PLUMMER, IDAHO — Paulette Jordan, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Idaho, today announced she will seek and fight for a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee when elected to the U.S. Senate in November.
Idaho has had no representation on the Senate Appropriations Committee since former Senator Larry Craig retired in 2009. Congressman Mike Simpson currently sits on the House Appropriations Committee as a member of the minority party in the U.S. House.
“A seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee is critical for the economic lifeblood of eastern Idaho,” said Jordan.
“Idaho must think about a succession plan for this vital committee assignment if Mike Simpson leaves Congress in the near future. When elected to the U.S. Senate I will fight to serve on the Appropriations Committee to ensure adequate funding for the current and future programs of the
Idaho National Laboratory. Idaho needs a watchdog and champion in the U.S. Senate for the INL. Just last year the Trump Administration proposed slashing INL funding by nearly 25%. Eastern Idaho needs a strong advocate on the Senate Appropriations Committee and I want Idaho supporters of the INL to know that I will fight to serve on this important committee. The INL conducts research programs with the three major Idaho universities. The range of Department of
Energy Research & Development programs is deep, from advanced reactor and nuclear fuel programs to electricity grid security programs. In fact, the INL will likely play a critical role in dealing with climate change in Idaho and the West,” said Jordan.
“There is a distinct possibility the U.S. Senate will be controlled by Democrats after the 2020 election and I will be in an excellent position as a member of the Senate majority to protect Idaho jobs,” Jordan continued.
Please visit pauletteforsenate.com to learn more about Paulette’s race for the U.S. Senate.
The two-term Idaho House Representative and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee will face incumbent Sen. Jim Risch, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Paulette raked in 85.7% of the vote (72,777 votes unofficially), a record number of votes for an Idaho Democratic primary.