Congress http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Interior Secretary Jewell, Congressmen Visit Boise To Tout Wildfire Suppression Funding Overhaul http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/interior-secretary-jewell-congressmen-visit-boise-tout-wildfire-suppression-funding-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of Congressional Democrats and Republicans gathered in Boise Monday to tout a proposal that would change the way the federal government pays for firefighting operations in the West and beyond. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-ID, and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:03:03 +0000 Scott Graf 41862 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Interior Secretary Jewell, Congressmen Visit Boise To Tout Wildfire Suppression Funding Overhaul Congress Studies Budget Change For Wildfires http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/congress-studies-budget-change-wildfires <p></p><p>A bipartisan effort is underway in Congress to create a new way to pay for battling wildfires that prevents the diversion of money intended to reduce the size of such fires.</p><p>Lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho met with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday to discuss the budget reform.</p><p>President Obama's proposed budget seeks a change in the long-standing method of funding the fight against the most catastrophic wildfires.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:27:57 +0000 Associated Press 41858 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Congress Studies Budget Change For Wildfires Idaho Senators Help Pass Farm Bill Despite Objections From Ranchers http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-senators-help-pass-farm-bill-despite-objections-ranchers <p>Idaho’s senators Tuesday sided with a majority of their colleges to pass the revamped farm bill. It now goes to President Obama for a signature. Both Idaho senators had said they were undecided in the days leading up to the vote.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:04:08 +0000 Adam Cotterell 39634 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Senators Help Pass Farm Bill Despite Objections From Ranchers Republican Congressmen Propose Changes To 40-Year-Old Endangered Species Act http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/republican-congressmen-propose-changes-40-year-old-endangered-species-act <p></p><p>Republicans in Congress say a 40-year-old law meant to protect animals and plants from extinction has become bogged down by litigation and needs to be updated.</p><p>A group of 13 GOP lawmakers released a report Tuesday detailing their proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act, one of the nation's cornerstone environmental laws.</p><p>Proponents credit the act with staving off extinction for hundreds of species — from the bald eagle and American alligator to the gray whale. President Richard Nixon signed it into law in December 1973.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:10:07 +0000 Associated Press 39610 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Republican Congressmen Propose Changes To 40-Year-Old Endangered Species Act 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 Boise Democrat, Lawyer Wants Risch's U.S. Senate Seat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-democrat-lawyer-wants-rischs-us-senate-seat <p></p><p>A Boise lawyer plans to run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Jim Risch.</p><p>Nels Mitchell aims to announce his run Tuesday at Boise's historic train depot.</p><p>Mitchell grew up in Idaho's capital, but spent much of his professional career as a lawyer in New York and California.</p><p>His legal experience includes several years as an associate regional director at the Securities and Exchange Commission in southern California, where he oversaw a staff of about 75 people who investigated and prosecuted securities fraud cases in the Los Angeles area.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:58:52 +0000 Associated Press 38453 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Democrat, Lawyer Wants Risch's U.S. Senate Seat Simpson Outraises Smith 4-to-1 In Idaho's GOP House Race http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/simpson-outraises-smith-4-1-idahos-gop-house-race <p>In the congressional fundraising horse race, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says he outraised challenger Bryan Smith nearly four-to-one in 2013's final quarter.</p><p>Smith announced Thursday that he raised $111,066 in the fourth quarter. The money will go to his GOP primary election bid against Simpson, with the vote on May 20.</p><p>Meanwhile, Simpson says he brought in $430,000.</p><p>In total, Simpson says he raised more than $1.25 million in 2013, with Smith raking in $525,000, including his own money, since joining the race in June.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:14:24 +0000 Associated Press 38266 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 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 Advocates Of Boise Man Held In Iran Say Obama Administration Must Do More http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/advocates-boise-man-held-iran-say-obama-administration-must-do-more <p></p><p>A Boise woman was on Capitol Hill Thursday to make her case for the U.S. government negotiating the release of her husband from a prison in Iran.&nbsp;</p><p>Nagmeh Abedini, her attorney and experts on human and religious rights, testified in front of a <a href="http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed">House subcommittee</a>. They urged President Barack Obama and the U.S. State Department to do more to free Saeed Abedini – the Boise man held in prison in Iran for more than a year.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:49:50 +0000 Scott Graf 36865 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Advocates Of Boise Man Held In Iran Say Obama Administration Must Do More Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo Not Likely To Support Budget Compromise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-sen-mike-crapo-not-likely-support-budget-compromise <p>Legislation being supported by <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/10/250041981/bipartisan-negotiators-unveil-budget-to-avoid-january-shutdown">Democrats and Republicans </a>in Washington has not impressed Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. Crapo told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that he’s still examining the compromise, but that he is not likely to support it.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:47:26 +0000 Scott Graf 36800 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo Not Likely To Support Budget Compromise 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 Senator Crapo Weighs In On IRS Scandal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-senator-crapo-weighs-irs-scandal <p></p><p>Congress held another hearing today on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal.&nbsp; The IRS has revealed it subjected Tea Party and other conservative groups seeking non-profit status to extra scrutiny from 2010 to 2012.</p><p>Idaho Senator Mike Crapo sat in on two hearings yesterday where the matter was discussed.&nbsp; He says in 2010 the IRS had created a BOLO or 'Be On the Lookout' list, instructing Internal Revenue agents to identify Tea Party case files.&nbsp;</p><p>He says the abuse by the IRS is very serious.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 19:27:30 +0000 Samantha Wright & Associated Press 26039 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Senator Crapo Weighs In On IRS Scandal Idaho Senators Vote Against Expanded Gun Background Checks http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-senators-vote-against-expanded-gun-background-checks <p>The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.&nbsp;</p><p>Idaho's Republican Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo voted against the measure. Just four Republicans <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/17/senate-bill-to-extend-gun-background-checks-killed-by-filibuster/">voted in favor</a> of the expanded background check amendment.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:18:05 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 24184 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Senators Vote Against Expanded Gun Background Checks Congress Debates Proposals To Raise Revenue For Counties Through Logging http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/congress-debates-proposals-raise-revenue-counties-through-logging <p>Congress is back in session this week. The House will discuss two proposals that would increase logging in federal forests to raise money for struggling timber counties.</p><p>Washington Republican Doc Hastings chairs the House Natural Resource committee. Hastings says Northwest timber counties are running out of money. And it’s difficult for them to raise revenue given their depressed economies.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:52:59 +0000 Amelia Templeton 23676 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Northwest Agriculture Industry Participates In National Immigration Forum http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/northwest-agriculture-industry-participates-national-immigration-forum <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/12/120512AK_Immigration_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Northwest agriculture advocates are more optimistic Congress will take up the issue of immigration after a forum this week in Washington, D.C. The effort is getting support from a surprising mix of organizations.<p>After the presidential election last month, scores of faith, law enforcement and business leaders gathered with an overhaul of the nation’s immigration policies as the goal. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 00:57:24 +0000 Anna King 17646 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Northwest Agriculture Industry Participates In National Immigration Forum Labrador Holds Second Conversation With Conservatives http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labrador-holds-second-conversation-conservatives <p>Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador participated in what&#39;s called &quot;Conversations with Conservatives&quot;&nbsp;Tuesday. It was the second in a new monthly&nbsp;event for Congress&rsquo;s most conservative Republicans. Labrador is one of the organizers along with Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Jeff Landry of Louisiana. Today Labrador had some advice for Mitt Romney. Labrador said if Romney gets the Republican nomination for president he&rsquo;ll need help from the people involved with Conversations for Conservatives.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:37:19 +0000 Adam Cotterell 4316 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador Holds Second Conversation With Conservatives