Simpson Urges Funding for Rural Schools
Washington, September 24, 2008
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today urged House negotiators on the tax extenders legislation to include a four-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in any final bill. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig have secured inclusion of the reauthorization in the Senate version of the bill.
Simpson continued, "It is important to understand that these funds are not handouts. Far from it, these funds are critical to the basic education of thousands of Idaho students. In fact, fully one-third of the budget for some Idaho schools comes from this program. They simply cannot absorb the loss of this program."
In conclusion, Simpson praised Senate action and urged the House to accept the Senate language in any final bill. "The United States Senate has done the right thing through standing by these rural communities and extending this important program. I urge you in the strongest possible terms to agree to the inclusion of the Senate language in the final version of the tax extenders legislation," wrote Simpson.
Simpson’s letter was address to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Ranking Member Jim McCrery (R-LA).
A complete copy of Simpson’s letter is available upon request.