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February 01, 2005

Crapo: Fix Water Problem In DC And The Nation

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo held a congressional hearing today to speed up the response to high levels of lead in drinking water. He also called attention to the nationwide problem of crumbling and inadequate water infrastructure. Crapo, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water, conducted the hearing today to review the detection of lead in D.C. drinking water; specifically on needed improvements in communication and the sta… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo To Announce Regional Jobs And Economic Partnership Bill During Visit To North Idaho

Washington, DC - Seeking to stimulate regional solutions for Northwest economic development and job creation concerns, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will announce this week new federal legislation he has authored during a visit with workers at a Kootenai County sawmill. He will also travel to Clearwater County to update efforts to assist the local economy hurt by drawdowns at Dworkshak Reserviour. Crapo will also tour improvements in rural telehealth he helped acquire funding for at the Clearwater Va… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Seeks Increases For Guard Members

Washington, DC - Following a voice vote by the United States Senate seeking to increase health care benefits for members of the Guard and Reserve, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is supporting an additional legislative package of bills that would increase other benefits, including those in educational programs available to the Guard and Reserve. Crapo joined with a bipartisan group of senators this week to push for increases in educational benefits offered under the G.I. Bill. He is also supporting a b… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Amendment Prioritizes Clean Water

Washington, DC - Local communities and states will get much-needed federal help in protecting clean water and drinking water under an amendment included in the Fiscal Year 2005 budget resolution by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. This is the second consecutive year Crapo has been successful in gaining Senate support for raising the federal commitment to help improve local water infrastructure improvements. As the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, … Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Maintains Perfect Record In Championing Private Property Rights

Washington, DC â?? For the eleventh year in a row, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been named a â??Champion of Private Property Rightsâ?? by a national coalition of grassroots private property rights organizations. Crapo was also recognized by the League of Private Property Voters (LPPV) as one of â??Six Special Senatorsâ?? for his leadership in defending private property interests. This year, Crapo received a 100% score on the votes considered by the LPPV.â??I am proud to hold a record of support … Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Bipartsian Senate Group Seeks To Continue Salmon Funding

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig have enlisted the bipartisan support of fellow Northwest senators in seeking to continue the success in salmon recovery efforts available through the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. Last year, efforts by Crapo and Craig got Idaho included for the first time among the states receiving money under the Fund.â??These funds have been used well and effectively,â?? wrote the Senators in a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of both… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Asks Fellow Senators To â??Join The Fight Against Prostate Cancerâ??

Washington, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hopes that increased prostate cancer research funding will help to find a cure for a disease that is affecting an alarming proportion of American men. He expressed his support for the Department of Defenseâ??s Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) in a letter sent today to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, the group charged with determining funding levels for the program. The bi-partisan letter cited the large numbers of men affected by pros… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Delegation Says Wolf Decision Means Idaho Controls Own Destiny On Management

Washington, DC - Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation says todayâ??s announcement by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that it will turn more control of Idahoâ??s reintroduced wolf population over to the state is a victory for the ranchers, hunters, and other conservationists who have pushed a path forward on the wolf issue. Senator Mike Crapo, who chairs the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the ESA, said, â??This is one of many Idaho solutions on-the-ground that will provide directio… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Assistance To Firefighters Grant Program Gears Up For 2004

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is encouraging local Idaho fire departments to apply for $750 million in grant funds. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is geared toward helping rural, urban and suburban fire departments increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, improve firefighter health and safety programs, and establish or expand fire prevention and safety programs. â??Today, Idaho fire departments are faced with extremely complex terrorism response and prep… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Lauds Public-Private PartnershipLighting Mini-Cassiaâ??s Future

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded todayâ??s announcement that leaders in Minidoka and Cassia County are taking over future use of the former J.R. Simplot potato processing facility in Heyburn with plans to create new jobs and improve the economy of the Mini-Cassia region. Crapo sent a letter congratulating Burley City Councilman Dennis Curtis, and all the local leaders in the region who are working to redevelop the 276-acre site donated by Simplot:â??Working together with the l… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo, Nuclear Cleanup Caucus Members Seek To â??Accelerate Cleanup

Washington, DC â?? An annual series of Congressional briefings on nuclear waste cleanup began today in Washington D.C., part of an effort by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the Senate Nuclear Waste Cleanup Caucus to accelerate decontamination efforts. Crapo, who is Co-Chairman of the Caucus, invited his Senate colleagues and staff to attend a series of briefings designed to highlight the importance of nuclear waste cleanup at contaminated sites, including the Idaho National Engineering and Environm… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo: Budget Must Focus On Spending Reductions

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, is speaking out in favor of federal fiscal restraint, urging his Budget Committee colleagues to reduce the federal deficit by â??focusing on the spending sideâ?? of the budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2005. The Senate Budget Committee is in the middle of completing work on the budget resolution; final vote on the resolution is expected late this evening. The 2005 Budget Resolution provides Congress with a blu… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo, Baucus Find ESA Consultations Exceed Deadlines

Washington, DC - A new review of the government consultation process required under the Endangered Species Act shows the length of the process could be weakening species recovery efforts. The report conducted by the General Accounting Office (GAO) came at the request of Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Max Baucus (D-Montana). Crapo is chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committeeâ??s Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water and Baucus is a senior member of the subcommittee… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Founds Congressional COPD Caucus

Washington, DC â?? During a speech today before a national physicianâ??s group in Washington D.C., Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced the founding of the Congressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Caucus. The group will be dedicated to furthering awareness of COPD risks and promoting policies that improve the lives of COPD patients. The Caucus, which Crapo will chair, will partner with a broad coalition of physician, patient, and homecare organizations to educate members of Congr… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Announces Deadline For Internship Applications

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is now accepting internship applications from students wishing to work in his Washington, D.C. office during summer and fall semesters of 2004. The applications for both semesters are due April 1st. â??The experience offered through a Washington, D.C. Senate internship is invaluable in understanding how Congress works and affects our everyday lives,â?? Crapo said. â??It can give Idaho students a unique perspective on national events and legislative issue… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Actions Correct Salmon Funding

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been successful in adding Idaho to the list of states eligible for funding under a new program offered by the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ??s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The NRCS announced the program last week, but the agency initially left Idaho off the list of states where landowners could apply for the funding to improve habitat for salmon. The agency changed the eligibility announcement following calls and letters from Crapo to NR… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo: Idaho Priorities Included In Budget

Washington, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2005 Budget resolution that was passed early this morning in the Senate by a vote of 51-45. Crapo, who helped manage the legislation during the week-long debate, announced that a number of Idaho priorities are reflected in the resolution including funding proposals for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, Title I grants, veterans medical care, and fire suppression. The r… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo To Governors: â??On The Groundâ?? Efforts May Break Esa â??Gridlockâ??

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate subcommittee with oversight of the Endangered Species Act, told members of the National Governors Association Sunday that work â??on the ground, and at the state levelâ?? is an important source of better ideas for species conservation. â??Your wildlife managers are finding ways to break the gridlock holding up progressive conservation results,â?? Crapo said. â??This is making the best use of the ESA and providing the ideas that Co… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

U.S. Chamber Honors Sen. Mike Crapo with 2004 â??Spirit of Enterpriseâ?? Award

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been awarded the 2004 â??Spirit of Enterpriseâ?? Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his work in support of businesses, jobs, and the economy in the first session of the 108th Congress. The Chamber, the worldâ??s largest business federation, presented Crapo with the award this morning in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.â??Policies that encourage economic growth are crucial to a strong and vibrant economy,â?? Crapo said. â??A growing econom… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Delegation Reacts To Mexico Reopening Market To U.S. Beef

Washington, DC - Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation applauded an announcement by Mexico that it will once again allow imports of U.S. beef products, opening up a valuable market to American beef producers. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said Mexico agreed to lift the two-month old ban after U.S. officials provided extensive information as to the safety of American beef. "This is a very welcome announcement that will surely provide a boost in negotiations with Japan, Korea, and other… Continue Reading

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