Congresswoman Liz Cheney Newsletter: May 18 Coronavirus Update - Casper Area Chamber of Commerce Friends, This past Friday, the House voted on a more than $3 trillion proposal from Speaker Pelosi that has no chance of becoming law. The
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney Newsletter: May 18 Coronavirus Update

Posted on May 18th, 2020

Friends, This past Friday, the House voted on a more than $3 trillion proposal from Speaker Pelosi that has no chance of becoming law. The legislation before the House last week was not a serious effort from Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats to help Wyoming or our nation. Instead, it was filled with irresponsible proposals that would reward illegal immigrants, release prisoners, and fulfill other liberal priorities that have nothing to do with combatting COVID-19. This approach is not what people in Wyoming or across the country need. We should be focusing on helping our frontline workers, providing additional support for our communities and rural hospitals, and reopening our economy. Instead of coming together to work collaboratively in the wake of this crisis, the Speaker introduced the largest spending bill in history without a single committee hearing or any Republican input. We need to focus on defeating the virus and restoring our economy. That requires us to put partisanship aside and work together as Americans – something Speaker Pelosi has demonstrated she is incapable of doing. See the below document for more information about the specifics in this legislation that would make it so devastating for the nation: The provisions in this bill continue to show how Democrats are attempting to use this pandemic as an opportunity to enact their radical agenda. For more on this, please see the below video from the Republican Whip's office: Democrats Unilaterally Change House Rules: House Democrats forced a vote Friday on a 13-page resolution to authorize proxy voting and allow for official remote committee proceedings to be conducted during this pandemic. They brought this legislation to the floor without the concurrence or support of House Republicans. House Democrats are risking damage to our constitutional republic by adopting a proxy voting scheme along partisan lines. Our founders intended that Congress convene and deliberate. The Constitution requires a majority of members be present to constitute a quorum to conduct business. In times of national emergency, changes in House operations may be necessary, but those changes should never be the subject of heavy-handed partisan maneuvering in blatant disregard of constitutional imperative, precedent and the rights of the minority. Preventing Banks From Discriminating Against Fossil Fuels: Recently, I was joined by Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso in sending a letter to President Trump urging the Administration to take action against large American financial institutions that discriminate against American energy companies and their workers—who are being hit very hard during the coronavirus pandemic. The full letter can be seen here Congress and the Trump Administration must use every resource available to ensure financial institutions do not discriminate against America’s fossil fuel industry, particularly while those same institutions are benefiting from taxpayer funding provided through the CARES Act. Wyoming’s fossil fuels are national treasures, and coal, gas, and oil producers should have access to the capital they need during this time. For too long, Democrats and their allies have attempted to destroy the fossil fuel industry, and they are pressuring major banking institutions to do the same. Such efforts will increase economic hardship for all our citizens and benefit foreign sources of fossil fuels, including America’s adversaries. President Trump has been a champion of affordable energy in Wyoming and across America. The Administration needs to take action to protect these vital resources that power our nation and provide jobs for millions of Americans. Equal Access To Main Street Lending Program For Wyoming Energy Producers: Last week, I joined 59 of my House colleagues in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell requesting equal consideration of American energy producers while implementing the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP). The letter emphasizes that CARES Act resources, including the Main Street Lending Program, should be available for every sector of our economy. Recent calls to restrict industry eligibility ignore the crucial role of the fossil fuels industry in powering our economy and defeating the spread of COVID-19. Wyoming’s coal, uranium, natural gas, and crude oil producers employ thousands of hardworking Americans who have been negatively impacted by the economic shutdown. The Trump Administration must take action to protect these vital resources that power our nation and provide jobs for millions of Americans. The full letter can be seen here. Supporting Wyoming's Coal Producers During The Economic Shutdown: As a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus, I joined my House colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to provide equal access to the Main Street Lending Program and Paycheck Protection Program for those operating in the coal industry. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, both coal-fired generation and consumption have declined by 44 percent in a significant portion of our county, and coal prices are down an additional 5 to 8 percent. This drop in demand has forced our nation’s coal-fired power plants to limit their operations or shut down altogether, and we have seen multiple coal companies and power plants file for bankruptcy in the last few weeks, and many more are in serious financial trouble. This, coupled with Wall Street’s refusal to invest in important fossil fuel projects, has cost countless Americans their jobs and livelihood. Coal-fired power plants are one of the most resilient and fuel secure sources of electricity and have become increasingly important to grid operators and national security experts due to extreme weather and cyber and physical threats to infrastructure. It is imperative that we provide ample resources to support Wyoming coal producers and promote the development of new, cleaner coal technologies. Holding China Accountable: Last week, I joined Fox and Friends to discuss holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for intentionally allowing COVID-19 to spread globally in order to inflict economic pain on the rest of the world. Watch the full interview here, and see an excerpt of the transcript below: STEVE DOOCY: I know you are part of a task force regarding China, and how China has deceived the United States of America, and apparently there’s now a story out in The Washington Post and The New York Times that says the administration is about to accuse Chinese hackers and other entities like that of trying to steal our secrets as we rush to figure out how to make a vaccine REP. LIZ CHENEY: Yeah, look, I think there’s no question, the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese government is absolutely directly responsible for this pandemic for the deaths, for the economic devastation that we’re seeing. I think they clearly decided at some point, when they knew that they had human-to-human transmission in Wuhan, they understood that the economic devastation was going to be huge. I think they believed that they would rather have that spread around the globe than simply something that they suffered from. So we watched them stop travel from Wuhan into the rest of China, but then let the travel continue around the world. There’s no question they caused this virus to be spread. They have to be held accountable, and I think that their role in the world, the extent to which they clearly cannot continue to be a member of the civilized community of nations, because of what they’ve done, because of the lies. It’s something that we’ve got to take a very close look at. I think you’re going to see across-the-board steps both to make sure that we move our supply chain, steps to ensure that they do not have the seat at the table that they have had in the past, steps to ensure that we educate the American people so that they understand the vast array of steps the government of China has been taking for so many years now, really to try to defeat us. We’ve got to make sure we’re defending ourselves and that the United States leads the free world. The world has got to live by rules set by countries that believe in freedom, not set by the Communist Chinese Party. https://cheney.house.gov/2020/05/12/cheney-the-ccp-spread-covid19-to-deliberately-inflict-global-economic-devastation/ Earlier last week, I joined “The Hugh Hewitt Show” to talk about the need for the United States to change its relationship with China as a result of the Chinese Communist Party’s lies and cover-up about the spread of COVID-19. Listen to the full interview here, and see an excerpt of the transcript below: HUGH HEWITT: I don’t believe that we have an Alger Hiss running around, but I do believe we’ve got an awful lot of American interests tied up with the economy of the PRC and therefore, deeply worried about offending the CCP. I mean, Lebron James is the biggest example of that, right? He knows his personal wealth depends upon the CCP not banning Lebron as a trademark in China. How do we go about untangling this, disengaging from this? REP. LIZ CHENEY: Well, I think that what we’ve seen with the devastation caused by COVID, this pandemic which they caused to be spread around the world by lying about it and failing to alert the world. What we’ve seen is people now have to face the real consequences, the real cost of those relationships with China. And so, whereas the economic pain that people would mention and be concerned about previously – when these discussions about separating supply chains, moving supply chains, decreasing our dependence – whenever those discussions came up in the past, you would see a real focus on the importance of the Chinese markets and the importance of being able to have supply chains that originated there in many cases. I think now, because people see the death and destruction of this pandemic and what’s been unleashed because of the totalitarian regime in China, that whole cost calculation changes. I think people will have to face reality here, which is that the world has to come together, we’re already beginning to see it in terms of some of our allies beginning to incentivize their companies to move their supply chains. But we’ve got to understand, fundamentally, going forward here, China’s role in the world is going to have to completely change because you cannot be a part of the civilized community of nations if you behave in the way that the Chinese Communist Party has and you cause the deaths of so many people around the world, and now we’re seeing 80,000 Americans to date. https://cheney.house.gov/2020/05/11/cheney-to-hugh-hewitt-you-cant-be-part-of-the-civilized-community-of-nations-if-you-behave-the-way-the-chinese-communist-party-has/ On Friday morning, I joined Breitbart Radio this morning to discuss House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments claiming that it is a “diversion” for President Trump and Congressional Republicans to be focused on holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for spreading COVID-19. Listen to the full interview here, and see an excerpt of the transcript below: ALEX MARLOW: You mentioned that the impeachment was taking place, it was peak impeachment, when we were also at the only moment where we could have stopped this virus from ravaging the United States to a certain degree and we were not focused on this. [Nancy Pelosi] is out there suggesting we can only focus on one thing at a time. Doesn’t that sort of impugn her character in the sense that she was pushing the impeachment which we all know the outcome was never in doubt in the Senate? In the meantime, they missed this, and again, still acting like it’s the President’s fault. It doesn’t sound like she is even playing by her own rules? REP. LIZ CHENEY: Don’t forget Alex, not only was she pushing impeachment, she took the House Intelligence Committee and took them off of all of their important oversight committee responsibilities and consumed them, insisted they be consumed with, led by Adam Schiff, her impeachment effort. So it wasn’t just that she was going down the impeachment path from a political standpoint or that she had this vendetta, she took the one committee in the House that is charged with, and that has the clearances to be able to conduct oversight to be able to look into issues like the Wuhan Virus and its origins and to be able to catch those things. She assured, guaranteed, that they would not be focused on those things. That instead they would be having to go down the path of Adam Schiff’s partisan impeachment. She has a lot to answer for. I think there’s no question but that history is going to look back and say, ‘Wait a minute. What was the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee doing during the exact time they should have been focused on the threat of this virus?’ They were doing impeachment and they were doing it because that’s what Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff told them to do. Paycheck Protection Program Update: Recently, the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration issued updated FAQ guidelines offering important clarifications for borrowers on both the necessity of their loan request and the repayment of their loans. The Small Business Administration reported that the second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program had approved loans for 2.69 million small businesses nationwide. This includes more than 12,000 Wyoming small businesses who have received support so that they can keep employees on payroll. The Casper Star Tribune had a story about how these loans are helping Donells Candies in Casper: • The Casper Star Tribune: "Paycheck Protection Program helps some Casper businesses stay afloat" 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 Medical Supplies: President Trump issued an executive order on Friday delegating authority under title III of the Defense Production Act to make loans, make provision for purchases and commitments to purchase, and take additional actions to create, maintain, protect, expand, and restore the domestic industrial base capabilities, including supply chains within the United States and its territories, needed to respond to COVID-19. The Department of HHS, through HRSA, awarded $15 million in funding from CARES to 159 organizations across five health workforce programs to increase telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of May 13, FEMA's Project Air Bridge has completed 139 flights with an additional 48 scheduled for a total of approximately 187 flights. As of May 13, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 91.9 million N95 respirators, 129.7 million surgical masks, 9.3 million face shields, 21.4 million surgical gowns, and 994.5 million gloves. Latest Coronavirus Testing Numbers: More than 10.3 million tests for COVID-19 have been performed in the United States. According to The COVID Tracking Project, 366,944 tests were reported yesterday the United States. To date, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA has worked with more than 500 diagnostic test developers who have said they will be submitting EUA requests to the FDA for tests that detect the virus. The FDA has authorized 93 tests under EUAs, which includes 12 antibody tests and 1 antigen test. Therapeutics And Vaccines: The Department of HHS notified the Hill that additional shipments of Remdesivir are being made available to states and territories. ASPR worked with the White House Task Force to determine the allocation based on data provided by hospitals. ASPR Regional Emergency Coordinators are in contact with each state to coordinate the delivery by the end of this week. 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. Congresswoman Liz Cheney
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