News Releases

April 29, 2021

Crapo, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Improve Care and Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substances

-Between 2007 and 2020, about 75 percent of veteran disability claims related to burn pit exposure were denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) introduced new bipartisan legislation, the Toxic Exposure Training Act, to require VA to provide health care personnel with improved education and training to identify, treat and assess the impact of illnesses related to exposure to burn pits and other toxic substances. "Ve… Continue Reading

April 26, 2021

Idaho Delegation Urges Interior Secretary to Follow the Science, Delist Yellowstone Grizzly Population

-U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher (all R-Idaho) joined lawmakers from Montana and Wyoming to urge Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to heed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) study demonstrating the full recovery of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear populations and return species management to the states. "It has been sixteen years since the GYE population was first proposed for removal from the e… Continue Reading

April 26, 2021

Idaho Delegation Announces Virtual Service Academy Day

BOISE--The Idaho Delegation announced a Virtual Military Service Academy Day for the state. Students interested in learning more about the U.S. Academies should sign up to receive a link to the event at Join and listen to academy liaisons, cadets and midshipmen discuss the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students will learn about the application process … Continue Reading


May 03, 2021

Weekly Column: Protecting Idaho Water Rights

Effective management of water resources affects the vitality of communities and their ability to grow and develop. Respecting water rights is a central factor in the management of water resources. I have been a longtime opponent of federal agencies eroding states' water rights practices. I have authored and introduced legislation in multiple congresses to prevent federal encroachment on the management of water resources, best controlled at the state and local levels. I am again backing legis… Continue Reading

April 26, 2021

Weekly Column: An Attack On States' Rights And Minority Opinions

Over the last few weeks, I have heard from many Idahoans expressing their concerns with H.R. 1 and S. 1, the "For the People Act." I share these concerns. This patently unconstitutional legislation looks a lot more like a "For the Bureaucrats" bill. It would circumvent our entire elections process and stifle freedom of speech. H.R. 1 would federalize our election process and strip states of election authorities guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution. Participation in the electoral proc… Continue Reading

April 19, 2021

Weekly Column: Removing Red Tape Preventing Combat-Injured Veterans From Receiving Full Benefits

Idahoans' input is extremely helpful as we work together to ensure federal laws are sound and federal services are accessible and effective. A great example is the time SMSgt. Jeremy Kitzhaber, U.S. Air Force (Retired), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 63 Legislative Committee Chairman, of Boise, and his wife, Sharette, have taken to discuss veterans-related policy, including ensuring medically retired and combat-injured veterans receive full compensation earned through their service to our … Continue Reading