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U.S. Senate candidate Lummis: too many ‘sacred cows’ in Congress

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CASPER, Wyo— Cynthia Lummis served as Wyoming’s lone U.S. House delegate from 2009-2017, and is now running fill the U.S. Senate seat being retired by Mike Enzi.

As a congressman, Lummis told Oil City News she helped cofound the Freedom Caucus, championed Wyoming’s mineral and energy resources and fought to rein in spending and reduce the federal deficit.

She said she also had to educate eastern lawmakers on western issues.

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“I once had to tell a fellow Congressman what BLM (Bureau of Land Management) stood for during a presentation. The BLM oversees over 245 million surface acres of public lands in the U.S. – that’s about 12 percent of our landmass!”

She said a big part of governing at the national level was elevating western issues and increasing awareness about “just how invasive the federal government is into the lives and businesses of westerners.”

She said that as chair of the Western Caucus, she was able to get the first Interior and Environment (EPA) Appropriations bill to pass through the House of Representatives in seven years.

As a congressman Lummis said she earned a reputation as a “no-nonsense conservative and principled policymaker,” garnering an ‘A+’ rating from the National Rifle Association and a 100% voting record with Right to Life.

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I stood up to moderate leadership of my own party to push back against overspending,” Lummis said. “In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to be a fierce budget hawk and work tirelessly to cut spending and reduce the national debt.”

Before Congress she spent eight years as Wyoming State Treasurer and 14 years as a member of the Wyoming State House and Senate.

“I’m a fourth generation Wyoming native and lifelong rancher,” Lummis said. “I was born and raised in Laramie County and am a three-time graduate of the University of Wyoming.”

“I’m proud to be endorsed by Wyoming’s current U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, the National Rifle Association (NRA), the American Conservative Union, and over 100 community leaders from all 23 Wyoming counties, among others.”

What issues in the U.S. Senate have the greatest impact on Wyoming?

“In the wake of COVID-19, three issues are top of mind – bringing the development and manufacturing of essential products back to the United States and to Wyoming, expanding domestic energy production and tackling our national debt once and for all.  While our economy has been rattled by the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe the ‘Great American Comeback’ is just around the corner.

“We must reduce overly burdensome regulations on business, bring manufacturing and production of critical goods and services back to the United States from China (including critical medical supplies and rare earth minerals) and continue pro- growth tax policies that enable the private sector, and the critical jobs and revenues they provide, to thrive.”

“Be it coal, oil, natural gas, uranium or renewables, Wyoming has it all… Should I be elected to the U.S. Senate, among my top priorities with respect to domestic energy are implementing recommendations of the President’s Nuclear Fuel Working Group to revitalize domestic uranium mining; advancing the research and promotion of carbon capture technologies and coal-derived carbon products; enabling the export of Powder River Basin coal through western ports and ensuring fair, transparent and timely permitting processes within a regulatory framework that is responsive to industry.

“Lastly, it is imperative that we cut federal spending and reduce our staggering national debt which has direct and severe consequences for our economy, household incomes and savings, policy decisions, national security and ultimately American exceptionalism.”

What would you like to change about how Wyoming votes on the national issues?

“I give Wyoming’s current Congressional Delegation high marks for how they vote and represent the people of Wyoming in Washington. Conservative values run deep in our state and our Republican delegation does a good job representing those values and championing the issues most important to Wyoming people, communities and businesses, including energy, agriculture and public lands.”

“There is a reason President Trump is incredibly popular here in Wyoming. His message of ‘America First’ and his efforts to bring manufacturing and technology jobs back to the United States, to expand domestic energy production, and to ensure the United States is no longer taken advantage of in the international arena really resonates with Wyoming people.”

Are there any specific positions that the U.S. Senate has taken that you disagree with?

“In reality, there is no political will to target specific programs for elimination. There are too many ‘sacred cows’ in every agency. As a result, shaving off a small portion from every agency and program is the only possible way to get people to coalesce and make meaningful gains in reducing spending and balancing the budget. Good leaders should be able to look at their organization holistically and find places to cut.”