Mike Simpson

Mike Simpson


Simpson Applauds Committee Passage of Bill Renaming White Clouds after Andrus


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement after the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 4134 by unanimous consent. The bill would name the White Clouds Wilderness after former Idaho Governor and Secretary of the Interior, Cecil D. Andrus.

“I am very grateful to Chairman Bishop and the Committee for passing legislation to honor the late Governor Andrus,” said Simpson. “Governor Andrus meant so much, to so many in Idaho. So do the White Clouds. It is only fitting that this iconic land in Idaho is forever tied to the man who dedicated his public service to protecting it. Today is an important first step in renaming the White Clouds after Governor Andrus.”

Congressman Simpson introduced H.R. 4134 following the passing of Governor Andrus in August, roughly two years after Simpson’s Boulder White Clouds bill was signed into law.

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Simpson Responds to SOTU


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson issued the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union.

“In today’s divided political climate it may seem difficult to find consensus. However, it is undisputable that the American economy is strong and on the rise. President Trump signed into law the largest tax reform policy in more than three decades and the results have been overwhelming. Businesses all over the world are investing and reinvesting in America, and families are keeping more of their hard-earned money in their pockets through bonuses, increased wages, added benefits, stock options, and lower utility bills.

“I was very glad to hear the President’s emphasis on addressing our massive infrastructure needs. Whether it be our water and sewer systems, our roads and bridges, public lands, or our national grid, we have long been the beneficiaries of investments that our forefathers made.  It is our job to maintain this backbone of our economy for future generations.

“In the past year, the President and Congress have rolled back thousands of pages of burdensome regulations that have stifled American innovation and job creation. This is a key part of our economic success, and will also be crucial in ensuring infrastructure projects can be completed in an efficient and cost effective time frame.

“There is still more work to be done on many issues, including immigration, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to address the most pressing issues our nation faces.”

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Simpson Issues Statement Concerning Frelinghuysen’s Retirement


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman, issued the following statement addressing the recent announcement of House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen’s retirement.

“Rodney is an incredible legislator and a close friend who I will miss very much.  It has been an honor to serve with him and as a member of his committees these many years. Under Chairman Frelinghuysen’s leadership and dedication, the House Appropriations Committee has completed our business by passing all of our FY 18 appropriations bills. He can get things done.”

“I have been asked many times if I would be interested in a larger role on the committee someday.  My response has always been and remains that it is something I will seriously consider.  For now, we should be grateful for the years of service that Rodney and his family have given his district and our country.  He will be missed very much.”

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Area Students Encouraged to Participate in Congressional Art Competition


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson invites high school students across the second congressional district to enter the 2018 High School Congressional Art Competition. This annual competition encourages Idaho's aspiring student artists to showcase their talents to the public, while recognizing their achievements alongside hundreds of other students and members of Congress from across the country.

School administrators and art instructors across the state received entry forms, and a list of rules and guidelines for the competition. Additional information can be found on Congressman Simpson’s website. The entry deadline for the competition is February 21, 2017. Artwork can be mailed or submitted at any of Congressman Simpson’s Idaho district offices in Boise, Twin Falls, or Idaho Falls.

Students that enter the competition will have a chance to win a round trip flight to Washington, D.C., to attend a special reception, and see their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building. One grand-prize winner from Congressman Simpson’s district will be selected during a local reception in April, and will visit Washington D.C. in June. This year’s theme is titled, Hidden Gems of Our State, and encourages students to create a work of art expressing what they treasure in Idaho.

Students should feel comfortable submitting work despite relevance to a theme. However the theme can ignite ideas and establish a foundation for many. Idaho is ‘The Gem State’, and while that references our abundance of natural resources, we now recognize that the gems of Idaho are not limited to precious stones. As one of our nation’s best kept secrets, students ought to consider what makes Idaho precious to them.

All students that enter the competition will be invited to a local reception at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls in March. All submitted artwork will be showcased from March 3rd through March 24th at the museum.

Since the Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the competition.

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Simpson Announces 2018 Academy Nominees


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is pleased to announce the following men and women have been officially appointed to the United States service academies. Simpson nominated the students in December 2017 in order to be accepted to the Class of 2022. The Idaho Congressional Delegation will congratulate and meet the candidates at a reception to be held at Gowen Field on Wed., Feb. 21 at 4:00 p.m.

“It is an honor to nominate Idaho students to the service academies,” said Simpson. “Every year, I am impressed by the quality and character of these individuals. They are bright and articulate and I’m proud of these exceptional students who were selected to serve.”

Nominations were selected on the quality of their application, scholastic achievement, references and extracurricular activities.

Students from Idaho were appointed to either the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., or the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Treasure Valley Area Students:
Air Force Academy
· Ty Miller – Boise
· Jacob Pittman – Boise
· Dylan Thompson – Boise

Military Academy
· Katelyn Murray – Boise
· Noah Petty – Boise
· Alya Thayer – Boise

Naval Academy
· Christopher Henderson – Boise
· Benjamin Seabourn – Boise

Merchant Marine Academy
· Katelyn Catalano – Kuna
· Andrew Maraska – Boise

Magic Valley Area Students:
Air Force Academy
· Theron Christensen – Buhl
· Victoria Sievers – Kimberly

Military Academy
· Theron Christensen – Buhl
· Victoria Sievers – Kimberly

Naval Academy
· Hugh Sheldon – Buhl

Merchant Marine Academy
· Theron Christensen – Buhl

Pocatello/Sterling Area Students:
Air Force Academy
· Daniel Barclay – Sterling
· Jett Lopez – Pocatello
· Tanner Stuart – Pocatello

Idaho Falls/Rexburg/Driggs Area Students:
Air Force Academy
· Rydder Driggs - Ammon
· Damien Stonhill – Ammon

Military Academy
· James Maguire – Rexburg
· Damien Stonhill – Ammon

Naval Academy
· Nikko Gutierrez – Driggs
· Christopher Salcido – Idaho Falls
· Damien Stonhill – Ammon

Congressman Simpson is currently accepting applications for students who seek nomination for the Class of 2023. Information about eligibility and answers to other common questions can be found under the student section on Simpson’s website: simpson.house.gov. The application is also online. 

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Simpson Praises Historic Tax Relief for American Families


Congressman Mike Simpson praised the passage today of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the House of Representatives. H.R. 1 is the first comprehensive tax reform legislation to pass the House since 1986.

“Since coming to Congress, I’ve talked to farmers, ranchers and businesses throughout Idaho and I consistently hear about the burden that our overly complex, outdated, and unfair tax code puts on families and small businesses,” said Simpson. “The bill that we voted on today has been years in the making, with the Better Way Blueprint’s release in June of 2016. Tax reform has been a key promise that Republicans made to our constituents when we gained control of the House, Senate, and White House, and I am proud to say that promise was fulfilled today.”

H.R. 1 will lower tax rates on individuals and businesses of all sizes. It will nearly double the standard deduction, so the first $12,000 earned by an individual and $24,000 earned by a married couple is completely tax-free. Other important provisions in H.R. 1 include:

    • Expands the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 for single filers and married couples to help parents with the cost of raising children. The tax credit is fully refundable up to $1,400 and begins to phase-out for families making more than     $400,000.
    • Improves savings vehicles for education by allowing families to use 529 accounts to save for elementary, secondary and higher education.
    • Preserves the mortgage interest deduction – providing tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.
    • Eliminates Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty tax – providing families with much-needed relief and flexibility to buy the health care that’s right for them, if they so choose.
    • Continues to allow people to write off the cost of state and local taxes – up to $10,000. Gives individuals and families the ability to deduct property taxes and income – or sales – taxes to best fit their unique circumstances.
    • Preserves the Adoption Tax Credit so parents can continue to receive additional tax relief as they open their hearts and homes to an adopted child.
    • Provides support for graduate students by continuing to exempt the value of reduced tuition from taxes.
    • Continues the deduction for charitable contributions so people can continue to donate to their local church, charity, or community organization.
    • Provides relief for Americans with expensive medical bills by expanding the medical expense deduction for 2017 and 2018 for medical expenses exceeding 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income, and rising to 10 percent beginning in 2019.
    • Provides immediate relief from the Death Tax by doubling the amount of the current exemption to reduce uncertainty and costs for many family-owned farms and businesses when they pass down their life’s work to the next generation.

“The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, so taking that rate down to 21% is going to benefit our entire economy,” said Simpson. “We need to stop incentivizing companies from leaving America to go create jobs elsewhere. Not only will they stay and create more jobs, but the wages for American workers will be higher and our businesses will be more competitive on a global stage.”

Some of the provisions that will benefit American Job creators include:

    • Delivers significant tax relief to Main Street job creators by offering a first-ever 20 percent tax deduction that applies to the first $315,000 of joint income earned by all businesses organized as S corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole     proprietorships.
    • Establishing strong safeguards so that wage income does not receive the lower marginal effective tax rates on business income – helping to ensure that Main Street tax relief goes to the local job creators it was designed to help most.
    • Prevents American jobs, headquarters, and research from moving overseas by eliminating incentives that now reward companies for shifting jobs, profits, and manufacturing plants abroad.
    • Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers – unleashing growth of jobs, productivity, and paychecks.
    • Preserving the Research & Development Tax Credit that encourages our businesses and workers to develop cutting-edge “Made in America” products and services.
    • Retaining the tax-preferred status of private-activity bonds that are used to finance valuable infrastructure projects.
    • Eliminates the Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax, thereby lowering taxes and eliminating confusion and uncertainty so American job creators can focus on growing their business and hiring more workers, rather than on burdensome paperwork.

For greater American energy security and economic growth, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

    • Establishes an environmentally responsible oil and gas program in the non-wilderness 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Congress specifically set aside the 1.57-million acre 1002 Area for potential future development.     Two lease sales will be held over the next decade and surface development will be limited to 2,000 federal acres – just one ten-thousandth of all of ANWR.
    • Significantly boosts American energy production. Responsible development in the 1002 Area will raise tens of billions of dollars for deficit reduction in the decades to come, while creating thousands of new jobs, reducing our dependence on     foreign oil, and helping to keep energy affordable for American families and businesses.
    • Provides a temporary increase in offshore revenue sharing for the Gulf Coast in 2020 and 2021, allowing those states to invest in priorities such as coastal restoration and hurricane protection.

“The focus of this plan has always been to help middle class families by creating a simple and fairer tax system,” said Simpson. “While every family’s circumstance is unique, projections show that this plan would reduce the tax burden of a typical family of four earning $73,000 per year by more than $2,000. A single parent with one child earning $41,000 per year would see a tax cut of more than $1,300. And married small business owners with income of $100,000 per year would get a 24% reduction in their tax bill. I encourage people to see what this bill means to you, by using a simple tax calculator, available here or here. Simply put, this legislation will create economic growth in the United States by unleashing American small businesses and unburdening middle class families so they can make better financial decisions with their own money.”

H.R. 1 passed by a vote of 227-203. The Senate will vote on the bill later today.

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Members of Idaho’s Congressional Delegation praise the announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy to extend the operations contract of the Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) at the Idaho National Laboratory as well-deserved reflection of their outstanding work and contributions to U.S. energy security. 

“I appreciate the commitment shown by DOE in announcing the contract extension for management at the Idaho National Laboratory,” said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. “As the nation’s lead nuclear laboratory, the INL has produced cutting-edge energy and national security research and I look forward to continuing to work with Battelle Energy Alliance.”

“I am pleased the Department of Energy is extending Battelle Energy Alliance’s contract to manage the Idaho National Laboratory, our nation’s nuclear energy research laboratory,” said Idaho Senator Jim Risch. “I look forward to continuing to work with BEA and the researchers at INL as the lab continues to be a world leader in nuclear energy, and grid and cybersecurity capabilities.”

“I am very pleased that the Department of Energy has opted to extend Battelle Energy Alliance’s contract to manage Idaho National Laboratory,” said Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson.  “This announcement is a recognition of the consistent and excellent performance by BEA and it will bring consistency and economic stability to our region.  The world renowned researchers at the INL work every day to promote and ensure our nation’s energy security, and I could not be more proud of the cutting edge work they do.” 

Battelle Energy Alliance’s contract to operate and manage the INL will be extended through September 2024.  The DOE says the decision was based on BEA’s “exceptional performance” in managing the site.

Congressman Simpson is Chairman of the U.S House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the Department of Energy.  Senator Risch is a senior member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, with jurisdiction over the Department of Energy.  Senator Crapo is a member of the Senate Budget Committee, which debates the budget blueprint for federal departments.

The delegation members note that INL has had a scientific research and nuclear engineering presence in Southeastern Idaho for sixty years and has built, operated and tested 51 nuclear reactors in that time.  Today, it is the lead nuclear energy laboratory for DOE’s office of Nuclear Energy, supporting domestic civilian energy priorities along with key defense and homeland security initiatives.

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Simpson Discusses Fire Borrowing with Forest Service Chief


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson discussed the issue of fire borrowing during a House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing with Chief of the Forest Service, Tony Tooke this week. Specifically, Simpson emphasized the need to fund wildfires like other natural disasters.

“Solving the issue of fire borrowing has been one of my top legislative priorities in Congress,” said Simpson. “In Idaho and other western states, fire-borrowing has decimated the budgets of land management agencies and caused fire seasons to increase in severity and cost. If we can find a better way to budget for these catastrophic fires, we can improve our lands and our budget outlook.”

Currently, agencies like the Forest Service must borrow from non-fire accounts when fire suppression costs exceed the budget.  “Fire borrowing” was intended to be an extraordinary measure, but as fire seasons have grown more destructive it has become common practice—and has created a devastating cycle that prevents agencies from doing needed hazardous fuels removal or timber harvests; ultimately leading to worse fires. To solve this issue, Congressman Simpson has introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which would fund wildfires like other natural disasters.

During the hearing, Congressman Simpson asked Chief Tooke what the consequences would be if they didn’t address the rising costs of wildfire suppression funding.

“I’m hopeful we get this done this year. However, if we don’t address the 10 year average (mechanism used to predict annual wildfire suppression funding) that 55% (share of wildfire funding in Forest Service total budget) will continue to grow.”

Chief Tooke agreed saying, “Yes, according to our projections, even if we have a low to moderate fire years the next few years, the ten year average will grow by $500 million over the next five years.”

In 1995, the Forest Service spent 16% of their budget on wildfire suppression. Fiscal Year 2016 was 56% and it will be more than two-thirds by 2021. This means that the Forest Service spends the majority of its time, funding, and staff resources putting out fires instead of managing public lands.

The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act is supported by 89 bipartisan members of Congress and over 200 organizations. 

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Simpson Votes for Lower Taxes


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson praised the passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today in the House of Representatives.  H.R. 1 is the first comprehensive tax reform legislation to pass the House since 1986. 

“Since coming to Congress, I’ve talked to farmers, ranchers and businesses throughout Idaho and I consistently hear about the burden that our overly complex, outdated, and unfair tax code puts on families and small businesses,” said Simpson.  “This bill will relieve much of that burden and allow more people to see a greater share of their paychecks in their wallet.  This will empower families in Idaho to make the decisions that they believe are best for their family, as opposed to sending their hard earned money to Washington.”

H.R. 1 will lower tax rates on individuals and businesses of all sizes.  It will nearly double the standard deduction, so the first $12,000 earned by an individual and $24,000 earned by a married couple is completely tax-free. It will also lower individual tax rates, significantly increase the child tax credit, and create a new $300 tax credit for families caring for non-child dependents.  It retains tax incentives that benefit individuals and families such as the home mortgage interest, charitable contributions, higher education, adoption, and retirement security. The bill also repeals the estate tax, also known as the “death tax” which is a top concern for family owned farms across Idaho.

“The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, so taking that rate down to 20% is going to benefit our entire economy,” said Simpson. “We need to stop incentivizing companies from leaving America to go create jobs elsewhere.  Not only will they stay and create more jobs, but the wages for American workers will be higher and our businesses will be more competitive on a global stage. Simply put, this legislation is about creating economic growth in the United States by unleashing American small businesses and unburdening middle class families so they make better financial decisions with their own money.”

In addition to lowering the corporate tax to 20%, H.R. 1 will reduce the tax rate on business income to no more than 25%; establish safeguards to distinguish individual wage income and “pass through” business income; modernize our international tax system; and eliminates incentives that currently reward companies from shifting jobs, profits, and manufacturing plants abroad.

H.R. 1 passed by a vote of 227-205. The Senate is working on their own version of H.R. 1 and is expected to conference that version with the House legislation in December.  

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Simpson Praises Defense Bill Supporting our Troops and Big Wins for Idaho


The House of Representatives today passed the conference report to H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018.  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported this legislation which fulfills Congress’ constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense in addition to authorizing many important programs that support our military, including a pay increase and benefits to military members and their families.

“The overwhelmingly support of the conference report to the NDAA by the House of Representatives sends a strong signal of support to our troops,” said Simpson.  “It is imperative that our military has the necessary tools to protect us from ever-changing threats.”

The conference report also includes important Idaho priorities such as language that streamlines the conveyance of an unused Air Force-owned rail spur near the Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB) to the City of Mountain Home.  The city plans to leverage this rail for economic development to attract businesses to the city, leading to job growth for its residents and for military dependents.  Simpson was first to include conveyance language in the House version of the NDAA.

“I am thrilled that the conveyance language was included in the conference report, and I look forward to the economic opportunities that it will bring to the city of Mountain Home and Idaho,” said Simpson.  “Both city officials and base leaders are excited that it will not only be an impetus to bring new businesses and jobs to the city, but also improve quality of life for local residents and military families.”

The conference report also authorizes full funding for the A-10 Thunderbolt II to continue its operation. An A-10 squadron currently operates at Gowen Field in Boise, and is essential to the mission there.

Funding for new trainee barracks for the Idaho Army National Guard and a digital air ground range at the Orchard Combat Training Center, high priorities for the Army to improve Guard readiness, are also authorized in this bill.

This bill provides for a 2.4% pay raise for over 1.3 million active-duty and 810,000 Guard and Reserve troops.

The conference report to H.R. 2810 passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 356-70.  

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Simpson Discusses Idaho Priorities with USDA/Forest Service

2017-05-26 16:31:00

Simpson Opposes Expansion of Clean Water Act

2015-04-30 16:29:33

Congressman Mike Simpson speaks in favor of DHS funding bill

2015-03-03 22:53:38

Simpson Discusses Delaying Sage-Grouse Listing

2014-07-18 16:44:07

Simpson Discusses Appropriations Committee Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility

2014-07-14 18:24:37

Chairman Simpson Opening Statement for FY15 Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

2014-06-18 18:42:53

Congressman Simpson Advocates for Potatoes in WIC

2014-05-29 19:11:27

Congressman Mike Simpson Defends U.S. Sugar Farmers

2014-05-29 18:33:14

Simpson Opposes Democrat Amendment to Create Duplicate Inventory Law for Gun Dealers

2014-05-09 12:51:15

Simpson Defends Wolf Delisting

2014-04-04 17:39:22

Congressman Simpson Questions EPA on Overreaching Water Rule

2014-03-27 18:50:16

Congressman Simpson Questions EPA on Overreaching Water Rule

2014-03-27 18:47:54

Congressman Simpson Objects to Jihad Comments on House Floor

2013-10-03 17:45:34

Congressman Simpson Speaks in Favor of the Open Our National Parks and Museums Act

2013-10-02 22:29:44

Congressman Simpson introduces Open Our National Parks

2013-10-02 00:39:27

Congressman Simpson Responds to Criticism of Cuts to the FY14 Interior Bill

2013-07-23 20:22:39

Congressman Mike Simpson Opposes Expanding Federal Jurisdiction Over Water Rights

2013-07-09 22:57:13

Congressman Mike Simpson Speaks in Favor of H.R. 876

2013-06-17 23:00:14

Congressman Mike Simpson Offers Potato Amendment to the FY14 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

2013-06-13 21:29:05

Congressman Simpson spoke in favor of an amendment offered by Rep. Cynthia Lummis

2012-06-29 16:30:55

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Michael (Mike) K. Simpson is serving his eighth term in the House of Representatives for Idaho’s Second Congressional District.

Mike serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He is the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. He also serves on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. These committees have jurisdiction over funding for a number of programs critical to Idaho, including the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, our National Parks, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Smithsonian Institute.

Simpson is one of the House’s leading advocates for a new energy policy and a renewed commitment to research and development of improved nuclear energy technologies. Mike has also gained national attention for his bill to split the massive, overburdened 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as well as his bill, the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act which addresses the concerns of economic growth and stability for rural Idaho and resolves long time wilderness debate over the Boulder-White Clouds.

His political career began in 1980, when he was elected to the Blackfoot City Council. In 1984, he was elected to the Idaho Legislature where he served until 1998, the last six years serving as Speaker. Simpson was born in Burley, Idaho and raised in Blackfoot. He graduated from Utah State University and earned his DMD from Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, he joined his father and uncle at the Simpson Family Dental Practice in Blackfoot.

Mike is an avid golfer and enjoys painting. He has been married to his wife Kathy for over 40 years and they live in Idaho Falls.

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