News Releases

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


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Elder Haight Demonstrated Unwavering Devotion

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed admiration for Elder David B. Haight as well as condolences to his family on news of Haightâ??s death. Haight, the oldest living apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away early Saturday morning of causes incident to age. Crapo said, â??Elder Haight came from humble beginnings in tiny Oakley, Idaho, and faced significant challenges throughout his life. Yet he persevered through those challenges and became a noted … Continue Reading


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: Financial Relief Coming To Rural Hospitals

Washington, DC â?? Patients and medical providers in Idahoâ??s rural areas stand to benefit from a new rule finalized this week by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today praised a rule change that will increase Medicare payments to Idahoâ??s rural hospitals by more than six percent. The new rule, which takes effect October 1, 2004, implements payment and policy changes as required by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho To Receive Sage Grouse Management Funds

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig applauded todayâ??s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of $500,000 to fund Idaho sage grouse habitat protection efforts. The funds are part of $2 million the USDA will make available in Idaho, Utah, Washington and Colorado for special projects to help protect sage grouse habitat. State and local partnerships will provide technical and additional financial assistance for the projects. "Private landowners, state wild… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Honor Troop Support Efforts With â??Spirit Of Idahoâ?? Award

Twin Falls â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will honor three Magic Valley-based efforts to support our troops with his â??Spirit of Idahoâ?? Award tomorrow in Twin Falls. One award involves students from Kimberly High School who are assisting children and family members of Idaho Army National Guard and active duty military members serving in Iraq. Kimberly High School student Trevor Barrott helped organize the Dare to Care program, which includes fundraising efforts to assist the families of soldier… 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

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 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

Delegation Pushes For Additional Opportunities For Idahoans To Testify In Fallout Study

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter sent a letter today to the National Academy of Sciencesâ?? National Board on Radiation, thanking the board for its responsiveness to delegation requests regarding the study of people affected by iodine-131 fallout from the 1950s and 1960s and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program. The delegation also requested that the Board send a representative to Idaho to take oral t… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To View Fire Damage In North Idaho

Coeur dâ??Alene â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s schedule this week will take him from a fire site in North Idaho to a conference in central Idaho. On Monday, he will tour the site of the Myrtle Creek fire with private company officials and Forest Service personnel. He will also have lunch with USFS staff and discuss forest rehabilitation efforts and collaborative efforts under the recently-enacted Healthy Forest Restoration Act. On Tuesday, Crapo will address the Western Regional Mortgage Lende… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Delegation Announces Release Of Cleanup Funds

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Representatives C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, and Mike Simpson today announced $15 million in funding for mining waste cleanup work in the Coeur dâ??Alene Basin. The funding will assist with ongoing Basin cleanup efforts. â??I appreciate the EPAâ??s continued commitment to cleaning up the Basin through the dedication of this much needed funding,â?? said Crapo who sought to secure ongoing federal funding for Basin cleanup through legislat… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Help Distribute 25,000 First Books

Washington, DC â?? Idaho children will benefit by the distribution of some 25,000 free books this week as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joins with First Book and other sponsors to distribute books during an event Friday, October 15th at the Boise Office Solutions warehouse. The event marks the first in Idaho utilizing a new U.S. Department of Education grant Crapo assisted in obtaining that will ultimately lead to more than 200,000 books distributed statewide over the next two years. Crapo will be jo… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Meet With Downwinders, Attend Mountain Home, Hispanic Center Events

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will spend Saturday, September 11th in Idaho by honoring veterans in Nampa and Mountain Home, attending the first anniversary celebration of the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, and meeting in Emmett with Idaho residents concerned about fallout from bomb testing in Nevada during the 1950s. Crapo will be also be available to discuss issues surrounding the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania on September 1… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

NAS Meeting Location/Time/Format Set

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation announced today that the location and time of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Radiation Effects Research meeting are set. Additionally, the Board has set the format of the meeting as follows. Here are the details: November 6, 2004 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BSUâ??s Taco Bell Arena (formerly the Pavilion) Those wishing to give oral testimony must register in advance with the Board on Radiation Effects Research by contacting Dr. Isaf Al-Nabu… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Expresses Condolences On Soldierâ??s Death

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed his sorrow today over the loss of Marine Captain Alan Rowe, 35, of Hagerman from an explosion while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. â??My condolences go out to Captain Roweâ??s wife, children, and family during this difficult time,â?? Crapo said. â??Captain Rowe loved the Marines and was committed to his country. He served honorably in Iraq on three occasions, returning for each tour with a sense of duty and purpose. … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Hires Idaho Students As Interns

Washington, DC â?? This week Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomed three new interns to his Washington, DC office for the fall semester. The interns will fulfill their duties through mid-December. â??This internship program is designed to give students a hands-on learning experience about the political process,â?? said Senator Crapo. â??Each of the interns is a valuable part of our office and this internship will help them understand how government works.â?? Intern duties include legislative support… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Urges Non-Profits, Fire Departments To Apply For Grants

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo urged Idaho fire prevention groups today to apply for a portion of $27.5 million being offered in Fire Prevention and Safety Grants by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Applications for the funds, which are being offered as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will be accepted through September 30, 2004. â??The residents of Idaho are familiar with the threats posed by fire,â?? Crapo said. â??Idaho had 1,462 residential fires in … Continue Reading

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