News Releases

February 04, 2005

Crapo: Vote Is Breakthrough In Salmon Recovery

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the decision by Senate appropriators to increase the Idaho share of salmon recovery funding envisioned in his bill S. 2788, the Pacific Salmon Recovery Fund, foreshadows good developments for future salmon recovery efforts. Crapo introduced S. 2788 this month as a way to ensure Idaho is included in future federal salmon recovery funding efforts. The Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to increase Idahoâ??s share of funding to $6 million for … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Doe Grant Funds To Be Released To Idaho Group

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter announced today that $250,000 in grant funds from the Department of Energy (DOE) have been approved for economic development activity associated with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). In a letter received today, DOE Deputy Secretary Kyle E. McSlarrow confirmed the fundsâ?? approval and indicated that the money would be released to the Regional Development Alliance (RD… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Iraq Government Hopeful, Determined

Washington, DC â?? After attending a joint session of Congress this morning to hear from Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Avad Allawi, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo had praise for the courage of Iraqi citizens who are working to bring democracy to their country. During the 40 minute speech, Allawi thanked America for its sacrifices in freeing Iraq and promised to fight terrorism and hold scheduled elections in his country. â??Prime Minister Allawi struck a hopeful and determined tone today,â?? Crapo said… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Craig, Crapo Support Nuclear Power Expansion

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo joined a bipartisan group of Senators today in introducing a Senate Concurrent Resolution supporting the expansion of nuclear power. The Resolution acknowledges that Congress recognizes the essential role of and supports the increased use of nuclear power. The Resolution recognizes the value of nuclear power in generating safe, consistent, affordable, and emission-free electricity. Currently twenty percent of our nationâ??s electricity… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo, Rimrock Trailways Plan Bus Announcement

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join the owner of Rimrock Trailways on Monday in Idaho Falls for an announcement concerning the future of passenger bus service to Eastern Idaho cities. A number of cities and towns including Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Blackfoot, McCammon, and others are slated to lose their existing Greyhound bus service. Crapo will join with Tom Forseth of Rimrock Trailways and a number of state and local officials to make the announcement at noon in front of the G… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Delegation Pushes Water Funding For Rupert

Washington, DC â?? The water quality for residents of Rupert will be improved thanks to a push from members of Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation. The Delegation is working with the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ??s Rural Development office to bring $4 million in improved water quality loans and grants to Rupert. The money, $3 million in loan guarantees plus a $1 million grant, will be used to upgrade the City of Rupertâ??s water and wastewater operations. Senator Mike Crapo, who chairs the Sen… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Disappointed In SEC Vote

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed disappointment today after a divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to require mandatory registration of hedge fund advisers with the SEC. The 3-2 vote, taken this afternoon, means that, starting in February 2006, hedge fund advisers must register under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The change applies to hedge fund advisers managing $30 million or more in assets. There had prev… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho Panhandle Forest Bill Clears Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Legislation to consolidate lands on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest cleared Congress today and is expected to be signed by the President. The legislation aims to consolidate holdings and provide revenue for modernizing the ranger station in the Silver Valley. Senator Larry Craig praised its passage, â??This is a sensible solution to make the Forest Service more efficient. Disposing of these parcels enables the Forest Service to focus on priorities important to the public… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Appropriations Amendment Helps Rural, Volunteer Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Volunteer and part-time firefighters are a step closer to qualifying for reimbursement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) when they attend approved terrorism response courses, thanks to an amendment in the Fiscal Year 2005 Homeland Security appropriations bill, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo announced today. The bill was approved by the Senate Tuesday evening.Currently, only full-time firefighters are compensated for the additional overtime hours they … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Dating Violence Victims To Receive Last Needed Federal Recognition

Washington, DC â?? Language to complete Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's efforts to include dating relationships in federal domestic violence cases has been included in a bill that passed committee this week. The language is in a bill to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA and Rape Kit samples just reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. This completes a legislative process Idaho Senator Mike Crapo started four years ago to amend the Violence Against Women Act to include vic… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Grant Funds Help To Stop â??Cycle Of Abuseâ??

Washington, DC â?? Domestic violence prevention efforts in Idaho will get a boost with the announcement of a Department of Justice (DOJ) grant to Idaho Legal Aid Services, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today. The grant, in the amount of $317,809, will be used to develop and implement a statewide domestic violence prevention and public awareness campaign, focusing primarily on rural areas of the state. â??Domestic violence is a terrible and destructive force in homes and communities,â?? Crap… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Attend Owyhee Initiative Vote

Boise â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will attend a meeting of the work group members of the Owyhee Initiative beginning at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 22nd at the Owyhee County Courthouse in Murphy. Members of the work group are expected to vote on draft proposals that could become legislation aimed at protecting culture and employment in Owyhee County as well as designating wilderness and offering direction for future land management decisions. The vote comes after three years of effort b… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho's Bull Trout Efforts Recognized

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. "Butch" Otter today hailed a new federal management plan for protected bull trout in the Northwest as well-deserved recognition of effective local recovery efforts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan calls for imposing use restrictions on far less "critical habitat" area for bull trout, a subspecies of char designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, than was… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho's Bull Trout Efforts Recognized

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. "Butch" Otter today hailed a new federal management plan for protected bull trout in the Northwest as well-deserved recognition of effective local recovery efforts.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan calls for imposing use restrictions on far less "critical habitat" area for bull trout, a subspecies of char designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, than was … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Tax Cut Vote Prevents Tax Increases

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is applauding President George W. Bushâ??s quick action today to sign into law an extension of the income tax cuts that were due to expire next year. Crapo voted in favor of the extensions approved by Congress last month. Without the action by Congress and the President, taxes would have increased for 94 million Americans. The action means that tax credits amounting to $1000 per child and the elimination of the marriage penalty will be preserved until … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Elder Haight Demonstrated Unwavering Devotion

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed admiration for Elder David B. Haight as well as condolences to his family on news of Haightâ??s death. Haight, the oldest living apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away early Saturday morning of causes incident to age. Crapo said, â??Elder Haight came from humble beginnings in tiny Oakley, Idaho, and faced significant challenges throughout his life. Yet he persevered through those challenges and became a noted … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Opening Of Native American Museum â??A Great Eventâ??

Washington, DC â?? More than 11,000 members of over 415 Native American tribes, including representatives of Idaho tribes, gathered on the National Mall this morning to celebrate the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, a happening Idaho Senator Mike Crapo called â??a great event.â?? Crapo and the rest of Idahoâ??s Congressional delegation will host a Capitol Hill reception Wednesday night for the Idaho tribes in Washington attending the event. The museumâ??s opening festivitie… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Financial Relief Coming To Rural Hospitals

Washington, DC â?? Patients and medical providers in Idahoâ??s rural areas stand to benefit from a new rule finalized this week by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today praised a rule change that will increase Medicare payments to Idahoâ??s rural hospitals by more than six percent. The new rule, which takes effect October 1, 2004, implements payment and policy changes as required by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho To Receive Sage Grouse Management Funds

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig applauded todayâ??s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of $500,000 to fund Idaho sage grouse habitat protection efforts. The funds are part of $2 million the USDA will make available in Idaho, Utah, Washington and Colorado for special projects to help protect sage grouse habitat. State and local partnerships will provide technical and additional financial assistance for the projects. "Private landowners, state wild… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Honor Troop Support Efforts With â??Spirit Of Idahoâ?? Award

Twin Falls â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will honor three Magic Valley-based efforts to support our troops with his â??Spirit of Idahoâ?? Award tomorrow in Twin Falls. One award involves students from Kimberly High School who are assisting children and family members of Idaho Army National Guard and active duty military members serving in Iraq. Kimberly High School student Trevor Barrott helped organize the Dare to Care program, which includes fundraising efforts to assist the families of soldier… Continue Reading

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