News Releases

September 28, 2005

Crapo: Water Research Programs Critical

Washington, DC â?? Legislation that will assist in funding an important University of Idaho natural resource research facility has cleared the U.S. Senate without objection, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo is one of the original co-sponsors of S. 1017, the Water Resources Research Act. The measure authorizes the funds for dozens of water research programs like the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) at the University of Idaho in Boise, which conducts research and provides educ… Continue Reading

September 23, 2005

Idaho Congressional Delegation Pleased With Scenic Byways Designation

Washington, DC â??Four scenic byways in Idaho may see increased travel and tourism following the U.S. Department of Transportationâ??s announcing them as approved national byways, said Idahoâ??s Congressional delegation Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter. The delegation sent a letter in support of the designation of two roads as National Scenic Byways and two roads as All-American Roads. The letter supported a successful effort by Idah… Continue Reading

September 23, 2005

Crapo Co-Sponsors Pledge Protection Act

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring the Pledge Protection Act (S. 1046) to protect the Pledge of Allegiance from being removed from schools, after a U.S. District Court Judge in California ruled the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional last week. The measure would bar federal courts, appellate courts, and the Supreme Court from hearing or deciding on any rulings regarding the interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance under the Constitut… Continue Reading

September 21, 2005

Crapo & Johnson Introduce Capital Gains Tax Deferral Bill

Washington, DC â?? Mutual fund shareholders can look forward to more profitable, long-term investing and a more secure retirement thanks to a bipartisan bill introduced today by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky). The bill would allow shareholders who automatically reinvest distributions to keep more of their own money working for them longer by deferring capital gains taxes until they actually sell the investment. The bill remedies an unfair… Continue Reading

September 20, 2005

Crapo Pays Tribute to Sheri Garmon

Washington, DC â?? Idaho native Sheri Garmon will do more to advance her cause for compensation for victims of radiation exposure than she will ever know, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Garmon, an Emmett native who pushed to have Idahoans included a national radiation compensation fund, died last week of complications related to cancer. At the request of Representative Kathy Skippen, Crapo is sending a statement to be read at Garmonâ??s funeral on Thursday. In the statement, Crapo recall… Continue Reading

September 15, 2005

Finance Committee, Senate Provide Tax Relief For Katrina Victims

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined a unanimous Senate today, providing immediate tax relief for Katrina evacuees and those living in designated disaster zones, those caring for the evacuees and those contributing to relief efforts. The tax package (S. 1696) was sent from the Senate Finance Committee on which Crapo sits. The package passed today includes the following that will benefit Idahoans involved in relief efforts: Provide tax incentives for charitable donations, including p… Continue Reading

September 15, 2005

Hispanic Heritage Month Honored By Senate

Washington, DC â?? Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which was recognized through a Senate resolution co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The resolution, which passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent this morning, honors and celebrates the vast contributions of Hispanic Americans to the strength and culture of the United States. The month begins today, September 15th, and ends on October 15th. September 15th marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American … Continue Reading

September 14, 2005

Healthcare Relief Coming To Katrina Victims

Washington, DC â??Displaced victims from Hurricane Katrina may be eligible for Medicaid disaster relief on a temporary basis under new legislation introduced today by the Senate Finance Committee, on which Idaho Senator Mike Crapo sits. Additionally, regulatory relief and financial assistance will be offered to states affected by Katrina, as well as healthcare providers of hurricane victims as they work to ensure uninterrupted medical care coverage.The relief package will provide access to tempo… Continue Reading

September 12, 2005

Crapo: Academy Deadline Fast Approaching

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 Monday, October 31st, to be considered for the 2006 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

September 12, 2005

Crapo Applauds New Medicare Information Website

Washington, DC â??Idahoâ??s seniors will have greater access to help in signing up for the new Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage program through several efforts, including a newly launched website dedicated to providing easy to understand information about the program. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded the launch of the website,, which is sponsored by the MedicareRx Connect, a network of patient, family caregiver and professional organizations as well as the efforts of a… Continue Reading

September 09, 2005

Crapo, Agencies Advance Dworshak Work

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is teaming with federal and state agencies to reverse the economic and environmental effects of drawdowns at Dworshak Reservoir which have plagued Clearwater County. The actions continue Crapoâ??s efforts to mitigate problems related to annual drawdowns at the reservoir by improving recreation opportunities and the fish population at Dworshak.Working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Idaho Fish and Game, and USDA Rural Development, Crapo has assis… Continue Reading

September 08, 2005

Crapo Hails Passage of VAWA Out of Committee

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo lauded the actions of the Senate Judiciary Committee today as it passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on to the full Senate for a vote later this fall. â??This landmark legislation, now eleven years in existence, funds critical programs to help all victims of violent crime as well as agencies and organizations who provide acute and legal aid to these victimsâ?? said Crapo. Crapo signed on to co-sponsor the reauthorization… Continue Reading

September 08, 2005

Crapo To Discuss Katrina, Supreme Court Confirmations on Live "Capitol Watch"

Washington, DC â?? As the Senate heads back into session this month, Idaho Senator Crapo will focus on several important items confronting Congress this month, including sending aid to Katrina victims and the confirmation of two Supreme Court Justices. Crapo will take calls from Idahoans on â??Capitol Watchâ?? on Tuesday, September 13th from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific. During the half-hour program, viewers are invited to call 1-800-SEN-TALK (1-800-736-8255) to speak with Crap… Continue Reading

September 07, 2005

Crapo Welcomes Idaho Interns To DC Office

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomed three Idahoans to his Washington, DC office as interns for the fall semester. The interns began work this week and will assist in office operations and legislative duties through December 2005.Rebecca Davis, Idaho Falls, graduated from BYU-Idaho last month with a degree in English. During her college experience, she served as a reading tutor and was involved with the pre-law society on campus. She is a 2002 Skyline High School (Idaho Falls) gr… Continue Reading

September 07, 2005

Crapo, Carper Urge Banks, Credit Unions, Credit Card Companies To Show Lenience To Katrina Victims

WASHINGTON (Sept. 7, 2005) â?? Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Tom Carper (D-Delaware) today urged members of the financial community to show leniency toward victims of Hurricane Katrina. In a letter to Financial Services Roundtable as well as various banking, credit union and credit card trade associations, Carper and Crapo implored financial institutions to do what they can to help Katrinaâ??s victims, many of whom no longer have homes or a source of income. Both Carper and Crapo are members… Continue Reading

September 04, 2005

Crapo Mourns Chief Justice's Passing

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo jointed with Americans today in mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, who died Saturday from thyroid cancer. Rehnquist served more than 33 years on the Supreme Court, with 19 of those as Chief Justice. He was the longest-serving Court member since the early 1900s. â??Chief Justice Rehnquist was a classic American success story, from humble beginnings in Wisconsin to military experience during World War Ii to Harvard and Stanf… Continue Reading

September 01, 2005

Senate To Send Relief To Katrina Victims

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo commended Senate plans to call an emergency session tonight to approve appropriations to provide immediate assistance for federal and local disaster response teams. The Senate plans to send approximately $10 billion in aid to help with rescue efforts currently underway in the Gulf region.â??Weâ??ve all seen pictures of the devastation in New Orleans and Biloxi and other communities throughout the South, â??said Crapo. â??It is imperative that we respond… Continue Reading

August 31, 2005

Crapo: White House Conference Will Help ESA Legislation

St. Louis, MO â?? Support for cooperative solutions should spread to Congress to improve the Endangered Species Act, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, a speaker and round table participant at the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation this week in St. Louis, is heartened at the willingness of government and private-sector interests from landowners to conservationists, to embrace collaboration as a tool in conservation efforts.â??We need cooperative legislation to implemen… Continue Reading

August 30, 2005

Crapo: Past Success With Wildlife Key to ESA

St. Louis, MO â?? The key to improving conservation efforts related to the Endangered Species Act can best be enacted by learning from past successes in collaboration and consensus found around the country. That was the message from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to start Day 2 of the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation in St. Louis, Missouri. Crapo noted how sportsmen, farmers, landowners, conservationists, tribal members, and others are working in tandem with government officials to b… Continue Reading

August 29, 2005


Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo delivers remarks tomorrow in St. Louis, Missouri, to a national conference on conservation issues attended by members of President George W. Bushâ??s Cabinet. The Conference on Cooperative Conservation, sponsored by the White Houseâ??s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), invited Crapo to speak and participate in discussion groups because of his work in collaboration in solving environmental issues and his efforts to update the Endangered Species Ac… Continue Reading

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