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June 30, 2017

Crapo, Risch Statement on Bart Davis Nomination

Following today's announcement that the White House intends to nominate Bart M. Davis, Majority Leader of the Idaho State Senate to be United States Attorney for the District of Idaho, Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch made the following statements: "With his extensive combination of leadership, legal scholarship and service, Bart embodies the sound legal judgement required to uphold the law while fairly and aggressively prosecuting those charged with crimes," said Crapo, a member of the Senat… Continue Reading

June 29, 2017

Crapo Convenes Housing Finance Hearing

Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following opening remarks during a full committee hearing entitled: "Principles of Housing Finance Reform." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today, the Committee will discuss and receive testimony on important principles of housing finance reform. "Reforming the housing finance system is one of my key priorities this Congress. "I have r… Continue Reading

June 27, 2017

Crapo, Cardin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Fish Habitat and Related Jobs

Bipartisan legislation to engage stakeholders like commercial fisherman, anglers, outfitters and other sportsmen industries to make lasting improvements to the health and sustainability of our nation's fish habitats has been introduced by Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland). Their legislation, S.1436 The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA) would leverage public-private partnerships and authorize $7.2 million annually for fish habitat restoration and protection projects t… Continue Reading

June 26, 2017

Crapo Co-Sponsors Veterans Claims and Appeals Bill in Response to Requests by Idaho Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced his co-sponsorship of S. 1024, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act. His endorsement follows years of statewide veterans surveys, hundreds of town halls, and numerous direct communications with Idaho veterans. This extensive work provided Crapo with many detailed, personal accounts of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) claims appeals process and how it could better serve veterans. S. 1024, the product of … Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Crapo Comments on Senate Health Care Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today commented on the health care proposal introduced today in the Senate: "The bill proposed today in the Senate protects individuals with pre-existing conditions, allows children to stay on their parents' health insurance through age 26 and does not make changes to Medicare. At the same time, the bill will put Medicaid on a sustainable fiscal path to ensure this necessary safety-net program can continue to serve our most vulnerable patients. The … Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Crapo Chairs Economic Growth Hearing with Regulators

Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following remarks at a hearing entitled: "Fostering Economic Growth: Regulator Perspective." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today, we will hear from financial regulators to receive legislative and regulatory recommendations that would foster economic growth. "Based on conversations I have had with current and former regulators, recomm… Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Crapo Statement at Hearing on Russia Sanctions

WASHINGTON - Senator Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following opening remarks during a full committee hearing entitled: "Russia Sanctions: Current Effectiveness and Potential for Ne?xt Steps." "The hearing will come to order. "This morning the Committee will receive testimony from senior administration officials from the Departments of Treasury, State and Homeland Security on the implementation and effectivenes… Continue Reading

June 16, 2017

Crapo Provides Testimony on Veterans Education Bill Named for Idahoan

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo yesterday provided written testimony to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee as it held a hearing to consider pending veterans legislation. Senator Crapo testified on S. 410, the Shauna Hill Post 9/11 Education Benefits Transferability Act. Senator Crapo and Idaho Senator Jim Risch introduced S. 410 as a companion to legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Raúl Labrador. Named for Shauna Hill, a 16-year-… Continue Reading

June 15, 2017

Crapo, Risch Praise Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Judge David Nye

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted unanimously to advance the nomination of David C. Nye, Idaho's Sixth District Judge from Pocatello, to be Idaho's next U.S. District Judge. Nye's nomination now advances to the full Senate for consideration, the final step in the confirmation process. "I thank Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein for prompt action on Judge Nye's nomination. I welcomed the opportuni… Continue Reading

June 14, 2017

Crapo Comments on Shooting at Republican Baseball Practice

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement on today's early morning's shooting that occurred as Republican members of Congress were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, an annual charity event raising money for literacy efforts in Washington, D.C. "While this investigation is still unfolding, I send my prayers to Congressman Scalise and the other victims who were injured. I also commend and thank the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police. The Capitol Police, a highly-… Continue Reading

June 13, 2017

Crapo Introduces Bipartisan Russia Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, discusses his legislation on the Senate Floor expanding and strengthening sanctions on the Russian Federation. The amendment to the underlying Iran sanctions bill represents a bipartisan agreement among Banking Committee Chairman Crapo, Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and Ranking Mem… Continue Reading

June 13, 2017

Crapo Comments on Treasury Report

Senator Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, issued this statement regarding the Treasury Report response to the Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the U.S. Financial System. "I am very encouraged by the Treasury report issued yesterday in accordance with the President's Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the U.S. Financial System. This report is an important step in the effort to evaluate the effectiveness of… Continue Reading

June 12, 2017

Idaho, U.S. Beef Producers Regain Exports to China

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined his colleagues in the Senate Western Caucus today in hailing a trade agreement between the U.S. and China that will reopen the Chinese market to U.S.-produced beef for the first time since 2003. Crapo noted that cattle industry experts have noted China has become one of the world's largest importers for beef. "The removal of this ban is long overdue. This extended ban on U.S. beef imports was unnecessary and placed American ranchers at a compe… Continue Reading

June 01, 2017

Veterans, PTSD Issues Raised at Twin Falls Event

Twin Falls - June is National Awareness Month for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is using the designation to kick off a month-long discussion and information outreach regarding health issues facing veterans. Crapo just last week introduced federal legislation to streamline the way veterans can utilize both the Veterans Administration and private sector doctors for care. Now, Crapo is building on legislative efforts to get information about treatment out directly t… Continue Reading

May 31, 2017

Idaho Leaders to Recognize Response Against Hate at Anne Frank Memorial Thursday

Boise - Hate will not be tolerated in Idaho and messages and actions against religious and minority groups will be stopped cold. That will be among the messages given Thursday as Idaho leaders join at the Anne Frank Memorial in Boise to celebrate Idaho's overwhelming response to reject hateful language and vandalism at the memorial to human rights in downtown Boise. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has entered a Statement into the Congressional Record that will be presented to Dr. Dan Prinzing, Execu… Continue Reading

May 29, 2017

New Crapo Bill Streamlines Veterans Health Care

Lewiston - Veterans will see improved options for health care and reductions in red tape under legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The Veterans Health Administration Reform Act of 2017, or S. 1279, was written using responses from Crapo's two statewide veterans' surveys and information from Congressionally-mandated reports suggesting how veterans' health care could be improved. The bill builds on legislation Crapo introduced last year to establish the "Care in the Community" pr… Continue Reading

May 08, 2017

Crapo, Risch Welcome White House Nomination of Judge David Nye

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today welcomed the nomination of Idaho District Judge David C. Nye of Pocatello by President Donald Trump to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. Judge Nye was previously nominated to the same position by President Obama in 2016 and approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The 114th Congress concluded without completing the confirmation process. The Trump administration, in consultation with both Crapo and Risch, re-nomina… Continue Reading

May 04, 2017

Crapo Opposes Omnibus Spending Bill

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today voted to oppose the omnibus spending bill passed yesterday by the House of Representatives. Crapo issued this statement following the vote. "As a senior member of both the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, I have worked to advance responsible, comprehensive solutions that address our mounting debt, rein in spending and tackle the long-term drivers of our deficits. While the bill passed by Congress today does contain good policy measures, such as strengtheni… Continue Reading

May 03, 2017

Crapo, Risch, Introduce Extension of Secure Rural Schools Funding

Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined a large, bipartisan group of Senate colleagues to introduce legislation extending payments under the Secure Rural Schools program to rural counties with large tracts of tax-exempt federal lands in Idaho and other states. Crapo and Risch had asked the Office of Management and Budget to include the payments in the White House budget proposal. When that effort failed, the senators formed a large, bipartisan group to introduce stand-alone legisl… Continue Reading

May 03, 2017

Risch, Crapo Call for Funding for State Veterans Homes

Idaho Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo today joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in sending a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies urging them to support robust funding for State Veterans Homes that help provide long-term care to our nation's veterans. Federal funds provided by the State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program allow states to make critical facility upgrades or construct new facilities to ser… Continue Reading

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