News Releases

April 06, 2005


Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed his condolences today to the family and friends of Sergeant Kelly S. Morris, who died due to enemy fire in Iraq. Sgt. Morris was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Georgia. He spent much of his life in Idaho and Boise before moving to Georgia. The Army announced late yesterday Sgt. Morris died in Baghdad on March 30th.â??My heartfelt sympathy is with Kellyâ??s family during this time of loss,â?? Crapo said. â??There are … Continue Reading

April 06, 2005


Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed disappointment today after a divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3-2 to approve the Regulation NMS (National Market Structure) rule. The new set of regulations for stock market trading in the U.S. will significantly change the way trading occurs in the country and removes a level of investor involvement and choice. The proposed trade-through rule will dictate at what pric… Continue Reading

April 05, 2005


Washington, DC â?? As Idaho Senator Mike Crapo enters the final week of his radiation treatment for prostate cancer recurrence, he will highlight the Mike Crapo Health Awareness Booths at local Idaho fairs. He will also discuss the radiation treatments and the reactions he has received from constituents regarding the cancer recurrence. â??Capitol Watchâ?? airs statewide on Idaho cable television stations the second Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific on Tue… Continue Reading

April 04, 2005


Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today regarding Pope John Paul II: â??Pope John Paul II will be remembered for the way he has used his considerable influence in an effort to improve world peace, human rights and issues of human dignity. At the same time he has set an example for all of us with his selfless service and sacrifice. â??His ongoing crusade for human rights and human dignity related to his native Poland helped defeat Communism in the former S… Continue Reading

April 01, 2005


Washington, DC â?? New search and interactive features, plus video and audio clips are featured as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo offers an updated website for constituents. As Crapo moves into his second term in the Senate, he is expanding the services available on his Senate site.A new multimedia content section includes video and audio clips from the Senator and offers content ranging from proposed legislation to his renewed efforts in fighting cancer. A full text search engine will allow web surfe… Continue Reading

March 23, 2005


Washington, DC â?? The conclusions reached in the 2005 Social Security Trustees Report continue to demonstrate the need to update the program, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said. The report, released today, shows a small deterioration in financial status from last year and concludes that the Trust Fund will be exhausted one year sooner--in 2041--than last yearâ??s projection. In addition, the Social Securityâ??s total future financial burden has grown from $10.4 trillion to $11.0 trillion. The Social… Continue Reading

March 23, 2005


Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, co-Chairman and founder of the Congressional COPD (Cardiopulmonary Obstructive Disease) Caucus, applauded the decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to add smoking cessation counseling and coverage for its beneficiaries. Smoking cessation products will be covered under the new Medicare drug benefit program starting next year if they are prescribed by a physician. â??Too many of our Medicare dollars are being spent to treat illnesses… Continue Reading

March 23, 2005


WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation issued a joint statement today reacting to the Department of Energyâ??s (DOE) selection of CH2M¨WG Idaho, LLC as the contractor for the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho National Laboratory. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter said:â??We are pleased that the Department of Energy was able to quickly resolve the concerns that arose a week ago and move forward with the selection. … Continue Reading

March 22, 2005


Washington, DC â?? The City of Caldwell will receive $150,000 in federal funding for downtown revitalization efforts, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funding will help pay for planning and design studies aimed at creating economic development downtown. The federal funds will be matched by $100,000 in city funding. Crapo praised Caldwellâ??s application to create a â??downtown catalyst modelâ?? in correspondence with the EDA. He ha… Continue Reading

March 21, 2005


Boise â?? Field representatives from Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Congressman C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otterâ??s office will host meetings and office hours on Wednesday, March 30th, 2005 in Cottonwood. The meetings with area residents are part of the Idaho Congressional Delegationâ??s efforts to hold office hours outside their regional field offices in Lewiston, Coeur dâ??Alene, and elsewhere in Idaho. . The congressional representatives will hold office hours: CottonwoodMarch 30th, 20051:00 … Continue Reading

March 18, 2005


WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Because of their concerns about the delay of the award of the cleanup contract for the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo met with Secretary of Energy Bodman to express their concerns and accelerate the process. Craig and Crapo presented a unified voice, â??This contract is essential to a smooth transition at the Idaho National Laboratory. The employees, bidders, and neighbors of the INL deserve a quick resolution of this problem.â?? Secreta… Continue Reading

March 17, 2005


WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo joined several of their colleagues today in cosponsoring a resolution that strives to reopen Japan to U.S. beef imports. Senator John Thune, R-S.D., is the chief sponsor. The resolution calls on the United States Trade Representative to â??immediately impose retaliatory economic measures against Japanâ?? if Japan continues to delay the implementation of an October 23, 2004 agreement to resume U.S. beef imports. Craig urged support of… Continue Reading

March 17, 2005


Washington, DC â?? Idaho stands to see large increases for highway and mass transit funding under two separate votes by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and fellow members of the Senate Banking Committee today approved legislation which could more than double funding levels for Idaho mass transit projects from Fiscal Year 2003 levels. The measure, if unchanged by the full Senate and House, wou… Continue Reading

March 17, 2005


Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on International Trade and Finance and member of the Senate Finance Committee, voiced his support today for Rob Portman, President Bushâ??s nominee to become U.S. Trade Representative. Portman presently represents Ohioâ??s Second District and served with Crapo during his tenure in the House. Crapo says Portmanâ??s specialized knowledge with international trade will be an asset in ensuring a robust foreign tr… Continue Reading

March 16, 2005

Crapo Calls Healthy Forest Bill Compromise â??Tremendous Step Forwardâ??

Washington, DC - A measure that retains expedited forest health remedies yet protect old-growth forests and prioritizes thinning in wildland-urban interface areas is close to reality, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who was appointed this morning to the conference committee completing action on the bill. It is expected that the final Healthy Forest legislation may be sent to President Bush by end of the week. Crapo, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committeeâ??s Subcommittee on Fore… Continue Reading

March 16, 2005

Crapo Attends Healthy Forest Bill Signing At Invitation Of The President

Washington D.C.--At the invitation of President George W. Bush, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo participated in this morningâ??s ceremony marking the Presidentâ??s signing into law the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. Crapo was one of the final conferees writing the changes that brought the bill to the floor of the Senate and successfully passed the measure. During this morningâ??s signing ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ??s headquarters building in Washington, DC, President Bush… Continue Reading

March 16, 2005

Idaho Housing Programs Get Boost

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the Senate has renewed funding for the two federally-funded programs, which have been successful both in creating new low-income housing in Idaho, and helping homebuyers with their down payments. The programs, operated by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Idaho Housing and Finance Association and city housing programs, will be included for new money as part of the $200 million dollar approval of S. 811, the American Dream Downpayment A… Continue Reading

March 16, 2005

Idaho Projects Funded In Va-Hud Bill

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo announced Senate support for a number of Idaho environmental and economic development projects in the Fiscal Year 2004 Veterans Administration, Housing and Urban Development, (VA-HUD) and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill. Craig is a member of the VA-HUD-Independent Agencies Subcommittee.â??I am very pleased that important funding for clean-up of the Coeur dâ??Alene Basin and educational facilities and development at many of Ida… Continue Reading

March 16, 2005

Crapo Encourages Idahoans To Remember Troops During Holiday Season

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today creation of a special section on his Senate website dedicated to raising awareness of programs designed to support members of the Armed Forces who are currently deployed in combat. The programs, offered through a number of non-profit organizations, provide a variety of services to members of the Armed Forces: from sending care packages to taking care of pets. A link to a list of these programs can be found on Crapoâ??s website at www.cra… Continue Reading

March 16, 2005

Crapo: Modernized Medicare Helps MoreThan Just Health Costs

Washington, DC - A paradigm shift in the way the nation treats health care is in the offing with the Medicare reform legislation passed by the U.S. Senate this morning on a vote of 54-44, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo said he backed the bill because it represents the first time in more than 40 years that creative, bipartisan thinking has led to tax-sheltered health savings plans, personal accountability, and care choices to a system that has spiraled out of control. â??Instead of … Continue Reading

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