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June 28, 2018

Crapo Targets Trade, Local Decisions in Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in the Senate will include significant improvements for on-the-ground collaborative projects and a boost in trade protection for Idaho and U.S. agricultural producers, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo helped advance some of the proposals in the Farm Bill, such as the expansion of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), which has spawned a number of active collaborative land-use groups in Idaho. He also supports increa… Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Hearing Brings Hope, Emotion, Facts for Downwinders

Washington, D.C. - A sense of inequity and urgency dominated the testimony of witnesses today during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on expanding government compensation for victims of cancer known as "downwinders." S. 197, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2017, was the subject of the hearing. The bill would increase compensation and widen eligibility requirements for victims who have been denied government help for more than fifty years, relating to cancer ca… Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

RECA Downwinder Hearing to be Carried Live

Washington, D.C. - Idahoans will be able to view Wednesday's Senate hearing on federal legislation affecting downwinders Wednesday, as it will be streamed live on the Senate Judiciary Committee's website. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will chair the hearing on S. 197, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2017. The hearing is viewed as a major step toward just compensation for victims of radiation known as "downwinders," related to nuclear weapons testing during the 1950s an… Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Crapo, Brown, Duckworth Introduce TRIP Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), today introduced legislation to enhance rail transit safety. The Transit Rail Inspection Practices Act, or "TRIP" Act, ensures State safety programs are providing sufficient oversight of rail transit systems through inspections. The legislation stems from the Committee's ongoing oversight work and … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Idaho Downwinders in Spotlight as Crapo Chairs Senate Hearing on RECA

Washington, D.C. - A major step toward just compensation for victims of radiation known as "downwinders," relating to nuclear weapons testing during the 1950s and 1960s, comes this week before a U.S. Senate committee in Washington, D.C. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will chair a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on S. 197, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2017. Crapo and several co-sponsors introduced the legislation in January 2017. The hearing is scheduled for this W… Continue Reading

June 20, 2018

Nuclear Fuel Recycling Pilot Program Approved by Senate

WASHINGTON - Idaho National Laboratory (INL) nuclear research will benefit from a $15 million pilot program secured by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch, and Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to recycle spent naval fuel for use in advanced nuclear reactors. The proposal by the senators was adopted today by the full Senate on a 87-9 vote. The Senate is currently debating the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The demonstration project would blend high-enriche… Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Crapo Statement on Border Family Separation

Senator Crapo issued the following statement on family separation at the border: "Children should not be separated from their families and the issue needs to be resolved quickly. I have consistently supported measures that would secure our borders and provide safety for those seeking asylum or to otherwise legally enter the United States." ###… Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Idahoans Say Opioid Partnerships Are Working

WASHINGTON - Awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction is increasing, but are federal, state and local partnerships working to reduce the risk to Idahoans and Americans? Expanded commitment to fight opioid abuse through new initiatives at the federal level and assistance to states through programs included in the 21st Century Cures Act are reducing the opioid problem in Idaho, according to results provided by those working to address the crisis. Local recovery efforts were shared with Id… Continue Reading

June 07, 2018

Nature Conservancy Recognizes Crapo for Leading Wildfire Funding Reforms

WASHINGTON - In recognition of his leadership to bring an end to the dangerous practice known as fire borrowing, The Nature Conservancy of Idaho today recognized Idaho Senator Mike Crapo with its Conservation Champion Award. Crapo's legislation, cosponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and supported also by Idaho Senator Jim Risch, was the result of more than five years of work bringing together bipartisan stakeholders from both houses of Congress, the Administration and external stakeholde… Continue Reading

June 06, 2018

I-84 to be Widened in Canyon County

Washington, DC - Interstate 84 will be widened to three lanes in both directions through the Nampa area, thanks in part to $90 million in federal funding announced today by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador. Idaho's Congressional Delegation pressed for federal funding to widen I-84 through Canyon County under the federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. Both Crapo and Risch spoke with U.S. Transportation Se… Continue Reading

May 24, 2018

President Signs Crapo Banking Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON - Community banks and credit unions across the country will soon receive regulatory relief from onerous regulations thanks to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), which was signed into law today. As Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Senator Crapo worked with his colleagues in the Senate, House, and outside groups and stakeholders to craft and usher this bipartisan banking legislation through Congress and to the Pr… Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Crapo Announces Additional Unincorporated Town Meetings June 2

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will host a series of meetings in unincorporated communities in North Idaho on June 2. In addition to his meetings, Crapo will be on hand in Lenville to present a Congressional Record Statement honoring Terrence Parsons, originally from Genesee, who was named the 2017 Sailor of the Year by the United Services Organization (USO). After holding more than 200 town meeting in all of Idaho's i… Continue Reading

May 23, 2018

Crapo Provisions Included in Senate-Passed Veterans Health Care Reform Measure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two legislative provisions authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo were included in today's Senate passage of S. 2372, the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka and Samuel R. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 92-5 after the House of Representatives voted 347-70 to pass the legislation on May 16, 2018. "We need accessible non-VA community car… Continue Reading

May 22, 2018

Crapo Statement on House Passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155)

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, issued the following statement upon House passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155): "This is a moment years in the making, and I thank my colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives for their partnership and contributions to this effort over the years," said Chairman Crapo. "This step toward right-sizing regulation will allow local banks and credit union… Continue Reading

May 22, 2018

Banking Committee Advances CFIUS Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs advanced the "the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 (FIRRMA)." The bill, as amended, was voted out unanimously 25-0 by the Banking Committee. Bill text will be posted on the website upon completion. "Today's action represents a very serious, bipartisan effort to address steps by China and other nations to acquire technologies and know-how key to U.S. national security," said Chairman Cr… Continue Reading

May 21, 2018

Crapo, Risch Recognized for Conservative Votes in Senate

WASHINGTON - In recognition of their votes to advance conservative principles of government, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Jim Risch, Chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, have received high marks from the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF). Both Senators were recognized for their votes on specific legislation and have been awarded the Conservative Achievement Award from the group. Now in its 47th yea… Continue Reading

May 15, 2018

Crapo Statement at Federal Reserve Nomination Hearing

Senator Crapo, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a hearing to consider the nominations of the Honorable Richard Clarida, of Connecticut, to be a member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Commissioner Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "This morning… Continue Reading

May 14, 2018

Crapo Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Introducing Legislation to Continue and Expand Collaborative Forest Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of Senators, led by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, announced the introduction of legislation that would reauthorize and expand the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP). This critical program, which helps fund collaborative and community-based forest management, has a proven track record of improving forest health, reducing wildfire risk, and supporting rural communities. In addition to Crapo and Merkley, th… Continue Reading

May 10, 2018

Bipartisan Wildfire Fix Legislation Led by Crapo, Risch, Wyden Will Help With Projected Severe Fire Season

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Forest Service projects that the upcoming wildfire season will be another historic year of destruction across several Western states. Thanks to bipartisan legislation, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is well-positioned to lay the groundwork to stabilize its wildfire fighting efforts beginning this year and well into the future. The legislation, recently passed by Congress as part of an omnibus spending measure, is the result of more than five years of efforts led by Senato… Continue Reading

May 10, 2018

Crapo, Risch Welcome White House Nomination of Ryan Nelson to Serve on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today praised the nomination of Ryan Nelson, an attorney from Idaho Falls, to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. When confirmed, Nelson will take the seat of Judge N. Randy Smith, who announced he will take senior status later this year. "Ryan has a demonstrated background of diverse legal service and a deep understanding of the legal issues before our nation. Much like Judge Smith, Ryan brings the experience that come… Continue Reading

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