News Releases

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 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

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

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, Baucus Find ESA Consultations Exceed Deadlines

Washington, DC - A new review of the government consultation process required under the Endangered Species Act shows the length of the process could be weakening species recovery efforts. The report conducted by the General Accounting Office (GAO) came at the request of Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Max Baucus (D-Montana). Crapo is chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committeeâ??s Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water and Baucus is a senior member of the subcommittee… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo: Budget Must Focus On Spending Reductions

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, is speaking out in favor of federal fiscal restraint, urging his Budget Committee colleagues to reduce the federal deficit by â??focusing on the spending sideâ?? of the budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2005. The Senate Budget Committee is in the middle of completing work on the budget resolution; final vote on the resolution is expected late this evening. The 2005 Budget Resolution provides Congress with a blu… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo, Nuclear Cleanup Caucus Members Seek To â??Accelerate Cleanup

Washington, DC â?? An annual series of Congressional briefings on nuclear waste cleanup began today in Washington D.C., part of an effort by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the Senate Nuclear Waste Cleanup Caucus to accelerate decontamination efforts. Crapo, who is Co-Chairman of the Caucus, invited his Senate colleagues and staff to attend a series of briefings designed to highlight the importance of nuclear waste cleanup at contaminated sites, including the Idaho National Engineering and Environm… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Assistance To Firefighters Grant Program Gears Up For 2004

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is encouraging local Idaho fire departments to apply for $750 million in grant funds. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is geared toward helping rural, urban and suburban fire departments increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, improve firefighter health and safety programs, and establish or expand fire prevention and safety programs. â??Today, Idaho fire departments are faced with extremely complex terrorism response and prep… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Lauds Public-Private PartnershipLighting Mini-Cassiaâ??s Future

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded todayâ??s announcement that leaders in Minidoka and Cassia County are taking over future use of the former J.R. Simplot potato processing facility in Heyburn with plans to create new jobs and improve the economy of the Mini-Cassia region. Crapo sent a letter congratulating Burley City Councilman Dennis Curtis, and all the local leaders in the region who are working to redevelop the 276-acre site donated by Simplot:â??Working together with the l… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Delegation Reacts To Mexico Reopening Market To U.S. Beef

Washington, DC - Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation applauded an announcement by Mexico that it will once again allow imports of U.S. beef products, opening up a valuable market to American beef producers. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said Mexico agreed to lift the two-month old ban after U.S. officials provided extensive information as to the safety of American beef. "This is a very welcome announcement that will surely provide a boost in negotiations with Japan, Korea, and other… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

U.S. Chamber Honors Sen. Mike Crapo with 2004 â??Spirit of Enterpriseâ?? Award

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been awarded the 2004 â??Spirit of Enterpriseâ?? Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his work in support of businesses, jobs, and the economy in the first session of the 108th Congress. The Chamber, the worldâ??s largest business federation, presented Crapo with the award this morning in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.â??Policies that encourage economic growth are crucial to a strong and vibrant economy,â?? Crapo said. â??A growing econom… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo To Governors: â??On The Groundâ?? Efforts May Break Esa â??Gridlockâ??

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate subcommittee with oversight of the Endangered Species Act, told members of the National Governors Association Sunday that work â??on the ground, and at the state levelâ?? is an important source of better ideas for species conservation. â??Your wildlife managers are finding ways to break the gridlock holding up progressive conservation results,â?? Crapo said. â??This is making the best use of the ESA and providing the ideas that Co… Continue Reading


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

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