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Congresswoman Liz Cheney talks about Infrastructure spending and Reconciliation

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 7:26 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - State Reporter Valeria Fugate sat down with Congresswoman Liz Cheney and discussed infrastructure and reconciliation.

The transcription of the interview starts below.

Wyoming News Now would like to welcome Congresswoman Liz Cheney to our studios.

Welcome, and thank you for coming!

It’s great to be with you.

There is so much currently in the news about the debt ceiling and reconciliation. What can you tell us about that and what might happen if we don’t meet or move that deadline by October 18th?

We’re in a position now where we have this 3.5 trillion-dollar reconciliation bill, then there’s another about 1.5 trillion-dollar infrastructure bill.

And all of that is new spending and it is all spending... there’s some things in the infrastructure bill that are good, that could have broad bipartisan support.

But unfortunately, there’s an awful lot in there that would impose new regulations on Wyoming businesses. It would hurt our Energy Industry, our AG Industry, so I don’t support the infrastructure bill or the reconciliation bill.

In the Senate, what the Republican leader has said is that basically, Democrats have got to do that on their own.

Back in August, I think almost every Republican senator signed a letter to the president saying, ‘look we’re not going to raise the debt ceiling. We’re alerting you to that now so if you need to do that, you need to think about mechanisms to do it.’

So, if, in fact, we’re going to have this kind of really irresponsible spending at these levels, they are the ones who will have got to raise the debt ceiling.

We’ll see what happens my, my... you know we have to raise it. It’s very important that you know we honor the full faith in credit of the United States that that means something.

The spending that we’re seeing is so significant and so huge and comes at a moment where it will fundamentally restructure our economy, fundamentally restructure the relationship between the government and individuals in a way that’s very negative.

It also we’re seeing the inflationary pressures this new spending is causing, so I think that the democrats will ultimately use reconciliation to raise it.

I would hope that it would cause some reflection for people to say we can’t afford this level of spending, and it’s not good for the country and it’s not good for our freedoms.

It’s not good for our constitutional rights to have the federal government play such an expansive role in terms of this massive overreach that these bills will entail.

This is a multiple-part series.

Rep. Liz Cheney is running the 2022 Wyoming Primary elections, for more information click here.

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