News Releases

August 14, 2019

Senators: Placing Reactor Innovation Center in Idaho is a Credit to the Idaho National Lab

Idaho Falls -- In just three years, the nuclear advancement and technology plans envisioned by Idaho's U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch came to reality today at the Idaho National Laboratory. Flanked by Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Manager Bob Boston and Idaho National Lab (INL) Director Dr. Mark Peters, Crapo and Risch discussed the decision to locate the new National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) at the Idaho Falls facility. The NRIC is the result of the Nuclear Energy Innova… Continue Reading

August 12, 2019

Crapo: Collaboration and Innovation are Key to Affordable Housing

Boise - During a tour of nationally-recognized models of affordable housing today with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo said collaboration between the government and private sector, as well as innovative approaches to housing models, are key to creating more affordable housing. Crapo noted, "Everyone agrees we must try to make more affordable housing available. Here in Idaho, home prices are on the rise and demand is high. W… Continue Reading

August 08, 2019

Crapo Brings HUD Secretary Carson to Idaho to Discuss Affordable Housing

Boise -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and local Boise leaders will host multiple housing events on Monday, August 12 to discuss affordable housing challenges and innovative, collaborative solutions. Housing affordability is a critical issue in Idaho and all across the country. Nationwide, there is a shortage of millions of affordable rental homes available to lower-income Americans, and the gap between the demand for affo… Continue Reading

August 07, 2019

Crapo, Risch to Honor City of Carey’s Centennial

Boise, Idaho -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) will join Carey city officials in celebrating the city's 100th birthday. During the public ceremony, Senators Crapo and Risch will present a statement they submitted, with Representative Mike Simpson (R-Idaho-2), to the Congressional Record (page 42). "The picturesque community in Blaine County, Idaho, is in a beautiful area rich in history and extraordinary people," the statement reads. "The residents of Carey have m… Continue Reading

August 01, 2019

Crapo Supports Bipartisan Budget Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) maintained his track record of supporting U.S. national defense and efforts to counter foreign intrusion and aggression, and today voted to support the Bipartisan Budget Act, which the Senate passed in a 67-28 vote. He issued the statement below following the vote: "Although I am disappointed this budget agreement did not contain greater spending cuts, failure to enact it would have resulted in even greater spending. That would have inevit… Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Crapo, Warner Legislation Would Secure U.S. Supply Chains Against Foreign Exploitation

Washington, D.C. - Citing the vital need for a secure U.S. industrial base, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have introduced bipartisan legislation to guard against attempts by the People's Republic of China and others to undermine U.S. national security by exploiting and penetrating U.S. supply chains. The Manufacturing, Investment, and Controls Review for Computer Hardware, Intellectual Property and Supply (MICROCHIPS) Act (S. 2316) would develop a national stra… Continue Reading

July 29, 2019

Crapo Announces Town Meetings & Other Public Events

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is announcing town meetings across Idaho during the months of August and September. Crapo, who has previously held town meetings in all 200 of Idaho's incorporated cities, is continuing his plans to visit unincorporated areas of the state as well. The August and September meetings extend that schedule. Crapo says he will discuss several initiatives he has undertaken as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. T… Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Crapo, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Combat Robocalls

Washington, D.C. -- Estimates indicate that Americans receive billions of robocalls to their mobile phones each year, and the number of robocalls to landlines soars even higher. U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) introduced legislation to establish a pilot program to expand the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ongoing attempts to combat these unwanted computerized calls. "Scammers have flooded phone lines with incessant and unwanted computerized calls … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Crapo Votes to Support Victims Compensation Fund Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued this statement following Senate passage of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF): "I was in my first term in the U.S. Senate when news networks first reported that planes had hit the World Trade Towers in New York City on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 (9/11). Idahoans Brady Kay Howell, of Sugar City, and Ronald J. Vauk, of Nampa, were among those killed at the Pentagon that morning. I later… Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Crapo Supports Secretary Esper Confirmation at Defense Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement following the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Dr. Mark Esper to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD): "I congratulate Secretary Esper on his confirmation. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in matters of defense. Through his extensive background, Secretary Esper has demonstrated his commitment to sound, principled decisions at the highest levels of U.S. military operations. The women and m… Continue Reading

July 02, 2019

New Report Says Crapo Banking Bill Benefitting American Families, Workers and Businesses

WASHINGTON - A new report on the economic effects of federal deregulation issued by the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) cites Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo's (R-Idaho) Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) as a key driver of economic growth. The CEA report says that the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act "is expected to reduce regulatory burdens and help to expand the credit made available to small businesses… Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Crapo, Risch Support Pay Raise, Protections for U.S. Military in Defense Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today both voted to support the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to strengthen and build a more efficient and effective Department of Defense (DOD), fulfilling one of Congress's most serious responsibilities to provide for and protect our nation's armed forces. "As the U.S. continues to face mounting threats from rogue foreign adversaries, Congress must modernize our military to counter … Continue Reading

June 20, 2019

Crapo, Risch Praise Senate Confirmation of Rita Baranwal to Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate today confirmed Dr. Rita Baranwal's nomination to serve as Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE). Baranwal, who most recently led the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) Initiative at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), will oversee long-term innovation in nuclear power in her new role with the Department of Energy. "I congratulate Dr. Rita Baranwal on her well-deserved confirmation as Assistant Sec… Continue Reading

June 17, 2019

Senator Crapo Issues Public Service Announcement to Raise Awareness of the #BeThere for Veterans Campaign

Washington, D.C. - The veteran suicide rate in Idaho remains dramatically higher than the national rate. PTSD Awareness Month takes place throughout the month of June. Studies show that suicide risk is higher in persons with PTSD. In partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued a Public Service Announcement (PSA) of the #BeThere for veterans campaign focused on suicide prevention. In May, Senator Crapo introduced legislati… Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Idaho Delegation Applauds President Trump’s Approval of Idaho Disaster Declaration

Washington, D.C. - President Donald Trump today approved a request by Idaho Governor Brad Little for a federal disaster declaration for the northern central region following major flooding after massive rainfall during the week of April 7-13, 2019. Idaho's U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and U.S. Representative Russ Fulcher applauded President Trump and the Administration for quick action on the declaration. "Areas throughout north central Idaho have suffered millions of dollars in dam… Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Crapo Introduces Legislation to Split Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today introduced the Judicial Reorganization Act, S. 1797, to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in order to allow for more efficient caseload processing. Fellow Idaho U.S. Senator Jim Risch is an original co-sponsor. "Established in 1890, the Ninth Circuit covers a massive portion of the West, which has experienced explosive growth across several states, including Idaho," said Senator Crap… Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Crapo Convenes Hearing on Opaque Data Collection Practices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a hearing entitled "Data Brokers and the Impact on Financial Data Privacy, Credit, Insurance, Employment and Housing." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Providing testimony to the Committee today are experts who have researched and written extensively on big data: Dr. Alicia Cackley, Director of Financial Mar… Continue Reading

June 06, 2019

Crapo, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Maintain a Long-Term, Qualified Workforce at National Labs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) have introduced the bipartisan Department of Energy (DOE) National Labs Jobs ACCESS Act (Apprenticeships for Complete and Committed Employment for Specialized Skills), S. 1739, to address looming personnel shortages due to a rapid retirement-eligible workforce within the energy sector. The DOE National Labs Jobs ACCESS Act would prepare the next generation of American workers to work at the country's National… Continue Reading

May 31, 2019

ICYMI: Congressional Management Foundation Recognizes Crapo for Positive Workplace Environment

Washington, D.C. - After a rigorous selection process, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) this week announced U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) as a 2019 winner of the Democracy Award. Senator Crapo received the "Life in Congress" Workplace Environment award. The workplace environment category highlights offices that have established both formal policies and informal cultures that enhance the work-life fit and professional development of their staffs. "It is an honor to receive su… Continue Reading

May 30, 2019

Crapo Statement on the Death of Senator Thad Cochran

Boise, ID - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today made the following remarks following the death of former Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran: "Senator Thad Cochran was a kind and passionate conservative leader. As both a respected member of Congress and a veteran of the United States Navy, Cochran was a force to be reckoned with. I had the pleasure of working with Senator Cochran for years during his extensive career in the Senate, and enjoyed his friendship and wisdom. Senator Cochran's de… Continue Reading

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