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March 18, 2021

Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect Private Water Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), in introducing S. 855., the Water Rights Protection Act. This legislation will protect privately-owned waters from being seized by the federal government. "The federal government has a long history of attempting to seize control of private water rights, undermining state water laws throughout the We… Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

Idaho Senators Question Legality of Border Wall Funding Freeze Amid Escalating Crisis

Washington, D.C.--Amid the rapidly escalating crisis along the southern border, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) and 37 of their Senate colleagues to send a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighting the Administration's suspension of border wall funding and construction without lawful justification, as required by the Impoundment Control Act. "On January 20th, in one of the first official acts of his pre… Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

Crapo, Risch Welcome Idaho Delegates for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) welcomed Idaho's delegates to the 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) held March 14-17, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Jacob Ross Flick, of Gooding, and Adam Nicholas Jones, of Boise, were selected from among the state's top student leaders to participate in the 104 national student delegation. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 program will be the program's first-ever fully virtual Washington Week, and is designe… Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Crapo Joins Bipartisan Bill to Boost R&D Grants

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) to reintroduce bipartisan legislation to improve underserved states' ability to successfully compete for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. The FAST Fix Act will reform the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program to encourage federal research and development grants to be awarded to sm… Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Crapo, Bennet Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Streamline Access to Resources for Veterans

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) have reintroduced the Helping Unleash Benefits and Services (HUBS) for Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to support local "network hubs," which streamline access to essential resources for veterans, servicemembers and their families. "Navigating a number of streams of information to gain access to the resources they need can be a daunting and time-consuming task for many servicemembers transitioning from t… Continue Reading

March 15, 2021

Crapo, Risch Introduce “State Fiscal Flexibility Act”

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) have introduced S. 743, the "State Fiscal Flexibility Act," a bill to eliminate a provision in the American Rescue Plan that prevents states from using relief funds to cut taxes. "If a state like Idaho wants to provide tax relief in the interest of economic recovery, and to help people return to earning their livelihoods, the American Rescue Plan says it wi… Continue Reading

March 11, 2021

Crapo Joins Call to Stop Sale of Seattle Archives Facility

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) among the 25 bipartisan congressional members of the Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Oregon delegations in sending a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requesting it stop the sale of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility in Seattle in light of a recent court decision temporarily blocking the sale from moving forward. Fellow me… Continue Reading

March 06, 2021

Crapo: Massive COVID “Relief” Bill Misses the Mark

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, voted against H.R.1319, the nearly $2 trillion budget reconciliation bill. This partisan bill, the product of a rushed process and non-pandemic wish-list items, passed in the U.S. Senate by a party-line vote of 50-49. "In 2020, Congress passed five bipartisan bills, totaling nearly $4 trillion, in pandemic relief," said Crapo. "No bill earned fewer than 90 votes in the Senate, and the largest… Continue Reading

March 04, 2021

Crapo, Risch Join 25 Colleagues to Support Fair Access to Banking

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, and U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) have co-sponsored S. 563, the Fair Access to Banking Act, which would prevent discrimination by banks and financial service providers against constitutionally-protected industries and law-abiding businesses, such as firearms manufacturers. The bill is led by Senator Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) and co-sponsored by 24 additional Senators. "Over the last fe… Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

Crapo Emphasizes Need for Fair Trade Policy at Hearing with USTR Nominee

WASHINGTON, DC - At a hearing to consider the nomination of Katherine Tai to serve as the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, stressed the need for strong enforcement of our trade deals and urged Ms. Tai, if confirmed, to press for policies that create a fairer climate for trade and expanded growth opportunities in the international marketplace for Idaho businesses and consumers. WATCH: Ranking Member Crapo deli… Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

Crapo Announces Staff Changes

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today announced recent staff promotions and hires in his Washington, D.C., office. Salvatore Corasaniti has been promoted to Legislative Assistant. Sal covers issues related to police, judges, civil rights, budget, telecommunications and rural broadband, elections and campaign reform, and regulatory issues. Sal began working for Senator Crapo in January 2015 as an intern, and has since served as staff assistant, legislative correspondent an… Continue Reading

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

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