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March 11, 2020

ICYMI: White House Issues Principles for Reducing Drug Costs

Washington, D.C. -- In a Wall Street Journal op-ed penned by Joe Grogan, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Administration outlined five principles for reducing drug costs while maintaining America's strength in pharmaceutical innovation. The Lower Costs, More Cures Act, introduced in the Senate on December 19, 2019, meets and exceeds the principles outlined by Director Grogan. "America's biopharmaceutical manufacturers have brought life-saving therapies to patients," sa… Continue Reading

March 09, 2020

Crapo, Tester Lead Bipartisan Push to Provide Full Benefits for Disabled Veterans

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide combat-wounded veterans with less than 20 years of service, also known as Chapter 61 Veterans, both their disability compensation and retired pay. Currently, military retirees with combat-related injuries qualify for retirement pay for their service. These retirees also qualify for disability compensation for injuries acquired in combat. For retired veterans with l… Continue Reading

March 06, 2020

Library of Congress to Host Veterans Oral History Project Workshop in Jerome

JEROME, Idaho - On Saturday, March 14, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 3001, in conjunction with Senator Crapo's Twin Falls Office, will host a workshop with the Library of Congress to teach techniques and strategies to those interested in gathering veterans' oral stories. The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves veterans' histories and makes them available to the public "so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities … Continue Reading

March 05, 2020

Crapo Statement on Coronavirus Supplemental

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today after voting to approve supplemental funding to fight the coronavirus: "The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has captured the attention and worry of many Americans across the country. I voted today to support funding that would help bolster states' responses to the virus, advance research to develop a vaccine, fund community health centers and provide for other emergency response mechanisms. Idaho Governor Brad Little has tak… Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Crapo, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Simplify State Veteran Home Inspections

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) today introduced bipartisan legislation to simplify the inspection process at State Veterans Homes (SVH) to help the nation's veterans continue to receive high quality care by facilities unburdened by bureaucratic overlap. "Idaho's three State Veterans Homes play an important role in the effort to address the unique medical and quality of life needs of Idaho's veterans," said Senator Crapo. "Requiring these Hom… Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Idaho Delegation Announces Service Academy Days

BOISE -- Today, the Idaho Delegation announced several Service Academy Days around the state. Students interested in learning more about the U.S. Academies should come and listen to Academy liaisons, cadets, and midshipmen discuss the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Airforce Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students will learn about the application process and how to achieve a Congressional nomination. Central Idaho March 5, 2020 6pm-8p… Continue Reading

February 24, 2020

Crapo Announces Staff Changes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today announced recent staff promotions and hires in his Washington, D.C., and Idaho Falls offices. Molly Carpenter has been promoted to Legislative Director. Previously, Carpenter served the Crapo office as legislative assistant for defense, military, intelligence, veterans and foreign affairs. Carpenter has served a decade in the U.S. Senate, having previously worked for the late Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona).… Continue Reading

February 19, 2020

Idaho Leaders to Talk Trade Benefits

Boise - Idaho's agricultural and political leadership will join together Thursday morning in Governor Brad Little's Ceremonial Office to discuss the benefits of the U.S. Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) that was recently signed into law. According to an analysis by the U.S. International trade Commission, the USMCA agreement will raise U.S. real GDP by over $68 billion and create nearly 176,000 new jobs, while increasing total agricultural food exports by $2.2 billion. Idaho producers wil… Continue Reading

February 18, 2020

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Crapo Drug Pricing Bill

WASHINGTON - The United States Chamber of Commerce today endorsed U.S. Senator Crapo's (R-Idaho) Lower Costs, More Cures Act (S. 3129), which would lower prescription drug prices, bring greater transparency to the prescription drug industry and encourage further innovation of new treatments and cures within the U.S. "Access to affordable prescriptions remains one of the most persistent challenges in our country," said Senator Crapo. "I thank the Chamber for its endorsement of the Lower Costs,… Continue Reading

February 13, 2020

Crapo, Cortez Masto Lead Bipartisan Call to Support Medicare Advantage

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) and Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), along with 62 of their colleagues, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma expressing support for the Medicare Advantage program. Nationwide, 3,148 Medicare Advantage plans will be available for individual enrollment for the 2020 plan year. "Different Medicare Advantage plans allow beneficiaries to select a health plan tha… Continue Reading

February 10, 2020

Six Interns Join Crapo's Offices for Spring Term

WASHINGTON - The Washington, D.C., and state offices of U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will have six interns serve in various capacities for the spring of 2020. "The interns joining my office this spring will have a unique perspective into the daily work of the U.S. Senate," said Senator Crapo. "They will be tasked with assignments to help them gain hands-on experience working in the legislative branch, and will witness firsthand how the needs of Idahoans are considered before Congress. I… Continue Reading

February 05, 2020

Crapo Votes to Acquit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) released the statement below following his vote to acquit President Donald J. Trump on both Articles of Impeachment submitted by the U.S. House of Representatives: "The highly partisan impeachment in the House of Representatives seeks to remove President Trump from office for 1) improper motives in conducting an otherwise legal act in furtherance of legitimate national foreign policy interests, 2) holding a meeting at the United Nations in New York… Continue Reading

February 04, 2020

Crapo: Significant Progress Made During Trump's Presidency

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement following President Donald J. Trump's third State of the Union Address: "In his third State of the Union address, President Trump delivered a strong and optimistic message that highlighted the many economic and national security successes his Administration and Congress have developed throughout… Continue Reading

January 31, 2020

Crapo, Risch: Founders Rejected Politicized Removal of President

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) issued the following statement concerning a Senate vote to call for additional witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump: "First, to be clear, the House impeachment managers have said this is a trial without witnesses. That accusation is false. The Senate has had a full presentation of witnesses and documentary evidence. In fact, the House managers have argued publicly and repeatedly, that 'we hav… Continue Reading

January 29, 2020

Crapo and Risch Praise Signing of USMCA

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo today released the following statements upon President Trump's signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law: "I thank President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for their forceful negotiations of the USMCA," said Crapo. "Signing this agreement into law is a step forward in ensuring improved access to valuable export opportunities for Idaho's farmers and ranchers." "Idaho's ag producers and manufacturers have … Continue Reading

January 23, 2020

Idaho Delegation Applauds Trump Administration Rewrite on Water Policy

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced the final rule for the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The rule provides clarity to the federal-state partnership for the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. The rule responsibly outlines the jurisdiction of federal, state, and local authorities and appropriately respects states like Idaho that have robust state agencies like t… Continue Reading

January 16, 2020

Bill to Bring Home Missing Servicemembers Introduced in House, Gains Veterans Organizations' Support

WASHINGTON - A companion bill to S. 2794, the Bring Our Heroes Home Act (BOHHA), introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Chris Pappas (D-New Hampshire) and Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho). Crapo and Shaheen today also announced that S. 2794 has received endorsements by three Veterans Service Organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Veterans (AMVETS) and the… Continue Reading

January 16, 2020

USMCA Will Raise GDP, Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - In a bipartisan vote of 89-10, the U.S. Senate today approved the implementing legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new trilateral agreement updates the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by bringing the deal into the 21st Century and providing U.S. farmers with valuable new export opportunities. U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) both voted in support of the trilateral pact. "There was no question that the original NAFTA… Continue Reading

January 15, 2020

Crapo Celebrates U.S. Phase One Agreement with China

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued this statement following his attendance at a White House ceremony to sign a phase one U.S. trade agreement with China, in which the U.S. is expected to export up to an additional $200 billion in U.S. goods: "Today's Phase One trade deal with China takes a meaningful step forward in improving trade relations with one of the United States' biggest trading partners," Crapo said. "Expanded market access and increased prices for Idaho wheat, da… Continue Reading

January 10, 2020

Crapo Announces 2020 Military Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) announced the nomination of 45 young Idahoans to the nation's military academies. The students' applications will receive consideration by the U.S. service academies that will make final decisions on admittance. "These students have demonstrated the best of Idaho's commitment to service and country," Crapo said. "This year's 45 nominees have indicated a desire and willingness to pursue higher education in one of these academies, and I have confid… Continue Reading

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