National Defense and Military

How Congress Funds Defense and our Servicemembers

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How Congress Funds Defense and our Servicemembers By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “Last week, the House of Representatives passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). I supported this bill, along with 134 of my fellow Republicans, which fulfills Congress’ annual responsibility to “provide for the common defense” by supporting serv...

Cybersecurity: The Existential Threat Facing Our Nation

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Cybersecurity: The Existential Threat Facing Our Nation By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “The recent ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline and JBS are just the latest salvos in an ongoing digital war that is putting innocent citizens in its crossfire. Just as the U.S. Intelligence Community once warned about al-Qaeda, they are now publicly sounding the alarm over the cyber capabili...

Simpson, Fulcher and Colleagues Cosponsor Resolution Supporting the A-10 Thunderbolt II

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Simpson, Fulcher and Colleagues Cosponsor Resolution Supporting the A-10 Thunderbolt II Washington, DC - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, along with Congressmen Russ Fulcher (R-ID), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), introduced a resolution expressing continued Congressional support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II a...

Simpson Statement on War Powers Resolution – U.S. Must Show Strength and Unity

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Boise, ID – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson issued the following statement on how he would have voted today on the War Powers Resolution. “Now more than ever, the U.S. must show strength and unity in the face of an aggressive Iran. I support President Trump in taking decisive action to bring an avowed terrorist and enemy of the United States to justice,” said Simpson. “Unfortunately, the War Powers...

Simpson Secures Idaho Provisions in Year-End Legislation

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today applauded the House passage of H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865, which will fund the federal government for fiscal year 2020 and include numerous critical benefits for Idaho and Western States. “I’m very pleased to see this package come to fruition today,” said Simpson. “This is Congress doing its job and fulfilling its Constitutional duty to keep the government funded....

Simpson Supports Pay Raise for Military

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Simpson Supports Pay Raise for Military Washington, D.C. - After months of negotiations with the Senate, the House of Representatives today passed the Conference Report to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This annual legislation authorizes programs at the Department of Defense (DoD) and certain elements within the Department of Energy. “At a time of partisanship...

Simpson Commending President’s Message to Compromise for the Common Good

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Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement following President Trump’s State of the Union address. “President Trump showed us tonight that the things that unite us are much greater than that which divides us. I’m pleased he began his remarks with a mission to work together, as Americans, not Republicans, not Democrats, but citizens of our great nation. I hav...

Simpson Votes to Support Military, Idaho Schools, and Regular Order in Congress

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Washington, D.C. - Significant progress was made Wednesday in Congressional Republicans’ efforts to return the annual federal appropriations process to regular order. Nearly one week before the end of the fiscal year, the House of Representatives approved the Conference Report for H.R. 6157, which includes the Department of Defense (DOD) and Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropria...

The Truth about the Omnibus

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The Truth about the Omnibus By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “You may have seen an article authored by a DC lobbyist recently that criticized my vote on the FY18 Omnibus bill. I’d like to respond to Mr. Riggs’ claims. “First, the FY18 Omnibus bill was good for Idaho. It will directly benefit Idahoans through reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools, full funding for PILT, reining in t...

Simpson Supports Troops

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Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Simpson today applauded the passage of H.R. 5515, the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Simpson supported the legislation which fulfills the constitutional responsibility of Congress to provide for the common defense by funding the Department of Defense. “The annual NDAA bill is one of the most important votes I take each year, and FY 2019 is...