September 22, 2014

Domestic Violence Is Brutal And Inexcusable

Brutal.  Disgusting.  Shocking.  Appalling.  Horrendous.  Every passing week brings more news reports about the latest incidents of abuse against spouses, children and in dating relationships.  We know instinctively that something is very wrong when incidents of domestic violence come to light.  Domestic violence is always brutal, life-altering and often deadly.  According the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violenc… Continue Reading

September 15, 2014

Off To School Financial Planning

As students start college, being aware of financial options and the long-term implications of student loans and debt is a critical part of laying the groundwork for a sound future.  Planning out how best to pay for school, learning about the financing choices available and thinking through the earning potential of a selected field of study can help reduce financial pressure after graduation. Beginning the path to higher education is filled with great excitement and opportunity for students.  Ho… Continue Reading

September 08, 2014

Together We Can Guide Meaningful Veterans Policy Reform

Throughout the past month, I have invited Idahoans to provide input about their experiences with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through participating in a short survey.  The input gathered through the survey is meant to help guide my advocacy for meaningful policy changes that will best ensure quality VA services for Idaho veterans.  Through the survey, I am receiving valuable insight into the experiences of Idaho veterans.  There is still time to participate in the survey through … Continue Reading

September 03, 2014

Restoring Veterans' Insurance Benefits

I am committed to the needs of our servicemembers and their families.  While personnel are deployed, their loved ones are tending to families and households, often meeting obligations without the daily help of the deployed.  The dedication and efforts of military spouses and family members directly contribute to the strength of our armed forces and country.  Military families are an integral part of the defense community and their needs continue should a servicemember pass away. The families of… Continue Reading

August 25, 2014

Wolf Predation And Livestock Loss Compensation

Threats to livestock operations have been compounded in recent years by the increased presence of federally reintroduced wolves and wildfires raging across limited grazing land.  While certainly not a cure all, Congress included programs in the enacted Farm Bill to help producers recover from these and other losses.  The federal government is responsible for the reintroduction of wolves in Idaho, and thus responsible for the impacts of this reintroduction.  In the 2013 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Pro… Continue Reading

August 18, 2014

Preventing Ill-Gotten Rewards

It is bad enough to learn of the doctored waitlists at some U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities.  It is incomprehensible that the staff involved in the waitlist doctoring received merit-based bonuses funded by the taxpayer.  Those involved in the waitlist scandal ought to reimburse the taxpayer for their bonuses.  Additionally, the VA must change its system for awarding and recognizing what should be exemplary work.   The VA has long been under pressure to better serve v… Continue Reading

August 11, 2014

Protecting Our Privacy

Concerns with how far the federal government will go in collecting and storing private, personal information are more than understandable.  These concerns are validated when we see examples of federal agencies overstepping into our personal lives, such as a federal agency collecting and monitoring massive amounts of data on individuals' personal financial accounts.  We must continue to watch the watchdogs and not allow the federal government to further encroach on our personal privacy.  Helping … Continue Reading

August 04, 2014

Senator Crapo Seeks Help Of Idaho's Veterans

The men and women of our Armed Forces face many challenges as they protect our nation.  Because of the unique challenges they face and solemn sacrifices they make, Congress must support the needs of service members both on the battlefield and upon their return.  The recent exposure of the mistreatment of veterans seeking assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) again underscores the need to improve the delivery of assistance to our nation's veterans.  The scandals prove th… Continue Reading

July 28, 2014

Uncovering Secret Science

Each year, federal agencies issue thousands of rules that increase costs and the amount of paperwork Americans must sift through to conduct business and meet federal requirements in a broad array of areas of our lives.  It is reasonable to expect the data used to craft federal rules to be sound, transparent and reproducible.  Federal agencies issue rules spelling out specific requirements ranging from minor policy corrections and updates to rules that have large impacts on individuals, local go… Continue Reading

July 21, 2014

Working To Stop Federal Water Grab

As hot summer temperatures are upon us, access to abundant, clean water becomes more acute.  This is especially true in western states, such as Idaho, where efforts are ongoing to balance the ever growing pressures on our water resources.  This requires balancing drinking water and food production water requirements with maintaining water for municipalities, wildlife habitat and the recreation that makes living in Idaho so enjoyable.  Under our constitutional system, the states, not the federal … Continue Reading

July 14, 2014

Honoring The American Cowboy And Cowgirl

The cowboy way of life runs deep in Idaho, where enterprising men and women broke towns out of brush and helped build the Idaho we know today.  They are examples of strength, hard work and integrity.  That is why they have been honored for the past nine years through a Senate Resolution that dedicates a day in July as the National Day of the American Cowboy to recognize the legacy of cowboys and cowgirls and their part in American history.  I joined 11 of my Senate colleagues, including fellow … Continue Reading

July 07, 2014

Record Taxes But Deficit Still Out Of Whack

Some may view the recent reports of increased tax revenue being paid into the U.S. Treasury as a sign that our economy is picking back up.  However, federal spending remains so excessive that our nation has a dangerously high deficit despite the influx in revenue from increased taxes.  This further confirms that the federal government cannot spend its way out of the problem.  We must enact comprehensive fiscal reform that grows our economy by reducing spending, reforming our tax code, stabilizin… Continue Reading

June 30, 2014

Farm Bill: Advancing Forest Health

Making up approximately 39 percent of Idaho's land, forests have an important role in our quality of life and economy in Idaho.  Environmentally, our forests are central to air and water quality, wildlife habitat, and they are resources for recreation.  Economically, they support communities through wood and paper products jobs and recreation dollars.  We must ensure that federal forest policy keeps up with this sector, and the enacted Farm Bill makes progress.  It often goes unrecognized that … Continue Reading

June 23, 2014

Addressing Highway Infrastructure Needs

We rely on our highways to get goods to markets both at home and abroad.  We rely on them to get to work and school.  We rely on them for recreation and tourism.  We rely on them to help grow our economy.  In a nation and state as expansive as ours, we cannot afford to be lax in the upkeep of our transportation infrastructure.  That is why it is important that Congress periodically review federal transportation infrastructure policy and make any necessary changes to ensure it is meeting America'… Continue Reading

June 16, 2014

INL Helping Extend Nuclear Reactor Lifespan

One of the great opportunities as a Senator from Idaho is being able to represent innovative industries and institutions that are leading the charge in tackling some of our nation's most significant challenges.  Expanding our nation's ability to generate the energy we need here at home, thus decreasing our reliance on foreign sources, remains a necessity.  Nuclear power, which provides nearly 20 percent of our total domestic electricity generation, has a critical role in meeting U.S. energy need… Continue Reading

June 09, 2014

The Call Of The Trail

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "The influence of fine scenery, the presence of mountains, appeases our irritations and elevates our friendships."  Fortunately, in Idaho, we have many opportunities to benefit from fine scenery and reflect on historical, nation-shaping events that took place along Idaho's trails.  For example, Idaho's section of the Lewis and Clark National Trail stretches across north-central Idaho from Lolo Pass to Lewiston.  A number of historic sites and trails can be accessed al… Continue Reading

June 02, 2014

Mothers Deserve Freedom To Choose Whether to Buy Potatoes

Those who argue that the Administration is right in excluding white potatoes as a nutritional option in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program are essentially saying that mothers utilizing WIC should not be able to choose whether to purchase white potatoes, despite their nutritional benefits.  It is like they claim to know better than we do what is good for us, regardless of nutritional facts to the contrary.  Nobody is forcing mothers to buy po… Continue Reading

May 26, 2014

Honoring The Families Of Fallen Heroes

This month, I have the honor of presenting the Spirit of Idaho award to the mother of an Idahoan who lost his life serving in Iraq.  She continues his commitment to serving others through a program she created to help meet the needs of active military, veterans and Gold Star families.  Her son's legacy of giving lives on in her work to help service members and their families in his loving memory.    Families of service members who lost their lives serving our nation are an important part of our… Continue Reading

May 14, 2014

Working To End IRS Targeting

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and arguably the "Father of the Constitution," understood that freedom of speech was instrumental in holding government accountable.  Unfortunately, we have seen multiple attempts by this Administration to stretch its regulatory authority and try to stifle this freedom.  The effort to use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to silence political dissent is intolerable and undermines our nation's founding principles.  That is why I once again… Continue Reading

May 07, 2014

New Federal Rule Threatens Control Over Water, Property

Idahoans know the value of environmental stewardship.  Access to abundant, clean water is a central pillar of our state's agricultural and natural resource heritage, providing numerous outdoor recreational opportunities and a uniquely Idaho way of life.  For these reasons, you will not find people more connected or more committed to water quality and quantity than Idahoans.    Unfortunately, recent moves by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threaten the very control of our water t… Continue Reading

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