Second Amendment

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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 ... Read more »

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... Read more »

Simpson Statement on Executive Gun Order

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement after President Obama unveiled a set of new gun control proposals. “I am disappointed but not surprised that President Obama is once again using executive orders to unilaterally push forward his personal agenda,” said Simpson. “This Administration pushes constitutional boundaries by implementing policies that should be considered, deb... Read more »

House Overwhelmingly Passes FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations – Big Wins for Idaho

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today applauded the passage of H.R. 2029, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations bill that included many important provisions for Idaho and Western States. The House passed H.R. 2029 by a vote of 316-113, and it will be considered by the U.S. Senate today. Links to the bill text and reports can be found here: https://rules.house.... Read more »

Simpson Introduces Legislation Preventing Eric Holder from Blocking Firearm Sales

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today introduced legislation to prevent the U.S. Attorney General from arbitrarily blocking the importation of commonly owned and used firearms by American citizens. The “Firearm Importation Fairness Act of 2014” clarifies the standard required for the importation of sporting arms into the United States. “For years Americans have been barred from importing ‘non-sport... Read more »

Simpson Joined Colleagues in Sending Letter to White House Opposing Arms Trade Treaty

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson recently joined 180 Members of Congress by sending a letter to President Obama opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The Obama administration recently signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concerning the trade of conventional weapons. While the treaty is intended to rein in unregulated weapons around the world, Simpson is concerned that suc... Read more »