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  • Simpson’s Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Funding Bill Heads to President’s Desk with Big Wins for Idaho
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Energy, Water

    Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised the passage of H.R. 5895, which includes the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the legislation, which also includes legislation to fund the Veterans Administration, Military Construction projects and the Legislative branch, by a vote count of 377-20. H.R. 5895 provides funding for the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear En... Read more

  • Simpson Applauds House Committee Passage of Parks and LWCF Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, The National Park Restoration Act

    Washington, D.C. – The House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 6510, the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act and H.R. 502 today, which permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has been a leader on both issues having introduced legislation to reauthorize LWCF and address deferred maintenance on our public lands. “I am encouraged to see movement on both these important public lands issues,” said Simpson. “The positive momentum... Read more

  • Congressman Simpson Remembers 9/11
    Posted in Press Releases on September 11, 2018 | Preview rr

    It’s hard to believe that it has been 17 years since our nation was attacked. The children in our schools will have no memory of that dreadful day, yet we remain committed to honoring the lives lost and celebrating the many heroes who arose that day. It is in times of affliction that the American Spirit prospers. Read more

  • Simpson Leads Bipartisan Parks and Public Lands Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, The National Park Restoration Act

    Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined a bipartisan coalition of members of Congress to introduce the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act. The bill would create a dedicated fund to address the $12 billion maintenance backlog in the National Parks (NPS) and multibillion-dollar backlog that exists at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). The proposal is consensus legislation that combines Congress... Read more

  • House Passes Interior Bill with Idaho Priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: EPA and Environmental Policies

    Washington, D.C. - The House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2019 Interior and Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill by a vote of 217-199. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson authored several of the provisions in the bill that directly benefit Idaho. This legislation also continues many important provisions from the 2018 Omnibus, such as rolling back onerous rules and regulations, providing funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT), and fully funding wildfire su... Read more

  • Simpson Statement on International Aggression
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    Washington D.C.- I have always believed that America first does not mean America alone. We are at our strongest when we work together with our allies to counter international aggression inconsistent with our values. In response to Russian actions that run counter to our principles, Congress has spoken clearly by providing the Administration tools to hold the Kremlin accountable, tools that I hope will be utilized to their fullest extent. Read more

  • Simpson’s Statement on President’s Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to Supreme Court
    Posted in Press Releases on July 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    “I congratulate Judge Brett Kavanaugh on his nomination to the Supreme Court. Throughout his career, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated a stalwart commitment to the U.S. Constitution, and I am confident he will approach his work on the nation’s highest bench with the same vigor, bolstered by strong conservative ethics. I thank Justice Kennedy for his decades of distinguished service, and I commend President Trump for his excellent choice to replace him.” Read more

  • Simpson Congratulates Idaho Falls Student Whose Art is Displayed in U.S. Capitol
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson met with Congressional Art Contest Winner, Bailey Annis from Bonneville High School. Annis took first place in Idaho’s second congressional district’s art contest. “It was a pleasure to meet Bailey and her family and I’m proud that her art is now on display in the U.S. Capitol,” said Simpson. “She is a fantastic artist, a great student, and Idaho is lucky to have her represent our state.” The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and more ... Read more

  • Simpson Applauds Idaho PILT Payments
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources

    On Wednesday, the Department of the Interior announced fiscal year 2018 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments, which compensate local governments for the inability to collect property taxes on federal land. Idaho is slated to receive $36.1 million in fiscal year 2018, along with the $26 million from Secure Rural Schools Payments (SRS) the Forest Service announced in May. PILT funding was made possible by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 which contained $530 million for the program.... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act (the “Farm Bill”). The Farm Bill reauthorizes many important farm and nutrition programs for five years. H.R. 2 passed by a vote of 213-211. “We need to show rural America we have their back, and the Farm Bill is the perfect vehicle to demonstrate our support,” said Simpson. “In Idaho, this bill will provide certainty for our ranchers and farmers and signature commodities like potatoes, dairy, grain, and sug... Read more

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