News Releases

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


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

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