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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


January 13, 2017

Idaho Congressional Delegation Urges DOE to Prioritize Idaho For Nuclear Waste Removal as WIPP Reopens

Washington, D.C. - In a joint letter led by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), the Idaho congressional delegation thanked the Department of Energy (DOE) for diligently reopening the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) in New Mexico, which was closed for nearly three years following a radiation incident in 2014. The delegation urged Secretary Moniz to prioritize waste coming from Idaho's Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant (AMWTP) as DOE establishes a shipment schedule for waste going to WIPP. "Id… Continue Reading


January 11, 2017

Clean Nuclear Energy, Research Advanced in Bipartisan Senate Bill

Washington, D.C. - Private-sector innovators in nuclear energy and government researchers will work hand-in-hand to create the next generation of clean, advanced nuclear power under bi-partisan legislation introduced today in the U.S. Senate. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), today re-introduced the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA). The legis… Continue Reading


January 10, 2017

Crapo Raises States' Rights With Attorney General-Designee Sessions

Washington, D.C. - During a confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo questioned Attorney General-designee Senator Jeff Sessions about states' rights, federal agency overreach and federal abuse of power. Sessions agreed with Crapo that, too often, federal agencies have "forgotten" their role and relationships with states. Crapo, a new member of the committee, has led efforts to stop recent federal agency actions harmful to property owners, … Continue Reading


January 09, 2017

Crapo to Chair Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee in 115th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been named Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Crapo was elected by his fellow Republican colleagues on the committee and his appointment was confirmed by full Senate with the passage of Senate Resolution 7 on Thursday. The Committee has broad jurisdiction over efforts to promote capital formation, investment in our economy, the stability of the financial system and responsible lending to families and busine… Continue Reading


January 03, 2017

Crapo to Join Judiciary Committee in 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, flanked by Senator Jim Risch, today took the oath of office and was sworn into office to begin his next term. With the convening of the 115th Congress, Crapo announced he will join the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction for nominations such as the Attorney General, Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, and judges for appellate and district courts. It also has oversight of numerous federal departments including… Continue Reading


December 22, 2016

Crapo Announces 2017 Military Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced his nomination of 54 Idaho students to the nation's military academies. The students' applications are now being considered by four of the U.S. service academies, where final selections will be made. "The skills and academic achievements of these students sets them apart as leaders across Idaho communities," said Crapo. "By pursuing a higher education through one of our military service academies, they demonstrate their commitment to s… Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Gowen Field in Boise Among Five Finalists for F-35 Mission, Idaho Delegation Welcomes News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Idaho congressional delegation welcomed the news that Gowen Field in Boise is among five candidates to become the home to a new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadron. The decision by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James was announced Wednesday. Gowen Field and the Idaho Air National Guard ranked highly among 18 candidates, based on factors including weather, training infrastructure, cost, facilities and environment. The other four finalists are Dannelly Field Air Gu… Continue Reading


November 21, 2016

Wednesday Deadline to Request Tickets to the 58th Presidential Inauguration

Washington, D.C. - The deadline for Idahoans to request tickets to attend the presidential Inauguration swearing-in ceremony is Wednesday, November 23 at 5:00 PM Mountain time. The Inauguration swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take place Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. For the 58 th Presidential Inauguration swearing-in ceremony, members of Congress are provided with a limited number of tickets. As it has… Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Crapo, Risch Recognize Idaho Ranking 5th in Nation for Volunteer Service

Washington - A new study from the Corporation for Community and National Service concludes that Idaho ranks fifth in the nation for volunteer service. In Idaho, this translates to 382,200 individual volunteers and 53.42 million hours of volunteer service with an estimated value of service of $1.1 billion. The fifth place ranking puts Idaho behind Utah, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota, respectively. The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report concluded that one in four Ame… Continue Reading


November 10, 2016

Crapo to Attend Rexburg Veterans Day Event

Idaho Falls - To honor the service of Idaho's veterans community, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will travel to Rexburg and address attendees during a Veterans Day ceremony. The annual event is hosted by the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce and the Rexburg Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3012. For this year's event, organizers plan to kick-off the event with a fly-over of historic aircraft from the Legacy Flight Museum over downtown Rexburg. In addition to remarks from Senator Crapo, the program wi… Continue Reading


November 09, 2016

Veterans, Volunteers Honored with Crapo's Spirit of Freedom Award

Boise - Twelve Idaho veterans and seven volunteers serving Idaho's veterans will be honored on Veterans Day, this Friday, with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Spirit of Freedom Award. Crapo created the Spirit of Freedom Award to acknowledge the contributions, patriotism, service and sacrifice of Idaho's veterans and service-oriented volunteer leaders. He has worked with Idaho's veterans community to present the awards during Veterans Day ceremonies in Idaho. Details of this year's Spirit of Freedo… Continue Reading


November 03, 2016

Crapo To Help Amalgamated Sugar Celebrate 100th Sugarbeet Campaign

Twin Falls - The nation's second-largest producer of sugar from sugar beets is celebrating its' 100 th sugarbeet campaign in the Magic Valley this year. On Friday Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will present Amalgamated Sugar a copy of a Congressional Record Statement that he and Senator Jim Risch introduced into the Senate Record honoring Amalgamated Sugar's achievements over the past 100 years of sugar production in Idaho. The ceremony is planned at the Twin Falls Amalgamated facility at 10:00AM. … Continue Reading


November 02, 2016

Crapo to Address Idaho Hispanic Chamber; Donate Books at Wilder Elementary School

Nampa - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho tomorrow to speak to members of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Crapo will speak on economic and tax issues and answer questions from the business group during the luncheon event. Following the Chamber address, Crapo travels to Wilder to make a book donation at Wilder Elementary School. Crapo is partnering with the Community Council of Idaho (CCI), the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Idah… Continue Reading


November 01, 2016

Crapo to Meet with Coeur d'Alene Diabetes Advocates

Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join Coeur d'Alene advocates to discuss efforts to support continued research on Type 1 Diabetes at the National Institutes of Health. Local advocate Carson Magee has worked with Crapo, a member of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, to support efforts that maintain funding for the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) at NIH. For almost twenty years, SDP has worked to improve the lives of the more than 29 million Americans who have diabetes. The program - co… Continue Reading


October 28, 2016

Crapo Joins Pocatello Event Marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Pocatello - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join community leaders, including Idaho State University President Dr. Arthur Vailas, to mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month next week. The event-"It Shouldn't Be Scary To Be In A Relationship"-is set for Halloween. The news conference and following program will serve as reminders that help is available for those who are affected by domestic and sexual violence. National statistics reveal that one in four women face the threat of violence an… Continue Reading


October 25, 2016

Volunteers Rebuilding After Idaho Fire to Receive Award Wednesday in Kamiah

Lewiston - Volunteers, concerned citizens and residents in Idaho's Clearwater, Lewis and Idaho counties will be honored tomorrow during a ceremony at the Kamiah City Hall. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will present his Spirit of Idaho Award to those going above and beyond the call in rebuilding the homes of resident who lost their homes to wildfire last summer. A series of fires last August forced more than 9,000 residents to evacuate and 78 homes in the three counties were destroyed or damaged … Continue Reading


October 25, 2016

Crapo Earns "A" Rating from National Taxpayers Union

In recognition of his record to support conservative tax policies and reduce federal spending, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has earned the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" with an A rating from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for 2015. For its 2015 rating, the NTU analyzed 141 Senate votes affecting fiscal policy including measures to reduce federal spending, lower taxes, pay down the federal debt and reduce burdensome regulation. Crapo was only one of 14 Senators to earn an A rating from the NTU. Is… Continue Reading


October 24, 2016

Crapo to Meet With Veterans to Discuss VA Health Care Reform Bill

Coeur d'Alene - New federal legislation to cut red tape for veterans will be Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's topic this week as he meets with Idaho veterans and veteran leadership. He will discuss major reform legislation affecting health care and other veterans' services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Crapo has introduced the "Improving Veterans Care in the Community Act," S. 3401. The bill makes it easier for veterans to obtain local health care by consolidating existing,… Continue Reading


October 24, 2016

Crapo: Federal Policy Key to Continued Jobs in the Idaho Ammunition Industry

Lewiston - Idaho's ammunition manufacturing industry is expanding, but the new jobs being created may be dependent on federal policies that Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says must stay consistent with the rights of Americans under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Crapo visited last week with representatives of Vista Outdoors, which recently announced plans to expand its ammunition manufacturing operations in Idaho, creating more than 130 new jobs in the Lewiston area. Presently, one o… Continue Reading

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