Idaho GOP Rep. Mike Simpson has pooled his resources with other western and southern congressmen aimed at bring disaster relief to troubled farmers and ranchers.
He and 40 other lawmakers from across the isle wrote a letter to his friend, Wisconsin Democrat David Obey, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, asking for extension of two disaster compensation programs for ranchers and farmers. They are responding to widespread drought nationwide and extensive wildfires across western rangelands like the 652,000-acre Murphy Complex fire in Idaho and Nevada in July.
He could be calling the initiative the global warming compensation program. The drought and the wildfires fit the model of the predictions of the 2,500 researchers working with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.