News Releases

May 02, 2006

Idaho Delegation Challenges FAA On Boise Airport Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation met today with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Marion Blakey to discuss pending issues of concern regarding the Boise Airport. FAA has proposed colocation of the Boise Airportâ??s Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities and personnel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The delegation also expressed deep concern with the lack of progress being made to construct a new air traffic control tower at the airport. â??We apprec… Continue Reading

May 02, 2006

Reaction To Softwood Lumber Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Rep. C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter had the following reaction to the United States and Canada reaching an agreement on softwood lumber trade: â??This agreement confirms the decision by U.S. officials and the coalition of timber businesses to stand tall in the face of unfair trade practices. This agreement sends the message that we must stay at the bargaining table to negotiate reasonable and fair trade deals. â??We are hopeful this agre… Continue Reading

May 01, 2006

Crapo: Reg Relief Mark-Up Tackles Tough Issues

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding the upcoming regulatory relief legislation mark-up later this week: â??Today marks the culmination of many months of hard work to bring industry, regulators, consumer groups and other interested parties together on a measure that will provide regulatory relief for financial institutions. The Senate Banking Committee will hold a mark-up on The Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 on Thursday morning… Continue Reading

April 28, 2006

Crapo Touts Robust Economy

Washington, DC â?? The news of the American economy rapidly growing during the first quarter of 2006 brought praise from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee that hold jurisdiction over the nationâ??s tax policies. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the best indicator of how the economy is faring, grew by 4.8 percent during the first three months of 2006, the fastest rate in more than two years. This growth was spurred by an … Continue Reading

April 27, 2006

Crapo Introduces Forest Service Partnership Bill

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln introduced the bipartisan Forest Service Partnership Act, which will improve the ability of the Forest Service to work cooperatively with local communities and others to improve conservation results. Crapo, who chairs the Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation and Rural Revitalization, authored the bill to advance the enactment of cooperative legislation that better enables federal agencies to work colla… Continue Reading

April 26, 2006

Crapo Salutes Courage of Caldwell Soldier

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed his condolences today to the family and friends of Private First Class Jacob Allcott of Caldwell. Allcott, 21 and a member of the U.S. Armyâ??s 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas, died Saturday when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle in Baghdad. His family is well-known in Caldwell since his father Bruce Allcott, was the fire chief in Caldwell for 15 years before moving to Burley.â??My heartfelt symp… Continue Reading

April 25, 2006

Crapo, Clinton Call For Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and executives from Liz Claiborne, Inc., Education Development Center, Teen Research Unlimited and representatives from Break the Cycle today to announce fresh statistics on teen dating violence and highlight a collaborative ninth-grade curriculum created by these organizations to address teen dating violence.â??Teen dating violence exists today in every community,â?? said Crapo. â??It is a precursor to … Continue Reading

April 20, 2006

Idaho Delegation Advocates For Twin Falls Postal Distribution Center

Washington, DC â?? A proposal to merge the mail distribution center in Twin Falls with the one in Boise faces opposition from the Idaho Congressional delegation. In a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS), the delegation expressed concern over the economic impact of the proposal, timely mail delivery and service availability for the people who rely on the Twin Falls Center. The proposal would reassign or transfer 30-35 employees from the Twin Falls Pioneer Station mail processing cen… Continue Reading

April 20, 2006

Crapo & Clinton to Hold News Conference

Washington, DC â?? Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) with Liz Claiborne Inc. and others will hold a news conference on Tuesday, April 25 2006 to focus attention on teen dating violence and the need to educate children about this problem. The news conference will include the unveiling of new survey results on teen dating violence by Teenage Research Unlimited commissioned by Liz Claiborne Inc. Liz Claiborne Inc. has developed an education program on teen dating… Continue Reading

April 20, 2006

Crapo and Wasden Work To Help Idaho Crime Victims

Boise â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo together with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) have authored a bipartisan letter calling on the Senate appropriators to save the Crime Victims Fund from rescission in the FY2007 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill. â??Money deposited into the Crime Victims Fund comes from fines and forfeitures in federal courts and is allocated out to crime victimsâ?? servicesâ??a total of $3 million in Idaho alone in 2005,â?? said Crapo. â??This money is not tax… Continue Reading

April 17, 2006

Crapo Kicks Off School Snack Program; Announces Domestic Violence Education and Prevention Efforts

Boise â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join students at two Idaho schools this week in a national effort to provide fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to educate students about healthy eating choices and improved learning abilities. Crapo spearheaded funding in Congress to establish a new Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Program funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture which establishes healthy snack alternatives in the classroom and during school lunch. Several states, including Idaho, are p… Continue Reading

April 13, 2006

Crapo, Wasden Announce National Effort On Domestic Violence Funding; Senator Also Kicks Off Healthy School Snack PROGRAM

Boise â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will announce a national effort Monday aimed at saving millions of federal dollars that go to fight domestic violence and assist victims of crime in Idaho and across the country. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will join Crapo to express his support and announce a similar effort among the nationâ??s Attorneys General. Crapo has led an effort in the Senate to save funding in the Crime Victims Fund at a time when budget writers are considering moving the m… Continue Reading

April 07, 2006

Crapo Honors CDA Human Rights Task Force, Awards Orofino Civics Students

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will honor the work of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and tour the new Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur dâ??Alene this Monday. Crapo will present the Task Force with a framed copy of his Congressional Record Statement lauding the groupâ??s accomplishments. During his visit to Idaho next week, Crapo will also visit with students at an Orofino High School civics class planning a trip to Washington, DC. He will also keynote the… Continue Reading

April 07, 2006

Crapo Holds Out Hope For Sound Immigration Reform

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the proper balance has not yet been achieved in immigration reform legislation pending in the Senate, and expresses frustration with Senate Democrats holding up debate and votes on amendments to improve the legislation. Crapo says that while he supports the border security measurers considered on the floor of the Senate, disagreement remains over how to address illegal immigration.â??We must have the ability to secure our borders in order to enabl… Continue Reading

April 07, 2006

Crapo: Economy Continues Strong Growth

Washington, DC â?? Figures released today by the Department of Treasury demonstrate that Idahoans are benefiting from the strong economic growth in the country, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly employment report today, citing a drop in the unemployment rate from 4.8% to 4.7% in March, which is its lowest mark in more than four years. In Idaho, the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country at 3.4% for February, the most recent … Continue Reading

April 05, 2006

Crapo Expects Agreement On Kempthorne For Interior Secretary

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo met with Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne on Capitol Hill today as Kempthorne seeks confirmation as the Presidentâ??s nominee for Interior Secretary. The half-hour meeting covered a range of topics including Crapoâ??s recently-introduced legislation to strengthen the Endangered Species Act, the Collaboration for the Recovery of the Endangered Species Act (CRESA), and the possibility of legislation dealing with the Owyhee Canyonlands.â??The Governor, havi… Continue Reading

April 04, 2006

Crapo Amendment Boosts Northern Border Security

Washington, DC â?? With debate over immigration reform underway in the U.S. Senate, Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) are co-sponsoring an amendment to immigration reform legislation before the Senate that will strengthen efforts to prosecute those who cross the northern U.S. border illegally. If enacted, the Northern Border Prosecution Initiative would reimburse state and local law enforcement jurisdictions in their efforts to combat illegal immigration along the n… Continue Reading

April 04, 2006

Crapo: Immigration Reform Must Be Comprehensive

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo spoke about the effort in the Senate to address immigration reform, border security, interior and worksite enforcement and temporary guestworker programs during his weekly teleconference today with Idaho-based reporters. The Senate is expected to continue to debate immigration reform over the course of the week.â??Americans enjoy a stable political and economic system, and it is understandable that individuals and families from other countries would se… Continue Reading

April 04, 2006

Crapo Talks Taxes On April 'Capitol Watch'Program

Washington, DC â?? Preparing your federal taxes will be the topic of Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s monthly cable broadcast, â??Capitol Watch.â?? Crapoâ??s April program will feature a guest from the Internal Revenue Service, Public Affairs Specialist Anthony Burke. The program airs statewide on Idaho cable television stations on Tuesday, April 11th, from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific.â??The IRS is using technology to make the filing process more accurate and more efficient,â??… Continue Reading

March 30, 2006

Crapo Votes To Improve National Security Oversight

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted to bolster the review process for foreign investments in the United States, including investments in ports. The bill, which was approved by the Senate Banking Committee, seeks to improve the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process. â??Refining and improving the governmentâ??s review process on foreign investments is necessary to ensure public security and investor confidence. If our security is compromised by any fore… Continue Reading

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