News Releases

February 11, 2005

Crapo: Columbia Crew "True Heroes"

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with the nation today in mourning the loss of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia. The shuttle, ending a 16-day science mission, apparently exploded just minutes before its scheduled landing in Texas. Recovery and investigation efforts by NASA are underway. "I join with a stunned nation today as we mourn the loss of the seven-member crew of the space shuttle Columbia," Crapo said. "This tragedy is a far too real reminder of the dangers that exi… Continue Reading


February 11, 2005

Crapo Opens Service Academy Application Process For Class Of 2004

Washington, D.C. â?? Students who are interested in attending one of the nationâ??s four service academies are encouraged to get started on the application process now, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Every year, Crapo nominates selected Idaho students to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Interested … Continue Reading


February 11, 2005

Crapo Committee Assignments Reflect Idaho Priorities

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will gain a new committee assignment for the 108th Congress by serving on the Senate Budget Committee. He has also been named a Deputy Whip by Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). Crapo will continue to serve on the following committees: Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Environment and Public Works; Agriculture; and Small Business. In addition, he will serve as the Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries,… Continue Reading


February 11, 2005

Crapo: Take Measures To Keep Bones Strong

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants more Americans to pay closer attention to bone health, or osteoporosis. It is estimated that millions of men and women are diagnosed each year with the bone disease. This morning, he met with Boise doctor Paul Collins to discuss this and other health-related issues. Last month Crapo underwent a bone density test at Collinsâ?? office in Boise. A bone density scan is a quick and painless test that can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs as… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Senators Say Trade Findings Prove Canadian Dumping; News Benefits Idaho Sawmills And Workers

Washington, DC â?? Idahoâ??s senators say findings announced today by the U.S. Department of Commerce are of substantial benefit to forest products businesses in Idaho and across the U.S. and reaffirm the significant subsidy Canadian softwood lumber producers receive from the Canadian government. The Commerce Department announced a final administrative review that sets combined Countervailing Duty and Anti-dumping duty rates at 21.2%. That rate, which affects duties that Canada must pay the U.S.… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Crapo: Breakthrough In Salmon Recovery

Washington, DC â?? Action by the U.S. Congress this weekend included Idaho in the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. Until now, this salmon recovery program supported efforts only in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California. To extend support to Idaho, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo earlier this year introduced S. 2788. Crapo and Idaho Senator Larry Craig included language from his bill in the Fiscal Year 2005 Consolidated Appropriations measure, which passed the Senate on Saturday night and is li… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Crapoâ??s â??Capitol Watchâ?? Has Holiday Theme

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s monthly television program broadcast from the nationâ??s capital will feature the spirit of the holiday season this month. Crapoâ??s â??Capitol Watchâ?? program airs at 7:00 p.m. Mountain/ 6:00 p.m. Pacific on most public access cable stations across Idaho. This monthâ??s edition airs Tuesday evening, December 14th. This monthâ??s program contains highlights of Idahoâ??s contribution to the Christmas celebration at the U.S. Capitol last year. Idaho… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Crapo: Sage Grouse Effort Working, Keep It Up

Washington, DC â?? Idahoans and others in Western states are successfully caring for sage grouse through existing conservation measures which appear to be working. Thatâ??s the assessment of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Endangered Species Act. Crapo is linking on-the-ground activities preserving sage grouse with todayâ??s announcement by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Steve Williams that field bio… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Crapo Hails Idea Reauthorization

Washington, DC â?? President Bush signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) today, an action lauded by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??Reauthorization of this important legislation reiterates the federal governmentâ??s commitment to ensuring that children with disabilities have an opportunity for equal educational benefits,â?? said Crapo. â??This reauthorization contains provisions aimed at encouraging positive intervention for children with behavioral challenges and will contri… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Bodmanâ??s Experience A Plus For INEEL, Idaho

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says that the broad public and private sector experience Energy Secretary-designate Samuel Bodman brings as a nominee could mean good things for workers and future plans for the Idaho National Laboratory as it transforms from the INEEL. Crapo pointed to Bodmanâ??s extensive experience as Deputy Secretary for both the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Treasury in addition to three decades in the private sector before that. â??Samuel Bodma… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Intelligence Reform Clears Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? S.2845, the Intelligence Reform bill, was approved by the U.S. Senate today with strong bipartisan support. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo both voted in support of the measure, which passed 89-2. S.2845 overhauls the intelligence gathering and analysis capabilities of the United States to deal more effectively with the threats of the 21st Century. â??I applaud the passage of this much needed Intelligence Reform bill,â?? said Craig. â??At last, we will have a centr… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Homeland Security Okays Firefighter Payments

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says rural firefighters and all other Americans will benefit from an agency decision to allow volunteer and part-time firefighters to be compensated for security training. Crapo spoke today with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to thank him for agreeing to the change, which had been under discussion since September. Ridgeâ??s DHS oversees the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP), which operates the security training programs. Crapo says of the 2… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Crapo: Rural Doctors To Receive Boost

Washington, DC â?? Doctors and patients in Idaho will see payment increases and service benefits due to expansions in Medicare. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomed the changes that will provide payment bonuses to physicians servicing patients in areas with health care shortages and highly concentrated areas of Medicare recipients. Many doctors in Idaho who treat Medicare patients are in areas considered to have health care shortages. The expansions come on the one-year anniversary of the Medicare … Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Crapo Moves To Powerful Senate Finance Committee

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will add two new committee assignments at the beginning of the 109th Congress in January while retaining slots on the Senate Budget, Senate Banking, and Senate Agriculture Committees. He will join the Senate Finance and the Senate Indian Affairs committees. He will also continue to serve as Deputy Whip for the Senate Majority. He also moves in seniority to 66, up six from the previous Congress. "These committees have jurisdiction over issues that … Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Lawmakers Seek Transportation Help For Onion Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho's congressional delegation, along with eastern Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, is asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to waive a trucking rule that is putting the region's onion producers at risk. In a letter dated Monday to Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. "Butch" Otter joined Walden in asking that the hours-of-service rule on short-haul truckers be… Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Crapo Reacts To Planning Regulations

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Forestry, Conservation and Rural Revitalization Subcommittee of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, commented on the Forest Serviceâ??s final National Forest System Land and Resource Management Planning Rule. The final rule provides the framework for individual forest management plans governing the 155 national forests and 20 grasslands. The new rule directs forest managers to take into account the best available … Continue Reading


February 10, 2005

Idaho Students Nominated To U.S. Service Academies

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has nominated more than thirty Idaho students to military service academies for the class entering in 2005. The studentsâ?? applications will be forwarded to one of the four U.S. service academies where final selections will be made by each academy. â??These students represent some of the finest that Idaho has to offer,â?? Crapo said. â??It is worth noting that today is the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an event that spurred many young Am… Continue Reading


February 09, 2005

Collaborative Efforts Strengthened By Fish & Game Decision

Washington, DC â?? The decision by Idaho Fish & Game Commissioners to adopt language from a collaborative effort to increase elk numbers in Idaho is more ammunition proving such grassroots consensus-building efforts are needed and can succeed. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wrote Fish & Game Director Steve Huffaker to congratulate him on the efforts related to the Elk Collaborative Project Crapo and the Work Group produced in several work sessions over this past year. Representatives from spor… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Join Elk Collaborative Roll-Out

Boise â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s schedule this week will take him from one end of Idaho to the other. He will join with partners in Lewiston on Thursday to unveil the findings of the Elk Collaborative project seeking to increase wild elk numbers across Central Idaho. Also while in Lewiston, Crapo will speak at the dedication of a Lewis and Clark exhibition at the Hells Gate State Park. Crapo will also discuss Hispanic issues on Spanish radio in Rupert and tour a wind turbine site in Burley… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Tour Of U.S. Capitol On Crapoâ??s â??Capitol Watchâ??

Washington, DC â?? August is a busy tourist time for Washington, D.C., and many Idahoans have had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Capitol. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has made the Capitol the centerpiece for the upcoming August â??Capitol Watchâ?? program, which will air on Tuesday, August 10, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. Mountain/6:00 p.m. Pacific. The program airs statewide on the public access channel on many Idaho cable television systems on the second Tuesday of each month.â??The U.S. Capitol is one o… Continue Reading

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