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Gov. Butch Otter said the health care legislation approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday is wrong, and will lead to a legacy of debt. Here is Otter's official response to the legislation, which was approved on a 219-212 vote: “States like Idaho are working hard to create public-private health care partnerships and facilitate local solutions. Big federal programs…

Idaho lawmakers in Washington, D.C. and Boise are voicing concern over proposed new environmental regulations that could give more authority to the federal government. 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson is joining others in Congress in an effort to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Simpson says in a news release,…

In a letter to each member of Idaho's congressional delegation, Boise police chief Mike Masterson called on Congress to do more to aid veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders resulting from combat duty. The letter comes just seven months after officers from the Boise Police Department were involved in a short-lived shootout with an Iraq war veteran.  The…

Idaho's congressional delegation released a joint statement Monday on the arrests of 9 Idahoans apprehended in Haiti on abduction charges last week.  The group, on an aid mission to the earthquake-ravaged nation, is accused of trying to bus the children out of the country and into the Dominican Republic. Here is the statement from Reps. Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick…

The latest fundraising numbers offer some perspective on this fall's statewide election. The race with the most competitive fundraising is the 1st Congressional District.  Several websites analyzing Congressional races, including CQ Politics and The Cook Political Report, are calling the race a tossup.  Democrat Walt Minnick had more than $810,000 cash on hand and $250,000 in debt at the end…

Following Wednesday's night State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama, members of the Idaho Congressional delegation responded to the address. Here are their responses: Congressman Walt Minnick, Democrat: “It was good to hear the president make clear that he hears the anger and frustration of so many Idahoans about the state of our country and our economy. Like…

As week two of the Idaho legislative session wrapped up, several state and congressional lawmakers took to the Internet Friday to comment. Here's a brief summary of what some have said recently. Boise Democratic Rep. Branden Durst, on his blog: "(Health and Welfare) always has a ton of rules and this year was no exception. We are still knee-deep in…

Members of Idaho's Congressional delegation took time Wednesday to react to the election of Republican Scott Brown, who defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election held in Massachusetts Tuesday.  Brown will replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in the Senate.  Brown's upset bid over Coakley was called "one of the most stunning upsets in modern political history" by Time…

Idaho's two U.S. senators and two U.S. representatives are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy potatoes from Idaho growers in a move to help ease difficult economic times for some farmers. The potatoes could go to public schools or federal nutrition programs under the USDA's Section 32 program. Sen. Mike Crapo posted a letter to the USDA on…