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  • 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

  • Simpson Praises Mexico’s Final Rule to Allow Potato Trade
    Posted in Press Releases on March 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Simpson is pleased the Mexican government published its final rule allowing the importation of fresh potatoes from the United States. “Since the Market Access Agreement was signed by the U.S. and Mexico in 2003, I have consistently urged the USTR, USDA and White House to sustain efforts encouraging Mexico to meet its commitment and allow full market access for U.S. fresh potatoes,” said Simpson. “I am pleased the Mexican government has issued its final rule allowing full market... Read more

  • Simpson Continues His Fight to Include Potatoes in WIC Program
    Posted in Press Releases on March 14, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Simpson is the Republican lead on a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack expressing disapproval of the USDA decision to continue the exclusion of potatoes in the final WIC rule. Today 67 bipartisan members of Congress signed Simpson’s letter expressing disappointment with the Obama Administration’s disregard for the very clear direction from Congress to include fresh, white potatoes in the WIC program. The members of Congress ask Secretary Vilsack to revisit his decis... Read more

  • Simpson Protects Farmers from EPA Privacy Violations
    Posted in Press Releases on March 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, EPA and Environmental Policies

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today cosponsored legislation to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from releasing personal data on livestock producers to the public. The bill responds to an incident last year in which EPA released personal data, including names, telephone numbers, and email addresses, on a number of agricultural operations when responding to a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). H.R. 4157, the Farmer Identity Protection Act, would prohibit the EP... Read more

  • Obama Administration Ignores Congress, Continues to Exclude Potatoes from the WIC Program
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its final rule today excluding fresh, white potatoes from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson plans to use every available tool in order to reverse the ban of potatoes in the program. “I am deeply disappointed in the USDA’s decision to ignore legislation that directed the agency to include fresh potatoes in the WIC Program,” said Simpson. “Congress’ support of potatoes in WIC is crysta... Read more

  • Simpson: Farm Bill Critical to Idaho
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported passage of the conference report for H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014, known as the Farm Bill. The conference report, which authorizes agriculture programs for five years, passed the House by a vote of 251-166. The Agricultural Act of 2014 significantly reduces and reforms farm policy spending and food stamp expenditures, resulting in $23 billion dollars in taxpayer savings over 10 years. “The impact of the Farm Bill on Idaho’s farming and ra... Read more

  • Simpson to FDA: Listen to Farmers on Food Safety
    Posted in Press Releases on November 25, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Businesses, Agriculture

    “Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released more than 1,236 pages of new regulations governing the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce. While it is of utmost importance to preserve the safety of the U.S. food supply, I am concerned about the scientific necessity of this rule and the economic impact that it would have on growers in Idaho. “The proposed rule, Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumpt... Read more

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