News Releases

June 27, 2005

CRAPO: NO PRISONER ABUSE AT GUANTANAMO, WORK KEEPING AMERICANS SAFER FROM TERRORISM

Washington, DC â?? The world is a safer place for Americans and many of their neighbors around the globe thanks to the interrogation work being done at the Guantanamo Bay detention site in Cuba, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo was part of a five-senator delegation in Cuba on Sunday to personally investigate how prisoners are being treated by U.S. military personnel.â??These are the worst of the worst,â?? Crapo said of the detainees. â??There is a reason they are there. They must be … Continue Reading


June 24, 2005

9TH CIRCUIT SPLIT PLAN MOVES FORWARD

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig said the effort to split the size of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gained momentum today with the introduction of two bills in the Senate seeking to change the 9th Circuit. Both senators have signed on to co-sponsor both bills.â??With bills moving in both the House and Senate, it is obvious our colleagues from around the country have agreed the 9th Circuit is just too large to properly serve the residents of Idaho and other sta… Continue Reading


June 23, 2005

IDAHO FOOD PRODUCERS STIMULATE ECONOMY

Washington, DC â??Idahoâ??s agricultural industry will benefit through funding advocated by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill, which was approved in the Senate Appropriations Committee today. The agriculture spending measure dedicates substantial resources to agriculture, rural development, and conservation research important to Idaho communities. â??Agriculture research is vital to the success of Idaho agriculture, and this legislation includes funding for m… Continue Reading


June 23, 2005

CRAPO COMPLIMENTS MUSEUM EFFORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo complimented the efforts of the National Law Enforcement Museum to augment its artifact collection. The museum is set to open in 2009 and Crapo is encouraging Idahoans to get involved with the preparations. â??The National Law Enforcement Museum has launched a treasure hunt of sortsâ??looking throughout the nation for items that would help preserve the history of law enforcement,â?? Crapo said. â??You might be surprised by what is laying around in at… Continue Reading


June 23, 2005

IDAHO GETS INCREASE IN PILT PAYMENTS FOR 2005

Washington, DC â?? The Idaho congressional delegation is pleased with the Interior Departmentâ??s announcement today that Idaho counties will receive $15.8 million in Payment In Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) from the federal government. That is up 4 percent from the previous year and represents a significant boost to local county coffers. Elmore, Cassia and Blaine counties each will receive over $1 million in PILT funds. Each one of the 44 counties in the state will receive funds. A copy of the full list… Continue Reading


June 23, 2005

CRAPO CALLS FOR CONTROVERSIAL SEC VOTE DEFERRAL

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and seven other Senators have asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to defer final action on the mutual fund independent chairman rule until a new SEC chairman is on board. Wednesday current and outgoing Chairman William Donaldson called for a vote on the issue just one day before he ends his term in office. President Bush has nominated California Representative Chris Cox to succeed Donaldson; Coxâ??s nomination is pending.In the letter de… Continue Reading


June 22, 2005

SENATE COMMITTEE SUPPORTS SALMON RECOVERY FUNDING

Washington, DC â?? Funds for salmon recovery, advocated for by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, are part of the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee bill completed Tuesday, sending a strong message of support for President George Bushâ??s commitment to salmon recovery. The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund is due to receive $4.5 million in funding that will be used for recovering threatened and endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest, including parts of Idaho. â??It is… Continue Reading


June 22, 2005

CRAPO: GRANT COULD MEAN 3,000 JOBS TO MAGIC VALLEY

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) today to announce a $2.7 million federal grant to assist development east of the City of Jerome and north of Twin Falls. Crapo says the EDA grant will be used to spur new jobs and economic development among three commercial and industrial parks.â??This grant will greatly expand the use of technology between Jerome, the Jerome Butte development, and the College of Southern Idaho. Jerome and … Continue Reading


June 22, 2005

CRAPO WANTS TO LOCK UP SOCIAL SECURITY SURPLUS

Washington, DC â?? As the Senate Finance Committee continues work on preserving and protecting Social Security, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has joined with several colleagues on legislation that would prevent Social Security surpluses from being used for anything except Social Security. The bill, â??Stop the Raid on Social Security Act of 2005,â?? will be introduced on Thursday by South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint along with Senators Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania), Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina)… Continue Reading


June 21, 2005

CRAPO SETS JULY 1ST DEADLINE FOR REGULATORY RELIEF

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has given federal banking regulators until July 1st to voice any safety and soundness objections to a comprehensive list of banking reform proposals that he has collected. Crapo is working to draft legislation that would reduce the regulatory burden on banks, credit unions and other financial institutions. At the request of Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby, Crapo chaired a hearing which explored a number of the reform proposals and included witne… Continue Reading


June 21, 2005

CRAPO: VOCA FUNDS REMAIN INTACT FOR CRIME VICTIMS

CRAPO: VOCA FUNDS REMAIN INTACT FOR CRIME VICTIMSMarch letter helps prevent diversion of funds for other purposes Washington, DC â?? A Senate subcommittee today protected the special designation of a crime victims fund by rejecting an Administration proposal to place the dedicated funding into general revenue. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded the decision today by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science to retain the Crime Victims Fund. In March, Crapo and Patri… Continue Reading


June 20, 2005

CRAPO, CRAIG CO-SPONSOR PESTICIDE LEGISLATION

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig co-sponsored legislation introduced today to protect the proper use of pesticides by codifying in law that additional permitting is not needed for pesticides use in compliance with their Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved label. Recent court decisions have contradicted long-standing federal policy that the application of agricultural and other pesticides in compliance with labeling requirements do not require National Pollut… Continue Reading


June 20, 2005

CRAPO WELCOMES SUMMER INTERNS TO D.C.

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has welcomed four interns for the summer in his Washington, D.C., office. The interns, who have arrived in D.C. at different times, began work earlier this month and will assist in office operations and legislative duties through August 2005. Christina Davis, Idaho Falls, graduated from Gonzaga University in Washington state in May with a B.A. in Public Relations. Davis has served as the captain of Gonzagaâ??s womenâ??s volleyball team for the last two… Continue Reading


June 20, 2005

CRAPO APPLAUDS USDAâ??S HALT OF HOP MARKETING ORDER PROCEEDINGS

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, commended Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns for the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ??s (USDA) announcement today to terminate the proceedings to establish a marketing order for hops grown in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. â??This proposed marketing order would have had a significant impact on Idaho hop producers,â?? said Crapo. â??Throughout the course of these proceedings, I have appreciated th… Continue Reading


June 17, 2005

IDAHO LEADERS DEFEND MT. HOME, GOWEN FIELD

PORTLAND, Ore. â?? Idahoâ??s U.S. Senators and Governor testified today before the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission regarding Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB) and Gowen Field. The team took a divide-and-conquer approach to the presentation. Idaho Senator Larry Craig led off the 40-minute discussion by addressing military value, current and future growth, and the absence of environmental issues and encroachment at MHAFB. Craig stated, â??Without question, our pilots benefit from… Continue Reading


June 16, 2005

CRAPO SECURES TAX CREDIT TO EXPAND RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo won key priorities for consumers and producers of renewable energy resources today by securing tax credits to expand nuclear power production as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. The Committee outlined tax provisions for the newly-drafted energy bill, which included a tax credit championed by Crapo to increase nuclear production incentives. The credits will result in long-term benefits to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the nationâ??s leade… Continue Reading


June 15, 2005

CRAPO PUSHES FOR MEDICAID REFORM

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, pressed for action in reforming Medicaid during the Committeeâ??s hearing today calling for more sensible policy to better deliver healthcare. Crapo also thanked Governor Mark Warner of Virginia and Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the National Governors Association, respectively, for bringing a well-constructed Medicaid reform proposal before the Committee on behalf of the nati… Continue Reading


June 15, 2005

CRAPO COMMITS TO KEEP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FUNDS

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo told participants at a national domestic violence prevention forum in Washington, DC, today that he is committed to preserving a federal trust fund dedicated to victims of crime related to domestic violence. During the speech to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Crapo also called on men to take a larger role in preventing domestic violence by mentoring and serving as examples for other men.Crapo has also signed on to co-sponsor the reautho… Continue Reading


June 14, 2005

IDAHO RECOGNIZED FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH

Washington, DC â??Nuclear energy and supply research was recognized as a priority by Senate appropriators today, awarding the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) funding for several projects advocated by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The bill also included funding for water projects including aquatic ecosystems restoration and local water projects throughout Idaho.â??It is vital that we diversify our energy portfolio; nuclear energy and research has tremendous potential, and these projects bring that re… Continue Reading


June 14, 2005

CRAPO CALLS FOR CHANGES TO CAFTA

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is calling for changes to the Central America - Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, commonly known as CAFTA. Crapo says unfair provisions in the agreement concerning sugar imports that would harm Idahoâ??s sugar industry and economy must be amended or deleted. Crapo voted against the draft legislation to implement CAFTA when it was passed by the Senate Finance Committee today by a vote of 11 to 9. Crapo has said that he cannot support CAFTA as wri… Continue Reading

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