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Cheney, McCarthy Clash Over Trump’s Future in GOP and Country

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

The two wings of the Republican Party sparred again Wednesday morning at a House Leadership press conference.

GOP House leaders held the news conference to discuss President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposal.

On that issue, Republicans are united. They don’t like it.

But when reporters had their turn and asked about former President Donald Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend, the divisions were revealed.

“Yes, he should speak,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said immediately.

Of course, someone checked with U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney to see if she concurred.

She said it was up to the organizers of the conference.

But she didn’t stop there.

“I’ve been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which the events following January 6, I don’t believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country,” she said.

During Cheney’s remarks, McCarthy shut his eyes, fidgeted, and nervously moved back and forth while House Minority Whip Steve Scalise shook his head, appearing to disagree with her.

Silence followed, and then McCarthy expressed a clear desire to get out of there.

“On that high note, thank you all very much,” he said to laughter.

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Cheney: America Needs to Stand Up for Freedom

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday urged the nation’s leaders to stand up in defense of freedom.

“The security of our nation, the defense of our freedom, and America’s ability to continue to lead the world all demand that those of us who are elected and appointed officials conduct ourselves in ways that are worthy of the sacrifice so many have made in generations past for our freedom,” she said during her keynote speech to the Reagan Institute.

Cheney’s address covered a multitude of topics, from the need for America to be a global leader to the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January and the need for a strong military.

“Preserving peace and freedom requires that our adversaries and our allies know we have the will and the means to defend ourselves and our interests,” she said. “This means we must fund the defense of the nation. And we must do so at levels sufficient to maintain, or regain, our superiority.”

However, the nation must also be aware of the threats posed by actions from inside the country, such as the attack on the Capitol, she added.

“The freedom that others have fought and died for must not be squandered,” Cheney said. “Attacks on it, such as the one we saw on Jan. 6, must not be minimized. The freedom that we all defend belongs not to us. It belongs to our children and grandchildren. To them, we owe fidelity to the Constitution and a duty to uphold our oath, an oath we swore under God, to do everything necessary to defend it.”

Cheney has spoken about her dedication to the Constitution regularly during public appearances, mainly in response to the attack on the Capitol and her subsequent impeachment vote against former President Donald Trump.

Cheney also spoke out against white supremacy during her talk, saying that the Republican Party would not be the face of it.

“We will right the unforgivable wrongs of Jan. 6,” she said. “We will make our party worthy once again of the mantle of Lincoln and of Reagan.”

Members of white supremacist groups were identified as being part of the mob that attacked the Capitol.

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Cheney: Wyoming Will Lose Jobs By U.S. Rejoining Paris Climate Accord

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday said Wyoming will lose jobs because the United States has rejoined the Paris Climate Accord.

“The Paris Accord is a bad agreement based on flawed science,” Cheney said in a statement. “It subjects the United States to unattainable requirements that will destroy jobs in Wyoming and across the country, while allowing other nations with terrible environmental track records to continue to operate without consequences.”

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 parties in Paris in December 2015 and took effect in November 2016.

Its goal is to limit global warming during this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius — and preferably 1.5 degrees — compared to pre-industrial levels.

Former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement in 2017, a controversial move that received mixed response.

When President Joe Biden was sworn into office in January, he signed an executive order to rejoin the agreement, which became official late last week.

“President Biden’s decision to rejoin this deal is entirely motivated by politics, which provides no comfort to the American people who will lose their jobs or pay higher energy bills as a result of today’s action,” Cheney said.

According to CNN, under the Obama administration, the U.S. had pledged to slash carbon emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

Biden plans to hold a climate summit of world leaders in April, where he will present the nation’s goal for reducing carbon emissions by 2030.

Many of Biden’s executive orders regarding energy in the United States have drawn harsh criticism from Wyoming officials from its congressional delegation to even Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.

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Bouchard Unsurprised By Multiple Cheney Censures

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Cheyenne Sen. Anthony Bouchard isn’t surprised his congressional opponent has received multiple censures from Republican parties across the state for her vote on the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

Bouchard, who has announced he will run against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in 2022, on Friday spoke out against her and talked about his views on immigration, guns and more during an interview with New Right Network.

Bouchard added that he has explained this viewpoint to potential voters across the state, campaigning against Cheney’s vote, something he and other Republicans consider as a “stab in the back.”

“That’s what happens, we have people who go back to Congress and don’t talk about what’s happening,” he explained to host Jason Roberge. “They just come here and electioneer and they don’t tell people what’s going on.”

Cheney voted to impeach former Trump last month on allegations he incited a riot at the U.S. Capitol in early January as Congress met to confirm the Electoral College’s votes in the presidential election, in which now-President Joe Biden beat Trump.

While the House, with Cheney’s vote, approved articles of impeachment, Trump was acquitted of the charges last weekend in his Senate trial. U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis both opposed the impeachment.

Cheney has now been censured by multiple Republican parties since her vote, most recently by the Laramie County Republican Party earlier this week.

Last month, Bouchard announced his run against Cheney for her House seat, which she has held since 2017. The primary elections will take place next year.

“Representing the people is the most important thing, that’s the integrity of the system,” Bouchard said in his interview. “We’re losing it when we have people who go back to Washington and work to play the swamp games.”

Bouchard added that Cheney wasn’t a “real” Wyoming resident and couldn’t properly represent its residents.

“I think she’s working for the people of Virginia more than the people of Wyoming,” he said.

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Cheney Questions Wisdom Of Return To Iran Nuke Deal

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

America’s return to a nuclear deal with Iran will just put nuclear weapons in the hands of a terrorist regime, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Friday.

Cheney released a statement criticizing the administration of President Joe Biden for announcing it would return to the deal abandoned by the administration of former President Donald Trump in 2018.

“Re-engaging with the human rights abusers in Tehran to revive this disastrous, outdated agreement will embolden a ballistic missile-armed, terrorist regime and make us and our allies more vulnerable to their hostile behavior,” Cheney said in a statement.

The deal reaches back to the administration of former President Barak Obama, which joined with other western countries in 2015 to offer Iran an end to international economic sanctions if it would ship 97% of its nuclear fuel out of the country. The objective was to limit the ability of Iran to create nuclear weapons.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal, calling it one-sided, and began pushing the United Nations to restore sanctions against the Iranians. The Biden Administration, according to a New York Times report Friday, is backing away from efforts to restore sanctions.

But Cheney agreed that the deal was not a good one.

“The Iran nuclear deal was one of the most flawed agreements ever negotiated,” her statement said. “The Obama Administration sent billions of dollars to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism in exchange for a pathway to obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

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Power Outages: Cheney Says Fossil Fuels Only Reliable And Affordable Source of Electricity

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

With nearly 70% of the nation experiencing snow and Arctic temperatures and large sections of the country going through power outages, you would think there would be no better time for advocates of the fossil fuel industry to speak up.

And they are.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday posted an opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal which said “power shortages show the folly of eliminating natural gas — and coal.”

“Once again, the left’s agenda runs into reality,” Cheney said. “We need fossil fuels. They are crucial for our economy, and the only reliable and affordable source of electricity.”

Paul Ulrich, Vice President for Jonah Energy, applauded Cheney’s statement.

“The events of the past few days demonstrate the leading role natural gas should play in meeting energy demand,” Ulrich said. “Natural gas is reliable and low cost and we also produce some of the cleanest supply of natural gas in the nation.”   

“Major emission reduction efforts to address climate goals and responsible energy development are compatible. We have proven it at Jonah Energy and in Wyoming,” he said.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took a shot at the Biden Administration stating that an “American-first energy policy is critically important.”

“The Biden administration has taken unprecedented action in recent weeks to restrict the distribution of fuel sources that heat homes in South Dakota and many other states,” Noem said. “I am calling on President Biden to immediately change course in the interest of all the families struggling to heat their homes across our country.”

One viral photo that was making the Twitter rounds on Tuesday showed a frozen turbine getting “saved” by helicopter, which is, of course, powered by fossil fuels.

“A helicopter running on fossil fuel spraying a chemical made from fossil fuels onto a wind turbine made with fossils fuels during an ice storm is awesome,” Luke Legate tweeted.

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Laramie County GOP to Discuss Cheney Censure on Tuesday

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Laramie County Republican Party could soon join the ranks of other Republican party groups across Wyoming that have censured U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

According to an email sent from an address belonging to the Laramie County GOP, a resolution to censure Cheney was submitted for consideration during the party’s meeting Tuesday.

The unidentified party official who responded to questions from the Cowboy State Daily said he or she was not sure how the resolution would fare.

“While I normally have a good read on where the votes on resolutions will fall, this one is definitely going to have mixed votes and will likely be pretty split with whichever way it falls,” the email said.

When asked for a name, the person did not respond.

A censure is an expression of disapproval and has no binding effect on its subject.

Multiple Republican parties across Wyoming, including the Wyoming GOP itself, have censured Cheney over the last month in response to her impeachment vote.

Cheney voted to impeach the former president after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. She said at the time that her vote was based on the fact she believed Trump had incited the mob to action.

Five people died as a result of the attack.

Earlier this month, congressional Republicans voted overwhelmingly to keep Cheney in House leadership by a 145 – 61 margin.

“This is just an example that the Republican Party is a very big tent, everyone is invited in, and when you look at the last election, we continue to grow and in two years, we’ll be the majority,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.

The Wyoming Republican Party wasn’t as supportive, however.

“Representative Cheney has aligned herself with leftists who are screaming that what happened last Wednesday is the ‘worst thing ever in our history’ (or similar such claims). That is absurd and shows their lack of knowledge of history as well as their willingness to skew the facts to further their corrupt agenda,” the Wyoming GOP said in a statement.

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Carbon County GOP Chairman on Cheney Censure: “The People Are Saying Something”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The chairman of the Carbon County Republican Party believes U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump will have far-reaching implications, including Cheney’s possible loss in her next re-election bid.

This subject was one of a number addressed by Joey Correnti IV during a 45-minute interview with FYNTV, a Georgia-based media outlet, on Thursday morning.

“I understand people [think the censures against Cheney] doesn’t mean anything, that it’s a slap on the wrist,” Correnti said. “Well, that shows their own ignorance of when you get slapped on the wrist by the hand that feeds you. The people are saying something.”

The host of the program asked Correnti if he thought it was appropriate for Cheney to “vote her conscience” instead of voting for how she thought Wyomingites would want her vote.

“I don’t expect our representative to take a poll of the entire electorate of Wyoming every time they have a decision to make,” Correnti responded. “But she didn’t have to take a poll. Wyoming took a poll on November 3.”

The Carbon County GOP was the first of multiple Wyoming GOP organizations to criticize Cheney for her vote to impeach Trump following the attack on the U.S. Capitol in early January. The Wyoming Republican Party followed up with its own vote for her censure last weekend.

A censure is an expression of disapproval and has no binding effect on its subject.

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach the president on allegations he helped incite the riot.

Correnti expressed disappointment and frustration that Cheney was quick to make a judgment about the riot and that she was not available for any form of contact the night of the riot, which saw Congress reconvene to confirm electoral college results giving President Joe Biden victory over Trump in November’s general election.

Cheney’s lack of availability was one of the major reasons the Carbon County GOP decided to censure her, Correnti said.

“I couldn’t get ahold of our representative, and the people do have a voice, we ended up putting together a resolution,” he said.

Trump’s Senate trial is taking place this week, but both U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis have indicated they will not vote to convict the former president.

Correnti added that there was no evidence that Trump helped incite the riot and that Cheney was only trying to further her own interests with her impeachment vote.

“She said she voted her conscience based on her constitutional duty,” he said. “That, to me, sounds like an accusation.”

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Cheney Estimates 1 Million Jobs Will be Lost Due to Energy Lockdown

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney estimated that 1 million jobs will be lost due to President Joe Biden’s moratorium on energy and natural gas leases on federal property.

Cheney predicted Wyoming would lose around 18,000 jobs due to the lockdown.

“The negative ramifications from the #BidenBan will be felt all across the country,” Cheney said. “Our nation will be more dependent on our adversaries, families will face higher energy bills, and an estimated million jobs will be lost — including 18,000 here in Wyoming.”

Biden issued an executive order in late January halting new oil and gas leasing on federal land to allow the Department of Interior to conduct a comprehensive review of the federal leasing program and existing fossil fuel leases.

Many Wyoming officials, from Cheney to Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow and U.S. Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso, have spoken out against the moratorium.

A University of Wyoming study commissioned by the Legislature concluded that a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal land could reduce Wyoming’s production by $872 million per year, costing the state more than $300 million a year in tax revenue.

“This is significant,” Balow previously said. “What we know in Wyoming is that this could be, by modest estimates, about $150 million a year in lost revenue within just a couple of years.”

Last week, Gov. Mark Gordon directed state agencies to determine how the state will be affected by a ban on oil and gas leasing on federal land and help him plot legal strategies to battle the ban.

“Forty-eight percent of our state is federally owned. Anything you do here in the energy space probably has some aspect of federal leasing tied to it,” Gordon said on Fox earlier this week. “Losing that revenue is devastating to our schools, our communities, those small businesses that depend on the energy sector.”

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Cheney, House GOP Warn Biden of Potential “Border War” With Immigrants

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and 51 other House Republicans warned President Joe Biden of a potential “border war” that could result from illegal immigrants flooding the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

The senators expressed their concerns just weeks after Biden put a halt to construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall.

“We write today to bring attention to the rising illegal migration crisis that is already beginning at our southern border, a mere few weeks into your administration,” the Republicans told the president. “Based on information from sources on the ground, this week Customs and Border Protection agents have seen the average daily flow soar to more than 3,500 migrants, up from 2,000 earlier last month.”

Cheney was joined by other House Republicans including Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

They added that around 300 undocumented minors are crossing the border daily, numbers not seen since around 2019.

Border Patrol agents have encountered more than 200,000 undocumented immigrants since October, according to the letter.

“In Arizona, law enforcement officers have seen increases in illegal foot traffic in areas that ‘went completely dead’ under the Trump administration,” the letter said. “Illegal migrants are not just coming from our southern neighbors either, for example, last Monday, Border Patrol agents arrested 11 Iranians after sneaking across the border in Arizona.”

The House Republicans added that by any standard, these are crisis-level numbers, which are being driven by Biden’s “open border” policies.

“Despite these rising numbers, on your first day as president, you signed multiple executive orders aimed at dismantling the security of our borders -rescinding policies from the Trump administration that were working as intended to halt the flow of illegal migration,” the letter said.

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