News Releases

June 20, 2016

Crapo, Risch Statements on Senate Gun Proposals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch released the following statements after voting on four separate gun proposals in the U.S. Senate:   "It is not surprising that some are trying to use recent tragedy to change the Second Amendment rights in our Constitution," Crapo said.  "We must not allow these attacks to result in diminishing the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans."   "Enacting new regulations on guns raises difficult questions about the protection of … Continue Reading

June 16, 2016

Crapo Says Fight Terror According to The Constitution

WASHINGTON - Responding to several legislative proposals being offered in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack that would limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American citizens, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement:   "The terrorist attack in Orlando, the most recent of several similar tragedies, highlights the critical importance of realistically identifying the source of the national security threat and aggressively acting to protect Americans in adher… Continue Reading

June 15, 2016

Idaho Judicial Nominee Set for Hearing Next Week

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have secured a hearing for their selection of a new U.S. District Judge for Idaho. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday, June 21, on the nomination of Idaho District Judge David C. Nye of Pocatello to be Idaho's next U.S. District Court judge.  Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch will introduce Judge Nye when he appears before the committee next week.  "I appreciate the Judiciary Committee recognizing and respond… Continue Reading

June 13, 2016

Crapo Statement on Orlando Terrorist Attack

WASHINGTON - Sen. Crapo issued the following statement on the Orlando terrorist attack: "The tragedy in Orlando emphasizes that those who seek to destroy our way of life live, work and walk among us every day.  As our nation mourns and remembers those who were lost, we gather in solidarity with those who responded to save lives and offer assistance, and draw close the families whose lives have been forever shattered.  Our diverse nation will not be deterred by murderers who commit acts of terro… Continue Reading

June 07, 2016

Crapo Cancer Cluster Legislation Passes Congress

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has secured final passage of Trevor's Law, named for Trevor Schaefer of Boise, as part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill.  The bill, which passed the Senate tonight by unanimous voice vote, now heads to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill into law.  The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on May 24, 403-12.   The final vote means that the seven-year effort of Idahoan Trevor Schaefer to document and trac… Continue Reading

May 26, 2016

Crapo, Risch, Wyden, Murkowski, Cantwell, Work to Improve Forest Management and Wildfire Budgeting

Washington, D.C. - Thursday, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash,, released draft legislation aimed at improving forest management and wildfire budgeting. The bipartisan discussion draft reflects the work of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to examine and find solutions for these issues over the past two congresses.The bill uses a cap adjustment to end the practice of fire borrowing similar t… Continue Reading

May 24, 2016

Crapo to Speak at Field of Honor Event;Plans Town Meetings Over Memorial Day Period

Idaho Falls  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will honor Idaho and U.S. veterans during an address Monday at the Field of Honor Memorial Day Event in Idaho Falls.  Following the Field of Honor event, Crapo will hold several town meetings between Idaho Falls and St. Anthony in the Upper Snake River region.  His schedule is as follows:  Monday, May 30:   Noon            Idaho Falls           Speaks during the Field of Honor Memorial Day Event, Freeman Park,  Veterans Memorial  Hill, … Continue Reading

May 23, 2016

Crapo Recognized as Fiscal Hero for Fighting National Debt

WASHINGTON - Recognizing his efforts to end the nation's $19 trillion dollar debt, the Campaign to Fix the Debt has awarded Idaho Senator Mike Crapo with its Fiscal Hero award. "Our nation's $19 trillion national debt is strangling our nation," said Crapo, a member of both the Senate Banking and Finance Committees.  "Further, the non-partisan  Congressional Budget Office projects that our national debt will reach more than $29 trillion by the year 2026.  This unrestrained growth of our debt is … Continue Reading

May 20, 2016

Idaho Trevor's Law Included in Compromise Bill

Washington, D.C.  - The seven-year effort of an Idaho man to document and track childhood and adultcancer clusters in Idaho and around the nation may be coming to fruition as soon as next week.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo included language from Trevor's Law, named for Trevor Schaefer of Boise, into a Congressional agreement announced today for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill.     Crapo, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, worked with Committee Chair… Continue Reading

May 18, 2016

Bipartisan Advanced Nuclear Energy Bill Clears Senate EPW Committee

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted 17 to 3 to clear the bipartisan Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA), which would create a new licensing framework for advanced reactors at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  The bill's sponsors, Senators James Inhofe (R-OK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), applauded the Committee's vote. "I'm proud to join Senators Booker, Whitehouse and Crapo … Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Crapo, Colleagues Join Challenge Over Immigration Policy

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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, 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

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

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

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