Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis

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Crook County Office Hours

2015/01/20

DeAnna Kay, Denise Ebzery, 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 Crook County at Sundance Town Hall during the following times and places

Sundance

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sundance Town Hall

213 Main Street

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-Mulvaney Bill Cuts Federal Workforce by Attrition

2015/01/20

Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) introduced the Federal Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Act.  The bill limits new federal hires to one employee for every three that retire or leave service, saving a previously estimated $35 billion over five years without forcing any current federal employees out of a job.  If a federal agency were to refuse complying with the legislation’s hiring limits it would result in a federal hiring freeze.

“We’ve racked up over $18 trillion in debt simply because Washington has no idea when to stop spending,” said Rep. Lummis. “Attrition is a solution that requires the federal government to do what any business, state, or local government would do to cut costs—limit new hires.  Instead of blindly filling empty desks, this bill forces agencies to take a step back, consider which positions are crucial, and make decisions based on necessity rather than luxury.  Real, productive job creation takes place on Main Street America not in the bloated federal government.”

“It’s no secret that the federal government is way too big and spends way too much,” said Rep. Mulvaney.  “This bill is a big step in the direction of efficiency, and I’m hopeful this common-sense approach is something my colleagues across the aisle can agree on as it was part of the plan written by the President’s Fiscal Commission.  I’m proud to have worked with Rep. Lummis to reintroduce it in the 114th Congress.”

How the Federal Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Act Works

  • Requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to make ongoing, quarterly determinations of whether new hires exceed the 1 to 3 ratio of the employees who have retired or left since the bill was enacted.
  • Aided by attrition, the bill requires a net 10 percent reduction in the civilian federal workforce (excluding postal employees) by September 30, 2016, after which the 10 percent reduction must be maintained.
  • If OMB’s quarterly determinations violate either the attrition ratio or the global cap instituted in 2016, the bill institutes a hiring freeze until compliance is met.
  • Allows a presidential waiver for a state of war, national security, or an extraordinary emergency threatening life, health, safety, or property.
  • To ensure positions are not simply backfilled by service contracts, the bill matches the decrease in federal employment with the procurement of service contracts.

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Lummis-Cohen Introduce EAJA Transparency Bill

2015/01/15

Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (H.R.384).  Both were original sponsors of similar bipartisan legislation that the House passed unanimously in the previous Congress.

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

EAJA was initially passed by Congress in 1980 as a means to help individuals, retirees, veterans, and small businesses recover attorneys’ fees and costs associated with suing the federal government. Although Congress 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 when it defunded ACUS. While Congress re-established ACUS in 2010, the tracking and reporting requirements were not re-established.

“The Equal Access to Justice Act was a good idea when it passed Congress more than three decades ago,” 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 pleased to work with Rep. Cohen to introduce this bill and I am confident we will be able to move this transparency legislation forward.”

“Americans have a right to know what their government is doing and their government has a duty to be as transparent as possible,” said Congressman Cohen. “Without adequate reporting, citizens’ rights cannot be fully protected and the government risks failing in its duty to its people. I am pleased to join Representative Lummis in introducing our bipartisan Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act, and I look forward to continuing our work to reopen the government’s books and help ensure that all Americans have access to this information.”

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Bill Defunding Executive Amnesty Passes House

2015/01/14

Washington, D.C.-Today the U.S. House passed H.R. 240: the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015.  U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted for the DHS funding bill after helping pass five amendments to address executive amnesty and others of the President’s actions on immigration and illegal aliens.

The bill, as amended, prohibits the use of any fees or funds to implement President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and executive amnesty or any other similar orders.  Another portion also prevents any continued activity with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and ensures that sex offenders and domestic violence perpetrators are top priorities for removal by U.S. Customs.  Two additional amendments made to the bill express the sense of Congress that illegal immigrants should not be put ahead of legal immigrants in line and that there should be no incentive to hire illegal aliens over an American citizen, like the $3,000 companies can often save by hiring an illegal who is not eligible for Obamacare and refusing legal citizens.

“This bill uses the purse strings to hog-tie President Obama’s executive amnesty,” said Rep. Lummis.  “I am very pleased to support this legislation to curtail the illegal use of the executive powers that we have seen from the President on immigration.  I call on the Senate to pass this legislation and send the message to the President that his unilateral and harmful actions will not stand.”

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Lummis Votes against Funding Amnesty

2014/12/12

Last night U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted against H.R. 83: the consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.  The legislation, which passed the House, fully funds the government through October except the Department of Homeland Security, which will be funded through February.  This includes funding for the President’s recent actions on amnesty.

“The President’s decision to disregard the constitution and to effectively grant millions of illegal aliens amnesty is unacceptable and must be opposed at every possible turn,” said Rep. Lummis.  “President Obama likes to spread rumors that the House has failed to act on immigration, but that is simply not true.  He is not asking that we pass a bill, which we did over the summer; he is demanding that we pass the Senate ‘gang of eight’ bill.  But that flawed legislation would leave our nation insecure and our borders porous.  And with the President’s track record of distorting law by refusing to enforce or by executive fiat, we cannot afford to give him any wiggle room with the purse strings.”

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House Passes Lands Package

2014/12/04

Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted for and the House passed the bi-partisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2015.  Attached to the military funding authorization bill is a lands package containing bills that address issues very important to Wyoming. 

“In the past the annual NDAA has often contained various land packages, and this year is a solid win for Wyoming,” said Rep. Lummis.  “I was able to get my bill that consolidates and fully restores Ranch A to Wyoming into the package.  Also, John Barrasso’s grazing bill and BLM piloting program bill were included and they give certainty to Wyoming’s robust agriculture and energy industries.  Another part of the package protects owners of cabins on public lands by guaranteeing predictable and fair fees so that these families will not be forced to tear down their cabins.”

Among the bills in the package is one bill authorized by Rep. Lummis as well as two bills authored by Senator John Barrasso:

(Lummis) Ranch A: conveys ten acres of Forest Service land that contain the Babcock House, which is already managed and maintained by the Foundation as part of Ranch A to the State of Wyoming. It would also lift federal restrictions on use that currently prevents raising additional revenue for maintenance and improvements.

(Barrasso) Grazing Improvement: gives ranchers certainty by extending the maximum length of permits for livestock grazing on qualified public lands from 10 years to 20 years and by requiring permits to be continued until the an environmental analysis (NEPA) is completed.  It also protects permits that continue current grazing management from NEPA processing and excludes trailing and crossing of livestock across public land from such requirements.

(Barrasso) Pilot Permitting: Allows BLM’s pilot offices to keep a portion of their fee money to apply it to costs of permitting on public land in that office. This will cut delay times, reduce backlog, and make responsible energy development on public lands more efficient.

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Weston County Office Hours

2014/11/13

DeAnna Kay, Riata Little, 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 Weston County at Upton and Newcastle during the following times and places:

 

Upton

Friday, November 21, 2014

Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Upton Branch Library

722 4th Street

 

Newcastle

Friday, November 21, 2014

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Weston County Library

23 West Main

 

Area residents are encouraged to come discuss issues or views, questions or concerns with Kay, Little and Jones 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 Casper office at 307-261-6413

Congressman Lummis’ Sheridan office at 307-673-4608

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House Unanimously Passes Teton County Courthouse Conveyance Bill

2014/11/12

Washington D.C.-Legislation to transfer the Clifford P. Hansen Courthouse to Teton County has now passed both Houses of Congress and is headed to the White House for final signing.  The Clifford P. Hansen Federal Courthouse Conveyance Bill (S. 1934) returns the courthouse in Jackson back to the county and allows the federal court system to lease space to continue holding hearings in the building.

U.S. Senator John Barrasso introduced the legislation in the Senate after the Teton County Commission requested the move in order to safeguard continuity of use for the county. After negotiations with the General Services Administration (GSA) and Commission members, the legislation passed the Senate and was sent on to the House.

Today, after U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis ensured that the Senate bill would be passed by voice vote, the bill passed the House unanimously. 

“It took an act of Congress to return this land to Wyoming hands, but I’m glad we were able to ensure that Teton County would be able to continue to benefit from having the Clifford P. Hansen Federal Courthouse as a resource for the community and the state,” said Sen. Enzi. “I thank Senator Barrasso, Rep. Lummis, and all those involved for their leadership on this issue. Restoring this land to Teton County was the right thing to do.”

“Today’s vote is great news for Teton County, the people of Wyoming and others who rely on the Clifford P. Hansen Courthouse as an important public meeting place,” said Sen. Barrasso. “This agreement would not have been possible without the efforts of Teton County, especially Chairman Phibbs, and the GSA. I’d also like to thank Representative Lummis for her leadership and help in getting this bill across the finish line. I look forward to it being signed into law soon so we can finally secure the future of the Clifford P. Hansen Courthouse.” 

“The Clifford P. Hansen Courthouse in Jackson is on land that was given to the federal government free of charge and Senator Barrasso’s bill enables the return transfer of the land back to the county,” said Rep. Lummis. “Now the county is assured continuing use of the land and the building while room is also assured for federal hearings, all while reducing federal overhead cost. This is a win-win situation and I thank the Teton County Commissioners for working with us on this land transfer.”

Background: 

In 1986 the Board of County Commissioners of Teton County conveyed a parcel of land to the federal government as part of an agreement between Teton County and the Wyoming Federal Court for the construction of a United States District Court in Jackson. The conveyance was made without any payment for the land as the commissioners felt that the construction of the federal courtroom on the property was a major public benefit.

The high cost of full time staffing has caused the federal courts in Wyoming to terminate their lease of the property from the General Services Administration (GSA), and the GSA decided to dispose of the Courthouse property. Three GSA officials from Denver met with Teton County officials to discuss the disposition of the Courthouse. They acknowledged that the County had given the land for the Courthouse for at no cost to the federal government, but stated that they could not give the land back to the County absent legislation granting them such authority. 

The Clifford P. Hansen Federal Courthouse Conveyance Bill fixes this by explicitly conveying the land that was originally donated by Teton County to the Federal Government for the Courthouse and returning it to Teton County for nominal consideration ($1).

Teton County will have to purchase the building for fair market value and maintain the property for public use for the next 20 years. The County will be allowed to credit against the purchase price, costs related to maintenance and operations the County has already undertaken at the Courthouse and any income the County would otherwise receive for providing the Federal Courts access and use of the building.
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Converse County Office Hours

2014/10/29

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

Glenrock Office Hours

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Glenrock Town Hall-Council Chambers

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

 

Douglas Office Hours

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.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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Lummis Statement on Passing Away of Husband Alvin Wiederspahn

2014/10/25

Cheyenne, WY-U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis issued the following statement regarding the death of her husband Alvin Wiederspahn:

“Last night my husband Al passed away peacefully in his sleep in our home in Cheyenne. Annaliese and I know that God has taken Al home to Heaven, but right now our hearts are broken.”

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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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