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June 20, 2006


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June 16, 2006

Crapo Touts Robust Economy, Idaho Numbers

Washington, DC â?? Upon todayâ??s release of a Department of Labor (DOL) report showing that May unemployment rates continue to show a downward trend, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo credited recently-passed tax relief and sound fiscal policy for fueling the nationâ??s strong economy for the results. With drops reported in 41 states (including Idaho) and the District of Columbia, the results clearly indicate encouraging movement. Idahoâ??s May unemployment rate is 3.5%, down 0.4% over same period last … Continue Reading

June 15, 2006

Crapo Votes For Emergency Funding

Washington, DC â?? Funding for continuing military and reconstruction operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, relief for hurricane devastation and support for bird flu preparation was approved today by the Senate with the support of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee. Crapo voted with his Senate colleagues, 98-1, to approve the $94.4 billion package, which the House approved Tuesday.â??This funding will provide our troops fighting to defend freedom in foreign lands wit… Continue Reading

June 14, 2006

S.O.S. Bill Offers Path To Balanced Budget

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says Congress now has a roadmap to achieve and maintain a balanced federal budget. If adopted, the legislation which was introduced in the U.S. Senate this afternoon, will stop the threat of excessive debt that could plague future generations of Americans. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, joined with Senate leadership and 12 other Senators today to announce the Stop Over-Spending (S.O.S) Act.â??Americans understand that spending is out o… Continue Reading

June 14, 2006

Bill Approved To Give Troops Added Protection Against Scams

Washington, DC â?? Military bases and enlistees received additional protection today to protect them from insurance and other financial scams when the Senate Banking Committee, on which Idaho Senator Mike Crapo sits, approved the Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act. The legislation addresses a growing problem with scams that target military families and personnel.The bill, S. 418, requires jurisdiction over insurance sales and products on military bases to be under a state insur… Continue Reading

June 14, 2006

Boise Soldier Laid To Rest Today At Arlington

Washington, DC â?? The service of a former Boise resident who served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan was praised by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today in Washington, DC. Sgt. Christopher M. Erberich died during a training flight in Georgia earlier this month. He was laid to rest today during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.â??Sgt. Erberich went above and beyond the call of duty. He was training with Special Operations forces when the accident which caused his death occurred, an… Continue Reading

June 13, 2006

Crapo Joins Economic Competitiveness Caucus

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hopes a new Senate caucus will improve the competitiveness of American goods and services in the global market. The Senate Economic Competitiveness Caucus will work to take positive actions on behalf of American entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and the tech sector to improve competitiveness and create more job opportunities. Members of the caucus will seek the insight of leaders in the private sector, academia and government for analysis of the challenges… Continue Reading

June 13, 2006

Crapo: Taxpayers To See Relief On Immigrant Care

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says a change in federal regulations could save thousands of Idaho taxpayer dollars that augment health care costs for undocumented workers. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee that has oversight over the Medicare and Medicaid programs, says new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will go into effect July 1. State and local governments had pushed for the eligibility reforms.The changes essentially require pro… Continue Reading

June 09, 2006

New Staff In Crapo's State, D.C. Offices

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces new staff members in his Twin Falls and Lewiston, Idaho offices. A former intern in Crapoâ??s Washington, DC office is also returning for full-time employment there.Jimmi Sommer is Crapoâ??s new regional director based in Twin Falls. She comes to Crapoâ??s office with considerable Idaho experience in issues ranging from education to consumer protection. Sommer worked in the Idaho Attorney Generalâ??s office on projects including the Do Not Ca… Continue Reading

June 08, 2006

Crapo Notes 'Leader Of Iraqi al Qaeda' Is Dead

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is congratulating U.S. military personnel today on the death of Iraqâ??s al Qaeda terror leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and several of his senior aides. Al-Zarqawi is believed to be the leader of the terrorist forces in Iraq and is believed directly responsible for the deaths of Americans held captive in Iraq. He also has been linked to terrorist attacks in Iraq and his home country of Jordan. Crapo released the following statement: â??This is without d… Continue Reading

June 08, 2006

Crapo Supports Methamphetamine and Indian Health Bills

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo backed two bills designed to address methamphetamine abuse and the health care needs of Native Americans; both bills were approved today by the Senate Finance Committee, on which Crapo sits.The Indian Health Care Improvement Act, S. 1057, makes certain that Native Americans have access to federal health care programs and ensures fair treatment to Indian Health Services providers. The bill guarantees that Indian Health Services providers are eligible fo… Continue Reading

June 06, 2006

Idaho Interns Join Crapo's DC Staff

Washington, DC â?? Students with Idaho roots have joined Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in his Washington, D.C. office for the summer. â??These four students bring a breadth of experience and Idaho ties to my office, and I expect they will learn a lot about the political process,â?? Crapo said. â??I encourage college students with an interest in government to submit an application for upcoming internship opportunities.â?? This summer, interns in Crapoâ??s office are:Marques Chavez, a Blackfoot native,… Continue Reading

June 06, 2006

Crapo Hosts Live June 'Capitol Watch' Program

Washington, DC â??Immigration and a constitutional amendment on marriage will be some of the topics for Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s live â??Capitol â??Watchâ?? cable program, which will air live on June 13th, 2006. â??Congress is confronting a number of issues of great concern for all Idahoans,â?? Crapo said. â??I look forward to talking with Idahoans about immigration, the marriage amendment, and many other topics on Capitol Watch and encourage viewers to call in during the program. The Senate… Continue Reading

May 31, 2006


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May 31, 2006

Crapo To Address Domestic Violence Summit; Dedicate Habitat Improvement At Henry's Lake

Idaho Falls â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will keynote a Pocatello conference aimed at stopping domestic violence this Friday before traveling to the Island Park area Saturday for a ribbon-cutting to dedicate a road and bridge project that will improve habitat for the threatened Yellowstone cutthroat trout. On Friday, Crapo will speak to more than a hundred local community leaders, health and law enforcement professionals, anti-domestic violence advocacy representatives, educators, victims and ot… Continue Reading

May 26, 2006

Senate Confirms Kempthorne

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The United States Senate confirmed Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne to be Secretary of the Interior. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo both voted in favor of Kempthorneâ??s nomination.Craig spoke in support of Kempthorneâ??s nomination Thursday evening, stressing his consensus-building talents, â??I have watched Governor Kempthorne for two terms, or 8 years in my State of Idaho, take very difficult situations and sometimes competing sides and bring them together to res… Continue Reading

May 26, 2006

Military To Have Teen Dating Violence Prevention Materials

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced an initiative to further public awareness and education about teen dating violence. The Department of Defense has sent American Bar Association (ABA) Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention toolkits to all military installations and secondary Department of Defense schools worldwide. â??This is great news for military families, and especially children of military members,â?? said Crapo. â??Our military families are not immune to the tr… Continue Reading

May 25, 2006

America Deserves Better Immigration Legislation

Washington, DC -- Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, in the Senate today, citing concerns with incentives for further illegal immigration, high costs, and the substantial burden that the legislation would place on hard-working Americans to fund the bill. â??It is understandable why many would want to immigrate to America,â?? Crapo said. â??America is a land of opportunity and freedom and represents those ideals to many throughout the… Continue Reading

May 25, 2006

FAA Meeting on Tracon Scheduled

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold a public meeting on the proposal to move the Boise Airportâ??s Terminal Radar Control (TRACON) to Salt Lake City, Utah. The Delegation requested the public meeting. The Delegation said, â??We are concerned that this proposal could jeopardize the future development of Boiseâ??s airport and current operations, including wildland firefighting through the National Interagenc… Continue Reading

May 25, 2006

Phone Tax Repeal First Good Step

Washington, DC â?? A tax imposed more than one hundred years ago faces repeal in an announcement today from the U.S. Treasury Department, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. However, Crapo says that the repeal of a federal tax on long-distance phone service is just part of what is needed. The Treasury Department will retroactively end the three percent tax, which was first imposed in 1898 as a luxury tax on individuals who owned telephones. Additionally, Treasury will provide a tax refund for… Continue Reading

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