Oct 16, 2013 - From staff reportsRepublican U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney was in Riverton on Monday, Oct. 7, for a luncheon meeting with Fremont County Republican women and guests.
Cheney said she was alarmed by the federal government shutdown and ongoing impasse over the federal debt ceiling.
"I think most Americans are fed up with this pattern," she said. "Congress should not simply be operating from crisis to crisis. If people in private businesses operated this way, they all would be fired."
Cheney, who is challenging three-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and next year's Republican primary, described the Affordable Care Act taking effect this month has "a train wreck." She said President Barack Obama already is separating pieces of it for delayed implementation, which she said demonstrates that "Obamacare" is unworkable.
"I think Republicans have an obligation to do everything we can to prevent the damage that can be done" if the law is fully implemented, she said.
She called on Enzi to commit to returning money from the "special deal" being offered to members of Congress under the Affordable Care Act. The provision permits senators and representatives to obtain subsidized health insurance under Obamacare.
"For the rest of us, you only can get the subsidy if you are below a certain income level, which members of Congress are not," Cheney said. "There is uproar against this from all across the political spectrum. Members of Congress should live under the laws that they pass."
The candidate noted that she had been in southwest Wyoming recently for appearances in Rock Springs and Farson. Her eighth-grade daughter, Grace, competed in a barrel racing event in Rock Springs and placed first in her division.
"She won $55," Cheney said, "so that was very exciting."
Cheney appeared in Laramie over the weekend in conjunction with University of Wyoming Homecoming activities.
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