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  • 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 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 Hails Passage of Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today hailed passage of legislation to clarify federal regulation of pesticides by the House of Representatives. H.R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, would remove duplicative requirements that have added layers of paperwork on top of day-to-day operations for small businesses, farmers, and local governments by clarifying that pesticides which are already regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) are not also regulated... 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

  • 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

  • Simpson and Walden Move to Stop Closure of Idaho Sheep Research Station
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, and other western members of Congress have asked the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture to stop the closure of the U.S. Sheep Experimental Station in Dubois, Idaho. In a letter, the members ask that Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt not approve the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) request for reprogramming of funds from the sheep station in Dubois. Reprogramming of funds would result in closure of the facility. ... Read more

  • Transportation Appropriations Bill Passes House with Simpson’s Truck Weight Language Intact
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure, Small Businesses, Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported final passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which passed the House 229 to 192. The bill included Simpson’s language increasing truck weights on Idaho Interstates 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. The language com... Read more

  • Simpson’s Potato Language Included in House Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on May 29, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s language to include fresh potatoes in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program passed the House Appropriations Committee today. The language was included in the Fiscal Year 2015 House Agriculture Appropriations bill which passed 31-18. Simpson is a member of the committee and voted in favor of the bill. Congressman Simpson’s language allows states to include fresh, white potatoes in the WIC nutrition program administered by the U.S. Department of ... Read more

  • Simpson Secures Language Increasing Truck Weight Limits in Idaho
    Posted in Press Releases on May 6, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, a new member of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, has secured language in the Fiscal Year 2015 THUD Bill to allow trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on Idaho Interstates. This increase, up from the current allowance of 105,500 pounds, would put Idaho in line with neighboring states and with Idaho’s state highways, which currently allow trucks up to 129,000 pounds. This language comes after completion of a... Read more

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