Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis

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Wyoming Missionary Found Dead in Nicaragua

2014/04/15

Karen Colclough (37) was a beloved resident of Wilson, Wyoming who worked as a Community Entry Services employee and a ski patroller at Snow King, Jackson. On April 11, while on a mission trip to Nicaragua organized by the local Presbyterian Church, she went missing. After three days of searching, her body was discovered. In response, U.S. Representative Cynthia M. Lummis issued the following statement:

“Nothing can be said to ease the pain of a tragedy like this. My prayers are with Karen, her family, friends, and neighbors. Some of Karen’s friends have already contacted me explaining how caring, loving, and generous she was; the mission of mercy and faith she was on speaks to that selflessness. This all makes me confident that she is now at peace in heaven but I will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and help in any way I can.”

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Lummis Holds Lerner in Contempt

2014/04/10

Washington, D.C.-Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis voted with a majority of members on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold former Director of Tax Exempt Organizations at the Internal Revenue Service Lois Lerner in contempt. Lerner has refused to answer questions and has failed to cooperate with the committee’s ongoing investigation of the IRS political targeting scandal despite being subpoenaed to do so. House counsel advised that Lerner had waived her 5th amendment rights by declaring her innocence and by, after invoking her right to remain silent, answering questions posed by the Democratic members of the oversight panel. Commenting on the contempt vote, Rep. Lummis issued the following statement:

“It is often said ‘the power to tax is the power to destroy’. In the past we have seen this power wielded to take down such notorious figures as Al Capone, the gangster from the 1920’s. But now we have seen Lois Lerner use this same destructive power against the very people who it was designed to serve. Ms. Lerner said ‘I have done nothing wrong, I have broken no laws’. But that is a falsehood and her own emails document her raw partisan agenda against conservatives’ rights to free speech. The Oversight Committee needs to find the truth and to that end it we need answers from Lois Lerner. Lerner’s actions while employed at the IRS and her refusal to answer the questions posed by the committee are truly contemptible and I appreciate the committee’s decision to hold her in that contempt.”

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Lummis Votes for Fiscal Sanity

2014/04/10

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and a majority of her House colleagues passed H. Con. Res. 96: The Path to Prosperity, the Fiscal Year 2015 House Republican Budget Resolution, by a vote of 219-205. In contrast to the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal which increases spending by nearly $1 trillion and never balances, the House Republican Path to Prosperity balances within ten years and cuts $5.1 trillion in federal spending. The Path to Prosperity provides a full repeal of Obamacare, and reforms Medicare and Medicaid to strengthen and preserve those programs for current and future generations.

Importantly, the Path to Prosperity includes pro-growth policies to improve our economy. The budget calls for expanded energy production to strengthen our nation’s energy security and streamlining our complex tax code to create jobs and simplify tax compliance for American families and businesses.

“Once again we have passed a responsible budget in the U.S. House to turn our country around, return it to fiscal sanity, and lead it further down the path of prosperity,” said Rep. Lummis. “I very much appreciate the hard work of Paul Ryan on this budget. This plan takes the difficult and absolutely necessary task of reforming social welfare and certain entitlement programs head-on. It cuts government spending by over $5 trillion as our national debt soars over the $17 trillion debt mark. And it would balance the federal budget within ten years. It is high time we rein in the out of control spending in Washington.”

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Uinta County Office Hours

2014/04/08

Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their field representatives, Reagen Green, Sandy DaRif, and Pat Aullman are scheduled to hold “Office Hours” in Uinta County at the following time and places:
 
Friday, April 11, 2014
Uinta County Library
Bridger Carter Room
701 Main Street
Evanston, WY
10:00 to 11:00 AM
 
And
 
Lyman Town Hall
100 E. Sage Street
Lyman, WY
3:00 to 4:00 PM

Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives to discuss issues or views regarding the federal government. These ideas and concerns will be relayed to,
Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso, and Representative Lummis.

If you have any questions please contact
Sandy DaRif at Senator Barrasso’s Rock Springs Office
Phone: (307) 362-5012
 
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Converse County Office Hours

2014/04/07

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, April 16th, 2014
Glenrock Town Hall-Council Chambers
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Douglas Office Hours
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Douglas City Hall-101 N. 4th Street-Council Chambers
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 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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Lummis Votes to Protect American Workers from Obamacare

2014/04/03

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis and a bi-partisan house majority of 248-179 passed H.R. 2575: the Save the American Workers Act. This bill would restore the definition of full time employees to the common standard of 40 hours a week. Currently under Obamacare a 30 hour week is the threshold for full time and any business which has 50 or more full time employees must provide healthcare or pay a fine. The bill would save many employees from having their hours cut so that their employer can afford to keep them on.

“In spite of the tough economic times Americans are working through, Obamacare aims to make it worse,” said Rep. Lummis. “The Save the American Workers act spares both employees and employers some of the affliction of Obamacare. Unless the Senate passes the bill and the President signs it, Obamacare will destroy small businesses, the backbone of our economy, by forcing them to cut hours or take on new costs and millions of workers will lose much needed wages.”

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Lummis Introduces ESA Litigation Transparency Bill

2014/03/27

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) Working Group introduced a suite of bills today that specifically target areas of the ESA that the Working Group found outdated during eight months of field hearings and forums.  U.S Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), co-chair of the Working Group with Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rep. Hastings (R-WA), introduced H.R. 4316: the Endangered Species Recovery Transparency Act.  The bill would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to track, report to Congress, and make available online: 1) funds expended to respond to ESA lawsuits; 2) the number of employees dedicated to litigation; and 3) attorneys fees awarded in the course of ESA litigation and settlement agreements.

 The four bills are supported by all the Members of the ESA Congressional Working Group, representing districts across the nation, and are based on the recommendations and findings of their report as well as input from a broad array of stakeholders, including the Western Governors’ Association.  The four bills focus on transparency and species recovery.  

“The bills we introduced today are modest steps towards improving the ESA by refocusing it on the purpose Congress always intended – conserving and recovering species,” said Rep. Lummis.  “Since passage of the law over 40 years ago, ESA policies have been increasingly driven by litigation, which has diverted attention and precious resources away from species recovery.  Our legislation starts the reform process in part by increasing litigation transparency for public and congressional review.  The stakes for species and taxpayers are too high for there not to be a full and accurate accounting of how many tax dollars are funding courtroom battles instead of species recovery.  This is an outdated model, especially when compared to the effective boots-on-the-ground conservation efforts that we see every day in Wyoming and elsewhere at the state and local level.”

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a Full Committee legislative hearing on these bills on Tuesday, April 8.  

  • H.R.4315, 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act (Rep. Hastings, R-WA)

The 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act would require data used by federal agencies for ESA listing decisions to be made publicly available and accessible through the Internet.  The bill would allow the American people to actually see what science and data are being used to make key listing decisions.

  • H.R. 4316, Endangered Species Recovery Transparency Act (Rep. Lummis, R-WY)

The Endangered Species Recovery Transparency Act would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to track, report to Congress, and make available online: 1) funds expended to respond to ESA lawsuits; 2) the number of employees dedicated to litigation; and 3) attorneys fees awarded in the course of ESA litigation and settlement agreements.

  • H.R. 4317, State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act (Rep. Neugebauer, R-TX)

The State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act would require the federal government to disclose to affected states all data used prior to any ESA listing decisions and require that the “best available scientific and commercial data” used by the federal government include data provided by affected states, tribes, and local governments.

  • H.R. 4318, Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act (Rep. Huizenga, R-MI)

The Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act would prioritize resources towards species protection by placing reasonable caps on attorneys’ fees and making the ESA consistent with another federal law.  The Equal Access to Justice Act limits the hourly rate for prevailing attorney fees to $125 per hour. However, no such fee cap currently exists under the ESA, and attorneys have often been awarded huge sums of taxpayer-funded money.  This bill would put in place the same $125 per hour cap on attorneys fees for suits filed under the ESA that currently exist under the Equal Access to Justice Act.
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Lincoln County Office Hours

2014/03/18

Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their field representatives, Reagen Green, Sandy DaRif, and Pat Aullman are scheduled to hold “Office Hours” in Kemmerer at the following time and place:

Kemmerer Senior Center
105 JC Penney Drive
Kemmerer, WY

Friday, March 28, 2014
12:30 to 1:30 PM

Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives to discuss issues or views regarding the federal government. These ideas and concerns will be relayed to, Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Representative Lummis.

If you have any questions please contact Sandy DaRif at Senator Barrasso’s Rock Springs Office Phone: (307) 362-5012

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Teton County Office Hours

2014/03/18

Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their Teton County representatives, Reagen Green, Pam Buline, and Pat Aullman are schedule to hold “Office Hours” in Teton County at the following times and places:

Jackson Town Hall
Town Hall; 150 E Pearl
(307) 733-3932
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
9:30 to 10:30

Area residents are encouraged to visit with Green, Buline and Aullman 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 Representative Lummis.

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House Votes to Protect Seniors’ Healthcare

2014/03/14

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis and a bi-partisan majority in the House voted 238-181 to pass H.R. 4015: the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is a flawed medicare formula that would have cut physician reimbursements. This bill repeals the SGR and replaces it with a phased dual payment system that rewards quality care. The bill also allows for more transparency on quality ratings and expenses for doctors. The transition to the new system is paid for with a five year delay to Obamacare’s individual mandate.

“We voted today to protect seniors’ access to quality healthcare and to do so in a fiscally responsible way,” said Rep. Lummis. “This bill ends the Medicare cuts that have been looming on the horizon for years and would have amounted to a 25% pay cut to physicians who treat our seniors. That cut would make finding a doctor for seniors very difficult. Delaying the Obamacare individual mandate for five years pays for the transition and gives a realistic idea of the state of finances for the Medicare Trust Fund. I call on the senate to act on this bi-partisan, permanent fix to the SGR.”

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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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