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March 30, 2020

Idaho Senators Call on HHS to Help Rural Health Providers

Today, U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging the prioritization of rural hospitals and clinics. The letter, which was signed by 41 senators and 81 representatives, requested the Trump administration use the funding included in the recently passed CARES Act to sustain rural health providers. During the COVID-19 outbreak, many of Idaho's rural hospitals and health care providers have ce… Continue Reading

March 28, 2020

Crapo Statement on the Passing of Senator Tom Coburn

- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement after learning that former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) had passed away: "I am saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Tom. His unmatched service to his constituents and the American taxpayer will be missed. He devoted his public service career to eliminating waste, fraud and abuse within the federal government. We had the opportunity to work together on the National Commission on Fiscal Policy and Reform, and … Continue Reading

March 26, 2020

Crapo to Follow Governor Littleā€™s Guidance and Close Idaho Offices

Idaho Governor Brad Little today issued a 21-day statewide stay-home order in an extreme emergency declaration and, as a result, Senator Mike Crapo will be closing his state offices. All staff will now be working from home. Senator Crapo has already implemented a work from home policy with his D.C. staff. "Idahoans remain my priority and can still expect to receive timely responses to casework requests involving federal agencies," said Crapo. "You can continue to reach all of my offices by… Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Weekly Column: Confronting COVID-19

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic has challenged our sense of normalcy, and it has tested every institution of daily life we know. The crisis has had a major impact on the physical and economic health of our country, and a major response has been required. Thank you to all those within the health care system and others on the frontlines of battling the coronavirus for your dedication to treating patients and working to identify therapeutic medications (for short-term treatment) as well a… Continue Reading

March 23, 2020

Weekly Column: Moving America's Public Transportation Systems Forward

The Senate Banking Committee recently held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which expires at the end of September 2020. The FAST Act provides long-term funding certainty for public transportation agencies across the country, funding that goes toward capital purchases and operations of the systems, and ultimately promotes safety, mobility and economic opportunity. Public transportation plays a key role in our nation's economy. There ar… Continue Reading

March 16, 2020

Weekly Column: Shutting The Door On Telephone Scammers

We have heard about people in our communities, neighbors, friends, or even family, falling victim to robocall scams and losing significant amounts of money and security of their personal information. Scammers are coming up with ever-creative ways to manipulate our open society to defraud unsuspecting victims. These scams are out of control, and enough is enough. Thankfully, we are getting traction on enacting legislation aimed at helping to stop illegal robocalls. In December, the U.S. Sena… Continue Reading