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October 14, 2020

Crapo Reviews Judge Barrett’s Rulings In Final Day of Questions

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett during the Senate Committee on the Judiciary's second round of questioning as part of its week-long hearing to consider Barrett's nomination to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Senator Crapo reviewed statistics of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's record while being on the Seventh Circuit, to again clarify her record as a judge who would follow precedent. Senator Crapo said, … Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Crapo, Barrett Discuss Judicial Philosophy on Day 2 of SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, today questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett during the Committee's first round of questioning as part of its week-long hearing to consider Judge Barrett's nomination to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. During a 30-minute question and answer session, Senator Crapo asked Judge Barrett about her judicial jurisprudence, the principle of stare decisis, the Che… Continue Reading


October 12, 2020

Crapo: Judge Barrett Overwhelmingly Qualified

WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, today described Judge Amy Coney Barrett as overwhelmingly qualified and dedicated to interpreting the law as written. Crapo delivered his remarks during today's opening session of Judge Barrett's confirmation hearing to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will fill the seat left vacant by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Judg… Continue Reading


September 29, 2020

ICYMI: Crapo to receive Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service

Washington, D.C. -- On September 30, 2020, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Chaired by Governor Bill Haslam, will present The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service to Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Senator Crapo, as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will be recognized for helping craft the bipartisan legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, that provided relief to those suffering from hardships during t… Continue Reading


September 29, 2020

Crapo Meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Washington, D.C.--This morning, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, met with U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Meetings and phone calls with Senators mark the start of Judge Barrett's confirmation process. "I had a great meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett today to discuss her fitness for the Supreme Court," said Crapo following the meeting. "… Continue Reading


September 26, 2020

Crapo Comments on the Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "Congratulations to Judge Barrett for this high honor. I take seriously my constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review this nomination, and have long maintained that judges at every level of our judicial system must interpret … Continue Reading


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

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