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  • Interior Funding Bill Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2016 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported the House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 231-196. Included in the legislation are policies important to western states such as full funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), a vital program in the west that ensures communities are adequately compensated for the lack of tax revenue due to the presence of federal land. “Every county in Idaho depends on the federal g... Read more

  • Celebrating Independence with Thankful Hearts
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Veterans

    “Each year we have an opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July and remind ourselves of the sacrifices made on our behalf to secure our freedom and independence. American history is filled with heroic and selfless acts made by men and women who have fought to defend our values and way of life. Today we continue to witness bravery from those who selflessly serve and protect our country. Giving them the proper tools and resources to fulfill their mission has always been a top priority of mine. Equa... Read more

  • Simpson Releases First Mile Tracker Board for Idaho STEP Challenge, People Can Still Join
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the first Mile Tracker Board for the Idaho STEP Challenge where he is virtually walking from Washington, D.C. Currently Simpson’s virtual location en route is 98 miles and is just outside of Westminster, MD. Westminster is home to the Bear Branch Nature Center and the Hashawha Environmental Center that feature several interactive exhibits on local plants and animals, a youth environmental education center, and more than five miles of multi-use hiking and r... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Bill to Fund A-10s and Troops
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson applauded passage of H.R. 5293, the Fiscal Year (FY) 17 Defense Appropriations bill. This legislation funds the Department of Defense, and fulfills the constitutional responsibility of Congress to provide for the common defense. “I am very pleased this bill recognizes the importance and invaluable contribution of the A-10 to the armed forces,” said Simpson. “The airmen from the Idaho Air National Guard are using the unique capabilities of the A-10 Thunderbolt II in... Read more

  • Important Idaho Provisions Advanced in House Interior Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Second Amendment, Public Lands and Natural Resources, Water, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies, Endangered Species Act

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported the House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for FY17 during the House Appropriations Committee consideration. Included in the legislation are policies important to western states and critical funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), a vital program in the west that ensures communities are adequately compensated for the lack of tax revenue due to the presence of federal land. “Every county in Idaho depends on the federal government mee... Read more

  • Simpson Votes Against Costly Energy Regulations and Tax Hikes
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2016 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson voted in favor of two resolutions which voice the House of Representatives disapproval for two of President Obama’s proposed energy initiatives. The first, H.Con.Res. 89, would express the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. The second, H.Con.Res. 112, would express the sense of Congress opposing the President’s proposed $10 tax on every barrel of oil. Both passed the House on Friday. “The President continues to do... Read more

  • Idaho STEP Challenge
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: HOT TOPICS

    Idaho STEP Challenge In 2014, Congressman Mike Simpson started tracking his steps to achieve a series of personal weight loss goals. Since then, he has lost 68 pounds. Now, in an effort to advocate healthy lifestyles through his work in the House of Representatives, Congressman Simpson is challenging Idaho residents to a STEP Challenge. Beginning on June 1, 2016, Congressman Simpson will measure and record the number of miles he walks each week using his activity tracker. During the next calenda... Read more

  • Simpson launches STEP Challenge, Encourages Public to Participate
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has announced he will virtually walk from Washington D.C. to Boise during the next year as part of the Idaho STEP Challenge. Since 2014, Simpson has lost nearly 70 pounds using an activity tracker to monitor his daily steps. Simpson recently cosponsored H.R. 1218, the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT Act) which aims to promote health and prevent obesity related diseases by allowing physical activity expenses to be reimbursed using pre-tax dollars. The Ida... Read more

  • Simpson Votes to Fund A-10s and Troops
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson last night supported passage of H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017. This legislation fulfills the constitutional responsibility of Congress to provide for the common defense by funding the Department of Defense. “I am very pleased to see the NDAA pass, and particularly for the recognition of the A-10’s importance in the bill and its unique and invaluable contributions to the armed forces,” said Simpson. “The fight against ... Read more

  • Congressman Simpson Supports Funding for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Veterans

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported passage of the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. This bill provides funding to maintain military base infrastructure and to house, train, and equip military personnel, as well as other services for military families. It also funds the medical care and benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “This legislation provides an increase in funding for medical care and benefits adm... Read more

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