News Releases

March 08, 2005

Delegation Announces Emergency Haying And Grazing Approved For Some Idaho Counties

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved emergency haying and grazing on land designated under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for twenty Idaho counties including Bannock, Bingham, Lincoln, Blaine, Bonneville, Bear Lake, Caribou, Cassia, Jefferson, Clark, Franklin, Fremont, Jerome, Lemhi, N. Custer, Minidoka, Oneida, Owyhee, Teton and … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Students Working In DC For Crapo

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has hired four interns to fill positions in his Washington, D.C. office. Summer internships typically run from May through August.The congressional intern program is targeted for college students who are interested in learning more about the federal government and how Congress operates. Selection is made through an application process that includes submitting a cover letter, resume, and references. College credit is worked out on an individual basis wi… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Delegation Commends NAFTA Panel Decision

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter welcomed the news that a North American Free Trade Agreement panel has upheld the U.S.-imposed tariffs on lumber imports from Canada. The five-judge panel determined that the United States can maintain the tariffs, which are generally 8.42% Canada-wide. The tariff has been imposed since May of last year after a determination by the International Trade Commission that the … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Delegation Applauds ITC Decision

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter applauded the ruling today by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that the domestic DRAM industry was materially injured by Hynix Semiconductorâ??s subsidized DRAM imports into the U.S. This ruling paves the way for the Department of Commerceâ??s previously determined 44.29% tariff on Hynix to go into effect.â??Hynix and the Korean government have been officially caught with … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Works To Assist Idahoâ??s Small Businesses

Washington, DC â??Drought disaster assistance for Idahoâ??s small businesses will be easier to obtain due to legislation recently passed with the assistance of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The drought assistance language was one of several provisions the Senator co-sponsored and supported as part of the reauthorization of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The legislation is expected to be vote on by the Senate this week.â??Small businesses are an integral part of the stateâ??s economy, and a… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Craig, Crapo Vote To Uphold U.S. Sovereignty On Immigration

WASHINGTON, DC - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo voted â??nayâ?? yesterday on H.R. 2758, the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which passed the Senate by a vote of 66-31, and H.R. 2739, the U.S.-Singapore FTA which passed the Senate by a vote of 66-32. Both Senators feel that free and fair trade is important to the U.S. economy, but expressed serious concern that these two agreements contained improperly negotiated language that would potentially subject U.S. immigration law to int… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Delegation Secures Epa Funding For North Idaho Cleanup

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, today announced increased funding for cleanup work in the Coeur dâ??Alene Basin. The Idaho Delegation wrote EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman in early June, seeking a commitment from the agency for fiscal year 2003. A copy of the EPAâ??s letter is enclosed:"I am very pleased that the Idaho delegation was able to get this money released from the EPA," Senator Craig… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPOâ??S â??CAPITOL WATCHâ?? TO AIR LIVE VIEWER CALLS

Washington, DC â?? This month, Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s monthly cable program will air live and take viewer calls and questions during the half-hour program. Calls will be taken during the broadcast of â??Capitol Watch,â?? scheduled to air on Tuesday, February 8th, at 7:00 p.m. Mountain/ 6:00 p.m. Pacific on most public access cable stations across Idaho. Viewers are invited to call 1-800-SEN-TALK (1-800-736-8255) during the half-hour program. â??Due to the Senate schedule, it has been sever… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO VOTES TO CONFIRM GONZALES

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted today to confirm Alberto Gonzales as the U.S. Attorney General. The final vote in the U.S. Senate was 60 to 36. Gonzales most recently served as White House Counsel to President Bush. â??Todayâ??s vote has been the focus of much protest and media reporting, and I fully reject the characterization that the vote is about the issue of torture,â?? Crapo explained. â??Like the President and Alberto Gonzales, I condemn torture and my record in Congress… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo, Panel Agree Unity, Commitment Key To Salmon And Steelhead Recovery

Washington, DC - Increased commitment to salmon and steelhead programs and better coordination on fish actions between the federal agencies, states, and tribes are critical if Northwest salmon and steelhead are to be removed from the Endangered Species list. That theme was a common thread at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing chaired by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today in Washington. Crapo called the hearing of the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Wo… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Keeps Rural Focus In Medicare Reform

Washington, DC â?? In an early morning vote by the United States Senate, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted in favor of S. 1, the Prescription Drug and Medicare Reform Act of 2003. The measure passed the Senate on a vote of 76 to 21. The House also passed similar legislation today, and the differences between the two bills will be worked out in a conference committee.Crapo, who is a strong advocate for rural health care, voted in favor of the bill because it â??brings us closer to the type of reform… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo: Energy Bill Creates Jobs,Moves Toward National Energy Policy

Washington, DC - The U.S. will soon be a big step closer to a permanent national energy policy that could create an estimated half-million new jobs and expand renewable energy sources, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo said a compromise reached tonight between Senate Republicans and Democrats means a bill shelved last year is now being substituted for the energy bill that was being debated earlier this week. Crapo said the 84-14 vote meant both parties compromised on last yearâ??s ene… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

CRAPO CALLS BEEF IMPORT RULE INTO QUESTION

Washington, DC â?? In a Senate hearing today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo brought Idaho into the center of the debate over the impending beef import rule from the Agriculture Department. The hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee focused on the effects of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) on U.S. imports and exports of cattle and beef. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns was the primary witness in a nearly three-hour hearing on Capitol Hill. Crapo stressed the importance of U.S. produc… Continue Reading


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

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