News Releases

February 22, 2006

Crapo Tells Legislative Collaborative Environmental Efforts Are Working

Boise â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo told members of the Idaho Senate and House this morning that efforts both in Idaho and nationwide are leading to meaningful improvements for both the environment and the economy that will ultimately benefit both species and private property owners under changes in the Endangered Species Act. During remarks today to the Idaho House, Crapo noted his appreciation for the Idaho legislatorsâ?? unanimous approval of House Joint Memorial 16, passed by the House just p… Continue Reading

February 21, 2006

Crapo Appreciates Initial Keystone Recommendations on ESA

Washington, DC â?? A preliminary report issued by the Keystone Center, a resource and environmental studies center with offices in Colorado and Washington, DC, contains promising findings aimed at building consensus to improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA) according to Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Crapo and Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) have introduced S. 2110, the Collaboration for the Recovery of Endangered Species Act, to provide increased incentives for landowners to take part in … Continue Reading

February 17, 2006

Crapo To Honor Chiefâ??s, Businessâ?? Heroics; Join Congressional Awards

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will honor Rupertâ??s Chief of Police with a statement from the Congressional Record and a Paul, Idaho, business with his Spirit of Idaho Award next week during the traditional Presidentsâ?? Day state work period when the Senate is out of session. Crapo will also address the Idaho House and Senate at the Statehouse in Boise. He will join in the Congressional Awards ceremony in Twin Falls honoring Idaho students, and speak with students at the Magic Val… Continue Reading

February 17, 2006

Crapo To Address Idaho House, Senate

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will speak to members of both the Idaho House and Senate next week in separate sessions Wednesday morning. Crapo is expected to give lawmakers an update on his bill to make improvements in the Endangered Species Act, the Collaboration and Recovery of the Endangered Species Act, or CRESA. He will also discuss various issues now before the Congress.Members of the Idaho Legislature, including Senate President Pro Tem Robert Geddes, House Speaker Bruce New… Continue Reading

February 15, 2006

Crapo Welcomes New Legislative Staff

Washington DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomed a new legislative member, Harry Camp, to his staff this month to assist on agriculture, natural resources, energy and environmental issues. Camp, who was raised on a farm in Newnan, Georgia, is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in American Government. His experience includes positions in private industry, the U.S. Department of Justice and an internship for U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia). Camp was also the valedictorian at… Continue Reading

February 06, 2006

Crapo: Tough Choices Ahead For FY 2007 Budget

Washington, DC â?? This morning on Capitol Hill, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, was on hand to receive delivery of the Administrations Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 budget proposal. The four volumes, totaling over 2300 pages, arrived early this morning at the Budget Committee hearing room to a barrage of cameras. Hearings on the budget will begin tomorrow with Office of Management and Budget Director Josh Bolten testifying.â??We are facing some tough choices regarding… Continue Reading

February 02, 2006

Crapo: Budget Challenges Must Be Confronted

Washington, DC â?? Today the Senate Budget Committee held its first in a series of hearings to kick off the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 budget process. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, questioned the Acting Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) about the budget and the economic outlook for the country.â??Our country faces significant budget challenges, and the Budget Committee has a tremendous responsibility to tackle this,â?? Crapo said. â??We must take a… Continue Reading

February 02, 2006

Crapo: NSA Program Is Vital Tool For Security

Washington, DC â?? During a news conference on Capitol Hill this afternoon, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with several other Senators to set the record straight on the terrorist surveillance program authorized by the President. The National Security Agency (NSA) has come under fire for a program of surveillance targeted at al Qaeda and related groups.Crapo said, â??The NSA has been conducting a highly classified program that is an important tool in protecting Americans, but this program has be… Continue Reading

February 01, 2006

Idaho Interns Join Crapoâ??s DC Staff

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has welcomed three Idaho students to his Washington, D.C. for internships through the spring. "These students represent some of the best Idaho has to offer, and I expect they will learn a lot about the political process during their tenure in my office," Crapo said. "I encourage college students with an interest in government to submit an application for upcoming internship opportunities." The interns for spring include: Adam Becker g… Continue Reading

January 31, 2006

Crapo: Bush Addressed Tough, Issues, Offered Answers in State of the Union

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding the President's State of the Union Address this evening: "The President addressed some very tough issues tonight and I commend him for the courage to do so. He offered explanations for terrorist surveillance and reiterated the goals and progress our military is achieving in Iraq. He also clearly laid out the concerns that face the United States if we were to simply pull our troops out of the Middle East… Continue Reading

January 31, 2006

Crapo: Security, Economy, Energy Top State of the Union Issues

Washington, DC - Tonight's State of the Union Address from President George W. Bush may likely center on issues surrounding security, the War on Terror, and economic and energy issues, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, says with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito now confirmed, the President may ask Congress to try and put politics aside in the coming year."It is my hope the President asks, and the Congress responds in the affirmative… Continue Reading

January 31, 2006

Crapo To Kick Off National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join an Eagle High School teen, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Education, the American Bar Association and multiple child advocacy and domestic violence organizations to kick-off National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Washington, D.C., on Monday, February 6 at 10:15 a.m. Crapo has led a bipartisan effort in the Senate to bring national attention to teen dating … Continue Reading

January 31, 2006

Crapo Comments on Alito Vote

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says today's vote of 58-42 to confirm Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court is important for two reasons. Crapo says today's vote places a highly qualified justice on the Court to take the place of Sandra Day O'Connor. Plus, Crapo says the vote is also important because it ends a nomination process that became much too contentious given Alito's qualifications, including his favorable recommendation fr… Continue Reading

January 30, 2006

Almost Poetic: Plutonium to Pluto

On January 19, as NASA launched the "New Horizons" probe to Pluto, we felt very proud that Idahoans played such an important role in the mission. Nine years from now when we receive images and scientific information from the outermost planet in our solar system, the power that sends this information back to Earth will come from a plutonium-powered battery built by our own Idaho National Laboratory (INL). As was the case with the plutonium-powered Cassini mission to Saturn, in deep spac… Continue Reading

January 25, 2006

Crapo Congratulates Idahoans For Gulf Coast Hurricane Awards

Washington, DC - Idahoans who played a notable part in the recovery efforts in the hurricanes that swept the Gulf Coast region last year were recognized today by U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The four Idaho men honored were among a total of ten nationwide from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) division of the Bureau of Land Management. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo met them and congratulated them before the awards ceremony."Idahoans have always b… Continue Reading

January 25, 2006

Crapo Reacts To CEQ Chairman on Salmon

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following reaction to remarks on salmon recovery made today in Portland by James Connaughton, Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality."Jim Connaughton's speech presents ideas that are intriguing, and yet raise some items of concern. We all agree that wild anadromous fish recovery needs to be properly balanced among all the H's-habitat, hydropower, hatchery, and harvest."However, there are many uncoordinat… Continue Reading

January 25, 2006

Crapo: Idaho Progressing Under New Drug Plan

Washington, DC - In a Senate Finance Committee briefing this morning, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo noted that the state of Idaho is doing nation-leading work in managing the complexity and inevitable start-up problems associated with the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director/Administrator Mark McClellan addressed Crapo and other Finance Committee members regarding the program, which bega… Continue Reading

January 24, 2006

Crapo Supports Alito For Support Court

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Samuel Alito's experience and distinguished record of fairness will make him an excellent member of the Court today after Alito's nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The confirmation now moves to the Senate floor."Judge Alito has proven with his decades of public service that he is extremely well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court to interpret and uphold the Constitut… Continue Reading

January 18, 2006

Crapo Seeks To Improve No Child Left Behind Act

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking administrative improvements and potentially legislative changes to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to make it work better for students, teachers, and schools. Crapo wrote U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings seeking relief for state leaders who fear the federal guidelines are not flexible enough. "President Bush's sweeping education reforms included in the No Child Left Behind Act have had measurable positive effects on man… Continue Reading

January 11, 2006

Ground Squirrel Efforts Demonstrate Recovery Partnerships

Boise â?? The work of several Idaho citizens making an historic on-the-ground effort to save the Southern Idaho Ground Squirrel are being recognized by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo with his Spirit of Idaho Award. The squirrel, which has been designated as a candidate for future protection actions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), will benefit by voluntary agreements signed by private landowners in Adams, Gem, Payette, and Washington Counties.The landowner groups were honored during a reception… Continue Reading

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