News Releases

February 01, 2005

Crapo Actions Correct Salmon Funding

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been successful in adding Idaho to the list of states eligible for funding under a new program offered by the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ??s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The NRCS announced the program last week, but the agency initially left Idaho off the list of states where landowners could apply for the funding to improve habitat for salmon. The agency changed the eligibility announcement following calls and letters from Crapo to NR… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo: Idaho Priorities Included In Budget

Washington, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2005 Budget resolution that was passed early this morning in the Senate by a vote of 51-45. Crapo, who helped manage the legislation during the week-long debate, announced that a number of Idaho priorities are reflected in the resolution including funding proposals for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, Title I grants, veterans medical care, and fire suppression. The r… 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

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

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

Crapo To Announce Student Scholarship Fund, Talk Business & Trade Next Week

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join with education professionals and leaders next week to announce a first-of-its-kind endowment to assist Idaho students in attending college in Idaho. Further details on the scholarship effort, which will be housed at the Idaho Community Foundation, will be announced during a news conference in Boise this coming Wednesday. Crapo will also discuss increases in federal funding in Title I and IDEA funding for Idaho schools.On Tuesday, March 16, Cr… 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


February 01, 2005

Craig, Crapo Help Create New Congressional Grains Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo today announced they have helped create the bipartisan Congressional Grains Caucus. The purpose of the caucus is to promote the growth and stability of the small grains industry through educational seminars for Members of Congress and their staff with an interest in issues important to the industry.â??It is important that valuable agricultural industries have a group ready to work with them on the typically numerous and complex issues … Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo, Mayors, Small Business Administration & Hispanic Leaders Team Up To Increase Business Training And Jobs

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the Hispanic Financial Education Coalition (HFEC), and local bank and credit union leaders have announced the certification of twenty-five new financial trainers. The trainers, comprised of volunteers from the banking, lending, and realty industries, will work in their communities to increase financial education in the Hispanic population. Specifically, the trainers will hold classes focusing on the U.S. Banking system, budgeting, saving, using and bu… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Wants Idaho IncludedIn New Salmon Funding Initiative

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is calling on the head of the U.S. Department of Agricultureâ??s Natural Resources Conservation Service to correct an â??oversightâ?? that has left Idaho out of a new initiative on salmon recovery. Crapo asked NRCS Chief Bruce Knight to allow Idahoans to share in the $3.5 million being made available for those looking to improve salmon habitat by applying through the NRCS Wildlife Incentives Program. NRCS announced this week that residents of Washington,… Continue Reading


February 01, 2005

Crapo Commends Students On Salmon Study

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has praise for a group of Riggins area high school seniors who are spreading the word about the economic benefits of an expanded salmon fishing season this year in Idaho. Crapo discussed a report produced by students of Salmon River High School during a teleconference with the seniors this week. He was joined for the call in his Washington, DC office by Riggins Mayor Bob Zimmerman and Kristin Troy with the Salmon Chamber of Commerce.Crapo told the group … Continue Reading


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 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

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

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

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