News Releases

April 18, 2005

IDAHO WATER PROJECTS PASS SENATE COMMITTEE

Washington, DC â?? Federal approval for a number of Idaho water projects, which were included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) last year that was not passed by Congress prior to adjournment, have been included again this year. WRDA authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planning, construction and operation activities of water resources facilities. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who included the projects in the WRDA bill, expects the legislation to pass the full Senate this year. The aut… Continue Reading


April 15, 2005

CRAPO INTRODUCES RIGHT TO RIDE

Washington, DC â?? Recreational trail use on federal lands got a boost this week with the Right to Ride Livestock on Federal Land Act (S. 781) introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The bill will improve the ability to maintain trails and facilities for pack and saddle stock on federal lands. â??Idahoans all over the state have voiced their frustration over the reduction of trails available to them for riding activities that many of them helped establish,â?? Crapo said. â??With so much of Idaho… Continue Reading


April 14, 2005

CRAPO VOICES STRONG CONCERNS WITH CAFTA

Washington, DC â?? During a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee today on the United States â?? Central America - Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said U.S. sugar producers made a compelling case that they will be harmed by CAFTA. Crapo said he takes that threat seriously and that it adds to his concerns over the CAFTA proposal. â??Our trade agreements have to achieve mutually beneficial trade,â?? Crapo said. â??Through current law, CAFTA countries… Continue Reading


April 13, 2005

WE CAN ALL SPEAK OUT

Many adults carry the emotional scars of a terrible crime hidden from family and friends for decades. It may have started when they were very young and touched inappropriately. They may have been date-raped as a teenager. They may have been sexually assaulted by a trusted authority figure.Chances are you know someone who has been affected by this crime. Whether it was the trauma of personal experience or the aftermath of it happening to a family member or a friend, this exists in every community… Continue Reading


April 08, 2005

CRAPO PRESSES RURAL ENERGY, ECONOMICS

Washington, DC â?? The future expansion of renewable energy will come in large part from rural America and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is teaming with a bipartisan group of Senators seeking full funding for energy and economic programs that are already bearing fruit under the 2002 Farm Bill. Crapo and the group of 16 other Senators are writing the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies, asking appropriators to maintain the high le… Continue Reading


April 06, 2005

CRAPO: DIVISIVE SEC VOTE SIGNALS TROUBLE AHEAD

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed disappointment today after a divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3-2 to approve the Regulation NMS (National Market Structure) rule. The new set of regulations for stock market trading in the U.S. will significantly change the way trading occurs in the country and removes a level of investor involvement and choice. The proposed trade-through rule will dictate at what pric… Continue Reading


April 06, 2005

CRAPO EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES ON BOISEANâ??S DEATH

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed his condolences today to the family and friends of Sergeant Kelly S. Morris, who died due to enemy fire in Iraq. Sgt. Morris was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Georgia. He spent much of his life in Idaho and Boise before moving to Georgia. The Army announced late yesterday Sgt. Morris died in Baghdad on March 30th.â??My heartfelt sympathy is with Kellyâ??s family during this time of loss,â?? Crapo said. â??There are … Continue Reading


April 05, 2005

CRAPO HIGHLIGHTS CANCER TREATMENT/HEALTH AWARENESS BOOTHS ON â??CAPITOL WATCHâ?? PROGRAM

Washington, DC â?? As Idaho Senator Mike Crapo enters the final week of his radiation treatment for prostate cancer recurrence, he will highlight the Mike Crapo Health Awareness Booths at local Idaho fairs. He will also discuss the radiation treatments and the reactions he has received from constituents regarding the cancer recurrence. â??Capitol Watchâ?? airs statewide on Idaho cable television stations the second Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific on Tue… Continue Reading


April 04, 2005

CRAPO PRAISES SERVICE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today regarding Pope John Paul II: â??Pope John Paul II will be remembered for the way he has used his considerable influence in an effort to improve world peace, human rights and issues of human dignity. At the same time he has set an example for all of us with his selfless service and sacrifice. â??His ongoing crusade for human rights and human dignity related to his native Poland helped defeat Communism in the former S… Continue Reading


April 01, 2005

CRAPO UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE

Washington, DC â?? New search and interactive features, plus video and audio clips are featured as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo offers an updated website for constituents. As Crapo moves into his second term in the Senate, he is expanding the services available on his Senate site.A new multimedia content section includes video and audio clips from the Senator and offers content ranging from proposed legislation to his renewed efforts in fighting cancer. A full text search engine will allow web surfe… Continue Reading


March 23, 2005

CRAPO: SENIORS TO GET HELP TO QUIT SMOKING

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, co-Chairman and founder of the Congressional COPD (Cardiopulmonary Obstructive Disease) Caucus, applauded the decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to add smoking cessation counseling and coverage for its beneficiaries. Smoking cessation products will be covered under the new Medicare drug benefit program starting next year if they are prescribed by a physician. â??Too many of our Medicare dollars are being spent to treat illnesses… Continue Reading


March 23, 2005

CRAPO: KEEP RESOLVE TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

Washington, DC â?? The conclusions reached in the 2005 Social Security Trustees Report continue to demonstrate the need to update the program, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said. The report, released today, shows a small deterioration in financial status from last year and concludes that the Trust Fund will be exhausted one year sooner--in 2041--than last yearâ??s projection. In addition, the Social Securityâ??s total future financial burden has grown from $10.4 trillion to $11.0 trillion. The Social… Continue Reading


March 23, 2005

DELEGATION REACTS TO INL CLEANUP CONTRACT AWARD

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation issued a joint statement today reacting to the Department of Energyâ??s (DOE) selection of CH2M¨WG Idaho, LLC as the contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho National Laboratory. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter said:â??We are pleased that the Department of Energy was able to quickly resolve the concerns that arose a week ago and move forward with the selection. … Continue Reading


March 22, 2005

CALDWELLâ??S DOWNTOWN RECIEVES PLANNING FUNDS

Washington, DC â?? The City of Caldwell will receive $150,000 in federal funding for downtown revitalization efforts, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funding will help pay for planning and design studies aimed at creating economic development downtown. The federal funds will be matched by $100,000 in city funding. Crapo praised Caldwellâ??s application to create a â??downtown catalyst modelâ?? in correspondence with the EDA. He ha… Continue Reading


March 21, 2005

CRAPO, CRAIG, OTTER STAFF PLAN OFFICE HOURS IN COTTONWOOD

Boise â?? Field representatives from Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Congressman C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otterâ??s office will host meetings and office hours on Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 in Cottonwood. The meetings with area residents are part of the Idaho Congressional Delegationâ??s efforts to hold office hours outside their regional field offices in Lewiston, Coeur dâ??Alene, and elsewhere in Idaho. . The congressional representatives will hold office hours: CottonwoodMarch 30th, 20051:00 … Continue Reading


March 18, 2005

BODMAN PRESSED ON CLEANUP CONTRACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Because of their concerns about the delay of the award of the cleanup contract for the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo met with Secretary of Energy Bodman to express their concerns and accelerate the process. Craig and Crapo presented a unified voice, â??This contract is essential to a smooth transition at the Idaho National Laboratory. The employees, bidders, and neighbors of the INL deserve a quick resolution of this problem.â?? Secreta… Continue Reading


March 17, 2005

RESOLUTION SEEKS TO OPEN JAPANâ??S BEEF MARKET

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo joined several of their colleagues today in cosponsoring a resolution that strives to reopen Japan to U.S. beef imports. Senator John Thune, R-S.D., is the chief sponsor. The resolution calls on the United States Trade Representative to â??immediately impose retaliatory economic measures against Japanâ?? if Japan continues to delay the implementation of an October 23, 2004 agreement to resume U.S. beef imports. Craig urged support of… Continue Reading


March 17, 2005

IDAHO ROADS, TRANSIT BENEFIT IN COMMITTEE VOTES

Washington, DC â?? Idaho stands to see large increases for highway and mass transit funding under two separate votes by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and fellow members of the Senate Banking Committee today approved legislation which could more than double funding levels for Idaho mass transit projects from Fiscal Year 2003 levels. The measure, if unchanged by the full Senate and House, wou… Continue Reading


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

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

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