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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


March 07, 2005

Crapo Receives Recognition For Cancer Activism

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s wide-ranging efforts on prostate cancer and health awareness were recognized last night on Capitol Hill. Crapo was awarded the first-ever 2003 William A. Schwartz Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC).In his acceptance remarks, Crapo talked about the planning underway for a third year of the Mike Crapo Health Awareness booths at local fairs in Idaho. Since being diagnosed with prostate cancer in December … Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Senate Passes Craig/Crapo Bill To Create Third District Judgeship For Idaho

WASHINGTON, DC â?? A bill authored by Idaho Senator Larry Craig and cosponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to create a third additional permanent federal district court judgeship for the state of Idaho, passed the full Senate late yesterday evening unanimously. â??I am very pleased that Senator Crapo and I were able to take this major step in creating a third permanent federal district judgeship for our state necessary to address Idahoâ??s exploding federal caseload,â?? Senator Craig said. â??T… Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Crapo: Iraqi People Need Support

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding the United Nationâ??s Security Council vote today to lift sanctions against Iraq:â??For many years, the Iraqi people suffered under an oppressive regime that plundered the countryâ??s natural resources and took the gain for its own benefit,â?? Crapo said. â??The lifting of the sanctions will allow the Iraqi people to rightfully claim what should have been theirs. The resolution that lifts the sanctions gives t… Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Crapo: Take Health Tests Now Before Itâ??s Too Late

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo continued his push to remind Idahoans to take preventive health care measures today as he participated in events on Capitol Hill surrounding National Menâ??s Health Week. This morning, Crapo attended a health screening and had several routine medical tests performed, including a blood pressure check, cholesterol screening, body fat analysis, and an osteoporosis test. The screenings are sponsored by the Menâ??s Health Network as part of National Menâ??s… Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Crapo Agrees ESA Is â??Brokenâ??

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today cited a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service report concerning years of backlogged litigation under the critical habitat section of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as evidence Congress must step in with reform methods quickly. Crapo, who chairs the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the ESA, agreed with statements by Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Craig Manson. Manson said time and money are being lost und… Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Delegation Hails Return Of Idaho Bean Exports To Mexico

Washington, DC - Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation commended the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Republic of Mexico on the decision to resume exports of U.S. dry beans, including those from Idaho, to Mexico. The negotiated agreement came after Idahoâ??s delegation joined those from other states in sending letters asking actions be taken to reopen Mexico to U.S. bean sales."The Mexican government could not provide a justifiable reason why they had imposed … Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Crapo To Get â??On The Groundâ?? Forest Health Report In Advance Of Senate Hearings

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit remote Elk City Saturday to meet with local residents and others on forest health concerns and rural economic development issues in advance of Senate subcommittee hearings he will help lead on President Bushâ??s Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. The bill, HR 1904, ReAgriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. Senator Crapo is chairman of the Agriculture subcommittee that has jurisdiction over forestry issues. As chairman of the Senate Agricu… Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Crapo Plans Salmon & Steelhead Hearing, Meeting

Washington, DC - Idahoâ??s role in anadromous fish recovery and the future of the biological opinion regarding government programs on salmon and steelhead recovery will be the focus of dual hearings and meetings in both Idaho and Washington, DC. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water, will hold a hearing on June 24th in Washington, DC, to review the future of the federal biological opinion. This biological opini… Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Crapo Brings First Book To Magic Valley

Washington, DC â?? One hundred thousand books are due to be delivered this morning to a warehouse in Twin Falls, courtesy of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and a national literacy program.  Crapo partnered with First Book to bring the truckloads of books to the Magic Valley, and will be on hand next month when the books are handed out. Over the next month, preparation will be underway to hand out the books at a kick-off event in Twin Falls on Saturday, June 21st. Crapo will be on hand at that time to… Continue Reading


March 07, 2005

Idaho Crime Victim Services Get $1.9 Million Boost

Washington, DC â?? Victims of crime in Idaho will benefit from a $1.9 million federal grant awarded to the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance. The grant announcement was made this morning by the Department of Justice, who notified Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.â??Todayâ??s announcement is welcome news for those Idahoans who suffer at the hands of abusive partners,â?? said Crapo. â??Since 1984, the Victims of Crime Act has provided vital federal funding to community-based organiz… Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Craig, Crapo Bill To Help The Fremont-Madison Irrigation District Receives Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Today the Energy and Natural Resources Committeeâ??s Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing on S. 520, the â??Fremont Madison Conveyance Act,â?? which is authored by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig. The bill intends to convey title of the Cross Cut Dam and Canal, the Teton Wells, and the Idaho Department of Water Resources Permit number 22-7702 from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District (FMID). FMID has maintained and controlled… Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Idaho Towns To Benefit From Broadband Grants

Washington, DC â?? Three Idaho towns are among the communities benefiting from Rural Broadband Technology Grants just awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA announced today that it had selected the Coeur dâ??Alene Tribe in Plummer, First Step Internet in Bovill, and Communications Direct Internet in Paris as recipients of grants to enhance broadband services in their communities. â??Because these communities are remote, they stand to gain significantly from this funding, which w… Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Crapo To Be Honored For Prostate Cancer

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be honored next week by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition for his work in protecting Americans from prostate cancer and bringing public awareness to the disease. Crapo will receive the first-ever William A. Schwartz Distinguished Leadership Award next week during a ceremony and reception on Capitol Hill sponsored by National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC).â??It is truly an honor to be recognized by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition wit… Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Crapo, Whitmanâ??s Service Commendable

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding the decision of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Todd Whitman to resign. Whitman announced her resignation today, citing a desire to return to New Jersey, where she previously served as governor, and to spend more time with her family. The resignation is effective June 27. Crapo said, â??I appreciate Governor Whitmanâ??s commitment to public service and environmental protection. Time and … Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Craig/Crapo Bill To Create Third District Judgeship For Idaho

WASHINGTON, DC â?? A bill authored by Idaho Senator Larry Craig and cosponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to create a third additional permanent federal district court judgeship for the state of Idaho, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today by a vote of 18-0. Craig, a member of the Committee, fought off several attempts to amend or defeat S. 878 during the contentious meeting this morning. â??I am very pleased that I was able today with the strong support of Senator Crapo, to take this ma… Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Crapo: Tough Fight To Move Economic Package

Washington, DC â?? After a marathon day of voting in the U.S. Senate, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with the majority to support the Jobs and Economic Growth Reconciliation Tax Act of 2003. The measure narrowly passed the Senate early Friday morning on a vote of 51 to 49, and now must be sent to a conference committee for reconciliation with the House-passed version of the bill.â??After a tough fight, the Senate ultimately did the right thing,â?? Crapo said following the vote, which was taken … Continue Reading


March 02, 2005

Delegation Promotes Potatoes For Iraq Relief

For Immediate Release:CRAIG: 202-224-8078May 13, 2003CRAPO: 202-224-5150SIMPSON: 208-334-1953OTTER: 208-336-9831 DELEGATION PROMOTES POTATOES FOR IRAQ RELIEF Sends letter to USDA and USAID urging use of potatoes for effort WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation today urged the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to consider using dehydrated potatoes for food relief efforts in Iraq. Twenty-six members o… Continue Reading


March 02, 2005

Delegation Announces Grassland Reserve Funding

Washington, DC â?? Eastern Idaho is one of four target areas identified by the USDA today as eligible to receive a total of $49.9 million in fiscal year 2003 funding under the â??Grassland Reserve Program.â?? The Idaho congressional delegation is encouraging affected producers to sign up when the process begins at June 16. All funds will be allocated to the various states containing target areas by mid-July. Under the Grassland Reserve Program, producers place eligible land into conservation eas… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Crapo's April "Capitol Watch" Scheduled

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will update Idahoans on the war with Iraq and other legislative issues moving through Congress during a live monthly cable program next week. â??Capitol Watchâ?? will be broadcast live from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, April 8, 2003, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific, and air over local cable systems throughout Idaho. The program is also simulcast on Crapoâ??s website.During the program, viewers are encouraged to call in to speak dire… Continue Reading

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