News Releases

March 08, 2005

Crapo Hires New Subcommittee Staff Director

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has hired Greg Schildwachter as the staff director on the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water. Schildwachter will begin his duties on July 23rd and will be based out of Washington, D.C.â??Greg and I share many goals regarding the issues that the EPW subcommittee handles, and he will be the point person on salmon recovery, endangered species reform and related issues,â?? Crapo said. â??His professional backg… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Cities To Receive Fire Funds

Washington, DC â?? Three more fire departments in Idaho will receive grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??This is terrific news for the communities of Meridian, Challis and Salmon,â?? said Crapo. â??The addition of a firefighting vehicle for the North Custer Rural Fire District will enhance its ability to respond more effectively to fire and fire-related hazards in Challis and the surrounding area. The Meridian Fire Department will be ab… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo To Announce Domestic Violence Grant, Join Sho-Ban/Doe Softball Game, And Host Salmon Recovery Meeting

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has scheduled the following events in Idaho for August 7 and 9. Media is invited to attend the events as listed. For additional information, please contact Susan Wheeler or Lindsay Nothern at the number listed above.Thursday, August 711:30 a.m.Idaho Falls â?? No-host Community Leader Luncheon, Red Lion Hotel.2:00 p.m.Idaho Falls - News conference with the Idaho Coalition on Sexual and Domestic Violence and several other assistance organizations regarding a grant and publ… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Recognized For Telehealth Work

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo was recognized during a Capitol Hill event this week for his efforts on telehealth and interactive medical technology. The Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics presented Crapo with a Recognition Award for his work on those issues. Representatives from Idaho State University in Pocatello participated in the telehealth event; the Institute of Rural Health at ISU has provided significant leadership for telehealth technology in Idaho.… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

BPA RATE INCREASE EXCLUDED FROM BUDGET

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo announced today that they were successful in efforts to block the inclusion of a proposal for Power Marketing Administrations, such as the Bonneville Power Administration, to charge market-based rates. The Presidentâ??s budget included such a proposal, which would be a shift in the charter of the BPA and result in up to 20 percent annual power rate increases. Two weeks ago, Craig stated to Deputy Secretary of Energy nominee Clay Sell… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Amendment Brings Money To Idaho Airports

Washington, DC - Under an amendment authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and included in todayâ??s successful passage of S. 824, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, Idahoâ??s airports will see an increase in the federal governmentâ??s share of certain airport improvement projects.â??This is an important funding step for Idahoâ??s airports,â?? Crapo said. â??Because so much of Idaho is owned by the federal government, our state and its local governments are limited to a much … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Idaho Delegation Urges Application Of EPA Guidance On Pesticides,

Washington, DC â?? Local water districts in Idaho will not have to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for the application of pesticides and herbicides to waterways according to a recent Environmental Protection Agency guidance, and Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter are commending the EPAâ??s action and urging the full application of the guidance in EPA Region 10, which covers Idaho, Wash… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

IDAHO DELEGATION HELPS WIN BEEF TRADE CONCESSIONS

Washington, DC â?? Secretary Mike Johnanns responded to concerns of the of Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter and many in the U.S. cattle industry in 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 Spongif… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo To Hand Out Free Books On Saturday

Washington, DC â?? Organizations from throughout the state will be in Twin Falls on Saturday to pick up books for low-income students, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be on hand to help load the shipments. Crapo has partnered with the national nonprofit First Book program to give away 100,000 books in Idaho, and groups from as far away as Worley, Nampa, Montpelier, Riggins, Lewiston, and Coeur dâ??Alene will be picking up books for distribution in their local communities. Idaho Superintendent … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Statement On Senator Thurmond

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today on the passing of former South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond at age 100: "It really is the end of an area for the U.S. Senate because we will never see another like Senator Thurmond. His many decades of work in Washington stand as a testament to those of us in public service. I am fortunate to have served with him in Washington. He will be missed by many in Congress, in South Carolina, and across America."… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapoâ??s Lewiston Office Is Moving

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s Lewiston office is moving to a new location in downtown Lewiston this week. The office, presently located at 111 Main Street, will be closed Tuesday for the move and reopen Wednesday, July 30th, in its new location at 313 D Street, Suite 105.Crapo will host an open house at the new office location next month during a visit to the Lewiston, Moscow, and Lapwai areas. The open house, which is scheduled to coincide with morning drive time, is set to run … Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo Calls For Quick Passage Of Forest Health Bills As Western Fires

Washington, DC - Western residents and forest ecosystems need the immediate help contained in the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo told a Senate committee hearing he chaired today to open discussion on the bill. Crapo chairs the forestry subcommittee of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and said the billâ??s provisions to streamline forest management decisions are critical. â??We need to move the focus from what we take, to what we leave,â?? Crapo said in agreein… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

NEW CANADIAN BEEF IMPORT RULE HARMFUL TO IDAHO

Washington DC - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, along with Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. "Butch" Otter, expressed their concerns to Agriculture Secretary Michael Johanns today over the possible impact on Idaho beef producers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recent decision to reopen cattle markets between the United States and Canada. The new rule is set to be implemented March 7 if finalized. It would prohibit live cattle over the age of 30 months from ente… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Homeland Security Appropriations Passes

Washington, DC â?? The Senate approved $29.3 billion to fund the new Department of Homeland Security last night, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??The Senate version includes important increases in our investment for the Coast Guard, terrorism prevention, and border security above and beyond what were asked for by the administration,â?? said Crapo. â??This funding will enable the Department of Homeland Security to better safeguard our nation against attacks. The threat of terrorism is ve… Continue Reading


March 08, 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 08, 2005

Crapo Marks Water Amendment Anniversary

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with a group of Western Senators in marking the 50th anniversary of an important water rights amendment. Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell introduced a resolution on the anniversary of the McCarran Amendment in the Senate today; Crapo and Idaho Senator Larry Craig are both co-sponsors of the resolution. The McCarran Amendment, which was adopted in the Department of Justice Appropriations Act of 1953, waives the sovereign immunity of the U… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Delegation Supports Former Idaho Ag â?? Al Lance â?? For Judgeship

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter expressed their support today for the nomination of former Idaho Attorney General Al Lance to be a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Lance appeared before a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on his nomination this afternoon. Craig, a member of the Committee, introduced Lance at the hearing. Crapo also attended the hearing and expressed… Continue Reading


March 08, 2005

Crapo To Discuss Federal Budget Proposals, ESA Legislation On â??Capitol Watchâ?? Program

Washington, DC â?? As the Senate Budget Committee prepares to begin consideration of the Fiscal Year 2006 federal budget resolution, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss those proposals with Idahoans during the March airing of his â??Capitol Watchâ?? program. Crapo is a member of the Senate Budget Committee, which will vote on a proposed budget later next week, as well as the Senate Finance Committee, which will review tax reform and simplification proposals and plans to reform Social Security.… Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Crapo Votes To Give Idahoans A Tax Break

Washington, DC â?? After intense debate and a narrow victory, the Senate passed H.R. 2, the Jobs and Economic Growth package, today by a vote of 51 to 50. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted in favor of the conference report, which is expected to be delivered to the President later today. The House passed the measure last night.â??Reaching an agreement on the growth package has been a complex process, but Idahoans should feel confident and pleased with the outcome,â?? said Crapo. â??This measure incl… Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

EPA Ombudsman Bill Passes Senate

Washington, DC â?? Legislation proposed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to reinstate the Office of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ombudsman as an independent entity cleared the Senate floor today by unanimous consent. Crapoâ??s bill, S. 515, strengthens the Office of the Ombudsman by establishing an independent office within the EPA whose head would be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Ombudsman would report directly to the EPA Administrator and would have the capaci… Continue Reading

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