News Releases

November 14, 2019

ICYMI: Crapo Launches #MilitaryMonday

Washington, D.C. - Idaho is home to many veterans and currently-serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have demonstrated exemplary military service during their careers. On Veterans Day 2019, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) launched a new monthly social media feature to highlight an Idaho servicemember's or veteran's service to our country. The new feature, #MilitaryMonday, will take place on the second Monday of each month. "Idaho's servicemembers and veterans have made a lasting im… Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Crapo, Risch, Simpson Announce Late November, Early December Senior Outreach Schedule in the Magic Valley

TWIN FALLS, ID - Today, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Rep. Mike Simpson announced that representatives from their Twin Falls regional offices will be holding outreach hours at senior centers throughout the Magic Valley in late November and early December. Staff members will be available from 11:00am - 1:30pm at each visit to discuss federal issues and concerns. Representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) and CSI Office on Aging will also be available t… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Crapo, Risch Praise DOE-Idaho Spent Fuel, Waste Cleanup Agreement

Washington, D.C. -- Idaho Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that will allow research quantities of commercial spent nuclear fuel to be brought to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch issued the following statements, praising the agreement. "This agreement is a good step forward for Idaho and the Department of Energy to ensure successful treatment and shi… Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Crapo, Shaheen Push for Additional Efforts to Bring Home Missing Servicemembers

Washingon, D.C. -- According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), 359 Idahoans are listed as missing during their service in the United States Armed Forces. To continue his efforts to bring home prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA), U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced, with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), the Bring Our Heroes Home Act to provide for an expedited and consolidated process for declassifying and collecting records of POW and MIA pe… Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Crapo Honors 28 Idaho Veterans & Volunteers With Spirit of Freedom Award

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R- Idaho) today announced 28 Idahoans will be recognized with the 2019 Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award. Individuals are nominated by veterans' organizations across Idaho for this annual award for serving our nation and veterans. The award, established by Crapo in 2002, is a small way to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of Idaho's veterans and volunteers who support Idaho veterans. As of 2019, 313 Spirit of Freedom Awards w… Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Crapo Joins Bipartisan Group to Promote Reforms for Broken Budget Process

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, joined Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) and a bipartisan group of other Senators in introducing legislation that would fix the federal government's broken budget process. The Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, S. 2765, would provide a more orderly, deliberative budget process focused on long-term fiscal planning. It encourages bipartisan collaboration in tackling the nation's growin… Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Crapo Announces Staff Changes

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today announced several staff promotions and hires in his Washington, D.C., office. Molly Carpenter joined the office in September as the new Military Legislative Assistant. Previously, Carpenter served in a similar role for the late Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona). She will cover policy areas of defense, military, intelligence, veterans and foreign affairs. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Crapo, Risch, Simpson Announce Senior Outreach Schedule in the Magic Valley

TWIN FALLS - Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Representative Mike Simpson announced that representatives from their Twin Falls regional offices will be holding outreach hours at senior centers throughout the Magic Valley in late October and early November. Staff members will be available from 11:00am - 1:30pm at each visit to discuss federal issues and concerns. Representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) and CSI Office on Aging will also be ava… Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Crapo, Colleagues Express Concern Regarding Suicide Rates among National Guardsmen

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) expressing concerns with the high rates of suicide in the National Guard. Citing information from the DOD Annual Suicide Report for Calendar Year 2018, the letter acknowledges the suicide rate for members of the Guard was 30.6 suicides per 100,000 population, compared to 24.8 suicides per 100,000 population in the Active component, and … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Crapo: Proposed Transportation Rule Would Provide Greater Autonomy to Idaho Tribes

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) earlier this week announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program at DOT. The announcement is the culmination of a three-year negotiated rulemaking process among representatives of Indian tribes, the DOT and the Department of the Interior (DOI). "The proposed rulemaking recognizes the unique self-governance capabilities of Idaho's tribes to strengthen infrastructure and redu… Continue Reading


October 02, 2019

Senators Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and 27 of their Senate colleagues today requested that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators wrote, "Congress has an obligat… Continue Reading


September 23, 2019

Senate Recognizes September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate unanimously supported a Senate Resolution designating September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) introduced the resolution, which aims to "educate people in the United States about prostate cancer and early detection strategies crucial to saving the lives of men and preserving and protecting families." "I know firsthand the need for early screenings and warnings when it comes to … Continue Reading


September 23, 2019

Six Interns Join Crapo’s Offices for Fall Term

Washington, D.C. -- The Washington, D.C., and state offices of U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will have four interns serve in various capacities for the fall of 2019. "Internships with the U.S. Senate provide each person with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in the legislative branch," said Crapo. "Our interns this fall will be tasked with assignments that help them witness firsthand how the views and needs of Idahoans are considered before Congress in the front office, … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Crapo, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize Breast Cancer Awareness Funding

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) have introduced legislation to reauthorize and increase funding for the Young Women's Breast Health Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act. The earlier cancer cases are identified, the better the chance of surviving this often deadly disease. The key to early detection and treatment lies in education, advocacy and research. The EARLY Act, which first became law in 2010, empowers young a… Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Western Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. -- A bipartisan group of Western senators have introduced legislation to provide long-term financial security for rural counties. The legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) would reauthorize the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for ten years. The program provides critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 state… Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Crapo Honors Latah County Sheriff With Spirit of Idaho Award

MOSCOW -- Under a donated new entertainment stage cover at the Latah County Fairgrounds and Events Center, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) honored Latah County Sheriff Richard "Richie" Skiles with his Spirit of Idaho (SOI) Award on Wednesday. "Sheriff Skiles already serves his community every day by putting on his uniform as Latah County Sheriff," said Senator Crapo. "Yesterday, I presented Sheriff Richie Skiles with the Spirit of Idaho Award because his selflessness and commitment to his c… Continue Reading


September 03, 2019

Crapo, Risch, Wyden, Merkley Call on TriWest to Ensure Urgent Care Access for Veterans in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today pressed TriWest Healthcare Alliance on its implementation of the new urgent care benefit under the VA MISSION Act following reports that veterans in rural Oregon and Idaho are unable to access the benefit. In a letter to TriWest President and Chief Executive Officer David J. McIntyre, Jr., the Senators noted that veterans in rural communities in their state have ci… Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Crapo, Risch Join Colleagues Urging Supreme Court Judicial Independence

Washington, D.C. -- Idaho's U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined a group of Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) urging it to maintain an independent level of judicial jurisprudence. The letter is in response to recent political threats to restructure the Court. "We therefore ask that the Justices fulfill their oaths to 'faithfully and impartially' follow the law," the letter reads. "They should rule in this case only as the law di… Continue Reading


August 28, 2019

Crapo Statement on Retirement of Senator Johnny Isakson

Washington, D.C -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued this statement following Senator Johnny Isakson's (R-Georgia) announcement that he would retire at the end of this year: "Senator Isakson has been a committed and respected conservative leader. He has dutifully and faithfully represented the people of Georgia in various roles in the U.S. Congress for more than twenty years. Senator Isakson's leadership garnered legislative victories for his fellow veterans and fellow Georgians. We … Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Senators: Placing Reactor Innovation Center in Idaho is a Credit to the Idaho National Lab

Idaho Falls -- In just three years, the nuclear advancement and technology plans envisioned by Idaho's U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch came to reality today at the Idaho National Laboratory. Flanked by Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Manager Bob Boston and Idaho National Lab (INL) Director Dr. Mark Peters, Crapo and Risch discussed the decision to locate the new National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) at the Idaho Falls facility. The NRIC is the result of the Nuclear Energy Innova… Continue Reading

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