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Idaho delegation pans Obama’s State of the Union speech

Reviews of last night's State of the Union speech from Idaho's congressional delegation: “He had a good delivery, as he always does,” said Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. “But this was clearly a political speech.” Said Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, “A lot of lofty rhetoric, but no action.” Congressman Mike Simpson said, “He hasn’t given us hope of anything better this year, further convincing the American people that their government cannot solve problems.”

Said Simpson, “Putting Band-Aids on our broken tax code does nothing to fix it. What we really need is for Republicans and Democrats to come together to implement fundamental tax reform to bring about a new tax system that lowers the rate and broadens the base, creating a simpler and fairer tax code. This, in conjunction with significant spending reductions and reform of our entitlement programs that are on auto-pilot spending, would go a long way toward creating the growth necessary to revitalize our economy and bring our deficit under control.”

You can read a full report here from S-R reporter Jim Camden on reactions to President Obama's speech from Idaho and Washington members of Congress.

U.S. Marshal confirmation: ‘Our congressional delegation works together’

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Pocatello City Councilman and current Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center Warden Brian Underwood as the new U.S. Marshal for Idaho. 1st District Congressman Walt Minnick proposed Underwood as the nominee, and President Barack Obama appointed him; the state’s entire congressional delegation backed the move and Underwood won confirmation in a unanimous consent vote in the Senate. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both Republicans; Minnick, a Democrat; and GOP Rep. Mike Simpson issued this joint statement on the confirmation:

“Brian Underwood will serve our state well in his new role as U.S. Marshal.  Brian is an Idaho native and has worked extensively in law enforcement at the city and state level, as an officer and in management.  The nomination process has worked well to produce a U.S. Marshal all Idahoans can be proud of.  We also want to thank Pat McDonald for his eight years of service as Idaho’s outgoing U.S. Marshal.”

Underwood said, “I am honored by the nomination by the President and now a confirmation by the Senate. I look forward to serving in this important role.  Idahoans should be proud of the way our congressional delegation works together.”

Delegation on Idahoans arrested in Haiti: ‘We hope for their return ASAP’

Idaho’s four-member congressional delegation has issued the following statement regarding the arrest of several Idahoans in Haiti on possible child abduction charges; the Idahoans, members of Baptist churches in Meridian and Twin Falls, were attempting to take children from Haiti to the Dominican Republic as part of a church mission:

“Our offices are often asked to intervene to help Idahoans and, while it is not customary to discuss any details because of constituent privacy, family members and church leadership have allowed us to comment on the situation. We are in steady contact with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. offices in Port-au-Prince regarding the holding of the 10 Americans, many of them from Idaho.  We are working with the State Department to monitor the safety of these Idahoans and to make sure they have adequate food, water, medical care and proper housing.  We hope for their return to the United States as quickly as possible.”

Idaho delegation urges support for troops after Afghanistan announcement

All four members of Idaho’s congressional delegation issued statements tonight in response to President Obama’s announcement that he’ll send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. Also, the Idaho Statesman’s Washington, D.C. reporter, Erika Bolstad, reported tonight that the troop buildup drew “grudging respect” from the Idaho delegation; you can read her full story here. Below are the full statements from Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Reps. Walt Minnick and Mike Simpson.

Idaho delegation commemorates 9/11

Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators and the congressman representing North Idaho have issued statements today on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, honoring the sacrifices of those who protect Americans and remembering the attacks and how they affected the nation. Click below to read their full statements.

‘Bergdahl represents Idaho, nation courageously’

Idaho’s congressional delegation - Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Reps. Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick - has issued the following joint statement about the capture of an Idaho soldier, Hailey native Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, by Taliban forces in Afghanistan:

“Out of respect for Private First Class Bergdahl and his family, we have been declining to comment on his capture by the Taliban. With the Pentagon now confirming his identity, we add our thoughts and prayers with others for his reunion with family, friends and Army colleagues.  Private Bergdahl represents Idaho and his nation courageously.  We remain ready to assist in whatever manner his family and the U.S. military so chooses.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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