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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

Washington, D.C. -- 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 Polic… Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

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

Washington, D.C. - 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 a… Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Crapo Leads Economic Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today voted in favor of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which the Senate passed by a vote of 96-0. The CARES Act is the third package the Senate has passed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, Crapo voted to support funding that would help bolster the nation's response to the virus, followed by a s… Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Crapo Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Help Protect Domestic Food Supply During Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a bipartisan, bicameral letter led by Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Representative Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina), and signed by more than 100 members of Congress, urging President Trump and his Administration to maintain access to vetted, temporary workers to help ensure America's agriculture industry has the workforce necessary to continue producing the country's domestic food supply as the United States combats the C… Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Idaho Delegation Postpones Upcoming Academy Days

BOISE -- Today, the Idaho Delegation announced it would postpone indefinitely the remaining Service Academy Days due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The delegation will announce new dates at a later time. CANCELLED EVENTS: South Idaho April 4, 2020 1pm-3pm Gowen Field, MG Kane Aud. Readiness Ctr., Bldg. #440 Boise, ID 83705 East Idaho April 18, 2020 1pm-3pm Idaho National Guard Armory 10714 Fairgrounds… Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Crapo Statement on Coronavirus Emergency Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today voted in support of the coronavirus emergency legislation that passed the Senate in a vote of 90-8. "Over the last several weeks, America has been faced with the uncertainty of the risks, transmission and effects of the coronavirus, or COVID-19," said Senator Crapo. "At the national, state, local and even household level, this pandemic has challenged our sense of normalcy and it has tested every institution of daily life we know. Ea… Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Idaho Delegation: Work Continues Despite Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Idaho congressional delegation said that legislative and constituent service work in their offices will continue, even while a number of staffers located in Washington, D.C., work from home to help in slowing the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. While at least one Senate staffer in another office located in DC has tested positive for the virus, no one in Idaho's D.C. delegation offices has tested positive for the virus. Protecting Idahoans and staff against the… Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

ICYMI: White House Issues Principles for Reducing Drug Costs

Washington, D.C. -- In a Wall Street Journal op-ed penned by Joe Grogan, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Administration outlined five principles for reducing drug costs while maintaining America's strength in pharmaceutical innovation. The Lower Costs, More Cures Act, introduced in the Senate on December 19, 2019, meets and exceeds the principles outlined by Director Grogan. "America's biopharmaceutical manufacturers have brought life-saving therapies to patients," sa… Continue Reading


March 09, 2020

Crapo, Tester Lead Bipartisan Push to Provide Full Benefits for Disabled Veterans

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide combat-wounded veterans with less than 20 years of service, also known as Chapter 61 Veterans, both their disability compensation and retired pay. Currently, military retirees with combat-related injuries qualify for retirement pay for their service. These retirees also qualify for disability compensation for injuries acquired in combat. For retired veterans with l… Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Library of Congress to Host Veterans Oral History Project Workshop in Jerome

JEROME, Idaho - On Saturday, March 14, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 3001, in conjunction with Senator Crapo's Twin Falls Office, will host a workshop with the Library of Congress to teach techniques and strategies to those interested in gathering veterans' oral stories. The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves veterans' histories and makes them available to the public "so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Crapo Statement on Coronavirus Supplemental

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today after voting to approve supplemental funding to fight the coronavirus: "The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has captured the attention and worry of many Americans across the country. I voted today to support funding that would help bolster states' responses to the virus, advance research to develop a vaccine, fund community health centers and provide for other emergency response mechanisms. Idaho Governor Brad Little has tak… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Crapo, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Simplify State Veteran Home Inspections

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) today introduced bipartisan legislation to simplify the inspection process at State Veterans Homes (SVH) to help the nation's veterans continue to receive high quality care by facilities unburdened by bureaucratic overlap. "Idaho's three State Veterans Homes play an important role in the effort to address the unique medical and quality of life needs of Idaho's veterans," said Senator Crapo. "Requiring these Hom… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Idaho Delegation Announces Service Academy Days

BOISE -- Today, the Idaho Delegation announced several Service Academy Days around the state. Students interested in learning more about the U.S. Academies should come and listen to Academy liaisons, cadets, and midshipmen discuss the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Airforce Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students will learn about the application process and how to achieve a Congressional nomination. Central Idaho March 5, 2020 6pm-8p… Continue Reading


February 24, 2020

Crapo Announces Staff Changes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today announced recent staff promotions and hires in his Washington, D.C., and Idaho Falls offices. Molly Carpenter has been promoted to Legislative Director. Previously, Carpenter served the Crapo office as legislative assistant for defense, military, intelligence, veterans and foreign affairs. Carpenter has served a decade in the U.S. Senate, having previously worked for the late Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona).… Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Idaho Leaders to Talk Trade Benefits

Boise - Idaho's agricultural and political leadership will join together Thursday morning in Governor Brad Little's Ceremonial Office to discuss the benefits of the U.S. Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) that was recently signed into law. According to an analysis by the U.S. International trade Commission, the USMCA agreement will raise U.S. real GDP by over $68 billion and create nearly 176,000 new jobs, while increasing total agricultural food exports by $2.2 billion. Idaho producers wil… Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Crapo Drug Pricing Bill

WASHINGTON - The United States Chamber of Commerce today endorsed U.S. Senator Crapo's (R-Idaho) Lower Costs, More Cures Act (S. 3129), which would lower prescription drug prices, bring greater transparency to the prescription drug industry and encourage further innovation of new treatments and cures within the U.S. "Access to affordable prescriptions remains one of the most persistent challenges in our country," said Senator Crapo. "I thank the Chamber for its endorsement of the Lower Costs,… Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Crapo, Cortez Masto Lead Bipartisan Call to Support Medicare Advantage

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) and Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), along with 62 of their colleagues, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma expressing support for the Medicare Advantage program. Nationwide, 3,148 Medicare Advantage plans will be available for individual enrollment for the 2020 plan year. "Different Medicare Advantage plans allow beneficiaries to select a health plan tha… Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Six Interns Join Crapo's Offices for Spring Term

WASHINGTON - The Washington, D.C., and state offices of U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will have six interns serve in various capacities for the spring of 2020. "The interns joining my office this spring will have a unique perspective into the daily work of the U.S. Senate," said Senator Crapo. "They will be tasked with assignments to help them gain hands-on experience working in the legislative branch, and will witness firsthand how the needs of Idahoans are considered before Congress. I… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Crapo Votes to Acquit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) released the statement below following his vote to acquit President Donald J. Trump on both Articles of Impeachment submitted by the U.S. House of Representatives: "The highly partisan impeachment in the House of Representatives seeks to remove President Trump from office for 1) improper motives in conducting an otherwise legal act in furtherance of legitimate national foreign policy interests, 2) holding a meeting at the United Nations in New York… Continue Reading

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