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April 16, 2021

Crapo, Colleagues Introduce Financial Institution Customer Protection Act

-U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a longtime opponent of Operation Choke Point, and former Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is taking additional steps to further his efforts to prohibit financial institutions from denying services to law-abiding businesses holding politically disfavored opinions. He joined U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in introducing the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act. The bill would prohibit federal regulators from arbitrarily forcing bank institut… Continue Reading


April 14, 2021

Idaho Delegation Urges USDA to Distribute Timber Hauling Relief

- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and U.S. Representatives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson (all R-Idaho) want quick action on assistance to the timber industry. The Idaho congressional delegation sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack urging him to quickly distribute $200 million in funding for the timber industry that was included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed in December. "Idaho's forest sector i… Continue Reading


April 13, 2021

Crapo, Cornyn, Colleagues Ask Biden to Fund Initiatives to Increase U.S. Semiconductor Production

-U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and a bipartisan, bicameral group of colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden requesting that he fund the initiatives to restore semiconductor manufacturing to American soil included in the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act that was signed into law in December as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. "We write today to encourage you to pri… Continue Reading

Editorials


April 12, 2021

Weekly Column: Legislating For Idaho

As the 117th Congress is now in full swing, legislation is being reintroduced and work is underway on needed policy changes. Following is a brief overview of important legislation I am working with fellow senators to reintroduce this Congress. Energy Work continues with a bipartisan group of senators to update and reintroduce the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act (ANIA). This legislation further facilitates our nuclear competitiveness. ANIA ensures the research conducted at the Idaho N… Continue Reading


April 05, 2021

Weekly Column: Sound Immigration Reform

Throughout my time in Congress, I have consistently maintained there is a real need for a rational immigration policy built on several important principles. I have weighed past immigration reform legislation against these principles, and have voted against immigration reform efforts that do not meet them. I continue to use them as a guide for consideration of current immigration reform proposals: First, the United States must commit the resources necessary to have the strongest border enfo… Continue Reading


March 29, 2021

Weekly Column: Supporting Idaho Manufacturing Through A Competitive Federal Tax Code

A vibrant manufacturing sector is a cornerstone of strong economic activity and jobs here in Idaho and across America. Manufacturing accounts for more than 106,000 jobs in Idaho and 9.97 percent of Idaho's workforce with an output valued at $10.4 billion, according to 2018 and 2019 data compiled by the Idaho Department of Commerce. Nationwide, the manufacturing sector accounted for 15.7 percent of our country's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019 and 14.6 percent of Idaho's GDP. To help make… Continue Reading

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