March 10, 2005

Crapo Encouraged By Leavitt Confirmation Vote

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the overwhelming vote of 88-8 to confirm Utah Governor Mike Leavitt as Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency today is â??encouraging, both for the unity behind this nomination and the end of partisan debate that held up this nomination and could stall progress on other environmental issues.â?? Crapo voted in favor of Governor Leavittâ??s nomination. Crapo, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, supported Leavitt at the committee level as well. â??Governor Leavitt is skilled at consensus building and taking on the tough environmental issues we face,â?? Crapo said. â??I am confident he will put that experience to good use to make further environmental improvements.â??He has consistently demonstrated leadership, courage, and creativity in dealing with environmental questions in his home state. Above all, he has focused on collaborative solutions to environmental problems, recognizing the need to bring people together on polarizing issues to reach manageable solutions. Governor Leavitt is well equipped to navigate and negotiate the issues important to Idaho and the West. And I look forward to working with him closely as he begins serving as EPA Administrator,â?? Crapo added. # # #