News Releases

September 13, 2017

Crapo Introduces Legislation to Reduce Burdensome Regulations on Sales of Automatic Knives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo last week introduced the Freedom of Commerce Act, S. 1779, which would allow consumers to purchase an automatic knife legal in their state, regardless of where it was manufactured in the U.S. "In states allowing the possession of automatic knives, it is imperative that law-abiding citizens and sportsmen have the ability to buy and sell the tools vital to their trade," said Crapo. "This measure would remove one of the many federal regulatory burdens t… Continue Reading

September 12, 2017

Crapo Convenes Hearing Evaluating Financial Technology

Senator Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing entitled: "Evaluating the Fintech Landscape." The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "This morning, we will receive testimony on the growing financial technology, or fintech, industry. "Fintech is providing new and innovative products and services in areas such as marketplace lending, digital payment… Continue Reading

September 07, 2017

Crapo Receives DOJ Commitment to End Operation Choke Point

Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo received a commitment from the Department of Justice that it has ended Operation Choke Point, an Obama-era initiative that targeted "high risk" industries and prevented them from fully participating in the economy. In some cases, the program targeted guns and ammunition businesses, effectively operating as an end-run around the Second Amendment. "I have heard from several Idaho business owners involved in the pawn broker, guns and ammunition sector who hav… Continue Reading

September 07, 2017

Judiciary Committee Sends Davis Nomination to Senate

WASHINGTON - The nomination of Idaho State Senator Bart Davis to serve as Idaho's next United States Attorney has been sent to the full Senate for consideration. This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Senator Davis by a voice-vote. While a confirmation vote for the nomination has yet to be scheduled, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch will be working with their colleagues to ensure a swift nomination. Following today's Judiciary Committee meeting, both Sen… Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Crapo Comments on DACA Policy Announcement

Senator Crapo commented on today's announcement by the Justice Department to suspend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program: "The appropriate treatment of children brought to the United States illegally at a young age is one of the key issues we must deal with in immigration reform legislation. However, the DACA program was created unconstitutionally without the public accountability and deliberation provided by an act of Congress. There is urgent need for Congress to ena… Continue Reading

August 30, 2017

Idahoans at INL Keeping Military Safe Earn Largest 'Spirit of Idaho' Award

Idaho National Laboratory Site - Protecting and assisting Idaho's soldiers in combat, and supporting those veterans who have separated from service takes top priority for a large group of Idahoans working as part of the Idaho National Laboratory. Their above and beyond efforts to serve others are being honored by Senator Mike Crapo with his Spirit of Idaho Award. The Specific Manufacturing Capability (SMC) project protects soldiers with advanced armor solutions. The project has manufactured … Continue Reading

August 25, 2017

Crapo Statement on Death of Governor Cecil Andrus

IDAHO FALLS - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement on the news that former Governor and Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus died Thursday. "Governor Andrus was a dynamic and effective leader who knew how to wield authority and get things done for Idaho, and for the nation. His leadership and sense of purpose as a public servant were demonstrated repeatedly during his long career in public service. He earned my respect, and I count him as a friend. He will be forever remembered as… Continue Reading

August 22, 2017

Crapo Comments on President Trump's Proposed Action in Afghanistan

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo commented Tuesday following President Trump's proposed action in Afghanistan: "I supported our initial engagement in Afghanistan because we had a legitimate concern that our national security was at stake. The Taliban, al Qaeda and others were setting up safe havens of terrorism to target our nation and others. We need to follow the advice of our military leadership and it appears the President is doing that. America must allow our commanders and military personnel o… Continue Reading

August 21, 2017

Crapo to Honor Wake Vets, Reunion; event schedule

The heroism of civilians pushed into a World War and the Idahoans who have remembered them will be honored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo during an event Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial Park in Boise. Crapo will present Alice Ingram, an organizer of the "Survivors of Wake-Guam-Cavite" reunion, and other family members of Wake combatants, copies of his Congressional Record Statement honoring those who perished or were captured on Wake Island. Many were employees of Boise's Morrison-Knudsen Comp… Continue Reading

August 13, 2017

Crapo Responds to Events in Charlottesville

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the statement below following the Saturday, August 12, events in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Yesterday's tragedy in Virginia was the result of domestic terrorism. I condemn and reject the racism and hate perpetuated by white supremacist groups. In the wake of this horrific tragedy, let us gather in solidarity with those who lost loved ones and draw closer to the families whose lives have been forever shattered by Saturday's events. As others and I noted du… Continue Reading

August 01, 2017

Risch, Crapo Applaud Nomination of Ryan Nelson to Serve as Department of Interior Solicitor

Washington, D.C. - Following today's announcement that the White House intends to nominate Ryan Nelson of Idaho to be Solicitor for the Department of Interior, Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo made the following statements: "We're thankful to have a westerner who understands our issues nominated for this position," said U.S. Senator Jim Risch, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee overseeing this nomination. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate t… Continue Reading

July 25, 2017

Wyden, Crapo Lead Bipartisan Finance Committee Senators Calling for Real Relief for U.S. Softwood Lumber Mills and Producers

WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today released a bipartisan letter from seven members of the Senate Finance Committee calling for a clean quota agreement to address unfairly traded softwood lumber from Canada, one that provides real relief for U.S. mills and wood product companies. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. Mike Bennet, D-Colo., j… Continue Reading

July 19, 2017

Veterans Service Organizations Offer Support for Crapo Veterans Health Administration Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo recently provided written testimony to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee as it considered his legislation, S. 1279, the Veterans Health Administration Reform Act, and other pending legislation affecting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Administration. During the hearing, members of various Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) provided veteran-based insight. VSOs expressed strong support for Crapo's legislation to provide better… Continue Reading

July 18, 2017

Hearing on Nominees to lead Housing and Urban Affairs Agency Conveyed by Crapo

Senator Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today delivered the following remarks during a full committee hearing on the nominations of: Mr. J. Paul Compton, Jr., of Alabama, to be General Counsel, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Ms. Anna M. Farias, of Texas, to be Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Mr. Neal J. Rackleff, of Texas, to be Assistan… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Crapo Convenes Hearing on Federal Reserve's Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress

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 on the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress. The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today we will receive testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen regarding the Fed's semiannual report to Congress on monetary policy and the state of the economy. "Promoting economic growth … Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

Senate Unanimously Confirms Judge David C. Nye of Pocatello to be U.S. District Judge for Idaho

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate this afternoon unanimously confirmed Judge David C. Nye to serve as United States District Judge for the District of Idaho. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch welcomed the Senate's timely action in confirming the first of President Donald Trump's U.S. District Judge nominees. "I thank my colleagues for expediting Judge Nye's consideration and confirmation," said Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Judge Nye is a supremely qual… Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Crapo, Risch Highlight Judge Nye’s Strong Qualifications During Senate Remarks

WASHINGTON - In remarks today before the full Senate, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch spoke of the widely-respected legal experience and service of Judge David C. Nye. Currently serving as a Idaho Sixth District Judge, Nye has been nominated to serve as Idaho's next U.S. District Judge. The Senate voted 97-0 on Monday to advance the nomination to a final confirmation vote Wednesday. "Judge Nye is a supremely qualified candidate for a federal district court seat, having both a unanim… Continue Reading

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

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