Valeria Fugate’s interview with Sen. John Barrasso LIVe from Frontier Park for CFD days

Published: Jul. 25, 2023 at 4:48 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Transcribed from the live interview-

Alright, we are here with U.S. Senator John Barrasso, who’s in our state for CFD. Welcome, Mr. Barrasso.

Well, I’ll tell ya, people say, how are things in Washington? It is always better in Wyoming, always and there’s no place better than being in Cheyenne for Frontier Days.

Awesome. What’s your favorite thing about CFD Days?

Well, you know I was an Orthopedic surgeon; I love the rodeo, the bull riding, there’s nothing like it in the world...

New patients all the time.

I have a picture in my office of Teddy Roosevelt here in Cheyenne as president during Frontier Day, and they were riding buffalo at the time, and they had to tame it down because too many people were getting hurt, and that’s how they got to bulls.

Right, so you’re here with us this week. You were recently in Casper. What can you tell us about the Farm Bill Roundtable that happened there?

Well, they only do the Farm Bill every five years, and agriculture is such a key component of our economy and our history and traditions here in Wyoming.

So we brought out the number one Republican on that agriculture committee, Sen. John Boozeman- (R-AR), to talk and visit with all our agricultural producers around the state.

Cynthia Lummis and I held this round table terrific opportunity for everyone around the state of Wyoming to have input.

What was the greatest concern? Were there any things vocalized during that meeting?

People want to have some certainty in terms of how they can plan the future. They are looking to... I mean even issues of estate planning, the death tax.

This administration seems to go after everybody’s wealth things that have accumulated over years and generations, and we’re trying to save the family farm and make sure the young people have another opportunity in agriculture, and we want to keep down the price of food.

And when energy costs go up because this administration attacks American energy, that makes it harder to produce the food and to transport it to market.

We are also hearing that you are going to be recognizing National Cowboy Day. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Tomorrow here at the rodeo, I’ll be announcing it’s the American Day or the National Day of the American Cowboy.

We do it every year. If you want to hear about the vision, the ideals, the traditions, the image, and the spirit of the American West, it’s cowboys.

Cowboys never quit, cowboys never complain, and cowboys always look forward to coming here to Cheyenne for Frontier Days.

Alright, you heard it here, with us, Senator John Barrasso. Thank you so much for joining us. It was such a treat to have you here.

Thank you, Valeria.

Thank you ...back to you.