By Erik Wasson
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) could hardly contain his glee the day after winning his primary against a Tea Party opponent.
Simpson piped up Wednesday after Democrats offered a long series of amendments to a transportation spending bill, all of which were defeated with 28 Republicans voting “no.”
“I think the gentleman is still giddy,” Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), a good friend of Simpson's, responded to general laughter in the hearing.
Simpson, an ally of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), cruised to a victory on Tuesday night.