Raul Labrador

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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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



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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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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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.

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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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.
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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

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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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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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4:25 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Immigration Group Rallies At Labrador’s Office, Meets With Congressman

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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.

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Immigration Reform
5:45 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Idaho Rep. Labrador Quits Congressional Immigration Reform Panel

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador (R) quit a bipartisan House group working on immigration legislation. 

He sent this tweet after his announcement:

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Immigration Reform
8:48 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Immigration Rally In Boise Looks To Idaho Congressman For Support

Frankie Barnhill Boise State Public Radio

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. 

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.

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1:52 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

At High Profile CPAC, Labrador Lays Out Immigration Plan

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Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador joined the GOP's biggest stars Thursday morning as thousands of conservatives and tea party activists gather near Washington DC.

The Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, offers Republican leaders a high-profile stage to talk about issues, including immigration.

Labrador told CPAC members that conservatives need a grander vision for immigration reform.  He laid out a three-point plan.

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5:39 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Idaho Delegation Weighs In On Obama Gun Proposals

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.

The Idaho Republicans say they want to take some time to review the proposals, including 23 separate executive orders issued Wednesday.

Simpson says he doesn't see any momentum building in Congress for more gun control measures. And Labrador says he will continue to defend the 2nd Amendment and make sure Obama's proposals don't infringe on the right to bear arms.

U.S. Congress
3:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Rep. Labrador's Chief Of Staff Exiting After Two Years

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador's chief of staff is exiting the Idaho Republican's office.

John D. Goodwin, Jr., has worked for Labrador in Washington, D.C., for two years, but Thursday was his last day on the job.

Labrador's office didn't immediately say why Goodwin was leaving.

Goodwin had worked as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association and worked for Republican representatives from Illinois and Connecticut.

He'd also worked for groups including the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Election 2012
11:46 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Simpson, Labrador Ahead In Idaho Congressional Races

The Ada County ballot was two pages long, slowing down tonight's counting process.
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Idaho Republican U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador were on pace to beat their Democratic rivals and return to Congress.

In early results, Simpson tallied nearly 68 percent, to just 32 percent for his Democratic rival, Nicole LeFavour.

Labrador was trouncing ex-NFL player Jimmy Farris, 64 percent to 30 percent.

For Labrador, a win means his second term since sweeping into office in 2010 on a wave of tea party support.

Labrador says it was hard to take Farris seriously, given the Democrat voted for the first time in 2008.

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Election 2012
11:14 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Labrador, Farris Debate For Spot In Congress

Democrat Jimmy Farris (left) and Republican Raul Labrador share a lighter moment at the end of their debate Thursday night in Boise.
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The two men running for Congress in Idaho’s 1st Congressional district debated last night in Boise.

Democrat Jimmy Farris is a 34-year-old former pro football player challenging freshman Republican Raul Labrador.

The two spent much of their hour-long debate on Idaho Public Television talking about tax reform and ways to solve the federal government’s budget problems.

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