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  • Simpson, Labrador Introduce Agreement on Gateway West Transmission Line
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gateway West

    Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Raul Labrador have introduced legislation to address the routing of the Gateway West Transmission Line, through the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). The project – jointly proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power - will construct and operate 1,000 miles of high voltage transmission line across Wyoming and Idaho and creates more than 1,200 jobs and represents $3.5 billion in economic investment. The legislation is a compro... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Bill to Improve VA and Protects 2nd Amendment for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Second Amendment, Veterans

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson this week supported legislation to improve hiring practices at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and to protect the Second Amendment Rights of veterans. H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act, gives the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for performance or misconduct. This bill was introduced to streamline administrative action against underperforming employees at VA facilities. The bill also ensures protections ... Read more

  • Simpson Issues Statement on Budget Blueprint
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Energy, Economy , Fiscal Responsibility, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson issued the following statement concerning the release of President Trump’s Budget Blueprint. “The Administration’s budget blueprint has given us a sense of what President Trump’s priorities will be in the coming fiscal year. I look forward to receiving the full budget soon so that Congress can get to work and get back to regular order in our budget and appropriations process. Once we receive the full budget, our subcommittee will do what it does every year; it will... Read more

  • Simpson Votes to Fund Our Troops and A-10
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised passage of H.R. 1301, the Fiscal Year (FY) 17 Defense Appropriations bill. Simpson supported the legislation which fulfills the constitutional responsibility of Congress to provide for the common defense by funding the Department of Defense. “This bill provides our troops with the tools necessary to keep us safe at home and abroad while providing service members and their families with the support they deserve,” said Simpson. “With an ever-changing enemy, w... Read more

  • Daines, Tester, Simpson, Peterson Introduce Legislation to Reverse Disastrous Court Ruling
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, EPA and Environmental Policies, Endangered Species Act

    U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) today underscored the urgency in reversing the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service by introducing bipartisan bicameral legislation to do just that. The bill seeks to codify the position taken by the Obama administration that federal agencies are not required to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Serv... Read more

  • Congressman Simpson Responds to President Trump’s first Address to Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson issued the following statement after President Donald Trump’s first Address to Congress. “President Trump discussed a myriad of topics and I am looking forward to working with the Administration to implement policies that create jobs and fuel economic growth. Fundamental tax reform, entitlement reform and regulatory reform are essential to address our nation’s debt crisis once and for all. “As I talk to farmers, ranchers, and businesses throughout Idaho about the e... Read more

  • Simpson Applauds Administration’s Decision to Rein in WOTUS Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson applauds the Trump Administration’s executive order that directs the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA to review and reconsider an Obama Administration rule that would expand the definition of “waters of the United States.” Simpson chairs the appropriations subcommittee overseeing the budget for the US Army Corps of Engineers and sits on the subcommittee overseeing the budget for the EPA. In those roles, he has authored language passed by the House that would prevent... Read more

  • Idaho Delegation Announces 2017 Service Academy Days
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Washington, DC – The Idaho Congressional Delegation today announced its 2017 Service Academy Days across Idaho. Each Service Academy Day session offers students, parents, and counselors the opportunity to meet with liaisons, cadets, and midshipmen from each of the nation’s respective service academies and provides an opportunity for questions. Staff from Idaho’s four Congressional delegation offices will be on hand to answer questions about the application process for students who are seeking a ... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Legislation that Protects Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions
    Posted in Press Releases on February 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Social Security and Medicare

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined 42 Members of Congress in cosponsoring H.R. 1121, the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act of 2017. The legislation was introduced on Thursday, by Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Greg Walden (R-OR) and would ensure patients would not have benefits excluded from a plan due to a pre-existing condition and would not pay more based on health status. “It is clear that Idahoans want patient-centered reforms that put health care decisions into the h... Read more

  • Congressman Simpson Encourages Area Students to Participate in Congressional Art Competition
    Posted in Press Releases on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson invites high school students across the Second Congressional District to enter the 2017 High School Congressional Art Competition. This annual competition encourages Idaho's aspiring student artists to showcase their talents to the public, while recognizing their achievements alongside hundreds of other students and members of Congress from across the country. Earlier this month, school administrators and art instructors across the state received an official invita... Read more