Public Lands and Natural Resources

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... Read more »

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 ... Read more »

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 $... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

Simpson Introduces the Great American Outdoors Act

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Simpson Introduces the Great American Outdoors Act Legislation has broad bipartisan support, including President Trump and hunting and conservation organizations Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress to introduce the Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation is an investment in our public lands. First, the bill perman... Read more »

Simpson and Fulcher Advocate for Long Term PILT and SRS Solution

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Simpson and Fulcher Advocate for Long Term PILT and SRS Solution Idaho congressmen sign letter to House Leadership asking for long term solution for counties Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher signed a letter with 61 of their colleagues to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asking for sending a letter to House leadership urging them to in... Read more »