News Releases

September 04, 2005

Crapo Mourns Chief Justice's Passing

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo jointed with Americans today in mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, who died Saturday from thyroid cancer. Rehnquist served more than 33 years on the Supreme Court, with 19 of those as Chief Justice. He was the longest-serving Court member since the early 1900s. â??Chief Justice Rehnquist was a classic American success story, from humble beginnings in Wisconsin to military experience during World War Ii to Harvard and Stanf… Continue Reading


September 01, 2005

Senate To Send Relief To Katrina Victims

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo commended Senate plans to call an emergency session tonight to approve appropriations to provide immediate assistance for federal and local disaster response teams. The Senate plans to send approximately $10 billion in aid to help with rescue efforts currently underway in the Gulf region.â??Weâ??ve all seen pictures of the devastation in New Orleans and Biloxi and other communities throughout the South, â??said Crapo. â??It is imperative that we respond… Continue Reading


August 31, 2005

Crapo: White House Conference Will Help ESA Legislation

St. Louis, MO â?? Support for cooperative solutions should spread to Congress to improve the Endangered Species Act, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, a speaker and round table participant at the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation this week in St. Louis, is heartened at the willingness of government and private-sector interests from landowners to conservationists, to embrace collaboration as a tool in conservation efforts.â??We need cooperative legislation to implemen… Continue Reading


August 30, 2005

Crapo: Past Success With Wildlife Key to ESA

St. Louis, MO â?? The key to improving conservation efforts related to the Endangered Species Act can best be enacted by learning from past successes in collaboration and consensus found around the country. That was the message from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to start Day 2 of the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation in St. Louis, Missouri. Crapo noted how sportsmen, farmers, landowners, conservationists, tribal members, and others are working in tandem with government officials to b… Continue Reading


August 29, 2005

CRAPO TO ADDRESS WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo delivers remarks tomorrow in St. Louis, Missouri, to a national conference on conservation issues attended by members of President George W. Bushâ??s Cabinet. The Conference on Cooperative Conservation, sponsored by the White Houseâ??s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), invited Crapo to speak and participate in discussion groups because of his work in collaboration in solving environmental issues and his efforts to update the Endangered Species Ac… Continue Reading


August 26, 2005

Idaho receives funding to combat domestic violence

Washington, DC â??Victims of domestic violence across Idaho will now have access to legal assistance through funds totaling $425,000 announced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo for the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence through the Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) program grant. The LAV grant allows the Coalition along with public agencies and assault shelters to provide legal aid to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking through direct represent… Continue Reading


August 24, 2005

BE PREPARED

Security is a component of everyday life that one spending time in Washington, D.C. gets accustomed to. Metal detectors, police vehicle barriers and heavily-armed police officers become strangely commonplace after awhile. In some ways, itâ??s just as easy to become complacent when it comes to personal security in Washington as in many parts of Idaho where the threat seems less. And thatâ??s the pointâ??on the surface, our nationâ??s Capital is a logical target, but terrorists also see schools, m… Continue Reading


August 12, 2005

CRAPO TO DONATE ITEMS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will participate in the following events in Idaho in the coming week. The media is invited to attend any event listed; all times are local. Monday, August 153:30 p.m. Inkom â?? Present U.S. flag to Inkom Elementary School. Rising 6th grader Spencer Davis wrote to Crapo at the end of last school year, requesting a new flag as the one used by the school was badly worn. At 300 Holstein.6:30 p.m. Montpelier â?? Speak at the Bear Lake Republican Club picni… Continue Reading


August 09, 2005

CRAPO SAYS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WILL BOOST YELLOWSTONE CUTTHROAT TROUT

Island Park, Idaho â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join with a partnership of nearly a dozen work group members on Wednesday to announce plans to restore access to pristine Yellowstone cutthroat trout spawning habitat above Henryâ??s Lake. Crapo and the work group, which includes local Boy Scouts, the Henryâ??s Lake Foundation and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, will announce a construction project to replace culverts that have blocked Yellowstone cutthroats from moving into spawning beds f… Continue Reading


August 08, 2005

CRAPO, LINCOLN TO CHAIR BIPARTISAN WORKING GROUP TO WRITE ESA BILL

Washington, DC â?? A bipartisan effort to update and strengthen the Endangered Species Act (ESA) takes a large step forward with assistance from U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas). Crapo and Lincoln have partnered to write legislation that will address several areas of the ESA. Crapo and Lincoln are co-chairing a working group in Congress that is coordinating its efforts with the appropriate committees of jurisdiction in the Senate and U.S. House of Representativ… Continue Reading


August 05, 2005

CRAPO HONORS TROOPS, ALBERTSONS

Washington, DC â?? The outstanding efforts of Idaho troops and an Idaho corporate leaderâ??Albertsonsâ??will be noted Monday as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo heads a Spirit of Idaho Award ceremony at the Veterans Administration Center in Boise. Albertsons CEO Larry Johnston will accept the Spirit of Idaho Award on behalf of Albertsons employees serving in the military and employees who have assisted the military and volunteered at the VA Center.â??These Albertsons employees truly represent the Spirit… Continue Reading


August 03, 2005

CRAPO TO PRESENT DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS TO IDAHO FALLS MAN

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will present the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), one of the highest military medals, to Idaho Falls native Sterling Jensen on Thursday morning. Jensen is being honored for his heroic actions during World War II. In February 1945, Jensen expertly landed a B-17 bomber in England after it lost power to three engines. There were nine individuals on board; he is credited with saving all nine lives. â??This award is long overdue and I am pleased to have as… Continue Reading


August 03, 2005

CRAPO TO DISCUSS NEW MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT ON â??CAPITOL WATCHâ??

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Corliss Neuber will join Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to discuss the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program next week on â??Capitol Watch.â?? Crapoâ??s â??Capitol Watchâ?? airs the second Tuesday of each month on most cable access stations in Idaho. The Senate Finance Committee, of which Crapo is a member, has been tasked with funding allocations for the Medicare program. â??This Medicare Drug Benefit will allow seniors the a… Continue Reading


July 29, 2005

BOATING AND FISHING BENEFIT INCLUDED IN TRANSPORTATION BILL

Washington, DC â??A provision to divert a tax on motorboat and small engine fuels to the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund for programs to directly benefit outdoor users was championed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Co-chairman of the Congressional Sportsmenâ??s Caucus, in the Transportation bill passed today.Funded by a Federal manufacturersâ?? excise tax on fishing equipment and a percentage of the Federal fuel tax on motorboats and small engines, the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund has directly provide… Continue Reading


July 28, 2005

CRAPO SAYS JOHN ROBERTS IS GREAT CHOICE FOR SUPREME COURT

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo met with Supreme Court Justice nominee John Roberts today and confirmed his belief that Roberts will serve the American people well and correctly interpret the Constitution. Roberts has been meeting individually with Senators prior to his confirmation hearings, which are tentatively scheduled to begin August 29th. â??I appreciate Judge Roberts making himself available to meet with all Senators prior to his consideration by the Senate,â?? Crapo said. â??… Continue Reading


July 28, 2005

CRAPO CALLS FOR NATIONAL SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

Washington, DC â?? Legislation intended to strengthen federal law regarding registered sex offenders, S.792, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today and may see a floor vote as early as tonight, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. "This measure, which is known as Dru's Law, sends a strong message of zero tolerance to convicted sex offenders,â?? said Crapo. â??With the recent tragic events in north Idaho, it is abundantly clear that these crimes have become a national crisi… Continue Reading


July 28, 2005

CONGRESS COMPLETES COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY BILL

Washington, DC â??Idahoâ??s renewable energy initiatives will now see increased support after Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, was successful in including several tax benefits for consumers and producers in the Energy bill passed today by 74-26. â??This bill benefits everybodyâ??producers receive incentives to explore renewable energy resources, consumers will have access to cheaper and more efficient expanded energy sources and we will decrease our nationâ??s … Continue Reading


July 28, 2005

CRAPO, CRAIG SECURE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Washington, DC â??Idaho will receive a 30 percent increase in federal transportation funding and nearly $150 million for specific critical highway improvements under the transportation bill passed by the U.S. Senate today. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig secured $146.2 million for specific Idaho projects deemed critical to the state's road and highways.Idaho will receive an average of $276 million each year from Fiscal Years 2005-2009, an increase over the previous funding level wh… Continue Reading


July 27, 2005

CRAPO INTRODUCES BILL TO AID INVESTORS AND SAVINGS

Washington, DC â?? Idahoans who have savings and investments may see a boost in their finances under legislation introduced today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Crapo's bill would potentially benefit retirees, families and investors by permanently lowering the top tax rate on dividends and long-term capital gains to 15 percent. The provision was originally included in the Jobs and Economic Growth package in 2003 but is set to expire in 2008.â??This mea… Continue Reading


July 27, 2005

CRAPO EXAMINES DIRECTION OF CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM

Washington, DC â?? Citing an immediate concern with the scheduled expiration of millions of acres under Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract between 2007 and 2010, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, held a hearing today to discuss the long-term direction of CRP, including how to deal with expiring contracts and reenrollments and the effect of the CRP on rural economies.The Conservation Reserve Prog… Continue Reading

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