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Simpson Urges for Certainty in PILT Payments
April 14, 2014
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has other Western Members of Congress in urging House leadership to fully fund the federal government’s obligations to counties with a high percentage of federal land. They recently sent a letter to leadership pushing for full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. PILT compensates local governments for the loss of income due to the presence of federal land in their state or county, since the federal government does not pay property taxes. Full fu... More
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House Republicans Pass Budget Resolution that Addresses National Debt
April 10, 2014
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today joined Chairman Paul Ryan in passing the Fiscal Year(FY) 2015 House Budget Resolution. This is the fourth straight year the House Republicans have passed a budget since taking the majority. The bill is the only proposal that lays out a path to a balanced budget in ten years and ultimately eliminates the national debt by fundamentally reforming mandatory spending programs, expanding opportunities for economic growth, and curtailing spending. H.Con.Res. 96 pas... More
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Simpson Defends Wolf Delisting
April 4, 2014
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson talked sage-grouse and wolves this week during hearings on the budget request for the Department of Interior. During the hearing, Simpson, a member of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, responded harshly to criticisms by Democrats of the decision to remove wolves from the endangered species list and Idaho’s management of wolf populations. “You have got to remember that these wolves were reintroduced as a nonessential, experimental popul... More
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Obamacare Declares Full Time is 30-hours– Simpson joins House Colleagues to Preserve 40 Hour Work Week
April 3, 2014
Idaho Congressman Simpson today supported H.R. 2575, legislation to eliminate the language in Obamacare defining a full-time worker as someone who works more than 30-hours per week. The bill passed the House with a vote of 248 to 197. Congressman Simpson was a cosponsor of this legislation. The 30-hour work week language in Obamacare was apparently intended to prevent employers from skirting the employer mandate which says any company with more than 50 full-time workers must offer health insura... More
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Simpson Pushes for Better Wildfire Budgeting
April 2, 2014
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today discussed funding for wildfire suppression with Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. Tidwell testified on the Forest Service’s FY15 budget request before the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, on which Simpson serves. They talked at length about Simpson’s legislation to end the practice of fire borrowing as a way to pay for wildfire suppression. When Simpson questioned Chief Tidwell about perceived concerns about his proposal, Tidwell co... More
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