News Releases

February 03, 2005

Crapo To Review Forest Legislation Implementation

Washington, DC â?? Six months after the passage of legislation designed to improve the health of our nationâ??s forest, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will chair a Senate hearing to learn how the measure is being implemented. The Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Rural Revitalization will take place on Thursday, June 24, at 9:30 a.m. in 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.Noting the severe wildfire outlook for 2004, Crapo stated, â??This historic legislation … Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo: Air Travel Now Easier For COPD Patients

Washington, DC â?? Under a new rule published yesterday, July 14, 2004, in the Federal Register, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says people suffering with chronic illnesses requiring supplemental oxygen will find air travel much easier. The proposed rule by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will allow the AirSep LifeStyle Portable Oxygen Concentrator to be used on airplanes during flight. This means that patients who require oxygen will be allowed to bring their oxygen concentrator units on bo… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo To Meet With Advocates, Law Enforcement At Long Valley Domestic Violence Center

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will meet with Long Valley Families in Crisis, a non-profit group dedicated to providing intervention services to victims of domestic violence, during a visit to Cascade next week. Crapo, who has been active in domestic violence prevention efforts in Idaho and the U.S. Senate, will learn more about Families in Crisis programs and address the challenges in combating domestic violence in rural Idaho during his visit to the center on Wednesday, August 4th… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Idaho Delegation Welcomes Livestock Feed Drought Assistance

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter applauded todayâ??s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement that it will provide assistance to livestock producers in Idaho who have been impacted by continuing drought. Secretary Ann Veneman announced today that the USDA will provide surplus stocks of non-fat dry milk to livestock producers in areas hardest hit by the drought. â??We are pleased that the USDA … Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Craig, Crapo Support Food Aid Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo sent a letter today supporting the Food for Peace (P.L. 480) program, which provides American-grown food to citizens in other countries. Thirteen other Senators joined them on the letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick.The letter is sparked by proposals at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to eliminate food donations in exchange for monetary ones. History demonstrates that monetary donations are often siphoned off by co… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo To Visit Deployed Idaho Soldiers, Address Drinking Water Challenges Next Week

Washington, DC â?? Idahoans in training for deployment to Iraq will get a visit next week from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. On Monday, July 26, Crapo will visit Idaho National Guard members of the 116th Cavalry Brigade who are currently stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, on their way to the war in Iraq. Earlier on Monday Crapo will participate in a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee field hearing in Tulsa, Oklahoma analyzing the cost of clean drinking water to municipalities. Crapo, wh… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo Addresses National Telehealth Expo

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo outlined the importance of telehealth and other distance medicine options during a speech today opening the eleventh annual Capitol Hill Health Care Information Technology Demonstration & Discussion. Crapo is an honorary Co-Chair of the Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics, the group who put on the event, which featured live, interactive health care displays and demonstrations on telemedicineâ??s evolving technol… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo: Idaho To Receive School Nutrition Grant

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today that Idaho will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund school programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity. The Idaho Department of Education will receive a Team Nutrition (TN) Training Grant as part of President Bushâ??s HealthierUS School initiative. The initiative seeks to develop and implement behavior-focused nutrition education and provide assistance to child nutrition professionals, including … Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Defense Projects Approved For Eastern Idaho

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation announced that Congress today approved several projects for southwest Idaho in the Fiscal Year 2005 Defense Appropriations bill. â??Idaho should be proud of its role in our nationâ??s defense. These projects underscore the amount of research, development, and training Idaho provides and will continue to provide,â?? said Craig. â??More importantly, this bill continues funding our troops who stand in harmâ??s way to protect our freedoms and t… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo Goes To Bat For Rehabilitation Facilities

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants to keep seniors, persons with disabilities, and others from being hurt by a proposed Medicare rule change. Crapo joined with 79 Senate colleagues to protect Medicare reimbursements for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF), facilities which serve patients with a multitude of diagnoses including stroke, orthopedic conditions, arthritis, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Crapo and his colleagues sent a letter today to Health and Human S… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo Honored For Cutting Taxes

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s consistent votes to cut taxes and ensure budget discipline have earned him top honors for the fifth straight year from a Congressional watchdog group in Washington, DC. The American Conservative Union (ACU) awarded Crapo its Best and Brightest of 2003 Award for his votes on a number of issues including taxes, health care, and defense.â??We considered a number of critical issues in the Senate during 2003,â?? Crapo said. â??From judicial appointments… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

U.S. Senate Clarifies Bill Does Not Jeopardize Batt Agreement

Washington, DC - An amendment approved today by the U.S. Senate clarifies that language included in the Department of Defense Authorization Bill to allow South Carolina to clean up itshigh-level waste will have no impact on the court-backed nuclear waste cleanup agreementbetween the State of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Idaho Senators MikeCrapo and Larry Craig also included statutory language to make clear that the South Carolinalanguage has no precedent and is not binding on I… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo To Announce Free Cancer Screenings

Boise - During a news conference on Friday, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will urge men to take part in free health screenings for prostate cancer. Crapo will be joined by representatives of Pfizer Incorporated, local doctors and other health care professionals Friday in Downtown Boise. He will be in Boise to promote the annual Mike Crapo Health Awareness Booths and act as official starter for the â??Main Street Mile - A Mile for Menâ??s Healthâ?? run and walking event.Crapo will host the news confer… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo: Statesâ?? Rights Behind Marriage Vote

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted in favor of a cloture motion to allow a vote on Senate Joint Resolution 40, saying a Constitutional Amendment may be the only way to uphold statesâ?? rights in determining marriage laws from state to state. Crapo had resisted efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution over the marriage issue, but said he became convinced states will be forced into accepting guidelines from the courts without a constitutional amendment giving states the right to make th… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo: Child Nutrition Bill Will Benefit Idaho Students, Farmers

Washington, DC â?? Legislation passed by the Senate this week will benefit both Idaho children and agricultural producers, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. He praised Senate passage of S. 2507, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, which increases fruit and vegetable consumption in schools and requires that milk continue to be offered as a part of school meals. The measure cleared the Senate early Wednesday evening without objection and will now be sent to the House for consider… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Cancer Screenings Top 100

Boise - The turnout of Idahoans seeking free screenings for prostate cancer has topped the century mark as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo leads a coalition urging men to take part in free health screenings related to the â??Main Street Mile - A Mile for Menâ??s Healthâ?? race tomorrow. Crapo will join representatives of Pfizer Incorporated, local doctors and other health care professionals tomorrow to promote the present and upcoming opportunities men and women have to get their health checked this su… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Craig, Crapo Introduce Water Settlement Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo introduced legislation late yesterday to codify the Snake River Basin Adjudication (SRBA) Settlement.The legislation will direct the Secretary of the Interior and the heads of other Federal agencies to carry out an Agreement resolving some of the largest outstanding issues with respect to the SRBA in Idaho. It strives to achieve a fair, equitable, and final settlement of all claims of the Nez Perce Tribe and other parties with rights… Continue Reading


February 03, 2005

Crapo: Forest Health A Long-Term Commitment

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo opened a Senate subcommittee review on the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) today by warning the timetable to healthier forests could take years, not months, but federal agencies must work hard to get input from communities surrounded by forested public lands regarding the immediate fire danger on those lands. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committeeâ??s Forestry subcommittee, Crapo chaired the hearing to gather an update on how the Healthy … Continue Reading


February 02, 2005

Crapo To Take Viewer Calls On June â??Capitol Watchâ??

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s monthly cable program returns to a live broadcast format on Tuesday, June 8, 2004. During the half-hour program, Crapo will take calls from viewers on issues before Congress. â??Capitol Watchâ?? airs statewide on Idaho cable television stations on Tuesday, June 8th, from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific. Idahoans are invited to call in on a toll-free number set up during the program, 1-800-SEN-TALK (1-800-736-8255). E-mail question… Continue Reading


February 02, 2005

Amendment Restores Funding For Idaho Nuclear Waste Cleanup

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved an amendment that preserves funding for the existing nuclear cleanup agreement in Idaho (known as the Batt Agreement). The amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and supported by Idaho Senator Larry Craig removes limitations on funding that would have prevented Idaho from accessing the funding intended for cleanup of radioactive waste.The amendment removed restrictions to the $350 million bud… Continue Reading

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