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October 26, 2021

Crapo Joins Republican Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Protect U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

-U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee) and 33 Republican colleagues in introducing the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021, a bill to protect the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and block the Biden Administration's efforts to subvert the law. "The Biden Administration's proposal to reopen the U.S. consulate serving Palestinians in Jerusalem, Israel, is a divisive and ill-advised effort which violat… Continue Reading

October 26, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Ernst, Kelly Press Pentagon for Action Following Uptick in Military Suicides

-Following an alarming report revealing a 15 percent increase in military suicides in 2020 from the year before, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) in urging the Pentagon to take immediate action to step up suicide prevention efforts with their Save Our Servicemembers (S.O.S.) Act, which directs the Pentagon to evaluate the effectiveness of their suicide prevention efforts and to improve its data collecti… Continue Reading

October 26, 2021

Crapo Leads Finance Committee Republicans in Raising Concerns with Improper Medicaid Payments

-In anticipation of the next Medicaid Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) audit, Senate Finance Committee Republicans, led by Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) highlighting concerns with the rising rate of improper payments in Medicaid. The November 2020 report found improper payments totaled over $86.5 billion--over 21 percent--mostly driven by eligibility errors. The letter further calls for enhanced program integri… Continue Reading


October 25, 2021

Weekly Column: Protecting Idahoans' Second Amendment Rights

The Second Amendment of our Constitution reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I firmly believe this provision prohibits the federal government from denying citizens this right. Burdening law-abiding citizens of this country with additional gun restrictions is not the answer to safeguarding the public. As gun control advocates continue to seek creative methods of advancing the… Continue Reading

October 18, 2021

Weekly Column: Idaho-Style Alternative To Biden 30 By 30 Initiative

As Idahoans, we have a stronger incentive than anyone to preserve, maintain and enhance the land we call home-like reducing wildfire threats, improving soil health, restoring waterways and enhancing wildlife habitat. A far more productive path than President Biden's vague call to put 30 percent of our land and water in conservation status by 2030 (known as the 30 by 30 initiative) is to focus on improving the health of our existing public lands and waters. We recently joined congressional coll… Continue Reading

October 11, 2021

Weekly Column: Tax Hikes Violate Biden Promise And Reverse 2017 Tax Cut Progress

During the development of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, Republicans were keenly focused on how any changes would affect the overall tax burden on any one group. The result was pro-growth reform of our business and international tax code, largely paid for by broadening the tax base and other revenue increases, all wrapped around a broad-based tax cut in which low- and middle-income Idahoans and Americans received the greatest percentage reductions. The vast majority of the Republic… Continue Reading