Today, members of Idaho’s Congressional Delegation expressed their grief at the unexpected death of Micron C.E.O. Steve Appleton this morning, offering their deepest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of one of Idaho’s most influential businessmen. Senator Mike Crapo, Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Raùl Labrador issued the following joint statement on Mr. Appleton’s untimely passing: “Like the rest of Idaho, we are stunned and deeply saddened by the news of Steve Appleton’s sudden death, and we join his family and the Micron employees in mourning this huge loss,” the Me... Read More »

Remembering 9/11

"Today we pay respect and remember those who gave their lives on 9/11, their memory will be forever in our hearts. While we honor and pray for the victims on that fateful day, we also pray for our soldiers in the field who have fought and continue to fight to protect our freedom. God Bless America." Read More »

Simpson statement on Judge Molloy's recent decision concerning wolf management

While I am not surprised by Judge Molloy's decision, I am pleased the district court has upheld the constitutionality of my language and confident that wolves will remain delisted and under state management. Wolves are clearly a fully recovered species and anyone but the most unreasonable of activists knows their delisting is not just warranted, it is essential and legal. Read More »


House Interior and the Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson will hold a full committee markup on the FY 2012 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on Tuesday, July 12, at 8:30 MST. The House Appropriations Committee will consider the bill and numerous amendments are expected to be offered. The markup will be live on a webcast that can be watched from the Appropriations Committee website. Currently the federal government borrows over 40 cents for each dollar it spends. In his bill, Chairman Simpson is taking necessary measures to reduce discreti... Read More »

Congress and the President Must Solve Budget Crisis

“During the debt debate, as Congress and the President circle each other, make offers and counter offers, propose concessions, then refuse to compromise, the American people can’t help but think they have been to this dance before. They didn’t like what they saw during the government shutdown dispute and they don’t like this new version of the same old thing. “It’s no surprise, then, that only one out of five people approve of the job Congress is doing. One of five is a number that, quite frankly, seems high as I read the letters and hear the phone calls that come into my office every day from... Read More »

Independence Day

“’When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separate.’ “With these words our Founding Fathers began to ‘declare the causes’ that drove them to separate from the tyrannical control of King George III. Their vision was to give birth to a new nation that... Read More »

School Lunch Programs Need Potatoes

“Earlier this year, the USDA issued the proposed rule, “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.” This proposed rule would have forced schools to limit servings of potatoes, corn, green peas and lima beans. This drastic change to the school meal programs would have incurred significant costs to all school districts. Due to the radical changes and extreme costs that would have been associated with the proposed rule, it is likely that considerable number of schools would have chosen not to participate in the meal programs, especially school breakfast. As a ... Read More »

Honoring the Birth of the American Flag

“On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the American flag as an emblem of freedom and independence. John Adams proclaimed that, “the flag of the thirteen United States represents a new constellation.” Over 220 years after it was first embraced, Old Glory remains a symbol of the pride of our nation. “Recognizing the importance of this American treasure, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 that established a National Flag Day. Following this act, in 1949, Congress by joint resolution designated June 14 of each year as a day to commemorate the adoption of th... Read More »

Simpson Responds to President's Budget

“After seeing that House Republicans and Chairman Paul Ryan are responding to the call of the American people to get spending under control, President Obama has come late to the game and put forth a proposal that still doesn’t pass muster. Unlike Chairman Ryan’s plan, which reduces the deficit by $4.4 trillion and reduces taxes, President Obama proposes to raise taxes on job creators while punting on the real drivers of the debt: our expensive mandatory programs which make up 60% of the federal budget. After putting out a federal budget that did absolutely nothing to address the deficit crisis... Read More »

Simpson Statement on Provision Protecting State Role over Non-Navigable Waters

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, today issued the following statement on language he has inserted into H.R. 1, the House Continuing Resolution, that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using taxpayer dollars to implement laws or regulations expanding federal jurisdiction over state waters. The provision would block any attempt by the Obama Administration to remove the term “navigable waters” from the definition of waters subject to EPA regulation under the Clean Water Act. Currently non-navigable water... Read More »