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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 can knock down barriers to success, like the lack of affordable credit,” the president said in a signing ceremony for…

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 passed in the House by just one vote. Politico reported that most politically vulnerable Democrats voted against the idea, in…

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 pass a continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown, because a comprehensive federal budget has yet to be passed. …

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 said that if the Department of the Interior doesn’t resolve wolf management issues, they would take action to force such…

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 investments as well as research and development projects. Rep. Mike Simpson and Sen. Jim Risch are opposed to the extra…

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 to discuss the transition by the military to advise and assist Iraq’s security forces.  “Our combat mission is ending, but…

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 reflect their views on a lame duck session. Simpson was the only Republican to vote against a procedural vote that…

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 special deals with bailout money for a bank in which her husband owned stock.  The California congresswoman, serving her 10th…

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 used for anti-drug programs. Rep. Walt Minnick joined with the majority of Democrats in supporting the measure, while Republican Mike…