News Releases

March 23, 2005

CRAPO: KEEP RESOLVE TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

Washington, DC â?? The conclusions reached in the 2005 Social Security Trustees Report continue to demonstrate the need to update the program, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said. The report, released today, shows a small deterioration in financial status from last year and concludes that the Trust Fund will be exhausted one year sooner--in 2041--than last yearâ??s projection. In addition, the Social Securityâ??s total future financial burden has grown from $10.4 trillion to $11.0 trillion. The Social… Continue Reading


March 23, 2005

CRAPO: SENIORS TO GET HELP TO QUIT SMOKING

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, co-Chairman and founder of the Congressional COPD (Cardiopulmonary Obstructive Disease) Caucus, applauded the decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to add smoking cessation counseling and coverage for its beneficiaries. Smoking cessation products will be covered under the new Medicare drug benefit program starting next year if they are prescribed by a physician. â??Too many of our Medicare dollars are being spent to treat illnesses… Continue Reading


March 23, 2005

DELEGATION REACTS TO INL CLEANUP CONTRACT AWARD

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation issued a joint statement today reacting to the Department of Energyâ??s (DOE) selection of CH2M¨WG Idaho, LLC as the contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho National Laboratory. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter said:â??We are pleased that the Department of Energy was able to quickly resolve the concerns that arose a week ago and move forward with the selection. … Continue Reading


March 22, 2005

CALDWELLâ??S DOWNTOWN RECIEVES PLANNING FUNDS

Washington, DC â?? The City of Caldwell will receive $150,000 in federal funding for downtown revitalization efforts, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funding will help pay for planning and design studies aimed at creating economic development downtown. The federal funds will be matched by $100,000 in city funding. Crapo praised Caldwellâ??s application to create a â??downtown catalyst modelâ?? in correspondence with the EDA. He ha… Continue Reading


March 21, 2005

CRAPO, CRAIG, OTTER STAFF PLAN OFFICE HOURS IN COTTONWOOD

Boise â?? Field representatives from Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Congressman C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otterâ??s office will host meetings and office hours on Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 in Cottonwood. The meetings with area residents are part of the Idaho Congressional Delegationâ??s efforts to hold office hours outside their regional field offices in Lewiston, Coeur dâ??Alene, and elsewhere in Idaho. . The congressional representatives will hold office hours: CottonwoodMarch 30th, 20051:00 … Continue Reading


March 18, 2005

BODMAN PRESSED ON CLEANUP CONTRACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Because of their concerns about the delay of the award of the cleanup contract for the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo met with Secretary of Energy Bodman to express their concerns and accelerate the process. Craig and Crapo presented a unified voice, â??This contract is essential to a smooth transition at the Idaho National Laboratory. The employees, bidders, and neighbors of the INL deserve a quick resolution of this problem.â?? Secreta… Continue Reading


March 17, 2005

RESOLUTION SEEKS TO OPEN JAPANâ??S BEEF MARKET

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo joined several of their colleagues today in cosponsoring a resolution that strives to reopen Japan to U.S. beef imports. Senator John Thune, R-S.D., is the chief sponsor. The resolution calls on the United States Trade Representative to â??immediately impose retaliatory economic measures against Japanâ?? if Japan continues to delay the implementation of an October 23, 2004 agreement to resume U.S. beef imports. Craig urged support of… Continue Reading


March 17, 2005

IDAHO ROADS, TRANSIT BENEFIT IN COMMITTEE VOTES

Washington, DC â?? Idaho stands to see large increases for highway and mass transit funding under two separate votes by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and fellow members of the Senate Banking Committee today approved legislation which could more than double funding levels for Idaho mass transit projects from Fiscal Year 2003 levels. The measure, if unchanged by the full Senate and House, wou… Continue Reading


March 17, 2005

CRAPO: PORTMAN GOOD CHOICE FOR TRADE

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on International Trade and Finance and member of the Senate Finance Committee, voiced his support today for Rob Portman, President Bushâ??s nominee to become U.S. Trade Representative. Portman presently represents Ohioâ??s Second District and served with Crapo during his tenure in the House. Crapo says Portmanâ??s specialized knowledge with international trade will be an asset in ensuring a robust foreign tr… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Crapo Calls Healthy Forest Bill Compromise â??Tremendous Step Forwardâ??

Washington, DC - A measure that retains expedited forest health remedies yet protect old-growth forests and prioritizes thinning in wildland-urban interface areas is close to reality, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who was appointed this morning to the conference committee completing action on the bill. It is expected that the final Healthy Forest legislation may be sent to President Bush by end of the week. Crapo, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committeeâ??s Subcommittee on Fore… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Crapo Attends Healthy Forest Bill Signing At Invitation Of The President

Washington D.C.--At the invitation of President George W. Bush, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo participated in this morningâ??s ceremony marking the Presidentâ??s signing into law the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. Crapo was one of the final conferees writing the changes that brought the bill to the floor of the Senate and successfully passed the measure. During this morningâ??s signing ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ??s headquarters building in Washington, DC, President Bush… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Idaho Housing Programs Get Boost

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the Senate has renewed funding for the two federally-funded programs, which have been successful both in creating new low-income housing in Idaho, and helping homebuyers with their down payments. The programs, operated by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Idaho Housing and Finance Association and city housing programs, will be included for new money as part of the $200 million dollar approval of S. 811, the American Dream Downpayment A… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Idaho Projects Funded In Va-Hud Bill

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo announced Senate support for a number of Idaho environmental and economic development projects in the Fiscal Year 2004 Veterans Administration, Housing and Urban Development, (VA-HUD) and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill. Craig is a member of the VA-HUD-Independent Agencies Subcommittee.â??I am very pleased that important funding for clean-up of the Coeur dâ??Alene Basin and educational facilities and development at many of Ida… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Crapo Encourages Idahoans To Remember Troops During Holiday Season

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today creation of a special section on his Senate website dedicated to raising awareness of programs designed to support members of the Armed Forces who are currently deployed in combat. The programs, offered through a number of non-profit organizations, provide a variety of services to members of the Armed Forces: from sending care packages to taking care of pets. A link to a list of these programs can be found on Crapoâ??s website at www.cra… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Crapo: Modernized Medicare Helps MoreThan Just Health Costs

Washington, DC - A paradigm shift in the way the nation treats health care is in the offing with the Medicare reform legislation passed by the U.S. Senate this morning on a vote of 54-44, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo said he backed the bill because it represents the first time in more than 40 years that creative, bipartisan thinking has led to tax-sheltered health savings plans, personal accountability, and care choices to a system that has spiraled out of control. â??Instead of … Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Crapo Hails Passage Of Healthy Forests Bill

Washington, DC -Today the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed the conference report to H.R. 1904, the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. The House voted 286-140; the Senate approved the measure by voice vote. The landmark legislation aimed at improving the health of our nationâ??s forests will now be sent to the President for his signature. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, lauded the passa… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Senate Approves Plan To Assist Rural Veterinarian Care

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig announced the Senate has approved a plan to assist with the costs of veterinarian care in rural areas. The National Veterinary Medical Services Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to assist veterinarians in repaying their educational loans if they agree to serve in areas where the Secretary has determined a shortage of qualified veterinarians exists. Idaho officials asked both Crapo and Craig to support the bill, citing difficult… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Senate Approves Plan To Assist Rural Veterinarian Care

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo sent a letter to President Bush today requesting increased funding for a program designed to support scientific research and development in a number of U.S. states, including Idaho. The National Science Foundationâ??s (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), is designed to build research capacity and expand the number of competitive researchers in states that have historically received lesser amounts of Federal research and… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Delegation Reacts To Doe Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC â?? The Idaho delegation reacted today to the announcement by the Department of Energy (DOE) of delay in the competition process for the new operating contracts at the new Idaho National Laboratory. The new lab will be a combination of INEEL and Argonne West. The Department also announced it will negotiate with BechtelBWXT Idaho, Inc. to extend their current contract through January 31, 2005 â??DOE has notified me that additional time to refine the approach to the clean-up RFP is … Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Crapo Urges President To Fund Idaho Scientific Research

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo sent a letter to President Bush today requesting increased funding for a program designed to support scientific research and development in a number of U.S. states, including Idaho. The National Science Foundationâ??s (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), is designed to build research capacity and expand the number of competitive researchers in states that have historically received lesser amounts of Federal research and… Continue Reading

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