Simpson Influence Clear In House Interior Funding Bill
Idaho Congressman secures wildfire funding reforms, sage-grouse money, and conservation funds in first Interior Bill as Ranking Member
Washington, October 28, 2009
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has secured funding to help Idaho communities meet Clean Water Act standards and for efforts to recover sage-grouse as part of the final Fiscal Year 2010 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill.
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has secured funding to help Idaho communities meet Clean Water Act standards and for efforts to recover sage-grouse as part of the final Fiscal Year 2010 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill. Simpson is the Ranking Republican member on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the Department of Interior, the Forest Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and helped lead a conference committee meeting that worked out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill late last night.
“In my opinion, one of the most important provisions contained in this bill is the reform of the way we fund wildfires every year,” said Simpson. “The inclusion of a wildfire suppression reserve fund in this bill was one of my highest priorities for this fiscal year. This legislation will give our nation’s fire fighters and land management agencies the predictability and stability they need to fight wildfires without doing irreparable harm to other important aspects of their budgets.”
Among the provisions which were included in the final bill at Simpson’s urging were the following:
“I am also pleased that the bill contains important funding for Idaho livestock producers to help the State of Idaho conserve sage-grouse and a new program to reimburse ranchers for livestock losses due to wolf depredation,” said Simpson. “Finally, I strongly support the inclusion in the bill of funding to assist the City of Buhl with the construction of its wastewater system improvements. Cities like Buhl are struggling to meet federal water standards, and I believe the federal government has a responsibility to assist small communities.”
The bill also includes funding for the following Idaho projects:
The House is expected to consider the conference report later this week. It will then go back to the Senate where it will be voted on without additional amendment before being sent to President Obama for his signature.