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  • Simpson Denounces EPA WOTUS Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today issued the following statement following the EPA’s announcement finalizing the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “I find it extremely disappointing, though not surprising, that the EPA has moved forward on this controversial rule in spite of widespread opposition from Members of Congress, the states, and the American public,” said Simpson. “In Idaho, water is life, and I don’t intend to sit back and watch the EPA take control of state waters, leaving ... Read more

  • Simpson Supports Legislation to Limit EPA’s Reach on Water
    Posted in Press Releases on May 13, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported passage of legislation to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempts to take control of state waters last night. H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, would require the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the controversial proposed rule expanding the definition of “waters of the United States” and develop a new rule after consultation with state and local governments and interested parties. Simpson ... 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

  • 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 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 Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Local Water from EPA
    Posted in Press Releases on April 16, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored legislation to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their rule changing the definition of “waters of the United States.” H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, would pull back the flawed rule and ensure that any new rule reflects the input of stakeholders and State and local officials. Simpson chairs the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, whic... 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 Praises Passage of Water Protection Act
    Posted in Press Releases on September 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored and supported final passage of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, that supports the existing partnership between states and the federal government by preventing 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 Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new proposed rule expanding its jurisdiction over wat... Read more

  • Simpson Works to Stop EPA Water Grab
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water, Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has cosponsored two new bills to address widespread concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new proposed rule expanding its jurisdiction over water throughout the U.S. H.R. 5071, the Agriculture Conservation Flexibility Act, would address some of the most controversial provisions in the proposed rule, withdrawing the Interpretive Rule proposed in March that has resulted in great uncertainty and concern across the agriculture sector. H.R. 5078, the... 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

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