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  • Chairman Mike Simpson Protects States’ Water Rights
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Water, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, has led a successful effort to defeat an amendment that would have stripped a section of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill prohibiting any changes to federal jurisdiction under the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States" proposal. The proposed rule would expand the reach of the Clean Water Act by replacing the term “navigable waters” with the term “waters of the United States.” Non-na... Read more

  • Simpson Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Geothermal Energy Production
    Posted in Press Releases on March 31, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Energy

    Last week, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson introduced H.R. 1719, the Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2015. H.R. 1719 makes a small but important change to current law to facilitate the development of geothermal energy on public lands. H.R. 1719 would allow for expansion of renewable geothermal energy, while at the same time protecting the national interests in receiving fair market value for energy leases on federal lands. The intent of the legislation is to protect legitimate geothermal d... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Bipartisan Medicare Reform and Secure Rural Schools Package
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Healthcare

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. It passed the House with strong support from both Republicans and Democrats by 392-37. The bill strengthens Medicare and ensures senior’s access to care by repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replacing it with an updated system that will work better, and save money over the long term. The SGR is a formula that determines payment amounts to doctors who treat Medicare patien... Read more

  • Simpson Reaffirms Commitment to Stopping EPA Water Grab
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has signed on as an original cosponsor of H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which would support the existing partnership between states and the federal government by preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from redefining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. This bill addresses widespread concerns with the EPA proposed rule expanding its jurisdiction over w... Read more

  • Simpson Touts Vital Idaho Priorities Included in Cromnibus
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Public Lands and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Fiscal Responsibility, EPA and Environmental Policies, Endangered Species Act

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today applauded the release of H.R. 83, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations bill that included many important provisions for Idaho and Western States. “This bill represents an important step for Congress toward fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to fund government operations through the regular process,” said Simpson. “When we fail to pass annual appropriations bills, we fail to look critically at how agencies spen... Read more

  • Simpson to Forest Service: Observe First Amendment in Wilderness
    Posted in Press Releases on November 25, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today sent a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell expressing his strong concern about the Service’s Proposed Rules for Commercial Filming in Wilderness Areas. Simpson’s primary concern is that the Administration’s final rule will place an undue burden on journalists, television programs, outfitters and guides and other media-related activities that have traditionally enjoyed access to wilderness areas for filming or photography. “My office has received c... Read more

  • Simpson Urges Full Funding of PILT SRS for FY2015
    Posted in Press Releases on October 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined a number of western colleagues in urging House leadership to secure full funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs for fiscal year 2015. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Simpson and others urged that the federal government fulfill its responsibility to counties with tax-exempt federal land by fully funding both programs. Legislation autho... Read more

  • Simpson Continues Fight Against Obama Water Grab
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Water, Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today expressed continued opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to expand federal jurisdiction over water. This week the Small Business Administration expressed “deep concern” in a letter to the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the impact of the rule on agriculture and other small businesses. The letter echoed Simpson’s call to withdraw the rule. “I have long expressed concern about the negative impact that the EPA’s ... Read more

  • Simpson’s Wilderness Water Bill Signed into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Water

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson expressed great satisfaction at the news that H.R. 876, the Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act, which he authored, has been signed into law. Simpson first introduced the legislation in 2009, and today it was signed by the president. The Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act corrects a long-standing oversight in law by authorizing a number of water diversions within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area and the Selway-Bitteroot W... Read more

  • House Committee Blocks Sheep Station Closure
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson applauded the decision to stop USDA’s planned closure of the U.S. Sheep Experimental Station in Dubois, Idaho. Simpson, who is working with other western representatives to prevent closure of the facility, recently urged the chairman of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to deny a request by the Agricultural Research Service to reprogram funds from the sheep station, which would result in its closure. Simpson was pleased to learn that the request has... Read more

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