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January 14, 2016

Crapo Nuclear Bill Promotes INL Expertise

Washington, D.C.  - The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the nation's lead nuclear research facility, could be working even more closely with private nuclear innovators under bipartisan legislation being introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Crapo is the sponsor of the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, which is being introduced as a stand-alone bill but could also be included in a larger energy package in the Senate.  The measure is co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Jim Risch.   Democra… Continue Reading

January 14, 2016

Crapo, Risch Announce Delegates for Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced Idaho's delegates to the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 5-12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.  Ashlynn Hall of Twin Falls and Mark Jerome of Boise were chosen from students across Idaho to be part of the 104 student delegation who will attend the program's annual Washington Week. Ashlynn Hall currently attends Canyon Ridge High School where she is the student body publicist and i… Continue Reading

January 12, 2016

Crapo Responds to President's State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following in response to the President's State of the Union Address: "Tonight, President Obama used his final State of the Union address to outline his vision and priorities for our country.  But again, he continues to pursue more growth in government and more unrestrained spending.  I have disagreed with many of the President's initiatives during his presidency.  But our failure to deal with our fiscal crisis is paramount.  Over the last … Continue Reading

January 07, 2016

Crapo to Discuss Congressional Efforts to Address Violence During Visit to Idaho Gun Show

Boise  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit an Idaho gun show this weekend to condemn President Obama's attacks on the Second Amendment and discuss how legislation introduced in this Congress would take new steps to reduce acts of violence.  Crapo is a co-sponsor of legislation to change the nation's laws with respect to how those diagnosed with or potentially suffering from mental illness have access to weapons.  The legislation is sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and also co-sponsor… Continue Reading

January 05, 2016

Crapo Statement on President's Executive Order on Firearms

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's Executive Orders on gun control that was announced this morning. "The president's executive order to implement more gun control is just another brazen example of this administration's continued overreach, a repeated pattern of behavior by this administration.  The president continues the pursuit of his broad agenda of command and control over many aspects of American's private live… Continue Reading

January 04, 2016

Crapo Announces Owyhee County Town Meetings

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit Owyhee County this week for a series of town meetings in Murphy, Marsing and Homedale.  Crapo had scheduled the meetings last summer but had to postpone them because of the large Soda wildfire.  His schedule is as follows:   Friday, January 8:   2:30 PM       Murphy                 Owyhee County Museum, 17085 Basey Street   4:30 PM       Marsing                Marsing Senior Center, 218 Main Street   6:00 P… Continue Reading

December 24, 2015

Senator Mike Crapo Delivers the Republican Christmas Address

'We all know people in our communities who are making good things happen. They reach out to those who are hurting, shelter those without and demonstrate examples of selfless service throughout our great nation. Many devote countless hours to lessening the burdens of others. To all those giving Americans serving others, please know that you are setting lasting examples.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho delivers a holiday message that recognizes the… Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Crapo Opposes Year-End Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today voted against the year-end spending bill and issued the following statement:  "This catch-all funding measure is a big part of what is wrong with Congress.  Earlier this year, Congress put together and passed a budget for the first time in seven years.  That budget put us on a path to balance over ten years and would have increased economic growth by an estimated $500 billion, while achieving $4.4 trillion in deficit reduction. But we didn't eve… Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Trevor's Law Passes U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C.  - An historic improvement of how childhood and adultcancers are documented and studied across the United Stateshas passed the U.S. Senate as part of a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill.  Named for former McCall and now Boise resident,Trevor Schaefer, Trevor's Law was included by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.  Crapo, who introduced the bill originally in 2011, was joined by his Senate colleagues, Envir… Continue Reading

December 17, 2015

Crapo, Wyden, Risch, and Merkley: Spending Bill Boosts Wildfire Funds, But Much More Work to Do

Washington, D.C. -A bipartisan group of Oregon and Idaho senators praised congressional leaders for boosting wildfire funding in a year-end spending bill, and vowed to continue pushing for a long-term solution. Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, joined with Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch to renew their call for a long-term solution to wildfire funding. The bill directly funds firefighting at 100 percent of the 10-year average of firefighting costs. Additionally, it contains nearl… Continue Reading

December 02, 2015

Crapo: By Any Objective Measure, President's Health Care Plan Is A Disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today highlighted the negative effects of Obamacare on Idaho residents.  In remarks delivered from the Senate floor, Crapo spoke about how Obamacare is raising insurance plan premiums and highlighted stories from residents in Boise, Melba, and Meridian. Excerpts of Crapo's remarks follow. Video of Crapo's remarks may be viewed here. On rising insurance premiums in Idaho: "In Idaho, which operates a state exchange, the average pr… Continue Reading

November 23, 2015

Crapo, Risch Join Bipartisan Effort to Increase Flexibility for Dairy Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined a bipartisan group of senators calling for increased weight limit flexibility in the transportation and delivery of milk as part of a final Surface Transportation Bill.  In a letter to Senate negotiators, Crapo and Risch request the final bill include a provision recognizing food safety and time-sensitive considerations for trucks hauling milk.  Negotiators are working to merge individual House and Senate measures into one … Continue Reading

November 20, 2015

Crapo, Bennet Lead Bipartisan Letter on County Payments

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today led a bipartisan coalition urging Senate leaders to fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program in any end-of-year legislation. Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) provide federal payments to nearly 1,900 local governments across 49 states to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal land within state boundaries.  PILT payments are critical to rural counties across the country and … Continue Reading

November 18, 2015

Crapo, Risch Support Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted with the minority today to support construction of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.  The Senate vote of 59 to 41 to reject approval of the pipeline carrying Canadian oil to the southern U.S.   The Senate vote followed a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the project.   "If eventually approved, the Keystone project will provide a significant economic boost to our country, creating thousands of jobs and prov… Continue Reading

November 16, 2015

Idaho Delegation Wants Syrian Refugee Program Put on Hold

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador, called for suspending bringing Syrian refugees to Idaho through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program until better assurances of security can be obtained.   "The attack on France demonstrates in stark horror the risks that not all who enter our country have peaceful intentions.  It has become evident at least one of the terrorists who carried out this plot entered the country u… Continue Reading

November 11, 2015

Idaho Veterans See Nearly One Million Dollars in Benefits from Casework, Survey Efforts

Boise - Idaho veterans received nearly $1 million in benefits related to successful casework in partnering with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office over the past year.  Crapo thanked veterans for participating in his recently-completed Idaho Veterans Survey, and said that participation was a factor regarding increased requests for casework help that benefitted veterans.   "About a thousand new requests for casework assistance came in last year, much of it from awareness created by our dialog wit… Continue Reading

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

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