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  • ACADEMY DAYS 2015
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    We are always impressed with the Idahoans who apply to attend United States military academies, and we are honored to nominate deserving young women and men to the academies. If you are interested in receiving an excellent education and an opportunity to develop strong character and leadership abilities, while serving our country, we encourage you to attend an annual Service Academy Day to learn about the application process, academy life and the benefits of attending a service academy. This mon... Read more

  • Idaho Delegation Announces Statewide Academy Day Series
    Posted in Press Releases on March 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, National Defense and Military

    The Idaho Congressional Delegation is hosting a series of Academy Days to inform high school students about the opportunities at the U.S. Service Academies. A total of seven events will be held across the state. Students and their parents can attend an event in the following cities: Boise, McCall, Twin Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Soda Springs, Idaho Falls, and Lewiston. Service Academies offer high school graduates several opportunities beyond serving their country. Students will obtain a first-rate u... Read more

  • Simpson Supports DHS Funding Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Immigration

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson voted today in favor of legislation that will fully fund the Department of Homeland Security through the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year. At the same time, Simpson is urging his colleagues to allow efforts opposing the President’s executive actions on immigration to continue in the courts. Simpson made clear that while he strongly opposes President Obama’s unilateral and illegal action on immigration, he cannot support another government shutdown or any further d... Read more

  • Simpson Touts Vital Idaho Priorities Included in Cromnibus
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Public Lands and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Fiscal Responsibility, EPA and Environmental Policies, Endangered Species Act

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today applauded the release of H.R. 83, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations bill that included many important provisions for Idaho and Western States. “This bill represents an important step for Congress toward fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to fund government operations through the regular process,” said Simpson. “When we fail to pass annual appropriations bills, we fail to look critically at how agencies spen... Read more

  • Simpson Opposes Unilateral Action By President
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today opposed H.R. 3979, The National Defense Authorization Act because of the authority it extends to the Administration to train and equip the Syrian rebels. “There are many essential provisions included in H.R. 3979 that I support. However, I opposed the bill because I cannot in good conscience vote to extend additional authority to the Obama administration’s unilateral decision to train and equip Syrian rebel groups,” said Simpson. “A determination to continue... Read more

  • House Passes Energy & Water Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Energy

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson announced that the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations which passed the House of Representatives this evening, increases funding for critical programs at the Idaho National Laboratory. Simpson is Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and had the lead role in deciding funding for all Department of Energy programs. “I am pleased to report that the Energy and Water bill increases funding for many of... Read more

  • Defense Bill Passes House, Includes Amendment Supporting A-10
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised the passage of the FY15 Defense Appropriations bill, which included an amendment offered by Representative Candice Miller (R-MI) to prohibit the Department of Defense from spending funds to divest, retire, transfer, or place in storage any A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, or to remove any units of the active or reserve component associated with such aircraft. The Air Force has proposed to retire the A-10, and the House Defense Appropriations bill did not inclu... Read more

  • Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Energy, Water

    The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, and other related agencies. The bill totals $34 billion – a $50 million reduction from the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and an increase o... Read more

  • Simpson joins Colleagues to Pay National Guard Service Members
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today signed a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asking that he use his authority to designate National Guard employees exempt status during the government shutdown to ensure they are paid. Congress recently passed H.R. 3210, which ensured that members of the armed forces continue to receive their paychecks. National Guard troops have not been included as exempt employees, but could be designated as so under the authority of H.R. 3210. The letter states in pa... Read more

  • House Passes Bill to Keep Government Open, Delays Obamacare
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Healthcare, Economy , Fiscal Responsibility

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today voted in favor of legislation that would extend government funding at post-sequestration levels through December 15th and delay the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, for one year. “Congress must do everything we can to avoid a government shutdown,” Simpson said. “This bill meets our obligation to keep the government functioning, and to be responsive to our constituents, who have made it very clear that they do not want... Read more

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