Transportation and Infrastructure

Simpson Introduces Truck Weight Increase Legislation

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Congressman Mike Simpson has introduced H.R. 129, the Idaho Safe and Efficient Vehicle Act of 2015.  The bill will increase the allowed weight of trucks on Idaho Interstate Highways to 129,000 pounds. The current allowance is 105,500 pounds. H.R. 129 would put Idaho in line with neighboring states and with Idaho’s state highways, which currently allow trucks up to 129,000…

Transportation Appropriations Bill Passes House with Simpson’s Truck Weight Language Intact

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported final passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which passed the House 229 to 192. The bill included Simpson’s language increasing truck weights on Idaho Interstates Highways to 129,000 pounds.  The increase, above the current allowance of 105,500 pounds, puts Idaho in line…

Simpson Secures Language Increasing Truck Weight Limits in Idaho

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, a new member of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, has secured language in the Fiscal Year 2015 THUD Bill to allow trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on Idaho Interstates. This increase, up from the current allowance of 105,500 pounds, would put Idaho in line with neighboring states and with…

DELEGATION, MAYOR ANNOUNCE TRACON WILL STAY

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“I was pleased to speak directly with the Secretary today and am glad that the FAA has made a decision that looks to the best interests of Idahoans and is based on facts instead of best guesses,” said Congressman Mike Simpson. “With this decision behind us, I am hopeful that we can look forward to ensuring that the Boise Airport can continue to support economic growth in the Treasure Valley.”

Simpson Supports Clean Transportation Energy Alternatives

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“I have always been a strong proponent of using clean alternative fuels, including natural gas, as a part of any comprehensive plan to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil,” Simpson said. “H.R. 1835 gives us the tools to move our transportation system away from the dangerous dependence on foreign oil and onto cleaner, domestically-produced energy sources.”

Boise City Club

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Yesterday, I spoke to the Boise City Club with my seatmate, Congressman Walt Minnick. It was a Q & A forum and we answered a variety of questions. Several media outlets covered the story and I’ve provided the links below if you would like to learn more. Boise State Radio Idaho Statesman, Dan Popkey  Idaho Statesman, Our View  Boise Weekly 

Idaho Delegation Introduces Transportation Bill

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Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and James E. Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick today introduced the Idaho Efficient Vehicle Demonstration Act of 2009, legislation that calls for portions of Idaho’s interstate roadways to be included in an existing freight transport pilot project in the State. The State pilot project, created in 2003 by the Idaho State Legislature, allows…

Simpson Secures Funding to Complete Boise Air Control Tower

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has secured funding for Idaho transportation projects in the House Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Bill.   “It is important for the federal government to complete projects they start and fulfill promises they make,” said Simpson. “That’s why I’m pleased to report the funding we’ve secured to complete the new air tower at the Boise…

Simpson Secures Funding for Southeast Idaho and the Upper Valley in House Bills

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has secured funding for several Idaho projects in the House Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill and the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Bill.   “All of these projects are worthwhile and will greatly benefit Idahoans,” said Simpson. “I’m especially pleased with the funding for Madison and Teton County Hospitals. Both of…

Acquiring Your Passport: What You Need to Know

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Lately I’ve been hearing a lot from constituents with passport concerns. They need it for upcoming travel and it is still being processed. Passport demand has dramatically increased over the past few months and the time it takes to get a new or renewed passport has stretched far beyond the conventional month and a half that many expected when they applied. In 2004, the 9-11 Commission…