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Simpson Retains Energy and Water Appropriations Gavel

Washington- Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has been re-appointed as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.  The Subcommittee funds all functions of the U.S. Department of Energy, including the Idaho National Laboratory’s research and cleanup operations.  Congressman Simpson has held this position since November 2013.

“Given the importance of this Subcommittee to Idaho and its daily impact on my constituents, I am honored and pleased to have the opportunity to continue as its Chairman,” said Simpson. “We have made great progress in the last few years in making strategic investments to enhance our national security, maintain U.S. leadership in nuclear research and development, and to fulfill cleanup commitments to states, and I look forward to building on that work this coming year.” 

The Subcommittee’s primary jurisdiction includes the following federal agencies:

·         Department of Energy, including Idaho National Laboratory and Bonneville Power Administration
·         National Nuclear Security Administration
·         U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
·         Bureau of Reclamation
·         Nuclear Regulatory Commission
·         Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
·         Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

Other areas of jurisdiction include the Central Utah Project, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority, the Denali Commission, the Northern Border Regional Commission, the Southern Crescent Regional Commission, and the Tennessee Valley Authority

“Whether it’s the cleanup of sites like INL, the maintenance of our nation’s nuclear weapons, or the many vital water projects across the Western United States, the Energy and Water Subcommittee’s work touches almost every community in Idaho and across the country,” said Simpson. “I look forward to working with Governor Perry as the new Secretary of Energy to continue our critical work.”

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