News Releases

August 01, 2018

Crapo, Bennet Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Veterans’ Services

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R) and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D) today introduced bipartisan legislation to enhance access to essential resources for veterans, servicemembers, and their families by supporting local "network hubs." "The transition out of military service into the civilian world can prove a particularly overwhelming and daunting task for veterans and their families," Crapo said. "Many community-based and nonprofit organizations across the nation, including in Idaho, have ste… Continue Reading

July 30, 2018

Crapo, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Improve Servicemember Transition to Civilian Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow today introduced S.3299, the Improving Preparation and Resources for Occupational, Vocational, and Educational (IMPROVE) Transition for Servicemembers Act. The IMPROVE Transition for Servicemembers Act would make needed reforms to the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), a multiagency program responsible for providing pre-separation counseling, training and assistance to servicemembers returning to civilian life an… Continue Reading

July 24, 2018

Crapo, Corker, Announce Series of Hearings on Russia

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced their committees will hold a series of hearings on Russia. "We worked closely together to write the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which substantially expanded sanctions on Russia and overwhelmingly passed both the Senate and House last summer, and are eager to continue the important work being done by… Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Crapo Twin Falls Office to Close Temporarily July 23; Remote Office Dates Announced

Twin Falls - Due to required renovations by the US Senate, the Twin Falls-based office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will close for about one month, beginning Monday, July 23. To accommodate constituent requests, meetings and requirements, Crapo staff will be holding remote office hours through communities in southern Idaho. "The Senate has mandated certain security and other upgrades in my Twin Falls office," Crapo said. "But Idahoans in southern Idaho should not be without access to their lo… Continue Reading

July 12, 2018

Crapo Statement at Credit Bureau Hearing

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today convened a hearing entitled "An Overview of the Credit Bureaus and the Fair Credit Reporting Act." His opening statement from that hearing follows: The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today's hearing is entitled 'An Overview of the Credit Bureaus and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.' "Credit bureaus play a valuable role in our financial system by… Continue Reading

July 11, 2018

Crapo Chairs Nomination Hearing for Ryan Nelson; Risch Introduces Nelson to Committee

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today chaired the hearing for Ryan Nelson, an attorney from Idaho Falls and sixth-generation Idahoan, who has been nominated by President Trump to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In comments about Nelson, to his Senate colleagues, Crapo highlighted Nelson's thorough legal experience and ability. "Ryan has been widely recognized by his peers for his judgement and legal acumen. As a nati… Continue Reading

July 09, 2018

Crapo Comments on the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be U.S. Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued this statement regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "Judge Kavanaugh has a strong background of legal experience and knowledge and I congratulate him on this high honor. I take seriously my constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review this nomination. As that review is conducted, I have long said that judges at every level… Continue Reading

July 01, 2018

Crapo Statement on Boise Stabbing Incident

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement in reaction to Saturday night's stabbing incident in Boise: "I condemn Saturday's attack in Boise. Violence against our neighbors is unacceptable in all forms and I call on all of us to condemn this act of violence. Let us join together as a community to support and lift up the families of those being treated from this brutal attack."… Continue Reading

June 28, 2018

Crapo Targets Trade, Local Decisions in Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in the Senate will include significant improvements for on-the-ground collaborative projects and a boost in trade protection for Idaho and U.S. agricultural producers, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo helped advance some of the proposals in the Farm Bill, such as the expansion of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), which has spawned a number of active collaborative land-use groups in Idaho. He also supports increa… Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Hearing Brings Hope, Emotion, Facts for Downwinders

Washington, D.C. - A sense of inequity and urgency dominated the testimony of witnesses today during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on expanding government compensation for victims of cancer known as "downwinders." S. 197, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2017, was the subject of the hearing. The bill would increase compensation and widen eligibility requirements for victims who have been denied government help for more than fifty years, relating to cancer ca… Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

RECA Downwinder Hearing to be Carried Live

Washington, D.C. - Idahoans will be able to view Wednesday's Senate hearing on federal legislation affecting downwinders Wednesday, as it will be streamed live on the Senate Judiciary Committee's website. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will chair the hearing on S. 197, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2017. The hearing is viewed as a major step toward just compensation for victims of radiation known as "downwinders," related to nuclear weapons testing during the 1950s an… Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Crapo, Brown, Duckworth Introduce TRIP Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), today introduced legislation to enhance rail transit safety. The Transit Rail Inspection Practices Act, or "TRIP" Act, ensures State safety programs are providing sufficient oversight of rail transit systems through inspections. The legislation stems from the Committee's ongoing oversight work and … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Idaho Downwinders in Spotlight as Crapo Chairs Senate Hearing on RECA

Washington, D.C. - A major step toward just compensation for victims of radiation known as "downwinders," relating to nuclear weapons testing during the 1950s and 1960s, comes this week before a U.S. Senate committee in Washington, D.C. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will chair a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on S. 197, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2017. Crapo and several co-sponsors introduced the legislation in January 2017. The hearing is scheduled for this W… Continue Reading

June 20, 2018

Nuclear Fuel Recycling Pilot Program Approved by Senate

WASHINGTON - Idaho National Laboratory (INL) nuclear research will benefit from a $15 million pilot program secured by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch, and Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to recycle spent naval fuel for use in advanced nuclear reactors. The proposal by the senators was adopted today by the full Senate on a 87-9 vote. The Senate is currently debating the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The demonstration project would blend high-enriche… Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Crapo Statement on Border Family Separation

Senator Crapo issued the following statement on family separation at the border: "Children should not be separated from their families and the issue needs to be resolved quickly. I have consistently supported measures that would secure our borders and provide safety for those seeking asylum or to otherwise legally enter the United States." ###… Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Idahoans Say Opioid Partnerships Are Working

WASHINGTON - Awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction is increasing, but are federal, state and local partnerships working to reduce the risk to Idahoans and Americans? Expanded commitment to fight opioid abuse through new initiatives at the federal level and assistance to states through programs included in the 21st Century Cures Act are reducing the opioid problem in Idaho, according to results provided by those working to address the crisis. Local recovery efforts were shared with Id… Continue Reading

June 07, 2018

Nature Conservancy Recognizes Crapo for Leading Wildfire Funding Reforms

WASHINGTON - In recognition of his leadership to bring an end to the dangerous practice known as fire borrowing, The Nature Conservancy of Idaho today recognized Idaho Senator Mike Crapo with its Conservation Champion Award. Crapo's legislation, cosponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and supported also by Idaho Senator Jim Risch, was the result of more than five years of work bringing together bipartisan stakeholders from both houses of Congress, the Administration and external stakeholde… Continue Reading

June 06, 2018

I-84 to be Widened in Canyon County

Washington, DC - Interstate 84 will be widened to three lanes in both directions through the Nampa area, thanks in part to $90 million in federal funding announced today by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador. Idaho's Congressional Delegation pressed for federal funding to widen I-84 through Canyon County under the federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. Both Crapo and Risch spoke with U.S. Transportation Se… Continue Reading

May 24, 2018

President Signs Crapo Banking Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON - Community banks and credit unions across the country will soon receive regulatory relief from onerous regulations thanks to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), which was signed into law today. As Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Senator Crapo worked with his colleagues in the Senate, House, and outside groups and stakeholders to craft and usher this bipartisan banking legislation through Congress and to the Pr… Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Crapo Announces Additional Unincorporated Town Meetings June 2

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will host a series of meetings in unincorporated communities in North Idaho on June 2. In addition to his meetings, Crapo will be on hand in Lenville to present a Congressional Record Statement honoring Terrence Parsons, originally from Genesee, who was named the 2017 Sailor of the Year by the United Services Organization (USO). After holding more than 200 town meeting in all of Idaho's i… Continue Reading

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