Statement of Rep. Mike Simpson

I appreciate this opportunity to explain why I am asking for your vote on May 25th in the Republican Primary.

First, I care deeply about Idaho, its citizens, and its future. I strive every day to protect Idaho's interests in the United States Congress and represent Idaho's values as your Congressman.

Second, I listen closely to the views of my constituents because I believe they are the real experts. I read the mail I receive, speak daily with Idahoans, and make sure I know how they feel before I cast my vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Third, I've worked hard over the past 11 years to develop relationships and secure positions of leadership that are crucial to helping our state and its interests. Those efforts have been crucial in protecting the interests of farmers and ranchers in our nation's trade negotiations and promoting our state's potato, sugar, wheat, barley, and cattle industries.

Fourth, I have a solid record of accomplishment on your behalf.

I've worked hard to secure a bright, new future for the Idaho National Laboratory and improved facilities for Mountain Home Air Force Base and Gowen Field.

As a former Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Veterans Benefits, I've fought to protect the programs most important to our nation's veterans and authored legislation that's now in place helping veterans across the country find jobs.

And I've stood firm against those in Congress who want to raise taxes and expand wasteful government spending. Over the last 16 months, I voted against TRILLIONS of dollars in new spending that Congressional Democrats have added to our nation's debt.

As a medical professional, I helped lead the fight against the massive Obamacare bill that moves our economy and healthcare system closer to a European model and does nothing to actually bring down the cost of healthcare services.

I strongly oppose President Obama's enormous $3.83 TRILLION budget and its reliance on over $1 TRILLION in deficit spending.

I fought the Democrat's stimulus package and their cap-and-trade bill, two efforts that hold far more harm than good for our economy and put at risk our nation's long-term fiscal health.

Saying NO, however, isn't enough. The responsible thing to do is to offer free-market, conservative alternatives that move our nation in the right direction.

That is why I strongly support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, liability reforms that will actually bring healthcare costs down, tax cuts for small businesses to stimulate our economy and create jobs, and the use of domestic energy sources, including nuclear power, that will help our nation achieve energy independence.

I consider my work on your behalf to be the greatest honor of my life. I look forward everyday to representing Idaho in the U.S. Congress and to bringing Idaho's values to Washington, DC.

I ask for your vote on May 25, and pledge to continue working hard as your Representative in the United States Congress.