Rep. Liz Cheney talks Wyoming, how she handles being criticized for her vote to impeach and the Biden Administration

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 6:38 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Congresswoman Liz Cheney stopped by the Wyoming News Now studio in Cheyenne Tuesday night and answered questions on a variety of topics. The first she spoke about was the Biden Administration, saying it has been challenging in many cases because Republicans are in the minority in the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and the White House.

“We have to look forward towards 2022 and a real focus on getting the house back. That’s something that I do spend a good amount of time on, helping to make sure we can flip seats that Democrats hold, helping to make sure that we can keep our Republicans in office. One of the big issues that’s going to be helpful for us both in terms of putting pressure on the administration now, but also looking towards being able to win the majority back in 22, are in fact these energy policies because they are so radical, they are so misguided, so dangerous. I think this administration has been more radical from the beginning than even the Obama administration was and that means that we have an even bigger fight on our hands to make sure we can defend our industry and defend our communities.”

Congresswoman Cheney has been criticized by Republicans on the national and state level and Wyomingites, for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. She spoke about how she handles these criticisms.

“It was the right vote at the time and it remains so as we see additional information come out. I was very pleased that I was reelected as the conference chair after that vote. We had a vote in the conference and it was 145 to 60, I was very proud of that, and I think that tells you as a party we recognize that what happened on January 6th can never happen again, and people need to be held accountable for what happened, and we need to recognize what a grave thing that was, and what a serious thing that attack was and we need to make sure that we are also uniting as a party so that we can stop these dangerous policies that we’re seeing come from the Biden Administration. I know the people of Wyoming elected me to stand firm for the principles that we believe in and I know loyalty, and fidelity to the Constitution, is at the top of that list.

Absolutely there are some people who disagree with the vote, there are some people who after we talk, they understand why it was so important. When a President refuses to send aid as the Capitol is attacked, refuses to carry out his constitutional duty, it is a really serious threat to the Republic. So as I talk to people around the state and people get more information, some of those conversations lead to a different understanding of what happened. But I think the important thing is to continue to have those discussions, and also to continue to talk about what I’ve done for Wyoming, and how honored I am to be Wyoming’s representative. But the extent to which I’ve been able, particularly now as the 3rd ranking Republican in leadership, to really be a voice to fight for our issues. I’ve been honored to do that now in my third term, and look forward to continuing to fight that fight and to earning the votes of the people across the state come 2022.”

Cheney said when it comes to Wyoming, the focus is still on helping residents as much as they can throughout the pandemic.

“We need to make sure people get through the economic downturn of the pandemic but people then want opportunity. They want to make sure that they can have a life, and an economy, and a life onto their kids that’s better than the one they’ve known, and I think that’s really important, that’s the thing that we’ve got to continue fighting for. So all of our issues: Ag, energy, tourism, making sure that we continue to welcome people from around the country to Wyoming, we’ll be working on all of those.”

Wyoming News Now will have more from Rep. Cheney’s discussion in the coming weeks.

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