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June 22, 2021

Crapo, Burr Reintroduce Legislation to Tackle Prescription Drug Prices, Encourage New Treatments

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, reintroduced the Lower Costs, More Cures Act (LCMCA) to lower prescription drug prices, bring greater transparency to the prescription drug industry, and encourage American ingenuity in the development of new treatments and cures. Original co-sponsors of the legislation include Senators … Continue Reading


June 21, 2021

Crapo Requests Review of IRS Data Security

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, has requested a review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) data security practices, procedures and methods. The request follows the unauthorized disclosure of individuals' confidential tax returns to the media outlet, ProPublica. From the letter: "The size and scope of the apparent disclosure to ProPublica of confidential taxpayer information from a government … Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Crapo, Wyden Introduce Bill To Boost Domestic Manufacturing Of Semiconductors

-Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) today introduced legislation to strengthen U.S. semiconductor supply chains by incentivizing domestic manufacturing of this critical technology. The Facilitating American-Built Semiconductors (FABS) Act is cosponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan). The share of global semiconductor production in the Un… Continue Reading

Editorials


June 21, 2021

Weekly Column: Health Care Flexibilities--Lessons Learned From The Pandemic

Telehealth services have been especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Idaho Department of Insurance, telemedicine visits went from 200 appointments per month to 28,000 visits in April 2020 alone. We can use lessons-learned from the expansion of telehealth and other flexibilities to make sensible changes that can better enable Idahoans' access to quality care going forward. Information on the impact of expanded telehealth on access, quality and cost helps guide permane… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

Weekly Column: From The Mailbag--Supreme Court Packing

As participants in the decisions made in Congress, Idahoans contact me with valuable input about the issues our country faces. Realizing that many may not have the chance to contact me, I post information about various issues of importance on my website, http://crapo.senate.gov. One of the issues Idahoans have contacted me about is the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, especially in the wake of President Biden's new Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. The follow… Continue Reading


June 07, 2021

Weekly Column: Protecting Idahoans From Unemployment Fraud

As Idahoans and Americans across our country are working hard to overcome the incredible challenges of the past year and turn the corner on the pandemic, we as a nation, unfortunately, must do more to deter criminals from abusing taxpayer-funded unemployment assistance to ensure taxpayer funds reach Americans truly in need of assistance. l joined U.S. Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, in introducing the Combatting COVID Unemployment Frau… Continue Reading

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