News Releases

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


January 31, 2005

Crapo Plans Housing Announcement, Hearings On Small Business & Ag Trade

Washington, DC - Amidst market changes and trade agreements that could affect Idaho business and agriculture, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will hold U.S. Senate subcommittee hearings and regional meetings on business and trade in Idaho this month. Crapo is a member of both the Senate Banking Committee, which oversees international trade issues, and the Senate Small Business Committee.During his travel across much of the state this month, Crapo will also honor Idahoans with his Sprit of Idaho Award a… Continue Reading


January 31, 2005

Crapo Brings Idaho Students To Washington, DC

Washington, DC â?? Three young people from in and around Idaho will have the opportunity this semester to learn about Congress firsthand as they fill internships in the Washington, D.C. office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The winter semester interns will be in Washington until April.â??The internship program is designed to give students a hands-on learning experience about the congressional process,â?? said Crapo. â??These students are a valuable part of our office and this internship helps them… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Crapo Details ESA Reform Agenda for 2005

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo set forward his plans for updating and strengthening the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 109th Congress during a video conference this afternoon with the Business Summit of the West sponsored by the Western Business Roundtable. He issued a challenge to the interest groups involved with the issue to get involved in the process and collaborate in reaching some consensus solutions. Crapo plans to introduce a bill that would speed recovery and be fair fo… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Crapo Pushes Rural Health, Men's Health Office With HHS Secretary-Designate

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo told Health and Human Services Secretary-Designate Mike Leavitt that improvements to rural healthcare, such as telehealth and federal compensation issues, should be a priority if Leavitt is confirmed this month as HHS Secretary. Crapo, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, is scheduled to vote on Leavitt's nomination on January 19th. The two met this week in Crapo's Washington, DC office. Crapo also told Leavitt he would like to see federal emphas… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Delegation Supports Idaho Ag Officials In Cattle Investigation

Washington, DC - Members of Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation expressed their confidence today in the work being done by state Department of Agriculture officials, in cooperation with producers, to ensure Idaho beef remains safe from â??mad-cowâ?? disease. Agriculture Department officials announced today that a Holstein cow from a Burley-area dairy herd originally was part of the same out-of-state dairy herd that contained a cow found to have â??mad-cowâ?? disease in Washington State. The Holst… Continue Reading


January 28, 2005

Crapo To Be Sworn In For 109th Congress

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be sworn in today for his second term in the United States Senate. Crapo will be administered the Oath of Office twiceâ??first, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Mountain/8:30 a.m. Pacific in the U.S. Senate Chamber (carried on C-Span 2), and second, in the historic Old Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol. He will be escorted during the first ceremony by Idaho senior Senator Larry Craig. Vice President Dick Cheney will administer the oath both times. Crap… Continue Reading

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