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Rep. Simpson Votes to Provide Students with a Variety of Milk Options

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WASHINGTON— Today, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson voted in favor of H.R. 1147 – Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2023. This bill gives schools flexibility to craft nutritious lunches for students participating in school meal programs by allowing whole and 2 percent milk options.   “For too long, whole and 2 percent milk has been kept out of school cafeterias,” said Rep.…

Rep. Simpson Cosponsors Bill to Help Veterans Attain Homeownership

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WASHINGTON— Today,  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored H.R.4335 - VA Loan Informed Disclosure (VALID) Act of 2023. This legislation will ensure that veterans, servicemembers, and their families are made aware of all financing options available to them before purchasing a home. The VALID Act requires that a Federal Housing Administration mortgage notice contain…

Rep. Simpson Announces 2023 Congressional App Challenge Winner

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WASHINGTON— Today, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson announced Victoria Djidjev, an 11th grader from Hillcrest High School, as the winner of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge for Idaho’s Second Congressional District. Djidjev created AquaPulse, a water level analytics app that enables professionals and the public to gain valuable insights from water system data.  “It’s an honor…

Rep. Simpson's Statement on Government Funding

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WASHINGTON— Today, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson – Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee – voted in favor of H.R. 6363, the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024, a stop-gap funding measure that keeps the government open and funded. This legislation extends appropriations and authorities under the jurisdiction of four…

Rep. Simpson Cosponsors Bill to Include Phosphate & Potash as Critical Minerals

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WASHINGTON— Today, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored legislation, H.R. 4059, to include phosphate and potash on the final list of critical minerals of the Department of the Interior. Potash and phosphate are essential nutrients used to support plant growth, enhance water retention, and increase crop yield and disease resistance.   This bipartisan bill is led by Reps.…

Chairman Simpson Champions Idaho Priorities as the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill Passes House

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WASHINGTON— Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson – Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee – released the following statement after the bill passed the House.   “I am pleased to see the House pass my…

Rep. Simpson Limits Job-Killing Regulations by the EPA

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WASHINGTON— Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which cuts and rescinds wasteful Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson – Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee – authored language that reduces funding…

Rep. Simpson Fights Against Lava Ridge Wind Project in Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

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WASHINGTON— Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson – Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee – secured a provision related to onshore wind projects in Idaho requiring the Comptroller General to produce a report…

Rep. Simpson Reins in ESA Sage Grouse Listing Overreach

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WASHINGTON— Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which includes language prohibiting the listing of the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson – Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee –…

Rep. Simpson Fully Funds PILT

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WASHINGTON— Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2024 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which fully funds the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson – Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee – authored the language that secures complete funding for…