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  • Free Trade Legislation Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill and it passed by a vote of 218-208. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supports free trade and supported the legislation. TPA, known as “fast track,” is not a trade deal. TPA simply sets up a process for Congress to consider trade deals; in this case, Congress expects to consider the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is still being negotiated. The TPA bill that the House voted on today guarantees that Congre... Read more

  • Simpson’s Idaho Truck Weight Language Advances
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure, Economy , Agriculture

    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 neighboring states and with Idaho’s state highway system, which already allows 129,000 pound trucks. “Last yea... Read more

  • House Passes Legislation Delaying Sage-Grouse Listing
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands and Natural Resources, Agriculture, Endangered Species Act

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY16, which includes a provision delaying the listing of the greater sage-grouse as an endangered species. Simpson supported language included in NDAA that would prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the bird for ten years, giving adequate time for effective state management plans to be developed and put into effect. The bill passed 269-151. “Given the impact that a decis... 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

  • 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 Secures Idaho Truck Weight Language
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has once again secured language in the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill to allow trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on Idaho Interstates. The current weight limit in Idaho of 105,500 pounds blocks trucks from entering the Interstate system, instead, relegating them to certain state highways or outside of Idaho completely. Idaho’s neighbors Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada all allow higher weights than Idaho, putting ... 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 Praises Institute of Medicine’s Report on White Potatoes
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson commends the recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) suggesting that fresh, white potatoes should not be excluded from the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Simpson has been raising this concern with the USDA for years and successfully included fresh, white potatoes in the WIC program in the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill that was signed into law. “Fresh potatoes have been excluded from the WIC program despite their widely known... Read more

  • Simpson to Co-Chair Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus
    Posted in Press Releases on February 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson will once again be a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus for the 114th Congress. The 80 member bipartisan caucus provides a forum for members and staff to collaborate on many important issues to the dairy industry. “Idaho dairy producers and their counterparts across the nation face unique challenges,” said Simpson. “It will be important for the dairy industry to be a part of the conversation as this Congress discusses reforming our tax cod... 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

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