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Bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act Passes House Judiciary Committee

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill spearheaded by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) passed the House Judiciary Committee with a 18-12 vote, and is ripe for consideration by the full House. The bipartisan effort was negotiated over eight m... Read More »

Over 300 Agriculture Groups Send Letter of Support for Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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Over 300 Agriculture Groups Send Letter of Support for Farm Workforce Modernization Act WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, over 300 agriculture groups sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in support of H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill spearheaded by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), Jimmy Panett... Read More »

Why Idaho Farmers Need Immigration Reform

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Washington, D.C. – “My childhood was spent working on the farms and ranches of Southeastern Idaho. When a challenge arose, we fixed it. Hay needed hauled, pipe needed moved, heifers needed calved, and potatoes needed picked. Many years have passed, and while my days of hauling hay are long behind me, I still believe when you see a problem you must try and solve it. Those who feed this world need o... Read More »

Cong. Simpson Praises Gov. Little, AG Wasden and US DOE’s Resolution that Complies with Settlement Agreement and Allows Spent Fuel Research

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Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson congratulates Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden for reaching an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy that allows research quantities of commercial spent nuclear fuel to be brought to the Idaho National Laboratory. “I’m thrilled by today’s news and want to congratulate Governor Little, Attorney General Wasden, and the... Read More »

Bipartisan House Members Introduce Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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Today, Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), Collin Peterson (D-MN-07), Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act to provide a compromise solution for American agriculture. The bill was introduced with the strong bipartisan support of 24 Democrats and 20 Republicans. The F... Read More »

Simpson Cosponsors Bills to make PILT Permanent and to Extend SRS

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Simpson Cosponsors Bills to make PILT Permanent and to Extend SRS Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored two bills that would provide payments to counties with significant percentages of federal land. The Permanently Authorizing PILT Act would eliminate the uncertainty of annual PILT payments by permanently funding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program which provides more th... Read More »

Marching Together

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Washington, D.C. - “75 years ago, on the beaches of Normandy, more than 160,000 Allied soldiers landed across a 50 mile stretch of French coastline. Allied forces battled rough and frigid water only to be met at the shore by German machine guns and coastal batteries that spewed deadly artillery fire. This would be the largest amphibious military operation in history. “Just before they would embark... Read More »

Simpson: Immigration needs a bipartisan solution, far too important for political games

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Washington, D.C. - The House of Representatives voted Wednesday on H.R. 6, the so-called American Dream and Promise Act. Offered by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), the bill does not secure the southern border or stem the flow of illegal immigration into the United States, but instead offers a partisan expansion of programs that are meant to assist a narrowly-tailored group of vulnerab... Read More »

Simpson Stands up for Wheat, Barley, and Dairy

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Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson sent two letters to the White House and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encouraging consideration of wheat, barley, and dairy in future trade mitigation assistance packages. The letters come at a pivotal time as the White House and USDA are considering a second trade assistance mitigation package. “I have talked to farmers throughout... Read More »

Simpson Statement on Mueller Report Release

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Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement addressing the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia interference with the 2016 Presidential election: “Today's release of the Mueller report marks the final day in a process that has dominated national discourse for two years. At last, the American people can know without a shadow of a doubt ... Read More »

Pinch Me – This must be a Nightmare

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Pinch Me – This must be a Nightmare By Congressman Mike Simpson Boise, ID – “St. Patrick’s Day bears some unique traditions. The idea that forgetting to wear green for the day could cause you to get pinched could be described by some as crazy or even loony. Yet, it’s all in good fun. “A reporter recently asked about how I felt about the Green New Deal and I called it ‘Crazy and Loony‘. Unlike a h... Read More »

Idaho Delegation Cheer DOI Sage-Grouse Plans

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Idaho Delegation Cheer DOI Sage-Grouse Plans Collaborative effort receives bipartisan praise from governors Washington, D.C. – Idaho’s congressional delegation applauded the collaborative effort of Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on the Record of Decision (ROD) for the amended land use plans that better align the Bureau of Land Management plans with the State of Idaho aimed at Gre... Read More »

Simpson and Fulcher Applaud USFWS Decision to Delist Wolves

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Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher lauded Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s announcement that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will propose a rule to delist the gray wolf in the lower 48 states. This decision would build on the successful recovery of the species and the successful implementation of delisting in the State of Idaho which has... Read More »

Simpson Supports Public Lands Package

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On Tuesday, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported final passage of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. The legislation includes over 100 individual bills which deliver local solutions to public lands issues, primarily in the west. The bill includes two bills authored by Congressman Simpson that resolve boundary adjustments and management of recreation facilities. S. 47 also permanently... Read More »

Idaho Delegation Votes to Avoid Government Shutdown

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Washington, D.C. - Today, the Idaho Congressional Delegation voted to pass H.J. Res. 31, which funds the rest of government through the end of fiscal year 2019. The legislation contains many important priorities that will directly benefit Idaho and provide funding for border security. Specifically, the legislation funds the Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, Science; Interior and Environment; Financi... Read More »