CHEYENNE – Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., issued the following statement Wednesday on the Increasing Access and Multiple Use Act, a bill related to permit and lease holders on public lands. Cheney’s legislation will be part of a package of bills supported by the Congressional Western Caucus aimed at modernizing the Endangered Species Act.
“For too long, livestock producers have battled against the federal government’s attempts to reduce grazing on public lands,” Cheney said. “This language is crucial to safeguarding ranchers, who legally graze on federal lands, from frivolous lawsuits that force them off their allotments, leaving them no choice other than to sell their livestock at fire sale prices and subjecting them to economic ruin.
“My proposal ensures they will be able to continue to graze on public lands as they have for generations, and it fulfills the intended mission of the multiple use doctrine by protecting the interests of stakeholders in Wyoming. These reforms, in addition to the other pieces of legislation included in this package, are key to modernizing the Endangered Species Act and bringing it into the 21st century.”