News Releases

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


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

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