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  • Reaching out to farmers and ranchers in crisis

    As Congress works to reauthorize the Farm Bill ahead of its Sept. 30 expiration, I am keeping the needs of farmers and ranchers at the forefront as I advocate for a strong safety net that provides what producers need while facing a challenging farm economy and helps ensure the continuation of important research, promotion and conservation programs. 
  • Time to end direct file, not make it permanent
    Instead of diverting resources and attention to a redundant, expensive new government-run program, the IRS would better serve taxpayers by highlighting the existing options available to them and improving basic customer service. It is time to end Direct File, not make it permanent.
  • Advocating for better market access for U.S. producers
    For the fourth year in a row, the Biden Administration’s trade agenda provides no plan for real negotiations to improve market access.  
  • When will IRS stop ballooning budget? Short answer: Not anytime soon
    In his fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget proposal, President Biden requested Congress provide an unprecedented $104 billion in additional funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on top of its $12.3 billion annual budget and the $80 billion the Biden Administration already enacted in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
  • Centennial celebration for Craters of the Moon – an extraordinary Idaho landscape
    The landscape of Craters of the Moon is like no other. It is a place where one can walk on the same ground that was once molten lava, flowing from deep within the Earth.
  • Senate GOP must seize opportunity to expand Trump tax cuts
    While Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo and some colleagues have raised objections about provisions of the bill that would expand the Child Tax Credit, Crapo and other GOP senators need to keep sight of the significance of this measure in a larger fight.
  • Too-high inflation and declining credit ratings warrant action, not celebration
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) November figures for the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a common measure of inflation, showed a 12-month rise in prices of 3.1 percent. This rate is still far too high, holding above the target inflation rate of 2 percent, and it continues to negatively ripple through our economy.
  • Bean soup – a Senate tradition with Idaho connections
    As I walk the halls of the U.S. Senate feeling very blessed to get to represent the great people of Idaho in this extraordinary seat of freedom, hope and decorum, I take great pride in the bit of Idaho sustenance being served up daily in our Capitol as it fuels needed discussions about how best to govern our great country. 
  • Biden's ambiguous $400,000 tax audit directive raises more questions than answers
    Because the directive is unenforceable and has no accountability mechanism, how will taxpayers know if the IRS breaks its promise by auditing more under the $400,000 threshold than it did in 2018, and how will the Administration compensate those who should not have been audited? 
  • Backing Israel in both word and deed
    Israelis stood with Americans on 9/11 and the years that have followed against terrorists seeking to undermine the respect for mutual understanding, coexistence, human dignity and freedom, at the core of our Republic and central to our hope for our fellow people around our world. We share their loss, as we stand with them now unequivocally in word and deed. 
  • Fitch Ratings’ downgrade: We cannot wait around for an economic earthquake
    We need dedication at all levels of the federal government to truly buckle down and get our fiscal house in order. Let’s not wait around for another economic tremor. Let’s take these actions now and prevent an economic earthquake.
  • Tackling tax complexity for small businesses
    According to the latest National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) annual tax survey, nearly two-thirds of small business owners reported that the administrative burden of the federal tax code is significant.
  • Independence Day
    The Fourth of July is the fundamental American holiday. It gives us an opportunity to spend time with loved ones in beautiful places across our great nation and celebrate the honor it is to be an American with shared unalienable rights.
  • IRA green energy tax provisions hurt America and help China
    Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have long recognized the need to reform our energy tax laws. But rather than work on stakeholder-informed, bipartisan energy tax policies that would support a technology-neutral approach, Democrats pursued a partisan path through their misnamed Inflation Reduction Act.
  • The IRS needs more carrots than sticks
    The IRS has many deeply concerning issues to fix: abysmal customer service; leaks of taxpayer data; allegations of unjust targeting and preferential treatment in high-profile cases; destruction of taxpayer-filed documents; and more. The IRS should be focused on fixing all of those problems to make the agency function better for taxpayers.  
  • Heroism recognized in our nation's capital
    On the evenings of Feb. 12-17, 2023, a lone bugler dressed in historic uniform stood amid the World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C., and played the reflective and heartrending "Taps" in honor of Idaho’s own Private Thomas Croft Neibaur of Sugar City, Idaho.  
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