Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis

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Lummis, Hinojosa Bill Brings Transparency and Accountability to Broken Federal Uranium Program

2015/05/21

Today U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) introduced the Excess Uranium Transparency and Accountability Act in the House.  This bipartisan bill would for the first time ever require federal uranium transfers to go through full rulemaking, including public notice and comment, as well as require the data used in these rulemakings to adhere to federal data quality standards.  The bill would also cap the amount of excess uranium the Secretary of Energy could transfer each year at 2,100 metric tons, a level consistent with the Secretary’s recent decision to reign in the previously unchecked transfers.  Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and others introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

In recent years, the Department of Energy has flooded the uranium market with excess federal uranium, driving down the price of uranium and flouting the law’s requirement that transfers do not adversely impact the American uranium industry.  The bill responds to numerous flaws in the uranium program identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that federal uranium sales lack transparency, are highly inefficient, and have generated returns for the taxpayer far lower than their market potential. 

“Light disinfects and this bipartisan bill seeks to shine disinfecting light on DOE uranium transfers by promoting both transparency and accountability,” said Rep. Lummis.  “Past DOE transfers have hurt uranium producers and cost taxpayers an estimated $195 million in potential additional revenue on excess uranium sales.  This act, however, would establish a robust public process to help ensure that future transfers maximize returns for taxpayers on these resources.  It would also codify Secretary Moniz’s most recent cap on uranium transfers, preventing DOE from disrupting uranium markets in the meantime.  Past unchecked federal uranium sales have given no regard to their market impacts, wreaking havoc on the men and women of Wyoming’s uranium industry who are working to alleviate our almost 90 percent dependence on foreign uranium for American electricity needs.”

 

“It is a simple question of fairness,” said Rep. Hinojosa. “Insisting on transparency and accountability in regards to how the DOE manages federal excess uranium inventory is not a controversial position to take. It is a responsible one. The DOE has consistently failed to manage its excess uranium inventory, violating not only its own policy, but federal law. I believe this legislation is long overdue.”

 

For the bill text please click here or go to: http://lummis.house.gov/UploadedFiles/LUMMIS_020_xml.pdf

 

Additional House co-sponsors:

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)

Henry Cuellar (D-TX)

 

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House Bill Delays Lifting Iran Sanctions, Ensures Congressional Review of Deal

2015/05/15

Yesterday U.S Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large) voted along with a veto proof majority of her colleagues to pass H.R. 1191 to ensure that Congress has up to 60 days to review any deal between President Obama and Iran.  During this period of review President Obama will be unable to waive sanctions on Iran, as he is otherwise able to do under current law.

“This bill is the best opportunity we have to prevent a deal with Iran that allows them to develop a nuclear weapon,” said Rep. Lummis.  “A nuclear armed Iran cannot be an option.  With this bill, Congress will at least get a look at the deal President Obama is negotiating with Iran before any sanctions can be lifted.  It is not a perfect bill, and stopping a bad agreement will still be difficult.  We need to ensure any agreement between the US and Iran prevents Iran from getting the bomb and protects our national security as well as our primary ally in the Middle East: Israel.”

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Lummis Votes for Defense Bill, Supports Nuclear Triad

2015/05/15

Today U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large) voted with 269-151 of her colleagues to pass H.R. 1735:  the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016.  An amendment to the military policy legislation offered by Rep. Lummis along with Reps. Kevin Cramer (ND-at large), Ryan Zinke (MT-at large), and Adrian Smith (NE-03) was passed by voice vote yesterday.  The amendment adds language to the NDAA that would ensure U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) forces are kept on alert.  F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne controls nearly a third of the nation’s ICBMs.


“America’s ICBM forces are at the ready, ensuring security for our nation 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Rep. Lummis.  “The U.S. is not facing fewer threats today. If anything we are facing more threats and we should keep our defense systems, especially the three legs of our nuclear triad, in readiness.  This force helps reassure allies and remind enemies that America remains a powerful, prepared military force.  I am pleased that our amendment supporting the ICBMs passed the House by voice, showing the bi-partisan support for our keeping our strategic deterrence on alert.”

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Crook County Office Hours

2015/05/05

DeAnna Kay, Denise Ebzery, and Matt Jones, Field Representatives for U.S. Senators Michael Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are scheduled to hold “Office Hours” in Sundance and Pine Haven at the following times and places:

Sundance

Thursday, May 14, 2015

11:00 a.m. to Noon

Sundance Town Hall

213 E. Main Street

 

Pine Haven

Thursday, May 14, 2015

1:00 p.m. to1:30 p.m.

Pine Haven Town Hall

24 Waters Street

Area residents are encouraged to come to discuss issues or views, questions or concerns regarding the federal government.  These comments and concerns will be relayed to Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Congressman Lummis.

If residents are unable to attend at that time, but would like information or assistance, please contact these offices at:

Senator Enzi’s Gillette office at 307-682-6268

Senator Barrasso’s Sheridan office at 307-672-6456

Congressman Lummis’ Sheridan office at 307-673-4608
                                                                                    
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Lincoln County Office Hours

2015/05/04

Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their Lincoln County representatives, Nikki Brunner, Irene Parsons and Pat Aullman are scheduled to hold “Office Hours” in Lincoln County, WY at the following times and places:

Wednesday - May 13, 2015

Alpine Town Hall

250 River Circle

Alpine, WY 83120

Time: 9:00am to 10:00am

And

Star Valley Ranch Town Hall

781 Vista East Drive

Star Valley Ranch, WY 83127

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

And

Afton Town Hall

416 Washington

Afton, WY 83110

Time: 1:00pm to 2:00p 

Area residents are encouraged to visit with Brunner, Parsons and Aullman on an individual basis to discuss issues, or their views regarding the federal government.  These ideas and concerns will then be relayed to Senators Enzi and Barrasso and Representative Lummis.

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Lummis, Newhouse to Secretary Jewell: Delist Gray Wolf Nationally

2015/04/30

Yesterday U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) and Dan Newhouse (WA-04) sent a letter, along with 35 of their colleagues, to urge Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to move forward with finalizing a June 2013 proposed rule to delist the gray wolf (Canis lupus) nationally from the “List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

“We write to you in strong support of the proposed rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Department of Interior (DOI) to delist the gray wolf (Canis lupus) nationally, though we are very concerned with the lack of progress USFWS and DOI have made on this important issue,” the Members wrote“We urge you to move forward with the implementation of the gray wolf delisting effort proposed by USFWS and ask that you deny any request seeking to rescind or modify the proposed rule.

“In addition to scientific data showing significant increases to the number of wolves nationally, the proposed rule also recognizes a number of significant changes in scientists' understanding of the taxonomy and historic habitat in the 37 years since the gray wolf was first listed as endangered.

“The failure by USFWS to fully delist the gray wolf has also led to decreased ‘social tolerance’ and has hurt the ability of many states to maintain this critically-important facet of successful wolf recovery.  This complex issue includes various considerations – from social to economic and political – and a state’s ability to manage their gray wolf population relies on the input and buy-in of a variety of stakeholders, who can be disenfranchised by the failure to remove problem wolves (lethally or through other means).”

Rep. Lummis has additionally co-sponsored legislation to restore the approved state management plans for the gray wolf in both Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes region.

The letter was signed by Reps. Mark E. Amodei (R-NV), Dan Benishek (R-MI), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Ken Buck (R-CO), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Kevin Cramer ((R-ND), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Tom Emmer (R-MN), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Doug Lamborn ((R-CO), Mia Love (R-UT), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Jeff Miller (R-FL), John Moolenaar (R-MI), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Steve Pearce (R-MN), Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), Reid Ribble ((R-WI), David Rouzer (R-NC), Paul Ryan (R-WI), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Adrian Smith ((R-NE), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Greg Walden (R-OR), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Don Young (R-AK), and Ryan Zinke (R-MT).


For the full text of the letter
click here or see below:

April 28, 2015

The Honorable Sally Jewell 

Secretary

U.S. Department of the Interior

1849 C Street, N.W.

Washington, DC  20240

 

The Honorable Dan Ashe

Director

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

1849 C Street, NW

Washington, DC  20240

Dear Secretary Jewell and Director Ashe:

We write to you in strong support of the proposed rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Department of Interior (DOI) to delist the gray wolf (Canis lupus) nationally, though we are very concerned with the lack of progress USFWS and DOI have made on this important issue.  We urge you to move forward with the implementation of the gray wolf delisting effort proposed by USFWS and ask that you deny any request seeking to rescind or modify the proposed rule.  Further, we are opposed to your January 16, 2015 decision to list the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) as an endangered subspecies.

On June 13, 2013, DOI and USFWS published in the Federal Register (FR) a proposed rule that would have removed the gray wolf from the “List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.”  This determination was made after USFWS “evaluated the classification status of gray wolves currently listed in the contiguous United States and Mexico under the Endangered Species Act of 1973” (ESA) and found the “best available scientific and commercial information indicates that the currently listed entity is not a valid species under the Act.” (Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2013–0073)

The statutory purpose of ESA is to recover species to the point where they are no longer considered "endangered" or "threatened." The gray wolf is currently found in nearly fifty countries around the world and has been placed in the classification of "least concern" globally for risk of extinction by the Species Survival Commission Wolf Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN).  Despite numerous lawsuits brought by the environmental community, ample populations in the United States and Canada have already led to the delisting of the gray wolf from ESA in the Northern Rocky Mountain and Western Great Lakes region. This indication makes clear that this species is not endangered nor threatened with extinction.

The proposed rule notes that there is no distinctive genetic or behavioral difference between the wolves in Canada and the Western delisted regions in the United States, and the gray wolves that currently reside where the species is still classified as endangered. Of particular concern is the fact that there are no geographic barriers to prevent the wolves from traveling between listed and delisted areas. In the State of Washington, the gray wolf is delisted only in the eastern third of the state, forcing USFWS and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WADFW) to rely on an arbitrary political boundary when delineating a species.  In fact, packs identified in the Pacific Northwest (where the gray wolf is still listed as endangered) have been found to be descendants of those from British Columbia and the delisted Northern Rocky Mountain region – meaning they are not a "discrete" population as defined under ESA.

The need to delist is supported by your assertion in the proposed rule that ESA "does not require us to restore the gray wolf to all of its historical range or even to a majority of its current suitable habitat. Instead, the Act requires that we recover listed species such that they no longer meet the definitions of 'threatened species' or 'endangered species' ... although C. lupus (gray wolf) has undergone significant range contraction in portions of its historical range, the species continues to be widespread and, as a whole, stable. We have found no substantial evidence to suggest that gray wolves are at risk of extinction throughout their global range now or are likely to become so in the foreseeable future."

Federal environmental and species management policies must be based on the best available science.  In addition to scientific data showing significant increases to the number of wolves nationally, the proposed rule also recognizes a number of significant changes in scientists' understanding of the taxonomy and historic habitat in the 37 years since the gray wolf was first listed as endangered.

As the proposed rule clearly shows, full delisting of the gray wolf is long overdue.  Since wolves were first provided protections under ESA, uncontrolled and unmanaged growth of wolf populations has resulted in devastating impacts on hunting and ranching, as well as tragic losses to historically strong and healthy livestock and wildlife populations. 

The failure by USFWS to fully delist the gray wolf has also led to decreased “social tolerance” and has hurt the ability of many states to maintain this critically-important facet of successful wolf recovery.  This complex issue includes various considerations – from social to economic and political – and a state’s ability to manage their gray wolf population relies on the input and buy-in of a variety of stakeholders, who can be disenfranchised by the failure to remove problem wolves (lethally or through other means).

We believe that state governments are fully qualified to responsibly manage gray wolf populations and are better able to meet the needs of local communities, ranchers, livestock, and wildlife populations.  Delisting the gray wolf under ESA would allow state wildlife officials to more effectively manage wolf populations – as we have seen is possible in states such as Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  We urge that you move forward with finalizing and implementing the proposed rule to nationally delist the gray wolf without further delay. 

Sincerely,

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Niobrara County Office Hours

2015/04/30

U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Kelly Carpenter, Riata Little and Jackie King will be available to visit with Niobrara County residents on the following date, time and location:

Tuesday, May 12th 2015
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Lusk Town Hall- City Council Chambers
201 East 3rd Street


Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives of the Wyoming delegation during this time to discuss matters regarding the federal government. These comments and concerns will then be relayed to their U.S. Senators and Congressman.

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Converse County Office Hours

2015/04/30

U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing their respective Field Representatives, Kelly Carpenter, Riata Little and Jackie King will be available to visit with Converse County residents on the following date, times and locations:

Glenrock Office Hours
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Glenrock Town Hall-Council Chambers
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Douglas Office Hours
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Douglas City Hall-l0l N. 4th Street-Council Chambers
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Area residents are encouraged to visit with the Representatives of the Wyoming delegation during this time to discuss matters regarding the federal government. These comments and concerns will then be relayed to the Senators and Congressman.

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Lincoln County Office Hours

2015/04/28

Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their Lincoln County representatives, Nikki Brunner, Irene Parsons and Pat Aullman are scheduled to hold “Office Hours” in Kemmerer, WY at the following time and place:

Tuesday - May 5, 2015

Kemmerer Town Hall

220 State Hwy. 233

Kemmerer, WY

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am 

Area residents are encouraged to visit with Brunner, Parsons and Aullman on an individual basis to discuss issues, or their views regarding the federal government.  These ideas and concerns will then be relayed to Senators Enzi and Barrasso and Representative Lummis.
                                                                                       
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Uinta County Office Hours

2015/04/28

Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis are announcing that their Uinta County representatives, Nikki Brunner, Irene Parsons and Pat Aullman are scheduled to hold “Office Hours” in Uinta County, WY at the following times and places:

Tuesday - May 5, 2015

Uinta County Library/Almy Room

701 Main Street

Evanston, WY 82930

Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

And

Lyman Town Hall

100 E Sage Street

Lyman, WY 82987

Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm 

Area residents are encouraged to visit with Brunner, Parsons and Aullman on an individual basis to discuss issues, or their views regarding the federal government.  These ideas and concerns will then be relayed to Senators Enzi and Barrasso and Representative Lummis.

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Contact Information

113 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2311
Fax 202-225-3057
lummis.house.gov

Cynthia Lummis (pronounced “Luh-miss”) was elected to represent the people of Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.  She was raised on her family ranch in Laramie County and graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Biology. In 1979, Cynthia became the youngest woman ever elected to the Wyoming Legislature. She returned to the University of Wyoming for a law degree, which she received in 1985.

 

Cynthia then clerked at the Wyoming Supreme Court, practiced law in Cheyenne, and served a total of fourteen years in the Wyoming House and Senate, concentrating on natural resource and taxation issues. She completed her legislative service in 1994 and then chaired Governor-elect Jim Geringer’s transition team. She continued to work in the Governor’s office for two more years, primarily on natural resource issues. Cynthia also served as the interim Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments.

Cynthia was elected Wyoming State Treasurer in 1998. In eight years (two terms) as Wyoming State Treasurer, she converted Wyoming’s primarily fixed income investment portfolio of $3.5 billion to a fully diversified portfolio of equities, real estate and fixed income investments, public and private, domestic and international, totaling $8.5 billion. Her term of office as State Treasurer ended in January 2007.

 

Cynthia continues to be involved in the daily operations of the Lummis family ranch. She and her husband, Al Wiederspahn, a former Wyoming legislator and Cheyenne attorney, have one daughter, Annaliese.

As the sole House Representative for the state of Wyoming, Cynthia is a staunch advocate for fiscal responsibility, limiting the size and scope of the federal government and developing our nation’s domestic energy capabilities. Cynthia is a member of the House Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform and Science, Space and Technology Committees.


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