News Releases

March 15, 2005


Boise â?? Former members of the United States military are invited to attend a Veterans Business and Benefits Conference scheduled for Saturday, March 26th at the Hatch Ballroom in the Student Union Building at Boise State University. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring the seminar entitled â??Opening Doors for Americaâ??s Heroes.â?? All veterans and active duty personnel are eligible to apply for services through the seminar. Planners say the conference is aimed at providing veterans and … Continue Reading

March 15, 2005

Fire Funds To Nez Perce And Moyie Springs

Washington, DC â?? The Nez Perce and Curley Creek, Idaho fire departments will receive grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??These grants will enhance the ability of these two rural fire departments to respond more effectively to fire and fire-related hazards in their surrounding areas,â?? said Crapo. â??The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has received a $390 million boost for Fiscal Year 2003. These grant awards will substantial… Continue Reading

March 15, 2005

Crapo: Ineel Contributions Central To Yellow Bus Development

Washington, DC â??A modernized version of the traditional Yellowstone National Park tour bus aimed at providing an all-season, alternative transportation choice for our national parks, was unveiled at a news conference held today on Capitol Hill. At the event, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo spoke to a diverse group of public and private interest, praising the collaborative effort in developing the low-emission, cost-effective bus. Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Montana Senator Conrad Burns also sp… Continue Reading

March 14, 2005


Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and other Members of Congress met today on Capitol Hill with Ambassador of Japan, Ryozo Kato, to press for the resumption of beef trade between the U.S. and Japan. â??We had a candid exchange with Ambassador Kato,â?? said Crapo. â??We expressed our frustration that the U.S. has met the safety requirements set forth by the Japanese government and our two countries have reached an agreement to resume trade, yet we donâ??t have the finality needed to begi… Continue Reading

March 11, 2005


Washington, DC â?? The Senate Budget Committee has voted to approve a budget blueprint that reduces the deficit, but still gives priority to homeland security and defense spending. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Budget Committee, supported the blueprint and expects the final document sent to the Senate will assume funding for new nuclear research at the Idaho National Laboratory and language beneficial to Idahoâ??s largest private employer, Micron Technology. â??This is a bare-bones b… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Crapo To Confront Health Crisis Facing American Men

Washington, DC â?? An alarming proportion of American men neglect their health, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants to change that by establishing an office within the Department of Health and Human Services to focus on menâ??s health awareness. S. 1028, the Menâ??s Health Act of 2003, sets up the Office of Menâ??s Health, which will coordinate and promote menâ??s health issues in a manner similar to an already active Office of Womenâ??s Health within HHS. Crapo, who has gained a strong reputatio… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Craig, Crapo and Ottter Introduce Silver Biocide Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, and Senator John Ensign (R-NV) introduced the Wood Preservation Safety Act of 2003 into the Senate today. If enacted, this legislation would authorize the Forest Products Laboratory of the U.S. Forest Service tostudy the effectiveness of silver-based biocides as a wood preservative treatment. According to silverexperts and academics, silver biocides could serve as a viable, safe and cost effective woodp reservative.Idaho Congressman C… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Crapo: Partial Birth Abortion Not Often Used

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said a 64-34 Senate vote today in favor of a partial birth abortion bill shows the procedure is not one most Americans can tolerate. Even so, he noted the legislation expected to be signed by President Bush contains provisions to allow the procedure to protect the life of the mother. "Passage of this legislation is an important step because this procedure is rarely, if ever, needed,â?? Crapo said. â??Medical experts agree that a partial birth aborti… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Day 50: Stop The Obstruction Of Gov. Mike Leavitt

Washington, D.C.-Several members of the Committee on Environment and Public Works spoke out today against the obstruction of Gov. Mike Leavitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gov. Leavitt, one of the most eminently qualified and non-controversial nominees for EPA Administrator, remains in limbo--in fact, 50 days have elapsed since he was formally nominated by President Bush on September 3. Compare that time period--the day the Senate received the nomination u… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Crapo hires Spring Interns

Washington, DC -- Idaho Senator Mike Crapo recently welcomed three interns from Idaho to his Washington, D.C. office. They arrived in mid-January and will perform their duties through the beginning of May. The congressional intern program is targeted for college students who are interested in learning more about the political process and how Congress operates. Selection is made through an application process that includes submitting a cover letter, resume and references. College credit is worked… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

American Dream Closer To Reality For Many

Washington, D.C. -- Ongoing efforts by Congress to increase the number of Americans who own homes, especially minority groups, will be receiving additional assistance from the Bush Administration through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the current month. June is â??National Home Ownership Month,â?? and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is highlighting several efforts underway in Congress to increase home ownership in the country.Crapo, who serves on the Senate Banking, Housin… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Crapo Announces Staff Changes

Washington, DC â?? Two new staff members have joined Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s legislative staff in Washington, D.C. Both come with strong experience and connections to Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.Staci Stevenson is Crapoâ??s newest legislative assistant, handling primarily environment, agriculture, and related issues. Stevenson has spent four years with Representative Doc Hastings (R-Washington), where she handled similar issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Comm… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Idaho Projects Funded in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

ASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig, a Senate Appropriations Committeemember, and Mike Crapo , praised passage today of H.J. Res. 2, the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY 2003. Support for many Idaho projects was included in the bill which passed the Senate this evening by a vote of 69 to 29. This bill is served as the vehicle for all 11 of the FY 2003 appropriations bills that were left unfinished last year by the then-Democrat-controlled Senate.â??Critically needed support for a vari… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Crapo Wants Feds To Help Pay For Meth Lab Cleanup

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants the federal government to help foot the bill for cleaning up methamphetamine labs, a growing drug problem in the country. In a letter sent to the Senate managers of the conference considering the Fiscal Year 2004 Commerce/Justice/State Appropriations bill, Crapo encouraged the appropriators to restore $20 million in the measure to assist local and state jurisdictions in cleaning up the highly toxic labs. The funding was included in the Presidentâ… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo announced full Senate passage yesterday of the Fiscal Year 2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The bill includes funding for several programs led by institutions in the State of Idaho, and a Craig amendment to aid in the reforestation of Afghanistan.â??These projects highlight the best of what Idaho has to offer our nation and our world and I am proud that we were able to secure the funding to help make that possible,â?? Senat… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Crapo says Right to Freedom of Speech Reflected in Fighting For Freedoms

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today noted that the efforts by those expressing opinions over the conflict in Iraq demonstrate a basic freedom many Americans take for granted--freedom of speech. Crapo has received numerous contacts from Idahoans regarding the war, including personal office visits, letters, faxes and e-mails.A satellite feed on Crapoâ??s remarks today is available:2:00-2:15 p.m. Mountain Time / 1:00-1:15 p.m. Pacific TimeGalaxy 3 (C-Band)Transponder 7 HorizontalDownlin… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Crapo Reminds Students Of Academy Deadline

Washington, DC â?? The deadline to apply for admission to U.S. military academies is fast approaching, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo reminds interested Idaho students. Applications for the nationâ??s four military academies must be submitted by Friday, October 31st, to be considered for the 2004 academic year. Every year, Crapo nominates selected Idaho students to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; the U.S. M… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Crapo Encouraged By Leavitt Confirmation Vote

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the overwhelming vote of 88-8 to confirm Utah Governor Mike Leavitt as Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency today is â??encouraging, both for the unity behind this nomination and the end of partisan debate that held up this nomination and could stall progress on other environmental issues.â?? Crapo voted in favor of Governor Leavittâ??s nomination. Crapo, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, supported Leavi… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Delegation Announces Nomination Deadline

WASHINGTON, DC â?? The Idaho Congressional delegation announced today the potential opportunity for scientific and technical experts from Idaho to participate in a study to be performed bythe National Academy of Sciences of the Superfund Site Assessment and Remediation in the Coeurdâ??Alene River Basin. The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations of individuals who are interested inbeing part of a multidisciplinary committee which will independently evaluate the Coeur dâ??Alene Bas… Continue Reading

March 10, 2005

Forest Health Legislation Progresses

Washington, D.C. - Bipartisan language drafted by a coalition of senators including Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to improve elements of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act was overwhelmingly approved by a 97-1 vote in the U.S. Senate today as final passage of a forest health bill draws near. In the wake of devastating fires in Southern California, the Senate has opened debate on H.R. 1904, and initial votes on amendments to the bill make it appear final passage could come soon.During a speech on the… Continue Reading

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