News Releases

June 08, 2006

Crapo Notes 'Leader Of Iraqi al Qaeda' Is Dead

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is congratulating U.S. military personnel today on the death of Iraqâ??s al Qaeda terror leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and several of his senior aides. Al-Zarqawi is believed to be the leader of the terrorist forces in Iraq and is believed directly responsible for the deaths of Americans held captive in Iraq. He also has been linked to terrorist attacks in Iraq and his home country of Jordan. Crapo released the following statement: â??This is without d… Continue Reading

June 06, 2006

Crapo Hosts Live June 'Capitol Watch' Program

Washington, DC â??Immigration and a constitutional amendment on marriage will be some of the topics for Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s live â??Capitol â??Watchâ?? cable program, which will air live on June 13th, 2006. â??Congress is confronting a number of issues of great concern for all Idahoans,â?? Crapo said. â??I look forward to talking with Idahoans about immigration, the marriage amendment, and many other topics on Capitol Watch and encourage viewers to call in during the program. The Senate… Continue Reading

June 06, 2006

Idaho Interns Join Crapo's DC Staff

Washington, DC â?? Students with Idaho roots have joined Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in his Washington, D.C. office for the summer. â??These four students bring a breadth of experience and Idaho ties to my office, and I expect they will learn a lot about the political process,â?? Crapo said. â??I encourage college students with an interest in government to submit an application for upcoming internship opportunities.â?? This summer, interns in Crapoâ??s office are:Marques Chavez, a Blackfoot native,… Continue Reading

May 31, 2006

Crapo To Address Domestic Violence Summit; Dedicate Habitat Improvement At Henry's Lake

Idaho Falls â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will keynote a Pocatello conference aimed at stopping domestic violence this Friday before traveling to the Island Park area Saturday for a ribbon-cutting to dedicate a road and bridge project that will improve habitat for the threatened Yellowstone cutthroat trout. On Friday, Crapo will speak to more than a hundred local community leaders, health and law enforcement professionals, anti-domestic violence advocacy representatives, educators, victims and ot… Continue Reading

May 31, 2006


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May 26, 2006

Military To Have Teen Dating Violence Prevention Materials

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced an initiative to further public awareness and education about teen dating violence. The Department of Defense has sent American Bar Association (ABA) Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention toolkits to all military installations and secondary Department of Defense schools worldwide. â??This is great news for military families, and especially children of military members,â?? said Crapo. â??Our military families are not immune to the tr… Continue Reading

May 26, 2006

Senate Confirms Kempthorne

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The United States Senate confirmed Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne to be Secretary of the Interior. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo both voted in favor of Kempthorneâ??s nomination.Craig spoke in support of Kempthorneâ??s nomination Thursday evening, stressing his consensus-building talents, â??I have watched Governor Kempthorne for two terms, or 8 years in my State of Idaho, take very difficult situations and sometimes competing sides and bring them together to res… Continue Reading

May 25, 2006

America Deserves Better Immigration Legislation

Washington, DC -- Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, in the Senate today, citing concerns with incentives for further illegal immigration, high costs, and the substantial burden that the legislation would place on hard-working Americans to fund the bill. â??It is understandable why many would want to immigrate to America,â?? Crapo said. â??America is a land of opportunity and freedom and represents those ideals to many throughout the… Continue Reading

May 25, 2006

FAA Meeting on Tracon Scheduled

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold a public meeting on the proposal to move the Boise Airportâ??s Terminal Radar Control (TRACON) to Salt Lake City, Utah. The Delegation requested the public meeting. The Delegation said, â??We are concerned that this proposal could jeopardize the future development of Boiseâ??s airport and current operations, including wildland firefighting through the National Interagenc… Continue Reading

May 25, 2006

Phone Tax Repeal First Good Step

Washington, DC â?? A tax imposed more than one hundred years ago faces repeal in an announcement today from the U.S. Treasury Department, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. However, Crapo says that the repeal of a federal tax on long-distance phone service is just part of what is needed. The Treasury Department will retroactively end the three percent tax, which was first imposed in 1898 as a luxury tax on individuals who owned telephones. Additionally, Treasury will provide a tax refund for… Continue Reading

May 25, 2006

Crapo's Regulatory Relief Bill Clears Senate

Washington, DC â?? Nearly two years of negotiations culminated today with unanimous Senate passage of legislation to provide regulatory improvements in the financial services industry. The measure, authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, brings regulations up-to-date and in line with current technology and practices. S. 2856, The Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006, is a bipartisan bill that was unanimously approved by the Senate Banking Committee earlier this month. Crapo, a member o… Continue Reading

May 24, 2006

Last and Proud Of It

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo highlighted a recent study by the Dartmouth Atlas Project that looks at the cost to care for patients with severe chronic illnesses compared with the results for patients. The study found that Medicare could save 30 percent on chronic illness and actually improve medical care. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo highlighted a recent study by the Dartmouth Atlas Pro… Continue Reading

May 23, 2006

Senate Declares June Internet Safety Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hopes that more parents will become aware of Internet safety issues with the passage of a Senate resolution declaring June â??National Internet Safety Month.â?? â??With approximately two-thirds of Idaho households having Internet access, it is critical that parents and kids work together to educate themselves on the dangers of Internet predators and other privacy concerns,â?? said Crapo. â??During National Internet Safety Month, families, educators a… Continue Reading

May 23, 2006

Idaho Delegation Reacts to Reddenâ??s Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation issued the following reaction to todayâ??s ruling by Judge Redden invalidating the Snake River Biop:"Once again, a federal judge is trying to run the river with blatant disregard for the critical needs of the Northwest. He is clearly advocating for one side while ignoring the necessary balance between people and the environment. Not only does this ruling jeopardize the careful and long collaboration process between the federal, state, an… Continue Reading

May 19, 2006


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May 19, 2006

Idaho Delegation Says Snake River Conservation Agreement A Win For Water Users And Environment

Washington, D.C.â??Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter say todayâ??s announcement of an unprecedented $258 million Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Agreement between the State of Idaho and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will reduce demands on water and improve water quality and wildlife habitat. CREP is part of the Conservation Reserve Program. This is Idahoâ??s first CREP Agreement.â??This agreement is a major c… Continue Reading

May 17, 2006

Crapo: Tax Relief Vital To Healthy Economy

Washington, DC â?? Idahoans can look forward to continued lower taxes, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said, after President Bush signed the tax relief reconciliation measure today. The bill, which was drafted, reviewed and approved through the Senate Finance Committee on which Crapo sits, will notably extend tax relief on capital gains and dividends and prevent nearly 25,000 Idaho seniors and middle-class families from unknowingly being hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax.â??By enacting this important … Continue Reading

May 16, 2006

Idaho Delegation Reacts to Rupert Kraft Facility Closing

Washington, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation issued the following reaction to the announcement by Kraft Foods Inc. to close its Rupert manufacturing facility in January 2007. "We were shocked and disappointed to learn today of the Kraft plant closing in Rupert. Our initial thoughts and concerns are with the community of Rupert and the men, women, and families who will be affected by this decision. While we cannot fully appreciate the impact this decision is having on the people of … Continue Reading

May 16, 2006

Crapo Calls For Border Security And Comprehensive Immigration Reform

I agree with the President that America must be both a welcoming and lawful society. Comprehensive immigration reform can fulfill those needs and I welcome that debate back into the Senate. We must secure our nationâ??s borders. Iâ??m encouraged that the President is going to commit the necessary manpower and technology, including the National Guard, to assure that illegal entry into our country is stopped. Our borders must be brought under control and these tools will help us build the foundati… Continue Reading

May 16, 2006

Crapo Congratulates Idaho Special Olympics

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today congratulated Idaho Special Olympics and the team of Idahoans who submitted the winning bid to host the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in February of 2009. The bidding team, led by Jim and Pirie Grossman of Sun Valley and the staff of Idaho Special Olympics, was notified today it has been chosen by Special Olympics International to host the games. If Idaho fulfills the bid as expected, the announcement means that more than 3,000 Special… Continue Reading

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