News Releases

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 Releases Financial Services Reform Recommendations

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who is heading up a financial services regulatory reform effort for the Senate Banking Committee, today released a matrix detailing a lengthy list of proposals and the support or opposition from a number of regulatory agencies. The matrix lists more than 130 proposals that were part of a June 2004 Senate Banking Committee hearing. It should be noted that not every proposal lists support or opposition from the federal and state regulators involved with… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho Delegation Reacts To Animal Identification Grant

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter expressed excitement today on news that Idaho will receive $1,164,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for use in implementing the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), an identification program for livestock and poultry. The grant, announced today by USDA Secretary Ann Veneman, will be used primarily to conduct field-tests of the NAIS. "Today&… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Named â??Hero Of The Taxpayerâ??

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today received the â??Hero of the Taxpayerâ?? Award from Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) during an afternoon ceremony in Washington, DC. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee and supporter of several tax-cutting and economic stimulus measures, voted in the interests of taxpayers on 90 percent of the issues tracked by ATR. â??Good fiscal policy is a key element of our nationâ??s economic strength,â?? Crapo said. â??Our nation, its families and c… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Delegation Hopeful Federal Salmon Program Getting In Gear

Washington, DC â?? Members of Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation are welcoming todayâ??s news that a new federal draft Biological Opinion will be released in the near future. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationâ??s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) discussed itsâ?? progress in producing the new draft document and some information about it. A Biological Opinion is a document required by federal law in which federal agencies evaluate actions that may affect threate… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Lauds Energy Provisions In FSC/ETI Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? After a flurry of eleventh hour legislative activity on the Senate floor, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded the passage of the American Jobs Creation Act by the Senate today in vote of 69-17. A number of important tax provisions originally included in the energy bill are included. These provisions will benefit economic development and business in Idaho. The bill that resolves a trade dispute with the European Union over export programs also includes key energy provisions: â… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Assist At Fair Health Booths

Coeur dâ??Alene â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will work at the Mike Crapo Health Awareness Booths at fairs in Garden City and Coeur dâ??Alene over the next week as part of his efforts regarding prostate cancer and other health issues. Crapo will also discuss collaborative efforts and endangered species issues during visits to Orofino and the University of Idaho in Moscow. Times listed in the following schedule are local; the schedule is subject to change. Saturday, August 2111:30-12:30 p.m. Garde… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Domestic Violence, Water Issues On Crapo Schedule Next Week

Washington, DC â?? Ongoing improvements in federal assistance to victims of domestic violence and awareness of the problem will be discussed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo during visits to Southwest Idaho later this week and next. Crapo recently won committee approval to increase protection for women in dating relationships who become victims of domestic violence. He will keynote a fundraiser in Caldwell and meet with advocates in Weiser regarding plans to fight ongoing violence. Crapo will also di… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Bill To Aid Potato Growers

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo introduced a bill this week to correct an expensive federal excise tax that has been incorrectly applied to Idahoâ??s potato industry. Under present law, potato farmers have faced an inconsistent and confusing history with regard to the enforcement of the excise tax. The bill, S. 2807, would exempt truck-mounted bulk beds from the excise tax currently levied on heavy trucks and trailers. Such beds are used primarily in potato farming to move agricultur… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Gonzales Well-Qualified To Become Next U.S. Attorney General

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today concerning President George W. Bushâ??s nomination of Judge Alberto R. Gonzales, presently Counsel to the President, to take over as U.S. Attorney General, replacing John Ashcroft. â??Judge Gonzales is very well-qualified to become our next Attorney General and I am confident he will be confirmed quickly by the U.S. Senate. Gonzales has not only a long and distinguished legal career as a lawyer both in Texas and in … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Project Search Funds Celebrated In Glenns Ferry Water Event

Washington, DC â?? A pilot project to help fund projects in smaller communities will be on display tomorrow when officials in Glenns Ferry dedicate a new water treatment plant. Glenns Ferry residents have had to take precautions with their drinking water for nearly five years while they await completion of a new water plant. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo worked with Idahoâ??s Region IV Development office to make about $55,000 available to Glenns Ferryâ??s water project as part of Crapoâ??s Project SE… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Delegation/Governor React To Rad Waste Provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation and Governor Kempthorne reacted today to a provision in the 2005 Defense Authorization bill related to radioactive waste classification which affects cleanup activities at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Senator Craig stated, â??First, last and always this issue has been about removing any ambiguity regarding what DOE will be required to do to complete the cleanup of liquid radioactive waste that is stored in th… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapoâ??s â??Capitol Watchâ?? Halloween Special

Washington, DC â?? â??Tis the season of tall tales, outlandish claims and downright spooky stories: and not just on the election front. The U.S. Capitol, which has been the scene of what some may call frightening political behavior, has also been the scene of ghostly events that canâ??t be explained by political pundits. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be sharing some ghost stories about the United States Capitol on his October â??Capitol Watchâ?? program, which will air on Tuesday, October 12, 20… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho Delegation Recognized For Promoting Affordable Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) honored the Idaho Congressional Delegation with the Benjamin Franklin Public Policy Award. Idaho is the only state where all members of Congress received the award. The award honors members of Congress who consistently support a stable, affordable insurance industry. Public policy issues that were considered include ergonomics regulations, Patientâ??s Bill of Rights, insurer access to criminal records, class acti… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Delegation Reacts To Energy Secretaryâ??s Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation offered praise today for Secretary of Energy Spencer Abrahamâ??s work, especially as it related to the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Today, Secretary Abraham announced that he will resign from President Bushâ??s cabinet once his successor is confirmed. Idaho Senator Larry Craig thanked him, stating, â??Secretary Abraham has been an asset to Idaho. His tenacity for securing the future of the INEEL and reshaping its… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Frist Taps Mike Crapo To Chair SenateCommittee on Committees

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN) today tapped Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) to chair the Senate Committee on Committees, the organizing panel that will be responsible for determining the Committee assignments of the 109th Congress. â??Iâ??m grateful for Mike Crapoâ??s continued service to the Senate. He will do an outstanding job in negotiating Committee assignments for the 109th Congress,â?? said Frist. â??We have an aggressive agenda for the next legislative… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Small Business To Gain Under Jobs Bill

Washington, DC â?? Idaho stands to gain millions under the American Job Creation Act conference reported approved by the U.S. Senate today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced. H.R 4520 passed the Senate on a vote of 69 to 17; it was approved by the U.S. House late last week and will now be sent to the President for his signature. â??Small businesses will benefit significantly through a number of provisions in the jobs bill,â?? Crapo said. â??From technology and software investment to tax suspens… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Supports Intelligence Improvements

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted with the 96-2 majority today as the Senate approved an overhaul of the nationâ??s intelligence gathering systems, including the establishment of a national intelligence director. The changes come in response to the September 11 commission report calling for reforms. The bill now goes to the U.S. House. â??With todayâ??s vote, the Senate has taken steps to dramatically improve and reform the way our nation collects and processes intelligence and o… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Health Awareness Booths Featured On September â??Capitol Watchâ??

Washington, DC â?? On the heels of a successful month of health care screenings at state fairs throughout Idaho, Senator Mike Crapo will discuss his Health Awareness Booths this month on â??Capitol Watchâ??. Featuring footage taken at the North and Western Idaho state fairs, the program will air Tuesday, September 14th, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. Mountain/6:00 p.m. Pacific on the public access channel of many Idaho cable television systems. â??Four years ago, I started the Mike Crapo Health Awareness Bo… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Owyhee Commissioners Discuss Initiative In D.C.

Washington, DC â?? Owyhee County Commissioners are leading an Owyhee County delegation visiting Washington, D.C. this week to meet with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, House leadership, agency leaders and others about the Owyhee Initiative. The Initiative seeks to end decades of land management disputes in Owyhee County by preserving grazing rights, designating 500,000 of wilderness while releasing 200,000 acres of wilderness study area, and establishing a Board that will make recommendations to the B… Continue Reading

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