News Releases

April 17, 2020

Idaho Delegation Calls on USDA to Assist Idaho’s Farmers and Ranchers

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho's congressional delegation today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue calling for special attention to Idaho's agricultural industry, which is experiencing great economic disruption due to COVID-19. Idaho is home to 25,000 farms and 185 commodities, many of which are seeing severe impacts to the farm, processing, and supply chain levels. With many of Idaho's commodities produced specifically for food service, many markets no longer… Continue Reading

April 17, 2020

Crapo to Coordinate Senate-wide Oversight of Rescue Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo will lead and coordinate the Senate's oversight of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). As Banking Committee Chairman, Crapo played a critical role in shaping many of the provisions of the CARES Act designed to provide significant economic support to severely distressed sectors of the U.S. economy. "This crisis has h… Continue Reading

April 17, 2020

Crapo, Risch Join Colleagues Urging HHS to Advocate for Relief for Senior Communities and Health Care Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Idaho's U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to ensure that as HHS sets guidelines for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), they do not overlook the providers within nursing homes, skilled nursing centers, senior living communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities who are caring for our nat… Continue Reading

April 16, 2020

Crapo, Risch to Serve on Opening Up America Again Congressional Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that Idaho's U.S. Senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, will serve with a bipartisan group of congressional colleagues on the White House's Opening Up America Again Congressional Group. The congressional group, in consultation with America's Governors and the Administration, will work to develop guidelines on re-opening the economy in order to begin recovering from the economic strife caused by the global coronavirus, or COVID-19, pand… Continue Reading

April 14, 2020

Crapo Joins Call for Dairy Farmer Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and supported by 13 additional Senate colleagues, to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue calling on the Department to extend assistance to the dairy industry, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. United States dairy producers across the country have not been immune to the same economic strife felt across the nation throughout the COVID-19 p… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Idaho Delegation Urges Department of Energy to Take Additional Steps to Remove Spent Nuclear Fuel from INL

WASHINGTON -- Idaho's congressional delegation today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Dan Brouillette encouraging further action by DOE to remove spent nuclear fuel from the Idaho National Lab (INL) consistent with the 1995 Idaho Settlement Agreement. The delegation stressed that while the 1995 Settlement Agreement deadline to remove spent nuclear fuel from Idaho requires action by the Administration, Congress and states to develop a solution for long-term storage an… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Crapo Highlights Additional Guidance for Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, issued an update on the Paycheck Protection Program, a provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Paycheck Protection Program went into effect on April 3. Crapo has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA), urging them to provide additional clarity to banks, credit unions and non-bank lenders so… Continue Reading

April 03, 2020

Idaho Delegation Members Announces Federal Transit Funding Coming to Idaho

Washington, D.C.--Members of the Idaho Delegation announced that Idaho will receive over $60 million in federal funding allocations to the transit industry following the President's signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act directs the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to allocate funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus through the existing Urbanized Area, Formula Grants Program Rural Areas Formula Grants Program, and the … Continue Reading

April 01, 2020

Idaho Delegation Urges USDA to Provide Immediate Assistance to Cattle Producers

WASHINGTON--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch (both R-Idaho), along with Congressmen Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher, joined a bipartisan, bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that he provide immediate assistance to cattle producers by using the resources provided in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act, including the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and additional e… Continue Reading

March 30, 2020

Idaho Senators Call on HHS to Help Rural Health Providers

Today, U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging the prioritization of rural hospitals and clinics. The letter, which was signed by 41 senators and 81 representatives, requested the Trump administration use the funding included in the recently passed CARES Act to sustain rural health providers. During the COVID-19 outbreak, many of Idaho's rural hospitals and health care providers have ce… Continue Reading

March 28, 2020

Crapo Statement on the Passing of Senator Tom Coburn

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement after learning that former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) had passed away: "I am saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Tom. His unmatched service to his constituents and the American taxpayer will be missed. He devoted his public service career to eliminating waste, fraud and abuse within the federal government. We had the opportunity to work together on the National Commission on Fiscal Polic… Continue Reading

March 26, 2020

Crapo to Follow Governor Little’s Guidance and Close Idaho Offices

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Governor Brad Little today issued a 21-day statewide stay-home order in an extreme emergency declaration and, as a result, Senator Mike Crapo will be closing his state offices. All staff will now be working from home. Senator Crapo has already implemented a work from home policy with his D.C. staff. "Idahoans remain my priority and can still expect to receive timely responses to casework requests involving federal agencies," said Crapo. "You can continue to reach a… Continue Reading

March 25, 2020

Crapo Leads Economic Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today voted in favor of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which the Senate passed by a vote of 96-0. The CARES Act is the third package the Senate has passed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, Crapo voted to support funding that would help bolster the nation's response to the virus, followed by a s… Continue Reading

March 19, 2020

Crapo Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Help Protect Domestic Food Supply During Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a bipartisan, bicameral letter led by Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Representative Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina), and signed by more than 100 members of Congress, urging President Trump and his Administration to maintain access to vetted, temporary workers to help ensure America's agriculture industry has the workforce necessary to continue producing the country's domestic food supply as the United States combats the C… Continue Reading

March 19, 2020

Idaho Delegation Postpones Upcoming Academy Days

BOISE -- Today, the Idaho Delegation announced it would postpone indefinitely the remaining Service Academy Days due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The delegation will announce new dates at a later time. CANCELLED EVENTS: South Idaho April 4, 2020 1pm-3pm Gowen Field, MG Kane Aud. Readiness Ctr., Bldg. #440 Boise, ID 83705 East Idaho April 18, 2020 1pm-3pm Idaho National Guard Armory 10714 Fairgrounds… Continue Reading

March 18, 2020

Crapo Statement on Coronavirus Emergency Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today voted in support of the coronavirus emergency legislation that passed the Senate in a vote of 90-8. "Over the last several weeks, America has been faced with the uncertainty of the risks, transmission and effects of the coronavirus, or COVID-19," said Senator Crapo. "At the national, state, local and even household level, this pandemic has challenged our sense of normalcy and it has tested every institution of daily life we know. Ea… Continue Reading

March 12, 2020

Idaho Delegation: Work Continues Despite Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Idaho congressional delegation said that legislative and constituent service work in their offices will continue, even while a number of staffers located in Washington, D.C., work from home to help in slowing the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. While at least one Senate staffer in another office located in DC has tested positive for the virus, no one in Idaho's D.C. delegation offices has tested positive for the virus. Protecting Idahoans and staff against the… Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

ICYMI: White House Issues Principles for Reducing Drug Costs

Washington, D.C. -- In a Wall Street Journal op-ed penned by Joe Grogan, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Administration outlined five principles for reducing drug costs while maintaining America's strength in pharmaceutical innovation. The Lower Costs, More Cures Act, introduced in the Senate on December 19, 2019, meets and exceeds the principles outlined by Director Grogan. "America's biopharmaceutical manufacturers have brought life-saving therapies to patients," sa… Continue Reading

March 09, 2020

Crapo, Tester Lead Bipartisan Push to Provide Full Benefits for Disabled Veterans

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide combat-wounded veterans with less than 20 years of service, also known as Chapter 61 Veterans, both their disability compensation and retired pay. Currently, military retirees with combat-related injuries qualify for retirement pay for their service. These retirees also qualify for disability compensation for injuries acquired in combat. For retired veterans with l… Continue Reading

March 06, 2020

Library of Congress to Host Veterans Oral History Project Workshop in Jerome

JEROME, Idaho - On Saturday, March 14, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 3001, in conjunction with Senator Crapo's Twin Falls Office, will host a workshop with the Library of Congress to teach techniques and strategies to those interested in gathering veterans' oral stories. The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves veterans' histories and makes them available to the public "so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities … Continue Reading

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