News Releases

May 14, 2021

Crapo Honors Fallen Bonneville Deputy Wyatt Maser on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C.--During National Police Week, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) paid tribute to the life, service and legacy of Wyatt Christopher Maser, a Bonneville County Sheriff's Deputy who died in the line of duty on May 18, 2020. In his speech on the Senate Floor, Senator Crapo highlighted Deputy Maser's service in the U.S. Air Force and Bonneville Sheriff's Department, his love for his wife, Paige, and their daughter, Morgan, and that his memory will not be forgotten. Video of Senato… Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Rubio, Senate Republicans Urge POTUS to Stand with Israel and Not Provide Sanctions Relief to Iran

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), former Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and 41 Republican colleagues urged President Joe Biden to stand with close United States ally, Israel. As Israel is under attack from Iranian-backed terrorists, the Biden Administration is negotiating and potentially offering sanctions relief to Iran, the world's leading state sponsor … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Crapo: To Strengthen Economy, We Must Fully Reopen and Execute An Ambitious Trade Policy

Washington, D.C.--During his opening statement at a Senate Finance Committee Hearing on the Administration's Trade Agenda, Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) highlighted significant progress made in ending the COVID-19 pandemic, but expressed disappointment with progress on strengthening the economy. In order to boost economic activity, Crapo said we need an ambitious trade policy focused on enforcement, negotiation of new rules, increased market access and opportunities, and consultation with… Continue Reading


April 29, 2021

Crapo, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Improve Care and Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substances

Washington, D.C.--Between 2007 and 2020, about 75 percent of veteran disability claims related to burn pit exposure were denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) introduced new bipartisan legislation, the Toxic Exposure Training Act, to require VA to provide health care personnel with improved education and training to identify, treat and assess the impact of illnesses related to exposure to burn pits and other toxic s… Continue Reading


April 26, 2021

Idaho Delegation Urges Interior Secretary to Follow the Science, Delist Yellowstone Grizzly Population

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher (all R-Idaho) joined lawmakers from Montana and Wyoming to urge Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to heed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) study demonstrating the full recovery of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear populations and return species management to the states. "It has been sixteen years since the GYE population was first proposed for r… Continue Reading


April 26, 2021

Idaho Delegation Announces Virtual Service Academy Day

BOISE--The Idaho Delegation announced a Virtual Military Service Academy Day for the state. Students interested in learning more about the U.S. Academies should sign up to receive a link to the event at https://simpson.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=1342. Join and listen to academy liaisons, cadets and midshipmen discuss the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students will learn about the application process … Continue Reading


April 23, 2021

Crapo, Colleagues Urge Defense Secretary to Take Final Steps in Restoring Full Education Benefits for Guard and Reserve Members

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo joined U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and 12 additional Senate colleagues in urging Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to take the final steps to enable members of the Guard and Reserve to concurrently use Federal Tuition Assistance and GI Bill® benefits to fund their education, similar to Active Duty servicemembers. Senator Crapo signed a similar letter to then-Secretary Mark Esper in September 2019. "The brave men and women who serve i… Continue Reading


April 23, 2021

Crapo, Risch Lead Effort to Prioritize Energy & Domestic Security, Strengthen U.S. Critical Mineral Supply Chain

Washington, D.C.--The current federal permitting process has been an impediment to mineral production and the mineral security of the United States. Permitting times in the U.S. rank among some of the longest in the world and are a threat to our national security and economy. U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) today joined Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to introduce legislation to improve the quality and timeliness of federal permitting and review processes with respect t… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Crapo: We Can Work Together to Form an American Trade Policy to Confront China

Washington, D.C.--In his opening statement before today's Senate Finance Committee hearing on "U.S.-China Relations: Improving U.S. Competitiveness Through Trade," U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Committee, stressed the need for policies that reflect America's ingenuity and values to counter threats posed by China. "China is a potent challenge to the United States on several levels--economic, strategic and moral," Crapo said. "Republicans and Democrats can--and should… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Wyden, Merkley Urge Biden Administration to Support Long-Term Stability for Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today asked the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to support long-term stability for the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program to ensure rural counties have the consistent funding needed for schools, road maintenance and other essential services. In a letter to OMB Acting Director Shalanda Young, the Senators requested that OMB include a permanent national endowment… Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Bipartisan, Bicameral Leaders Reintroduce Future Logging Careers Act

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Representatives Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-Pennsylvania) to reintroduce the Future Logging Careers Act for the 117th Congress. This legislation would allow teenage members of logging families to gain experience in the logging trade under parental supervision so that they may carry on the family business. "In the logging industry, as in many oth… Continue Reading


April 19, 2021

Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a coalition of Senators in introducing a resolution condemning a spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Crapo first spoke out against the recent horrific attacks on March 19. "The attacks over the last few months on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are horrific and reprehensible," Crapo said. "Idaho is home to the Minidoka National Historic site, one of the former World War II Japanese inter… Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

Idaho State Treasurer, Congressional Delegation Announce Secure Rural Schools Payments

BOISE--Members of Idaho's congressional delegation and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth say Idaho counties will receive a total of $19.2 million in payments this year under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. Under Idaho law, 30 percent of the SRS funding goes to counties to help with schools and the remaining 70 percent is earmarked for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. That means Idaho schools will receive roughly $5.7 million, and Idaho roads and other county projects wil… Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

Crapo, Colleagues Introduce Financial Institution Customer Protection Act

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a longtime opponent of Operation Choke Point, and former Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is taking additional steps to further his efforts to prohibit financial institutions from denying services to law-abiding businesses holding politically disfavored opinions. He joined U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in introducing the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act. The bill would prohibit federal regulators from arbitrarily forc… Continue Reading


April 14, 2021

Idaho Delegation Urges USDA to Distribute Timber Hauling Relief

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and U.S. Representatives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson (all R-Idaho) want quick action on assistance to the timber industry. The Idaho congressional delegation sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack urging him to quickly distribute $200 million in funding for the timber industry that was included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed in December. "Idaho… Continue Reading


April 13, 2021

Crapo, Cornyn, Colleagues Ask Biden to Fund Initiatives to Increase U.S. Semiconductor Production

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and a bipartisan, bicameral group of colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden requesting that he fund the initiatives to restore semiconductor manufacturing to American soil included in the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act that was signed into law in December as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. "We write today to enc… Continue Reading


April 09, 2021

Idaho Delegation Welcomes Withdrawal of Plans to Sell Seattle Archives Facility

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and U.S. Representatives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson (all R-Idaho) issued the following joint statement after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that it would withdraw its January 24, 2020, approval of the sale of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility in Seattle: "The items at the Seattle Federal Records Center tell the great story of the state of Idaho, from the Tribes originally inhabiting… Continue Reading


April 01, 2021

Western Senators Introduce MORE PILT Act

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) in introducing the Making Obligations Right by Enlarging Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act, or MORE PILT Act. This bill would direct the Secretary of Interior to conduct a study on federal lands eligible for PILT payments to determine the actual property value of the land and the foregone property tax revenues that counties would have otherwise received. "PILT payments are critical to rur… Continue Reading


March 26, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Highlighting Crisis at Southern Border

Washington, D.C.--Citing the recent influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) recently joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and 19 additional co-sponsors in introducing a Senate Resolution expressing a sense of the Senate that the situation at the southern border constitutes a crisis. "President Biden used his first day in office to terminate the national emergency on the border, undoing a number of efforts by the Trump Administrati… Continue Reading


March 26, 2021

Crapo, Risch Introduce Bill to Delist Grizzly Bears

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho), joined U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) and colleagues in introducing the Grizzly Bear State Management Act. This bill would remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the endangered species list and shift management to the states. "Idaho's local wildlife managers have a history of successful species management practices based on sound science and collaborative efforts among federal, sta… Continue Reading

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