Cynthia Lummis

Wyoming’s Congressional delegation is among the most conservative in the country.  That’s according to a congressional report card released this week by GovTrack, a government watch dog website. 

Wyoming lawmakers are concerned with a provision in the bipartisan budget agreement that would cost the state money for mineral development.

Wyoming stands to lose around twenty million dollars annually from the budget deal that overwhelmingly passed the House. It includes a provision that makes permanent a law that charges states like Wyoming for costs associated with their mineral leases. The state hasn’t received that money since 2008, but Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis and other officials thought that was just temporary. 

The Wyoming congressional delegation split its votes on the measure to open the government and avoid a potential default.

Wyoming’s senior senator Mike Enzi was one of just eighteen senators to oppose the compromise. In a statement he called the deal "yet another promise to work on the problem tomorrow."

But Senator John Barrasso says the good in the bill outweighed the bad. 

“I don’t think it was a good deal,” Barrasso said. “I think it was important to get the government opened again, get people back to work and to avoid a default.”

Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis will be involved in the latest attempt to reform the Endangered Species Act.  Lummis will take testimony on how the law might be reformed during a hearing in Casper on September 4th.  Lummis says the goal is not to get rid of the Endangered Species Act.

“Our goal is to make the endangered species act work.  And we have a law where only one percent of the species that have been listed have been de-listed.  To me that indicates a law that is failing,” says Lummis.

Lummis says too many species have ended up on the list due to court cases. 

The Violence Against Women Act has now passed both the Senate and House of the US Congress.

The law seeks to address violent crimes against women, to aid in the prosecution of offenders, and to provide resources for victims. But Wyoming’s three congressional lawmakers all voted against renewing the bill.

Representative Cynthia Lummis says for her, the provision allowing tribal courts to prosecute non-Native people who abuse Native women on reservations was the deciding factor.

In preparation for President Obama’s announcement proposing gun control legislation last week, Wyoming lawmakers acted fast to propose bills making any such law unenforceable in the state. Wyoming’s Congressional delegation has also said that this legislation is not the way to go.

Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis has said that it would be better to focus on services for mentally ill people.

HOST: The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has rekindled the gun-control debate in Washington. Matt Laslo reports that Wyoming lawmakers are either staying mum, or oppose some of the proposals being unveiled.

Lummis re-elected

Nov 7, 2012
Cynthia Lummis

U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis easily won re-election in yesterday’s election. She was up against Democrat Chris Henrichsen and three third-party candidates.

Lummis says the presence of the minor-party candidates indicates that some Wyomingites feel the Republican candidates weren’t conservative enough.