Mike Simpson

Mike Simpson


Simpson Boosts INL Funding in Energy Bill


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today announced that the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill reverses proposed cuts to Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and cleanup activities in Idaho. Simpson is Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which passed the bill through the full House Appropriations Committee today, and had the lead role in deciding funding for all Department of Energy programs.

“I am pleased to report that the Energy and Water bill rejects cuts proposed by the Obama Administration to nuclear energy programs and increases funding for many of the vital research efforts at INL,” said Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson. “The funding increases we have been able to secure in the last two years have made a real impact accelerating nuclear innovation programs and addressing much needed infrastructure enhancements at INL.  These investments will support efforts to make sure nuclear energy remains an important component of our nation's energy mix.”

The FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill sets funding for the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy at $936 million, an increase of $102.6 million above fiscal year 2015 and $28.5 million above the President’s request.  Nuclear energy research and development programs that receive funding within the overall $936 million allocation include:

  • The Idaho Facilities Management account, which covers infrastructure maintenance and improvement at INL, is funded at $218.5 million – a $12.5 million increase over last year and $6.7 million above the President’s request.

  • INL’s Safeguards and Security Program is funded at $126.1 million – an increase of $22.1 million over fiscal year 2015.
  • The Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies program is funded at $111 million – an increase of $10.6 million above fiscal year 2015 and $25 million above the President’s request. 

  • Small Modular Reactor Licensing Support Programs are funded at $62.5 million.   This funding is slated for NuScale Power’s Small Modular Reactor which is proposed for construction in Idaho.

  • The Light Water Reactor Sustainability program, which is managed by INL and promotes the continued safe operation of America’s existing nuclear reactors, is funded at $40 million.

  • The Reactor Concepts Research, Development, and Demonstration account is funded at $141 million – an increase of $8.7 million above fiscal year 2015 and $33.5 million above the President’s request. Within the overall $141 million level for this account, $33 million is allocated to fuel qualification for the High Temperature Gas Reactor.

  • Within the Fuel Cycle Research and Development program, the Advanced Fuels program is funded at $60.1 million, the same as fiscal year 2015; and Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition research and development is funded at $55 million, $16.5 million below fiscal year 2015.

  • Within the Office of Naval Reactors, the bill includes $71.2 million for the operation of the Advanced Test Reactor. 

  • Within the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the bill includes $5 million for the development of an Electric Grid Test Bed program to enhance existing full-scale electric grid testing capabilities like those at Idaho National Laboratory. 

The bill also provides $390 million for cleanup activities associated with the Idaho Cleanup Project and the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project co-located on the Idaho desert with INL.  The funding level of $390 million is an increase of $10.5 million above fiscal year 2015 and $30 million above the President’s request, which will allow the significant cleanup activities currently underway to continue. The bill also includes an additional $2 million for the National Spent Fuel Program, putting the unique expertise of INL to work in order to provide solutions for managing the Department of Energy’s inventories of spent nuclear fuel. 

Despite the Obama Administration’s unilateral decision to disregard the federal government’s legal requirement to take responsibility for civilian spent nuclear fuel, the bill contains funding to support the continued adjudication of the Yucca Mountain license application, ensuring the federal government will meet its commitments to Idaho and other states and dispose of used nuclear fuel.

Overall, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill provides $35.4 billion for the functions of the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation and a number of independent agencies, including direction for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Bonneville Power Administration.

“From water projects across the nation to critical energy research and increased national security, the Energy and Water bill has a wide reach,” Chairman Simpson said.  “This is a responsible bill that prioritizes national security needs and improving our nation's infrastructure within tight budget caps,” Chairman Simpson said.  “It makes critical investments in the maintenance and safety of our nuclear weapons stockpile, while also funding important infrastructure projects and research that will increase U.S. economic competitiveness and growth."

The bill is expected to be considered on the floor of the House of Representatives in the coming weeks. The complete Committee Report can be found at:  http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2016-energywater.pdf

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Simpson Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Local Water from EPA


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored legislation to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their rule changing the definition of “waters of the United States.”  H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, would pull back the flawed rule and ensure that any new rule reflects the input of stakeholders and State and local officials.  Simpson chairs the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the budget for the Army Corps, and serves on the subcommittee that oversees the EPA budget.

“I have long been opposed to EPA’s efforts to expand its authority under the Clean Water Act because of the devastating impact it would have on Idaho’s rural towns, local governments, and farmers and ranchers,” said Simpson.  “What has become abundantly clear since this rule was proposed is that it would create huge problems throughout the country as well—in fact, last year I joined more than half of my colleagues in the House opposing this rule, and EPA has received a record number of comments from the public. H.R. 1732 calls on the agencies to start over, and this time they need to make sure that they respond to the local concerns.”

The proposed rule would expand the reach of the Clean Water Act by replacing the term “navigable waters” with the term “waters of the United States.”  Non-navigable waters are currently regulated by the states.  Striking this term means that the Act could be broadly interpreted to included everything within a state, including ground water.  Simpson has authored language included in previous appropriations acts to prevent EPA from removing the term “navigable waters” from the definition of waters subject to EPA and Army Corps regulation under the Clean Water Act.

H.R. 1732 is currently before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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We are always impressed with the Idahoans who apply to attend United States military academies, and we are honored to nominate deserving young women and men to the academies.  If you are interested in receiving an excellent education and an opportunity to develop strong character and leadership abilities, while serving our country, we encourage you to attend an annual Service Academy Day to learn about the application process, academy life and the benefits of attending a service academy. 

This month, we are hosting two Academy Days in north Idaho to provide students, parents and counselors with information about each academy and how to obtain a congressional nomination.  The Coeur d’Alene Academy Day will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at North Idaho College, Student Union Driftwood Bay Room, 1000 West Garden Avenue.  The Lewiston Academy Day will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Lewiston High School, 1114 9th Avenue.  Registration for both events starts at 6:00 PM and the programs run from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Those interested in attending either session are asked to please RSVP to Karen Roetter via email at karen_roetter@crapo.senate.gov, or by phone at 208-664-5490. 

The purpose of these events is to connect students and parents with academy liaisons, cadets, midshipmen, recruiters and congressional staff to help answer any questions about the congressional nomination process for the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  While a congressional nomination is not needed to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, representatives have been invited to share information about this school as well.

Acceptance into these academies provides students with a tuition-free, four-year undergraduate education.  Graduates have jobs after graduation, as they are commissioned as officers and spend a minimum of five years on duty.  Additionally, their education and training make them competitive for graduate programs and future jobs.

High school seniors interested in attending an academy should submit completed application packets by November 30, 2015.  In addition to the short application, an essay, three letters of recommendation, ACT/SAT scores, a transcript and class rank at the end of the applicant’s junior year of high school, and a completed principal/guidance counselor form are required.  Applicants are also encouraged to apply to all offices involved in academy nominations, including both of your U.S. Senators, your U.S. Representative and the Vice President.  The application and complete packet must be in by November 30th of the applicant’s senior year of high school.  High school graduates who are seventeen years old, but not yet twenty-three, can apply by July 1 of the year they would enter an academy.  

Those who are interested but unable to attend an Academy Day can access information regarding the application process on each of our websites, or by contacting one of the following:

Karen Roetter, (Senator Mike Crapo), (208) 664-5490

Frances Hasenoehrl , (Senator Jim Risch), (208) 743-0792

Judy Morbeck, (Congressman Raúl Labrador), (208) 667-0127

Linda Culver, (Congressman Mike Simpson), (208) 734-7219

A nomination is not an acceptance into an academy.  It is the first step in the process.  Applicants will be notified in mid-December if they receive a nomination, but the individual academies make the decisions about actual acceptances.  Those completing a nomination application must also open a file with the academies.  Idaho has many promising young leaders, and we wish all those who are interested in this path the best in the process. 

You may access each delegation member’s website through the following links:  http://www.crapo.senate.gov/; http://www.risch.senate.gov/; http://www.simpson.house.gov/; and http://www.labrador.house.gov/.

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House Addresses Tax Laws


Today is Tax Day and the U.S. House of Representatives is addressing important tax measures this week that directly impact families across the country. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is supporting The ‘Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015’ (H.R. 1105), State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015 (H.R. 622), Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act (H.R. 650), and the Mortgage Choice Act (H.R. 685).

“Our current tax code hampers economic growth. If we truly want to get our budget deficit under control, we need to get our economy going again and that means addressing our tax system,” said Simpson. “Congress needs to continue to work towards comprehensive tax reform, and this week the House is moving legislation that begins to show the enormous benefit that a modern and updated tax code can have on our economy.”

The following legislation is before the U.S. House of Representatives this week:

The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, H.R. 1105 – The estate tax is devastating to family businesses and farms and it is simply unfair. Families spend too much time and money planning for the estate tax rather than focusing on growing their business. If this legislation is signed into law, the estate tax and the generation skipping transfer tax would be repealed.  Will be considered 4/16/2015

State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015, H.R. 622 - Currently an individual may claim an itemized deduction for income and property taxes paid to State and local governments. This legislation would make these itemized deductions permanent. Will be considered 4/16/2015

Preserving Access to Manufactured House Act, H.R. 650 – The Dodd-Frank Act regulatory burden affects consumer’s access to affordable credit. This legislation would modify that Dodd-Frank Act to ensure that consumers can continue to have access to affordable manufactured housing by altering the definition of a ‘high-cost mortgage.’ Passed 4/14/2015 by a vote of 263 – 162.

The Mortgage Choice Act, H.R. 685 – This legislation would provide clarity to the calculation of points and fees in mortgage transactions, allowing more loans to be classified and Qualified Mortgages and increasing options for borrowers. Passed 4/14/2015 by a vote of 286 – 140.

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Simpson Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Expand Geothermal Energy Production


Last week, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson introduced H.R. 1719, the Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2015. H.R. 1719 makes a small but important change to current law to facilitate the development of geothermal energy on public lands.     

H.R. 1719 would allow for expansion of renewable geothermal energy, while at the same time protecting the national interests in receiving fair market value for energy leases on federal lands.  The intent of the legislation is to protect legitimate geothermal developers from speculators by allowing companies that have discovered geothermal resources through capital-intensive drilling to obtain a one-time noncompetitive lease on up to one square mile of adjoining federal lands. 

“Geothermal projects on federal lands offers incredible potential for reliable, clean, low-cost energy production,” said Simpson. “Given these unique and valuable capabilities, I was pleased to offer legislation that encourages expanded geothermal production in a fair and efficient manner. As the United States continues to focus on promoting domestic and diverse energy solutions, I am confident that geothermal can be a strong contributor to the portfolio.”

Congressman Simpson is joined in support of H.R. 1719, by cosponsor Peter DeFazio (D-OR). In the Senate, Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the legislation with Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch as cosponsors.

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Simpson Supports Bipartisan Medicare Reform and Secure Rural Schools Package


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.  It passed the House with strong support from both Republicans and Democrats by 392-37.

The bill strengthens Medicare and ensures senior’s access to care by repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replacing it with an updated system that will work better, and save money over the long term. The SGR is a formula that determines payment amounts to doctors who treat Medicare patients.

“Repealing the SGR has been the top priority for almost every Idaho medical professional who I have met with for years.  Before today’s vote, Congress had simply kicked the can down the road a total of 17 times, at great cost to taxpayers and over the strong objections of the health community,” said Simpson. “Though the full cost of the bill is not covered in the first ten years, it is important to look at the big picture when you are reforming major programs like Medicare.  The right-leaning American Action Forum completed an exhaustive study that found the bill results in $295 billion of spending reductions by 2035.”

Also included in this package is a two-year extension of The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) which provides an alternative source of education funding for counties with a high percentage of national forests and fulfills the federal government’s responsibility to counties with tax-exempt federal lands.

“My western colleagues and I have been working tirelessly to ensure Congress address the immediate needs of Secure Rural Schools payments and I was thrilled that H.R. 2 offered the solution,” said Simpson. “By voting yes today, western members were able to lend their support to one of the most important programs to our rural communities. We must now turn our attention to enacting a long-term and sustainable solution that doesn’t stick Idaho’s rural counties with the annual uncertainty of an up or down vote from Congress.”

“Though H.R. 2 is not perfect, you would have to look long and hard to find a reason to vote no,” added Simpson. “This kind of bill represents exactly what the American people want to see out of their elected representatives. They want us to fix problems, not shout across the aisle and point fingers.”

Congressman Simpson has long been an advocate for SRS and signed a letter last October urging House leadership to secure full funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and SRS. 

H.R. 2 now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

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Maintaining a Vibrant INL


“In the world of politics, some of the toughest moments are when you find yourself disagreeing with those you consider friends.


“That has never been truer for me than in my current difference of opinion with former Governors Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus. They are opposing two INL shipments containing just 200 pounds of commercial nuclear fuel because of a delay related to the 1995 Settlement Agreement. The shipments represent the beginning of a research project slated to bring tens of millions of dollars to Idaho.


“My difference of opinion with the two former Governors is NOT over their desire to protect Idaho’s environment or the integrity of the Agreement. Instead, it’s over their apparent desire to return to an ugly, contentious, and unproductive era of fighting with the DOE instead of maintaining a more constructive and beneficial partnership.


“Governors Batt and Andrus were not only correct, but courageous, in taking the federal government to task in the 1990’s over long-running failures to remediate INL after decades of secrecy and environmental contamination. Their fight with DOE not only produced an agreement for which we are all grateful today, it actually facilitated the eventual revitalization of the lab and its research mission in Eastern Idaho.


“Early in my Congressional service, the Bush Administration proposed cleaning up and “closing down” INL. Idahoans were rightfully outraged and a multi-year, multi-pronged effort to “save the lab” began in earnest.


“The result of that effort, after years of hard work and relationship mending, included not only the accelerated cleanup of nuclear contamination, but unprecedented new research opportunities. A decade later, INL is approaching $1 billion a year in business volume and cleanup has progressed in ways hard to imagine back in 1995. New buildings have sprung up across INL and its scientists have gone from working in old garages to doing research in world class facilities.


“It's important to note that INL isn’t just a world leader in nuclear energy research. Its internationally-significant missions include national and homeland security, renewable and alternative energy, grid protection, cutting edge chemistry, securing nuclear materials across the globe, and much, much more. The lab employs thousands of Idahoans directly and is responsible indirectly for the careers of tens of thousands more. And it’s a strong partner with our state’s universities – a partnership that benefits all Idahoans.


“Most frustrating for me, when thinking about the recent statements of the former Governors, is that none of this would have been possible without their work and courage—yet all of it is potentially at risk if they continue to insist on moving backward.


“You see, there is no such thing as a lead nuclear energy research laboratory that can’t access nuclear materials on which to do its research. The two former Governors know this – and yet their words suggest they haven’t taken the time or effort to understand what is truly going on at INL.


“With that in mind, I invite them to spend some time at INL – they haven’t been there in years. I want them to see the impressive facilities where this research is being done. I want them to meet the scientists who conduct this important research. I want them to view the safeguards in place to ensure the work is done safely and with absolutely no risk to the environment, or our life-sustaining aquifer.


“I encourage them to embrace the new, productive, collaborative, and exciting relationship the State of Idaho has built with the Department of Energy over the last decade. And I want them to fully appreciate their own essential role in making it all possible.”



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Simpson Supports House Passed Bills to Improve EPA Transparency


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson this week supported a series of bills to bring greater transparency and accountability to actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015, and H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2015, were both passed by the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, which would make a number of reforms to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board to ensure that EPA’s decisions are made on qualified and independent science, complements Simpson’s efforts to address concerns about the EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program.  In recent years the IRIS program has drawn harsh criticism from the science community.  H.R. 1029 takes action based on findings from a National Academy of Sciences study that Simpson commissioned in 2011 when he chaired the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.

“The public needs to be able to trust that EPA’s policy decisions are based on good science and not swayed by politics,” said Simpson.  “When we first examined the IRIS system, we found a broken process that lacked scientific accountability, and I’m pleased that Congress has taken up addition efforts to improve transparency and accountability and increase public participation in EPA’s decision making process.”

The Secret Science Reform Act would ensure that EPA is accountable and transparent to taxpayers by making scientific data used by the agency available to the public. This bill addresses the lack of transparency often demonstrated by the Obama Administration when issuing new regulations that have significant impacts on the American people.

“I have been a strong advocate for strict EPA oversight so Americans can avoid the burdensome regulations that federal agencies far too often create,” said Simpson. “Without public availability of scientific data, there is no way for the science community to participate in a fully vetted process. These bills would bring much needed transparency and accountability to the EPA.”

H.R. 1029 passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 236-181 and H.R. 1030 passed today by a vote of 241-175. Both pieces of legislation now head to the Senate for consideration.

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Simpson Examines Budget for Energy Programs


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Chairman of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today held two hearings to discuss budget issues with officials from the Department of Energy.

The first hearing was focused on the Department of Energy’s Applied Energy Programs, with Assistant Secretaries from the Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, Fossil Energy, and Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability testifying.  The second hearing was focused on the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, with Acting Director Dr. Patricia Dehmer testifying.  Dr. Franklin Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy testified at both hearings.

In the first hearing, Simpson discussed the Nuclear Energy University Program and the importance of ensuring a strong future nuclear workforce, the Idaho National Lab’s Advanced Test Reactor’s maintenance and upgrade needs, and funding for Safeguards and Security at the Idaho National Lab.  He also noted that the Obama Administration has once again proposed a significant increase for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy while proposing to reduce Fossil Energy and Nuclear Energy.

“I agree that an ‘all of the above’ approach should fund research in new energy sources, but we also need to ensure we are efficiently and effectively using our existing sources,” said Simpson.  “Last year, Fossil and Nuclear energy sources provided about 85 percent of all the electricity produced in this country. Just increasing the production efficiency by one percent of any fossil or nuclear fuel source would have a tremendous effect on net electricity generation. A true ‘all of the above’ approach would not make these sources the lowest priorities of the Department of Energy.”

In the Office of Science hearing, Simpson talked about working towards scientific breakthroughs with a flat budget, project management at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, and practical examples of how investments in science programs are a good use of taxpayer dollars. 

“The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the United States, and its activities have resulted in some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century,” said Simpson.  “Today we’re focusing quite a bit on the challenges to your office within a limited budget, but it’s important to remember the remarkable work supported by the Office of Science that happens day in and day out, both at the national labs and at American universities and other institutions that receive grants.”

After the hearings, Simpson said, “Our budget situation will require us to make difficult decisions.  I am mindful of the importance that these programs hold not just for American industrial competitiveness, but also for the comfort, safety, and well-being of all of our constituents.  But we need to set careful priorities and do more with the limited resources available, and always remain mindful of what the role of the private sector is or should be in making these investments.”

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To Govern or Obstruct


“The American people used their votes last year to demonstrate a strong objection to gridlock while giving a modest endorsement to the direction Congressional Republicans offered as an alternative to Democrat policies in Washington.  Their confidence, however, was conditional on an expectation that Republicans would work aggressively to move our country forward.

“Unfortunately, too many of my colleagues in Congress see the election much differently. They view gridlock and obstructionism as a means to appease the politically pure and point fingers at anyone who seeks a different solution. While I agree with my colleagues on the conservative principles in this debate, I’d rather be advancing solutions to stop the President’s overreaching policies and putting forward Republican answers that thwart the Administration’s ability to rule from the executive branch.

“Instead, a faction of my Republican colleagues see obstructionist tactics like shutting down the government, or one of its most important agencies, as just another tool in the construction of a manufactured crises. This small segment of Republicans voted to shut down the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a vote two weeks ago at the deadline – and they represent the most irresponsible, unrealistic, and ineffective segment of our Republican caucus.

“Even worse, they’re imposing a losing strategy while we are actually winning in the courts – the legitimate, and Constitutional, venue for resolving disputes between the executive and legislative branches.

“These members have no credible policy proposals to stop the President’s unlawful actions, instead they hold our national security hostage with shutdown threats, and then label any Member who opposes their strategy as “capitulating” to the President.

“They represent a segment of our caucus that would rather shut down the government than show the American people we can actually govern.  They represent a segment of our caucus that would preach border security while defunding border patrol.  They represent a segment of our caucus that defies the Constitution while preaching a strict adherence to its very principles.  They represent a segment of our caucus that wrongly thought a government shutdown would spell the end of Obamacare.  They got their shutdown.  But we still have Obamacare.

“The majority of the Republican caucus has given ample opportunities for this loud minority to play-out their strategy. However, this small faction has failed to achieve any conservative victories and led our party so far astray that the Democrats have been able to exert influence in the absence of a united Republican party.

“My pro-shutdown colleagues are the same folks who pushed for immigration reform only to abandon the notion – leaving the American people on hold with a broken system, ineffective border, and overreaching President looking for any excuse to write executive actions.

“My pro-shutdown colleagues project Constitutional principles but they’re conveniently forgetting their own Constitutional responsibilities to fund the U.S. Government and, ‘provide for the common defense.’

“My pro-shutdown colleagues supported John Boehner for Speaker, before opposing him, then supporting him again, and now criticizing him. By undermining Republican leadership at every turn, the pro-shutdown minority has compromised our ability to pass conservative priorities that focuses on governing efficiently and effectively.

“The truth is my Republican colleagues and I have a critical and extremely short window of time to prove to the American people that we can govern responsibly.  This brief window is our chance to demonstrate to the American people that they should look to a Republican as the next President of the United States.  It’s also our chance to show that we prefer the Ronald Reagan model of taking 70-80% of what we can get…and then fighting united to get the rest in the future.”

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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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