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November 10, 2015

Crapo Announces Spirit of Freedom Award Recipients

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced the names of twenty-one Idahoans-twelve veterans and nine volunteers-who will be honored with his Spirit of Freedom Award at ceremonies to be held throughout Idaho on Veterans Day, November 11. The Spirit of Freedom Award was created by Crapo thirteen years ago to recognize the outstanding service of Idaho veterans as well as the many Idahoans who dedicate extensive volunteer time and service supporting those who have served our country.… Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Crapo to Discuss Veterans Survey, Spirit of Freedom Awards Wednesday

Boise  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will hold a news conference Wednesday, Veterans Day, to discuss results of his recently-completed survey of almost a thousand Idaho veterans and their families, plus preview his Spirit of Freedom ceremony at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise and highlight Second Amendment concerns stemming from initiatives from the Veterans Administration and the Internal Revenue Service against veterans.   Crapo will meet with local veteran Karl Johnston to present him t… Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Idaho Falls Veteran to Receive Service Medals Tomorrow

Ammon - Idaho Falls veteran Larry Watson will receive long-awaited medals for his military service tomorrow during a special ceremony in Ammon.  Watson will receive the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal during the ceremony at Hillcrest High School's Performing Arts Center.  Captain Robert Skinner, USN Retired, will present the medals.   Medal Ceremony for Larry Watson:   Tuesday, November 10, 2015 6:30 PM … Continue Reading


November 06, 2015

Crapo Calls Administrationâ??s Disapproval of Keystone XL Pipeline Project Unacceptable

"It is unacceptable for the President to walk away from a commonsense project that would provide energy from a stable, allied trading partner while also creating much-need jobs domestically," said Crapo.  "It should come as no surprise that after seven years of unnecessary delays, the President has again failed to exercise true leadership. During that time, five environmental impact studies were completed that all found no significant impact on the environment would result from the Keystone prop… Continue Reading


November 04, 2015

Crapo: Water War Will Continue

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted today to stop a federal rule seizing control over water, known as the "Waters of the U.S." rule.  Crapo voted with the majority as the Senate utilized the Congressional Review Act to pass a resolution stopping the water rule issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The effort needed just a simple majority and was passed on a vote of 53 to 44  That vote against the WOTUS rule came after a similar measure fell just short of the 60 votes… Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Crapo Opposes Debt Ceiling Deal

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will vote against a measure currently being considered by the Senate that will raise federal spending caps, as well as the debt ceiling. Final passage of the measure is expected in the early morning hours Friday. "This bill does almost nothing to establish long-term fiscal restraints necessary to balance the nation's budget," said Crapo. "Instead, this measure will enable continued, irresponsible government spending for the next two years, remove budg… Continue Reading


October 22, 2015

Crapo Says President's Veto of the National Defense Authorization Act Will Weaken National Defense

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo said today that President Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will weaken America's defense and deny the military the certainty it needs to prepare for, and respond to, unfolding events around the world. "The President's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act is a disservice to the men and women who honorably serve at Idaho's Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho's National Guard, and around the world," said Crapo. "Th… Continue Reading


October 05, 2015

Idaho Delegation Backs Kotek Nomination to Lead DOE Nuclear Initiatives

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador, issued the following statement on President Obama's nomination of John Kotek of Idaho to be Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). "We congratulate John on his nomination to be the permanent Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, a position he has been holding on an interim basis for several months," the delegation said in a joint … Continue Reading


September 23, 2015

Calling All Idaho Students: Senator Crapoâ??s Office Seeking Interns

Washington, D.C.-The deadline is rapidly approaching for Idaho's students to apply for upcoming internship opportunities in U.S. Senator Mike Crapo's Washington, D.C., office, or one of his six regional offices throughout Idaho.  Students have until October 15 to submit an application to be considered for an internship position for the spring semester. The internship experience provides Idaho students a unique opportunity to learn about Congress and the legislative process firsthand.  Interns… Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Crapo Calls on VA to Improve New Veterans Choice Program

Washington, D.C. -After hearing from hundreds of Idaho's veterans about their experiences with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking to drive meaningful change within the agency.  In a letter to the head of the VA, Crapo calls upon the Secretary to pay special attention to Idahoans as the VA works to improve the beleaguered Veterans Choice Program (VCP).  He is calling on the agency to report to Congress on how it plans to streamline the program and im… Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Crapo, Risch Skeptical of Sage-Grouse Decision

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch issued comments reacting to news that the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, has announced that placing the greater sage-grouse on the Endangered Species List is "not warranted". The Record of Decision for the Land Use Plan Amendments has already been signed. "While a 'not warranted' decision is better than a listing determination under the Endangered Species Act, the Department of Interior's reliance on heavy-handed land-use manag… Continue Reading


September 17, 2015

Crapo: President's Iran Deal Bad for America and Idaho

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted for a second time to consider a resolution rejecting President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran: "The President's executive nuclear agreement legitimizes Iran's nuclear weapons program and directly threatens our national security and regional allies. This agreement releases billions of dollars to Tehran, a portion of which even the administration acknowledges will wind up in the hands of… Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Crapo Blasts Weak Iran Deal on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo took to the Senate Floor this afternoon to outline his strong opposition to the President's nuclear agreement with Iran.   Crapo says the deal does not stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and will all but guarantee Iran is able to continue its aggression in the middle east and beyond.  The Senator also made note during his remarks of the Administration's failure to secure the release of Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans being held pri… Continue Reading


August 28, 2015

Crapo Statement on Courtâ??s Decision to Temporarily Block EPA Water Grab

Washington, D.C. -  Late yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson issued a temporary injunction blocking the controversial U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Waters of the United States" rule, which had been set to go into effect today.  Under the preliminary injunction, the 13 states, including Idaho, that were parties in the suit against the regulations will temporarily be exempted.  Crapo, who has repeatedly pushed back on the rule since its proposal in 2014, released the foll… Continue Reading


August 21, 2015

Crapo Full Town Meeting Schedule

  CRAPO TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE Visits cities in southern Idaho during August, September  Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is ramping up his town meeting schedule in Idaho during the August and September state work period.  Crapo opens his town meetings with a discussion about the federal government's federal debt that is nearing $19 trillion, then takes questions from Idahoans in attendance. He plans an additional 58 Idaho town meetings during August and September.     Crapo'… Continue Reading


August 18, 2015

Crapo Measure to Explore 'Test-Bed' Concept at DOE Labs Adopted By Senate Energy Panel

Washington, D.C.- Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be speaking at the Intermountain Energy Summit today in Idaho Falls.  The event comes on the heels of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's recently unveiled Energy Policy Modernization Act (EPMA), which includes three measures supported Crapo.  The EMPA includes a Crapo measure (S. 1363) that fosters innovation in the nuclear energy industry by requiring the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to report on its ability to on its ability… Continue Reading


August 18, 2015

Crapo Announces Change in Town Meeting Schedule

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is announcing a change in his Idaho town meeting schedule for August 31 and September 1.  Meetings previously scheduled in Victor, Basalt, Blackfoot and Aberdeen are being postponed because of travel issues.  They will be rescheduled.  New meetings in Kimberly, Eden and Glenns Ferry are being added.    Crapo's revised town meeting schedule for August 31 and September 1: Monday, August 31:   10:00 AM     Ririe                      Ririe City… Continue Reading


August 10, 2015

Crapo, Wyden, Risch Visit Interagency Fire Center; Discuss Growing Support for Wildfire Funding Solution

Boise  - Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden, (D-Oregon) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) will visit the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise Wednesday to receive a briefing on the nation's wildfire situation to date and discuss growing support for their legislation to fix the broken system for funding wildfires.  The senators have secured commitment from nine other senators from both parties to work together on a precedent-setting bipartisan solution to funding wildfires when the Senate resu… Continue Reading


August 10, 2015

Crapo Leads Effort to Stop Social Security Administrationâ??s Backdoor Gun Grab

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is leading a group of 25 senators in calling on the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to halt its plan to unfairly target the Second Amendment rights of millions of Social Security beneficiaries.  In a letter to the SSA Acting Administrator, the senators call into question the Administration's recently announced plan to begin reporting millions of Social Security beneficiaries to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  Cra… Continue Reading


August 06, 2015

Crapo, Bennet Reintroduce Bill to Increase Resources for Wildfire Mitigation

Washington, DC -U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) reintroduced a bill to provide targeted investments for wildfire mitigation. The bill would help save future costs related to wildfire response efforts and the damage to property and land without adding to the deficit. "FEMA directs a substantial portion of its resources every year to helping communities at risk of natural disasters prepare for such events by providing aid for things like flood preparation for hurricanes … Continue Reading

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