News Releases

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


July 26, 2005

CRAPO: FOCUS ON ACTIONS AND RESULTS FOR SPECIES

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo used a Senate subcommittee hearing today to spotlight how conservation programs under the Farm Bill produce results for a variety of plant and animal species, and called active species recovery the â??next phaseâ?? for the Endangered Species Act. In his role as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, Crapo said that approach is useful in identifying the kinds of recovery actions that may work… Continue Reading


July 22, 2005

ESA, NEPA ARE FOCUS OF THIRD ANNUAL IDAHO RANGELAND SUMMIT

Washington, DC â?? Collaborative stewardship, protecting natural resources and sustaining ranching livelihoods will be themes of the third annual Idaho Rangeland Summit. The summit, co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the Idaho Rangeland Committee, will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2005, at the Nampa City Council Chambers, 411 Third Street South in Nampa.The Rangeland Summit will include forums featuring Crapo, K. Lynn Bennett, State Director of the BLM; Mary Wagner, Deputy Regional F… Continue Reading


July 21, 2005

IDAHO MILITARY VITAL TO SECURITY

Washington, DC â??Idaho military personnel can look forward to new and improved facilities with the passage of military construction projects in the Senate Appropriations Committee backed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. "This measure strengthens the commitment to improving housing, supplies, and medical needs at Mountain Home Air Force Base and Gowen Field in Boise," Senator Crapo said. "These bases will receive much-needed supply improvements in their efforts to protect our nation a… Continue Reading


July 21, 2005

CRAPO ANNOUNCES AIRPORT GRANTS

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced federal grant dollars that will bring infrastructure improvements for runways, lighting, and fencing for airports in the Magic Valley and Coeur dâ??Alene. Crapoâ??s office assisted in releasing the funding.The federal Department of Transportation grants announced today include: $2,600,000 to the Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls to extend taxiways; improve runway lighting and access roads, conduct studies and for other uses. $… Continue Reading


July 21, 2005

CRAPO INTRODUCES BILL FOR PULMONARY AND CARDIAC MEDICARE PATIENTS

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo introduced legislation today to include pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation as a covered Medicare benefit. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) joined Senator Crapo as an original co-sponsor. If passed, this legislation would end the decade-long debate between providers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the various fiscal intermediaries responsible for reimbursing for these services. Currently, there is no specific reference to … Continue Reading


July 20, 2005

CRAPO TO REVIEW CONSERVATIONRESERVE PROGRAM

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Rural Revitalization, will chair a hearing next week to discuss oversight of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The hearing will take place on Wednesday, July 27th, at 10:00 a.m. in 328A Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. â??For the past 20 years, CRP has been a tool for farmers and ranchers to voluntarily achieve their conservation goals,â?? said Crap… Continue Reading


July 20, 2005

CRAPO TO CHAIR HEARING ON FARM PROGRAMS,SPECIES CONSERVATION

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, will hold a hearing next week to discuss how Farm Bill programs can better support species conservation. The hearing will be held Tuesday, July 26th, in 328A of the Russell Senate Office Building beginning at 10:00 a.m.â??There are many programs in the Farm Bill and many people participating in those programs that can do much to recover species and imp… Continue Reading

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