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Small business lending plan signed by Obama backed by Minnick

A new $30 billion plan signed by President Barack Obama to encourage banks to loan to small businesses was supported by Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, but opposed by Idaho’s three GOP members of Congress. “Government can’t guarantee success, but it … Continue reading

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Minnick, Simpson oppose House plan to adjourn without tax cuts

Rep. Walt Minnick was one of 39 Democrats to join Republicans, including Rep. Mike Simpson, in voting against a plan for the U.S. House to adjourn this week without acting on extending the Bush-era tax cuts. The resolution to adjourn … Continue reading

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Simpson, House Republicans asking for ‘clean’ spending plan

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson signed onto a letter with other Republicans urging Democrats to not include any new programs in a potential stop-gap spending plan Congress could pass before the end of the month. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., will likely … Continue reading

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Simpson, Minnick tell Interior to side with Otter on wolves

Idaho Reps. Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar asking him to make sure that the state of Idaho can manage the state’s wolf population.  The two members of Congress also … Continue reading

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Otter bashes one federal health program, pitches another in single release

Gov. Butch Otter, in a campaign message Thursday, bashed the federal government due to its passage of health care reforms, but then went on to announce efforts to get children enrolled in another taxpayer-funded health program, paid for in-part by … Continue reading

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Risch, Simpson not high on Obama’s new economic plan

President Barack Obama’s latest round of spending ideas and tax breaks isn’t garnering support from two Idaho Republicans in Congress. Obama proposed spending $50 billion on roads, trains, and airports and increasing tax incentives for businesses to spend on capital … Continue reading

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Simpson, Risch react to Obama’s speech on Iraq

Two of Idaho’s members of Congress said that President Barack Obama’s move to end combat operations in Iraq signaled an expected change in military strategy and underscored the success of the surge of troops in 2007. Obama addressed the nation … Continue reading

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Simpson, Minnick split on barring a lame duck session in Congress

Republican Mike Simpson and Democrat Walt Minnick crossed party lines in a vote backed by Republicans that would’ve thwarted efforts for Congress to come back for a lame duck session after the Nov. 2 election.  However, their votes don’t fully … Continue reading

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Minnick continues to use a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to Waters ethics case

Democrat Walt Minnick, the representative from Idaho’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House, is continuing to urge those involved with the ethics allegations of fellow Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., to take a “wait-and-see” approach. Waters is accused of arranging … Continue reading

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$26 billion in spending for Medicaid, teachers gets support from Minnick, not Simpson

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $26 billion plan that will help states, including Idaho, pay for Medicaid and help schools districts pay teachers salaries.  The plan will save Idaho the state of Idaho $68 million from a fund … Continue reading

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