News Releases

November 19, 2018

Crapo, Wyden, Risch, Merkley, Urge Re-authorization of Rural Resource Advisory Committees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today urged federal officials to reauthorize citizen committees that provide key advice for important natural resources work in national forests. The senators' bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeks prompt reauthorization of the national Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) charter under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS). "Reauthori… Continue Reading

November 16, 2018

Crapo, Wyden Introduce Secure Rural Schools Extension

Legislation to extend the Secure Rural Schools program by one year, through Fiscal Year 2019, has been introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon). The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) was first introduced in 2000 to assist counties containing tracts of federally-owned land that is tax-exempt. Critical services at the county level have historically been funded in part with a 25 percent share of timber receipts from federal lands. As th… Continue Reading

November 09, 2018

Crapo Honors 16 Idaho Veterans & Volunteers With Spirit of Freedom Award

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced 16 Idahoans will be recognized with the 2018 Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award. Individuals are nominated by veterans' organizations for serving our nation and military veterans across Idaho for this annual award. The award, began by Crapo in 2002, is a small way to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of Idaho's veterans and volunteers to the wider Idaho veterans' community. Each Spirit of Freedom Award recipient wil… Continue Reading

November 07, 2018

Crapo Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today issued the statement below following the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "Jeff Sessions was my colleague for many years in the Senate. He is a man of deep integrity whom I have trusted, and he has devoted his career to serving our country. I supported his nomination to serve as Attorney General and he has focused on executing the laws of our nation without regard to political influence. He still has my full support as he e… Continue Reading

November 02, 2018

Crapo, Little to Highlight New Job, Education Opportunities with Idaho Veterans Coalition

A new coalition in Idaho, the Veterans Education and Workforce Development Coalition, is working to increase opportunities for jobs and education for veterans in the state. On Monday, November 5, in the Office of Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho Lt. Governor Brad Little will join state leaders to mark the partnership and accomplishments of the Veterans Education and Workforce Development Coalition. Crapo has sponsored two federal, bipartisan bills in the… Continue Reading

November 02, 2018

Crapo, Wyden Lead Senators in Calling for Additional Funding to Ensure Effective Responses to Massive Wildfires

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in requesting funding to modernize firefighting assets so the U.S. Forest Service can more effectively respond, in a cost-effective manner, to devastating wildfires. The senators, in letters to Senate Committee on Appropriations leadership and the U.S. Forest Service, highlight the need for a modern, highly capable large air tanker and water-scooper fleet-proven to be one of the most effe… Continue Reading

October 24, 2018

Crapo Chairs Hearing for Ninth Circuit Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is the largest in the nation with jurisdiction over nine states and two territorial courts. With the State of Idaho as part of that circuit, its judges have influence over Western issues that affect Idahoans. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today chaired a hearing on a slate of nominees, including two selected to serve as judges on the Ninth Circuit. "Since the Ninth Circuit was established in 1890, … Continue Reading

October 12, 2018

Crapo, Rubio, Shaheen Hizballah Sanctions Bill Heads to President's Desk

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act, authored bySenate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), , and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY). The bill now heads to the President to be signed into law. The bill strengthens and expands the scope of economic and financial … Continue Reading

October 11, 2018

Senate Confirms Ryan Nelson of Idaho Falls to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate this evening voted to confirm Ryan Nelson of Idaho Falls to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. "Ryan has been widely recognized by his colleagues for his judgement and legal expertise and will serve our nation well on the Ninth Circuit," said Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "In his new position, Ryan will respect and be a servant of the law. He understands that a judge is responsible for interpreting and app… Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Crapo, Risch Support Idaho’s Water Users and Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - Supporting Idaho's water users and the critical infrastructure they rely on, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) voted in favor of the America's Water Infrastructure Act. Among many important upgrades to our waterways, irrigation systems and dams, the bill will help ensure water delivery to Idaho ranches and farms, and will increase water storage in the West. It also removes unnecessary red tape, making billions of dollars in deauthorizations to help reduce th… Continue Reading

October 06, 2018

Crapo Votes to Confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, this evening voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Regarding his vote, Crapo issued this statement: "Judge Kavanaugh is a mainstream jurist with a clear record of applying the law as written, consistent with the Constitution. His record as a member of the D.C. Circuit Court shows he has voted with the majority of that court 97 percent of the time, and… Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Crapo, Risch Support Efforts to Fight Opioid Abuse and Overdose in Idaho

Washington, D.C. - Recognizing the need for responsible, community-driven solutions to the growing opioid epidemic across America, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) supported legislation that will help reduce the use and supply of opioids, improve local response and resources, and drive innovation and long-term solutions. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act passed the Senate today and heads to the President. "The legislation passed today by the Senate will help Idaho… Continue Reading

October 02, 2018

Crapo Statement at Hearing on Implementation of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing entitled "Implementation of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today, we will hear from four agencies responsible for the supervision and regulation of banks or credit unions. "Each will provide an overview of its efforts,… Continue Reading

October 01, 2018

Crapo Statement on U.S. Trade Agreement With Mexico and Canada

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement regarding the trilateral agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada (USMCA). The USMCA is a renegotiation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The deal must be approved by Congress before it can take effect. The Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction over matters of trade and will be actively involved in the consideration of this new agreement when it is taken … Continue Reading

September 18, 2018

Senate Approves Full-Year Funding for Pentagon, A-10s with Crapo, Risch Support

Washington, D.C. - The nation's A-10 aircraft, like those flown by the 124th Fighter Wing of the Idaho Air National Guard, will receive necessary upgrades under a measure approved by the U.S. Senate today. With support from Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, $65 million will be dedicated to upgrading the wing infrastructure for the aging but critical A-10 fleet nationwide. "The bill we approved will provide critical upgrades to A-10 aircraft, like the ones stationed at Gowen Field in Bo… Continue Reading

September 18, 2018

Crapo Statement at Fintech Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing entitled ""Fintech: Examining Digitization, Data, and Technology." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today, we will hear four very unique perspectives on a segment of financial technology, or 'fintech.' "Almost exactly one year ago, the committee held a hearing to explore the … Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

Crapo Announces Staff Promotions and Appointments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today announced a number of changes in his Washington, D.C., office staff who will support his work on behalf of the State of Idaho and its people Kellie McConnell has been promoted to serve as Crapo's Deputy Legislative Director, and will take on the responsibility of overseeing the legislative activities of Senator Crapo's office. Previously, McConnell served Idahoans as Crapo'… Continue Reading

September 13, 2018

Crapo Votes to Advance Nelson Nomination to Full Senate

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined with committee colleagues to advance the nomination of Ryan Nelson to the full Senate for consideration. An attorney from Idaho Falls and sixth-generation Idahoan, Nelson has been nominated by President Trump to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Today's vote follows a July 11 nomination hearing, chaired by Crapo, where Nelson was introduced by Risch and answered questions about… Continue Reading

September 13, 2018

Crapo, Risch, Whitehouse Measure to Improve Nuclear Research, Drive Innovation Heads to President's Desk

Washington, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation led by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), James Risch (R-Idaho) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) cleared the House of Representatives today and will now go to President Trump for his signature. The measure, S.97, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA), would create partnerships between private-sector innovators in nuclear energy and government researchers to create the next generation of clean, advanced nuclear power. The measure led… Continue Reading

September 07, 2018

Crapo Questions Kavanaugh: SCOTUS Hearing Day 3

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo yesterday questioned Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee's second round of questioning as part of its week-long hearing to consider Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. Senator Crapo asked Judge Kavanaugh to again clarify the difference between the Supreme Court's holding in Morrison v. Olson and the current special counsel system. Crapo further explored the role of the Chevron doctrine in executiv… Continue Reading

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