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March 26, 2019

Crapo Votes Against Unworkable, Unrealistic Green New Deal

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement following his vote against the Green New Deal: "Ensuring an environmentally-sustainable energy supply for future generations requires us to be smarter, more efficient and more innovative with our energy technology and usage. I voted against the Green New Deal today because it is unworkable, unrealistic and unaffordable. The 10-year plan would divert trillions of taxpayer dollars toward narrow and unachievable benchmar… Continue Reading

March 25, 2019

Crapo Statement on Mueller Report

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the letter sent to Congress by Attorney General William Barr summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election: "I have repeatedly said this investigation should come to a conclusion without interference from either side of the political aisle. Now that special counsel Mueller has released his report, he… Continue Reading

March 15, 2019

Idaho Delegation Cheer DOI Sage-Grouse Plans

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's congressional delegation applauded the collaborative effort of Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on the Record of Decision (ROD) for the amended land use plans that better align the Bureau of Land Management plans with the State of Idaho aimed at Greater Sage-Grouse conservation. The plans deliver on years of collaborative work between the Department of the Interior and western states that have significant acres of sage-grouse habitat. "The Department… Continue Reading

March 15, 2019

Idaho Delegation Applauds Approval of Incidental Take Permits for Idaho Steelhead Fishing

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's congressional delegation announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued Idaho an incidental take permit for steelhead fishing, providing reliability to Idaho's outfitters and guides for the upcoming season and to the local communities that rely on the commerce steelhead fishing generates. After working to resolve the issue for months, U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson and Russ Fulche… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Senators Introduce Hearing Protection Act

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and 12 Senators, including Idaho Senator Jim Risch, today introduced the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) in the Senate. The HPA, S. 817, would reclassify suppressors to regulate them like a regular firearm. Co-sponsors include Senators John Cornyn (TX), Bill Cassidy (LA), John Boozman (AR), Mike Rounds (SD), Thom Tillis (NC), Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), Deb Fischer (NE), Jerry Moran (KS), Dan Sullivan (AK), Joni Ernst (IA), and Jim Inhofe (OK). On average,… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Risch, Crapo, Baldwin Stand Up for America's Dairy Farmers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are standing up for American dairy farmers by reintroducing bipartisan legislation today to combat the unfair practice of mislabeling non-dairy products. The Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, milk, and cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act (DAIRY PRIDE Act) would require non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants, and algae to no longer be mislabeled with da… Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Crapo, Cardin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Fish Habitat

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin today introduced S. 754, the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA), to leverage public-private partnerships and authorize annual funds for fish habitat restoration and protection projects supported by regional Fish Habitat Partnerships. "Protecting, maintaining and improving fish habitats is crucial for jobs, recreation and sustainably healthy fish populations," said Crapo. "Our bill would codify the existing… Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

President Signs Lands Package Containing Owyhee Boundary Changes Sought by Crapo into Law

Washington, D.C. - President Donald Trump today signed into law S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, which contains legislation authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo that establishes boundary changes for three wilderness areas in Owyhee County. President Trump signs the S.47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. The Act contains Crapo's Owyhee language. Credit: Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead "The collaboration among the Shoshone-Pai… Continue Reading

March 06, 2019

Crapo, Risch Welcome Idaho Delegates for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today welcomed Idaho's delegates to the 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) held March 2-9, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Olivia Love of Eagle and Emma Watts of Pocatello were selected from among the state's top student leaders to participate in the 104 national student delegation. "Olivia and Emma have demonstrated the distinct leadership skills necessary to participate in this extremely competitive program," said Cra… Continue Reading

March 05, 2019

Crapo, Bennet Reintroduce "Network Hubs" Bill to Enhance Access to Resources for Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today reintroduced the Helping Unleash Benefits and Services (HUBS) for Veterans Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to enhance access to essential resources for veterans, servicemembers, and their families by supporting local "network hubs." "The transition out of military service into the civilian world can prove a particularly daunting and challenging period for veterans and their families," Crapo said. "Many commu… Continue Reading

March 05, 2019

Senators Crapo, Jones, Collins, Tester Introduce Legislation to Eliminate Military "Widow's Tax"

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo joined Senators Doug Jones (D-Alabama), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) to reintroduce the Military Widow's Tax Elimination Act of 2019 (S.622), a bipartisan bill to end the so-called "Widows Tax." The legislation would repeal the unfair law that prevents as many as 65,000 surviving military spouses nationwide from receiving their full Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) survivor benefits. Currently, military … Continue Reading

March 01, 2019

Crapo, Risch Statement on Brent Bunn Nomination as U.S. Marshal

Washington, D.C. - The White House announced today its intent to nominate former Bear Lake County Sheriff Brent Bunn to serve as United States Marshal for the District of Idaho. Following the announcement, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch issued the following statements: "Brent has had a distinguished career in law enforcement for over four decades," said Senator Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction over Bunn's nomination. "Brent's extensive career … Continue Reading

March 01, 2019

Crapo, Risch Sponsored Legislation Brings Test Reactor to Idaho National Lab

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the launch of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Versatile Fast Neuron Source, also known as the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). The project, based at the Idaho National Lab (INL), is a foundational project specified in the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA) of 2017, which Idaho Senator Mike Crapo introduced, and Idaho Senator Jim Risch co-sponsored. "The launch of the Versatile Test Reactor at the Idaho N… Continue Reading

February 21, 2019

Idaho Delegation Announces 2019 Military Service Academy Days

Washington, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional delegation today announced its 2019 Service Academy Days across Idaho. Each Service Academy Day session offers students, parents, and counselors the opportunity to meet with liaisons, cadets, and midshipmen from each of the nation's respective service academies and provides an opportunity for questions. Staff from Idaho's four Congressional delegation offices will be on hand to answer questions about the application process for students who are seekin… Continue Reading

February 20, 2019

Crapo Presents Spirit of Idaho Award to Boise Black Knights

Boise - In recognition of their heroism and selflessness by rescuing an Idaho couple from a vehicle rollover crash, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today presented players and staff of the Boise Black Knights youth football team with his Spirit of Idaho (SOI) Award. "The recipients of today's Spirit of Idaho award deserve our utmost gratitude and recognition for their quick-thinking, selfless and courageous actions in the face of a perilous accident," said Crapo. "It is an honor to present these 21 … Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Crapo Supports Bill to Fund Border Security Priorities

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo this afternoon voted to support a measure that will keep the government open while also funding projects to secure our border. Following the vote, Crapo issued this comment: "I supported today's measure because it takes a step toward making our communities safer. Bicameral, bipartisan appropriators diligently advanced a compromise proposal that addresses urgent priorities in the seven outstanding appropriations packages. For homeland security, thi… Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Lands Bill Contains Owyhee Boundary Changes Sought by Crapo

Washington, D.C. - A public lands package, S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act, containing boundary changes for three wilderness areas in Owyhee County authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo passed the Senate this evening. Crapo sought the changes to keep the boundaries in line with the original Owyhee Initiative collaborative land use agreement. That agreement led to the designation of wilderness areas in Owyhee County along with other conservation and land use measures. "The minor chan… Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs Economic Policies Have Helped Our Nation See Economic Growth Benefiting the American Worker

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, made the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump's second State of the Union Address: "In his second State of the Union address, President Trump outlined a powerful and comprehensive agenda to keep the nation on an upward trajectory and build on previous bipartisan accomplishments by advancing further bipartisan … Continue Reading

February 01, 2019

Crapo Releases Outline for Housing Finance Reform

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee todayreleased an outline for housing finance reform legislation. The outline incorporates elements of many plans and principles for housing finance reform legislation that have been discussed by legislators, analysts, stakeholders and thought leaders. "We must expeditiously fix our flawed housing finance system," said Chairman Crapo. "My priorities are to establish stronger levels of taxpayer protection, preserve the 30-year… Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Crapo, Risch, Urge Feds to Deliver SRS Payments ASAP

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski today urged federal officials to deliver Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payments as quickly as possible in the aftermath of the government shutdown. In their bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Acting Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt, the senators said rural residents in their states are conce… Continue Reading

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