Second Amendment

We Must Always Protect the Second Amendment

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We Must Always Protect the Second Amendment By Congressman Mike Simpson Washington, D.C. – “Throughout my time in Congress, I have considered it one of my most serious responsibilities to protect Second Amendment rights for Idahoans. Anti-gun movements have come and gone, but the need to preserve the right to own firearms is as evergreen as the day I took office. That is why I continue to push bac...

Simpson Questions ATF’s New Silencer Regulations

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Simpson Questions ATF’s New Silencer Regulations Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined 141 House Republicans in calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to explain an apparent, unexplained department policy shift towards firearms suppressors. Under current law, it is legal for law-abiding citizens to build and own a silencer. Individuals must sim...

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...

Simpson Backs RIFLE Act

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Simpson Backs RIFLE Act Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today joined as an original cosponsor to H.R. 3101, the Repealing Illegal Freedom and Liberty Excises (RIFLE) Act. Authored by Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-IA), H.R. 3101 would repeal a section of the National Firearms Act which mandates a $200 tax on the transfer and purchase of firearms. This legislation would remedy the...

Simpson Applauds Administration’s WOTUS Repeal

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Idaho Congressman Simpson praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers proposed rule to repeal the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) definition that was submitted by the previous Administration. Today’s proposed rule withdraws WOTUS and allows for a rewrite of the definition, which will provide regulatory certainty for farmers, ranchers, local municipalities, a...

Simpson Supports Bill to Improve VA and Protects 2nd Amendment for Veterans

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson this week supported legislation to improve hiring practices at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and to protect the Second Amendment Rights of veterans. H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act, gives the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for performance or misconduct. This bill was introduced to streamline administ...

Simpson Supports the Second Amendment Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries

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Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported H.J.Res. 40, a resolution disapproving an 11th hour Obama Administration rule requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to submit the names of certain beneficiaries to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, denying them of their Second Amendment rights. On December 19, 2016, the SSA published the final rule for th...

Important Idaho Provisions Advanced in House Interior Bill

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported the House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for FY17 during the House Appropriations Committee consideration. Included in the legislation are policies important to western states and critical funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), a vital program in the west that ensures communities are adequately compensated for the lack of tax reven...

Simpson Supports Sportsmen’s Bill to Protect Hunting and Fishing on Public Lands

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported legislation protecting Americans’ access to hunting, fishing and shooting on public lands. H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, would ensure federal land managers continue to allow reliable access to public lands and protect Second Amendment rights. H.R. 2406 passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan ...

Simpson Votes to Stop Obama Administration Anti-Gun Initiative

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Idaho Congressman Simpson supported H.R. 766, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, to curtail the Obama Administration’s regulatory enforcement program known as “Operation Choke Point.” “Operation Choke Point” is a Department of Justice (DOJ) initiative in which federal banking regulators investigate banks’ business with merchants deemed to be at high risk for fraud and money launder...