News Releases

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


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

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