Endangered Species Act

Simpson, Risch Lead Effort to Prohibit ESA Sage-Grouse Listing

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Simpson, Risch Lead Effort to Prohibit ESA Sage-Grouse Listing Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and Senator Jim Risch this week led their colleagues in a bicameral letter to Senate and House leadership urging the continued Endangered Species Act (ESA) greater sage-grouse listing prohibition be maintained in a potential end-of-year spending package. “I have not fought…

Simpson Secures Funding for Idaho Priorities in Interior Legislation

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Simpson Secures Funding for Idaho Priorities in Interior Legislation Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today announced that he has secured funding for sage grouse conservation, Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), and the Minerals Resources Program, as well as $4.56 million in funding for two water treatment projects in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District in the Fiscal Year…

My Fight to Preserve Legitimate Access to Our Courts

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My Fight to Preserve Legitimate Access to Our Courts By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “The United States judicial system should be structured to successfully process legitimate cases as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, many Idahoans are burdened by a serious backlog within the federal judicial system, limiting their access to a timely trial.  This is due in…

Simpson Continues to Deliver for Idaho Agriculture

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Simpson Continues to Deliver for Idaho Agriculture By Congressman Simpson Washington, D.C. – “Agriculture plays a central role in many of Idaho’s communities and accounts for nearly 20 percent of our state's economy.  Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District contributes the 13th largest supply of total agricultural products to market and boasts the second most valuable dairy industry of…

Simpson Cosponsors the Grizzly Bear State Management Act

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Simpson Cosponsors the Grizzly Bear State Management Act Legislation moves for state management of the species Washington, D.C.  – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney in reintroducing H.R 1403, the Grizzly Bear State Management Act. This legislation would return management of the grizzly bear to each state by directing the Department of Interior…

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…

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…

Important Idaho Provisions Advanced in House Interior Bill

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported the House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for FY17 during the House Appropriations Committee consideration. Included in the legislation are policies important to western states and critical funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), a vital program in the west that ensures communities are adequately compensated for the lack of…

House Overwhelmingly Passes FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations – Big Wins for Idaho

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today applauded the passage of H.R. 2029, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations bill that included many important provisions for Idaho and Western States. The House passed H.R. 2029 by a vote of 316-113, and it will be considered by the U.S. Senate today.  Links to the bill text and reports can be found here:…

What the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Means To Idaho

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson applauded the release of H.R. 2029, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations bill that included many important provisions for Idaho and Western States.  “I applaud Chairman Rogers and Speaker Ryan for their hard work in assembling this comprehensive and responsible package that will keep the government open through…