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  • What the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Means To Idaho
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure, Education, National Defense and Military, Public Lands and Natural Resources, Energy, Economy , Water, Agriculture, Fiscal Responsibility, EPA and Environmental Policies, Endangered Species Act, Wildfire Disaster Funding Act

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson applauded the release 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. “I applaud Chairman Rogers and Speaker Ryan for their hard work in assembling this comprehensive and responsible package that will keep the government open through the rest of this fiscal year,” said Simpson. “This bill contains many critical wins for Idaho and Western States. It ... Read more

  • Simpson Votes to Block EPA Cap and Trade Rules
    Posted in Press Releases on December 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Energy, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson voted for two resolutions intended to put the brakes on the Obama Administration’s new cap and trade regulations. The votes on S.J Res. 23 and S.J. Res. 24 disapprove of two rules recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants. S.J.Res. 23 and S.J.Res. 24 would employ the Congressional Review Act to ensure that the rules do not go into effect. Simpson has long opposed efforts t... Read more

  • Simpson Opposes Obama Administration’s Cap and Trade Rules
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Energy, EPA and Environmental Policies, HOT TOPICS

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson strongly supports efforts to put the brakes on the Obama Administration’s new cap and trade regulations. Simpson has long opposed efforts to impose unworkable regulations on the energy sector that would do little to improve climate conditions but would impose prohibitive costs to consumers. Most recently he has cosponsored resolutions to disapprove of two rules recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from... Read more

  • Simpson Votes to Protect States’ Rights from EPA
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson voted this week for legislation to bring certainty under EPA’s recently finalized coal ash regulations. H.R. 1734, the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015, would put states in charge of implementing coal ash regulation in order to ensure that public health and the environment are protected while states’ rights are preserved. The bill passed by a vote of 258-166. Coal ash is the byproduct of coal combustion and is used to create roads, bridges... Read more

  • House Passes Simpson’s Energy and Water Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Defense and Military, Energy, Water

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised the House passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which reverses proposed cuts to Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and cleanup activities in Idaho. Simpson is Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and had the lead role in deciding funding for all Department of Energy programs. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Rep... Read more

  • Simpson Boosts INL Funding in Energy Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Water

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today announced that the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill reverses proposed cuts to Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and cleanup activities in Idaho. Simpson is Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which passed the bill through the full House Appropriations Committee today, and had the lead role in deciding funding for all Department o... 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

  • Maintaining a Vibrant INL
    Posted in Press Releases on March 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    “In the world of politics, some of the toughest moments are when you find yourself disagreeing with those you consider friends. “That has never been truer for me than in my current difference of opinion with former Governors Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus. They are opposing two INL shipments containing just 200 pounds of commercial nuclear fuel because of a delay related to the 1995 Settlement Agreement. The shipments represent the beginning of a research project slated to bring tens of millions of ... Read more

  • Simpson Examines Budget for Energy Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today held two hearings to discuss budget issues with officials from the Department of Energy. The first hearing was focused on the Department of Energy’s Applied Energy Programs, with Assistant Secretaries from the Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, Fossil Energy, and Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability testifying. The second hearing was focused... Read more

  • KEYSTONE PIPELINE MOVES TO THE PRESIDENT FOR APPROVAL
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Economy

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. The bill approves the Keystone XL Pipeline putting an end to years of bureaucratic delays and allowing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil from the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the United States. Canadian pipeline company TransCanada has estimated that it will invest $7 billion in the United States to build the pipeline, and t... Read more

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