CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Rep. Liz Cheney has been in the headlines a lot lately, and she is currently in Wyoming traveling around the state to meet and listen to people here.
She stopped by the KCWY studios to talk to David Graf of Wyoming News Now about the future of the Republican Party and what she is doing for the people of Wyoming in Washington.
This interview has been edited for clarity.
DG: Representing Cheney, you have been a constant in the Republican Party, and the last few weeks have certainly been interesting for you and the party. How has it been for you?
LC: Well, it’s wonderful to be here with you and great to always be back home, and I think we have some big issues that we face as a country. Questions that have to do with the constitution, looking at how we can defend ourselves against the really bad policies that we see coming out of the Biden administration. Policies that have a very negative impact on us here at home, so I work very hard on things like opposing the ban on oil and gas leases on public lands. Make sure we do all we can to defend our constitutional rights. And so, we have a whole series of problems that have to do with protecting against these movements of the left, and then at the same time, inside the party, obviously, we are dealing with a lot of big problems. Questions about the sanctity of our elections, to let people know that even if there had been fraud, some fraud in last year’s election, certainly not close enough that it would have changed the result. The election was not stolen and it is really important for us to learn the lessons of 2020, so that we can win in 22 and 24.
DG: That brings me to my next question. How do you see the future of the Republican Party? And how do you fit into it?
LC: Well, I think the Republican Party has to start embracing ideas, policy and substance again. The kinds of things that really characterized Wyoming’s values, which is what we’re standing for here in Wyoming. Real emphasis on our constitutional rights, making sure the federal government doesn’t play the kind of expansive role Democrats want it to play, and making sure we stand up for individual freedoms and state rights. These are all the kinds of things you know about limited government, low taxes, strong national defense. These are the kinds of things the party really needs to build on in order for the future to begin to rebuild itself, so that we can get the House back next year and the Senate and bring the White House back in 24.
DG: You mentioned the people of Wyoming. What are some of the things you are working on in Washington that the people of Wyoming should know about?
LC: Well, a whole range of issues. We talked about energy, what is going on in the energy industry. I really enjoyed spending time at Jonah Field yesterday studying the new technology they are using to detect emissions. Help show the rest of the country what we know here in Wyoming about what’s possible, how clean our fossil fuels are, how much we really rely on and need them. It is a reliable and affordable source of energy. As far as agriculture is concerned, doing whatever we can to help, for example, the meat conditioning process. Help make sure I have legislation that would allow people to sell meat across states if it was inspected at a USDA approved state slaughterhouse. Waters of the United States. Really general regulations that look for ways to help roll back the federal government and its influence here. Stand up for our veterans and their Second Amendment rights. I have a bill that I brought forward with the Republican leader of the Veterans Committee that focuses on this. So a whole host of issues that really relate to anything we can do to fight for Wyoming and make sure our rights and freedoms are protected.
DG: Well, I really appreciate that you answered all of my questions here. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your time.
LC: Great to be with you. Thank you very much for inviting me.
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