U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Reagen Green, Pam Buline and Sherlyn Kaiser will be available to visit with Park County residents on the following date, times and locations:
Cody Office Hours
Friday, September 11, 2015
Cody City Hall Conference Room
1338 Rumsey Avenue
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Powell Office Hours
Friday, September 11, 2015
Powell City Hall Council Chambers
270 No. Clark 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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Rep. Lummis comments at the listening session, for audio click here:
“Madam Assistant Secretary, Deputy Director Lance, and Deputy Division Chief Elser, thank you for being here. We know you’re holding these sessions because Secretary Jewell wants to have an honest and open conversation about the federal coal program. I want you to know that you’ve definitely come to the right place.
“The mineral leasing act obligates the BLM to maximize the value of federal coal for the taxpayer. On this much, we all agree. And Wyoming BLM has done a terrific job over the years on securing a return for the taxpayer. But you get no value out of coal by keeping it in the ground—and that is exactly what your colleagues at the EPA are doing with its power plant rule. The EPA’s own estimates say American coal production will tumble under its power plant rule by 6% in 2020, by15% in 2025, and by 22% in 2030.
“Now, this is due to a variety of factors but one of them is an EPA rule forcing the closure of power plants that use our most abundant, reliable, and affordable fuel—and that is coal. That’s a 22% cut in federal royalties, in the state share, in severance taxes, in funding for public services and school districts, and in well paying coal jobs supporting hard working families right here, like the people in this room.
“And while we’re having this open dialogue and honest conversation, I really want to know, we want to know, why Secretary Jewell told a group of people at headquarters in Washington, D.C. that she wants to pursue the President’s climate objectives in the federal coal program. The President has shown by his actions that his objective is to keep as much coal as possible in the ground. Now I want to invite secretary Jewell to come to Wyoming and explain to us how that is consistent with her fiduciary responsibility under the Mineral Leasing Act to maximize the return on federal coal.
“I also want to take a minute to dispel any notion that a coal royalty hike has been called for by the recent Government Accountability Office and Inspector General reports on the federal coal program. Both of those watchdogs examined the coal program, found some deficiencies, and made some recommendations. And the BLM is in the process of implementing those recommendations, as they should, but neither the GAO nor the Inspector General report recommend a royalty rate increase, or even that the department should be examining royalty rates.
“Secretary Jewell should stick to what the GAO and IG reports actually say, not stray from the mission under the mineral leasing act by turning the federal coal program into a global warming program.
“If the President wants to raise power costs on the poor and middle class and make our grid less reliable, he doesn’t need royalties and taxes to do it. He has the EPA.
“My message today is this: Secretary Jewell, let the people of Wyoming, the largest exporter of energy in America, keep their jobs, keep educating their children, and keep the lights on across this country.
“Thank you very much.”
"Wyoming’s livestock community faces threats to their livelihood on numerous fronts, and all signs lead back to Washington," said Chairman Lummis. “The people we heard from at the hearing are the people keeping our land healthy, productive, and sustainable for future generations. As a life-long rancher, I can tell you we don’t just work the land, we love the land and we pour our souls into it. We have the most to lose when the Federal government makes unworkable rules that, however well-intentioned, hurt the on-the-ground stewards of the natural resources we all care about. Congress needs to give these hardworking people relief from the federal regulatory barrage."
"Ideally governments should be involved in helping people succeed,” said Chairman Bishop. “From our witnesses today it is very clear that federal rules and regulations are harming people, making it impossible for them to succeed in providing a livelihood for themselves and their families. This is not the proper role of government, and if the Administration's rules are going to harm people, congress has got to step up and try to fix it."
"By law, military uniforms must be made from domestic wool producers,” said Pat O’Toole, Wyoming rancher and President of the Family Farm Alliance. “Where are our men and women of the Armed Forces going to get their uniforms if the Department of Labor puts us out of business?"
“This new requirement of the special procedures will reduce the number of employers that can use the H2A program, but their labor needs will remain the same, and again with no American workers to fill those jobs, they will be forced to sell their flocks” said Shaun Sims, Wyoming rancher, President of the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, and the Wyoming Woolgrowers Public Lands Committee Chairman.“I represent the citizens that may not necessarily be the defendants in litigation between radical environmental groups and the federal government, but who absolutely feel the heavy consequences of endless litigation. Adding insult to injury, my clients, friends and family not only have to live with the excessive regulatory burdens, but also have to pay the litigation fees to feed the litigation machine,” said Karen Budd-Falen, Wyoming rancher and attorney at Budd-Falen Law Offices in Cheyenne.
“They are seeking to exercise greater control over the public lands including restricting access, limiting grazing rights and seeking ownership of livestock water rights,” noted Utah Farm Bureau Federation CEO Randy Parker about several recent federal actions. “These detrimental actions are seemingly without regard for the history, culture and economics as required by federal laws including the Federal Land Policy Management Act.”
“It is a story that is hard to tell, partly because it is hard to believe we have so far from when the livestock industry on public lands was relatively stable,” said Elko County (NV) Commissioner Demar Dahl. “Especially in my state of Nevada where 87% of the State belongs to the Federal Government, a stable environment on public lands is essential for a ranch family to survive, let alone prosper.”
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“While American families struggle to make ends meet, the federal bureaucracy continues to expand and bloat,” said Rep. Lummis. “Unelected, unaccountable Washington bureaucrats have been dumping regulations on American families for decades and these have needlessly stifled our economy. Not only that, but many of these rules simply have costs that outweigh their benefits. With this President and Administration continuously playing games and confusing current regulations, they have made long term investment a virtual impossibility. We need accountability, transparency, and certainty and that is what the REINS Act would accomplish.”### Read More
“Today the Great State of Wyoming, the Equality State, is celebrating her 125th anniversary of statehood. Wyoming is a wondrous place boasting our Nation’s first National Park, National Forest, and National Monument. Wyoming’s scenic treasures are second to none in the world.
“Another treasure is our vast stores of resources: coal, uranium, timber, oil, natural gas, soda ash, and rare earth elements all provide critical resources for our nation.
“Further, Wyoming’s freedom-loving, hardworking people have a deep sense of place and seamlessly weave the fabric of stewardship into it, inspiring the entire country and, really, the whole world.
“I am proud to call Wyoming, America’s 44th star, my love, my life, and my home and wish her a blessed and happy 125th year of statehood.”Read More
“Despite the naysaying of groups who have made a business out of litigating on species like the gray wolf, the science has spoken: wolves in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes are recovered and will remain so under the capable management of the states,” said Rep. Lummis. “I am pleased to be part of this bipartisan effort to uphold this true conservation victory and am grateful to my colleagues for joining me to vote down this senseless attack. It is time we treated this as the recovery win it is and return management of the wolf to the states.”
Last week Rep. Lummis voted for an amendment to Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations that would have limited funding for operations against ISIS through March of 2016 unless President Obama presents a plan that is then approved by Congress to authorize use of military force before that time.
“Despite having no clear strategy or direction from the White House, our troops on the ground and in the skies over Iraq and Syria have been helping stall the ruthless ISIS forces,” said Rep. Lummis. “To simply pull these trainers and pilots out and stop all assistance for our allies in the region would not only leave our allies in a dangerous lurch, but would encourage ISIS fighters throughout the Middle East to push harder. In contrast, the DOD appropriation amendment I supported last week was a responsible way to ensure Congress debate and decide on authorization for these operations. Congress needs to debate and decide on operations against ISIS but we should not abandon our allies or leave ISIS unchecked while doing so.”
“The science has spoken: the gray wolves in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes are recovered and will continue as such under the capable management of the states,” said Rep. Lummis. “I am pleased to be a part of this bipartisan effort to uphold this true conservation victory. It is time we treated this as the win it is and return management to the states.”
H.R. 1992: the American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act will prevent an increase of the soda ash royalty rate to 6 percent at the end of this fiscal year. Instead, the bill lowers the rate to 2 percent for five years to help level the playing field between Wyoming and other American soda ash producers who must compete with synthetic, state-subsidized soda ash produced in China. The soda industry directly employs over two thousand workers in Wyoming, in addition to supporting thousands of jobs in the transportation, port, and manufacturing sectors.
H.R. 2358: the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act will streamline and improve management of electricity rights-of-way on federal lands, which are crucial to power delivery but threatened by beetle killed trees and other hazards. This bill will enhance the reliability of the electrical grid in Wyoming, reduce the threat of wildfire, and protect ratepayers.
H.R. 2647: the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 expedites the National Environmental Policy Act to improve forest management activities. This will ensure forest health and resilience by efficiently managing fire-prone forested lands. The bill bolsters what we know works to prevent catastrophic wildfire through proactive management of forests and encouraging state and local collaboration on management projects. It also cuts unnecessary red tape and takes a measured step to prevent unproductive litigation that has held up responsible and environmentally sound projects on our federal forests.
“I am pleased we have passed out of committee these bipartisan bills critical to Wyoming, her forests, and her working families, and the next stop is the House floor,” said Rep. Lummis. “Two of these bills will improve what has been poor federal management of our forests and the energy transmission corridors over federal lands that help keep the lights on in Wyoming. I was particularly pleased to work with Representative Cook on the soda ash bill to keep Wyoming’s soda ash industry globally competitive. This is a jobs bill, ensuring Wyoming’s workers and natural soda ash feed global demand instead of the state-subsidized, artificial soda ash synthesized in China.”
“I’m glad to see my bill was passed out of committee with strong support,” said Rep. Cook. “This is an important bill that will protect a vital industry, grow jobs, and do this with little impact to the federal budget. This $1.8 billion industry within the U.S., employs over 3,000 workers directly, 700 of which are in my district. Additionally, it provides around 20,000 indirect jobs. I appreciate the support of my colleagues on this vital issue, particularly Vice-Chair Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), who joined me in sponsoring this bill.”
“After six years of misleading statements on Obamacare, failed foreign policy, and power grabs over water and land, this president has proven to be untrustworthy at every single turn. I could not bring myself to cast Wyoming’s vote in support of President Obama’s politically driven agenda. I don’t trust him with a clod of dirt, let alone international trade deals.”
113 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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