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August 19, 2006


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August 15, 2006

Crapo, Risch, Owyhee Work Group Plan Rally

Boise â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join Governor Jim Risch, Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Chairman Terry Gibson, Owyhee County Commissioners, members of the Owyhee Initiative Work Group, and others this Friday to rally support for the Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act. The rally and press conference is planned inside the Governorâ??s Office at 1:30 p.m. It is designed to show the broad base of support for S. 3794, the Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act, which Crapo introduced in the U.S. Sena… Continue Reading

August 08, 2006

Crapo Lauds Ruling On Specialty Hospitals

IDAHO FALLS, ID â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo praised the lifting of the moratorium on the construction and development of specialty hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Today, CMS released its final report commissioned by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 in which it immediately ended the ban on the prohibition of specialty hospitals and provided for disclosure of physician ownership in medical facilities to both CMS and patients. â??Itâ??s about time we put a morat… Continue Reading

August 08, 2006

Land Board Endorses Crapo's Owyhee Initiative

Boise â?? The five members of the Idaho Land Board today voted unanimously to endorse the Owyhee Initiative comprehensive land management bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last week by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo discussed via telephone the Initiative with Board members during the meeting and after the vote expressed his appreciation for the unanimous endorsement.Governor Jim Risch, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Superintendent of Public Instruction Marilyn Howard, State Controller Keith… Continue Reading

August 08, 2006

Idahoans Can Help Shape New Farm Bill

Moscow â?? The testimony of Idahoans on farm policy will be included as Congress gathers input across the nation through more than a dozen field hearings regarding the next farm bill. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, will conduct a field hearing Friday, August 11th, in Moscow regarding federal farm policy.The hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. at the University of Idahoâ??s Menard Law Building. It will feature … Continue Reading

August 07, 2006

Crapo Chairs Farm Bill Hearing in Moscow, Reviews Fires, Elk Collaborative, Water Issues

Idaho Falls â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will spend this week in the Idaho Falls and Lewiston-Moscow-Orofino areas working on a broad range of issues from federal energy policy to follow-up work on his Elk Initiative and water issues relating to recreation in Hells Canyon. Crapo will also be chairing a Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation and Rural Revitalization of the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry field hearing to hear testimony on federal farm policy.… Continue Reading

August 04, 2006

Pensioneers and Plans Win in Pension Reform

Washington, DC â?? A major provision, authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, to reduce the regulatory and financial burdens on pension plans and their beneficiaries was included in the pension reform conference report (H.R. 4) passed by the Senate last night. Crapoâ??s amendment package lifts investment restrictions that could result in an increase in retirement income for those who belong to pension plans. The pension reform package, which has already passed the U.S. House, cleared the Senate la… Continue Reading

August 04, 2006

Crapo Affirms Protections For Indian Children At Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hailed the Senate passage of legislation that will expand reporting of child abuse allegations and convictions in Indian country and require increased mandated background investigations of those working with children. â??This legislation will help better track those who victimize children on Tribal lands and strengthen the law to better protect Indian children from the tragedy and terrible crime of physical, emotional and sexual abuse,â?? said Crapo.… Continue Reading

August 04, 2006

Crapo, Dorgan Raise Awareness on Vascular Disease

Washington, DC â?? Efforts to raise awareness about peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are being advanced through a Senate resolution introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota). The resolution designates September 18-22 as National Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Week. It was approved last night by the Senate. PAD, a disease that occurs when narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs, affects 8 to 12 million Americans. It is the leading cause of lowe… Continue Reading

August 03, 2006

Crapo Introduces Owyhee Initiative

Washington, DC â?? With five years of collaborative work backing him, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today introduced wide-ranging legislation that could set a standard for future public lands management. The Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act will end decades of public lands conflict in southwestern Idaho and establish a path for future management of that area. Ranching will continue, traditional uses are preserved, water rights are protected, wilderness is designated and a path to the future is se… Continue Reading

August 02, 2006


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August 02, 2006

Crapo: College Savings Plans Good Addition to Pension Reform

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is optimistic that a tax-free college savings plan included in the pension reform bill will remain. Tax benefits for families saving for college in 529 College Savings Plans were included in H.R. 4, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives late Friday night and has been sent back to the Senate. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and a leader in supporting 529 plans, has lobbied in support of extending the tax benefits of 529 plans pe… Continue Reading

August 02, 2006

Crapo Hearing To Look at Forest Recovery

Washington, DC â?? The timely recovery from the devastating effects of catastrophes on public lands is the focus of a hearing in a Senate Agriculture subcommittee today. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who serves as Chariman of the Forestry, Conservation and Rural Revitalization subcommittee, chairs the hearing on H.R. 4200, the Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act (FERRA), a measure which has already cleared the U.S. House of Representatives.H.R. 4200 is a bipartisan bill that was introduced by… Continue Reading

July 31, 2006

Crapo: Vietnam, Peru Trade Boon To Agriculture

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted to expand foreign market opportunities for Idahoans by supporting legislation to grant Vietnam Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) and implementing legislation for the Peru Trade Promotion Agreement. Crapo co-sponsored and voted to pass Vietnam PNTR legislation, S. 3495, out of the Senate Finance Committee, on which he serves. â??With a population of more than 80 million people, Vietnam is an emerging market for U.S. products,â?? said Crapo, … Continue Reading

July 27, 2006

Orofino Students To Join Crapo On August 'Capitol Watch' PROGRAM

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will welcome students from Orofino High School to his August â??Capitol Watchâ?? cable program. The students participated in the â??We the People,â?? civics competition for high school students, in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. Crapoâ??s program will air on August 8th, 2006, from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific. â??These Orofino students are some of the best Idaho has to offer,â?? Crapo said. â??They show a sincere interest in le… Continue Reading

July 27, 2006

Crapo: Conservation Program Success Depends On Technical Assistance

Washington, DC â?? The success of federal farm conservation programs in enhancing the environment may depend in part on the availability of technical assistance for producers, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo is chairing a Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation and Rural Revitalization hearing today on the use of third-party technical service providers in carrying out agricultural conservation programs.â??The Farm Bill is one of the most important environmental law… Continue Reading

July 27, 2006

Crapo Lauds Voting Rights Act

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today lauded the extension of federal law assuring the right of all Americans to vote freely in elections. President Bush signed the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act (VRA) this morning during a ceremony at the White House. The legislation was approved last week unanimously by the Senate. However, a long-standing follow-up medical appointment with an oncology specialist in Baltimore caused Crapo to miss the Senate vo… Continue Reading

July 24, 2006

Crapo's Electronic Duck Stamp Bill Approved

Washington, DC â??Waterfowl hunters and stamp collectors buying a Federal Migratory Bird Duck Stamp this year will now have the ease and convenience of purchasing that stamp electronically after a bill, sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus, passed the House today. The bill was approved by the Senate last December and will now go to the President for signature. The bill, which was introduced by Crapo last year, will create a three-year pilot pro… Continue Reading

July 21, 2006

Major Sex Offender Legislation Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hailed the Senate passage of long-awaited child predator legislation that will create more stringent national registration requirements for sex offenders and increase penalties for sex crimes against children. The bill allows law enforcement to share information across state lines and provides more tools for active enforcement of child sex offender laws. â??The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act is crucial for the protection of Idahoâ??s chil… Continue Reading

July 20, 2006

Water Resources Bolstered In Idaho

Washington, DC â?? The United States Senate authorized a number of water projects for Idaho in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), H.R. 2864. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo hailed its passage.WRDA authorizes programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is generally passed every two years. However, the last WRDA bill Congress enacted was in 2000 when Crapo was chairman of the subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.â??Passin… Continue Reading

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