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January 16, 2020

Bill to Bring Home Missing Servicemembers Introduced in House, Gains Veterans Organizations' Support

A companion bill to S. 2794, the Bring Our Heroes Home Act (BOHHA), introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire) and Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho). Crapo and Shaheen today also announced that S. 2794 has received endorsements by three Veterans Service Organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Veterans (AMVETS) and the Coalition of… Continue Reading

January 16, 2020

USMCA Will Raise GDP, Create Jobs

In a bipartisan vote of 89-10, the U.S. Senate today approved the implementing legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new trilateral agreement updates the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by bringing the deal into the 21st Century and providing U.S. farmers with valuable new export opportunities. U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) both voted in support of the trilateral pact. "There was no question that the original NAFTA needed to be… Continue Reading

January 15, 2020

Crapo Celebrates U.S. Phase One Agreement with China

- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued this statement following his attendance at a White House ceremony to sign a phase one U.S. trade agreement with China, in which the U.S. is expected to export up to an additional $200 billion in U.S. goods: "Today's Phase One trade deal with China takes a meaningful step forward in improving trade relations with one of the United States' biggest trading partners," Crapo said. "Expanded market access and increased prices for Idaho wheat, dairy and beef… Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Weekly Column: Meeting The Federal Obligation To Idaho Counties

Nearly two-thirds of Idaho is federally owned, which severely limits the tax base for roads, law enforcement and schools because federal lands contribute no property taxes. The Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program provides critical funding streams for rural Idahoans. The two-year extension of SRS funding, included in the end-of-year funding package approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump, helps provide a more predictable source of funding for rural communities and school dist… Continue Reading

December 30, 2019

Weekly Column: Year End Review And New Year Opportunities

As we gather with family and friends this holiday season, there are likely plenty of discussions about the state of our nation. Hopefully, these conversations are more lighthearted than Washington, D.C.-style partisan bickering. These discussions around dinner tables and coffee tables can be fruitful, as we listen and share viewpoints with our loved ones. Here are some considerations as we end out the year and get ready to kick off 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor's November Employment Su… Continue Reading

December 23, 2019

Weekly Column: Momentum On Bipartisan Budget Reform

Federal overspending cedes strength, forgoes the ability to put full resources behind new ideas and essentially resigns our nation to a system of cobbling by, moving from one federal funding deadline to another without a focus on the bigger picture. The strength of our nation is far too important not only to Americans, but also to world stability to accept this outcome. I joined a bipartisan group of my fellow Senators in introducing S. 2765, the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, tha… Continue Reading