By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office has been an unfortunate time for Wyoming.
During a call with Wyoming reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Cheney spoke about her expectations ahead of Biden’s first speech in front of both congressional houses.
“Even thought it’ll look different, the message we’ll be hearing from President Biden will be the same that we’ve been hearing since his first days in office,” she said. “It’s been a really unfortunate time, in terms of policy demand, particularly for Wyoming.”
She criticized Biden’s decision to stop construction on a border wall between the United States and Mexico first implemented by President Donald Trump.
“There are supplies that have already been purchased, we’ve already appropriated contractors that could easily be used to complete construction of the wall in places where we know people are coming across illegally,” she said.
However, since the Biden administration halted construction, taxpayers are footing the bill for both the materials and contractors, neither of which are being used.
Cheney has supported the border wall for some time, noting in the call that the U.S./Mexico border was being controlled by drug cartels who also are engaged in human trafficking.
“I would hope that we would begin to see a change in policy but I don’t believe we will,” she said, adding that she expected to see more policies enabling situations like the border crisis.
She reiterated sentiments expressed by her colleague, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, that the situation at the border is both a national security and humanitarian crisis.
This is not the first time the representative has addressed Biden’s “lax” policies regarding immigration, joining in with Barrasso last month to criticize the president regarding undocumented immigrants crossing the border.