News Releases

March 16, 2005

Crapoâ??s December â??Capitol Watchâ?? To Discuss Toy Safety

Washington, DC â??In anticipation of the holidays, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will devote the December edition of his monthly cable program â??Capitol Watch,â?? to discussing toy safety. The program, which airs on the second Tuesday of each month, will be broadcast, Tuesday, December 9, 2003, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific. It will feature an interview with Alan Korn, the Director of Public Policy for the National Safe Kids Campaign, a group dedicated to the prevention of unin… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Crapo Announces 2004 Academy Nominations

Washington, DC -- Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is pleased to announce his service academy nominations for the class entering in 2004. Thirty-four students from throughout Idaho have been nominated and their names will be forwarded to one of the four U.S. service academies, where final selections will be made by each academy. Several years ago, Crapo began making academy nominations public on or near December 7th, the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an event that spurred many young Americ… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Craig, Crapo Praise Senate Passage Of Idaho Land Bills

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo praised Senate passage last night of three Idaho land bills by unanimous consent. S. 434 and 435 allow for specific land transfers for the benefit of government agencies and local communities in Sandpoint, ID and the Silver Valley. S.1003 intends to remove any ambiguity as to the intent of the Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980 to provide for continuation of the historical use of outfitter hunting camps on the Salmon River.â??Both la… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Crapo: Veterans Health, Benefits Programs Strengthened

Washington, DC -The Senate passed two measures this week that improve and enhance a number of veteransâ?? benefits and health programs, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today. H.R. 2297, the Veteranâ??s Benefits Act, and S. 1156, the Long-Term Care and Personnel Authorities Enhancement Act, passed by unanimous consent.â??These measures are part of our nationâ??s ongoing commitment to our veterans,â?? Crapo said. â??Idaho has over 135,000 veterans, 10% of the state population. Current events re… Continue Reading


March 16, 2005

Crapo Named To Healthy Forest Conference

Washington, DC â?? After several weeks of being stalled in the U.S. Senate, the Healthy Forest Restoration Act has been sent to a conference committee, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will serve on that committee. Although the Senate approved H.R. 1904 on October 30 on an overwhelming and bipartisan vote of 80-14, objections had held up appointment of Senate conferees until this morning when Senators Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), Crapo, Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota), Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico), To… 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, passed by the Senate on Monday night, 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 Crai… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Craig Secures Senate Support For Pesticide Registration Improvement Act

Washington, DC - After months of negotiations by industry, environmental organizations and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials, Idaho Senator Larry Craig secured unanimous Senate support of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2003, S. 1664, as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2004 Veterans Affairs, Housing, Urban Affairs and Independent Agencies appropriations bill. The legislation would speed up the process of reviewing pesticide applications and address the backlog of pend… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Crapo Statement On Water-Salmon Litigation

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement today following a plantiffâ??s coalition announcement about legal action regarding Upper Snake River water relative to salmon and steelhead recovery:â??I'm disappointed that the plaintiffs are discussing the Upper Snake in Judge Reddenâ??s court. We take this threat to Idaho water and state water sovereignty very seriously. As long as the plaintiffs pursue a litigation strategy, we will be forced to aggressively defen… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Full Senate Supports Idaho Agriculture

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo announced Senate support for a number of programs important to university research and Idaho farmers in the Fiscal Year 2004 agriculture funding bill approved by the United States Senate today.â??Iâ??m pleased to report that many programs essential to Idaho agriculture are supported by this appropriations bill,â?? said Senator Larry Craig, a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee member. â??Essential agricultural research and d… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Crapo To Recognize Idaho Veterans And Volunteers

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will recognize the important and heroic service of a number of Idaho veterans and volunteers on Veterans Day, November 11th, as part of his second annual Spirit of Freedom awards. The awards will be presented at the Idaho State Veterans Homes in Lewiston, Boise, and Pocatello, as well as in Post Falls and Coeur Dâ??Alene at a later date. Crapo created the award to recognize the many men and women who have fought for our country, as well as those who hav… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Crapoâ??s November â??Capitol Watchâ?? To Honor Idaho Veterans

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will devote the November edition of his monthly cable program, â??Capitol Watch,â?? to Idahoâ??s veterans. The program, which airs on the second Tuesday of each month, will be broadcast on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2003, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific. It will feature an interview with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony J. Principi, and Crapoâ??s annual Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Awards, excerpts fr… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Crapo: Rural Health Care In Line ForDiscount Internet Benefits

Boise - Rural health care providers in Idaho who use telehealth services may soon see discounted Internet access. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today cited a decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would allow discounted telecommunications services to rural hospitals and other health care providers. That decision would allow a 25% discount on Internet services to providers in rural areas to ensure that they are comparable to costs paid by urban hospitals. Crapo, who has champione… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Craig, Crapo Discuss Sugar, Trade Issues With Zoellick

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo met with United States Trade Representative Robert Zoellick today to express their concern with the round of trade negotiations currently underway with a group of countries in Central America, and bilateral talks with Australia, South Africa, and Thailand. The Senators believe that any sugar trade policy proposals should be reserved for consideration for the World Trade Organization negotiating table, where more effective reform measur… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Crapo Plans For Health Booths For 2004

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released results from the Mike Crapo Health Awareness booths at four regional fairs in Idaho. The booths, which operated during August and September, provide free or reduced cost cancer screening tests, including prostate specific antigen (PSAs) tests for prostate cancer. Information on cancer detection and other health issues is also available at the booths. Crapo also plans to host the booths at the four fairs again during the 2004 season. The … Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Crapo Pushes Awareness On Prostate Cancer And Pulmonary Conditions

Washington, DC â?? Americans need to pay closer attention to their health, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has focused on two efforts on Capitol Hill to bring attention to two health conditions that can be diagnosed in the early stages. The Senate adopted a resolution that recognizes September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Crapo, who is a prostate cancer survivor, co-sponsored the resolution and was recently awarded the William A. Schwartz Distinguished Leadership by National Prostat… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Craig, Crapo, Simpson Vote For Iraq/Afghanistan Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Representative Mike Simpson voted today to approve an $87.5 billion supplemental appropriations bill to provide the necessary funding to support our troops and aid in the rebuilding of Iraq and Afghanistan. â??This important funding is not only critical to the support of our brave men and women in uniform, it is also critically needed to help build a safe and democratic society for the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan,â?? said Senat… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Crapo Announces Assistance For Mountain Home Fire Department

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today that the Mountain Home Rural Fire Department will receive a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant of $48,150 for fire operations and firefighter safety. The funds are provided to assist local fire departments procure the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel.â??The beneficiaries of this grant are not only the Mountain Home firefighters, but also the community at … Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Military Construction Funding Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senator Larry Craig, who serves on the Subcommittee on Military Construction of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Mike Crapo, along with Representative Mike Simpson, a House Appropriations Committee member, and Representative C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, announced full Senate and House support for a number of military construction projects in Idaho. The projects were included in the FY 2004 Military Construction Appropriations bill Conference report, which pass… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Crapo Urges Non-Profits, Fire Departments To Apply For Grants

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo urged Idaho fire prevention groups today to apply for a portion of more than $27.5 million being offered by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Association. Applications for the funds, which are being offered as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will be accepted through November 14, 2003.â??The residents of Idaho are intimately familiar with the threats posed by fire,â?? Crapo said. â??The purpose of these grants is to provide nece… Continue Reading


March 15, 2005

Crapo Amendments Protect Access, Kids, Fish, Jobs

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with his colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this morning to approve a transportation funding bill that will promote rural infrastructure and transportation needs. S. 1072, which authorizes federal aid for highways, highway safety programs and transit programs, was approved by the committee and will now be sent to the full Senate for further consideration.Crapo offered a number of amendments approved by the committee, w… Continue Reading

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