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  • 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

  • Simpson Supports the Second Amendment Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Second Amendment

    Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported H.J.Res. 40, a resolution disapproving an 11th hour Obama Administration rule requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to submit the names of certain beneficiaries to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, denying them of their Second Amendment rights. On December 19, 2016, the SSA published the final rule for the criteria to report certain Social Security recipients to the National Instant Criminal Background ... Read more

    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson the following statement on President Trump’s executive order on admissions to the United States: “The President is fulfilling his duty and promise to evaluate the screening process for those attempting to enter our country to ensure that these individuals are indeed safe and pose no threat to us. However, the Administration could have and should have disseminated the details and enforcement guidelines of the Executive Order in a more effective manner to minimize t... Read more

  • Simpson Supports First Step to Repeal Obamacare
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Economy , Taxes

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported passage of the fiscal year 2017 budget resolution which was approved by the House of Representatives on Friday. This is the most significant Obamacare repeal legislation to pass the House since the law was enacted six years ago. Passage of the resolution unlocks a legislative mechanism known as “reconciliation” which provides Congress with the ability to repeal and ultimately replace Obamacare. “It is no secret that Obamacare has not lived up to the promi... Read more

  • Simpson Votes to Reform the Federal Regulatory Process
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy , Fiscal Responsibility, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson voted for two pieces of regulatory reform legislation to prevent regulatory overreach by the Obama administration during its final days and to return accountability and transparency to the federal regulatory process. The total cost of regulations imposed by federal agencies is estimated at $1.88 trillion annually. “Each year, federal agencies issue regulations without considering both their cost and benefits,” said Simpson. “Congress needs to reestablish its author... Read more

  • Simpson and Welch Leads Bipartisan Effort to Stop the Illegal Branding of ‘Fake Milk’ as Real Milk
    Posted in Press Releases on December 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT ) along with 30 other members of Congress, today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exercise its legal authority to investigate and take action against the manufacturers of products they falsely claim to be milk. Dairy farmers continue to be buffeted by extreme financial hardships. Since 2014, milk prices have plunged 40 percent. During that same time, there has been a surge in the mislabeling of imitation ... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Legislation to Advance Biomedical Research
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Social Security and Medicare

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised House passage of the 21st Century Cures Act which would fund vital biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as important funding and policy provisions related to drug approval, mental health, and opioid abuse prevention. The 21st Century Cures Act passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 392-26. “Having previously supported many of the provisions in the bill we passed today, I was thrilled to see all of them incorporated into ... Read more

  • Simpson Supports House Continuing Resolution with Full Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans, Fiscal Responsibility, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Simpson praised the strong passage of legislation to provide funding for veterans this week by a vote of 342-85. H.R. 5325 also continues funding for all federal government operations at current levels through December 9, 2016. H.R. 5325 includes the full year Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives on May 19, 2016 with bipartisan support. “Funding provided by this legislation is necessary to keep the governme... Read more

  • Simpson Advocates for Full Funding of PILT and SRS
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined 94 colleagues in urging House leadership to secure full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Simpson and others urged the federal government to fulfill its responsibility to counties with tax-exempt federal land by fully funding both programs. “Last year’s Omnibus spending bill was critical in preserving funding for PILT at levels that keep up with the needs of commu... Read more

  • Simpson Celebrates STEP Challenge Success, Plans Boise Walk
    Posted in Press Releases on August 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    After two and a half months on the road, Congressman Mike Simpson will celebrate the success of the Idaho STEP Challenge by holding a team walk in Boise this evening. In partnership with the Saint Alphonsus Health System, Simpson will participate alongside dozens of Meet Me Monday athletes for a walk around downtown Boise. Beginning at 5:15 p.m., the free event will start at Bandanna Running and Walking, located at the intersection of 5th and Main Street. The event is open to the public. After l... Read more