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March 27, 2017

Simpson, Labrador, Joined by Crapo Introduce Agreement on Gateway West Transmission Line

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador have introduced legislation to address the routing of the Gateway West Transmission Line, through the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). The project - jointly proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power - will construct and operate 1,000 miles of high voltage transmission line across Wyoming and Idaho and creates more than 1,200 jobs and represents $3.5 billion in economic investment. The legislati… Continue Reading


March 24, 2017

Crapo Honors Fallen Idaho Airman, Staff Sgt. Alex Morrow

Senator Crapo today honored the life and service of fallen Mountain Home Air Force Base Gunfighter, Staff Sergeant Alexandria "Alex" Mae Morrow. "Staff Sgt. Morrow was well respected by her fellow airmen, and was recognized frequently for her kindness and strong commitment to service," said Crapo. "The memory of her legacy will carry with it the honor she and so many other brave Americans have earned in defending our freedoms at home and abroad. I offer my deepest condolences to her family, fr… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Risch, Crapo Introduce Legislation to Prevent Labor Union Slowdowns

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), David Perdue (R-GA), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Prevent Labor Union Slowdowns Act (PLUS), legislation that would protect local businesses and ensure they can continue importing and exporting goods during maritime labor union disputes. As a recent contract negotiation tactic, maritime labor unions have been involved in "slowing down" instead of striking, which causes substantial financial loss to local businesses that are attempt… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Crapo, Brown Request Proposals to Foster Economic Growth

Today, United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced a process for soliciting legislative proposals to increase economic growth. "Ranking Member Brown and I have designed an orderly process for consideration of proposals that will help consumers, market participants, and financial companies responsibly participate in the economy in a more effective and efficient manner," said Chairman Crapo. "We we… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Crapo: Gorsuch will be a servant of the law, not a maker of it

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee today described Judge Neil Gorsuch as a someone who believes that the role of a judge is to be a servant of the law and not to legislate or create laws from the judicial bench. Crapo delivered his statement today during the opening session of Judge Gorsuch's confirmation hearing to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Gorsuch will fill the seat left vacant by the late Antonin Scalia. "I've … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Crapo Convenes Hearing on Russia Sanctions

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following opening remarks during a full committee hearing on "Assessing U.S. Sanctions on Russia: Next Steps." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "This hearing will come to order. "Today, we will examine the existing Russian sanctions architecture in terms of its effectiveness and economic impact and assess what corrective action, if any… Continue Reading


March 14, 2017

Crapo Convenes Hearing on the Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program

Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following opening remarks during a full committee hearing on "Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, Part I." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "This hearing will come to order. "We are joined by Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator of Insurance and Mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who returns … Continue Reading


March 03, 2017

Crapo Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act

Today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) in introducing S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA). S. 512 will promote innovation in the nuclear sector by enabling processes for licensing new reactors. This legislation will mode… Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Crapo, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Bill Addressing Shortfall of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow are leading a bipartisan effort to end the shortfall of veterinarians in rural areas by reintroducing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA). This bipartisan bill would help meet the growing demand for veterinarians nationwide by eliminating taxes on programs that encourage veterinarians to practice in underserved areas. Veterinarians are a critical part of ensuring our access to a safe and high-qual… Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Crapo: President's Address to Congress Presents Optimistic Agenda for America

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee tonight commented on President Trump's address to Congress: "Tonight, President Trump posed the question of where we want our nation to be as we approach our 250th year. As that milestone awaits, the President offered an agenda rooted in personal liberty and economic freedom. Many of the President's proposals echo the concerns and questions I heard during my more than 200 town meetings across Idah… Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Crapo Supports President Trump’s ‘Waters of the United States’ Executive Order

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded an Executive Order signed today by President Trump directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal departments to review the Obama administration's 'Waters of the United States' rule, or WOTUS. Under the President's order, agencies will review the rule to make sure it complies with new guidelines from the administration aimed at minimizing regulatory uncertainty. "The proposed 'Waters of the United States' rule is a textbook… Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Idaho Delegation Announces 2017 Service Academy Days

The Idaho Congressional Delegation today announced its 2017 Service Academy Days across Idaho. Each Service Academy Day session offers students, parents, and counselors the opportunity to meet with liaisons, cadets, and midshipmen from each of the nation's respective service academies and provides an opportunity for questions. Staff from Idaho's four Congressional delegation offices will be on hand to answer questions about the application process for students who are seeking a nomination to o… Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Crapo, Risch Call for Continued Funding of Secure Rural School Payments

WASHINGTON - Citing the stress on many rural county budgets, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined 78 of their colleagues in sending a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) calling on it to provide funding for the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program in the President's upcoming budget request that will be submitted to Congress. SRS payments are vital to many rural budgets as these payments often pay for school programs and personnel like nurses, and f… Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Crapo Sponsors Senate Companion to Labrador Bill to Fill Gaps in Veterans Education Benefits

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, has introduced the Shauna Hill Post 9/11 Education Benefits Transferability Act (H.R. 1112) to correct an oversight in current law regarding benefits under the GI Bill. U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The bill is named for Shauna Hill, a 16-year-old junior at Eagle High School who, in 2012, was killed in an automobile accident. Shauna aspired to attend Stanford University and become a doctor. When her fat… Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Crapo, Risch, McCaskill Bill Would Provide Regulatory Relief to Farmers, Water Users

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation that would eliminate a costly and redundant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation affecting pesticide users. S. 340, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act (SEPA), seeks to clarify congressional intent concerning the federal regulation of pesticides and codify longstanding interpretation of regulatory statutes after a 2009 court ruling imposed an additi… Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Crapo Leads Bipartisan Bill to Spur Rail Investment

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow have introduced the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy, or BRACE Act, which would make permanent a critical tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line railroads. "Our agriculture communities rely on small business freight railroads to connect their products to markets across nation and around the globe," said Crapo. "These are crucial economic corridors that serve our communities across the nation. This measur… Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Crapo Supports Resolution to Protect Constitutional Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today voted to support a Resolution of Disapproval that will stop a rule issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) from stripping the Second Amendment rights of some Social Security beneficiaries. "Today's resolution of disapproval will stop the Social Security Administration from stigmatizing people with disabilities and stripping beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights," said Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The Social Security Admi… Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Crapo Encourages Students to Apply for Senate Internship Program 2017

Washington, D.C. -The deadline is rapidly approaching for Idaho's students to apply for internship opportunities in U.S. Senator Mike Crapo's Washington, D.C., office, or in one of his six regional offices throughout Idaho. Students have until March 1 to submit an application to be considered for an internship position for both the summer and fall semesters. The internship experience provides Idaho students a unique opportunity to learn about Congress and the legislative process firsthand. Int… Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Crapo, Risch Congratulate Boise Teacher on Teaching Excellence Award

Washington, D.C. - In a joint statement, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch congratulated Sonia Galaviz, a fifth grade teacher from Boise who was recently awarded the NEA Foundation's Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence: "Sonia Galaviz has truly earned this recognition. For nearly 15 years, she has served as a positive role model for Idaho's youth and has inspired students to meet their full potential. Her work has enriched our community. We applaud Sonia's commitment to educatin… Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Crapo Statement at Hearing on the Fed's Semiannual Monetary Policy Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following opening remarks during a full committee hearing on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today we will receive testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen regarding the Fed's semiannual report to Congress on monetary policy and the state of the ec… Continue Reading

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