Representative Michael 'Mike' K. Simpson's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Michael 'Mike' K. Simpson
Current Office: U.S. House - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/03/1998
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathy
Birth Date: 09/08/1950
Birth Place: Burley, ID
Home City: Idaho Falls, ID
Religion: Mormon
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Public Funding for Abortions. 25 October 2011. "I oppose the use of public funding for abortion services. I oppose abortion as means of birth control and believe that exceptions should be limited to cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger. Furthermore, I believe adoption is a viable alternative to abortion. As such, I have supported efforts to curb the practice of abortion while serving in the House of Representatives. I have signed on as an original cosponsor to H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." (simpson.house.gov)
  • Mike Simpson. South Idaho Press - "Candidates trade views on issues." 19 April 2008. "I'd like to see change through less regulation. I'd like to see change through greater respect for the lives of people and the unborn. And I'd like to see change through less reliance on the federal government in our daily lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Idaho Lawmakers Back Child Protection Bill. 27 April 2005. "Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. "Butch" Otter helped the House pass legislation on Wednesday making it a federal crime to knowingly transport a girl across state lines to circumvent a state's law requiring parental involvement in abortion decisions [¦] Its goal is protecting the health and safety of girls by preventing valid state parental involvement laws from being circumvented, while protecting the rights of parents to be involved with the medical decisions of their young daughters [¦] 'Our number one priority should be to protect the health and safety of our children. Parents are responsible for their children's medical procedures and someone else should not be allowed to take their daughters across state lines to have an abortion without their knowledge or consent.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Spending & The Obama Administration. 21 October 2011. "I have a 100 percent rating from National Right to Life and straight A ratings from the National Rifle Association. I was also recently recognized for my conservative voting record by the American Conservative Union. These are just a few of the ways in which I have been fighting this Administration's attempt to move our country dramatically to the left." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Supports Troops, Reining in Spending. 7 April 2011. "Mike Simpson today voted to cut federal spending by $12 billion in one week [¦] 'No one wants a government shut down, and there's no reason for one. The smart thing to do would be to pass this one-week CR that saves taxpayers $12 billion in a single week and meets the dual goals of addressing the fiscal crisis that we're in and averting a government shutdown' [¦] H.R. 1363 provides $151.76 billion in funding for the Department of Defense through the remainder of the fiscal year [¦] It also includes language preventing Guantanamo Bay detainees from being transferred into the U.S., as well as language prohibiting federal and local funding to be used to provide abortions in the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. What Congress did in the Schiavo Case and why - By Reps. Simpson and Otter. 22 March 2005. "Allowing the diminution of anyone's basic civil rights, the disabled no less than the unborn, puts us all at risk. There can be no greater purpose for government than protecting life, liberty and property [¦] In the case of Terri Schiavo, or anyone else lacking the ability to represent their own best interests, it is incumbent upon government not to force a particular result but to ensure individual rights are protected. Each of us has it within our power to forestall government's undue involvement in our lives when we are at our most vulnerable. Please avail yourselves of that opportunity, so that the most personal of decisions about life and death is yours alone to make." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Prohibit Partial Birth Abortion"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Simpson. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Mike Simpson a rating of 50 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I strongly oppose abortion with the limited exception of the life of the mother being endangered."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Reacts to State of the Union. 20 January 2004. "From Afghanistan to Iraq and all of the cowardly hiding spots in between, President Bush has stood firm against terrorism and demonstrated our nation's resolve to wipe this plague from the face of the earth. We're making tremendous progress in Iraq, witnessing democracy take hold in Afghanistan, marginalizing dictatorial rulers in Libya and Iran, and bringing new hope for peace and stability in the Middle East. Those are real accomplishments for which this President should be very proud." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson's Response To President's Request For Additional Troops In Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "First and foremost, we must support our troops. I am grateful that President Obama has finally made a decision about the Afghanistan troop surge. It appears remarkably similar to former President Bush's decision to implement the troop surge in Iraq; a strategy that has ultimately brought us closer to victory and allowing our troops to return home. I remain concerned that President Obama has established an artificial timeline for Afghanistan which may embolden our enemies, thus making victory in Afghanistan more difficult." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?"
  • Mike Simpson. Idaho Statesman: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded "While I believe we are winning the war in Afghanistan, I am not in a position to judge the situation on the ground and feel it is important to listen to our commanders in the field before making any decision on the size of our fighting force, the success of our operations, and a timetable for withdrawal in the future." to the question: "Is the U.S. winning the war in Afghanistan? If not, should we withdraw, and how soon should we bring our troops home?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Posiion: Defense- Afghanistan. 21 October 2011. "I am greatly concerned by the situation in Afghanistan. First and foremost, I believe that we must support our troops and provide our troops with the resources they need to be successful and win the fight against the Taliban and terrorist insurgents, build up the Afghan army and police force and implement anti-corruption and government reforms. I remain concerned that President Obama has established an artificial timeline for Afghanistan which may embolden our enemies, thus making victory in Afghanistan more difficult. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to ensure that our troops have everything they need to be successful and win this critical battle in the War on Terror." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Defense- Global War On Terror. 21 October 2011. "I fully support the efforts of our military personnel to carry out the difficult task of eliminating the terrorist threat and helping the Iraqi and Afghani people secure and rebuild their countries. I remain concerned about the impact that long deployments and dangerous conditions are having on American soldiers. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure the United States military is provided with the resources it needs for protection and to improve the living conditions of military troops." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1, Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, and Waiving Requirement of Clause 6(a) of Rule XIII with Respect to Consideration of Certain Resolutions. 15 February 2011. "There is no magic bullet. We know we can't balance this budget simply by reducing non-security, non-defense spending. Yet as the saying goes: The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. This is that first step. Yes, we have to get after the entitlement programs if we're going to reduce this deficit. Yes, we have to look at all of our tax structure if we're going to get after this deficit; but we've got to do what the American people instinctively know is the right thing to do, which is to get back to a balanced budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "High Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "c) Defense"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Mike Simpson. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. 25 June 2009. "I support my colleagues' efforts to increase funding to the Missile Defense Agency. The decision to cut funding for this program is dangerous and short-sighted, especially at a time when countries like Iran and North Korea are seeking nuclear weapons programs that put our country and its citizens at risk." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Funding for Our Troops Must Not Be Cut. 21 March 2007. "Congressman Mike Simpson added his name to the growing list of members of congress signing a discharge petition to force House consideration of Congressman Sam Johnson's (R-TX) legislation supporting our troops. 'Congressman Johnson knows first hand the sacrifices being made by America's Armed Forces today and I proudly stand with him in his quest to fully fund our troops' [¦] The bill mandates that 'Congress will not cut off or restrict funding' for troops in Iraq or Afghanistan [¦] 'We can debate the President's war strategy all day long, but the one thing we must not do is cut off funding for our troops. Americans will not stand for it as our Armed Servicemen and women deserve better.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Idaho Statesman: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded "First, I support restoring the FY2011 budget to FY2008 levels which would save close to $100 billion alone. I also support returning any unused stimulus funds to the Treasury immediately. I believe every single agency and program, including those in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, should be examined closely for potential savings. With a total budget of $3.8 Trillion, finding $100 billion in savings should not be that difficult. In fact, we need to find more" to the question: "What federal budget cuts amounting to at least $100 billion per year would you make to help balance the budget?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Elaine Povich. The Fiscal Times. Pentagon Budget Becomes Major Bargaining Chip. 6 April 2011. "Defense spending, which represents about 20 percent of the federal budget, has surfaced as a major bargaining chip in the tense budget talks. Lawmakers from both parties are looking warily at House Republicans' proposal to fully fund the Pentagon for the remaining six months of the current fiscal year while administration and Hill negotiators continue to haggle over the depth of cuts to domestic programs and government agencies [¦] 'I can see both sides,' said Rep. Mike Simpson. 'We have to fund the military budget, but I'd like to see everything funded until September.'" (www.thefiscaltimes.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. The Idaho Mountain Express - Congress Too Partisan, Spends Too Much: Congressman Discusses Issues During Valley Visit. 25 August 2010. "Simpson expressed fiscally conservative views during his interview, and said he is fully against letting former President George W. Bush's tax cuts expire [¦] 'It's a bad time to be raising taxes on anybody,' Simpson said, even on individuals who make more than $250,000 a year. When asked if letting the tax cuts expire could help balance the budget and pay for items such as unemployment benefits, Simpson balked. 'I'm not sure that's how you pay for things.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Calvin Leman. Tree Growers. Mike Simpson Answers. 3 October 2011. "I cannot support tax increases that would simply allow Congress to avoid the difficult decisions that we need to make in order to balance the budget and reduce unsustainable government growth. At the same time, I believe there are fundamental changes that we could make to our tax code that would promote economic growth and empower families in Idaho to make the decisions that they believe are best for their family, all while improving our ability to reduce the deficit. The tax code should be a simple system intended to raise the necessary revenue for appropriate government functions, not a complex system directing social behavior." (treegrower.org)
  • Mike Simpson. The Ides of March “ Budge, Debt, and Health Care. 28 March 2012. "Congress must find the courage to reform, not just patch, our outdated tax code. We need to simplify the code and streamline regulations while closing loop-holes, creating the economic growth necessary to reduce the deficit. With these reforms in place we can actually reduce tax rates for ALL individuals and businesses, and still have funds left over to reduce the debt. It is crucial that any savings from tax reform not be used to simply implement more spending. The tax code should be a simple system intended to raise the necessary revenue for appropriate government functions, not a complex system through which the government directs social behavior and forces certain outcomes." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Spending & The Obama Administration. 21 October 2011. "Those aren't the only ways in which I am fighting for commonsense conservative values. I voted against the Democrats' effort to pass federal hate crimes legislation, stood strong in opposition to their energy tax increases, and am supporting an extension of the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Taxes. 21 October 2011. "I am working to bring meaningful tax relief to the citizens of Idaho. I support President Bush's tax relief package that puts money back in the hands of taxpayers. The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 was signed into law June 7, 2001. It included the following provisions: -Amends the Internal Revenue Code to establish, as of tax year 2001, a 10 percent individual tax bracket for each filing status applicable to the first: (1) $12,000 of taxable income for the married filing jointly category; Phases in reductions, beginning in 2001, of the 28 percent, 31 percent, 36 percent, and 39.6 percent brackets. Reduces each rate by one percentage point annually (with an additional 1.6 percent decrease for the 39.6 percent category), so that for years 2006 and thereafter the rates for each category will be, respectively, 25 percent, 28 percent, 33 percent, and 35 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 83 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Idaho Statesman: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded "In the current economic environment, I am concerned that any tax increases would negatively affect our economy." to the question: "Would you, under any circumstances, support a tax increase?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Mike Simpson a rating of 87 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Idaho Statesman: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded "First, I support restoring the FY2011 budget to FY2008 levels which would save close to $100 billion alone. I also support returning any unused stimulus funds to the Treasury immediately. I believe every single agency and program, including those in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, should be examined closely for potential savings. With a total budget of $3.8 Trillion, finding $100 billion in savings should not be that difficult. In fact, we need to find more" to the question: "What federal budget cuts amounting to at least $100 billion per year would you make to help balance the budget?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Mike Simpson. The Ides of March “ Budge, Debt, and Health Care. 28 March 2012. "The reality is eliminating the debt can't be done immediately, and it can't be done with only spending cuts. While cuts are an important part of it, we need to institute real, long term, structural reform of our mandatory spending programs that are on auto-pilot and growing by the day. The system is unsustainable." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 27 January 2009. "Everyone on this floor agrees that something needs to be done in terms of stimulating this economy. We all know that we are in difficult times. I also agree with Speaker Pelosi that any stimulus plan needs to be timely, temporary, and targeted. It is timely. We need to do something. We know we need to do it quickly. Targeted. This would be targeted if your weapon was a scatter gun, because everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown into this appropriation bill. Temporary? It would take a stretch of the imagination to believe that this was temporary." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Economy. 21 October 2011."Democrats have responded to the crisis by trying to spend their way out of the recession. In doing so, they have launched the United States into the largest deficit we have ever seen. Since President Obama came into office in January, I have opposed nearly $5 trillion in new spending in an effort to stem the tide of government spending [¦] I have opposed a number of so-called "recovery" efforts--including the nationalization of the U.S. auto industry--because they have expanded the government's role in making decisions for companies and the taxpayers' responsibility for rescuing them when they fail." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson's Statement on Passage of the Economic Stimulus Package. 13 February 2009. "Mike Simpson released the following statement today after the final vote in the U.S. House on the $800 billion Economic Stimulus package. Simpson voted no on the final passage. 'While I support a number of programs and ideas that are reflected in the package we voted on today, I can not support the astronomical amount of money that is being thrown at this problem with very little thought and no debate. Our country needs repair, it needs help. People are losing their jobs and their homes - we need to act. However, we need to act in a thoughtful manner that includes opinions from all Americans, not just those who control the U.S. House." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Votes No On Economic Stimulus Bill. 21 January 2009. "The American public is asking for a real economic stimulus plan, and it should provide immediate support to our economy. This package was originally billed as an investment in transportation and infrastructure, an effort that I believe, if carefully crafted, could provide jobs and ensure a good return for the taxpayer's money while promoting long-term economic growth. Instead, the legislation we considered today creates new, untested government programs and generates unsustainable funding levels for programs that do not immediately stimulate the economy. From where I stand, this is simply a government spending package, not an economic stimulus package. This is not the time to grow and create government programs, but a time to provide measureable economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Votes Against Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson voted against H.R. 1, the $819 billion stimulus package, today [¦] The legislation has been promoted and described as a transportation and infrastructure investment package, yet only three percent ($30 billion) of this package is to be spent on road and highway spending. 'I support spending money on transportation projects that are ready to start, it will put people back to work immediately and our economy will benefit from a much needed and improved infrastructure system. But instead of targeting money to necessary, ready-to-go projects that will create jobs, this bill is simply a vehicle for all the government spending we've ever wanted to do but haven't been able to pay for. I can't support this type of irresponsible spending binge that leaves our children and grandchildren holding the check.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 85 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Getting America Back to Work. 21 September 2011. "It is imperative that we create certainty in the marketplace and assure businesses that it is safe to start hiring people without the threat of agencies like the EPA imposing regulations that are unreasonable and unnecessary and seem to change every few years, compounding and multiplying costs. Idaho families are in the trenches, facing difficult financial decisions and trying to do the best they can in the midst of serious economic challenges. Progress in Congress on entitlement, tax and regulatory reform would send a message to the American people that Congress is serious about getting people working again and turning the economy around." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Votes Against Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "'I support spending money on transportation projects that are ready to start, it will put people back to work immediately and our economy will benefit from a much needed and improved infrastructure system. But instead of targeting money to necessary, ready-to-go projects that will create jobs, this bill is simply a vehicle for all the government spending we've ever wanted to do but haven't been able to pay for. I can't support this type of irresponsible spending binge that leaves our children and grandchildren holding the check.' Economists agree that the most direct and cost-effective way to get the economy back on track quickly is to boost tax incentives for private businesses to expand and create more jobs. A good stimulus bill should be temporary and targeted, putting people back to work and providing our economy with the tools to grow and flourish in the long-term." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Mike Simpson. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Mike Simpson. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization. 27 October 2011. "In 2001, Congress passed a major overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which was known as the No Child Left Behind Act. As the changes and reforms included in the Act have been implemented over the past several years, we've had an opportunity to see which ones have worked and which ones haven't. It is important that we reevaluate those parts of the Act that have caused undue hardship on students and educators [¦] It is possible that Congress will consider reauthorization of the ESEA during the 112th Congress. I am working with teachers, administrators, and state and local leaders"as well as my colleagues in the House of Representatives"to make important policy revisions to provide additional resources and flexibility to states." (simpson.house.gov)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Education Reform. 21 October 2011. "The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) provided reforms and resources to enhance accountability in public education. I support the objectives of NCLB which helped create more accountability and transparency in education, but I have heard and listened to the frustrations states, local school districts, teachers and parents have with NCLB, and I sympathize with these concerns. It is important that we reevaluate those parts of NCLB that have caused undue hardship on students and educators, especially those in rural school districts." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Education. 21 October 2011. "I am proud to have joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing H.R. 1- the Leave No Child Behind Education Act. This measure, signed into law on January 8, 2002, seeks to improve our children's education by implementing increased flexibility, accountability, and high standards. It includes provisions to implement yearly assessments of student performance, create progress standards, identify schools for improvement and corrective actions, allow for public school choice options, and require reporting on school performance and teacher quality [¦] H.R. 1 will return control to the hands of those who can identify individual schools that aren't getting the job done. It is impossible for the federal government to look at each individual school and determine on an ad hoc basis where their faults may lie." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. NCLB Reform Bill Introduced in the House. 18 July 2007. "Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined fellow House members in announcing the introduction of H.R. 2946 [¦] 'No Child Left Behind needs to be flexible. What may work in New York City may not work in Declo, Idaho. I've been successful in working with the Administration and Members of Congress to make common-sense improvements to this legislation and we need to continue with this principle [¦]' H.R. 2946 will also allow states the option to meet adequate yearly progress requirements by using the growth model to track individual student progress from grade to grade, rather than comparing one class of students against a previous class of different students each year." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson: A Voice for Education. 14 March 2007. "Congressman Simpson expressed his support for increasing education funding during a hearing in the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education this week. He challenged Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, who testified at the hearing, to recognize the specific challenges facing rural schools. 'We can talk about increasing flexibility under No Child Left Behind until we are blue in the face, but for most of these rural schools there are no other options. We need to take a hard look at these requirements and provide rural schools with the necessary tools to help their students succeed.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Support changes to No Child Left Behind to assist rural schools"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I strongly support nuclear energy. I also strongly support increased exploration and development of oil and natural gas from domestic sources including ANWR, the Outer Continental Shelf, and public lands. In addtion, I am a strong supporter of renewable and altnerative sources of energy as I believe we will need every tool in our tool box to reduce our reliance on OPEC and make our nation energy independent."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "I strongly support nuclear energy. I also strongly support increased exploration and development of oil and natural gas from domestic sources including ANWR, the Outer Continental Shelf, and public lands. In addtion, I am a strong supporter of renewable and altnerative sources of energy as I believe we will need every tool in our tool box to reduce our reliance on OPEC and make our nation energy independent."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?"
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Supports Domestic Energy Production. 18 March 2010. "Simpson is a strong supporter of an 'all-of-the above' energy policy that will make our country energy independent. 'I agree with you, Secretary Salazar, that we should 'take the moon shot' at achieving America's energy independence and that it can be done through a combination of renewable energy, nuclear energy, clean coal, and both onshore and offshore oil and gas. But up until now, the Obama Administration has seemed determined to drive up the price of energy--including the price of gas at the pump.' Simpson expressed concern about the Administration's promotion of controversial cap and trade legislation, new rules on greenhouse gases, and new fees on domestic oil and gas production, all efforts that will drive up the costs that will be passed on to consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 18 February 2011. "In light of this week's announcement that Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) has completed the initial well containment system, we again request an end to the de facto moratorium and a return to the timely and responsible issuance of offshore drilling permits [¦] The MWCC's work on improving underwater well control capabilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico is demonstrative of the industry's commitment to abide by the Administration's instructions to return to safely and responsibly utilizing our domestic energy resources. Moreover, the MWCC is committed to rolling out additional system components to further expand these initial capabilities next year." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Hearing Of The Interior, Environment And Related Agencies Subcommittee Of The House Appropriations Committee -Department Of The Interior. 13 May 2009. "I don't think anyone in this room will disagree that our country today remains overly-dependent on foreign sources of oil. That we can lessen this dependency by pursuing a variety of energy sources, both onshore and offshore here at home. Taken together renewables like wind, solar and hydropower along with clean coal, and both onshore and offshore supplies of oil and gas can move us down this road." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011. 1 March 2011. "The moratorium put in place following the Deepwater Horizon accident was lifted last fall by the administration; but the administration has issued just one deepwater permit in the gulf, and that was issued just yesterday. The Federal judge called this de facto deepwater drilling moratorium unreasonable, unacceptable, and unjustifiable [¦] Oil and gas from Federal lands, both onshore and offshore, provide an important energy source and domestic jobs and billions of dollars of revenue to the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Drilling Moratorium To Expire On Sept. 30. 25 September 2008. "Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson applauded the decision by congressional leaders to allow the moratorium on offshore drilling to expire on Sept. 30. As the energy crisis is continuing to take a toll on American families, Simpson has repeatedly pushed for a comprehensive solution that includes increased domestic production. 'In the 25 years that the offshore drilling moratorium has been in place, our country has become more dependent on foreign sources of oil. I have long believed that a key part of any effort to free ourselves from our dangerous dependence on foreign oil should include the development of domestic sources of gas and oil.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Hearing Of The Interior, Environment And Related Agencies Subcommittee Of The House Appropriations Committee “ BOEM and BSEE Budget Hearings. 7 March 2012. "Today gas prices are again rising and reliable domestic sources of energy are more important for our economy and homeland security then ever before. We depend on you to help us produce domestic energy and domestic jobs in a responsible way. The revenue from oil and gas off the OCS is a significant boost to the treasury, but in the past five years that number generally continues to go down while the demand for energy increases. With both bureaus fully functioning, we expect to see this revenue increase again." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mike Simpson voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson To Obama: Investigate Climategate. 17 December 2009. "We are particularly concerned about efforts to address climate change that circumvent the legislative process, are not grounded unequivocally in sound science, and don't reflect majority public opinion in the United States. Recent events suggest that this is precisely the course your Administration is pursuing with regard to greenhouse gas policy [¦] It is apparent that the EPA's recent actions, as well as cap-and-trade legislation approved by the narrowest of margins in the House, may have been based upon false pretenses. The very legitimacy of the information upon which these actions were taken has been called into question." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Lauds Bill to Limit EPA Authority. 7 April 2011. "It is imperative that Congress clarifies that the Clean Air Act is not the appropriate statute under which to regulate climate change to provide the certainty that job creators need to get our economy going again. This is why I included language in H.R. 1 to prevent EPA from using funding to implement greenhouse gas regulations and why I am a cosponsor of H.R. 910." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Grills EPA Administrator Over Budget. 7 March 2011. "It should be up to Congress, not the Administration, to determine whether and how to regulate greenhouse gases. We put a hold on all of these regulations in the House-passed CR in order to relieve the burden on industry and to give our authorizers the opportunity to address these issues in a more comprehensive fashion this year. The fact that so many amendments regarding the EPA were offered to the CR and passed so overwhelmingly makes it clear that there is a problem with the way the EPA is cranking out regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Cuts EPA Budget, Reins in Regulatory Agenda. 12 July 2011. "Earlier this year I said that the scariest agency in the federal government is the EPA. I still believe that. The EPA's unrestrained effort to regulate greenhouse gases and the pursuit of an overly aggressive regulatory agenda are signs of an agency that has lost its bearings. Wherever I go, the biggest complaint I hear about the federal government is how the EPA is creating economic uncertainty and killing jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Transportation - Gas Prices. 21 October 2011. "The issue of skyrocketing fuel prices affects the entire nation, but has been especially difficult for Idahoans. Recently, the national average retail price for unleaded gasoline hit a high of $1.63 per gallon, with Idaho averages even higher. The reasons for this increase are complex, and include production cutbacks by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that set new standards for clean-burning fuels, and the possibility of price gouging by petrochemical refiners." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Energy. 21 October 2011. "I have major concerns that H.R. 2454, the so-called American Clean Energy and Security Act, will have an extremely damaging effect on our economy without really improving climate conditions over the next 100 years or doing anything to reduce our dependence on foreign oil [¦] Instead of a carefully thought-out proposal to increase our energy independence and reduce GHG emissions in an effective and reasonable way, H.R. 2454 picks winners and losers in the energy market [¦] In addition, I am concerned that unless growing economies like China and India participate in a cap and trade system to limit GHG emissions similar to the one created by the bill, U.S. industries will be unable to compete on the world stage and American jobs will be forced overseas. The bill depends on technologies like carbon capture and sequestration that are still largely unavailable and untested." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Cap-And-Trade. 21 October 2011. "To provide an idea of how committed some in Congress are to cap-and-trade and how little they are concerned about its economic impact, consider the fact that House Republicans offered an amendment to the Democrat's cap-and-trade bill that would have sunset the bill if in any 12-month period residential electricity rates rose by more than 10 percent. The amendment failed essentially on a party-line vote [¦] Most shockingly, even if we did all of this and actually reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent by 2050, we would only see a temperature reduction of nine one-hundredths of a degree Fahrenheit. There is simply no justification for imposing this enormous energy tax on the American people and subjecting our economy to the devastation this legislation would surely create." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Darling. Human Events. Abortion, Global Warming and ObamaCare Money. 7 March 2011. "Conservatives are worried that Republicans will use these riders to keep the final figure on spending cuts at $61 billion. [¦] Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) attached a rider to defund Planned Parenthood. Another target of the Left is the rider attached by Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) to 'temporarily prevent EPA's onerous greenhouse gas rules from going into effect and inflicting major damage to our economy.'" (www.humanevents.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mike Simpson a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Mike Simpson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Defends Second Amendment Rights. 11 February 2008. "On March 9, 2007, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling on Parker v. District of Columbia. In a 2-1 ruling the Court declared the District of Columbia's gun ban unconstitutional. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson added his support to an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize the Second Amendment right to bear arms as an individual right. 'I completely agree with the Court's opinion on this issue. Gun ownership in America has been a recognized right under our Constitution since its ratification [..] Our brief clearly outlines to the Supreme Court that throughout history Congress has explicitly affirmed that the Second Amendment is not limited to militias, but is in fact an individual right.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Postion: Guns (2). 21 October 2011. "The 1994 ban on certain semi-automatic weapons and on magazines over ten rounds expired in September 2004. I am pleased Congress chose not to reauthorize the ban. Should any attempt be made in the future to reinstate the ban, I will support the rights of law abiding Americans and defend the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by voting against the reauthorization attempt [¦] On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the District of Columbia's ban on guns in the home is unconstitutional, violating the individual rights protected by the Second Amendment. Like many Idahoans, I was pleased that the Supreme Court declared the gun ban unconstitutional. The D.C. law was one of the most draconian gun bans in the United States, and the Court's decision reaffirmed the individual right of Americans to bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Spending & The Obama Administration. 21 October 2011. "I have a 100 percent rating from National Right to Life and straight A ratings from the National Rifle Association. I was also recently recognized for my conservative voting record by the American Conservative Union. These are just a few of the ways in which I have been fighting this Administration's attempt to move our country dramatically to the left." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Guns (1). 21 October 2011. "I am also a strong opponent of the District of Columbia's gun ban and believe it is unconstitutional. I was pleased the Supreme Court ruled the ban unconstitutional but not entirely surprised that the District of Columbia has already moved to enact new, onerous gun regulations to replace the ban. For that reason, I have cosponsored legislation entitled the National Capital Security and Safety Act which would require the District of Columbia to abide by the Supreme Courts historic decision." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Gun Ownership and Second Amendment Rights. 21 October 2011. "In order to protect Second Amendment rights, I am supporting a number of initiatives that not only defend gun-ownership in the United States, but serve to either eliminate some of the most onerous existing limitations on gun-ownership or prevent additional limitations from being realized [¦] I will not support any legislation that requires a waiting period for the purchase of a firearm, bans the ownership of firearms, or promotes or requires the rationing or taxation of firearms or ammunition. Contrary to the claims of gun control advocates, gun ownership is not the source of our gun-related crime problem. Illegal firearms trafficking and our "revolving door" justice system are significant contributing factors." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. House Votes to Protect Second Amendment. 20 October 2005. "Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. 'Butch' Otter helped the House give final congressional approval on Thursday to Senator Larry Craig's legislation protecting against efforts to deny Americans their Second Amendment right to bear arms [¦] 'The passage of this important legislation will not only take a much-needed step forward in reforming our nation's legal system but will also prevent gun-control advocates from bankrupting firearms dealers and manufacturers in their efforts to undermine the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I am pleased Congress has passed these protections and I look forward to seeing Senator Craig's bill signed into law.'"
  • Mike Simpson. The Second Amendment is for ALL Americans. 15 March 2007. "'The Bill of Rights is for all Americans, including those who live in our Nation's Capitol. Once again, we will try to restore the Second Amendment Right to citizens who reside in the District of Columbia' [¦] Since 1977, the District has banned the possession of all handguns not acquired and registered before that year. The law also prohibits keeping an assembled rifle or shotgun in the home. 'Contrary to the claims of gun control advocates, gun ownership is not the source of our gun-related crime problem. Washington, D.C., consistently has one of the highest murder rates in the nation.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Mike Simpson. Idaho Statesman: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded "I intend to support efforts that block funding for the implementation of President Obama's health-care reforms in the future." to the question: "In 2011 and beyond, would you vote against funding to implement the health-care reforms enacted in 2010? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. The Idaho Mountain Express - Congress Too Partisan, Spends Too Much: Congressman Discusses Issues During Valley Visit. 25 August 2010. "'I don't think a national health-care system is in the best interest of health care or the people.' While the theory is that with more people in a nationally based health insurance pool prices will go down, Simpson said that prices may actually go up as a result of insurance companies' being forced to cover people with pre-existing conditions who did not have coverage before. Instead of a federal health plan, Simpson said, he'd support making individual health insurance tax-deductible, or allow the free market to determine prices by making it legal to buy and sell insurance across state lines." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Votes to Defund Obama Health Care Law. 18 February 2011. "The Democrats' health care bill is wrong for our country. With 26 challenges to the law in various state courts, including Idaho, and the recent ruling in Florida finding the law unconstitutional, it doesn't make sense to continue funding its implementation - especially considering the Supreme Court should ultimately strike it down. I have also supported full repeal and defunding the bill so that we can then begin passing smaller bills that enjoy bipartisan support and focus on bringing down costs for American healthcare consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Votes Against National Health Care Takeover. 21 March 2010. "Many have said we are the party of 'NO,' but that is simply not the case. We have offered several commonsense alternatives that will actually bring down the cost of health care. I am extremely disappointed to see that once again, the Democrats have failed to listen to the American people and chosen to push a partisan takeover of health care instead of passing effective health reform that everyone could support." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Cosponsors Health Care Repeal. 5 January 2011. "Simpson also stressed that while they continue to push a full-scale repeal, Republicans in Congress and in the states should work to repeal and amend the law in any way possible to limit its negative impact. "The simple truth is that the prospects for full-scale repeal are slim as long as President Obama is in office [¦] So while we wait for the presidential election of 2012, we should move forward with other measures that hold more near-term promise of blunting the impact of this bill. Those efforts include supporting Idaho's constitutional challenge to the Democrats' bill, amending the bill to alter its most onerous provisions, and seeking limitations on funding of its implementation. Limiting the reach and impact of this bill must be a multi-pronged approach.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Spending & The Obama Administration. 21 October 2011. "First and foremost, I stood strong against the healthcare bill President Obama and Speaker Pelosi forced upon the American people earlier this year. Make no mistake about it, their vision of a government-run health care system is not new, unique, or demanded by the American people. It is an old, tired, and thoroughly disproven idea that will cost TRILLIONS, eliminate services, and lead to healthcare rationing. I was proud to cast a vote against the bill and am supporting its repeal." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Healthcare. 21 October 2011. "I strongly disagree with the Democrats healthcare legislation [¦] I have major concerns with HR 3590, which will raise Americans' taxes, create a massive new entitlement program and do little to address the problems in our current health system. The frightening reality for the American taxpayer and anyone who will need health care in the future is that the Democrats are hiding the true costs of these bills and doing so in ways that will be disastrous to our nation's long-term fiscal health [¦] Americans deserve REAL reform--not a partisan, gimmicky bill that will cost trillions of dollars and do little to improve care." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. House Passes More Health Care Repeal Bills. 4 May 2011. "Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl R. Labrador supported H.R. 1213 and H.R. 1214, which both repeal large mandatory spending funds in President Obama's health care bill that was signed into law last year. H.R. 1213 would repeal the portion of the health care bill that gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services access to the "amount necessary" to implement health insurance exchanges [¦] H.R. 1214 repeals a large mandatory construction fund for School-Based Health Centers [¦] 'There is absolutely no reason that the funds used to set up the health insurance exchanges and construction funds in the bill should not be justified every year in Congress just like many other programs. Essentially, the Health Care bill requires that large sums of money be spent, and then provides that money within the law and takes away the Appropriations Committee's ability to reduce or eliminate these funds.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. The Ides of March “ Budge, Debt, and Health Care. 28 March 2012. "The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated analysis of the cost of the health care law using the most current budget data, and the findings are disheartening. When the bill was signed into law in 2010, it was estimated that an increased burden on Medicaid and taxpayer-funded health insurance subsidies would cost taxpayers $938 billion over ten years. The new updated estimate this month finds the real cost to be nearly $1.8 trillion between now and 2022. This is a punch to the gut for Members of Congress working to reduce the debt. In short, it just got almost $1 trillion more difficult to tackle the debt, and the costs of the health care bill are only expected to rise." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Immigration. 21 October 2011. "As Congress considers comprehensive reform of our nation's immigration system, I am deeply concerned over proposals that would grant amnesty to illegal aliens in the United States. Giving amnesty to those who have broken our nation's immigration laws would undermine the policies that were established to regulate our borders and provide an orderly process of evaluating applications for citizenship. Such action would send a terrible message to all those who have complied with immigration laws and are still waiting approval. In addition, by rewarding those who violate United States law, we jeopardize the security and safety of our nation and greatly diminish our ability to protect our own borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "I do not support amnesty."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support allowing additional LEGAL immigrants into the country on the condition there is demand for their work in sectors of our economy and that they come in under a legal, transparent system and return to their home countries when their work here is finished."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support allowing additional LEGAL immigrants into the country on the condition there is demand for their work in sectors of our economy and that they come in under a legal, transparent system and return to their home countries when their work here is finished."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson: A Immigration Gut Check. 12 June 2006. "The bill that has emerged from the Senate makes significant progress on border security but contains provisions that I believe reward illegal entry and send a terrible message to anyone attempting to come to America through legal means. The House bill is focused on securing our borders, rejecting amnesty, and prosecuting those who chronically and knowingly facilitate the continued flow of illegal aliens into our nation. No issue has generated as much mail to my office as border security and immigration reform. By an overwhelming margin, those letters have asked me to stand firm in support of the House approach. I have and will continue to work against granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, regardless of the label." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Cosponsors CLEAR Act. 25 September 2007. "The CLEAR Act would enact several common sense immigration measures including: -Affirms that state and local law enforcement officials already have existing authority to assist in enforcing immigration law during the course of routine duty. -Denies SCAAP (State Criminal Alien Assistance Program) funding to "sanctuary cities" that refuse to assist with immigration enforcement. By acting as a sanctuary for illegals and preventing city officials from working with DHS, these local governments encourage illegal immigrants to break the law. -Requires DHS to provide the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) all info on aliens who: have a final order of removal, have signed a voluntary departure agreement, overstayed their visa length, or have had their visa revoked. -Authorizes local authorities to procure equipment, facilities to assist in the enforcement of immigration law. -Authorizes additional construction for detention space. -Requires DHS to take an alien into custody within 48 hours." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs - The United Nations and U.S. Sovereignty. 25 October 2011. "While many claim the plan does not offer amnesty to illegal aliens, any objective analysis of the initiative shows otherwise. I intend to vote against this initiative should it come to the House floor for a vote and urge my colleagues to instead focus on securing our borders from further illegal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. 72 Members Tell Senate: Enforcement First, No Amnesty. 16 March 2007. "In order to provide a roadmap to successful reform, we ask that you consider several fundamental principles when you are crafting your committee's proposal: -Border Security: We must make an honest attempt to secure our borders through greater manpower and infrastructure resources - over and above what Congress has already authorized. -Interior Enforcement: No solution to illegal immigration will work until we begin to prosecute employers who lure illegal aliens into the U.S. -Enforcement First: No foreign worker plan can function unless we have operational control of our borders and unless we know who comes in and out of our country. -No Amnesty: Rewarding persons who have broken the law with an advantage that they would not otherwise have had encourages more illegal behavior and is unjust to immigrants who came to the U.S. Legally." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mike Simpson voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mike Simpson voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mike Simpson voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Protection of Traditional Marriage Sought. 18 July 2006. "Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. "Butch" Otter, voted for the Marriage Protection Amendment today [¦] 'While I am always hesitant to amend the Constitution, the actions of a few judges and radical activists have forced supporters of traditional marriage like me to seek a Constitutional amendment as our only recourse. Dating back to my days in the Idaho State Legislature, I have long believed the institution of marriage must be protected against the actions of those who are determined to alter its long-standing meaning. I firmly believe marriage is only applicable to a union between one man and one woman and will continue working in Congress to ensure the institution is protected.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Defense of Marriage. 25 October 2011. "I believe in the preservation of marriage and support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Under DOMA, passed in 1996, individual States remain free to pass laws recognizing same-sex marriage, but no other State is required to recognize those relationships as such. I trust the people of Idaho and their representatives in the State Legislature to make the most appropriate decisions for their communities when considering this matter." (simpson.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Idaho Political Courage Test. Selected "No Answer" for: "Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?" National Security Other or expanded principles: "I am uncomfortable with the word "suspected" in the question. I certainly support the targeting of known terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict, like Pakistan, who have perpetrated crimes against our nation and its citizens. Each episode must be handled on a case-by-case basis and not without ample evidence proving the guilt of the terrorists."
  • Mike Simpson. The Idaho Mountain Express - Congress Too Partisan, Spends Too Much: Congressman Discusses Issues During Valley Visit. 25 August 2010. "Simpson said the possibility of re-entering Iraq was not ruled out in his mind if circumstances demand it. He advocated bringing home troops from Afghanistan as soon as the Afghan government can protect its people. But he said Iraq and even Afghanistan are not his main concerns from a foreign-policy standpoint. 'I'm not as worried about Afghanistan as I am about Pakistan,' he said, saying the destabilization of the nuclear power is a 'big concern.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Reacts to State of the Union. 20 January 2004. "From Afghanistan to Iraq and all of the cowardly hiding spots in between, President Bush has stood firm against terrorism and demonstrated our nation's resolve to wipe this plague from the face of the earth. We're making tremendous progress in Iraq, witnessing democracy take hold in Afghanistan, marginalizing dictatorial rulers in Libya and Iran, and bringing new hope for peace and stability in the Middle East. Those are real accomplishments for which this President should be very proud." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "I believe that we will need to make some tough decisions on Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlement programs in the future as the baby boomers retire and these programs consumer much larger shares of the federal budget. While people are rightfully focused on the discretionary part of the budget, too often they forget that entitlement programs make up almost two-thirds of the budget and are growing much more quickly than the discretionary programs are."
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "While I support the ability of workers to unionize, I oppose the card check legislation and any effort to eliminate the secret ballot in union elections. Further, I supported the Right to Work legislation which passed in Idaho while I was in the State Legislature."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mike Simpson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. The Ides of March “ Budge, Debt, and Health Care. 28 March 2012. "The Medicare reforms are tough but fair and offer anyone the option of keeping their current benefits if they so choose. Despite demagoguery from Democrats and the White House, the Ryan Plan has proved to be durable and is gaining support. While it won't receive bipartisan backing this year, it signifies the intention of Republicans to fix our debt problem. I am proud of my colleagues for offering this plan despite "political experts" claims that it will hurt the party in an election year." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. The Ides of March “ Budge, Debt, and Health Care. 28 March 2012. "A couple turning 65 today probably paid over $109,000 into Medicare in their lives but will receive on average over $343,000 in benefits. Meanwhile, starting this year, 10,000 Americans will enroll in Medicare every day for the next 20 years. Our children and grandchildren have little hope of seeing any benefits themselves under our current system." (votesmart.org)

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Idaho Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I look to our commanders in the field for guidance on progress, but believe we are quickly approaching the time when we need to begin an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I support reform of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to slow the unsustainable growth of spending in the programs and put them on a sustainable path for the future and I support reforming the tax code to make it more simple, fair, and stimulative of economic growth.

NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I believe our nation has to come to grips with the degradation of its infrastructure including roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, ports, canals, etc. Improving and maintaining our critical infrastructure is important for our nation's economic health but we shouldn't fund it solely for the purpose of creating jobs. Increasing government spending is an inefficient method for job creation -- as evidenced by ineffectiveness of the President's Stimulus bill. I am supportive of reforms to the entire tax code to make it more simple, fair, and stimulative of economic growth.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I believe the federal government needs to shift more decision-making authority to states and local school districts.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

I don't know the extent to which human activity may or may not impact climate change nor do I know how much human activity could influence efforts to combat climate change. I support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through voluntary, incentive-based and free-market actions and oppose punitive measures like the Kyoto Protocol or the President's Cap and Trade proposal.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
NoDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

The failure of the federal government to institute reform of our broken immigration system has required state and local police to act, sometimes severely, to deal with the problem. The longer the federal government ignores the problems, the more states and locals will be forced to act in the way they see fit to enforce the law.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Idaho Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Mike Simpson. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Idaho Political Courage Test. Selected "No Answer" for: "Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?" National Security Other or expanded principles: "I am uncomfortable with the word "suspected" in the question. I certainly support the targeting of known terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict, like Pakistan, who have perpetrated crimes against our nation and its citizens. Each episode must be handled on a case-by-case basis and not without ample evidence proving the guilt of the terrorists."
  • Mike Simpson. The Idaho Mountain Express - Congress Too Partisan, Spends Too Much: Congressman Discusses Issues During Valley Visit. 25 August 2010. "Simpson said the possibility of re-entering Iraq was not ruled out in his mind if circumstances demand it. He advocated bringing home troops from Afghanistan as soon as the Afghan government can protect its people. But he said Iraq and even Afghanistan are not his main concerns from a foreign-policy standpoint. 'I'm not as worried about Afghanistan as I am about Pakistan,' he said, saying the destabilization of the nuclear power is a 'big concern.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Simpson. Simpson Reacts to State of the Union. 20 January 2004. "From Afghanistan to Iraq and all of the cowardly hiding spots in between, President Bush has stood firm against terrorism and demonstrated our nation's resolve to wipe this plague from the face of the earth. We're making tremendous progress in Iraq, witnessing democracy take hold in Afghanistan, marginalizing dictatorial rulers in Libya and Iran, and bringing new hope for peace and stability in the Middle East. Those are real accomplishments for which this President should be very proud." (votesmart.org)
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I am uncomfortable with the word "suspected" in the question. I certainly support the targeting of known terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict, like Pakistan, who have perpetrated crimes against our nation and its citizens. Each episode must be handled on a case-by-case basis and not without ample evidence proving the guilt of the terrorists.

I am undecided on the use of military force against Iran and would need to see greater evidence of a direct threat to our national security posed by Iran's nuclear programs before supporting the use of military force.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1. Deficit Reduction, including Entitlement Reform
2. Combatting unnecessary regulations
3. My work as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment