Raul Labrador

Public Lands
3:28 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Rep. Labrador Asks Congress To Turn Parcel Of Federal Land Into Idaho County Gun Range

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Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of federal land to be transferred into county ownership for use as a gun range. 

The 31-acre area is near Riggins, along the Salmon River in north-central Idaho. An act of Congress is needed because the land currently falls under the protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

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Congress
6:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Labrador's Long-Shot Bid For Majority Leader Signals Tea Party Unrest

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador lost his bid Thursday for majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. But the run may not be a complete loss for Idaho’s ultra-conservative congressman.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

House GOP Picks McCarthy For Majority Leader; Scalise Gets Whip

Kevin McCarthy of Calif. arrives with his GOP House allies for leadership elections on Thursday. McCarthy won his bid to replace outgoing Rep. Eric Cantor as the party's majority leader.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:14 pm

This post was updated at 4:20 p.m. ET.

Calif. Rep. Kevin McCarthy has been chosen by House Republicans to be their next majority leader, taking the place of Rep. Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a stunning primary upset earlier this month. Louisiana's Rep. Steve Scalise has been selected to fill the majority whip post left vacant by McCarthy's promotion.

McCarthy defeated Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, a conservative with close ties to the Tea Party, in a secret ballot for the position.

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Bowe Bergdahl
1:46 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release

Bergdahl, now 28, spent nearly five years as POW.
Credit Courtesy of the Bergdahl family

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW, except among Idaho's Congressional delegation. The two senators and two congressmen from Bergdahl's home state have largely avoided the national fray.

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Congress
11:59 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Idaho Congressman Labrador Announces Candidacy For House Majority Leader

Labrador was first elected to Congress in 2010.
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Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador could begin his third term in the U.S. House as Majority Leader. Labrador Friday announced he's running for the high-profile post after Rep. Eric Cantor, R-VA, lost his primary election.

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Bowe Bergdahl
1:58 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Idaho Rep. Labrador Urges Politicians To Stop Criticizing Sgt. Bergdahl

Rep. Labrador represents Idaho's First Congressional District.
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Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, a Republican, is calling on fellow politicians to avoid “escalating the rhetoric” around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He made the comments at a panel discussion hosted by the Heritage Foundation Tuesday in Washington D.C. 

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Election 2014
12:12 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

High On Tea Party Hit List, Idaho Congressman Looks To Hold On

Idaho Republican House candidate Bryan Smith is trying to unseat eight-term GOP Rep. Mike Simpson. The May 20 primary is viewed as a contest of Tea Party vs. establishment.
Kim Raff AP

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 9:51 am

Mike Simpson has been atop the Tea Party hit list for much of this election year.

And Tuesday's primary contest between the Idaho Republican congressman and Tea Party challenger Bryan Smith had been billed as a big one in a string of GOP primary mashups that would signal the sway of the Tea Party faction — or the ability of traditional conservatives like Simpson to fight back in a deep red state.

"It's been a real-deal campaign here in Idaho," says Skip Smyser, the conservative founder of Boise-based government relations firm Lobby Idaho.

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Election 2014
12:52 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Idaho Congressman Endorses Challenger Russ Fulcher For Governor

Rep. Raul Labrador has endorsed two Republicans challenging incumbent Republicans.
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Idaho GOP gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher is the latest nominee to secure an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador.

The Idaho congressman announced Monday he would support Fulcher, who is hoping to unseat two-term Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. This is the third endorsement Labrador has made in Idaho's primary statewide election race. He's also endorsed Todd Hatfield, who is challenging incumbent state Controller Brandon Woolf, and state Rep. Lawerence Denney, who is running for Secretary of State.

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Congress
11:10 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Labrador, Simpson Vote For Farm Bill; Crapo Still Unsure

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Idaho’s Republican delegation in the U.S. House voted early Wednesday in favor 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 food stamp spending while ending a direct subsidy to crop farmers. It also expands crop insurance programs backed by the federal government.

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Federal Budget
5:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Idaho's Labrador, Simpson Split On Federal Budget Deal

Idaho's Republican congressmen again parted ways on a budget vote.

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.

That didn't stop second-term Rep. Raul Labrador from branding the bi-partisan package "a bad deal, plain and simple."

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.

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Minimum Wage
12:17 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Son Of Former McDonald's Worker, Raul Labrador Opposes Minimum Wage Increase

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) told reporters Monday he's against raising the federal minimum wage.
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Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said Monday he's against raising the nation’s minimum wage

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.

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Politics
9:59 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Obama Wants To Pivot To Immigration Reform, But Can It Work?

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:43 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports on the prospects for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

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Politics
2:36 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Rep. Labrador Of Idaho Weighs In On Government Shutdown

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:44 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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Shutdown
11:46 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutdown Takes A Toll On Idaho Congressional Offices

The partial shutdown of the federal government is taking a toll on the offices and staff of Idaho's four congressional leaders.

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.

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.

Syria
11:47 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Despite Obama's Speech, Idaho Lawmakers Still Against U.S. Military Action In Syria

Senator Mike Crapo, left, talks with Brig. Gen. Carmelo Burgio, in Kabul, Afghanistan during a tour in 2010.
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President Barack Obama's primetime speech on possible military action in Syria hasn't changed the minds of Idaho's congressmen.

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.

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Policy
5:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Idaho Congressmen Not Sold On Syria Airstrikes

Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho questions Secretary of State John Kerry on the Obama administration's proposed military action in Syria.
Credit U.S. Senate

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.

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.

Crapo’s colleague, Sen. Jim Risch sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which heard the Obama administration's arguments for action in Syria.

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2014 Election
4:10 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Longtime Idaho Democrat To Challenge Rep. Raul Labrador

Credit Idaho Legislature

The Lewiston Tribune reports 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.

Ringo told the Tribune she's not naïve about the challenge of being a Democrat in a predominantly Republican state.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador Plans 2014 Re-Election Run For Congress

Raul Labrador won't run for Idaho governor in 2014.
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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.

Labrador made the announcement that he'd be seeking a third term on Wednesday at his congressional offices in Meridian.

He says his work as a congressman is unfinished.

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.

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Idaho Politics
9:40 am
Thu July 25, 2013

15 Months Before The General Election, Idaho Politics Making Headlines

Much has been made lately of the future of Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, seen here discussing immigration with protestors at his Meridian office in June.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Normally a slow news season when it comes to politics, Idaho's headlines in recent days have been rife with political developments.

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Immigration Reform
12:47 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Labrador Says Future Of Immigration Reform Rests On Senate's Willingness To Compromise

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador (R) met with Hispanics protestors in his Meridian office on June 10. Labrador says whether immigration reform passes Congress will depend on Senate Democrats' willingness to compromise.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador reacted today to the Senate’s approval Thursday of an immigration reform bill.  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. 

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