News Releases

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: 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

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

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

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 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

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

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, 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

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


February 04, 2005

Sage Grouse Hearing Spotlights State Efforts

Washington, DC â?? The efforts of states and private partners to increase huntable populations of sage grouse will be the topic of a Senate subcommittee hearing Friday chaired by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Smaller bag limits and declining numbers of the sage grouse in 11 Western states have prompted renewed efforts in conservation and a proposal to protect the bird under the Endangered Species Act. Crapo, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water Subcommit… Continue Reading


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

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

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

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