News Releases

March 08, 2005

Crapo To Head Bi-Cameral Health Coalition

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been tapped to co-chair the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, filling the vacancy left by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee). He joins current Senate co-chair Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) and House co-chairs Mark Foley (R-Florida) and Lois Capps (D-California).â??It is indeed an honor to serve as co-chair of this coalition, which has done a great job in educating the public about cardiovascular diseases,â?? Crapo said. â??Cardi… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO COMMENTS ON REVERSAL INCANADIAN BEEF TRADE CASE

Washington, DC - Secretary Mike Johanns has responded to concerns of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the rest of the Idaho delegation by delaying a provision of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that would have allowed for the importation of beef product over 30 months of age. The U.S. border has been closed to imports of cattle and some beef products from Canada following the discovery of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada. However, on Dec. 29, 2004, USDA released a final … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO: BUSH LAID OUT AMBITIOUS AGENDA

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo praised President Bushâ??s State of the Union address this evening, saying that the President has set a blueprint for his second term that will ensure a better, stronger country for future generations. â??With the State of the Union and Inaugural addresses delivered just days apart, President Bush has had an important opportunity to lay out his domestic and foreign policy goals,â?? Crapo said. â??Tonight he clearly set forth an ambitious agenda that wi… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Leads Forest Health Hearing As Western Fires Burn

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo opened a Senate hearing on President Bushâ??s Health Forests Restoration Act this morning, calling it â??crucial legislation,â?? that is about all elements in the forests-wildlife habitat, water quality, and even human safety. Crapo, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committeeâ??s Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, said he agreed with recent comments by Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth about how forests should be man… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Fire Districts To Receive Fire Funds

Washington, DC â??Two more fire departments in Idaho will receive grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The Mica Kidd Island Fire Protection District of Coeur dâ??Alene will receive $55,598 in federal matching funds, and the Teton County Fire Protection District will receive $61,040. â??The additional fiscal tools provided by these grants are invaluable to our fire districts, and I am pleased to learn that Idaho programs have benefited,â?? s… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo-Harkin Bill To Boost Fruit, Vegetable Sales

Washington, DC â?? Both students and farmers will benefit through legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Crapo and Harkin want to expand the $6 million Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program (FVPP) created as part of the 2002 Farm Bill. The Crapo-Harkin proposal would expand the program to offer fruit and vegetables to schools in all 50 states and tribal schools.â??This is a win-win proposal for students, schools, and agriculture,â?? Crapo said. â??More of our… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

ISP To Receive Federal Funds To Combat Drugs

Washington, DC â??The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Idaho State Police just over $3 million for 53 separate programs aimed at combating drugs and drug-related crimes, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??This is terrific news for the ISP, and its continued drug-fighting efforts. The programs receiving the bulk of the funds, the multi-jurisdictional Task Force and the Public Correctional Resources program will benefit from the added financial resources aimed at improving program… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO TO CHAIR TWO SENATE SUBCOMMITTEES

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will chair two U.S. Senate subcommittees during the 109th Congress. Crapo retains his chairmanship of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization. He also takes over as Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on International Trade and Finance. Crapo will serve on eight subcommittees in total, related to his assignments on the Senate Finance Committee, Agriculture Committee, and Banking Committee. The lis… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Delegation Commends Flexibility Added To Haying And Grazing

Washington, DC â?? The members of Idahoâ??s Congressional delegation, Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, are pleased with todayâ??s announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will allow states more flexibility in implementing haying and grazing guidelines. Under the Federal Register notice published May 1, 2003, all haying and grazing had to occur after the national primary nesting season. However, the Idaho delegation … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO: SPENDING RESTRAINT IS PRIORITY

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with his colleagues on the Senate Budget Committee as the Presidentâ??s Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 budget proposal was delivered to Capitol Hill. The Budget Committee will be holding hearings over the next month on the spending proposal as it works to develop an FY 2006 budget resolution. Crapo said, â??The President has recognized that spending restraint is needed to meet our goals for deficit reduction. It is heartening that overall discretionary s… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO CO-SPONSORS BILL TO MAKE TAX CUTS PERMANENT

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring S. 420, the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act. This bill, introduced by Senators Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) and Bill Nelson (D-Florida), would make the repeal of the estate tax, sometimes referred to as the death tax, permanent. Congress and the President must act to prevent a sunset clause scheduled for 2011 from ending the tax cuts passed in 2001. Crapo said the estate tax unfairly singles out the economic engines that drive economic recovery… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Includes Fallen Firefighters

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo paid tribute to the work of Idaho firefighters who died on the fireline in Idaho while introducing a forest health bill co-sponsored by Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln today. Here is the statement Crapo entered into the Senate record regarding the legislation, Americaâ??s Healthy Forests Restoration and Research Act. The Crapo-Lincoln bill will be considered tomorrow during a forest health mark-up by the Senate Agriculture Committee. AMERICAâ??S HEALTHY… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO SEEKS STUDENT INTERNS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking applications from Idaho students who would like to intern in his Washington, DC office this summer and next fall. The application deadline for internships for the summer and fall months is April 1st. â??Interning in a Washington-based Congressional office is a tremendous opportunity to watch the legislative process firsthand and experience life in the nationâ??s capital,â?? Crapo said. â??Every year, my office and the Idaho delegation host d… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO INTRODUCES BILL TO CREATE OFFICE OF MENâ??S HEALTH

Washington, DC â??Under legislation introduced today, menâ??s health issues could see improvements in public awareness and education to promote preventive care. The Menâ??s Health Act, introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, would create an Office of Menâ??s Health at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The Menâ??s Health Act, if passed, would establish a clearinghouse for men to provide services parallel to the existing Office of Womenâ??s Health. Representative Duke Cunningham… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Calls Latest Round Of Grants â??Timelyâ??

ashington, DC â??Seven more Idaho communities are in line to receive fire grants under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??These grants are especially timely in light of the terrible and deadly fires burning in Idaho today,â?? said Crapo. â??The communities of Orofino, Eagle, Marsing, Elba, Salmon, Wendell, and Pocatello will be equipped to enhance their operations and safety budget to the benefit of their residents.â??According to the Departme… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

SENATE CONFIRMS NEW ENERGYSECRETARY

WASHINGTON,D.C.â??The United States Senate confirmed Dr. Samuel Bodman to be the next Secretary ofEnergy. Idaho Senators Larry Craig andMike Crapo supported Dr. Bodman. â??During his confirmation hearing, Dr.Bodman addressed a number of issues important toIdaho, especially theIdahoNational Laboratory. He demonstrated a deep conviction to thepromotion of nuclear energy and to strengthening the Lab. In addition, he understands the need for anenergy policy and will work with Congress to enact and i… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo: States Should Determine Roadless Rules

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says he is disappointed the Bush Administration has chosen to retain much of the former Roadless Rule imposed by former President Clinton, but adds the ability of states to offer input is a step forward. Crapo noted the lack of adequate public input in writing the original rule may be offset if state governors and other leaders now have the chance to make changes under the new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.â??I am disappointed the Fore… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Delegation Commends Flexibility Added To Haying And Grazing

Washington, DC - The new terminal building recently opened at the Boise Air Terminal will soon be complemented by improvements at the airportâ??s passenger security and baggage handling areas as well as improvements to aircraft taxiways. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter today announced a $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that will help fund the improvements."I am glad to see Boise Airport … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Delegation Welcomes Early Release Of Pilt Funds

Washington, DC â?? As part of an accelerated payment schedule, Idahoâ??s counties are now in receipt of millions of federal dollars from the federal governmentâ??s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Idahoâ??s congressional delegation applauded the release of the funds by the Department of Interior. The funds compensate counties for non-taxable federal lands located within their boundaries. For fiscal year 2003, Idahoâ??s counties will receive a total of more than $15 million, which is a li… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Introduces Forest Health Bill

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln today introduced bipartisan legislation seeking to improve the health of the nationâ??s forests and preserve ecosystems and jobs. The legislation, Americaâ??s Healthy Forests Restoration and Research Act, builds on a measure (H.R. 1904, the Healthy Forest Restoration Act), that passed the House of Representatives with widespread support. H.R. 1904 is scheduled to be marked up tomorrow by the Senate Agriculture Committ… Continue Reading

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