News Releases

March 11, 2016

Ferdinand Town Meeting Postponed

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is postponing his scheduled town meeting tomorrow in Ferdinand.  Having contracted the flu, Senator Crapo will not be returning to Idaho as he has the past six weekends.  The public meeting in Ferdinand will be rescheduled at a later date. # # #… Continue Reading

March 10, 2016

Crapo Calls on Administration to Halt Plans to Cut Medicare Advantage

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today joined his Republican committee colleagues on a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administration Andy Slavitt calling for the Obama Administration to halt its plans to implement policy changes that reduce funding for the Medicare Advantage program.  Several proposed policy changes would result in cuts to the program in 2017. "In Idaho, one in three Medicare beneficiari… Continue Reading

March 09, 2016

Legislation Brings Needed Changes to VA Choice Program

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, along with seven senators, has introduced S.2646, the Veterans Choice Improvement Act of 2016.  This legislation would fix many of the problems plaguing the Veterans Choice Program and the non-VA care programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  S. 2646 consolidates these programs into one with permanent funding.  This fix eliminates the current competition between programs, making it easier for providers to work with the VA to ensure that v… Continue Reading

March 06, 2016

Crapo Statement on the Death of Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

Washington -- Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement on the news that former First Lady Nancy Reagan died today: "Nancy Reagan will be remembered for not only supporting her husband during his service to our nation, but also as the keeper of his legacy in promoting the values of freedom and liberty across the world. I join with Idahoans in sending my condolences to her children and the entire Reagan family." # # #… Continue Reading

March 04, 2016

Crapo Encouraged By Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear from Endangered Species List

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today commented on the announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that it is taking the final step to delist the Yellowstone Grizzly bear from the endangered species list.  The FWS delisting will allow the States of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana to manage the bear population in cooperation with local and tribal officials.  FWS will publish the proposed delisting this week in the Federal Register which will begin a 60-day public comment perio… Continue Reading

March 01, 2016

Crapo Plans Lewiston, Ferdinand Town Meetings

Lewiston - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will travel to north central Idaho over the next two weeks to meet with Idahoans during town meetings in Lewiston and Ferdinand.  The meetings will be in the following locations:    Friday, March 4th :           3:30 PM    Lewiston            Lewis-Clark State College, Sacajawea Hall, Room 115 Saturday, March 12th:   3:00 PM     Ferdinand         Ferdinand Community Center, 240 Front Street   Questions can also be directed to Crapo's R… Continue Reading

February 25, 2016

Crapo, Wyden Bill Will Spur Rail Investment

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today introduced the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy, or BRACE Act, which would make permanent a critical tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line railroads. "Small business freight railroads connect Idaho's farms to markets across the nation and around the globe.  For too long, Congress has taken a short term view of these crucial economic corridors.  This measure will allow short line railroads to ma… Continue Reading

February 23, 2016

Crapo, Risch Respond to Guantanamo Closure Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility and transfer foreign terrorists to the United States: "Having seen Guantanamo firsthand, I can attest that it is the most suitable place to hold some of the world's most dangerous terrorists and combatants, as it has for more than a decade," said Risch.  "It is clear - the American people don't want to bring these terro… Continue Reading

February 23, 2016

Crapo, Risch Support Challenge to EPA Power Plant Rule

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined 34 of their Senate colleagues in filing an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) in support of a challenge being brought by against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Clean Power Plant" Rule. The State of West Virginia is leading 27 other states along with 24 national trade associations, 37 rural electric cooperatives and three labor unions represe… Continue Reading

February 22, 2016

Crapo Sets Southeastern Idaho Town Meetings

Blackfoot - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be in southeastern Idaho this week to discuss issues with Idahoans during three town meetings.  Crapo has been talking about the nation's $19 trillion debt and taking questions during many stops around the state.  His schedule this week includes visits to the following cities:  Friday, February 26th               4:00 PM    Blackfoot           Blackfoot City Hall, 157 North Broadway   Saturday, February 27th:          2:30 PM     Fort Hall … Continue Reading

February 18, 2016

Vietnam, Korean Veteran to Receive Service Medals

Burley - An Idaho veteran who served in Vetnam and Korea will receive his overdue medals of valor during a ceremony Saturday in Burley.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will present nine medals, including the National Defense Service Medal, to Dan Wayment, during the event at the Veterans of Foreign War Hall. Mr. Wayment was born in 1943 in North Carolina, into a military family. His first tour in Korea was extended due to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  He spent much of his time there on the DMZ, the zone… Continue Reading

February 17, 2016

Crapo Leading Coalition of 61 Senators Objecting to Additional Cuts to Medicare Advantage

BOISE - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, led a bipartisan group of 61 senators to call on the Administration to refrain from making additional harmful cuts to the successful, market-based Medicare Advantage (MA) program in 2017.  The MA program offers comprehensive, high-quality health care to over 17 million seniors and individuals with disabilitiesnationwide.  As part of the funding mechanism for Obamacare, the MA program faces nearly $200 billion in c… Continue Reading

February 16, 2016

Crapo Encourages Students to Apply for Senate Internship Program

Washington, D.C. -The deadline is rapidly approaching for Idaho's students to apply for 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 March 1 to submit an application to be considered for an internship position for both the summer and fall semesters. The internship experience provides Idaho students a unique opportunity to learn about Congress and the legislative process firsthand.  Intern… Continue Reading

February 15, 2016

Crapo to Honor Idahoan Helping Homeless Vets; Note Teen Dating Violence Awareness Efforts

Boise - A Treasure Valley businesswoman who has helped homeless veterans and immigrants with critical housing needs will be presented the Spirit of Idaho Award by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo this Friday.  Joy Schweitzer, the daughter of a World War II veteran, has used her company, Around the Town, to find more than three-dozen homeless vets a place to live.  Crapo created the award to recognize Idahoans who go beyond the norm to help others.  Crapo will address the Idaho State Senate and House of… Continue Reading

February 14, 2016

Crapo Statement on Passing of Justice Antonin Scalia

BOISE - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. "Justice Scalia honorably served our nation as a steadfast voice for liberty and for the rule of law.  His legacy will be forever cemented as a justice who was unwavering in his devotion to the Constitution as the foundation of America.  At this time of immense grief, may Justice Scalia's wife and family find comfort in faith and prayer." # # #… Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Crapo Sets Town Meetings in Southern Idaho

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February 09, 2016

Crapo, Hecla to Discuss Mining's Past, Future

Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will meet with officials at Hecla Mining Company this week to commemorate the 125 th Anniversary of the company and look ahead to future precious mineral production and job creation. Crapo will present Hecla with a Congressional Record Statement marking Hecla's anniversary and history.   News Conference and CRS Presentation:   Friday, February 12 1:15 PM Hecla Mining Company Boardroom, 6500 N. Mineral Drive C… Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Crapo to Hold Bonner County Town Meetings

 Sandpoint - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is meeting with Idahoans February 13 for three town meetings in Bonner  County.  The meetings are planned for Ponderay, Hope and Clark Fork on Saturday.  Crapo has been discussing an aggressive agenda during town meetings, including ideas for reducing the federal debt that just passed $19 trillion, paying for and preventing extreme forest fires and increasing economic activities in the forest, and stopping federal overreach in areas such as the Second Amend… Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Crapo Bill Protects Second Amendment Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today introduced legislation with nine other cosponsors that would protect Social Security beneficiaries from being stripped of their Second Amendment rights because of determinations used by the Social Security Administration about the management and payment of an individual's benefits.  The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jerry Moran … Continue Reading

February 03, 2016

Crapo, Wyden: Fix Wildfire Funding Before Itâ??s Too Late

WASHINGTON, D.C. - IIdaho Senator  Mike Crapo and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR, took to the Senate floor last night to renew their bipartisan call for a permanent fix to wildfire funding, and to end the senseless practice of raiding fire prevention and other Forest Service accounts just to fight this year's fires.   Crapo and Wyden introduced an amendment to the energy bill currently on the Senate floor that would end fire borrowing for good, stop the erosion of the Forest Service budget and … Continue Reading

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