News Releases

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


February 01, 2005

Crapo Sets Up First-Ever Endowment Fund For Idaho Students

Boise, Idaho â?? Flanked by a coalition of Idaho educators and college/university officials from across Idaho, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced the establishment of the Mike Crapo Math and Science Scholarship Fund, which will provide yearly scholarships to deserving Idaho students who chose to attend Idaho universities and colleges. This is the first such fund ever established by an Idaho congressman, and could result in multiple scholarships awarded as the endowment grows over time. To … Continue Reading


January 31, 2005

Crapo, Kempthorne, Eda, Local Leaders Plan $3 Million Economic Development Announcement In Emmett

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne will join local, state and federal leaders in Emmett on February 19th for a major announcement involving federal, state, and local funding totaling nearly $3 million to assist Emmett and Gem County with economic development plans for a local industrial park and the creation of local jobs. Crapo has invited the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Sandy Baruah of Washington, DC to attend the annou… Continue Reading


January 31, 2005

Jobs, Safer Roads For Idaho Included In Transportation Bill Passed By The Senate

Washington, DC - Idahoâ??s transportation infrastructure stands to get a significant boost thanks to provisions in the six-year highway reauthorization transportation bill negotiated by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The reauthorization bill, known as SAFETEA, or the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act, passed the Senate today by a vote of 76-21. It authorizes federal aid for highways, highway safety programs and transit programs for six years. The previous transporta… Continue Reading


January 31, 2005

Crapo Support For Tax Cuts Leads Toâ??Hero Of The Taxpayerâ?? Award

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today received the â??Hero of the Taxpayerâ?? Award from the Americans for Tax Reform 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, was honored for his work during the 107th Congress and for his ongoing effort to reduce and eliminate federal budget deficits.â??Idaho families are paying less in taxes today and those tax cuts have stimulate… Continue Reading


January 31, 2005

Spirit Of Idaho Awards To Be Given

Washington, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will present four Idahoans with his Spirit of Idaho award at a ceremony to be held in their honor on Tuesday, February 17th in the Twin Falls County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room at 3:00 pm. The recipients are being honored for their efforts on behalf of others including veterans, children, and animals. Vietnam Veterans Boyd Nelson and Lloyd Dewitt of Jerome and Kimberly, respectively, have made serving the veterans and people of Vietnam a majo… Continue Reading


January 31, 2005

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

Boise - Increasing the amount of small business training for Idahoâ??s minorities is the reason for the creation of a historic memorandum of understanding being signed next week at the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho (HCCI). Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is working with the Hispanic Business Association, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Nampa Mayor Tom Dale and Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas to produce a unique agreement that will create jobs and promote the growth of minority-owned small bu… Continue Reading


January 31, 2005

Crapo Support For Tax Cuts Leads Toâ??Hero Of The Taxpayerâ?? Award

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today received the â??Hero of the Taxpayerâ?? Award from the Americans for Tax Reform 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, was honored for his work during the 107th Congress and for his ongoing effort to reduce and eliminate federal budget deficits.â??Idaho families are paying less in taxes today and those tax cuts have stimulate… Continue Reading

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