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September 22, 2021

Bipartisan, Bicameral RECA Expansion Bill Introduced

-U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico) introduced bipartisan legislation, S. 2798, designed to extend and expand eligibility under the RECA program to those who have suffered from cancers related to fallout from above-ground nuclear weapons testing during the Cold War period of the 1950s and 1960s. The legislation expands the coverage area to allow more potential victims, known as "downwinders," to file for compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensat… Continue Reading

September 22, 2021

Crapo Statement at Nomination Hearing

-U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, delivered the following remarks at a hearing to consider the nominations of Neil MacBride to be General Counsel of the Treasury and Christi Grimm to be Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. The text of Ranking Member Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today, we welcome two nominees to the Committee; Mr. MacBride to be General Counsel of the Treasury and Ms. Grimm to be I… Continue Reading

September 21, 2021

Crapo: Job-Killing Tax Hikes will Hurt Middle Class, Help China

-U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate Floor today on the Democrats' $3.5 trillion reckless tax-and-spending bill. In his speech, Crapo says the efforts to reimagine America by imposing crippling tax hikes will stunt our economic recovery, further impede labor markets, and punish low- and middle-income workers with higher prices for everyday goods and services. To watch Senator Crapo's speech, click the image above … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Weekly Column: We Cannot Tax And Spend Our Way Into A Stronger Economy

The United States is experiencing record price increases and rising inflation, and Americans are rightly concerned. A recent poll said that when Americans are asked to name the top economic problem facing their family today, rising prices and the cost of living are overwhelmingly the top issue. Economists on both sides of the aisle have warned excessive, non-productive spending could put us in this position. Now, Democrats are advancing an additional $3.5 trillion in spending that will balloo… Continue Reading

September 13, 2021

Weekly Column: Our Constitution

Nearly 234 years ago, our nation's Founders overcame months of debates, disagreements and multiple drafts to produce the greatest government in the world. We have an extraordinary system, outlined in the Constitution, which promises Americans basic principles of individual rights and freedoms, limited government, rule of law, sovereignty, separation of powers and a representative government. The purpose of our Constitution is reflected in its Preamble: "We the People of the United States, in … Continue Reading

September 06, 2021

Weekly Column: Investing In Idaho And Opposing Reckless Spending

The media and others have incorrectly conflated the Senate-passed hard Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) we voted for with "President Biden's social infrastructure bill." They are incorrectly being lumped together, and the IIJA is being criticized for provisions not in it. Were it not for the passage of the IIJA, the Democrats would most certainly have passed a much larger reconciliation package in the $6 trillion range. Voting "no" on the Senate-passed hard infrastructure bill wo… Continue Reading