News Releases

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 28, 2005

Canyon & Kootenai Counties To Receive Workforce Investment Grants

Washington, DC â?? Workers in two Idaho counties will receive assistance with job training and placement as a result of two U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act grants announced today, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The Idaho Department of Labor will receive $205,330 for employment-related assistance in Canyon County, and $320,500 for similar efforts in Kootenai County. The grants are targeted at workers dislocated as a result of the closure of the Nampa J.R. Simplot plant, as well … Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Crapo To Hold Forest Access Town Hall, Announce Health Care Advances In North Idaho

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will hold a town hall meeting in Sandpoint on Saturday to hear public comment on forest and public lands access issues during a three day visit to Lewiston, Coeur dâ??Alene, Plummer, Genesee, Bonners Ferry, and Sandpoint. Crapo will meet with local leaders to talk about forest health, trade and job issues and also meet with recipients of his Spirit of Idaho Award in Lewiston and Coeur dâ??Alene. During a visit to Plummer, Crapo, leaders of the Coeur dâ??Alene Tri… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

CRAPO: INAUGURATION SHOULD UNITE NATION

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the Inauguration Ceremony for President George W. Bushâ??s second term should serve to unify and focus Americans and their government as the President enters his second term. Crapo will attend the Washington, DC ceremony today along with a number of Idahoans.â??This is a great day for all Americans. It serves as a reminder of what freedom means as people from across our nation come together in the Inaugural ceremony and the many related celebratio… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Idaho Delegation Voices Concern Over Australian Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, along with their colleagues in Congress, sent a letter today to President Bush and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick urging them to consider the impact on U.S. dairy producers of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) being negotiated between the United States and Australia. The delegation wrote:â??In particular, we want you to ensure that our dairy industry, especially dai… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Delegation Applauds State Handling Of Slickspot Peppergrass

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig, and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, today welcomed a federal decision to allow the State of Idaho to take the lead in managing habitat for slickspot peppergrass, avoiding a federal listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The slickspot peppergrass grows in sagebrush deserts in Southwestern Idahoâ??s Snake River plain and Owyhee plateau areas. Senator Crapo chairs the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction … Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Senators Ask Secretary Of Agriculture To Create Special Envoy To Deal With Mad-Cow Disease Trade Issues

WASHINGTON, DC - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and several other Senators sent a letter today to Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, requesting that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) create a special, high-level envoy who will maintain a persistent and productive dialogue with each of the countries that have imposed a ban on the importation of U.S. beef products, and with any other country that is considering imposing a similar ban.Craig and Crapo wrote, â??Swift a… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Delegation Seeks INEEL Cleanup Funds From Bush

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation is part of a bi-partisan coalition of Members of Congress asking President Bush to fully support the cleanup budgets for the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) and other similar sites around the country. In a letter co-signed by 23 members of the House and Senate Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter are asking President Bush… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Crapo Wins Added Funds For Rural Transit

Washington, DC - During a markup today renewing a six-year authorization for federal transit programs, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo won an increase in formula transit funding for Idaho of 148% over the life of the bill. The changes mean bus programs, vanpools, and other mass transit efforts in Idaho will see an increase from $33.4 million over the past six years of the program to $82.5 million over the next six years.Working with Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) and Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota), Crapo … Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

CRAPO PUSHES PULMONARY HEALTHDURING LEAVITT CONFIRMATION HEARING

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is asking Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Michael Leavitt to bring a new focus on pulmonary health issues if he is confirmed as HHS Secretary. Crapo, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee beginning Leavittâ??s confirmation hearings today, expects Leavitt will be confirmed. The Committee did not vote today but a vote on Leavittâ??s nomination is expected later this month.â??Chronic-obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the fourt… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

SENATORS WANT NEGOTIATIONS TO SETTLE LUMBER DISPUTES

Washington, DC â?? Spurred by yesterdayâ??s decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to revise duty calculations, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig are calling on U.S. and Canadian officials to step up talks that could resolve a long-running dispute over Canadian lumber imports into the United States. Both senators joined with Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) in a colloquy made a part of the Congressional Record in asking Canada to abide by numerous World Trade Organization (WTO) and Nort… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Senators Say Idaho Wolf Control Is Imminent

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig today praised news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves of Idahoâ??s state management plan for wolves. The Senators said they appreciated that the USFWS Director Steve Williams, in a letter to the state, has acknowledged the hard work of Idahoâ??s people, its Legislature, and its Governor to advance an effective and agreeable plan.Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who chairs the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over the ESA, sai… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

CRAPO VOTES IN SUPPORT OF CABINET NOMINEES

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted with the majority today as the U.S. Senate confirmed the first four members of President Bushâ??s second term Cabinet. Crapo supported Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice because of her strong background and career in foreign policy both in and outside of government and says Rice also brings other qualities for consideration, saying she offers continuity at the U.S. Department of State. Additionally, Crapo says Rice stands out as a su… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Idaho Congressional Delegation Members React To Release Of Doe Draft Requests For Proposals

WASHINGTON, DC - Idaho's Congressional delegation today made public a letter sent to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Spencer Abraham on January 30, 2004. In the letter, the delegation members laid out principles they believe should guide the DOE approach to its solicitation for management and operating contractors at the new Idaho National Laboratory. Yesterday, DOE released for public comment two draft requests for proposals - one for the environmental clean up mission and one for labo… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

CRAPO WELCOMES INTERNS TO DC OFFICE

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has three Idaho students joining his DC office staff for the semester. The interns began work this week and will assist in office operations and legislative duties through May 2005.Sara Bartles, Parma, will receive a Bachelorâ??s degree in journalism/mass communications from the University of Idaho in Spring 2005. She has consistently been on the Deanâ??s List. She is a 2001 graduate of Parma High School. Bartles has been active in domestic violence ab… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Crapo To Address Domestic Violence, Latino-Tribal Issues Friday In Boise

Boise - Building partnerships to end domestic violence in Idaho, as well as the rising political influence among Idaho minorities, will be among the topics addressed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo during a visit to Boise this Friday. Crapo will keynote the â??Partners for Justiceâ?? Celebration Luncheon to offer updates on legislation regarding domestic violence as well as a public awareness campaign on the issue. â??Partners for Justiceâ?? has focused on assistance to victims of domestic violence … Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Workshops Scheduled For Assistance To Firefighters Grant Program

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is encouraging local Idaho fire departments to learn more about the 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Several workshops are planned for Idaho over the next two months. The free workshops are sponsored by the U.S. Fire Administration and will detail the competitive grant program and application information offered to fire service personnel through the Department of Homeland Security.The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program provides $750… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Crapo: Proposed Budget Keeps Priorities, Adds Discipline

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed his support today for the priorities in President Bushâ??s proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 budget, while urging fiscal discipline among lawmakers. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said he will closely monitor the Presidentâ??s proposals as oversight hearings are held in the coming weeks to ensure concerns about the federal deficit are addressed.â??With todayâ??s budget proposal, the President has identified and provided support … Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Idaho To Receive Salmon Funding

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter announced today that Idaho is now included for funding under the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. The $5 million is included in the 2004 funding bill signed by President Bush last Friday. The delegation also announced today the Bush Administration intends to increase this fund for the coming budget year of 2005. If Congress approves the increase for future years, it will su… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

CRAPO NAMES SCHILDWACHTER SPECIAL ASSISTANT

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has named a former subcommittee staff director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as a Special Assistant to the Senator. Dr. Greg Schildwachter served as the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water Staff Director during Crapoâ??s tenure as the subcommitteeâ??s chairman.â??Gregâ??s primary responsibility will be to work on a bipartisan, bi-cameral effort to update and strengthen the Endangered Species Act,â?? Crapo said. â??His … Continue Reading

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