News Releases

December 21, 2005

Crapo Demands Health Care Choices Remain For Surgery Options

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has won assurances from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand choices for outpatient surgical procedures (with some exceptions) for both Medicare beneficiaries and providers. Crapo fought to maintain the access through provisions in the Deficit Reduction Budget Reconciliation Conference Report, which narrowly passed the U.S. Senate Wednesday morning. HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt has agreed to support greater access to ambulatory s… Continue Reading

December 20, 2005

Crapo Details Idaho Farm Bill Meetings

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and his staff will host 21 meetings statewide next month to hear comments from Idahoans about the 2007 Farm Bill. This is the second consecutive time that Crapo, who chairs a Senate Agriculture subcommittee on rural issues, has held statewide meetings on federal programs in advance of Congress adopting a Farm Bill. The Idaho Farm Bureau is co-sponsoring the Farm Bill meetings, and representatives of federal and state farm agencies are also expected to … Continue Reading

December 19, 2005

Crapo Announces Farm Bill Meetings

Washington, DC â?? The makeup of the 2007 Farm Bill will be up for discussion as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who chairs a Senate Agriculture subcommittee on rural issues, opens a series of Farm Bill listening sessions around Idaho next month. Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation and Rural Revitalization, will host a number of the Idaho listening sessions. The meetings will cover all of the proposed titles in the Farm Bill including Conservation, Energy, … Continue Reading

December 16, 2005

Crapo Supports Patriot Act Reauthorization

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted today to invoke cloture on debate of the USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005, which would allow the Senate to vote on extending expiring provisions in the law. The Act contains provisions that will expire Dec. 31 unless the Senate approves an extension. Cloture is a Senate procedure requiring 60 votes that allows the Senate to end debate on an issue and move to a vote on the actual bill. Because the cloture vote failed… Continue Reading

December 16, 2005

Craig, Crapo Applaud Smith Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo reacted positively to todayâ??s announcement by the President that he nominated Randy Smith, an Idaho State District Judge, to serve on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Craig and Crapo made the following statement, â??Randy is an accomplished lawyer and judge. His service on the bench in Idaho has earned him a reputation of being fair, honest, and one who seeks resolution. He also understands that judges interpret law, they d… Continue Reading

December 16, 2005

Idaho, Montana Join Forces On Downwinder Legislation

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with Montana Senator Conrad Burns today to introduce legislation to include both Idaho and Montana under a federal government program to compensate those showing medical evidence they were harmed by nuclear testing fallout in the 1950s and 1960s. Idaho Senator Larry Craig is an original co-sponsor of the bill that would amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to include both states. At present, so-called â??downwindersâ?? are now co… Continue Reading

December 16, 2005

Senate Bill To Protect Backcountry Airstrips

Washington, DC â??Providing backcountry access, supporting rural economies and recreational activities, and aiding forest management requires a nationwide policy to protect federal backcountry aviation issues, according to a bill introduced today by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig. The bill directs the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior to adopt such a policy. The bill was referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.â??With such a vast portion of Idaho designated… Continue Reading

December 15, 2005

Crapo, Lincoln Introduce Collaborative ESA Bill

Washington, DC â?? Enlisting more people in conservation efforts by offering incentives to private landowners is a key component of an ESA improvement bill introduced today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln. Crapo (R-Idaho) and Lincoln (D-Arkansas) have co-chaired a bipartisan working group on ESA issues which produced the legislation introduced today. S. 2110, the Collaboration for the Recovery of the Endangered Species Act (CRESA), focuses on additional participa… Continue Reading

December 14, 2005

Crapo Teen Violence Resolution Passes Senate

Washington, DC â??Awareness efforts to address teen dating violence will see more attention in schools and communities after the Senate passed a resolution by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. S. Res. 275 designated February 6-10, 2006 as â??National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Weekâ?? (TDVAP), which the Senate approved by unanimous consent. The resolution is in conjunction with the activities of the Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Initiative, to curb the growing problem … Continue Reading

December 06, 2005

Crapo Announces Idaho 2006 Military Academy Nominations

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced his nominations of more than thirty Idaho students to military service academies for the freshman class entering in 2006. The studentsâ?? applications are now being considered by the four U.S. service academies where final selections will be made. â??These students are some of the best in Idaho and I am pleased to have them represent our state,â?? Crapo said. â??Not only will they continue their education, but they will dedicate themselves to… Continue Reading

December 06, 2005

Tour of U.S. Capitol On Crapo's "Capitol Watchâ??

Washington, DC â?? December is a busy tourist time for Washington, D.C., and many Idahoans have had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Capitol. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has made the Capitol the centerpiece for the upcoming December â??Capitol Watchâ?? program, which will air on Tuesday, December 13, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. Mountain/6:00 p.m. Pacific. The program airs statewide on the public access channel on many Idaho cable television systems on the second Tuesday of each month.â??The U.S. Capitol is… Continue Reading

November 29, 2005

Crapo To Speak At Family Justice Center Opening

Nampa â?? The State of Idaho and City of Nampa will be in the national spotlight tomorrow when the Nampa Family Justice Center celebrates its grand opening. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who has sponsored and advocated for federal legislation and funding assisting the Nampa center, will speak at the event. Crapo says the Nampa center represents one of the first examples of a new national effort to centralize services for victims of violence and their families.â??Idahoans are at the forefront in this… Continue Reading

November 21, 2005

Crapo Makes Way For Electronic Duck Stamp

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, was approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The bill will create a three-year pilot program in 15 states that will enable the purchase of the federal migratory bird stamp online. Hunte… Continue Reading

November 18, 2005

Crapo: Funding Secured For Boise Airport Tower, U.S. 95 Improvements

Washington, DC â??Passengers, pilots, and the Idaho National Guard will enjoy improved services at the Boise Air Terminal and Gowen Field as $7.7 million in funding included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation-Treasury-HUD Appropriations bill will go toward the construction of a new air traffic control tower, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said today. â??The new tower will provide the much-needed resources required to ensure safety, increased services and accessibility for everyone who flies in and… Continue Reading

November 17, 2005

Crapo Praises Alito After Personal Visit

Washington, DC â??Following a meeting with Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement: â??Today, I had a chance to personally meet with Judge Alito and I am assured he has the knowledge and experience that will qualify him to be an excellent Supreme Court Justice,â?? Crapo said. â??Judge Alito has a long and distinguished history of judicial, government, and private legal experience. Through these meetings with me and my Senate colleagues, a… Continue Reading

November 17, 2005

Senate Approves Bill To Honor Lifelong Raptor Advocate Morley Nelson

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The United States Senate unanimously approved legislation today to honor the late Morley Nelson, a lifelong advocate for birds of prey and the inspiration for the creation of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in southwestern Idaho.As a decorated veteran, Morley Nelson moved to Idaho upon his return from serving in Italy during World War II. He immediately focused his passion on birds of prey. Recognizing the unique importance of the Snake River area fo… Continue Reading

November 17, 2005

Crapo Announces Trade Assistance Office In Idaho

Washington, DC â?? Idaho is now home to a local office to help mitigate the impact of foreign trade on local business, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) office in Boise is the first of its kind in Idaho. The non-profit TAAC Idaho Office is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to the commitment to expand to Boise, Idahoans had been served out of the Northwest TAAC office in Seattle.â??With increasing competition from foreign… Continue Reading

November 16, 2005

Crapo Aids Pension Reform

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, won the inclusion of a major provision to reduce the regulatory and financial burdens on pension plans in the pension reform legislation that passed on the Senate floor today 97-2. Crapoâ??s provision would lift investment restrictions and could result in an increase in retirement income for those who belong to pension plans. Crapoâ??s provision, incorporated in the Pension Security and Transparency Act of 200… Continue Reading

November 16, 2005

Idaho Counties Receive Funds To Defend Against Immigration Violations

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says Idaho counties will receive more than $600,000 in new federal money to assist county sheriffs in a program to recoup incarceration expenses associated with prisoners charged with immigration violations. The Idaho funding is part of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), which provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens for at least f… Continue Reading

November 16, 2005

Crapo Vows To Fight For Capital Gains/Dividend Relief Before Full Senate

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo supports the tax reconciliation measure passed by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday evening, but says that he will fight to extend existing federal tax cuts on capital gains, dividend income, and other investments. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, voted in favor of the tax and investment measure that passed on a 14-6 vote in committee. Crapo plans to continue to press for an extension for the lower rates on capital gains and divid… Continue Reading

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