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Two of Idaho's four Republicans in Congress are attacking President Barack Obama's leadership on budgetary issues, including lowering the nation's debt. Sen. Mike Crapo, who is part of a small bipartisan group of senators working to turn around America's growing debt, said the White House feels threatened by the group's efforts. Meanwhile, Rep. Raul Labrador has written an open letter…

Idaho Republicans Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador joined House Republicans in opposing a plan that would allow the federal government to borrow an additional $2.4 trillion. The vote is likely a prelude to further discussions on raising the government's debt ceiling. The failed legislation would have raised the federal debt limit to $16.7 trillion. "I have said all along that…

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador and conservative activist Andrew Breitbart helped the Idaho Freedom Foundation celebrate its second birthday, as the free market think tank honored Gov. Butch Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna for their support for new education laws. Labrador, Breitbart, and Idaho Freedom Foundation Executive Director Wayne Hoffman spoke to a crowd of 370 people…

U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador sided with Republicans last week in stopping funding for health insurance exchanges, which are state-level websites or portals that would help individuals and small businesses buy health insurance. Under the 2010 federal reform plan, states must have exchanges up and running by 2014, but halting funding for states to plan their exchanges could…

The Idaho Freedom Foundation’s (IFF) second annual Freedom and Celebration Banquet will take place May 19 at the Nampa Civic Center. This year, the foundation is bringing in two extraordinary speakers in Congressman Raul Labrador and political activist Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart has become a mover and shaker in the political world during the last seven years making appearances on Dennis…

Congress approved more than $38 billion in budget reductions for the next five and a half months, but only one member of Idaho's all-Republican delegation, Rep. Mike Simpson, supported the plan. The majority of Republicans in Congress favored the spending plan, though most of Idaho's delegation said the reductions didn't go far enough. The spending plan also could cause a…

A House committee approved a resolution Monday calling for more state involvement in the process of amending the U.S. Constitution. The Madison Amendment, the focus of a resolution sponsored by Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, would allow states to call for a constitutional convention on a single topic.  States are already permitted to call a convention if two-thirds of them agree…

The Idaho Legislature will send letters to Congress and federal officials saying that Idaho citizens should be involved in any efforts to designate more land in the state as wilderness. The action from lawmakers comes after an order from the Department of the Interior that has been criticized by many Idaho elected officials. The Idaho Senate approved a memorial, to…

Republican Congressman Raul Labrador returned to the Idaho Legislature Wednesday to talk to his former colleagues about spending, government waste, and federal deficits. Labrador, who served two terms in the Idaho House prior to being elected to Congress last fall, urged state legislators to make hard decisions that promote fiscal responsibility. “You don’t have the luxury of dodging the tough issues,”…