News Releases

November 04, 2005

Crapo Seeks Border Security Improvements

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring a Senate bill seeking to beef up the prosecution of those who cross the northern U.S. border illegally. Crapo and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) co-sponsoring the Northern Border Prosecution Initiative Reimbursement Act, S. 1958, which was introduced this week.â??This measure seeks to stop illegal immigrants along the northern border of the U.S. similar to a measure last session covering illegal activity in the southern United S… Continue Reading

November 03, 2005

Senate Sends Ag Bill To The President

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, supported Senate passage today on a vote of 81-18 of the Fiscal Year 2006 Agriculture Appropriations conference report. The funding measure contains projects endorsed by Crapo that will benefit Idaho farmers and communities. The agriculture spending measure dedicates substantial resources to agriculture, rural development and conservation projects important to Idaho communities. A highlight in this bill is … Continue Reading

November 03, 2005

Crapo To Discuss Supreme Court, Ag, Budget On "Capitol Wathc"

Washington, DC â?? The nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, the recent passage of the Agriculture Appropriations measure, and the Deficit Reduction budget package will be the topics of discussion, among others, with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo next week on â??Capitol Watch.â?? Crapoâ??s â??Capitol Watchâ?? airs the second Tuesday of each month on most cable access stations in Idaho. As a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, Crapo has dealt directly with these i… Continue Reading

November 03, 2005

Crapo: Trade Decision Benefits Ski Resorts, Businesses, Customers

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says a decision by U.S. trade officials to exempt certain imports of ski and snowboard pants from China from import limits will benefit ski areas and clothing distributors. Crapo wrote the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on behalf of Idaho companies such as Sturtevants Mountain Sports of Sun Valley, Scott USA, Smith Sport Optics, Inc., Precision Mountainwear, Tsunami and Sun Valley Ski Tools, asking for an exemption in t… Continue Reading

November 01, 2005

Crapo: Tax Reform Long Overdue

Washington, DC â??Proposals to reduce the complexity of the U.S. tax code, improve fairness, and promote economic growth through tax policies will be addressed by the Senate, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee commented today. In the next year, the Senate Finance Committee will address reforms and the simplification of the nationâ??s current tax code. â??The current tax code is ten times longer than the Bible and creates a system of extreme complexity,â?? Crapo sa… Continue Reading

October 31, 2005

Crapo Applauds Alito Nomination As Supreme Court Justice

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo praised the nomination today of Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Samuel Alito to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. â??Judge Alito has a distinguished background of experience and knowledge,â?? Crapo said. â??I look forward to meeting with Judge Alito and learning more about him through his confirmation process. While I am disappointed that Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination, I hope that Judge Alito is given fair consideration by … Continue Reading

October 27, 2005

Crapo Gains Funds For Telehealth Grants

Washington, DC â?? The access that rural Idahoans have to top-quality medical care gained Senate support today under an amendment to an appropriations bill proposed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and several colleagues. The amendment provides $10 million for telehealth grant programs and will fund a minimum of ten telehealth resource center throughout the county. Crapo was joined by lead sponsor Senator Jon Thune (R-South Dakota), and co-sponsors Senators Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota), Sam Brownback… Continue Reading

October 27, 2005

Crapo, Chairman Discuss Downwinder Plans

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania), are discussing the need to expand upon a plan to compensate Idahoans and others exposed to radiation from atomic tests during the middle of the last century. Crapo has introduced legislation to include Idahoans for compensation under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) but agrees recommendations by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to reform RECA… Continue Reading

October 27, 2005

Crapo Wins Approval For Indian Office of Men's Health

Washington, DC â??To create awareness and prevention of life-threatening diseases and menâ??s health issues, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced an amendment today instructing the Indian Health Service (IHS) to create an Office of Menâ??s Health. That amendment was approved on a voice vote. Crapo has long advocated creating of an Office of Menâ??s Health at the Health and Human Services Department to provide education campaigns and prom… Continue Reading

October 27, 2005

Crapo: Forest Research Must Reach End-Users

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, presided over a hearing today to examine the direction, coordination and long-term plan for forestry research. Testimony focused on forestry research currently being conducted and changes that may be brought to improve coordination and technology transfer. Witnesses for the hearing included representatives of the U.S. Forest Service, university, industr… Continue Reading

October 26, 2005

Crapo, Craig Seek Replacement Equipment For Idaho Guard

Washington, DC â?? Concerns that the Idaho National Guard does not have the necessary equipment to properly deal with potential disasters or domestic emergencies has sparked a letter to the White House by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig. In the letter to President Bush today, the Senators agree with concerns expressed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne and Adjutant General Lawrence LaFrenz that equipment Guard members left in Iraq will not be available for disaster response and that troops wi… Continue Reading

October 26, 2005

Budget Committee Approves Deficit-Reduction Legislation

Washington, DC â??A budget bill that trims government spending, cuts the deficit, and creates efficiency within federal programs while addressing the needs of Katrina victims was approved today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and fellow members on the Senate Budget Committee. The Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act is slated to save more than $39 billion over five years and will reduce federal spending to meet the goal of cutting the deficit by half, which is already down by more than $90 b… Continue Reading

October 26, 2005

Idaho Added To School Fruit, Vegetable Program

Washington, DC â??The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable School Program is one step closer to existing in Idaho schools Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced today as funding for the expansion of the program to Idaho was included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill approved by Senate and House appropriations conferees. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program places domestically-grown fruits and vegetables in schools as healthy snacks and educa… Continue Reading

October 25, 2005

Senate Finance Enacts Savings, Efficiency Reforms

Washington, DC â??A plan to save more than $10 billion over five years while starting to address federal health program improvements was approved today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and his colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee. The deal addresses inefficiencies within the Medicare and Medicaid programs and strives to maintain access to health care for beneficiaries.The Committee approved the savings in its budget reconciliation measure, mandated as part of the 2006 Senate Budget resolution. … Continue Reading

October 25, 2005

Crapo Gets $1 Million To Fight Domestic Violence

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has won approval to send $1 million in federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to Ada County to aid in completion of a county Family Justice Center for victims of domestic violence and spousal and child abuse. The Center is expected to be a one-stop center to assist victims of domestic violence and abuse with medical, legal, and counseling assistance and for other needs. â??Estimates are that women, and often children, are battered every nin… Continue Reading

October 25, 2005

Crapo: Iraqi Constitution Is Beacon For Democracy In The Middle East

Washington, DC â??The strong turnout and endorsement of the Iraqi constitution by the Iraqi people brought praise from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who spent time in late June in Baghdad and Fallujah, and noted great progress among Iraqi security forces along with the formation of democratic rule to the country. â??The people of Iraq are sacrificing for the spread of democracy within their country and are defending it with pride,â?? Crapo said. â??While I was in Iraq, I had a brief opportunity to m… Continue Reading

October 24, 2005

Crapo: Bernanke Good Choice For Greenspan Successor

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today praised the nomination of Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve to replace current Chairman, Alan Greenspan.Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said Bernanke, who currently serves as Chairman of the Presidentâ??s Council of Economic Advisers and also served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, would bring a wealth of experience to the chairmanship.â??Ben Bernanke has big shoes to fill with Alan Greenspanâ??… Continue Reading

October 21, 2005

Crapo To Examine Coordination And Long-Term Plan For Forestry Research

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, will chair a hearing next week to discuss oversight of the Forest and Rangeland Research Program of the U.S. Forest Service. The hearing will take place on Thursday, October 27th at 10:00 a.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building, room 328A on Capitol Hill. The hearing will focus on aspects of the Forest and Rangeland Research Program administered … Continue Reading

October 21, 2005

Crapo Applauds Retention Of Crime Victims Fund

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded the efforts of the Senate Judiciary Committee in retaining the Crime Victims Fund in the Spending Reduction Reconciliation bill.â??The Crime Victims Fund represents a critical component of funding for victims services across the nation, one that comes directly from the perpetrators themselves,â?? said Crapo. â??This is not taxpayer money and government has no right to move it into the general fund. In 1984, Congress decided that fines and for… Continue Reading

October 20, 2005

Crapo Co-Sponsors Bill To Aid Native Americans

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, wants victims of child abuse on tribal lands to receive appropriate treatment. Crapo has co-sponsored the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, which is up for reauthorization. The Act, which was originally enacted in 1990 and last reauthorized in 1993, is designed to require that incidents of child sexual abuse perpetrated by school employees on tribal lands must be responded to. I… Continue Reading

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