News Releases

May 05, 2016

Crapo Statement on the Death of Former Utah Senator Robert F. Bennett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement following news that former Utah Senator Robert F. Bennett died Wednesday: "I am saddened to learn of the death of my former colleague, Bob Bennett.  As members of the Senate Banking Committee representing neighboring states, we had the opportunity to collaborate on issues of importance to both Utah and Idaho.  He was a dedicated public servant who worked diligently and collaboratively behind the scenes to craft and advance c… Continue Reading


May 02, 2016

Crapo, Risch, Tester, Wyden Lead 31 Senators in Bipartisan Fight to Deliver Critical Payments to Rural Counties

Senators Mike Crapo, Jim Risch, Jon Tester, and Ron Wyden led a bipartisan group of 31 Senators today demanding the reauthorization of critical payments to rural counties. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) the senators pushed to reauthorize Secure Rural Schools (SRS), which compensates counties with federal land that have seen declining timber production by providing payments to support local schools, infrastructure, and law en… Continue Reading


May 02, 2016

Crapo, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Accelerate Research, Development of Wood Building Construction in United States

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) to introduce the Timber Innovation Act - bipartisan legislation that would help accelerate research and development - and ultimately construction - of wood buildings in the United States.  Specifically, this legislation would focus on finding innovative ways to use wood in the construction of buildings above 85 feet i… Continue Reading


April 29, 2016

Crapo Statement on the Death of Former Montana Senator Conrad Burns

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement following news that former Montana Senator Conrad Burns died Thursday: "As a tireless advocate for the people of Montana, Conrad brought to Washington a commonsense approach to solving problems. Our states' shared border provided the opportunity for us to collaborate on issues important to both our states. Together, we held a field hearing in Havre, where I witnessed Conrad's unquestionable dedication to the people he served. I sen… Continue Reading


April 20, 2016

Crapo Nuclear Energy Bill Passes Senate in Energy Package

WASHINGTON - The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will benefit from new public-private nuclear research partnerships thanks to legislative language secured by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in a broad, comprehensive energy bill passed today by the United States Senate.  The language, benefitting Idaho and other national labs, is part of S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The provision, known as the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA), directs the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE… Continue Reading


April 18, 2016

Crapo Nuclear Bill Provides Path to Commercial Market for INL Research

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is the nation's leading nuclear energy lab, providing the scientific support needed to further the development of advanced nuclear technologies.  To support that mission, and the work of research nationwide, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, along with three other senators, has introduced a bill that enables the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to license advanced nuclear reactors.  The measure, S. 2795, The Nuclear Energy Innovation and Moderniz… Continue Reading


April 07, 2016

Crapo, Cantwell Call for Action on Designation for Lewis-Clark Valley Wine Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C.  -Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA)  urged the Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to move quickly in approving the Lewis-Clark Valley's designation as an American Viticulture Area (AVA). The AVA designation recognizes a wine-grape growing and production area that is distinguished for its unique geography and climate.  Although past designations have taken seven months to process, the Lewis-Clark Valley's petiti… Continue Reading


April 05, 2016

Crapo, Risch Statement on Federal Judge Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced that Idaho District Judge David C.  Nye of Pocatello has been nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. The nomination was done after negotiations with the White House and upon the advice given by the senators from Idaho. The senators stated that they enthusiastically seek the consent of the full Senate for confirmation. "The nomination of Judge Nye is the result of a pro… Continue Reading


March 30, 2016

Crapo Plans Town Meetings in Bonner County; Will Honor Associated Logging Contractors

Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo plans to hold town meetings this weekend in Bonner County with visits to Kootenai and Dover.  As is the case with many of his town meetings, Crapo will open with a discussion of the rising national debt and then take questions from Idahoans. Crapo will also honor the membership and leadership of Idaho's Associated Logging Contractors on Friday at the group's headquarters in Coeur d'Alene.  He will present a Congressional Record Statement commemorating th… Continue Reading


March 29, 2016

Crapo to Discuss Veterans Health Legislation; Address Pocatello Rotary Thursday

Idaho Falls - New federal legislation aimed at fixing problems many U.S. veterans are having accessing timely health care will be the main topic for Idaho Senator Mike Crapo this week during the Idaho Falls Veterans Appreciation Dinner Thursday evening.  Crapo introduced that bill, the Veterans Choice Improvement Act of 2016, with seven U.S. Senate colleagues earlier this month. Crapo will also speak to the Pocatello Rotary on Thursday.  He will discuss the growing federal debt and take questio… Continue Reading


March 24, 2016

Idaho Delegation Announces 2016 Service Academy Days

Washington, DC - The Idaho Congressional Delegation today announced it will host its 2016 Service Academy Days in Boise on April 2, Lewiston on April 21, and Coeur d'Alene on April 28. Each Service Academy Day offers students, parents, and counselors the opportunity to meet with academy liaisons, cadets, and midshipmen from each school to ask questions and receive information.  Staff from Idaho's Congressional delegation will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process for… Continue Reading


March 21, 2016

Crapo to Speak to Idaho Falls Chamber; Join in Rexburg Project Announcement

Idaho Falls - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will speak to the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce next week on issues ranging from the national debt to legislation he has proposed that could benefit the Idaho National Laboratory regarding nuclear reactor research. Crapo will also join leaders from the City of Rexburg, Brigham Young University-Idaho and the Montana-Idaho CDC to announce a major retail and housing project for Rexburg.  Details of Crapo's schedule are below:    Tuesday, Marc… Continue Reading


March 17, 2016

Idaho Veterans, Service Members Receive Thousands in Earned Benefits from Crapo Casework

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March 17, 2016

Crapo Recognized as â??Taxpayer Super Heroâ?? for Standing Against Government Waste

Washington - In recognition of his dedication to standing against wasteful government spending, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW)  has honored Idaho Senator Mike Crapo with its "Taxpayer Super Hero" award.  Among all 100 senators and 435 members of Congress, Crapo is one of only 17 lawmakers to earn a perfect score for his efforts to protect taxpayer interests. Crapo, who has opened every one of his 166 town meetings with warnings about the $19 trillion federal debt, s… Continue Reading


March 16, 2016

Crapo Statement on Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement today following President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: "The Constitution gives the President the right to make nominations to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate.  As part of its role in this process, the Senate may, at its discretion, withhold consent.  The next Supreme Court justice will make decisions that affect every American and shape ou… Continue Reading


March 11, 2016

Ferdinand Town Meeting Postponed

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is postponing his scheduled town meeting tomorrow in Ferdinand.  Having contracted the flu, Senator Crapo will not be returning to Idaho as he has the past six weekends.  The public meeting in Ferdinand will be rescheduled at a later date. # # #… Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Crapo Calls on Administration to Halt Plans to Cut Medicare Advantage

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today joined his Republican committee colleagues on a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administration Andy Slavitt calling for the Obama Administration to halt its plans to implement policy changes that reduce funding for the Medicare Advantage program.  Several proposed policy changes would result in cuts to the program in 2017. "In Idaho, one in three Medicare beneficiari… Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Legislation Brings Needed Changes to VA Choice Program

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, along with seven senators, has introduced S.2646, the Veterans Choice Improvement Act of 2016.  This legislation would fix many of the problems plaguing the Veterans Choice Program and the non-VA care programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  S. 2646 consolidates these programs into one with permanent funding.  This fix eliminates the current competition between programs, making it easier for providers to work with the VA to ensure that v… Continue Reading


March 06, 2016

Crapo Statement on the Death of Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

Washington -- Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement on the news that former First Lady Nancy Reagan died today: "Nancy Reagan will be remembered for not only supporting her husband during his service to our nation, but also as the keeper of his legacy in promoting the values of freedom and liberty across the world. I join with Idahoans in sending my condolences to her children and the entire Reagan family." # # #… Continue Reading


March 04, 2016

Crapo Encouraged By Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear from Endangered Species List

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today commented on the announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that it is taking the final step to delist the Yellowstone Grizzly bear from the endangered species list.  The FWS delisting will allow the States of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana to manage the bear population in cooperation with local and tribal officials.  FWS will publish the proposed delisting this week in the Federal Register which will begin a 60-day public comment perio… Continue Reading

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