News Releases

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

Craig, Crapo Help Create New Congressional Grains Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo today announced they have helped create the bipartisan Congressional Grains Caucus. The purpose of the caucus is to promote the growth and stability of the small grains industry through educational seminars for Members of Congress and their staff with an interest in issues important to the industry.â??It is important that valuable agricultural industries have a group ready to work with them on the typically numerous and complex issues … Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo, Mayors, Small Business Administration & Hispanic Leaders Team Up To Increase Business Training And Jobs

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the Hispanic Financial Education Coalition (HFEC), and local bank and credit union leaders have announced the certification of twenty-five new financial trainers. The trainers, comprised of volunteers from the banking, lending, and realty industries, will work in their communities to increase financial education in the Hispanic population. Specifically, the trainers will hold classes focusing on the U.S. Banking system, budgeting, saving, using and bu… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Wants Idaho IncludedIn New Salmon Funding Initiative

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is calling on the head of the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ??s Natural Resources Conservation Service to correct an â??oversightâ?? that has left Idaho out of a new initiative on salmon recovery. Crapo asked NRCS Chief Bruce Knight to allow Idahoans to share in the $3.5 million being made available for those looking to improve salmon habitat by applying through the NRCS Wildlife Incentives Program. NRCS announced this week that residents of Washington,… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Commends Students On Salmon Study

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has praise for a group of Riggins area high school seniors who are spreading the word about the economic benefits of an expanded salmon fishing season this year in Idaho. Crapo discussed a report produced by students of Salmon River High School during a teleconference with the seniors this week. He was joined for the call in his Washington, DC office by Riggins Mayor Bob Zimmerman and Kristin Troy with the Salmon Chamber of Commerce.Crapo told the group … Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

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

Washington, D.C. - After nearly two days of debate and consideration of some 26 amendments, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted with a majority of members of the Senate Budget Committee 12-10 tonight to approve the FY 2005 Budget Resolution, a package designed to cut the federal deficit in half by 2007. The resolution will be considered on the Senate floor all of next week with up to 50 hours of debate.The Budget Resolution provides Congress with a blueprint on taxes and spending as legislative decis… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Awards Kootenai County Resident With Spirit Of Idaho Award

Coeur dâ??Alene, ID â?? A local cancer center volunteer was honored this morning by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who presented Judy Nixon with his Spirit of Idaho award during a ceremony held at the Kootenai Medical Center. Nixon was recognized for her volunteer efforts in cancer prevention and follow-up as well as other community volunteer efforts. She is the fifth Idahoan to receive the award this year. â??Idaho is a better place in which to live as a result of Judyâ??s efforts,â?? Crapo said. â?… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

U.S. Trade Expert To Join Crapo Ag Trade Forum

Washington, DC - The Deputy Administrator for International Trade Policy for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) will join an agricultural trade forum sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo later this month in Boise. Patricia Sheikh will join Crapo at the Boise meeting on Wednesday, March 17th. That gathering caps a three-event schedule that began in Lewiston February 14th and continues this Saturday in Twin Falls. The Twin Falls trade forum begins at 2:00 p.m. t… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Honored For Work On Fair Credit Act

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo was presented the 2003 FACT Act Award today by the Financial Services Roundtable for his work in achieving passage of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACT Act). Crapo actively supported the bill as a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee, the committee with jurisdiction over the issue. â??The FACT Act strengthens our countryâ??s national credit reporting system and assists both consumers and financial… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Announces Staff Changes In Washington

Washington, DC â??Two new staff members have joined Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s staff in Washington, D.C., both with strong educational and professional experience. In addition, a current staffer has taken on a new area of responsibility. Mary Klappa brings years of experience to her new position as Crapoâ??s Executive Assistant. She comes from Representative John Micaâ??s (R-FL) office where she held the same position. Prior to her work for Rep. Mica, Klappa was Director of Scheduling for Sena… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo: Idaho Counties Eligible For Reimbursement

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has alerted County Sheriffs throughout Idaho to a program that can help recoup incarceration expenses associated with certain prisoners, but the application deadline is fast approaching. More than $290 million in federal grants is available through the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). SCAAP provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens fo… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Opens Service Academy Application Process For Class Of 2005

Washington, DC - Washington, D.C. â?? Students who are interested in attending one of the nationâ??s four service academies are encouraged to get started on the application process now, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Every year, Crapo nominates selected Idaho students to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Mary… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Delivers Books To Parent Education Program

Boise, Idaho - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo delivered over 150 books today to Boiseâ??s Family Advocate Program as part of his ongoing support of literacy and early childhood education. The agency, which provides voluntary, home-based parent education services, will use the books during home visits.â??We are just thrilled to have Senator Crapo deliver these books,â?? said Susan Hazelton, executive director of the agency. â??When we visit families, we often explain to them the importance of reading t… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Craig, Crapo, and Simpson React to DOE Contract Announcement

WASHINGTON, DC - Members of Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation reacted today to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy that the safeguards and security forces from Argonne-West and the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory will be merged and that DOE is currently signing over this safeguards and security responsibility to an existing, non-nuclear security company without a competitive bidding process. â??Last year we were told by DOE that in order to build the most vi… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo, D.C. Mothers Meet To Discuss Concerns Over D.C. Water

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water, will meet with representatives from four D.C. neighborhood groups tomorrow to discuss the recent discovery of high lead levels in D.C. water. Crapo, whose subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Safe Drinking Water Act, will meet at a local residentâ??s Capitol Hill home in preparation for a hearing that his subcommittee will hold on Wednesday.â??Clean w… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Leads Farm Trade Hearing In Twin Falls,Heads Local Fundraiser For DisasterRelief

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be in Twin Falls tomorrow to hold the second of three forums he is hosting on agricultural trade around Idaho. Crapo is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and also on the Senate Banking Committeeâ??s subcommittee on international trade issues. Tomorrowâ??s forum begins at 2:00 p.m. at the College of Southern Idahoâ??s Taylor Building.His first trade forum was on February 14th in Lewiston. The Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo: EPA Ombudsman Report Raises More Questions Than Answers

Washington, DC - A review of U.S. Environmental Agency actions in a cleanup of Idahoâ??s Coeur dâ??Alene Basin by a reconstituted EPA Ombudsman â??raises more questions that it provides in answers,â?? according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who oversees EPA actions in his role on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Crapo noted the report released today differs substantially from a draft released in 2001 by former EPA ombudsman workers, and misses the mark because it fails to reflec… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Delegation Wants Backcountry Airstrips Kept Open

Washington, DC - Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation today asked the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to keep four backcountry airstrips in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness open to backcountry pilots. Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter said access to the strips in critical for safety reasons and restricting access would run contrary to the legislation that authorized the Frank Church Wilderness.â??Dewy Moore, Mile-Hi, Simmond… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Urges Broader Salmon Fishing Season

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants an expanded fishing season for salmon in Idaho this year. In a letter to the regional director for NOAA Fisheries (formerly the National Marine Fisheries Service, NMFS) in Seattle, Crapo said he is â??endorsing heartilyâ?? a proposal by Idaho Fish and Game to expand fishing around Salmon and Riggins because of increased returns of fish and the economic benefit such fishing will bring to local communities and reservations.â??Because the large return… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo: Raney, Family Are Idaho Heroes

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement today after being advised by the Department of the Army of the death of Cleston C. Raney, 20, of Rupert. Raneyâ??s family lives in both Idaho and California.â??The sacrifices made in the war against terrorism have been driven home this week for all of Idaho,â?? Crapo said. â??We grieve and our hearts and prayers are with the family of Private First Class Raney of Rupert. He gave his all for the cause he believed in. His service and … Continue Reading

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