News Releases

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


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Gonzales Well-Qualified To Become Next U.S. Attorney General

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today concerning President George W. Bushâ??s nomination of Judge Alberto R. Gonzales, presently Counsel to the President, to take over as U.S. Attorney General, replacing John Ashcroft. â??Judge Gonzales is very well-qualified to become our next Attorney General and I am confident he will be confirmed quickly by the U.S. Senate. Gonzales has not only a long and distinguished legal career as a lawyer both in Texas and in … Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Project Search Funds Celebrated In Glenns Ferry Water Event

Washington, DC â?? A pilot project to help fund projects in smaller communities will be on display tomorrow when officials in Glenns Ferry dedicate a new water treatment plant. Glenns Ferry residents have had to take precautions with their drinking water for nearly five years while they await completion of a new water plant. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo worked with Idahoâ??s Region IV Development office to make about $55,000 available to Glenns Ferryâ??s water project as part of Crapoâ??s Project SE… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Idaho Delegation Recognized For Promoting Affordable Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) honored the Idaho Congressional Delegation with the Benjamin Franklin Public Policy Award. Idaho is the only state where all members of Congress received the award. The award honors members of Congress who consistently support a stable, affordable insurance industry. Public policy issues that were considered include ergonomics regulations, Patientâ??s Bill of Rights, insurer access to criminal records, class acti… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapoâ??s â??Capitol Watchâ?? Halloween Special

Washington, DC â?? â??Tis the season of tall tales, outlandish claims and downright spooky stories: and not just on the election front. The U.S. Capitol, which has been the scene of what some may call frightening political behavior, has also been the scene of ghostly events that canâ??t be explained by political pundits. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be sharing some ghost stories about the United States Capitol on his October â??Capitol Watchâ?? program, which will air on Tuesday, October 12, 20… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Delegation Reacts To Energy Secretaryâ??s Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation offered praise today for Secretary of Energy Spencer Abrahamâ??s work, especially as it related to the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Today, Secretary Abraham announced that he will resign from President Bushâ??s cabinet once his successor is confirmed. Idaho Senator Larry Craig thanked him, stating, â??Secretary Abraham has been an asset to Idaho. His tenacity for securing the future of the INEEL and reshaping its… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Delegation/Governor React To Rad Waste Provision

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation and Governor Kempthorne reacted today to a provision in the 2005 Defense Authorization bill related to radioactive waste classification which affects cleanup activities at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Senator Craig stated, â??First, last and always this issue has been about removing any ambiguity regarding what DOE will be required to do to complete the cleanup of liquid radioactive waste that is stored in th… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Frist Taps Mike Crapo To Chair SenateCommittee on Committees

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN) today tapped Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) to chair the Senate Committee on Committees, the organizing panel that will be responsible for determining the Committee assignments of the 109th Congress. â??Iâ??m grateful for Mike Crapoâ??s continued service to the Senate. He will do an outstanding job in negotiating Committee assignments for the 109th Congress,â?? said Frist. â??We have an aggressive agenda for the next legislative… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo: Small Business To Gain Under Jobs Bill

Washington, DC â?? Idaho stands to gain millions under the American Job Creation Act conference reported approved by the U.S. Senate today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced. H.R 4520 passed the Senate on a vote of 69 to 17; it was approved by the U.S. House late last week and will now be sent to the President for his signature. â??Small businesses will benefit significantly through a number of provisions in the jobs bill,â?? Crapo said. â??From technology and software investment to tax suspens… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Owyhee Commissioners Discuss Initiative In D.C.

Washington, DC â?? Owyhee County Commissioners are leading an Owyhee County delegation visiting Washington, D.C. this week to meet with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, House leadership, agency leaders and others about the Owyhee Initiative. The Initiative seeks to end decades of land management disputes in Owyhee County by preserving grazing rights, designating 500,000 of wilderness while releasing 200,000 acres of wilderness study area, and establishing a Board that will make recommendations to the B… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Health Awareness Booths Featured On September â??Capitol Watchâ??

Washington, DC â?? On the heels of a successful month of health care screenings at state fairs throughout Idaho, Senator Mike Crapo will discuss his Health Awareness Booths this month on â??Capitol Watchâ??. Featuring footage taken at the North and Western Idaho state fairs, the program will air Tuesday, September 14th, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. Mountain/6:00 p.m. Pacific on the public access channel of many Idaho cable television systems. â??Four years ago, I started the Mike Crapo Health Awareness Bo… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Supports Intelligence Improvements

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted with the 96-2 majority today as the Senate approved an overhaul of the nationâ??s intelligence gathering systems, including the establishment of a national intelligence director. The changes come in response to the September 11 commission report calling for reforms. The bill now goes to the U.S. House. â??With todayâ??s vote, the Senate has taken steps to dramatically improve and reform the way our nation collects and processes intelligence and o… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Lauds Energy Provisions In FSC/ETI Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? After a flurry of eleventh hour legislative activity on the Senate floor, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded the passage of the American Jobs Creation Act by the Senate today in vote of 69-17. A number of important tax provisions originally included in the energy bill are included. These provisions will benefit economic development and business in Idaho. The bill that resolves a trade dispute with the European Union over export programs also includes key energy provisions: â… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo Bill To Aid Potato Growers

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo introduced a bill this week to correct an expensive federal excise tax that has been incorrectly applied to Idahoâ??s potato industry. Under present law, potato farmers have faced an inconsistent and confusing history with regard to the enforcement of the excise tax. The bill, S. 2807, would exempt truck-mounted bulk beds from the excise tax currently levied on heavy trucks and trailers. Such beds are used primarily in potato farming to move agricultur… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Domestic Violence, Water Issues On Crapo Schedule Next Week

Washington, DC â?? Ongoing improvements in federal assistance to victims of domestic violence and awareness of the problem will be discussed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo during visits to Southwest Idaho later this week and next. Crapo recently won committee approval to increase protection for women in dating relationships who become victims of domestic violence. He will keynote a fundraiser in Caldwell and meet with advocates in Weiser regarding plans to fight ongoing violence. Crapo will also di… Continue Reading


February 04, 2005

Crapo To Assist At Fair Health Booths

Coeur dâ??Alene â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will work at the Mike Crapo Health Awareness Booths at fairs in Garden City and Coeur dâ??Alene over the next week as part of his efforts regarding prostate cancer and other health issues. Crapo will also discuss collaborative efforts and endangered species issues during visits to Orofino and the University of Idaho in Moscow. Times listed in the following schedule are local; the schedule is subject to change. Saturday, August 2111:30-12:30 p.m. Garde… 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

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