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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

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

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 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

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


November 15, 2005

Crapo: Grizzly Action Sets Stage For ESA Improvement Legislation

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the intense planning and cooperation between local, state, and federal agencies to develop recovery plans resulting in the transfer of management of Yellowstone grizzly bears sets the stage for even more rapid recovery efforts of species. Crapo, who soon plans to introduce legislation to enhance the Endangered Species Act in the U.S. Senate, said grizzly numbers in the Yellowstone ecosystem are so high that bear management could have been turned o… Continue Reading


November 14, 2005

Crapo Releases Intercepted Al Qa'ida Letter

Washington, DC â?? The office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today highlighted a letter regarding the ongoing war against terror. The letter, which was released last month by the office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), is between two senior al-Qaâ??ida leaders, sent by Ayman Zawahiri to Abu Musab al Zarqawi. It is dated July 9, 2005, and was obtained in the course of counterterrorism operations in Iraq. â??This letter sets out a strategic vision for al Qaâ??idaâ??s direction and I wa… Continue Reading


November 09, 2005

Crapo Praises Idaho Marine's Heroic Actions

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo praised the service of Idaho Marine Reservist Sergeant (Sgt) Luke Miller, who will receive the Non-Commissioned Officer Association (NCOA) Military Vanguard Award Thursday. The Military Vanguard Award is presented annually to one member of each branch of the Armed Forces for a heroic act. Miller was chosen for the award for saving the lives of several fellow Marines while defending and securing a critical battle position and identifying numerous additio… Continue Reading


November 09, 2005

Crapo Urges Transportation Solutions For Ag

Washington, DC â??Idaho farm families need solutions for the limited availability of affordable shipping and increasing production costs, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, reiterated today in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing. The hearing today addressed long-term needs in regards to energy issues and transportation for agriculture.â??Idaho is a land-locked state with substantial distance to markets, giving Idaho producers a limited supply of shipping o… Continue Reading


November 09, 2005

Idaho To Be Considered For RECA, Receives Funding For Science Research Projects

Washington, DC â??Idaho downwinders could be eligible for benefits under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, thanks to a provision included in the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill. The Senate is set to approve the report, which also includes funding for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, law enforcement, economic resources in rural counties and safety improvements along the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Trail. The b… Continue Reading

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