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  • 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

  • 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

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