News Releases

October 02, 2019

Senators Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and 27 of their Senate colleagues today requested that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators wrote, "Congress has an obligat… Continue Reading

September 23, 2019

Senate Recognizes September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate unanimously supported a Senate Resolution designating September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) introduced the resolution, which aims to "educate people in the United States about prostate cancer and early detection strategies crucial to saving the lives of men and preserving and protecting families." "I know firsthand the need for early screenings and warnings when it comes to … Continue Reading

September 23, 2019

Six Interns Join Crapo’s Offices for Fall Term

Washington, D.C. -- The Washington, D.C., and state offices of U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will have four interns serve in various capacities for the fall of 2019. "Internships with the U.S. Senate provide each person with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in the legislative branch," said Crapo. "Our interns this fall will be tasked with assignments that help them witness firsthand how the views and needs of Idahoans are considered before Congress in the front office, … Continue Reading

September 20, 2019

Crapo, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize Breast Cancer Awareness Funding

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) have introduced legislation to reauthorize and increase funding for the Young Women's Breast Health Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act. The earlier cancer cases are identified, the better the chance of surviving this often deadly disease. The key to early detection and treatment lies in education, advocacy and research. The EARLY Act, which first became law in 2010, empowers young a… Continue Reading

September 17, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Western Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. -- A bipartisan group of Western senators have introduced legislation to provide long-term financial security for rural counties. The legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) would reauthorize the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for ten years. The program provides critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 state… Continue Reading

September 05, 2019

Crapo Honors Latah County Sheriff With Spirit of Idaho Award

MOSCOW -- Under a donated new entertainment stage cover at the Latah County Fairgrounds and Events Center, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) honored Latah County Sheriff Richard "Richie" Skiles with his Spirit of Idaho (SOI) Award on Wednesday. "Sheriff Skiles already serves his community every day by putting on his uniform as Latah County Sheriff," said Senator Crapo. "Yesterday, I presented Sheriff Richie Skiles with the Spirit of Idaho Award because his selflessness and commitment to his c… Continue Reading

September 03, 2019

Crapo, Risch, Wyden, Merkley Call on TriWest to Ensure Urgent Care Access for Veterans in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today pressed TriWest Healthcare Alliance on its implementation of the new urgent care benefit under the VA MISSION Act following reports that veterans in rural Oregon and Idaho are unable to access the benefit. In a letter to TriWest President and Chief Executive Officer David J. McIntyre, Jr., the Senators noted that veterans in rural communities in their state have ci… Continue Reading

August 30, 2019

Crapo, Risch Join Colleagues Urging Supreme Court Judicial Independence

Washington, D.C. -- Idaho's U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined a group of Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) urging it to maintain an independent level of judicial jurisprudence. The letter is in response to recent political threats to restructure the Court. "We therefore ask that the Justices fulfill their oaths to 'faithfully and impartially' follow the law," the letter reads. "They should rule in this case only as the law di… Continue Reading

August 28, 2019

Crapo Statement on Retirement of Senator Johnny Isakson

Washington, D.C -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued this statement following Senator Johnny Isakson's (R-Georgia) announcement that he would retire at the end of this year: "Senator Isakson has been a committed and respected conservative leader. He has dutifully and faithfully represented the people of Georgia in various roles in the U.S. Congress for more than twenty years. Senator Isakson's leadership garnered legislative victories for his fellow veterans and fellow Georgians. We … Continue Reading

August 14, 2019

Senators: Placing Reactor Innovation Center in Idaho is a Credit to the Idaho National Lab

Idaho Falls -- In just three years, the nuclear advancement and technology plans envisioned by Idaho's U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch came to reality today at the Idaho National Laboratory. Flanked by Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Manager Bob Boston and Idaho National Lab (INL) Director Dr. Mark Peters, Crapo and Risch discussed the decision to locate the new National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) at the Idaho Falls facility. The NRIC is the result of the Nuclear Energy Innova… Continue Reading

August 12, 2019

Crapo: Collaboration and Innovation are Key to Affordable Housing

Boise - During a tour of nationally-recognized models of affordable housing today with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo said collaboration between the government and private sector, as well as innovative approaches to housing models, are key to creating more affordable housing. Crapo noted, "Everyone agrees we must try to make more affordable housing available. Here in Idaho, home prices are on the rise and demand is high. W… Continue Reading

August 08, 2019

Crapo Brings HUD Secretary Carson to Idaho to Discuss Affordable Housing

Boise -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and local Boise leaders will host multiple housing events on Monday, August 12 to discuss affordable housing challenges and innovative, collaborative solutions. Housing affordability is a critical issue in Idaho and all across the country. Nationwide, there is a shortage of millions of affordable rental homes available to lower-income Americans, and the gap between the demand for affo… Continue Reading

August 07, 2019

Crapo, Risch to Honor City of Carey’s Centennial

Boise, Idaho -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) will join Carey city officials in celebrating the city's 100th birthday. During the public ceremony, Senators Crapo and Risch will present a statement they submitted, with Representative Mike Simpson (R-Idaho-2), to the Congressional Record (page 42). "The picturesque community in Blaine County, Idaho, is in a beautiful area rich in history and extraordinary people," the statement reads. "The residents of Carey have m… Continue Reading

August 01, 2019

Crapo Supports Bipartisan Budget Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) maintained his track record of supporting U.S. national defense and efforts to counter foreign intrusion and aggression, and today voted to support the Bipartisan Budget Act, which the Senate passed in a 67-28 vote. He issued the statement below following the vote: "Although I am disappointed this budget agreement did not contain greater spending cuts, failure to enact it would have resulted in even greater spending. That would have inevit… Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Crapo, Warner Legislation Would Secure U.S. Supply Chains Against Foreign Exploitation

Washington, D.C. - Citing the vital need for a secure U.S. industrial base, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have introduced bipartisan legislation to guard against attempts by the People's Republic of China and others to undermine U.S. national security by exploiting and penetrating U.S. supply chains. The Manufacturing, Investment, and Controls Review for Computer Hardware, Intellectual Property and Supply (MICROCHIPS) Act (S. 2316) would develop a national stra… Continue Reading

July 29, 2019

Crapo Announces Town Meetings & Other Public Events

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is announcing town meetings across Idaho during the months of August and September. Crapo, who has previously held town meetings in all 200 of Idaho's incorporated cities, is continuing his plans to visit unincorporated areas of the state as well. The August and September meetings extend that schedule. Crapo says he will discuss several initiatives he has undertaken as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. T… Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Crapo, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Combat Robocalls

Washington, D.C. -- Estimates indicate that Americans receive billions of robocalls to their mobile phones each year, and the number of robocalls to landlines soars even higher. U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) introduced legislation to establish a pilot program to expand the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ongoing attempts to combat these unwanted computerized calls. "Scammers have flooded phone lines with incessant and unwanted computerized calls … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Crapo Votes to Support Victims Compensation Fund Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued this statement following Senate passage of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund (VCF): "I was in my first term in the U.S. Senate when news networks first reported that planes had hit the World Trade Towers in New York City on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 (9/11). Idahoans Brady Kay Howell, of Sugar City, and Ronald J. Vauk, of Nampa, were among those killed at the Pentagon that morning. I later… Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Crapo Supports Secretary Esper Confirmation at Defense Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement following the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Dr. Mark Esper to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD): "I congratulate Secretary Esper on his confirmation. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in matters of defense. Through his extensive background, Secretary Esper has demonstrated his commitment to sound, principled decisions at the highest levels of U.S. military operations. The women and m… Continue Reading

July 02, 2019

New Report Says Crapo Banking Bill Benefitting American Families, Workers and Businesses

WASHINGTON - A new report on the economic effects of federal deregulation issued by the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) cites Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo's (R-Idaho) Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) as a key driver of economic growth. The CEA report says that the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act "is expected to reduce regulatory burdens and help to expand the credit made available to small businesses… Continue Reading

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