News Releases

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


February 01, 2017

Western Senators Introduce Greater Sage-Grouse Protection and Recovery Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) today introduced the Greater Sage-Grouse Protection and Recovery Act of 2017, legislation allowing states to implement their own specific conservation and management plans to protect greater sage-grouse populations and their habitats, in lieu of federal management. Original cosponsors of the bill include U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Steve Daines (R-MT). "Senator Risch and I strongly… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Crapo Comments on the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued this statement regarding the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "Judge Gorsuch has a strong background of legal experience and knowledge. I congratulate him on this high honor. I take seriously my constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review this nomination. As that review is conducted, I have long said that our next justice must lo… Continue Reading


January 29, 2017

Crapo Issues Statement on Executive Order on Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement on the President's executive order on immigration signed on Friday: "During town meetings I held across my state, Idahoans affirmed that we must take steps to secure our borders and I agree. We will need to constantly refine and improve our vetting process." # # #… Continue Reading


January 26, 2017

Crapo, Risch Seek Third Federal Judge for Idaho

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have introduced legislation to establish an additional federal district judgeship in Idaho for the first time in more than sixty years. Idaho is one of only three states (North Dakota and Vermont are the others) with only two authorized judge seats for the entire state. In contrast, the Central District of California and the Southern District of New York each have 28 authorized judgeships. If passed, the Crapo-Risch legislation, S. 20… Continue Reading


January 26, 2017

Crapo Leads Bipartisan Call to Support Medicare Advantage

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today led a letter signed by Idaho Senator Jim Risch and 63 of their colleagues to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Dr. Patrick Conway encouraging the Trump Administration to enact policies to protect and strengthen the Medicare Advantage program. "In Idaho, one in three Medicare beneficiaries have chosen a private health plan through Medicare Advantage, which allows be… Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Crapo Reintroduces Bill to Protect Second Amendment Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Maintaining a commitment to protecting the Second Amendment rights of individuals, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today reintroduced the Social Security Beneficiary 2nd Amendment Rights Protection Act (S.202) Crapo's legislation would protect Social Security beneficiaries from being stripped of their Second Amendment rights because of determinations used by the Social Security Administration about the management and payment of an individual's benefits. In January 2013, former Pre… Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

RECA Legislation Reintroduced

Washington, DC -A bipartisan coalition of western U.S. Senators has introduced two measures to benefit Americans exposed to airborne radiation during nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s and 1960s. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) introduced legislation to allow victims in a number of western states to file claims under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (… Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Crapo Comments on the Inauguration of President Donald Trump

Washington, D.C. - Following the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement: "Today, we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power that has been the hallmark of our democracy since its founding. In this election, voters chose a candidate who put forth a vision to create an opportunity society for Americans. This vision builds on conservative principles of a limited government, finally reining in irresponsible federal spending, a strong nation… Continue Reading


January 13, 2017

Crapo, Risch: Recent Action Shows Need for Law Restricting Monument Designations

Washington, D.C. - The sheer volume of national monuments being established and expanded by the outgoing Obama Administration adds renewed urgency to pass new federal legislation mandating local input and approval into the process. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have reintroduced legislation to limit Presidential power related to the designation of national monuments. More than a million acres of new monument designations in western states were added in a single day last December 28 t… Continue Reading

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