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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

May 03, 2017

Crapo, Risch Earn Top Award for Conservative Votes in the Senate

In recognition of their votes to advance conservative principles of government, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Development Committee and Jim Risch, Chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, have received top marks from the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF). Both Senators Crapo and Risch received a score of 92 from the conservative group for their votes on specific legislation and have been awarded the Conservative Excellence Award… Continue Reading

April 30, 2017

Crapo Co-Sponsors Resolution Honoring Children, Culture

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has joined nine of his Senate colleagues in sponsoring a resolution commemorating the observance of El Día de los Niños," or the Day of the Children. The bipartisan Senate resolution officially designates April 30th as a day to celebrate our children and their achievements, and encouraging them to keep learning about other peoples and cultures while reaching for their dreams. The resolution, adopted by the full Senate, calls upon everyon… Continue Reading

April 07, 2017

Crapo Votes to Confirm Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today voted to confirm Tenth Circuit Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on a vote of 54-45. Following the confirmation, Crapo offered this statement: "I wholeheartedly support Judge Gorsuch for confirmation to the Supreme Court. He understands and is focused on the principle that a judge is a servant of the law, responsib… Continue Reading

April 07, 2017

Crapo Comments on U.S. Missile Strike in Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement regarding the U.S.-launched missile strikes in Syria yesterday evening: "The brutality of the Syrian regime seems to know no bounds. I support the President's decisive actions to prevent further use of chemical weapons against innocent women, men, and children and from allowing those from falling into the hands of terrorists. I send my gratitude to the men and women of America's armed forces fighting our enemies abroad. Let u… Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Veterans Choice Program Extended by Senate Through January 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation cosponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to continue providing Idaho veterans with options to access their earned care benefits unanimously passed the United States Senate on Monday evening. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), will extend the Veterans Choice Program through January 2018 until Congress can pass a longer term fix. In 2014, the Senate passed the original Veterans Choice Program, or Ch… Continue Reading

April 03, 2017

Crapo Notes History Does Not Support Filibuster of Supreme Court Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaking today before a vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo noted that history does not support the filibuster of Supreme Court nominations. Deviating from that history, Crapo noted, would be a departure from longstanding Senate practice. On filibustering the nomination, Crapo noted, "Voting no is different from filibustering. The argument is being made tha… Continue Reading

March 29, 2017

Crapo: Neil Gorsuch is the American ideal of a jurist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Neil Gorsuch is judge who understands that his duty is to follow the Constitution and deliver justice to all Americans. That is conclusion of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who spoke at length this afternoon from the floor of the United States Senate praising the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. "In Judge Gorsuch, we have a nominee who lives the American ideal of a modest jurist," said Cr… Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Boise, Idaho Falls Academy Information Meetings Coming Up

The Idaho Congressional Delegation is hosting two more meetings beginning this weekend to answer questions about the application process for students who are seeking a nomination to our service academies. Each Service Academy Day session offers students, parents, and counselors the opportunity to meet with representatives from the service academies and provides an opportunity for questions. Staff from Idaho's four Congressional delegation offices will be on hand to answer questions about the … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Crapo Convenes Hearing on Fostering Economic Growth

Senator Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, today convened a full committee hearing on "Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Companies." The text of Crapo's opening statement follows: "A strong and vibrant economy is important for American consumers, businesses, and the stability of the financial sector. "Financial companies of all sizes and forms provide critical services to businesses and consumers, helping businesses ma… Continue Reading

March 27, 2017

Simpson, Labrador, Joined by Crapo Introduce Agreement on Gateway West Transmission Line

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador have introduced legislation to address the routing of the Gateway West Transmission Line, through the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). The project - jointly proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power - will construct and operate 1,000 miles of high voltage transmission line across Wyoming and Idaho and creates more than 1,200 jobs and represents $3.5 billion in economic investment. The legislati… Continue Reading

March 24, 2017

Crapo Honors Fallen Idaho Airman, Staff Sgt. Alex Morrow

Senator Crapo today honored the life and service of fallen Mountain Home Air Force Base Gunfighter, Staff Sergeant Alexandria "Alex" Mae Morrow. "Staff Sgt. Morrow was well respected by her fellow airmen, and was recognized frequently for her kindness and strong commitment to service," said Crapo. "The memory of her legacy will carry with it the honor she and so many other brave Americans have earned in defending our freedoms at home and abroad. I offer my deepest condolences to her family, fr… Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

Risch, Crapo Introduce Legislation to Prevent Labor Union Slowdowns

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), David Perdue (R-GA), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Prevent Labor Union Slowdowns Act (PLUS), legislation that would protect local businesses and ensure they can continue importing and exporting goods during maritime labor union disputes. As a recent contract negotiation tactic, maritime labor unions have been involved in "slowing down" instead of striking, which causes substantial financial loss to local businesses that are attempt… Continue Reading

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