Harriet Hageman: I'm Endorsing Sen. John Barrasso For Re-Election And Here's Why

In a guest column for Cowboy State Daily, U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman writes, “I am happy to join President Trump in endorsing my friend and working partner in Congress, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, for re-election in November."

CSD Staff

May 05, 20244 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

As we all work to repair the damages caused by President Biden, it is crucial that we have the right leadership in place here in Wyoming. That’s why I am happy to join President Trump in endorsing my friend and working partner in Congress, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, for re-election in November.

Since I entered Congress in January of last year, I have witnessed the dedication with which Senator Barrasso upholds the trust and responsibility placed in him by the people of Wyoming.

Like me, he knows that his seat in the legislature belongs to the voters, and only they get to decide who sits in it. It’s my judgment that Senator Barrasso has served the people well, and it’s my view that he should be re-elected to represent us for six more years.

President Trump specifically endorsed Senator Barrasso in his campaign to become the Republican whip in the Senate, which is the unenviable job of rounding up senators and trying to keep them together.

It’s encouraging that he has pledged to better align the Senate Republican agenda with the wishes of the voters back in the states, which would be a welcome improvement.

And he will be a leader on the all-important issues of restoring the economy to where it was before Biden destroyed it, securing the southern border with Mexico that Biden abandoned, and returning us to the energy dominance the country achieved under Trump.

In short, Senator Barrasso will be that strong, conservative voice we will continue to need in the years ahead, hopefully in a second Trump administration.

It has been an honor to work with Senator Barrasso directly on a number of matters that are important to Wyoming specifically and to the protection of Western states in general.

Senator Barrasso has been a key ally as we have fought to oppose federally mandated electronic identification ear tags for all cattle and bison. If the requirement were implemented, it would financially crush independent Wyoming ranchers and leave beef production in the hands of a small number of gigantic companies.

Arguments that the tags are needed to track diseases are not persuasive because our food supply has never been safer than it is today. Senator Barrasso has been right there with me on this fight against government intrusion into Wyoming’s ranching industry, most notably by co-authoring our Agriculture Appropriations amendment, with Sen. Cynthia Lummis, to defund the ear tag program.

Likewise, Senator Barrasso stood shoulder to shoulder with us to block environmental radicals and foreign adversaries from dictating what Wyomingites can and cannot do with their own land.

He joined the Protect America’s Lands Act to stop stock exchanges from listing Natural Asset Companies, which could seize public and private lands to prevent them from being used for energy production, grazing, mining, recreation, or other economic development purposes.

By sounding the alarm on this possibility, we succeeded in fighting off a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule that would have allowed the New York Stock Exchange to list such dangerous companies.

It is good to have Senator Barrasso as a strong ally as we continue to protect Wyoming through this necessary legislation.

Senator Barrasso stood with us when our Wyoming delegation objected to possible plans from the U.S. Postal Service to move mail processing and distribution centers away from Casper and Cheyenne and into neighboring states. The idea is a threat to the integrity of Wyoming’s mail system and would cost many of our residents their jobs.

We all joined on a letter to the U.S. postmaster general clearly stating our opposition to the processing of Wyoming mail in Colorado or Montana.

Senator Barrasso then joined the POSTAL Act, a bill I introduced to prohibit the closure of a processing facility if it would leave the state without such a facility. This is a good example of Washington, D.C., listening to the people at home.

There is no question that a lot is riding on the outcome of the November elections, with the direction and fate of the country hanging in the balance. With that in mind, I firmly believe it is in the best interests of our state to have Senator John Barrasso representing us in the U.S. Senate.

He has been a strong leader for Wyoming and an excellent teammate in our congressional delegation, and I wholeheartedly endorse him for re-election.

Harriet Hageman is the lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of Wyoming.

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