Celebrate Idaho for Saturday is National Public Lands Day

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“Idaho’s abundance of parks, forests, and public lands makes our state a wonderful place in which to live, work, and play.  As a life-long Idahoan, an appreciation for Idaho’s wild areas is in my blood.  I spent my childhood years at Redfish Lake, hiking in the Sawtooth National Forest, and camping in Island Park.  These places hold the memories of my childhood, but they…

Simpson Supports Bill to Require President to Offer Plan to Avoid Sequester

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Tags: Economy

Congressman Simpson today supported H.R. 6365, the National Security and Job Protection Act, offered by Representative Allen West. The bill would require the President to submit a legislative plan to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion to avoid the mandatory budget sequester scheduled to take effect on January 2, 2013. After the failure of the “super committee” to agree on $1.2…

Congressman Mike Simpson joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives today and passed HR 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act

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Congressman Mike Simpson joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives today and passed HR 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act. “Increasing the transparency and accountability of the Federal Reserve to Congress has become more critical in light of the expansion of the Federal Reserve's balance sheet since the financial crisis of 2008-2009,” Simpson said. “Decisions made…

Simpson's Statement on Attorney General Eric Holder in Criminal Contempt:

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“I find no satisfaction in voting to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress, but I also can’t stand by and watch the oversight role of Congress ignored and thwarted,” said Congressman Mike Simpson. “Congress has a right to the documents it has sought from the Attorney General but more importantly, the American people have a right to those documents. The American people also…

Celebrating 25 Years of the GI Bill

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Tags: Veterans

“June 1, 2012, marks the 25th anniversary of the first permanent Department of Veterans Affairs-administered Montgomery GI Bill. Enacted in 1987, the landmark New GI Bill Continuation Act offered a life changing incentive for veterans returning from active duty to the workforce. By offering veterans access to higher education, it both strengthened our national defense and helped…

Congressional Art Contest Winners to be Recognized at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho

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Participants of the Congressional Art Competition will be featured in an exhibit in the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho (300 S. Capitol Ave.) on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Congressman Mike Simpson invites all to attend a reception acknowledging participating students that will begin at 4:00 p.m.  Simpson will recognize 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both categories of Photography, and…

Simpson Questions Office of Nuclear Energy Funding and NRC’s Management

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Tags: Energy

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson challenged the two arms of the government’s nuclear energy organizations, the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), when they came to testify before the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee.  The FY13 budget request for the Department of Energy decreases funding for the Office of Nuclear Energy…

Simpson Responds to President’s Budget

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  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson issued the following statement in response to the release of the president’s budget for FY 2013.   “I will look over the President’s budget request over the next several weeks, and look forward to hearing from Administration officials on the specifics of their proposals.  However, looking over it today I am discouraged that it does not…