Public Lands and Natural Resources

Congressmen Simpson, Schrier, Schrader Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Mitigate Wildfires & Protect Forests

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Congressmen Simpson, Schrier, Schrader Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Mitigate Wildfires & Protect Forests WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson (ID-02), Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), and Kurt Schrader (OR-05) introduced the National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021 to protect our communities from the catastrophic effects of wildfires. This bipartisan bill would invest in hazardous fuels man...

Simpson Applauds Announcement of Great American Outdoors Act Projects in Idaho

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Simpson Applauds Announcement of Great American Outdoors Act Projects in Idaho Washington, D.C. – The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) that was sponsored by Congressman Mike Simpson and signed into law by former President Trump is now being implemented. The Great American Outdoors Act provides funding that will improve conditions, update and repair aging infrastructure and enhance visitor experi...

Simpson Warns EPA not to return to Obama-era WOTUS definition

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Simpson Warns EPA not to return to Obama-era WOTUS definition Washington, D.C. - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regen today assured Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson that he does not intend to return to the controversial Obama-era definition of Waters of the U.S. During the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Simpson expressed the concerns that he has hear...

Simpson: We need to mine for our critical minerals in America

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Simpson: We need to mine for our critical minerals in America Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson discussed the importance of mining on federal lands with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland today during a hearing before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. Simpson discussed the importance of having access to critical and rare earth minerals, which are essential in a number of ...

IDAHO DELEGATION URGES USDA TO DISTRIBUTE TIMBER HAULING RELIEF

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IDAHO DELEGATION URGES USDA TO DISTRIBUTE TIMBER HAULING RELIEF Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and U.S. Representatives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson (all R-Idaho) want quick action on assistance to the timber industry. The Idaho congressional delegation sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack urging him to quickly distribute $...

Simpson Joins Western Caucus Members Affirm Commitment to Conservation, Demand Answers on Biden Initiative

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Simpson Joins Western Caucus Members Affirm Commitment to Conservation, Demand Answers on Biden Initiative Washington, D.C.- Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined Chairmen Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Steven Daines (R-MT) and other members of the Congressional and Senate Western Caucuses in sending a letter to President Biden asking important clarifying questions about the Biden Administration’s Execut...

Idaho Delegation Applauds Boise River Basin Feasibility Report

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Idaho Delegation Applauds Boise River Basin Feasibility Report WASHINGTON –Today, the Idaho Delegation praised the Bureau of Reclamation’s final Boise River Basin Feasibility Report, which addresses potential increases to water storage capacity in the Boise River System needed to accommodate the Treasure Valley’s rapid growth. The Secretary of the Interior determined the proposed plan to raise th...

President Trump Signs Simpson Led Outdoors Bill into Law

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President Trump Signs Simpson Led Outdoors Bill into Law Great American Outdoors Act takes care of public lands, parks, and more Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, in the East Room of the White House, President Donald J. Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson was the lead Republican sponsor of the bill in the House when the bill passed with over 300 votes...

Simpson Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Introduce Major Legislation to Expand Funding to Restore America’s National Forests

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Simpson Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Introduce Major Legislation to Expand Funding to Restore America’s National Forests The REPLANT Act increases funding and helps the U.S. Forest Service prioritize and reduce the backlog of 1.3 million forestland acres in need of replanting within ten years WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio.), and Debbie...

Simpson Led Outdoors Bill Heads to Trump’s Desk

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Simpson Led Outdoors Bill Heads to Trump’s Desk The Great American Outdoors Act fixes public lands and funds LWCF Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, legislation authored by Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson passed the House of Representatives by a large bipartisan vote of 310-107. The bill permanently funds the existing Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) which increases access to public lands. Th...