White House Claims Wyo Public Trains Are Outdated; Barrasso Explains There Are No Public Trains in Wyo

Sen. John Barrasso took exception to the White House's claim that Wyoming's public transit trains are outdated -- mainly because Wyoming has no public transit trains.

Jimmy Orr

April 13, 20212 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

If you are going to put out a fact sheet, it’s always helpful to have the fact sheet be factual.

In this case, it was not.

Sen. John Barrasso called out the White House for its claim that one-third of Wyoming’s trains and transit vehicles are outdated.

Problem is, as Barrasso noted, Wyoming doesn’t operate a public train system.

The senator produced a copy of a White House fact sheet which said that “32 percent of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life.”

“The Biden Administration claims that its plan will help support existing public transit trains in Wyoming. There are no public transportation trains in Wyoming. The president says he is a “no malarkey” guy… this is a malarkey plan,” Barrasso said.

“This multi-trillion dollar waste of taxpayer funds is the biggest bait and switch since President Obama announced his “shovel-ready” stimulus,” Barrasso said. “After all these years, President Biden has found something to shovel, the problem for the American people is he is shoveling malarkey.”

Barrasso isn’t against infrastructure. In fact, his infrastructure plan had unanimous support from the Environment and Public Works Committee, including Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The issue, he has said, is that President Biden’s infrastructure plan isn’t about infrastructure. 

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney said the same thing on Face the Nation on Sunday.

“This bill needs to be fundamentally redone,” Cheney said. “It would need to be a different bill, it would need to actually focus on infrastructure, not on so many of the additional Green New Deal spending priorities.”

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Jimmy Orr

Executive Editor

A third-generation Wyomingite, Jimmy Orr is the executive editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.