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  • Simpson Applauds Motion to Move the Discussion Forward on Education Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Family and Social Issues

    On Tuesday, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised the passage of a motion to go to conference on a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The motion to go to conference, which was passed by the House without opposition, is the next step towards finalizing ESEA, which was last reauthorized in 2001, and is the primary law which governs K-12 education in the United States. “Today is a positive step forward on education reform,” said Simpson. “I have heard from teach... Read more

  • Simpson Opposes Obama Administration’s Cap and Trade Rules
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Energy, EPA and Environmental Policies, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson strongly supports efforts to put the brakes on the Obama Administration’s new cap and trade regulations. Simpson has long opposed efforts to impose unworkable regulations on the energy sector that would do little to improve climate conditions but would impose prohibitive costs to consumers. Most recently he has cosponsored resolutions to disapprove of two rules recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from... Read more

  • Simpson Works to Prevent Implementation of EPA Water Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Water, Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has cosponsored a resolution intended to stop the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the Obama Administration’s controversial Clean Water Rule. In spite of widespread opposition in Congress and among the public, in June the Administration implemented a new rule broadly expanding its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. H.J.Res. 59 would use the Congressional Review Act to prevent the rule from being enacted and... Read more

  • Simpson Casts Responsible Vote on Bipartisan Budget Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy , Banking and Finance, Fiscal Responsibility, Social Security and Medicare, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today voted to support H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. In addition to preventing a catastrophic national default, this agreement achieves long-term savings through entitlement reform, delivers predictability and certainty to the appropriations process and the funding of our national defense, and repeals an onerous mandate put in place by Obamacare. H.R. 1314 is fully offset and does not increase taxes. “It is imperative that we act in the best i... Read more

  • Simpson Votes to End Harmful Obamacare Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Economy , HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act today. The legislation repeals the most onerous Obamacare provisions through a mechanism known as reconciliation, which is a budgeting process that allows Congress to align the priorities outlined in the current year’s budget resolution with existing law. “Even though Obamacare was signed into law five years ago, I still hear from Idahoans every single day about the law’s negative i... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Domestic Mineral Development
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported H.R. 1937, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act when it came before the House of Representatives this week. The legislation would ensure the availability of domestic minerals and mineral materials that are essential for national security, technological innovation, and economic growth by streamlining the permitting process for mineral exploration and development projects. Simpson is an original cosponsor of H.R. 1937. “The United Sta... Read more

  • Simpson Pushes for Better Federal Land Management
    Posted in Press Releases on October 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies, Endangered Species Act, Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has signed onto legislation to give federal land managers better tools to improve sage-grouse habitat. H.R. 1793, the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act of 2015, would create a categorical exclusion from the NEPA process in order to remove pinyon-juniper from sage-grouse and mule deer habitat. “Some of the major threats to sage-grouse habitat are wildfire and invasive species, and controlling these threats requires good, active land ... Read more

  • Ex-Im Bank levels the playing field, supports job growth, and helps reduce the national debt
    Posted in Press Releases on October 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure, Economy , Agriculture, Banking and Finance, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho’s economy, both urban and rural, is inextricably tied to our ability to export the products and commodities we produce. Whether it be by our high tech industry, which is the largest Idaho export to the world, or our agricultural products, which help support thousands of jobs. I strongly believe that Idaho’s farmers and businesses can compete and win on a level playing field and this is where the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank plays an important role. The Ex-Im Bank is the official export credi... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Legislation to Fund A-10s and Troops
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    The House of Representatives today passed the conference report to H.R. 1735, - the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported the legislation which authorizes many important programs that support our military, including a pay increase and benefits to military members and their families. The conference report includes important Idaho priorities such as a provision which prevents retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, a squadron of which currently operates... Read more

  • Wildfires are National Disasters
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

    The 2015 wildfire season has been brutal. In mid-August the National Wildland Fire Preparedness Level was raised to the highest Level 5 and the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) mobilized active duty military personnel to fight wildfires for the first time in almost a decade. Millions of acres are burning in the drought-plagued West—more than twice as many as last year—and the Forest Service anticipates that suppression costs will exceed the budget by nearly a half a billion dollars. The s... Read more