News Releases

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 03, 2005

Crapo, Whitmanâ??s Service Commendable

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding the decision of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Todd Whitman to resign. Whitman announced her resignation today, citing a desire to return to New Jersey, where she previously served as governor, and to spend more time with her family. The resignation is effective June 27. Crapo said, â??I appreciate Governor Whitmanâ??s commitment to public service and environmental protection. Time and … Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Crapo To Be Honored For Prostate Cancer

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be honored next week by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition for his work in protecting Americans from prostate cancer and bringing public awareness to the disease. Crapo will receive the first-ever William A. Schwartz Distinguished Leadership Award next week during a ceremony and reception on Capitol Hill sponsored by National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC).â??It is truly an honor to be recognized by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition wit… Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Craig, Crapo Bill To Help The Fremont-Madison Irrigation District Receives Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Today the Energy and Natural Resources Committeeâ??s Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing on S. 520, the â??Fremont Madison Conveyance Act,â?? which is authored by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig. The bill intends to convey title of the Cross Cut Dam and Canal, the Teton Wells, and the Idaho Department of Water Resources Permit number 22-7702 from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Fremont-Madison Irrigation District (FMID). FMID has maintained and controlled… Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Idaho Towns To Benefit From Broadband Grants

Washington, DC â?? Three Idaho towns are among the communities benefiting from Rural Broadband Technology Grants just awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA announced today that it had selected the Coeur dâ??Alene Tribe in Plummer, First Step Internet in Bovill, and Communications Direct Internet in Paris as recipients of grants to enhance broadband services in their communities. â??Because these communities are remote, they stand to gain significantly from this funding, which w… Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Senate Judiciary Committee 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 Senate Judiciary Committee today by a vote of 18-0. Craig, a member of the Committee, fought off several attempts to amend or defeat S. 878 during the contentious meeting this morning. â??I am very pleased that I was able today with the strong support of Senator Crapo, to take this ma… Continue Reading


March 03, 2005

Crapo: Tough Fight To Move Economic Package

Washington, DC â?? After a marathon day of voting in the U.S. Senate, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with the majority to support the Jobs and Economic Growth Reconciliation Tax Act of 2003. The measure narrowly passed the Senate early Friday morning on a vote of 51 to 49, and now must be sent to a conference committee for reconciliation with the House-passed version of the bill.â??After a tough fight, the Senate ultimately did the right thing,â?? Crapo said following the vote, which was taken … Continue Reading


March 02, 2005

Delegation Announces Grassland Reserve Funding

Washington, DC â?? Eastern Idaho is one of four target areas identified by the USDA today as eligible to receive a total of $49.9 million in fiscal year 2003 funding under the â??Grassland Reserve Program.â?? The Idaho congressional delegation is encouraging affected producers to sign up when the process begins at June 16. All funds will be allocated to the various states containing target areas by mid-July. Under the Grassland Reserve Program, producers place eligible land into conservation eas… Continue Reading


March 02, 2005

Delegation Promotes Potatoes For Iraq Relief

For Immediate Release:CRAIG: 202-224-8078May 13, 2003CRAPO: 202-224-5150SIMPSON: 208-334-1953OTTER: 208-336-9831 DELEGATION PROMOTES POTATOES FOR IRAQ RELIEF Sends letter to USDA and USAID urging use of potatoes for effort WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation today urged the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to consider using dehydrated potatoes for food relief efforts in Iraq. Twenty-six members o… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Delegation Applauds USDA Decision to Waive Sugar PIK Fines for Idaho Growers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation today received confirmation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that dozens of Idaho sugar producers facing fines for their participation in the 2001 Sugar Payment-In-Kind (PIK) program would have their fines waived. Specifically, producers who participated in the program as a joint husband and wife operation will now be determined to have been proper participants in the program.The Idaho Congressional Delegation has been working… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Senate Committee Again Approves Crapoâ??s EPA Ombudsman Bill

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s efforts to establish a permanent and independent ombudsman to oversee activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today won approval from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the same committee that approved a similar bill last session. The full Senate followed suit in passing Crapoâ??s ombudsman bill last year, but the 107th Congress ended before the House could consider the bill.â??An ombudsman is more than just an ac… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Clean Water Funding Doubles Under Crapo Amendment To Budget

Washington, DC - States will receive more than twice the federal help they now get for drinking water and wastewater improvements under an amendment to the Budget Resolution authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The amendment was approved by voice vote in the full Senate this morning and will be included in the Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Resolution now being debated by the U.S. Senate. A vote on the full resolution is expected before the end of the week.Crapo chairs the Senate Environment and Publi… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Delegation Praises Trade Sanctions Against Hynix

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter praised the U.S. Department of Commerce ruling today to impose a 57.37% countervailing duty against Hynix Semiconductor. This afternoon the Department announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty investigation on imports of DRAMS from Korea. The Department has preliminarily found that imports of DRAMS were unfairly subsidized, with net subsidy… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Crapo To Discuss Biodiesel & Ethanol; Future Of Mass Transit; Attend Patriotic Assembly & Promote Cancer Awareness

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo begins a week of travel across Idaho with a show of support for what could be Idahoâ??s first major production plant for ethanol and biodiesel fuel production. Crapo will meet in Fruitland with officials of Treasure Valley Renewable Resources, at a time when federal officials are calling for increases in the production of both ethanol and biodiesel fuels.Crapo will also meet with Idaho tribal leaders to discuss wind power in Idaho, and he will hold a pre… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Crapo Calls For Idaho Housing Grant Applications

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants Idaho homeless and housing advocates to take full advantage of grant opportunities just announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The fiscal year 2003 â??SuperNOFAâ?? (Notification of Funding Availability) includes 43 separate funding opportunities for local communities, states, and other organizations involved with homeless individuals, affordable housing, and economic protection.â??Idahoans have long recognized the imp… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Crapo Announces Staff Changes

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has hired three news staff members in Washington, D.C.Newly hired Legislative Assistant Matt Hughes will take over responsibilities for issues related to health, Medicare/Medicaid, welfare, Social Security, Hispanic, and seniors. Hughes worked previously for PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) as Director of Alliance Development, for Representative Mark Kennedy (R-Minnesota) as a Legislative Assistant, and the Minnesota State L… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Crapo Named To High-Tech Task Force

Washington, DC â?? Idahoâ??s high tech industries will gain a higher profile in the nationâ??s capital with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo being named a member of the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force. Crapo was selected for the task force by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and will serve for the duration of the 108th Congress.â??A significant portion of Idahoâ??s business growth in recent years has been generated by the high tech sector,â?? Crapo said. â??These high growth companies are facing… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Crapo's April "Capitol Watch" Scheduled

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will update Idahoans on the war with Iraq and other legislative issues moving through Congress during a live monthly cable program next week. â??Capitol Watchâ?? will be broadcast live from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, April 8, 2003, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific, and air over local cable systems throughout Idaho. The program is also simulcast on Crapoâ??s website.During the program, viewers are encouraged to call in to speak dire… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Crapo: A Time to Support, Pray for Troops

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo tonight encouraged all Idahoans to support and pray for U.S. troops now that the conflict in Iraq is underway. Crapo issued the following statement:â??It is indeed tragic that the lives of many men and women are now being put in harmâ??s way because Iraqi leaders would not to conform to international resolutions that would have brought a peaceful end to this conflict. Sadly, we are seeing Iraq refuse to voluntarily end its support of terrorism and stop t… Continue Reading


February 23, 2005

Idaho Delegation Reacts to Laboratory Restructuring

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional delegation reacted to the U.S. Department of Energyâ??s announcement today to compete and award separate contracts for what was previously the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory West. One contract will be negotiated for the environmental remediation work at both sites and a separate contract will be structured for the new â??Idaho National Laboratoryâ?? to encompass the research aspects of both labs. … Continue Reading

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