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October 19, 2017

Crapo, Risch, Wyden, Cantwell, Murray Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Fight Record-Breaking Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of another historic wildfire season, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) to better prepare for and prevent costly wildfires. The Wildland Fires Act of 2017 will help further the Federal and State firefighting agencies' "National Cohesive Fire Strategy" by authorizing additional funding for at-risk communities and directing Feder… Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Crapo, Risch, Wyden, Press Senate Leadership to Include Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix in Upcoming Disaster Aid Legislation

Washington, D.C. - With deadly fires still raging in California and across the West, a bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and others today pressed Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles E. Schumer in a letter to include a wildfire funding fix in disaster aid legislation the Senate will soon consider. In addition to Crapo, Risch, and Wyden, the senators who signed the letter are: Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Jeff Merkley,… Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Crapo Honors Former Idaho Senator Andreason

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement on the passing of long-time Idaho State Senator John Andreason of Boise: "Idaho's prayers go out to the family of former Idaho State Senator John Andreason following his passing. I remember his service in the Legislative Budget Office when I served in the Idaho Legislature. He gave much to the people of Idaho-more than forty years of public service." # # #… Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

Crapo, Risch, Western Senators Introduce Bill to Improve Fire Recovery and Mitigation Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jon Tester (D-MT), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Wildfire Mitigation Assistance Act to provide resources to assist communities recovering from damaging wildfires. The bill treats wildfires in the same manner as other natural disasters by making available Hazard Mitigation Assistance funding to states affected by catastrophic wildfires. The measure would provide states affected by wildfires access … Continue Reading


October 06, 2017

Senate Passes Rubio, Shaheen, Crapo Bill to Strengthen Anti-Hizballah Sanctions

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (S. 1595), bipartisan legislation led by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID. The bill would strengthen and expand the scope of economic and financial sanctions imposed by the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 (Public Law 104-102), w… Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Crapo, Wyden, Risch, Bennet Note Fire Funding Included in Disaster Spending Recommendations

Washington, DC - Following numerous discussions among Western U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado), and Administration leadership and agency officials, initial federal funding to begin fixing shortages in fire-fighting efforts known as "fire borrowing" are now being included in hurricane disaster budget recommendations. Crapo, Wyden, Risch, Bennet, and other Western senators have pushed for a fire borrowing fix in the fir… Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Crapo Praises Responsible Budget Framework that Balances, Restrains Spending

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, lauded a proposed budget resolution that will serve as a guide for greater tax reform. "This is a responsible budget that balances, proposes appropriate spending restraints, and will set the stage for pro-growth tax reform, something that we have badly needed in this country for years and now will have an opportunity to do," said Crapo Wednesday afternoon during his opening statement before the Senate Budget Committee. "This bud… Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Crapo Opening Statement at Equifax Hearing

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing entitled: "An Examination of the Equifax Cybersecurity Breach." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "This morning we will hear testimony from Richard Smith, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Equifax, who held those positions until last week. "I understand that you are now serv… Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Chairman Crapo Convenes Hearing on Wells Fargo

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing entitled: "Wells Fargo: One Year Later." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Before we begin today, let me acknowledge that our nation is still mourning and remembering the lives lost in Las Vegas. "Our condolences go out to the families affected by this heinous crime, and our thanks g… Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

Crapo Response to Las Vegas Shooting

Senator Crapo today issued the following statement in response to the shooting in Las Vegas: "As our nation mourns and remembers the lives lost in Las Vegas, we gather in solidarity to uplift those left to heal and those left to grieve. I commend the selfless actions of first responders and everyday citizens who rushed to save, protect and care for their fellow man. Instances like this heinous crime seek to destroy our sense of security and aim to divide. May we unite in the fight against ev… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Crapo Leads Hearing to Evaluate Sanctions Enforcement on North Korea

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing entitled: "Evaluating Sanctions Enforcement and Policy Options on North Korea: Administration Perspectives." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared and submitted to the record, is below. "This morning, the Committee will receive testimony from Administration witnesses on the efforts made by the Treas… Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Western Senators, Ag Secretary Agree: Wildfire Funding Must Be Fixed Now

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of western senators pushing for their legislation to fix "fire borrowing" heard strong evidence from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and fire experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service that Congress should pass their bill to end fire borrowing. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, introduced by Sens. Mike Crapo, Jim Risch, Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and five other bipartisan senators, would treat wildf… Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

Crapo Leads Hearing on Oversight of Securities and Exchange Commission

Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing entitled: "Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today we will receive testimony from Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton regarding the work and agenda of the SEC. "Thank you, Chairman Clayton, for testifying today.… Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Crapo, Wyden, Bipartisan Senators to Congress: Permanent Wildfire Funding Fix Must be a Top Priority

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of historic wildfires in Oregon, Idaho, California, Washington and across the West, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced an updated version of their bipartisan wildfire funding solution that would protect desperately needed funding for fire prevention and treat wildfires as t… Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Nomination of Idaho’s Ryan Nelson Clears Senate Committee, Advances to Floor for Vote

Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch congratulated Ryan Nelson of Idaho after his nomination to become Department of Interior (DOI) Solicitor passed unanimously out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today. His nomination has been sent to the full Senate for consideration. "I welcome the Energy Committee's approval of Ryan Nelson to serve as the Solicitor for the Department of Interior," said Senator Crapo. "With his solid legal credentials and having worked on a wide-r… Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Crapo Encourages Students to Apply for Senate Internship Program - 10/16 Deadline

Washington, D.C. -The deadline is rapidly approaching for Idaho students to apply for internship opportunities in U.S. Senator Mike Crapo's Washington, D.C., office, or one of his six regional offices throughout Idaho. Students who wish to be considered for a spring 2018 internship should submit their applications no later than Monday, October 16. The internship experience provides Idaho students a unique opportunity to learn about Congress and the legislative process firsthand. Interns assis… Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

Senate Confirms Idaho Senator Bart Davis to Serve as U.S. Attorney for Idaho

The nomination of Idaho State Senator Bart Davis to serve as Idaho's next United States Attorney was confirmed this evening by the United States Senate. Davis' nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice-vote on Thursday, September 7. Following his confirmation, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch made the following statements: "Senator Davis is a dedicated public servant who, in this role, will uphold the law, justly prosecute those charged with crimes, and ensure all Idah… Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

Crapo Convenes Hearing on Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.

Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing entitled: "Examining the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "This morning, the Committee is meeting to receive testimony on the role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, as it's known in the trade.… Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Crapo Introduces Legislation to Reduce Burdensome Regulations on Sales of Automatic Knives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo last week introduced the Freedom of Commerce Act, S. 1779, which would allow consumers to purchase an automatic knife legal in their state, regardless of where it was manufactured in the U.S. "In states allowing the possession of automatic knives, it is imperative that law-abiding citizens and sportsmen have the ability to buy and sell the tools vital to their trade," said Crapo. "This measure would remove one of the many federal regulatory burdens t… Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Crapo Convenes Hearing Evaluating Financial Technology

Senator Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing entitled: "Evaluating the Fintech Landscape." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "This morning, we will receive testimony on the growing financial technology, or fintech, industry. "Fintech is providing new and innovative products and services in areas such as marketplace lending, digital payment… Continue Reading

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