News Releases

September 16, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Honor 13 American Heroes Killed in Afghanistan with Congressional Gold Medals

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues to introduce a bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to the 13 American servicemembers killed during heinous terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 26, 2021. "The thirteen servicemembers killed in Afghanistan made the ultimate sacrifice in service to ou… Continue Reading

September 13, 2021

Crapo, Brady Introduce Bill to Protect Taxpayer Rights and Privacy

Washington, D.C.--Seeking to protect taxpayers against Democrats' campaign to monitor Americans' bank accounts, place taxpayer finances in a surveillance dragnet, and provide massive, additional mandatory funding to IRS for an army of IRS agents, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and U.S. House Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced the Tax Gap Reform and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Enforcement Act. "In light of recent proposals to … Continue Reading

September 11, 2021

Crapo Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement on the twentieth anniversary of the Tuesday, September 11, 2001 (9/11), terrorist attacks: "Two decades ago today, a group of al-Qaeda terrorists coordinated four deliberate attacks in the United States, killing thousands of innocent Americans, including Idahoans Brady Kay Howell, of Sugar City, and Ronald J. Vauk, of Nampa. "In the ensuing days, Americans turned horror and grief into greatness. We stood reso… Continue Reading

September 10, 2021

Democrats’ Tax Hikes Let China Win

Democrats' proposed $2 trillion tax increase would overwhelmingly apply to U.S.-based businesses, not their foreign competitors. If Democrats successfully impose their reckless tax increases on our businesses, China will gain the global edge on jobs, investment and innovation. A simple analysis comparing each country's tax rates and policies shows that Democrats' tax proposals would create an uneven playing field, making it impossible for U.S. businesses to compete in the global marketplace. … Continue Reading

September 09, 2021

Crapo Honors Idaho’s 2021 Congressional Award Recipient

Washington, D.C.--Young people throughout Idaho communities are challenging themselves, learning from their achievements and inspiring their peers to contribute to community and national efforts. Idahoan Jadon Compher, of Middleton, was recently awarded the Gold Medal Congressional Award for his completion of 400 hours of voluntary public service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of physical fitness and completion of an exploration trip. Congress established the Congressional Award… Continue Reading

September 07, 2021

Finance Committee Republicans Demand Full, Open Process to Vet Reckless Tax-and-Spend Proposals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Finance Committee Republicans are demanding a full, open markup to thoroughly and rigorously examine and debate any forthcoming reckless tax-and-spend proposals in the Finance Committee's jurisdiction. While the legislation Democrats intend to introduce has been withheld from Republicans on the Committee and from the American people, press reports indicate a far-reaching and potentially highly disruptive agenda, with trillions of taxpayer dollars at stake. Financ… Continue Reading

September 02, 2021

Crapo, Brady Warn Administration’s OECD Position Undermines Congress’s Authority over U.S. Tax Law

Washington, D.C.--The Biden Administration is using the negotiations at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to compel Congress to make aggressive U.S. tax law changes undermining Congress's authority, warn the top Republicans tax-writers. 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 their Democratic counterparts outlining serious concerns with the approach the B… Continue Reading

September 01, 2021

Crapo Statement on 2021 Medicare and Social Security Trustees Reports

Washington, D.C.-- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on yesterday's 2021 Social Security Trustees Report and 2021 Medicare Trustees Report: "Yesterday's reports on the financial status of various Medicare and Social Security trust funds once again identify unsustainable benefit promises in Medicare and Social Security programs. The Hospital Insurance trust fund is projected to be exhausted around 2026; there are $6… Continue Reading

August 31, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Colleagues Call on VA to Address Impact of Afghanistan Withdrawal on Veterans’ Mental Health

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-Louisiana), Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia) and 29 additional Senators to call on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to swiftly develop and conduct outreach to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism--especially those who served in Afghanistan--providing them with mental health resources. Their call for action comes as reports … Continue Reading

August 31, 2021

Crapo, Brady, Walorski Urge GAO to Investigate Scope and Severity of Fraudulent Activity in COVID Unemployment Insurance Programs

Washington, D.C.--The Government Accountability Office (GAO) must investigate the greatest theft of American tax dollars in the nation's history, according to a new letter by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Representatives Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Jackie Walorski (R-Indiana), Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee for Worker and Family Support. Despite fraud in COVID unemploy… Continue Reading

August 31, 2021

Crapo: Questions Remain About Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement following the announcement the United States has officially withdrawn troops from Afghanistan. "America's longest war has now concluded. The hasty withdrawal--tied to an arbitrary deadline--resulted in the murder of 13 U.S. servicemembers and an unknown and dangerous future for Americans and Afghan allies who still remain in country. The Taliban cannot be trusted, and their terrorist activity poses a continued… Continue Reading

August 26, 2021

Crapo Urges GAO to Call for Improved Medicare and Social Security Trust Fund Reporting

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, asked Comptroller General of the U.S. and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Gene Dodaro to continue monitoring and calling for improvements in delivery of trustees reports on the financial status of Medicare and Social Security trust funds to Congress and the American people. The Social Security Act requires trustees reports be issued each year, no later than April 1. The 2021 … Continue Reading

August 22, 2021

Crapo, Colleagues Urge POTUS to Ensure Safe Evacuation of American Citizens and Allies from Afghanistan

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to take the necessary steps to ensure all American citizens, allies, and partners wishing to leave Afghanistan are safely evacuated. The letter further urges the President to see that American Mark Freichs, who is still being held hostage by the Taliban, is set free, and ensure that the Taliban do not take more Americans h… Continue Reading

August 16, 2021

Crapo Statement on Afghanistan

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement with regard to the current crisis in Afghanistan: "The haphazard withdrawal from Afghanistan is a failure of presidential leadership and was based on an arbitrary timeline, not on-the-ground intelligence. It will lead to heightened dangers around the world, continued torment and mistreatment of women and the massacre of our allies. It ripens the breeding ground for Al-Qaeda and other jihadi extremist groups to… Continue Reading

August 12, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Senate Colleagues Honor the Service of World War II Ritchie Boys

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) lauded the Senate's unanimous passage of their resolution, S. Res. 349, honoring the contributions and service of the Ritchie Boys during World War II. A U.S. Army unit named for Camp Ritchie in Maryland where they trained, Ritchie Boys included individuals of many faiths who were both American- and foreign-born, originating from as many as 7… Continue Reading

August 11, 2021

Crapo and Risch: Republicans will not Raise Debt Ceiling to Fuel Reckless Spending

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) signed a letter led by Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and other Republican senators pledging not to vote to increase the debt ceiling, "whether that increase comes through a stand-alone bill, a continuing resolution, or any other vehicle." A debt ceiling increase will be necessary because of Democrats' reckless tax and spending spree that will cost over $5 trillion and increase our debt to $45 trillion by 2031. The letter p… Continue Reading

August 11, 2021

Crapo: Reckless Tax and Spending Spree Mortgages America’s Future

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today voted against the Democrats' $3.5 trillion reckless tax and spending spree, a filibuster-proof budget proposal that will do long-term damage to our economy. The proposal inched forward in the Senate by a party-line vote of 50-49. "Just days ago, we passed a bipartisan bill that makes investments in hard infrastructure, focused on the type of long-term productivity that counteracts inflati… Continue Reading

August 10, 2021

Crapo, Grassley Question IRS Responsiveness over Data Breach

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, asked Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig for an update on the recent major potential data leak at the IRS, questioning whether the IRS has fulfilled its legal requirements under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014. It has been months since the media outlet P… Continue Reading

August 10, 2021

Democrats Choose Big Government over Americans’ Privacy

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement after Democrats voted down his amendment to prevent the undue monitoring and reporting of sensitive financial information on law-abiding Americans to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Instead, Democrats adopted an amendment to provide even more latitude to the IRS in determining which Americans to monitor. "This is one of the biggest violations of the privacy of American citiz… Continue Reading

August 10, 2021

Crapo Files Amendment to Protect Americans’ Privacy from Intrusive IRS Reporting Regime

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) filed an amendment to the Democrats' reckless tax-and-spend legislation to prevent the monitoring and reporting of sensitive American taxpayer information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by financial institutions. The Democrats' proposal would press private-sector financial institutions into reporting deposit and withdrawal flows on their customers' accounts above a mere $600 in value. This comprehensiv… Continue Reading

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