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  • 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

  • Simpson Stresses Importance of A-10
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has signed a letter to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force expressing concern about recent reports that the Air Force is considering divesting itself of the A-10 Thunderbolt II. The A-10 is currently operated at Gowen Field. The letter states, in part: The A-10 has provided the Air Force with decades of exemplary service with a new retrofit of the aiframe’s wing and electronics package, the A-10 can continue its close air support m... Read more

  • Delegation Invites Air Force Chief Of Staff To Visit Idaho Military Installations
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Invite notes Gem State’s proud history of supporting the military Read more

  • Simpson Joins Colleagues in requesting President to Seek Congressional Approval before taking action in Syria
    Posted in Blog on August 28, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joins fellow Members of Congress in signing a letter to the President of the United States regarding the use of military force in Syria. Members are requesting President Obama seek congressional authorization before ordering the use of U.S. military force. “I am very concerned about the consequences of engaging U.S. assets in another foreign conflict and believe the White House should consult with Congress before taking any action in Syria,” Simpson said. The lette... Read more

  • Privacy, Security, and the NSA
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, HOT TOPICS

    By Congressman Mike Simpson Read more

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