue as such under capable state management,” said Lummis.  “I am pleased to join Rep. Ribble on this bill to uphold what should be a true conservation victory—the joint efforts of the states and Fish and Wildlife Service to recover the wolf and return management to the states.”

“Wisconsin’s gray wolf population has significantly recovered over the last several decades, and I am confident in our state’s ability to manage the population,” Ribble said.  “This bipartisan legislative fix will allow the Great Lakes states to continue the effective work they are doing in managing wolf populations without tying the hands of the Fish and Wildlife Service or undermining the Endangered Species Act.”

U.S. Representatives Reid Ribble (WI-08) and Cynthia Lummis (WY) are joined by U.S. Reps. Dan Benishek (MI-01), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Sean Duffy (WI-07), Tom Emmer (MN-06), Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Ron Kind (WI-03), John Kline (MN-02), Paul Ryan (WI-01), James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05), Michael Simpson (ID-02), Tim Walberg (MI-07), and Timothy Walz (MN-01) as original co-sponsors.
 
More information on H.R. 884 can be found here

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Bipartisan coalition introduces bill to protect states mineral royalties

2015/02/12

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Tom Udall, D-N.M., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Representatives Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., introduced legislation today that would allow states to collect their own mineral royalties, protecting money that is rightfully owed to the states. The bill would effectively eliminate a collection fee charged by the federal government, which amounts to around $40 million per year.

“For years, the federal government split the revenue 50-50, but only when it was short on money did it decide to squeeze a few states with this unfair surcharge,” Enzi said. “By empowering states to collect their own mineral revenue, they would no longer have to worry about the federal government snatching up mineral royalties that are rightfully theirs.”

“The federal government’s unnecessary fee on mineral revenues takes money from state budgets — money that many New Mexico communities depend to fund public schools, emergency response and other critical services,” Udall said. “New Mexico earned these royalties from our abundant natural resources, and New Mexico communities deserve to keep their share of the revenues without federal interference.”

“States are in the best position to make sure that their mineral revenues are properly paid and collected,” Barrasso said. “Our bill will ensure Washington delivers on its obligation to mineral producing states while also making the process more efficient, cost effective and accountable.”

“We need to stop Washington’s taxing of state coffers to cover federal spending,” Rep. Lummis said.  “Citing administrative costs, the federal government has been taking an additional 2% annually that is owed to mineral states like Wyoming and New Mexico.  To address this, I am pleased to re-introduce this legislation that I wrote last Congress to remove the federal middle man and allow states the option to collect their 50% share of royalties under the Mineral Leasing Act.  I look forward to working with Sens. Enzi and Barrasso and my other colleagues in Congress to protect states’ money by keeping it from needlessly leaving the states’ borders.”

“This bi-partisan bill will ensure New Mexico can keep its fair share of revenue and help the state invest in important priorities, including schools, infrastructure development, small businesses, and other public welfare and economic development programs,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. 

“New Mexico’s federal lands are a significant resource that provides important royalties that should be used to strengthen New Mexico,” Rep. Luján said.  “This legislation will ensure that more of the money that is rightfully owed to states will be returned in order to support vital programs and investments that make a difference in our communities.  Sending the money directly to the states and not to the federal government first will streamline the process, reduce administrative costs, and allow states to receive more of these critical funds.”

The Mineral Leasing Act provides that the continental states be paid 50 percent of the revenues resulting from the leasing of mineral resources on federal public domain lands within their borders. These royalties are used by states to fund such necessary items as public school systems, community colleges, emergency response activities and basic infrastructure projects.

Currently, the federal government charges states a 2 percent fee to cover collection  and disbursement costs. This legislation would ensure that states can continue to receive their 50 percent share of mineral royalties by giving them the option to administer their own programs.

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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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