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  • 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

  • Simpson Responds to Federal Judge’s Decision on Obamacare Lawsuit
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Economy

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement after a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration unlawfully paid billions to Obamacare health insurers without congressional approval. “Yesterday’s ruling confirms what many American’s already know, the President is acting unilaterally without consulting Congress,” said Congressman Simpson. “The President didn’t confer with Republicans when Obamacare passed on party line votes, and he continues to ignore Congress as a colle... Read more

  • Simpson Co-Sponsors Banking Regulatory Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on May 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Businesses, Economy , Banking and Finance

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is a cosponsor of H.R. 2896, the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk Act of 2015. The TAILOR Act would provide smaller community banks and credit unions with regulatory relief. H.R. 2896 requires federal financial regulatory agencies to consider the risk profile and business models of financial institutions when taking regulatory action; and requires agencies to tailor regulations accordingly as appropriate and necessary. Currently, small traditi... Read more

  • Simpson Opposes Onerous Rule from Department of Labor
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Idaho Congressman Simpson is a cosponsor of H.R. 4773, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, which blocks a U.S. Department of Labor rule to significantly increase the salary threshold for exemption from federal overtime pay requirements for managerial, professional or administrative positions. Currently under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), salaried employees who earn $23,660 or less are eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours per week. In its final ru... Read more

  • Simpson Slams EPA Use of Taxpayer Funds
    Posted in Press Releases on April 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Energy, Water, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) top official expressing extreme concerns with the use of federal funding for advocacy and lobbying efforts. EPA funds were recently linked to an advocacy project in Washington State. “As an Idahoan I fully expect to have differences with the EPA regarding policy,” said Simpson. “But one thing that we should always agree on is the law and these advocac... Read more

  • Simpson Protects INL in Energy Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on April 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure, National Defense and Military, Energy, Water, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill reverses proposed cuts to Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and cleanup activities in Idaho. Simpson is Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which passed the bill through the full House Appropriations Committee today, and had the lead role in deciding funding for all Department o... Read more

  • Simpson Challenges Obama on Constitutional Authority over Immigration
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2016 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported H.Res. 639, authorizing an amicus brief—also known as a “friend of the court” brief—to be filed on behalf of the House Representatives in the Supreme Court. This brief supports the 26 states that filed legal action against President Obama for his infringement on Article I authority over immigration policy in the case, U.S. v. Texas. It is the first time the House has taken an official position and filed an amicus brief on a Supreme Court case. H.Res. 639 ... Read more

  • Simpson Questions BLM on Issues Facing Idaho
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2016 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today examined the President’s FY17 budget proposal during a House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee hearing with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze. Simpson, who is the vice-chair of the subcommittee, took the opportunity to question Kornze on important issues facing Idaho. During the hearing Congressman Simpson raised the issue of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer and the role BLM can play in helping the State of Idaho stabi... Read more