Economy

SIMPSON RESPONDS TO SOTU

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson issued the following statement after the President’s State of the Union Address. “I am not surprised that the President missed another opportunity to unite our country with his last State of the Union address,” said Simpson. “Instead of engaging Congress with a list of policy proposals we can work on together, the President chose to use the speech to lecture the nati... Read more »

Congress Sends First Ever Obamacare Repeal Bill to President’s Desk

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported the Senate amendment to H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act today which builds on the House passed version from October. The legislation repeals the most onerous Obamacare provisions through a mechanism known as reconciliation, which is a budgeting process that allows Congress to align the priorities outlined in the bud... 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 »

What the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Means To Idaho

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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 ... Read more »

Simpson Casts Responsible Vote on Bipartisan Budget Agreement

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today voted to support H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. In addition to preventing a catastrophic national default, this agreement achieves long-term savings through entitlement reform, delivers predictability and certainty to the appropriations process and the funding of our national defense, and repeals an onerous mandate put in place by Obamacare... Read more »

Simpson Votes to End Harmful Obamacare Policies

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act today. The legislation repeals the most onerous Obamacare provisions through a mechanism known as reconciliation, which is a budgeting process that allows Congress to align the priorities outlined in the current year’s budget resolution with existing law. “Even though Obamacare was si... Read more »

Ex-Im Bank levels the playing field, supports job growth, and helps reduce the national debt

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Idaho’s economy, both urban and rural, is inextricably tied to our ability to export the products and commodities we produce. Whether it be by our high tech industry, which is the largest Idaho export to the world, or our agricultural products, which help support thousands of jobs. I strongly believe that Idaho’s farmers and businesses can compete and win on a level playing field and this is where... Read more »

Simpson’s Idaho Truck Weight Language Advances

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported final passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which passed the House 216 -210 late last night. The bill includes Simpson’s language increasing truck weights on Idaho Interstate Highways to 129,000 pounds. The increase, above the current allowance of 105,500 pounds, puts Idaho in line with neighborin... Read more »

KEYSTONE PIPELINE MOVES TO THE PRESIDENT FOR APPROVAL

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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 TransC... Read more »

Put it on the Credit Card

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“The national debt just isn’t cool anymore. “It barely got a passing mention in the State of the Union, rarely is discussed in the halls of Congress, and seems to be nearly forgotten by the Idahoans who contact my office. I’ve heard from seven Idahoans this year on debt – compared to the nearly one thousand who have contacted me about immigration in the last few months. “It wasn’t long ago that th... Read more »