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September 24, 2020

Senate Resolution Designates Forensic Science Week

Washington, D.C.--The U.S. Senate unanimously agreed to a Senate Resolution designating September 20-26, 2020, as National Forensic Science Week. The Resolution, introduced by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), along with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-California), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), would recognize the role forensic science plays in the investigation, prosecution and conviction of crimes, as well as exoneration … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Idaho Delegation Celebrates Reduced Bureaucracy, Increased Local Control of Irrigation

Washington, D.C. -- The Minidoka Irrigation District and the A& B Irrigation District in Idaho's Magic Valley will soon assume ownership of two federal irrigation facilities and districts currently owned by the Bureau of Reclamation. This transfer is the fourth set of water-related facilities transferred under a provision sponsored by Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) that was ultimately included in S. 47, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-9) signed by … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Crapo Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Idaho Falls, Idaho--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued this statement following the news of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Justice Ginsburg was a stalwart leader on the issues and causes important to her. While I did not agree with some of her opinions on matters of legal doctrine, I respect her courage to hold steadfast to her beliefs. Prior to her service on the Supreme Court, her work with Idaho-based atto… Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Idaho Delegation Encourages Farmers and Ranchers to Submit for Round Two of CFAP

Washington, D.C.--Starting on Monday, September 21, eligible farmers and ranchers can begin submitting applications for the next round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) support administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is the result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was supported by the entire Idaho Delegation, and includes $14 billion through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), to provide immediate relief throu… Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Crapo, Risch, Simpson Announce Department of Transportation Grant for Eastern Idaho

Washington, D.C.--Members of Idaho's Congressional delegation, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, as well as U.S. Representative Mike Simpson, welcomed the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) award of a $20 million grant under the competitive Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program to an Idaho-Wyoming partnership project. The funding for the Teton Mobility Corridor project will help implement multimodal improvements necessary along the state highway corrid… Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Crapo Welcomes New Interns for Fall Term

Washington, D.C. -- Two interns have joined U.S. Senator Mike Crapo's (R-Idaho) Washington, D.C., and Boise offices for the fall term. "Working in the Senate as the United States continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly a challenge during this consequential time," said Senator Crapo. "The interns joining my office this fall have expressed a commitment to public service in rising to the challenge of navigating a new working environment complete with social distancing and enhanced … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Crapo, Risch Join Landmark Forest Management Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C.--Amid the catastrophic wildfires burning in the western United States, U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have signed on in support of major, bipartisan forest management reform legislation. The Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020, which was introduced last month by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Steve Daines (R-Montana), increases active management of federal forests, cuts red tape, reduces frivolous litigation and gives the U.S. F… Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Crapo, Risch Announce Department of Transportation Grants for Ponderay, Nez Perce Tribe

BOISE, Idaho --U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award the City of Ponderay $1.4 million and the Nez Perce Tribe $19.1 million in funding as part of the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) competitive grant program. This funding will help the City of Ponderay fund the design and engineering of safe, direct access from Ponderay to the Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail and support the Nez Perce Tribe as it wor… Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Crapo, Risch Vote to Support Targeted COVID-19 Relief

Washington, D.C. -- Idaho's U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today voted on the motion to proceed to consideration of the Targeted Relief Package introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) earlier this week. The measure would have provided coronavirus relief funding to support American families, schools, small businesses and the health care industry as the country continues to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The cloture vote failed by a vote of 52-47. "In March, C… Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Crapo, Risch Grizzly Bear Bill Moves Forward in Senate

Washington, D.C.--Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on S.614, the Grizzly Bear State Management Act. The legislation, which was introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and is cosponsored by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, would remove the grizzly bear from the endangered species list in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and permit states to manage the species. "Species management is a critical tool to protect species and ecosystems, and Idaho's l… Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Crapo, Risch Call for Wheat Grower Assistance

Washington, D.C. -- Yesterday, U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting funds in the CARES Act be provided to wheat growers of all wheat varieties to address price impacts from COVID-19. "As Members of Congress representing wheat-producing states, we write regarding the deteriorating economic conditions being experienced by wheat farmers across the country who are already nearly complete with this year's h… Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Tina Smith Lead Bipartisan Group in Calling for Enforcement of USMCA Dairy Provisions

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Senator Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) led a bipartisan group of 25 Senators in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer urging enforcement of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) dairy provisions. "Fair market access for American dairy farmers was a key pillar of the USMCA's agriculture section," the Senators wrote in their letter. "USMCA is p… Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Crapo, Risch, Gardner Call for Increased Access for Fresh Potato Exports to Mexico

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) are calling on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to continue to advocate for increased access for United States fresh potato exports to Mexico during any trade negotiations with the Mexican government. "Although U.S. potato producers can ship processed, dried and frozen potatoes to Mexico, their access to the fresh potato mark… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Crapo Announces Staff Changes

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today announced recent staff promotions and hires in his Washington, D.C., office. Nate Favero has been promoted to Legislative Correspondent. Favero will cover issues related to health care, education and Social Security. He previously served as Staff Assistant after an internship in Senator Martha McSally's (R-Arizona) office. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brigham Young University, where he played on the basebal… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Crapo, Risch Support Bill to Provide for the Common Defense, Including Idaho Priorities

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted in support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to support our military personnel and their families and strengthen our national defense strategy. This is the 60th consecutive year that Congress has fulfilled its constitutional duty to "provide for the common defense." "This bipartisan NDAA signals to our nation's heroes in the Armed Forces that the country has their back as they… Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Idaho Delegation Hails Changes to USDA Coronavirus Program for Idaho's Potato Industry

BOISE, Idaho -- Today, the Idaho Delegation hailed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to revise the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to better address the needs of the potato industry. Initially, CFAP based the potato payments solely on data for the fresh potato industry market, which only encompasses a small piece of the potato market. The newly announced revisions to the CFAP program will better reflect the intricacies of the potato industry by including the marke… Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Crapo Hosts Two New Interns for Summer 2020

Washington, D.C. -- Two interns have joined U.S. Senator Mike Crapo's (R-Idaho) Washington, D.C., office for the summer term. "It is undoubtedly a challenging and unprecedented time in Washington, D.C.," said Senator Crapo. "The interns who have joined my office this summer have already risen to the challenge of navigating a new working environment complete with social distancing and enhanced sanitation. They have conducted their work with optimism and have demonstrated resiliency in the fac… Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Crapo Votes to Protect Children Online

Washington, D.C. -- In today's U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Executive Business Meeting, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) supported legislation to keep children safe online. The Committee today voted to advance the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act) in the nature of a substitute amendment that contained technical changes to the original bill. Senator Crapo issued the following statement at the conclusion of the hearing: "At the beg… Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Crapo Highlights Idaho Judicial Emergency

Washington, D.C. -- In a U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing to examine the Judicial Conference's recommendation for more judgeships, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) reiterated the need for a third federal district judgeship in Idaho. "Idaho is one of only three states that only has two authorized judgeships," said Senator Crapo. "Idaho was given its two federal judge positions when the state had a population of 600,000 people. Today, the population of the state is nearly 1.7 mil… Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Senators Crapo, Paul, King, Lee Introduce FAIR Act to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Process, Protect Innocent Americans

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Angus King (I-Maine) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) reintroduced the bipartisan Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, S. 4074, to protect property owners' rights, defend innocent Americans and restore the Fifth Amendment's role in civil forfeiture proceedings. "Requiring Americans to prove their property should not have been taken by the government, rather than the government proving guilt, undermines our system… Continue Reading

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