News Releases

May 05, 2015

Crapo Measure To Direct More Money From Crime Fund to Victims

Washington, D.C. -- Victims of crime will have better access to the funds intended for their just compensation next year under a provision offered by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Included in the final budget resolution being considered in the Senate today, the measure represents a key step in preventing lawmakers from using the Crime Victims Fund to inflate savings in the budget to make the federal balance sheet appear more favorable. The Crime Victims Fund supports services to victims of crime t… Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Crapo-Wyden Wildfire Disaster Funding Act Gains Support of More Than 250 Organizations

Washington, D.C. - More than 250 groups from across the country joined Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), to express support for passing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act to ensure vital resources in the fight against catastrophic wildfires in the West ahead of this year's fire season.   The 261 organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and the National Rifle Association, wrote to all 535 members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to show the importan… Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Crapo Supports Passage of Balanced Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C.-After working with members of the Senate-House budget conference committee over the last few weeks to iron out the differences between the two chambers' Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposals, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today joined a majority of his Senate colleagues in supporting passage of the final budget agreement.  By reining in federal spending, the newly-approved budget is projected to balance over ten years without raising taxes, marking the first time the Senate has passe… Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Crapo Co-Sponsors Waters of the U.S. Bill

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is sponsoring new legislation to stop federal agency interference into the use of private property and water rights.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) attempt to greatly increase Clean Water Act jurisdiction, often referred to as the "Waters of the U.S." rulemaking, has drawn heavy criticism from many Idahoans and Americans, and has been the topic of hearings on Capitol Hill, organized in part by Crapo, a member of the Senate Environme… Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Crapo, Risch Statement on Judicial Nomination Process

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have made the following statement on their selection process as they work to nominate the next U.S. District Judge for Idaho:   "Several news outlets have inquired about the selection of a U.S. District Judge for Idaho.   We want a confidential process and applicants have also requested a confidential process.  Men and women, sitting judges and attorneys, are being interviewed. The process is ongoing. The White House will make the final… Continue Reading

April 28, 2015


IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY-LED FORGE TEAM WINS GEOTHERMAL ENERGY AWARD FOR RESEARCH Crapo, Risch, Simpson note Snake River Geothermal Consortium team's leadership Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)  is searching for a home for a new enhanced geothermal system (EGS) field lab as part of its Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program.  Led by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in coordination with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, the… Continue Reading

April 27, 2015

Crapo Invites Idahoans to Join Him for AARP Town Meeting

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo invites Idahoans to join him for a telephone town meeting held at the national headquarters of AARP in Washington, D.C.  Crapo will join AARP Idaho Director Mark Estess to take questions via telephone on the national debt, budget, Medicare and other issues. "I appreciate AARP's initiative in creating this statewide forum for Idahoans to discuss the issues and look forward to the conversation," Crapo said. The town meeting begins at 11:00 AM Mountain… Continue Reading

April 24, 2015

Crapo Notes Change in Veterans Care

Washington, D.C.  - Under pressure from veterans, their families and members of Congress, including Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the Veterans Administration (VA) today announced it has changed its policy regarding private health care access for veterans.  The move means more veterans can get health care closer to home without traveling distances to VA care facilities.                      Crapo joined in legislative and written attempts to force the VA to scrap a rule denying alternative private … Continue Reading

April 22, 2015

Crapo Supports Changes To Trade Bill

Washington, D.C.-Citing the inclusion of critical new provisions to hold the Administration accountable, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted with the majority of Senate Finance Committee members today to approve a trade promotion authority (TPA) measure.  The bill lays the groundwork for removing trade barriers and better positions the United States to negotiate and secure fair trade agreements that would result in greater market access for millions of American farmers, ranchers and manufacturers.  U… Continue Reading

April 16, 2015

Crapo Named to Budget Conference Committee

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is continuing his work on the federal budget as part of the joint Senate-House conference committee that will consider differing budget resolutions passed in the Senate and the House.  The committee is tasked with reaching a Fiscal Year 2016 proposal both chambers can then finalize.  If an agreement can be reached and approved, it would be the first time Congress has passed a budget conference report since 2010.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell… Continue Reading

April 16, 2015

Crapo Tops the List for the Most Town Hall Meetings Held in 2015

Washington, D.C.-According to a recent report published by Legistorm, a service dedicated to tracking matters involving Congress, elected officials and congressional staff, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has held more town meetings in 2015 than any other member of Congress.  Crapo leads the list with 38 town meetings since January 2015-twelve more than the next leading representative.  As a part of his effort to make a stop in nearly every town across the state, Crapo has held 70 town meetings during … Continue Reading

April 14, 2015

Crapo, Risch Support Bill To Repeal Flawed SGR Formula, Extend County Payments

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2, a bill to repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula and provide a two-year extension to the Secure Rural Schools program: "For decades, Congress has struggled over two competing issues that are part of this legislation:  repealing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, and meaningfully and fully addressing our national debt.  The bill contains needed enti… Continue Reading

April 06, 2015

Idaho Leaders to Discuss Lake Lowell Agreement

Nampa.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Idaho Congressman Raúl Labrador, the Canyon County Board of Commissioners, a contingent of Idaho state lawmakers led by Representative Christy Perry, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Manager Annette de Knijf, and local sporting and historical interests will discuss the status of boating and recreation on Lake Lowell during a news conference Wednesday. Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation, Commissioners and Idaho legislators joined with Canyon Count… Continue Reading

April 06, 2015

Families of WWII Veterans to Receive Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Other Medals

Nampa  - Family members of two Idaho World War II veterans will receive the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and other medals for meritorious service during a ceremony Wednesday, April 8 th at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa. Frank Mattus and Manuel Aldecoa both served their nation with distinction during WWII.  Mattus passed away in 1997; Aldecoa during the war. The families worked with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office to obtain the long-overdue honors posthumously.  Both men and their families ar… Continue Reading

March 27, 2015

Crapo, Wyden, Move Wildfire Funding Fix Forward

Washington, D.C.- Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., early this morning moved another step forward in providing a bipartisan wildfire funding solution that will ensure vital resources in the fight against catastrophic wildfires across the West.   The senators attached a provision to the Senate budget that sets the stage for passing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, which Wyden and Crapo reintroduced on Jan. 22. The bill ends the cycle of underfunding fire suppression, which cur… Continue Reading

March 27, 2015

County Payments Included in Final Budget Framework

Washington, D.C. - A measure backed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to provide a critical lifeline to Idaho's rural communities has moved one step forward.  A provision that would set the stage for renewal of the Secure Rural Schools program and fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program was included as a part of the Senate budget framework that cleared the U.S. Senate on a 52-46 vote early this morning.  These programs provide for essential services such as law enforcement, schools and roads t… Continue Reading

March 27, 2015

Balanced Budget Passes Senate With Crapo's Support

Washington, D.C.-The balanced budget resolution passed by the U.S. Senate is a step in the right direction says Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of Senate Budget Committee. Crapo voted in favor of the measure late last night, which would balance the federal budget in a ten-year window with no tax hikes and would significantly improve economic growth. The budget was approved on a 52-46 vote. "Washington has lived outside its means for far too long," said Crapo.  "Our $18 trillion and gr… Continue Reading

March 27, 2015

Crapo: Dodd-Frank, CFPB Rules Must Be Included in 10-Year Regulatory Review

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced  legislation this week that would ensure the federal financial regulators identify all unnecessary, outdated and unduly burdensome regulations.  Unfortunately, included in the Federal Register for this 10-year review are two footnotes that suggest Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules and new Dodd-Frank regulations that have recently gone into effect will not be evaluated.  The bill, S. 881, would make the 10-year regulat… Continue Reading

March 26, 2015

Crapo Adds North Idaho Town Meetings

Coeur d'Alene  -  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is adding additional north Idaho town meetings to the visits announced earlier this week.  Crapo will discuss work now underway on the federal budget, the existing federal debt and government overreach, in addition to taking questions, during the town meetings.  The full schedule of 24 meetings includes the following locations:   Crapo's schedule for March 30 through April 7 includes these town meeting locations:   Monday, March 30:   … Continue Reading

March 25, 2015

Crapo Co-Sponsors Permanent "Death Tax" Repeal

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today co-sponsored legislation authored by Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) that would fully repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the "death tax".  The measure is similar to legislation Crapo has supported in previous years. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over the tax code, noted the federal estate tax unfairly burdens family businesses who are forced to sell their farms or small businesses to pay the fede… Continue Reading

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