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February 25, 2021

Idaho, Oregon Senators Leading Bipartisan Push for Critical County Payments

Washington, D.C.--Idaho and Oregon congressional leaders are pushing to ensure counties do not lose out on essential services due to federal land ownership. The bipartisan push for reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program is led by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon). The bill would reauthorize the SRS program through September 2022. The program, which helps fund essential services in rural communities home… Continue Reading

February 24, 2021

Crapo Presses Becerra on “Medicare for All”

Washington, D.C.--Today, the Senate Finance Committee held its nomination hearing for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). In his opening statement, Ranking Member Crapo (R-Idaho) expressed concerns with Mr. Becerra's support for such policies as "Medicare for All," as well as Becerra's role in enforcing California's restrictive actions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Crapo also highlighted Medicare's looming fiscal… Continue Reading

February 24, 2021

Crapo, Klobuchar Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Robocalls

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) are taking steps to cut down on scammers using robocalls to defraud consumers by reintroducing S. 357, the Data Analytics Robocall Technology (DART) Act. This legislation will establish a pilot program to expand the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ongoing attempts to combat unwanted computerized calls. The Congressional Research Service cites data indicating robocalls have risen to as high as 5.2 b… Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Crapo, Tester, Moran Lead Bipartisan Push to Provide Disabled Veterans Full Military Benefits

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Committee Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) today introduced the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation to provide combat-injured veterans with less than 20 years of military service their full benefits. The bill, S. 344, is named in honor of Major Richard A. Star-a father, husband, and decorated war veteran who, as a result of his combat-related injuries, was… Continue Reading

February 13, 2021

Crapo Statement on Impeachment Trial

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the statement below following his vote to acquit on the matters of impeachment: "This week's trial was unconstitutional. The House's impeachment proceeding blatantly violated established guarantees of due process. Furthermore, the plain text of the Constitution limits impeachment to current civil officers of the United States, specifically stating that, 'The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall… Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

Crapo: Pandemic Relief Should Be Bipartisan

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, voted against the adoption of S.Con.Res.5, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget Resolution. The proposed budget directs the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over major direct spending programs and all revenue and debt limit legislation, to increase the deficit by a staggering $1.3 trillion, without even determining or deliberating what polices would have the biggest impact in growin… Continue Reading

February 04, 2021

Crapo Chairs Committee on Committees, Announces Committee Assignments for 117th Congress

Washington, D.C.,--Following the 50-50 power-sharing agreement finalized on February 3, 2021, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) served, for a ninth consecutive term, as Chairman on the Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for committee assignments for the 117th Congress. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Kentucky) selected Senator Crapo for the role, and Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) assisted in the selection process. "I appreciate Leader McConnell's con… Continue Reading

February 04, 2021

Crapo Honors Fallen Idaho National Guardsmen

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement honoring the life and service of three fallen Idaho Army National Guard personnel. The individuals were killed after their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Boise on February 2, 2021, while participating in a routine training flight. "I am saddened to learn about the passing of the three brave pilots of the Idaho National Guard during an exercise training. Chief Warrant Officer Anderson, Chief Warrant O… Continue Reading

February 03, 2021

Crapo, Risch Introduce Balanced Budget Amendment

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) today joined U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) and 12 additional co-sponsors in introducing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring the President and Congress to enact annual balanced budgets. The joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment outlining requirements for the submission and approval of annual balanced budgets. "I have long supported a balanced budget amendment as an … Continue Reading

February 02, 2021

Crapo Welcomes New Interns for Spring Term

Washington, D.C.--Two interns have joined U.S. Senator Mike Crapo's (R-Idaho) Washington, D.C., and Boise offices for the spring term. "No doubt, the interns joining my office this spring are experiencing a number of historic events, all while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present daily challenges across our country," said Crapo. "Each of these individuals have expressed a commitment to public service and have risen to the continued challenges of a working environment of social distancin… Continue Reading

January 28, 2021

Crapo and Risch Introduce Bill to Block Biden Energy Ban

Washington, D.C.,--Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) to introduce the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act of 2021. The POWER Act, co-sponsored by a quarter of the U.S. Senate, would prohibit the president or his secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Energy departments from blocking energy or mineral leasing and permitting on federal lands and waters without Congressional approval. "Energy and minera… Continue Reading

January 27, 2021

Crapo and Risch: A Return to Obama WOTUS Rule Would Impede States’ Rights, Hurt Farmers and Ranchers

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to introduce a Senate resolution affirming the need to uphold the Trump administration's Navigable Waters Protection rule, which replaced the misguided Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that gave the federal government unprecedented power over Idaho's land and water. "For years, I have pushed back against extreme levels of federal overreach, including the Obama-Biden WOTU… Continue Reading

January 27, 2021

Crapo Announces 2021 Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) announced the nomination of 52 young Idahoans to the nation's military academies. The U.S. service academies will review the students' applications and make final decisions on admittance. Eight students received nominations to more than one academy. "The U.S. military academies are filled with top-tier students from across the nation who have expressed a deep commitment to country and service," said Crapo. "Idaho has many promising young l… Continue Reading

January 26, 2021

Idaho Delegation Introduces Legislation to Split the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and add a Federal Judge to Idaho

Washington, D.C.--The Idaho Congressional Delegation introduced legislation to address the federal judicial crisis in Idaho. H.R. 320 and its Senate companion would split the Ninth Circuit Court into two circuits. The new Ninth Circuit would be composed of California, Guam, Hawaii, and Northern Mariana Islands. The new Twelfth Circuit would be composed of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Every few decades, Congress must exercise its Cons… Continue Reading

January 25, 2021

Crapo, Risch Join Bipartisan Bill to Award Officer Eugene Goodman with Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON --Idaho's two U.S. Senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, joined a bipartisan coalition of 33 Senators in introducing legislation to award Officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal to honor him for his heroic actions on January 6, 2021. Goodman, a U.S. Capitol Police officer, confronted rioters in the Capitol, delaying their access to the Senate chamber and protecting the lives of those inside as they continued to evacuate. Actions similar to Officer Goodman's were undertaken… Continue Reading

January 22, 2021

Crapo, Colleagues Re-Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Keep SCOTUS at Nine Justices

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and others to reintroduce a constitutional amendment that would limit the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to nine justices. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Todd Young (R-Indiana), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) also c… Continue Reading

January 22, 2021

Idaho Senators Will Introduce Bill to Keep Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Moving Forward

Washington, D.C.--Following President Biden's executive order blocking construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, Idaho's two U.S. Senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, announced they will join Senator Steve Daines (R-Montana) and several western senators in introducing legislation to authorize the continued construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Other cosponsors of the legislation will include Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), James Inhofe (… Continue Reading

January 06, 2021

Crapo Statement on January 6 Joint Session of Congress

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) released the following statement with regard to the January 6, 2021, Joint Session of Congress to record the Electoral College votes from November's presidential election: "I stand by the First Amendment rights of Americans to peaceably assemble and demand redress for their grievances. What we witnessed at the U.S. Capitol today was not peaceful; such violence is wholly unacceptable. All perpetrators should be prosecuted to the fullest exte… Continue Reading

January 05, 2021

Crapo, Risch Submit Idaho Committee’s Recommended Standards for Fair and Honest Elections to Congressional Record

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch issued the following joint statement commending efforts of the Idaho Citizens Committee for Election Integrity and its recommended standards for fair and honest elections: "Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. Further loss of confidence in our electoral system would be catastrophic for our country. It is imperative that Congress moves quickly to convene a commission to study irregularities in th… Continue Reading

January 04, 2021

Crapo Highlights First Year of #MILITARYMONDAY Honorees

Washington, D.C.--Since Veterans Day 2019, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) has honored 14 Idaho veterans and servicemembers in a social media campaign he launched called, "Military Monday." Idaho is home to many veterans and currently-serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have demonstrated exemplary military service during their careers. "Idaho's veterans and servicemembers have a profound commitment to our community and nation," said Crapo. "I am honored to have shared these heroic … Continue Reading

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