Education

Congress Needs to Act on Education

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“As the recession continues and unemployment stubbornly holds near the double digits, we must not forget about the vital contribution school teachers make to our nation. There are two pieces of legislation that I hope will come before the House of Representatives this session that will make targeted and effective changes to current law in support of teachers. I am urging my colleagues to take-up a... Read more »

Simpson Supports Tax Breaks for Teachers

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“We all know teachers who buy extra supplies to use in their classroom, supplies that enhance learning and aid in the development of our youth,” Simpson said. “Allowing teachers to write off this additional expense makes sense and it is simply the right thing to do.” Read more »

Simpson Opposes One-Payer Student Loan Bill

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today opposed H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009. This bill does away with the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program, which has been providing subsidized loans to students for more than 40 years and has over 2,000 lenders participating. Instead, it shifts all student loans to the taxpayer financed, government-run Direct Loan progr... Read more »

Simpson Recognizes National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8

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The first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week and Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored H.Res. 374 that ‘recognizes the roles and contributions of America’s teachers to building and enhancing our Nation’s civic, cultural, and economic well-being.’ "Teachers play a critical role in shaping our future as they touch the lives of children everyday. They inspire, encourage, moti... Read more »

Simpson Urges Funding for Rural Schools

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today urged House negotiators on the tax extenders legislation to include a four-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in any final bill. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig have secured inclusion of the reauthorization in the Senate version of the bill. Simpson’s letter stressed the importance of this funding to ... Read more »

Simpson Supports Legislation to Increase Education Benefits to Veterans

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The Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, H.R. 2702 has been reintroduced to the U.S. House of Representatives. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is a cosponsor of this legislation that improves educational benefits to all members of the military who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, including activated reservists and National Guard. Since World War II the United States ha... Read more »

The Importance of SCHIP by Mike Simpson

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In today’s rapidly changing and increasingly competitive world, Americans must constantly look for ways to make our country stronger. For decades, we have been the world’s clear superpower. Suddenly, countries such as China, India and Russia are emerging as major players on the global economic scene, forcing us to sit up and take notice. We are not guaranteed our status as a world leader—we must e... Read more »

Simpson Urges White House to Reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson met with Director Jim Nussle of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today to urge the White House's cooperation in reauthorizing the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, which expired in 2006, provided an alternative source of education funding for communities whose tax receipt... Read more »

NCLB Reform Bill Introduced in the House

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined fellow House members in announcing the introduction of H.R. 2946, the State and Local Education Flexibility Act of 2007. Simpson is an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan bill that is sponsored by Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry. “No Child Left Behind needs to be flexible. What may work in New York City may not work in Declo, Idaho,” said Simpson. “I’ve been ... Read more »

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 these facilities... Read more »