News Releases

August 02, 2021

Idaho Senators Introduce Legislation to Uphold Navigable Waters Protection Rule

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) and 30 Republican colleagues in introducing legislation, S. 2567, codifying the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently outlined plans to replace the NWPR with a new rule that goes even further than the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. If the NWPR is rep… Continue Reading

July 28, 2021

What They Are Saying: Support for Clean Energy Innovation Bill

Washington, D.C.--Support from energy industry and environmental groups continues to grow for the Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) Act, a bipartisan energy tax proposal introduced by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Finance Committee Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) to encourage innovation in the clean energy sector. Read below to see what they are saying. "The bipartisan Energy Sector Innovation Credit creates incentives for breakthrough innova… Continue Reading

July 28, 2021

Crapo: Every Worker Should Have the Opportunity to Save for a Secure Retirement

Washington, D.C.--At a Senate Finance Committee Hearing examining ways Congress can build on bipartisan retirement legislation, Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) highlighted key policy areas for Congress to consider as it evaluates proposals to improve the retirement system so every worker has the chance to save for a secure retirement. Click HERE for video. Key Excerpts: "As the economy continues to bounce back, we have a chance to build on the success of the Setting Every Community Up… Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

Crapo, Risch Introduce UNRWA Accountability and Transparency Act

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and 12 of their colleagues in introducing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Accountability and Transparency Act. This legislation outlines a comprehensive approach to cease U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), a successor entity, or to the U.N. regular budget fo… Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Whitehouse, Reed, Panetta Introduce Legislation to Encourage Innovation in the Clean Energy Sector

Washington, D.C.--According to a report by the International Energy Agency, approximately 40 percent of cumulative CO2 emissions reductions needed to meet sustainability targets rely on technologies not yet commercially deployed on a mass-market scale. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and U.S. Senate Finance Committee member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) have introduced the Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) Act, a bipartisan energy tax… Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

Crapo: To Unlock Promise of USMCA, We Need to Press for Effective Implementation and Enforcement

Washington, D.C.--During a U.S. Senate Finance Committee Hearing on "Implementation and Enforcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): One Year After Entry into Force," Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) stressed the need for effective implementation and enforcement of the USMCA. Senator Crapo also welcomed Allan Huttema, Chairman of the Northwest Dairy Association and Darigold Board of Directors, an Idahoan from Parma, who provided testimony before the Committee. Cl… Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

Crapo Statement on the Passing of Former Senator Mike Enzi

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued this statement on receiving news that former Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) passed away July 26, 2021, following a tragic bicycle accident over the weekend. "For over two decades, Senator Enzi passionately served the people of Wyoming as a thoughtful, conservative leader. He brought his experience as an accountant and small businessman to Washington to tirelessly fight to fix the federal government's broken budget process. He never wa… Continue Reading

July 23, 2021

Crapo, Graham, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Combat Firearm Theft

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and 19 colleagues in reintroducing the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Protection Act of 2021 to address the increasing number of "smash-and-grab" thefts targeted at federally licensed gun dealers. "The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. It does not protect the rights of those committing firearm theft and other crimes wh… Continue Reading

July 22, 2021

Crapo, Risch Introduce Legislation to Reduce Debt, Curb Wasteful Spending

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) to introduce legislation to reduce the more than $28 trillion of debt held by the general public and curb unjustified spending at the federal level. The Zero Based Budget Act would cut wasteful spending and reduce U.S. debt by requiring government agencies to justify their spending levels every six-years with a zero-based budget and propose a reduction in expenditures by 2 percent. Additional co-sponsors of … Continue Reading

July 22, 2021

Bicameral Leaders Introduce Legislation to Improve Wildfire Management and Response Efforts

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Representative Blake Moore (R-Utah) to introduce bicameral legislation to better manage firesheds, or landscapes at extremely high risk of catastrophic fire. The Forest Improvements through Research and Emergency Stewardship for Health Ecosystem Development and Sustainability (FIRESHEDS) Act, would allow governors to enter into joint agreements with land management agencies to designate fireshed m… Continue Reading

July 20, 2021

Crapo Statement on Passage of Crime Victims Fund Fix Legislation

Washington, D.C.--Following the Senate's 100-0 passage of H.R. 1652, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fix Act, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement: "For decades, the Victims of Crime Act has provided critical funding to victims' service organizations and direct compensation to victims of crime. Today's legislation ensures all fines, even those from non-prosecution agreements, go to help victims. While more must be done to ensure this fund is not subject to federal… Continue Reading

July 20, 2021

Crapo, Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill

Washington, D.C.--To ensure farmers and ranchers have access to modern and safe water infrastructure systems, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado), member of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced the Water and Agriculture Tax Reform (WATER) Act, which would reform outdated tax provisions hindering investment in important infrastructure advances. Co-sponsors of the legislation include Senators Jim Risch (R-Id… Continue Reading

July 16, 2021

Crapo, Capito, Whitehouse, Barrasso, Booker Introduce Legislation to Preserve and Expand America’s Nuclear Energy Sector

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) re-introduced the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act (ANIA), which would improve the nation's nuclear infrastructure, secure America's uranium supply chain, grow the economy, create jobs, reduce carbon emissions and strengthen our energy and national security. "The Idaho National Lab is a world leader in res… Continue Reading

July 16, 2021

Crapo, Risch: Revoking COVID Order Will Have Dire Impact on Crisis at Southern Border

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) and Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), as well as 22 additional Senate Republican colleagues, in urging President Biden not to revoke Title 42, a critical tool implemented last year to protect public health. Issued by the Centers for Disease Control and enforced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Title 42 allows immigration officials to rapidly expel illegal immigrants and slow… Continue Reading

July 13, 2021

Crapo Announces New Staff Changes

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today announced the hiring of several new staff members and promotions for current staff in his Washington, D.C., office. Andrew Williams has been promoted to Deputy Legislative Director and will assume the responsibility of assisting in the overseeing of legislative activities of Senator Crapo's office. He will continue to handle policy issues relating to public lands, agriculture and tribal affairs. Williams served as a Legislative Assistant covering simila… Continue Reading

July 09, 2021

Crapo, Brady Blast Biden Attempt to Remove Social Security Administration Commissioner

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and U.S. House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) issued the following statement on President Biden's decision to fire Social Security Administration Commissioner Andrew Saul: "Social Security beneficiaries stand the most to lose from President Biden's partisan decision to remove Commissioner Andrew Saul from leadership of the Social Security Administration. "It is disappointing that the Administration is inject… Continue Reading

July 08, 2021

Crapo, Brady: Global Tax Negotiations Must Protect American Workers and Businesses

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and U.S. House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, ahead of a meeting of finance ministers from the G-20, outlining concerns with the high-level agreement reached at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). From the letter: "There has been consistent bipartisan, bicameral support in Congress for the OECD as the appropri… Continue Reading

July 01, 2021

Crapo Requests Updated Debt Limit Information from Treasury

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, requested updated information from U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Yellen regarding the state of federal finances. Crapo notes in the letter that "as we near the end of the debt-limit suspension, it is useful to have updated information on the state of the Nation's finances, including projections regarding cash balances and extraordinary measures," and asks Secretary Yellen to respond to the following ques… Continue Reading

June 25, 2021

Crapo, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Bill to Help Address Shortfall of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Finance Committee member Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to address the shortfall of veterinarians in rural areas. The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Enhancement Act would help meet the growing demand for veterinarians nationwide by eliminating taxes on programs that encourage veterinarians to practice in underserved areas. "Qualified veterinarians in agricultural commu… Continue Reading

June 25, 2021

Crapo, Risch Celebrate National Dairy Month

Washington, D.C.--The U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a Senate Resolution (S.Res.268) introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) and 14 additional Senate colleagues designating June 2021 as National Dairy Month. The Resolution recognizes the role dairy plays in a healthy diet and the exceptional work of dairy producers as stewards of the land and livestock. "Idaho is one of the leading dairy producing states in America, contributing to healthier communities and a str… Continue Reading

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