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February 22, 2005

Crapo: Administration built the Right Case

Washington, DC â?? Following Secretary of State Colin Powellâ??s address to the United Nations this morning, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said the case against Iraq grows stronger every day. In the speech to the UN, Powell cited â??irrefutable and undeniableâ?? evidence that Saddam Hussein is hiding weapons of mass destruction.â??The President has continued to pursue every option available to our country regarding the threats posed by Iraq, and todayâ??s speech further underscores the evidence that … Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Delegation Urges Idaho Producers to Sign-up for New Farm Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation is urging Idaho producers to contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to ensure their eligibility for programs under the 2002 Farm Bill. The first deadline, April 1, is when producers must have updated their records with the FSA and agreed to new base acres and yields. The second deadline, June 1, is when producers must have completed all of their paperwork."American agriculture is in the middle of very challenging times,&q… Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Crapo and Allard Re-introduce Ombudsman Legislation

Washington, DC - Legislation, authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and co-sponsored by Colorado Senator Wayne Allard, that will re-establish an independent ombudsmanâ??s office within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The legislation would strengthen the Office of the Ombudsman by establishing an independent office within the EPA whose head would be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Ombudsman would report directly to the E… Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Crapo: 9th Circuit Appeal Decision "Fundamental Error"

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement in reference to 9th Circuit Court of Appealsâ?? decision to not accept any other petitions to reconsider last year's ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional when recited in public classrooms.â??Todayâ??s decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is unfortunate. The courtâ??s refusal to rehear the case illustrates the fundamental error in the courtâ??s interpretation of the Constitution. From the be… Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Senators, Governor welcome Agriculture Undersecretary

SENATORS, GOVERNOR WELCOME AGRICULTURE UNDERSECRETARY Dorr will bring funding for rural development efforts, visit self-help program facilities Boise - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, and Governor Dirk Kempthorne, are welcoming the U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture for a visit to Boise and Caldwell on Monday, February 10th. Undersecretary Tom Dorr will present Governor Kempthorne with a $50,000 check symbolic of the federal-state-local efforts of the new Idaho Rural Partnership Progr… Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

CRAPOâ??S MARCH â??CAPITOL WATCHâ?? SCHEDULED

Washington, DC â?? With the threat of war looming and domestic issues taking the forefront in Congress, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expects both topics to come up during his monthly cable program. Crapo will host a live edition of his monthly electronic town meeting, â??Capitol Watch,â?? this coming Tuesday. The program will be broadcast live from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, March 11, 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 … Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Craig, Crapo, urge AG Secretary to Support Sugarbeet Producers' Proposal Regarding Disaster Aid Program

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Senator Larry Craig, a member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, sent a letter Friday to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman urging her to consider the recommendations of the sugarbeet industry regarding the administration of the disaster aid program for their crops. Sixteen additional Senators joined Craig and Crapo in sending the letter. â??We hope the Secretary will give her full consider… Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Crapo Urges House Action on Amber Alert

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo echoed the admonition from the parents of Elizabeth Smart and child safety advocates in calling for quick action from the U.S. House of Representatives on legislation that will assist abducted children. The AMBER Alert legislation, which authorizes $25 million in federal funds for states to implement the system, has been sitting in two House committees since late January. Crapo is an original co-sponsor of the legislation in the Senate, and has pushed … Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

CRAPO, IDAHO FALLS MAYOR MILAM MEET IN D.C. ON INEELâ??S FUTURE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is meeting with Idaho Falls Mayor Linda Milam today to discuss a number of issues, including the future operation and management of the Idaho National Environmental and Engineering Laboratory (INEEL). Milam is in Washington, D.C. as part of the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) meetings in the nationâ??s capital. Crapo will deliver the keynote address to the ECA cities gathering on Thursday. The Energy Communities Alliance is the membership organization … Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Salmon Recovery, Ineel Priorities Reflected in Budget Resolution

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, serving his first term on the Senate Budget Committee, scored several important victories for Idahoans as the budget resolution is introduced in the U.S. Senate. Under Crapoâ??s leadership, the Committee has upped the congressional budget request for nuclear research and development, directed more money be made available for salmon recovery efforts, and included a much-needed increase in PILT funding. Under the resolution completed by the committee, t… Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Crapo to Introduce Cancer Stamp, Joins Sportsmen Effort in Boise

Washington, DC - Efforts to fund and publicize the leading cancer affecting men may soon have the same attention as similar efforts regarding women and breast cancer. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is working with the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Postal Service, and other groups to promote two new programs aiming to raise both funding and awareness about prostate cancer in men.Crapo is a prostate cancer survivor and had successful surgery in 2000. Now, he is leading efforts in Washington, D.C. to… Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Crapo Urges House Action On Amber Alert

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo echoed the admonition from the parents of Elizabeth Smart and child safety advocates in calling for quick action from the U.S. House of Representatives on legislation that will assist abducted children. The AMBER Alert legislation, which authorizes $25 million in federal funds for states to implement the system, has been sitting in two House committees since late January. Crapo is an original co-sponsor of the legislation in the Senate, and has pushed … Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Crapo and Craig give Organic Farmers and Consumers a Boost.

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig have co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would repeal a special interest provision of the newly-enacted omnibus appropriations bill that undermines the organic standards and labeling programs.Late in this yearâ??s appropriations process, after the Conference Committee had met, a provision was included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act gutting standards on organic feed. This would allow producers to label their products â??organicâ… Continue Reading


February 22, 2005

Craig, Crapo, Otter Introduce Bills that will Benefit Local Goverment

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressman C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter introduced companion bills in the Senate and House today that intend to transfer ownership of the local General Service Administration (GSA) building in Sandpoint, ID â?? in which the Forest Service is currently housed â?? to the Forest Service. The bill also provides authority for the Forest Service to work with Bonner County, ID to transfer the building to Bonner County, which will then provide … Continue Reading


February 11, 2005

Crapo will join MLK March, Statehouse Events

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join local NAACP President Wade Dawson, Governor Dirk Kempthorne, and a host of others Monday, January 20th, during events to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Junior holiday. Crapo will take part in the March to the Capitol from Boise State University down Capitol Boulevard between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. He will join Kempthorne and others for brief remarks at the Statehouse and inside the rotunda for the Human Rights Rally 2003 and MLK Day events fo… Continue Reading


February 11, 2005

Crapo To Keynote Local MLK Banquet

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will keynote the 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Banquet in Idaho Falls on Saturday, January 18th. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the ISU/U of I Student Union Building in Idaho Falls. It is sponsored by the Idaho Falls chapter of the NAACP. Crapo will focus his remarks on the renewed focus on race relations in our country as well as the national theme of â??Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!â?? â??The issue of race was agai… Continue Reading


February 11, 2005

Crapo: Bush delivered the right message

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo called President Bushâ??s State of the Union address a â??timely and needed message.â?? Crapo, who attended the speech in the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol, issued the following statement:â??At a time when many Americans are anxious about the state of our economy, our national security, and our international objectives, President Bushâ??s speech was a needed message. The President addressed issues that Americans are concerned about in a bold and co… Continue Reading


February 11, 2005

Crapo reminds Farmers of AG Cenus

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo reminds Idaho farmers that time is running out to be counted in the 2002 Census of Agriculture. The census, which is conducted every five years by the USDAâ??s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), puts together comprehensive information on agriculture production, inventories, sales and expenses for all states and counties.â??It is vital that Idahoâ??s agricultural producers participate in the census,â?? Crapo explained. â??It is used to hel… Continue Reading


February 11, 2005

Bull Trout Comment Period extended for 90 Days

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, and Governor Dirk Kempthorne, praised the announcement late yesterday by the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service (USFWS) extending the comment period for the USFWSâ??s proposal to designate critical habitat for Columbia River Basin bull trout for ninety days. The proposal would affect 8,958 miles of streams and 205,639 acres of lakes and reservoirs in the State of Idaho. â??Thanks to thi… Continue Reading


February 11, 2005

Crapo Makes Staff Changes

Washington, DC â?? With the New Year, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has named a new Administrative Assistant and Legislative Director as well as a number of other staff changes.Peter Fischer, who has been serving as Legislative Director since August 2001, has been promoted to Administrative Assistant and will oversee office operations in Washington, D.C. Fischer also worked for Crapo in Boise as the State Director of Business, Education, Labor and Technology. Prior to his service for Crapo, Fischer w… Continue Reading

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