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  • 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

  • Simpson Reacts to Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2016 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson offered the following statement regarding today’s announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the Greater Yellowstone Area Grizzly Bear is fully recovered and no longer warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act: “For more than three decades, local, state, and federal partners have worked together to revive the population of the Greater Yellowstone Area Grizzly Bear,” said Simpson. “I am pleased the Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed delistin... Read more

  • Simpson Votes to Slow Down EPA Regulation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2016 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported H.R. 4557, the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 238-163. The bill would extend the compliance dates pending the completion of judicial review for the Brick Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) air quality rule issued by EPA that sets strict standards for brick industry emissions. “Like many EPA regulations, the Brick MACT rule is being challenged in the courts,” ... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Sportsmen’s Bill to Protect Hunting and Fishing on Public Lands
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Second Amendment, Public Lands and Natural Resources, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported legislation protecting Americans’ access to hunting, fishing and shooting on public lands. H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, would ensure federal land managers continue to allow reliable access to public lands and protect Second Amendment rights. H.R. 2406 passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 242-161. “In Idaho, we love to hunt, fish, and enjoy other forms of recreation on our public... Read more

  • Simpson’s Indian Trust Asset Reform Act Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on February 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s H.R. 812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, passed by voice vote in the House of Representatives. The bill would modernize the federal government’s role in managing Indian trust property by allowing tribes to manage their own assets through negotiated demonstration projects with the Department of Interior. “This legislation is a step forward for tribes in how they manage their assets,” said Simpson. “Instead of the complicated and inconsistent bureaucratic proce... Read more

  • Simpson Challenges Obama on EPA Cap and Trade Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2016 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson signed an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” brief in support of 27 states that challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule on existing power plants. The Clean Power Plant rule was recently stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and is awaiting further consideration by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. “I am extremely disappointed, but sadly not surprised that the President is using his final months in office to promote costly ... Read more

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