Cynthia Lummis

Representing Wyoming


Americans have a right to know that the money Washington takes from them is well spent. And Americans deserve an efficient, effective and responsive government to the people for whom it exists.  The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is responsible for conducting oversight, advancing transparency, and instilling accountability throughout the Executive Branch.

The Committee also has legislative jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, the government procurement process, federal personnel systems, the Postal Service and other matters.  There is no program or agency beyond the reach of the investigations and oversight of this Committee.  I intend to actively engage on this committee, the subcommittee I chair, as well as the subcommittee on which I sit.  

Subcommittee on the Interior

I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Interior.  This is a brand new subcommittee designed to have oversight authority over federal agencies of critical importance to Wyoming like the EPA, the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In this position I will be able to investigate the regulations and rulemakings that theses agencies propose that have such big impacts on Wyoming and hold them accountable for their actions.

Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits & Administrative Rules

The Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits & Administrative Rules oversees the federal government’s role in the health care system, its implementation of Obamacare, social security, and the entitlement programs.  It is critical to expose the systemic problems and defects in Obamacare and the serious impact it has had on the people of Wyoming.  This subcommittee also presents an opportunity to expose the out of control entitlement spending that is driving up our national debt.

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I have the honor of serving as Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over many issues central to Wyoming and to the west.  In particular, the Natural Resources Committee has oversight authority on Wyoming’s expansive government-owned land; mineral production; all matters regarding national parks, forests, monuments, wilderness, and wildlife refuges; and Native American affairs. For Wyoming, there is not another Committee in Congress more meaningful to Wyoming than the Natural Resources Committee. In essence, the Natural Resources Committee is Wyoming’s committee in the House.

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

With authority over American energy production on federal lands – both on and offshore – this subcommittee concentrates on a true “all-of-the-above” energy plan by increasing domestic energy production, expanding American energy jobs and reducing America’s reliance on foreign energy. Wyoming is the number two energy producing state in the country, behind only Texas. 

Subcommittee on Federal Lands

The Subcommittee on Public Land and Environmental Regulation is responsible for the vast network of federally owned lands including national parks and U.S. forests throughout the country. This subcommittee works toward striking a suitable balance for the multiple use, protection, and enjoyment of federally owned land.

Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans

Handling issues ranging from irrigation projects to hydropower throughout the country and interstate water rights, the Water, Power and Oceans subcommittee deals with the contentious battle over our nation’s water. The subcommittee has a commitment to clean emissions free hydroelectric power and is working towards more cost manageable, regulation-less water project developments.  This subcommittee also has jurisdiction over water use from Wyoming’s seven river basins.  As a headwaters state, water use and storage is critical to Wyoming’s livelihood. 

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