Fiscal Responsibility

An Adult Conversation about the Budget

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“Following on the heels of his election, President Obama claimed he wanted to begin a serious conversation with Republicans that could lead to bipartisan consensus on issues facing our nation. At the 2010 Republican retreat in Baltimore, he asked; “At what point can we have a serious conversation about Medicare and its long-term liability, or a serious conversation about Social Security or a serio... Read more »

Simpson Praises FY2012 Budget Passage

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“I was glad to see my Republican colleagues unite behind this budget. It is the first serious proposal in Congress to tackle the biggest issues facing our country: the national debt, our outdated tax code, and our ailing entitlement programs,” said Simpson. “It fundamentally strengthens and secures Medicare and Medicaid for future generations but does not alter the benefits for those in or near retirement. House Republicans are leading the way with this tough but fair proposal.” Read more »

Simpson’s Wolf Language Passes House

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1473. This legislation provides the largest spending cut in history for the federal government and contains Simpson’s language to delist wolves and defund Department of Interior’s Wild Lands initiative. “Congress has the constituti... Read more »

Simpson Joins Budget Committee in Passing FY2012 Budget

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“This really is an extraordinary accomplishment in budgeting,” said Simpson. “It is a crucial first step in the process of reforming our entitlements and ending our debt crisis because it provides a plan by which Congress can stabilize our long term budget outlook and end the practice of run-away spending in Washington.” Read more »

Simpson Supports Troops, Reining in Spending

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“My colleague from across the aisle says that this is an ideological position on which Republicans will not yield, and he is right—our ideological position is that this country is in a fiscal crisis, and we have got to get this house back in order,” said Simpson from the House floor. “If that’s the position for which we’re being criticized, I welcome that criticism.” Read more »

Simpson Applauds FY 2012 House Budget

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The House Budget Committee’s proposal reduces taxes and simplifies the tax code. It addresses entitlement spending, and it spurs economic growth. “We’ve done more than just cut spending, we have provided a blueprint of how to achieve the financial goals that Americans want and provided a long term plan to return our government and country to stable footing,” said Simpson. Read more »

Simpson Applauds House Passing Historic Spending Reductions

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“This continuing resolution is the largest spending reduction in our nation’s history,” said Simpson. “These cuts and the open process under which they were considered represent a turning point for our nation, as Congress begins to respond to the concerns of the American people about the size of government and the growing national deficit. Cutting spending by over $100 billion is a huge step in the right direction, but it is only the first step, and Republicans are committed to doing what it takes to reduce federal spending, balance our budget, and get our economy growing again.” Read more »

Simpson Cuts EPA, Interior Budget by $4.5 Billion

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“Cutting billions of dollars out of our subcommittee’s budget means that we’ve had to make some very difficult decisions, and funding decreases of this magnitude will certainly be felt in states like Idaho that have large percentages of federal land,” said Simpson. “I realize that many of these cuts will not be popular, but the simple truth is that you can’t spend money you don’t have. If we are serious about getting our deficit under control, we have to do what every family in America does every day: figure out what our priorities are and create a responsible budget that reflects those priorities.” Read more »