WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Wyoming’s only representative has had a year to settle in on Capitol Hill and she is optimistic for the future of her state. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) says she and her Republican colleagues have done a good job in pushing conservative agenda, but Wyoming Democrats see their efforts as detrimental to Wyomingites.
Rep. Cheney (R-WY) says Republican seats could be at risk in 2018 if big-ticket items aren't addressed.
“It is important that we see movement. It’s important that people understand that, you know, we were sent here to do a job,” said Cheney.
A job, she says that called for her to get the economy moving, roll back regulations hurting Wyoming industries, repeal the Affordable Care Act and bolster national security. She says some of those promises, like deregulation, have helped Wyomingites. Big-ticket reforms like health care and an overhaul of the tax code have yet to come to fruition.
“It’s frustrating especially in those items that we have passed out of the house and I know the senators are frustrated as well. I know the president is frustrated,” said Cheney.
Cheney says she would have liked to see more cooperation across the aisle in her first year on these big reforms.
“It would be really nice if we could get some Democrats who really wanted to participate, to fix things. But my experience going through this issue over the course of the last several months has been they were much more interested in the politics of it than they were in coming up with fixes for people,” said Cheney.
Wyoming Democrats say their problems with Cheney have not been solved since she began her service.
“When Liz Cheney was elected, our biggest concerns were her obvious lack of experience in Wyoming, her hyper-partisan rhetoric, and that she would be too beholden to big money that backed her campaign. So far, she has validated those concerns. In spades,” said Joe Barbuto, Chairman of the Wyoming Democratic Party.
As Cheney and her colleagues head into another election year, she says they need to move quicker on campaign promises. If they fail to do so, she thinks Republican seats will be at risk in 2018.