State of Wyoming Archives: on Homeland Security

Mark Gordon: We will partner with other states to address veteran suicide

Wyoming continues to see far too many individuals struggling with mental health issues resulting in high suicide rates. I am especially concerned about an ongoing epidemic of suicide that has plagued our armed forces and our veterans. We will be partnering with other states to address veteran suicide. Work we began last year to address this issue in active duty service must also continue.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to Wyoming legislature Mar 2, 2021

Cynthia Lummis: Our national defense must be the strongest in the world

Q: What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

A: I believe our national defense must be the strongest in the world. This sends an important message to friends and foes of both our military capability and are strong commitment to eradicating terrorism around the globe. To accomplish this goal, we must improve and expand information sharing and collective security efforts. We must do everything we can to limit the production of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. We must also ensure our local, state and federal law enforcement are collaborating and have the resources they need to thwart domestic terrorism attempts. At the same time, I have raised concerns over the extended presence of U.S. troops abroad without a clear mission. President Trump has done a fantastic job in showcasing our military might with strategic missions that limit the use of troops on the ground, such as the killing of Qasem Soleimani.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Wyoming Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Mark Gordon: Establish Wyoming's first Veterans Skilled Nursing facility

I join with the Legislature in support of the military and our veterans. Let us commit to do more during this session.

I commend to you the work of establishing Wyoming's first Veterans Skilled Nursing facility. It has been a long time in coming. Building this facility will mark an important step forward for our veterans.

More broadly, I believe we have an obligation to improve access to mental healthcare for our veterans, our first-responders, and ultimately for all citizens.

Substance abuse, moral injury (the impact of actions which violate core moral values), suicide and PTSD, these are all concerns we as a state need to address. We can do more in our communities to help support those who are struggling with crisis.

Happily, in Wyoming there are many organizations working to help those wrestling with these traumas. Through improved coordination of these non-profit, public, & private programs, we can provide better mental health services in places where people live.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Wyoming legislature Jan 9, 2019

Gary Trauner: We don't need government prying into our everyday lives

We need a well-run and effective government. We simply cannot afford a country overseen by those who don't believe in the mission of the very organization they run and who express disdain for the very institutions our Founding Fathers put in place. We don't need government prying into our everyday lives, telling us what to think or who to love, where to worship. I will fight to ensure that government does what it should and keeps its nose out of our lives where it shouldn't.
Source: 2018 Wyoming Senatorial campaign website Feb 22, 2018

Gary Trauner: Fight to remove the political manipulations on veterans

Source: 2018 Wyoming Senatorial campaign website Feb 22, 2018

Matt Mead: Long-term commitment for veteran's tuition waiver

We know firsthand we would not have a Wyoming quality of life without men and woman who serve in the Guard. Our Guard helps fight the global war on terrorism, and assists here at home with firefighting, flood control, and storm damage. Last year our Guard performed air medical evacuation missions in Afghanistan, helped fight wildfires in Idaho, filled sandbags in Saratoga and Hudson, helped prevent a fire in the Big Horn Mountains from becoming a much larger wildfire. That's just a few of the things the Guard did in one year.

In my budget message, I discuss one benefit, the veteran's tuition waiver, which suffered from last year's session cuts. To address the issue in the interim, I moved money to fix the program during that interim period but it's just a short-term fix. I favor a long-term commitment to those who joined the Guard on the promise of tuition assistance was in place. I also favor some form of support for new recruits.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 11, 2017

Cynthia Lummis: Prohibit transfer of anyone detained at Guantanamo Bay

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) joined a bipartisan majority of her colleagues to support and pass H.R. 5351, which would prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at Guant namo Bay, Cuba through the end of President Obama's term. Under current law, detainees can be transferred to other nations if certain conditions are met. Two detainees who were released this year by the Obama Administration have returned to the fight.

"These detainees may pose a threat to the U.S.," said Rep. Lummis. "With released Gitmo detainees returning to the fight we cannot afford to let a campaign promise override security concerns. President Obama needs to be less concerned with political points and more concerned with Americans' safety."

Source: House press release on 2020 Wyoming Senate race Sep 15, 2016

Charlie Hardy: Establish "peace bases" with a smaller military

Hardy favors a smaller military, and said rather than forcing people into unemployment, perhaps they could join the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps and serve others. Hardy talks about "peace bases" and said he envisions Americans helping others, and not merely appearing in uniforms carrying weapons.
Source: Powell Tribune coverage of 2014 Wyoming Senate race Mar 18, 2014

Matt Mead: Pay tribute to all people in uniform

I want to pay tribute to people in uniform, all people in uniform, remembering first and foremost the 79 Wyoming service members from the various branches and from our Army and Air Guard who have died in serving the country since 9/11.

The bravery and sacrifice of these individuals is beyond anything else, above all else. We can never repay them, but we will never forget them.

In 2013, our Guard had 2797 members. These men and women of the Guard volunteer to defend what we hold dear. They deploy overseas, with all the risks attendant in such deployment. They serve here at home for defense purposes and in disaster assistance. They have been tremendous--for example, with the serious floods of 2011 and the severe wildfires of the last two summers.

The same recognition is due those currently serving in the US military and our veterans. All of us--in fact the whole country--stand on the shoulders of our veterans. We pay tribute to them today and every day.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Wyoming Legislature Feb 10, 2014

Liz Cheney: Radical Islamic terrorism threat grows if we do nothing

Q: What issues are really important to you?

CHENEY: The over reaching threat to our freedom, Constitution, and individual liberties. How have these rights been protected? This administration has a massive expansion of the federal government and the complete disregard for the rule of law. Americans should understand that we are really at a fork in the road, and if we head down the wrong road, we are going to look a lot like a European social democracy. The other issue is radical Islamic terrorism, a threat that is getting stronger today. With both these issues there is the potential of very dire consequences if we are to do nothing.

Source: American Thinker Q-and-A on 2014 Wyoming Senate race Dec 7, 2013

Liz Cheney: Obama doesn't believe in American exceptionalism; I do

Q: You say that President Obama has undermined American power. He has kept a number of policies from the Bush Administration in place, ratcheted up the use of drones. Why do you see him as someone who does not believe in the strength and greatness of America?

A: You have to look at some of his own speeches. Look at the speech he made at the U.N. in 2009, when he said no world order that elevates one nation above others can long survive. That's not somebody who believes in American exceptionalism. Going to Cairo that year, talking about how America abandoned its values after 9/11. You don't go onto foreign soil, the home of Mohammed Atta, and criticize us. This is a president who is uncomfortable with American strength, uncomfortable with American power. I believe he came into office intending to take us down a notch. I think he came into office believing we're a force for ill in the world.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Wyoming Senate race Nov 21, 2013

Liz Cheney: Balance liberty & security, but don't shut down NSA spying

Q: Are there policies that your father was in favor of and you're not? Where do you differ?

A: I think if you looked at the differences between my dad and me, I think the biggest difference is he's never been a 47-year-old mother of five. Another area is he's more confident in the NSA program. My view of the NSA program is the following: I think it saved lives. I think it prevented attacks. And I don't think we can be in a position where we're saying, shut the whole thing down. But I do know that today, with a President who so clearly flouts the rule of law and the Constitution, there are legitimate concerns about whether we have the balance between civil liberties and our security right. That's a question we have to ask constantly.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Wyoming Senate race Nov 21, 2013

Liz Cheney: Strengthen our national security

In a number of executive positions, Liz has worked to strengthen the national security of the United States. As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in the George W. Bush administration, she was the second-ranking official in the state department bureau responsible for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Prior to her service in the state department, Liz practiced law and held positions in President George H.W. Bush's administration.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website,, "About" Oct 9, 2013

Dave Freudenthal: $1.9M for Military Assistance Trust Fund

Some years ago when you created the Military Assistance Trust Fund there was some skepticism about its appropriateness. That fund has given approximately $1.9 million over the last few years to family members in the seven active duty Reserve and National Guard branches. It is working, and it is working well. It is one of those things that makes a difference for the men and women who continue to volunteer to protect this country. It is the least that we can do to continue that.
Source: Wyoming 2010 State of the State Address Feb 8, 2010

Mark Gordon: Provide a national defense second to none

If there is one critical responsibility of our federal government, it is to provide a national defense second to none, something central to the Republican platform. Without a persuasive, well-equipped, and properly deployed military we cannot maintain our sovereignty and affect diplomacy.

In this troubled time, it is crucial that we not shrink from this obligation. Our world is becoming increasingly complex. In addition to our ongoing travails with Islamic extremists, we must also remain vigilant about threats emerging elsewhere from places like China, North Korea, and Venezuela.

I believe in a strong national defense that is properly deployed throughout the world. With that as a foundation, we need to have the best equipped, best rested and rotated military. We need to grow the armed forces to support the high operational tempo of current military operations. I am in favor of the addition of Special Forces, soldiers and Marines to meet the security challenges of the 21st Century.

Source: 2008 Wyoming House campaign website Nov 1, 2008

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