News Releases

September 22, 2015

Crapo Calls on VA to Improve New Veterans Choice Program

Washington, D.C. -After hearing from hundreds of Idaho's veterans about their experiences with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking to drive meaningful change within the agency.  In a letter to the head of the VA, Crapo calls upon the Secretary to pay special attention to Idahoans as the VA works to improve the beleaguered Veterans Choice Program (VCP).  He is calling on the agency to report to Congress on how it plans to streamline the program and im… Continue Reading


September 17, 2015

Crapo: President's Iran Deal Bad for America and Idaho

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted for a second time to consider a resolution rejecting President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran: "The President's executive nuclear agreement legitimizes Iran's nuclear weapons program and directly threatens our national security and regional allies. This agreement releases billions of dollars to Tehran, a portion of which even the administration acknowledges will wind up in the hands of… Continue Reading


September 16, 2015

Crapo Blasts Weak Iran Deal on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo took to the Senate Floor this afternoon to outline his strong opposition to the President's nuclear agreement with Iran.   Crapo says the deal does not stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and will all but guarantee Iran is able to continue its aggression in the middle east and beyond.  The Senator also made note during his remarks of the Administration's failure to secure the release of Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans being held pri… Continue Reading


August 28, 2015

Crapo Statement on Courtâ??s Decision to Temporarily Block EPA Water Grab

Washington, D.C. -  Late yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson issued a temporary injunction blocking the controversial U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Waters of the United States" rule, which had been set to go into effect today.  Under the preliminary injunction, the 13 states, including Idaho, that were parties in the suit against the regulations will temporarily be exempted.  Crapo, who has repeatedly pushed back on the rule since its proposal in 2014, released the foll… Continue Reading


August 21, 2015

Crapo Full Town Meeting Schedule

  CRAPO TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE Visits cities in southern Idaho during August, September  Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is ramping up his town meeting schedule in Idaho during the August and September state work period.  Crapo opens his town meetings with a discussion about the federal government's federal debt that is nearing $19 trillion, then takes questions from Idahoans in attendance. He plans an additional 58 Idaho town meetings during August and September.     Crapo'… Continue Reading


August 18, 2015

Crapo Measure to Explore 'Test-Bed' Concept at DOE Labs Adopted By Senate Energy Panel

Washington, D.C.- Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be speaking at the Intermountain Energy Summit today in Idaho Falls.  The event comes on the heels of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's recently unveiled Energy Policy Modernization Act (EPMA), which includes three measures supported Crapo.  The EMPA includes a Crapo measure (S. 1363) that fosters innovation in the nuclear energy industry by requiring the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to report on its ability to on its ability… Continue Reading


August 18, 2015

Crapo Announces Change in Town Meeting Schedule

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is announcing a change in his Idaho town meeting schedule for August 31 and September 1.  Meetings previously scheduled in Victor, Basalt, Blackfoot and Aberdeen are being postponed because of travel issues.  They will be rescheduled.  New meetings in Kimberly, Eden and Glenns Ferry are being added.    Crapo's revised town meeting schedule for August 31 and September 1: Monday, August 31:   10:00 AM     Ririe                      Ririe City… Continue Reading


August 10, 2015

Crapo Leads Effort to Stop Social Security Administrationâ??s Backdoor Gun Grab

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is leading a group of 25 senators in calling on the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to halt its plan to unfairly target the Second Amendment rights of millions of Social Security beneficiaries.  In a letter to the SSA Acting Administrator, the senators call into question the Administration's recently announced plan to begin reporting millions of Social Security beneficiaries to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  Cra… Continue Reading


August 10, 2015

Crapo, Wyden, Risch Visit Interagency Fire Center; Discuss Growing Support for Wildfire Funding Solution

Boise  - Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden, (D-Oregon) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) will visit the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise Wednesday to receive a briefing on the nation's wildfire situation to date and discuss growing support for their legislation to fix the broken system for funding wildfires.  The senators have secured commitment from nine other senators from both parties to work together on a precedent-setting bipartisan solution to funding wildfires when the Senate resu… Continue Reading


August 06, 2015

Crapo, Bennet Reintroduce Bill to Increase Resources for Wildfire Mitigation

Washington, DC -U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) reintroduced a bill to provide targeted investments for wildfire mitigation. The bill would help save future costs related to wildfire response efforts and the damage to property and land without adding to the deficit. "FEMA directs a substantial portion of its resources every year to helping communities at risk of natural disasters prepare for such events by providing aid for things like flood preparation for hurricanes … Continue Reading


August 05, 2015

Crapo Regulatory Relief Bill Clears Committee

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's legislation to eliminate a duplicative and costly U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation affecting Idaho's farmers took center stage at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing today.  Crapo said providing regulatory relief to not only farmers, but ranchers, state and local governments, forest managers, water users and others impacted is long overdue.  If enacted, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act will lift the burden pl… Continue Reading


August 04, 2015

Crapo Plans New Round of Town Meetings

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is ramping up his town meeting schedule in Idaho during the August and September state work period.  Crapo opens his town meetings with a discussion about the federal government's federal debt that is nearing $19 trillion, then takes questions from Idahoans in attendance. He plans an additional 58 Idaho town meetings during August and September.    In Boise, Crapo will receive a briefing on the Northwest fire situation at the National Interagency Fire Center in… Continue Reading


July 29, 2015

Crapo, Finance Republicans Press CMS Nominee on Obamacare Enrollment Safeguards

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking answers from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) after a recent report revealed that an alarming number of fake applicants were reenrolled for health coverage for 2015 through the federal Obamacare exchange, known as Healthcare.gov.  In a letter to the acting administrator, Crapo, along with his Republican colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee, questioned the agency's ability to verify and authenticate informati… Continue Reading


July 24, 2015

Senators Call For Hearing on RECA

Washington, D.C.  -  A bipartisan coalition of five U.S. senators from Idaho, New Mexico and Colorado have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing into legislative efforts to assist Americans who have suffered health issues as a result of nuclear arms testing in the western U.S. during the Cold War period of the 1950s and 1960s.  S. 331, the Radiation Exposure and Compensation Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), … Continue Reading


July 24, 2015

Crapo, Risch Join Group of 50 Senators Raising Concerns with Planned Parenthood Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch this week joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to get to the bottom of what has been going on at Planned Parenthood.  In a letter to the Secretary, the Senators draw attention to the legal, ethical and policy issues raised by the recent video footage released by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executiv… Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Crapo Staff in Glenns Ferry July 20

Boise  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's staff will be on hand July 20 th in Glenns Ferry to assist Idahoans with issues with federal agencies.  Crapo staff members regularly hold "remote office hours" to move staff from regional offices to smaller communities to meet directly with Idaho constituents on issues ranging from veterans care to questions about the IRS or Social Security. Bryan Ricker, Crapo's regional director in the Boise office, will be in Glenns Ferry to meet with Idahoans:   C… Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Crapo Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the following statement after it was announced that the United States and five other nations reached a nuclear deal with Iran: "I am deeply disappointed by the failure of the Administration to secure the release of Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans being held prisoner in Iran, " said Crapo.  "Their release should have been a prerequisite to beginning any negotiations in the first place, let alone a final agreement.  When Isra… Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Crapo Launches Second Statewide Veterans Survey

BOISE-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is launching his second statewide Veterans Survey today and is encouraging Idaho's veterans to participate as he makes stops throughout southern Idaho as a part of his continued town meeting tour.  Last year, Crapo received feedback from more than 1,000 Idahoans about their experiences with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Crapo says this year he hopes to double that number in an effort to hear from more veterans.  "Throughout my travels across Ida… Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

Crapo: Supreme Court Right to Consider Consumers in Ruling Against EPA

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said the U.S. Supreme Court ruled correctly today when it ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency and in favor of consumers, state, and industry in striking down unreasonable rules against power plants. "The economic costs to consumers paying for energy must be considered when the government seeks to regulate energy production, be they from coal, oil or other sources," Crapo said.  "The Supreme Court ruled wisely in recognizing that Americans pay for t… Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Crapo Statement on King v. Burwell Decision

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the following statement after the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the King v. Burwell case: "Today's ruling is disappointing and in no way validates the President's health care law as some are claiming," said Crapo.  "The court did not rule on the merits of Obamacare, but, rather, on a one sentence provision in a 2700-page ill-advised law.  Obamacare is broken-plain and simple.  Millions of Americans, including thousands of Idahoans, … Continue Reading

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