Opening New Markets For State-Inspected Meat: Wyoming's livestock producers play an essential role in powering our state's economy and providing high-quality food for American families. However, the economic slow-down caused by the spread of coronavirus has resulted in processing interruptions and decreases in the amount of meat getting to market, leading to shortages across the country. To support our ranchers I introduced the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat Act, legislation allowing meat processors that are inspected by federally approved state inspectors to sell their product out-of-state. Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) has already introduced a similar bill in the U.S. Senate. Allowing state-inspected meats to be sold across state lines empowers Wyoming's producers to access new markets while supplying the increasing demand. This legislation will increase competition and offer more meat choices for American families. Click here to learn more about this legislation. Wyoming Delegation Requests Extending Exploratory Unit Deadlines For Oil & Gas Operators: This month, I teamed up with Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso in sending a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior David Bernhardt requesting relief for oil and gas producers by extending deadlines associated with exploratory unit requirements. The U.S. oil and gas industry continues to experience significant impacts from the global drop in demand caused by the spread of coronavirus. Extending this deadline will support America’s oil and gas producers, providing much needed jobs and tax revenue as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The letter highlights how forcing operators to fulfill exploratory unit requirements will not only contribute to the oversupply of oil, but it will also place an additional burden on operators to cover the cost of hiring rigs. This burden is significant in states like Wyoming where it is comparatively more expensive to drill. The full letter can be found here. Paycheck Protection Program Update: On Friday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department announced that they have agreed with the bipartisan leaders of the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee to make public additional data regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). SBA will disclose the business names, addresses, NAICS codes, zip codes, business type, demographic data, non-profit information, jobs supported, and loan amount ranges as follows: • $150,000-350,000 • $350,000-1 million • $1-2 million • $2-5 million • $5-10 million These categories account for nearly 75 percent of the loan dollars approved. For loans below $150,000, totals will be released, aggregated by zip code, by industry, by business type, and by various demographic categories. For PPP data disclosed to date, including total dollars approved, loan sizes, lender sizes and types, loans approved by state, top lenders, loans by industry sector, and funds remaining, click here. To locate an eligible Paycheck Protection Program lender, click here: www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find Wyoming small business owners, ranchers, farmers, non-profits, and religious organizations can find additional information about applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans by clicking on the following links: • Coronavirus.gov Small Business Resources Page • Treasury Department Overview On The Paycheck Protection Program • SBA.gov/Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Page • Examples Of The PPP Saving Jobs & Helping Small Businesses Main Street Lending Program: Last week, the Federal Reserve opened lender registration for the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP), which is designed to support small and mid-sized businesses, and their employees, that were in good financial standing before the public health crisis by ensuring credit flows to businesses in need. MSLP loans will provide stopgap support to keep our businesses operational and enable consumers to remain active in our economy as communities across the country work to reopen. Who is eligible to participate in the Main Street Lending Program? An eligible borrower: • Is a business with up to 15,000 employees or up to $5 billion in 2019 annual revenues • Is created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States; and • Has significant operations in and a majority of its employees based in the United States A borrower must commit to commercially reasonable efforts to maintain payroll and retain workers and must comply with the CARES Act requirements on executive compensation, stock buybacks, dividends, and capital distributions. Recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans are eligible for the Main Street Lending Program, provided the other eligibility requirements are met. Visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s website for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions about the Main Street Lending Program. Discussing American Leadership With The Ronald Reagan Institute: Last week, I joined the Ronald Reagan Institutes's "Reaganism" podcast hosted by Roger Zakheim to discuss a number of issues relating to America's leadership around the world. "Reaganism" is a podcast for the Ronald Reagan presidential foundation and institute, which proactively promotes President Reagan’s ideals, vision, and leadership example for the benefit of generations to come through youth education and academic alliances, scholarly work, and substantive, issue-driven forums. Watch the full interview here, and see excerpts from relevant portions of the interview below: The Role Of Defending Freedom Around The World: ROGER ZAKHEIM: Another, I was just thinking about was Republicans, electoral prospects, and some of the challenges are young people. President Trump trailed his opponent in the demographic between 18-29 year olds by 30 points in 2016. What are your thoughts about getting that group of Americans, the 18-29 year olds to support and vote Republicans and share, kind of, the outlook of a Liz Cheney? REP. LIZ CHENEY: I think a lot of it has to do with the kinds of things that, frankly, Ronald Reagan spoke about and stood for. What we need to make sure that everybody in this society can prosper is we need freedom, we need equality of opportunity, we need people to recognize and understand that the fight against socialism is a fight that goes fundamentally to whether or not we can exercise the individual rights that our Constitution guarantees. I think Reagan, Thatcher too, were so important, obviously historically, but so important at laying out the terms of that debate and explaining to people what happens when nations adopt socialism. I think unfortunately today too many young people are attracted to the idea of socialism. Too many young people, I think, view that as somehow a more equitable way to organize society when in fact what it does is it steals power from every single individual and gives it to the federal government. I think we need to really do a better job at making those kinds of points so that young people understand that their future, their ability to affect the future, their ability to make decisions for themselves and their families, ultimately requires that we protect freedom. Protecting freedom can’t be done if you’re trying to expand government control and impose socialism. Holding The CCP Accountable For The Spread Of COVID-19: ROGER ZAKHEIM: We think about the origins of COVID-19, you and others have really focused on China and, in particular, how the Chinese Communist Party conducted themselves in terms of transparency and making the world aware of what was going to going to come - quite fatal, taking the live of over 100,000 Americans and scores more across the globe. Talk to us a little bit about your take on COVID-19 and another entry point discussing China as well. REP. LIZ CHENEY: First of all, there’s been this big debate about whether or not the Chinese Communist Party, the government of China, knowingly spread the virus. In my view, that question has been answered. As soon as you recognize the fact that they stopped travel from Wuhan into the rest of China and they allowed travel from Wuhan into the rest of the world, they knew they had transmission from human-to-human, and they knew it - and that’s why they stopped the travel into the rest of China. But the fact that at that time they allowed travel into the rest of the world, that’s the only answer that you need. Now, we will be continuing to look at, did it come from the lab? Did it come from the wet market? All of those questions are important, but in terms of culpability, we know the answer. They caused the virus to be spread around the globe, causing economic devastation and 110,000 Americans at this point have been killed. This is a devastation at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party -- ZAKHEIM: That’s almost enough, that mere conduct enough really, the rest of it could be interesting but it doesn’t change -- REP. CHENEY: Exactly. Look, I think, this is just speculation on my part, but I think that the Chinese government made a very clear calculation. I think they knew they had human-to-human transmission, they knew it was going to cause economic devastation and they understood that if they did not allow it to transmit into the rest of the world the devastation was only going to hit China. I think they made a calculation that they would rather be in a position, frankly, where that devastation was spread globally so it was not only affecting China negatively. It is absolutely a situation in which they are culpable, and it is only the latest example and the worst obviously, the most damaging example of the nature of that regime and their inability and unwillingness to operate as part of the civilized community of nations. Standing With Our Allies And The Cost Of Withdrawing From Our Leadership Role In The World: REP. LIZ CHENEY: When you see things happening, frankly, like the announcement that we just had over the weekend that the President might be ordering the withdrawal of forces out of Germany, I think that’s a huge mistake. This is a moment where we need to be clear with our allies and clear for our adversaries, that we are not going to abandon our allies, that we are not going to abandon the role that the United States has played in the world that has kept us safe and free. In fact, the cost of abandoning that role in the world ultimately will be much higher. The cost of inaction, if you think about a world in which China sets the rules or Iran or North Korea, the cost of us failing to act now will be almost immeasurable later. I think it’s crucially important that we not go down that path. ROGER ZAKHEIM: That almost gets to Bob Kagan’s point that the 75-year period that we’ve enjoyed this freedom and this prosperity which the freedom delivers came because we made those serious investments in guaranteeing the free flow of goods and the spread of freedom. What’s interesting is I think most people would assume that it’s good politics to close bases, let’s say in Germany which it’s reported the President plans to do, but President Obama advocated doing the same thing to rebuild at home. We’ve seen in our polling that actually an overwhelming number of Americans support, I think the number was 65 percent, maintaining U.S. bases overseas because they believe and understand that those bases actually are the guarantor of freedom and prosperity and the commerce that delivers it. From a political standpoint, is there an effective way to kind of capture that because, of course, if they believe those bases are there to engage in armed conflict, right 100,000 boots on the ground fighting let’s say in Iraq and Afghanistan, now all of a sudden politically that’s a big loser, right? How do you straddle that line when you talk to your constituents and other members of Congress REP. CHENEY: Well, I really think that it comes down to the facts, it comes down to when you’re talking about what our forces in Afghanistan are needed to do there, we’re talking about maintaining a presence that allows us to prevent terrorists from forming safe havens, and Americans would much rather be able to prevent the establishment of safe havens elsewhere, be able to fight terrorists elsewhere than having to fight them here inside the United States, and I think that’s a very basic fact about what’s necessary in order to be able to continue our counterterrorism, our intelligence operations in the Middle East. When you’re talking about Europe, when you’re talking about Korea, those are partnerships, those are places where our forces have been stationed for years, not because we are at war in Europe, but because we know we have to deter, because we know the best way to prevent aggression, for example by the Russians or in Asia by the Chinese, is to work with our allies to maintain the peace. I think that to Jeane Kirkpatrick and Ronald Reagan, the notion of peace through strength really means something and weakness invites aggression. Reining In China's Nuclear Aggression: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has proven to be an irresponsible predatory actor that has spent many years working against America’s interests. Even amid the global coronavirus crisis—which the CCP created with its lies and deception—the Chinese regime has put its aggressive nuclear ambitions on full display. China cannot be allowed to pursue its aggressive nuclear ambitions. Last week, I led 40 of my House colleagues in supporting the Trump Administration's commitment to include China in meaningful arms control efforts and modernizing America's nuclear triad. As first reported by The Washington Free Beacon, the letter highlights the need for the United States to contain the Chinese Communist Party’s malign nuclear ambitions. This includes fully funding efforts to increase U.S. readiness and lethality in the Indo-Pacific, continuing to develop advanced missile and missile defense capabilities, and modernizing all three legs of America’s nuclear triad. It also means supporting the President’s directive to bring China to the table for meaningful arms control. The full letter can be found here. Withdrawing U.S. Forces From Germany Would Damage U.S. National Security: Earlier this month, I joined my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee Republicans in sending a letter to President Trump urging him not to withdraw U.S. troops from Germany. Withdrawing U.S. forces from Germany and imposing an arbitrary cap on the number of U.S. forces that can be present there would be a serious error and would damage our national security. America’s forward presence has never been more important than it is today, as our nation confronts the threats to freedom and security around the world posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the Chinese Communist Party. Our presence abroad is critical to deterring these adversaries, bolstering alliances, maintaining peace through strength, and preserving American leadership. Withdrawing our forces and abandoning our allies would have grave consequences, emboldening our adversaries and making war more — not less — likely. Provider Relief Fund: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the distribution of additional relief funds from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. HHS expects to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received from a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation. HHS also announced the distribution of $10 billion in Provider Relief Funds to safety net hospitals that serve our most vulnerable citizens. Socially Distanced Committee Hearing In DC: I'm back to work in Washington, D.C. this month. Here was my view on Capitol Hill where I participated in a (socially distanced) House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Industrial Base: Please follow this newsletter and the coronavirus page on my website for continued updates about COVID-19 and how government is responding to protect both the country's health and our economic security.