Raul Labrador http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Labrador, Simpson Vote For Farm Bill; Crapo Still Unsure http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labrador-simpson-vote-farm-bill-crapo-still-unsure <p>Idaho’s Republican delegation in the U.S. House <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/29/268238623/house-passes-compromise-farm-bill">voted early Wednesday in favor</a> of the new farm bill. Rep. Raul Labrador and Rep. Mike Simpson cast votes in favor of the legislation, which cuts more than $8 billion in <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mapping-food-insecurity-and-food-stamp-use-idaho">food stamp spending</a> while ending a direct subsidy to crop farmers. It also expands crop insurance programs backed by the federal government.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:10:44 +0000 Scott Graf 39299 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador, Simpson Vote For Farm Bill; Crapo Still Unsure Idaho's Labrador, Simpson Split On Federal Budget Deal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-labrador-simpson-split-federal-budget-deal <p>Idaho's Republican congressmen again parted ways on a budget vote.</p><p>Eight-term U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson on Thursday aligned with House Speaker John Boehner and other backers of the measure that passed 332-94, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats.</p><p>That didn't stop second-term Rep. Raul Labrador from branding the bi-partisan package "a bad deal, plain and simple."</p><p>For Simpson, it protects funding for the Idaho National Laboratory, shores up rural schools' budgets — and reduces the federal deficit by $23 billion, all without raising taxes.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:48:06 +0000 Associated Press 36899 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Son Of Former McDonald's Worker, Raul Labrador Opposes Minimum Wage Increase http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/son-former-mcdonalds-worker-raul-labrador-opposes-minimum-wage-increase <p>Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said Monday he's against raising the nation’s <a href="https://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/tag/bottom-rung/">minimum wage</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>During a conference call with reporters, Labrador said he understands why those pushing for pay increases for fast food and retail workers are doing so. But he thinks raising minimum wages will hurt workers instead of helping them.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:17:52 +0000 Scott Graf 36666 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Son Of Former McDonald's Worker, Raul Labrador Opposes Minimum Wage Increase Obama Wants To Pivot To Immigration Reform, But Can It Work? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/obama-wants-pivot-immigration-reform-can-it-work Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It may be hard to believe, but the agenda here in Washington does include a few items beyond trading punches over the healthcare law and its troubled website. Near the top of the list is immigration reform. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:59:31 +0000 Mara Liasson 34404 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rep. Labrador Of Idaho Weighs In On Government Shutdown http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rep-labrador-idaho-weighs-government-shutdown Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Throughout the federal government shutdown, we've been touching base with members of Congress involved in what so far is a standoff. One Tea Party Republican at the heart of the group in the House that's driving demands for changes in Obamacare is Raul Labrador of Idaho. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:36:00 +0000 editor 33598 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Shutdown Takes A Toll On Idaho Congressional Offices http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/shutdown-takes-toll-idaho-congressional-offices <p>The partial shutdown of the federal government is taking a toll on the offices and staff of Idaho&#39;s four congressional leaders.</p><p>All four members of the delegation said they were scaling back constituent services and staff in their offices across the state and in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch also say they intend to donate a portion of their $174,000 annual pay during the shutdown to charity.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:46:32 +0000 Associated Press 33275 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Despite Obama's Speech, Idaho Lawmakers Still Against U.S. Military Action In Syria http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/despite-obamas-speech-idaho-lawmakers-still-against-us-military-action-syria <p>President Barack Obama's<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/09/10/221195263/obamas-speech-on-syria-may-fail-to-sway-doubters">primetime speech</a><strong> </strong>on possible military action in Syria hasn't changed the minds of Idaho's congressmen.</p><p>In a nationally televised address Tuesday night, Obama offered a rationale for greater U.S. intervention in Syria's sectarian civil war while acknowledging that winning the hearts and minds of Americans to back another Mideast conflict remains a struggle.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:47:18 +0000 Samantha Wright, Associated Press & Scott Graf 32186 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Despite Obama's Speech, Idaho Lawmakers Still Against U.S. Military Action In Syria Idaho Congressmen Not Sold On Syria Airstrikes http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-congressmen-not-sold-syria-airstrikes <p>Members of Idaho's all-Republican congressional delegation aren't yet committing to a position on military action in Syria. But the direction most are leaning is against a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use air strikes.</p><p>A spokesman for Sen. Mike Crapo says the Idaho Republican is skeptical of authorizing military force at this point, especially without a broad international coalition.</p><p>Crapo’s colleague, Sen. Jim Risch sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which heard the Obama administration's arguments for action in Syria.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:27:03 +0000 Jessica Robinson 31779 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Congressmen Not Sold On Syria Airstrikes Longtime Idaho Democrat To Challenge Rep. Raul Labrador http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/longtime-idaho-democrat-challenge-rep-raul-labrador <p><em>The Lewiston Tribune</em> <a href="http://lmtribune.com/blogs/political_theater/article_e38ee948-0913-11e3-852e-0019bb30f31a.html">reports</a> two-term incumbent Rep. Raul Labrador has a challenger in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. Longtime state legislator Shirley Ringo, a Democrat from Moscow, will run against Labrador.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:10:37 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 30971 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Longtime Idaho Democrat To Challenge Rep. Raul Labrador Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador Plans 2014 Re-Election Run For Congress http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-us-rep-raul-labrador-plans-2014-re-election-run-congress <p></p><p>Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador says he'll run again for Congress in 2014, ending speculation he'd mount a challenge to GOP Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in next May's primary election.</p><p>Labrador made the announcement that he'd be seeking a third term on Wednesday at his congressional offices in Meridian.</p><p>He says his work as a congressman is unfinished.</p><p>Labrador, born in Puerto Rico, was first elected in 2010 to represent Idaho's 1st Congressional District with tea party support and has promoted changes to America's immigration system.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:11:08 +0000 Associated Press 30725 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador Plans 2014 Re-Election Run For Congress 15 Months Before The General Election, Idaho Politics Making Headlines http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/15-months-general-election-idaho-politics-making-headlines <p>Normally a slow news season when it comes to politics, Idaho's headlines in recent days have been rife with political developments. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:40:10 +0000 Scott Graf 29466 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 15 Months Before The General Election, Idaho Politics Making Headlines Labrador Says Future Of Immigration Reform Rests On Senate's Willingness To Compromise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labrador-says-future-immigration-reform-rests-senates-willingness-compromise <p>Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador reacted today to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/27/196328579/senate-approves-sweeping-immigration-overhaul-in-final-vote">Senate’s approval Thursday</a> of an immigration reform bill.&nbsp; The Republican congressman who made his living as an immigration attorney before being elected to the House in 2010 says he gives the Senate credit for framing the issue and addressing important aspects of the immigration debate.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:47:33 +0000 Scott Graf 28085 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador Says Future Of Immigration Reform Rests On Senate's Willingness To Compromise Immigration Group Rallies At Labrador’s Office, Meets With Congressman http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/immigration-group-rallies-labrador-s-office-meets-congressman <p></p><p>A group of about a dozen immigration rights supporters protested Monday outside Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador's Meridian office. They criticized Labrador’s decision last week to leave a group of House Democrats and Republicans who’ve worked for weeks on a bipartisan bill to reform immigration law.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:25:07 +0000 Scott Graf 27110 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Immigration Group Rallies At Labrador’s Office, Meets With Congressman Idaho Rep. Labrador Quits Congressional Immigration Reform Panel http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-rep-labrador-quits-congressional-immigration-reform-panel <p>Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador (R) quit a bipartisan House group working on immigration legislation.&nbsp;</p><p>He sent this tweet after his announcement:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I left Group of 8 <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23immigration">#immigration</a> talks today; after today's meeting, framework of bill had changed in a way that I could no longer support</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 23:45:47 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 26846 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Immigration Rally In Boise Looks To Idaho Congressman For Support http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/immigration-rally-boise-looks-idaho-congressman-support <p>A few hundred people rallied at a downtown park in Boise for immigration reform before marching to the Statehouse. As part of the national May Day rallies, Idaho labor unions, businesses and student groups came out in support of a U.S. Senate bill that would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to America illegally.&nbsp;</p><p>Cristina McNeil is with the Idaho Community Action Network. She says that lobbying Congressman Raul Labrador to pass comprehensive immigration reform is an important part of the struggle.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 02:48:51 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 24914 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Immigration Rally In Boise Looks To Idaho Congressman For Support At High Profile CPAC, Labrador Lays Out Immigration Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/high-profile-cpac-labrador-lays-out-immigration-plan <p>Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador joined the GOP's biggest stars Thursday morning as thousands of conservatives and tea party activists gather&nbsp;near Washington DC.</p><p>The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, offers Republican leaders a high-profile stage to talk about issues, including immigration.</p><p>Labrador told CPAC members that conservatives need a grander vision for immigration reform.&nbsp; He laid out a three-point plan.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:52:32 +0000 Samantha Wright 22460 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org At High Profile CPAC, Labrador Lays Out Immigration Plan Idaho Delegation Weighs In On Obama Gun Proposals http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-delegation-weighs-obama-gun-proposals <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador say they are withholding judgment on a series of gun proposals issued by President Obama — at least for now.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">The Idaho Republicans say they want to take some time to review the proposals, including 23 separate executive orders issued Wednesday.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:39:56 +0000 Associated Press 19560 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rep. Labrador's Chief Of Staff Exiting After Two Years http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/rep-labradors-chief-staff-exiting-after-two-years <p>U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador's chief of staff is exiting the Idaho Republican's office.</p><p>John D. Goodwin, Jr., has worked for Labrador in Washington, D.C., for two years, but Thursday was his last day on the job.</p><p>Labrador's office didn't immediately say why Goodwin was leaving.</p><p>Goodwin had worked as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association and worked for Republican representatives from Illinois and Connecticut.</p><p>He'd also worked for groups including the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:26:07 +0000 Associated Press 18367 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Simpson, Labrador Ahead In Idaho Congressional Races http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/simpson-labrador-ahead-idaho-congressional-races <p></p><p>Idaho Republican U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador were on pace to beat their Democratic rivals and return to Congress.</p><p>In early results, Simpson tallied nearly 68 percent, to just 32 percent for his Democratic rival, Nicole LeFavour.</p><p>Labrador was trouncing ex-NFL player Jimmy Farris, 64 percent to 30 percent.</p><p>For Labrador, a win means his second term since sweeping into office in 2010 on a wave of tea party support.</p><p>Labrador says it was hard to take Farris seriously, given the Democrat voted for the first time in 2008.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:46:36 +0000 Associated Press 16250 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Simpson, Labrador Ahead In Idaho Congressional Races Labrador, Farris Debate For Spot In Congress http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labrador-farris-debate-spot-congress <p>The two men running for Congress in Idaho’s 1st Congressional district debated last night in Boise.</p><p>Democrat <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/tag/jimmy-farris/">Jimmy Farris</a> is a 34-year-old former pro football player challenging freshman Republican <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/tag/raul-labrador/">Raul Labrador</a>.</p><p>The two spent much of their hour-long debate on <a href="http://idahoptv.org/elections/2012/">Idaho Public Television </a>talking about tax reform and ways to solve the federal government’s budget problems.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:14:05 +0000 Scott Graf 15691 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador, Farris Debate For Spot In Congress