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    Simpson’s Boulder White Clouds Bill Signed by President President Barack Obama signs legislation into law Washington, Aug 7 | U.S. President Barack Obama today signed into law Congressman Mike Simpson’s legislation creating three new Wilderness areas...

  • Agriculture

    Ensuring the Success of Idaho Agriculture Idaho’s past, present, and future are tied to agriculture. Generations of farmers and ranchers have helped to shape our culture, and agriculture continues to be one of the largest sectors of our state’s econ...

  • Banking and Finance

    Restoring America’s Financial Security As we look at our banking system in the light of the global credit crisis that has paralyzed our financial system and brought uncertainty to our economy, I recognize that we must make long-term changes to our n...

  • CIEDRA

    An Idaho Solution to Idaho Land Management I have worked for over a decade with local ranchers, elected officials, recreationists, and other affected parties to address land use issues in the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains in Central Idaho. Idahoans’...

  • Economy

    Supporting American Families through Tough Economic Times These days we are all frustrated with the economy and, quite frankly, by the government’s response to the crisis. The recession and slow economic recovery have left many American families fac...

  • Education

    Investing in Our Children’s Education Providing a first-rate education for America's children is certainly one of the most important responsibilities of parents and guardians, local school districts, states and—to an appropriate degree—the Federal g...

  • Endangered Species Act

    Modernizing the Endangered Species Act The Endangered Species Act was passed in a bipartisan manner in 1973 to protect species at risk of extinction. Although authorization for the law expired in 1992, it continues to be implemented. Unfortunately, ...

  • Energy

    Providing Energy Independence for our Nation The future of our nation’s energy supply has become a topic of great interest, both in Congress and throughout our country. A growing and thriving economy requires stable and affordable energy supplies, a...

  • EPA and Environmental Policies

    Bringing Common Sense to Environmental Policies As a life-long Idahoan, I am deeply concerned about protecting our environment to ensure that we continue to have clean air to breathe and water to drink, as well as guaranteeing long-term sustainabili...

  • Family and Social Issues

    Supporting Idaho’s Families and Values I am committed to safeguarding our quintessential American freedoms and values and strengthening the core of our society, the family. American families are often the focus of issues addressed in Congress such a...

  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Balancing the Federal Budget and Reducing the National Debt Like most Idahoans, I am troubled by the United States’ growing debt. The impact of an ever increasing debt, if allowed to grow unchecked, can be disastrous for the economy. I am especially...

  • Gateway West

    Gateway West Information Bill Text MAPS Simpson, Labrador Introduce Agreement on Gateway West Transmission Line Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Raul Labrador have introduced legislation to address the routing of the Gateway West Transmission...

  • Healthcare

    Improving Healthcare for Idahoans I was a dentist in Blackfoot, Idaho, for 22 years, and although I have left the profession, I remain interested and involved in health care issues. I believe there are a number of things Congress could do to make he...

  • Housing

    Protecting American Homeowners As our economy recovers from challenges that it has not seen in generations, American families are struggling to make ends meet, concerned about possible unemployment, and facing foreclosure and other difficult financi...

  • Immigration

    Securing Our Borders I have long been a supporter of LEGAL immigration. Part of our nation’s strength is its uniquely varied population and respect for the cultural diversity that has been a prevalent part of our history. After all, very few America...

  • National Defense and Military

    Protecting Our Nation and Supporting Our Troops The U.S. military carries out one of the most important responsibilities of government— the protection and security of the American people and their interests. Our military service men and women are co...

  • Public Lands and Natural Resources

    Preserving and Enjoying Idaho’s Public Lands Idaho’s abundance of parks, forests, and public lands makes our state a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Nearly two-thirds of Idaho is public land, and as a life-long Idahoan I know the challenges...

  • Second Amendment

    Defending the Second Amendment The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I firmly believe this ...

  • Small Businesses

    Supporting Idaho’s Small Businesses Small businesses play a vital role in this country and in our state. They are the backbone of our nation’s economy, and Idaho depends on the innovative work of entrepreneurs to create jobs, develop new products an...

  • SNRA+

    SNRA+ Information Bill Text: PL 114-46 Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act MAPS, Wilderness and Others In the News Miscellaneous Links Simpson’s Boulder White Clouds Bill Signed by President U.S. President Barac...

  • Social Security and Medicare

    Keeping Our Commitments to Seniors I strongly believe that we have a responsibility, both as a society and as a nation, to care for our parents, grandparents, and neighbors as they advance in age. Like you, I believe that after a lifetime of working...

  • Taxes

    Provide Tax Relief and Certainty to American Families Fundamental tax reform is a critical component of any plan to address our nation’s debt crisis once and for all. If we truly want to get our budget deficit under control, we need to get our econo...

  • Transportation and Infrastructure

    Investing in Our Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure On both a state and national level, our economy depends on an efficient and affordable transportation system. For centuries our transportation system has been the backbone of our economy, and w...

  • Veterans

    Supporting Our Veterans Idaho is proud of our men and women in the active duty military and Idaho National Guard who are serving our country honorably at home and abroad and of the veterans who served our nation. We thank them for their great servic...

  • Water

    Protecting Our Precious Water Resources In the West, we know how valuable water is to our economy and way of life. It is one of the most precious resources in our state, and deciding how it is used should be the responsibility of state and local off...

  • Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

    The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act One of the most significant pieces of legislation I’ve authored this Congress is a bill to fix the way we currently budget for wildfire suppression by treating catastrophic wildfires like other natural disasters. Cur...

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