U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson - 2nd District of Idaho
U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson - 2nd District of Idaho
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Last week, the House passed H.R. 3911, the Risk-Based Credit Examination Act, by a vote of 389 to 32.  The bill makes the criteria required in annual reporting by Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs) risk-based.  The House also passed H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act, by a vote of 242 to 181.  The bill amends the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to clarify that two or more employers may be considered a “joint employer” only if they have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees’ essential terms and conditions of employment.

On Wednesday, the House also passed H.R. 4173, the Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, as amended, by a vote of 420 to 0.  The bill requires VA to conduct a study on the outcomes and efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the VCL.  The House also passed H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017, by a vote of 257 to 166.  The bill modernizes the regulatory permitting process and encourages the expansion of hydropower generation by improving administrative efficiency, accountability, and transparency; promotes new hydropower infrastructure; requires balanced and timely decision making; and reduces duplicative oversight.

On Thursday, the House also passed H.R. 2201, the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act, by a vote of 232 to 188.  The bill amends the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt certain micro-offerings from the Act’s registration requirements.  Congressman Simpson supported all of these bills.


Floor Schedule

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 3973 - Market Data Protection Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Warren Davidson / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 2331 - Connected Government Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

3) H.R. 3071 - Federal Acquisition Savings Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

4) H.R. 3739 - Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jody Hice / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

H.Res. 599 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes (One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna / Foreign Affairs Committee)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 1207 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 306 River Street in Tilden, Texas, as the "Tilden Veterans Post Office" (Sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

2) H.R. 3109 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the "Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building" (Sponsored by Rep. Darin LaHood / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

3) H.R. 3893 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, Florida, as the "Robert H. Jenkins Post Office" (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Yoho / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)

H.R. 2874 - 21st Century Flood Reform Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Financial Services Committee)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 4174 - Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

2) H.R. 2672 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the "Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office" (Sponsored by Rep. Cheri Bustos / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

3) H.R. 2873 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 207 Glenside Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building" (Sponsored by Rep. Brendan Boyle / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

4) H.R. 3369 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 North Main Street in Spring Lake, North Carolina, as the "Howard B. Pate, Jr. Post Office" (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

5) H.R. 3821 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the "Zachary Addington Post Office" (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

H.R. 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)

Additional Legislative Items are Possible


In the News

Fighting Obesity in Idaho 'One Step' at a time
By: Maleeha Kamal, KIVI, November 11, 2017

Boise, (ID) - One Idaho congressman is taking steps to fight obesity.

After being told that he needed to lose weight, Mike Simpson decided to take his weight loss journey to the capital.

In June of last year, he started a virtual step challenge from D.C. to Boise. About 300 people joined Simpson in the 2,963-mile walk.

"In this country, obesity is the leading cause of illness and if you look at the number of diseases that we could prevent by people just being aware of their health status and their obesity. It would be the greatest savings health care dollars in the nation and it would be great for them."

Simpson has dropped 70 pounds since.

Participants who completed the challenged received a certificate on Friday at the Capital in celebration.

Simpson encourages everyone to walk at least 10,000 steps a day to keep the doctor away.


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Congressman Simpson congratulates participants of the Idaho STEP Challenge

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