EPA and Environmental Policies

Idaho Delegation Applauds Boise River Basin Feasibility Report

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Idaho Delegation Applauds Boise River Basin Feasibility Report WASHINGTON –Today, the Idaho Delegation praised the Bureau of Reclamation’s final Boise River Basin Feasibility Report, which addresses potential increases to water storage capacity in the Boise River System needed to accommodate the Treasure Valley’s rapid growth. The Secretary of the Interior determined the proposed plan to raise th... Read more »

Cong. Simpson Praises Gov. Little, AG Wasden and US DOE’s Resolution that Complies with Settlement Agreement and Allows Spent Fuel Research

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Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson congratulates Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden for reaching an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy that allows research quantities of commercial spent nuclear fuel to be brought to the Idaho National Laboratory. “I’m thrilled by today’s news and want to congratulate Governor Little, Attorney General Wasden, and the... Read more »

House Passes Interior Bill with Idaho Priorities

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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 regulatio... Read more »

Simpson Applauds EPA Action on WOTUS Rule

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announced they will be sending a proposed ‘Step 2” rule that would define ‘waters of the United States (WOTUS) to the Office of Management and Budget for interagency review. “I applaud this Administration for permanently rescinding the hastily developed Ob... Read more »

Simpson Includes Important Idaho Provisions in Committee Passed Bill

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Simpson Includes Important Idaho Provisions in Committee Passed Bill Watch the Congressman discuss Sage Grouse and Science Transparency at the EPA during the House Interior Appropriations Markup Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2019 Interior and Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill by a vote of 25-20. Included in the bill are criti... Read more »

House Passes Vital Fiscal Year 2018 Funding for Idaho

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On Thursday, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported passage of full year fiscal year 2018 funding. While a continuing resolution funds the government until December 2017, full year appropriations must still be passed for the remainder of the fiscal year. The bill was passed by a vote of 211-198 and includes legislation previously passed by the House including Chairman Simpson’s Energy and Water ... Read more »

Simpson Stands Up for Critical Idaho Provisions

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported passage of the fiscal year 2018 House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which contains many important provisions to Idaho. Congressman Simpson has continually advocated for essential funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and wildfire suppression and prevention, which are included in this year’s bill. “The Interior Appropriations bill is ar... Read more »

Simpson Applauds Administration’s WOTUS Repeal

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Idaho Congressman Simpson praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers proposed rule to repeal the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) definition that was submitted by the previous Administration. Today’s proposed rule withdraws WOTUS and allows for a rewrite of the definition, which will provide regulatory certainty for farmers, ranchers, local municipalities, a... Read more »

Simpson Praises FY17 Omnibus Wins for Idaho

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today applauded the House passage of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, which included many important provisions for Idaho and Western States. “This is a comprehensive and responsible package that contains many significant wins for Idaho and Western States, and will avoid a government shut down,” said Simpson. “It is the product of this past year’s ... Read more »

Daines, Tester, Simpson, Peterson Introduce Legislation to Reverse Disastrous Court Ruling

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U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) today underscored the urgency in reversing the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. U.S. Forest Service by introducing bipartisan bicameral legislation to do just that. The bill seeks to codify the position taken by the Ob... Read more »