Simpson Statement on House Republicans’ Commitment to America
The American people are burdened every day by the consequences of poor policy in Washington. Now, more than ever, Republicans are committed to solving these problems and helping Americans thrive.
These actions in Congress must include securing the border and stopping the flow of deadly fentanyl; unleashing energy independence to lower prices at the pump, in our homes, and at the grocery store; and reining in exorbitant government spending that is fueling the inflation crisis. I remain committed to achieving these ideals for my constituents and I look forward to working with my colleagues to bring them to fruition.
As a life-long Idahoan, I recognize the value of our incredible public lands and the many challenges they face today. I have spent much of my career in Congress working on solutions that will benefit southern and eastern Idaho:
After a decade of working with local ranchers, elected officials, recreationists, and other affected parties, I authored legislation that created the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and helped clear up longstanding land management issues in the area.
I authored legislation that was used as the blueprint for the Great American Outdoors Act in the 116th Congress, which permanently funded the Land and Water Conservation Fund and addressed the ever-increasing backlog of maintenance issues in our national parks. President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law on August 4, 2021.
Providing adequate funding for both wildfire suppression and forest management has been one of my top priorities during my time in Congress. I authored legislation that was included in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus bill to fix the broken way we had been funding fire suppression and end the practice of "fire borrowing" that was destroying agencies like the U.S. Forest Service's budgets.
Washington, D.C. – I am pleased to announce a two-year paid fellowship opportunity in my Twin Falls district office, available to Idaho veterans through the Wounded Warrior Program. The person chosen for the fellowship will work with military and veteran constituents to handle veterans-related casework and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state, and local agencies.
The Wounded Warrior Program, also known as the Green & Gold Congressional Aide Program, was established by the House of Representatives to provide employment opportunities for veterans within member offices.
Veterans bring a valuable perspective into any civilian workplace and often demonstrate exemplary integrity, discipline, and teamwork. I am pleased to work with the House of Representatives to provide veterans an opportunity not only to further their own careers, but also to use their experiences and expertise to help the many veterans and military personnel in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District interact successfully with government agencies.
To qualify, veterans must meet all the following requirements: be honorably discharged, released from active duty within the last six years, and complete their service at a pay grade at or below E-5, O-3, or W-2. Veterans promoted to the pay grades of E-6, O-4, or W-3 within 6-months of separation from active duty are eligible, granted they meet all other eligibility requirements. Veterans who are in receipt of a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement Authorization (TERA) retirement are not eligible for the program. Interested veterans should visit https://www.usajobs.gov/ and search “Green & Gold Congressional Aide Program” for more information or apply directly at this link.