News Releases

May 13, 2020

Crapo, Others Introduce Legislation to Enhance Federal Agency Accountability

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senators Rick Scott (R-Florida), Mike Braun (R-Indiana) and Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) to introduce the Agency Accountability Act to give Congress the ability to help streamline operations and reduce waste at federal agencies. Congress currently has no mechanism to regularly review the efficiency of bloated federal agencies, which could ultimately save taxpayer dollars. The Agency Accountability Act creates a review proces… Continue Reading

May 12, 2020

Risch, Crapo Join Colleagues in Requesting DOJ to Investigate Potential Illegal Practices by Beef Packers

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and 16 of their Senate colleagues in writing a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting that the department investigate potential anticompetitive activities in the highly concentrated beef packing sector. "Recent pricing discrepancies between fed cattle and boxed beef are pushing cattle producers and feeders to the brink…Cattlemen across America seriously q… Continue Reading

May 11, 2020

Crapo on the Passing of Idaho State Representative Thyra Stevenson

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today issued the following statement upon learning of Idaho State Representative Thyra Stevenson's passing: "Representative Thyra Stevenson has given much to Americans and Idahoans. From her service in the U.S. Coast Guard, to helping train future pilots and assisting her Idaho constituents as a state representative, her talents and accomplishments will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and constituency." ###… Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

Idaho Delegation Commends Secretary Perdue on Potato and Dairy Purchase Announcement

Washington, D.C. -- On Monday, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced $470 million in food purchases under Section 32 funding to occur in the third quarter of the 2020 fiscal year. Section 32 funds are used for a number of purposes to support the agricultural supply chain. As part of the announcement, Secretary Perdue designated $50 million in surplus potato purchases, the highest of any specialty crop, and $120 million in surplus dairy purchases. "While the C… Continue Reading

April 27, 2020

Idaho State Treasurer, Congressional Delegation Announce Secure Rural Schools Payments

BOISE -- Members of Idaho's congressional delegation and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth say Idaho counties will receive a total of $23.9 million in payments this year under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The funds are administered through the U.S. Forest Service and based on a formula that takes into account economic activity, timber harvest levels and other considerations that vary from county to county. SRS payments are critical to maintain education programs for many rural countie… Continue Reading

April 23, 2020

Idaho Delegation Advocates for Direct Relief to Farmers and Producers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Mike Simpson co-led a bipartisan letter signed by 126 members in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representative Russ Fulcher. Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch joined the same effort in the U.S. Senate requesting the President to eliminate payment limits for specialty crop, livestock, and dairy producers before the final Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) details are announced. On Friday, April 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (U… Continue Reading

April 21, 2020

Crapo Statement On Vital Funding For American Paychecks, Small Businesses And Crucial Sectors Of Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today supported the passage of "phase 3.5" of emergency coronavirus legislation, allowing over $480 billion of additional funding to be placed in the hands of the American people and small businesses. "The additional funding Congress agreed to today will help additional small businesses receive money from the Paycheck Protection Program," said Crapo. "This program ensures that employees of small businesses can still keep their jobs and coll… Continue Reading

April 21, 2020

Idaho Senators Urge Disbursement of Aid for Higher Education

BOISE -- Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging the swift distribution of education assistance funds in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Idaho's colleges and universities. "As you know, students, teachers, parents and faculty of America's higher education institutions are making the necessary but difficult decisions to close their facilities and provide remote learning," wrote the senat… Continue Reading

April 20, 2020

Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Crapo, Wyden, Risch, Merkley, Colleagues Call for Financial Security for Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today led a bipartisan group of 22 other senators on a letter calling for the Senate to finally provide much-needed financial certainty during the COVID-19 crisis for rural communities to ensure long-term funding needed for essential services. In a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New Yor… Continue Reading

April 17, 2020

Idaho Delegation Calls on USDA to Assist Idaho’s Farmers and Ranchers

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho's congressional delegation today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue calling for special attention to Idaho's agricultural industry, which is experiencing great economic disruption due to COVID-19. Idaho is home to 25,000 farms and 185 commodities, many of which are seeing severe impacts to the farm, processing, and supply chain levels. With many of Idaho's commodities produced specifically for food service, many markets no longer… Continue Reading

April 17, 2020

Crapo to Coordinate Senate-wide Oversight of Rescue Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo will lead and coordinate the Senate's oversight of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). As Banking Committee Chairman, Crapo played a critical role in shaping many of the provisions of the CARES Act designed to provide significant economic support to severely distressed sectors of the U.S. economy. "This crisis has h… Continue Reading

April 17, 2020

Crapo, Risch Join Colleagues Urging HHS to Advocate for Relief for Senior Communities and Health Care Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Idaho's U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to ensure that as HHS sets guidelines for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), they do not overlook the providers within nursing homes, skilled nursing centers, senior living communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities who are caring for our nat… Continue Reading

April 16, 2020

Crapo, Risch to Serve on Opening Up America Again Congressional Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that Idaho's U.S. Senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, will serve with a bipartisan group of congressional colleagues on the White House's Opening Up America Again Congressional Group. The congressional group, in consultation with America's Governors and the Administration, will work to develop guidelines on re-opening the economy in order to begin recovering from the economic strife caused by the global coronavirus, or COVID-19, pand… Continue Reading

April 14, 2020

Crapo Joins Call for Dairy Farmer Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and supported by 13 additional Senate colleagues, to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue calling on the Department to extend assistance to the dairy industry, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. United States dairy producers across the country have not been immune to the same economic strife felt across the nation throughout the COVID-19 p… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Idaho Delegation Urges Department of Energy to Take Additional Steps to Remove Spent Nuclear Fuel from INL

WASHINGTON -- Idaho's congressional delegation today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Dan Brouillette encouraging further action by DOE to remove spent nuclear fuel from the Idaho National Lab (INL) consistent with the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement. The delegation stressed that while the 1995 Settlement Agreement deadline to remove spent nuclear fuel from Idaho requires action by the Administration, Congress and states to develop a solution for long-term storage an… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Crapo Highlights Additional Guidance for Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, issued an update on the Paycheck Protection Program, a provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Paycheck Protection Program went into effect on April 3. Crapo has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA), urging them to provide additional clarity to banks, credit unions and non-bank lenders so… Continue Reading

April 03, 2020

Idaho Delegation Members Announces Federal Transit Funding Coming to Idaho

Washington, D.C.--Members of the Idaho Delegation announced that Idaho will receive over $60 million in federal funding allocations to the transit industry following the President's signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act directs the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to allocate funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus through the existing Urbanized Area, Formula Grants Program Rural Areas Formula Grants Program, and the … Continue Reading

April 01, 2020

Idaho Delegation Urges USDA to Provide Immediate Assistance to Cattle Producers

WASHINGTON--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch (both R-Idaho), along with Congressmen Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher, joined a bipartisan, bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that he provide immediate assistance to cattle producers by using the resources provided in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act, including the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and additional e… Continue Reading

March 30, 2020

Idaho Senators Call on HHS to Help Rural Health Providers

Today, U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging the prioritization of rural hospitals and clinics. The letter, which was signed by 41 senators and 81 representatives, requested the Trump administration use the funding included in the recently passed CARES Act to sustain rural health providers. During the COVID-19 outbreak, many of Idaho's rural hospitals and health care providers have ce… Continue Reading

March 28, 2020

Crapo Statement on the Passing of Senator Tom Coburn

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement after learning that former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) had passed away: "I am saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Tom. His unmatched service to his constituents and the American taxpayer will be missed. He devoted his public service career to eliminating waste, fraud and abuse within the federal government. We had the opportunity to work together on the National Commission on Fiscal Polic… Continue Reading

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