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April 19, 2021

Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

-U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a coalition of Senators in introducing a resolution condemning a spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Crapo first spoke out against the recent horrific attacks on March 19. "The attacks over the last few months on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are horrific and reprehensible," Crapo said. "Idaho is home to the Minidoka National Historic site, one of the former World War II Japanese internment camps, and … Continue Reading

April 16, 2021

Idaho State Treasurer, Congressional Delegation Announce Secure Rural Schools Payments

BOISE--Members of Idaho's congressional delegation and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth say Idaho counties will receive a total of $19.2 million in payments this year under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. Under Idaho law, 30 percent of the SRS funding goes to counties to help with schools and the remaining 70 percent is earmarked for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. That means Idaho schools will receive roughly $5.7 million, and Idaho roads and other county projects wil… Continue Reading

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 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

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