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February 19, 2015

Crapo Encourages Idaho Students To Apply for Senate Internship Program

Washington, D.C. -The deadline is rapidly approaching for Idaho's students to apply for internship opportunities in U.S. Senator Mike Crapo's Washington, D.C., office, or one of his six regional offices throughout Idaho. Students have until March 1 to submit an application to be considered for an internship position for both the summer and fall semesters. The internship experience provides Idaho students a unique opportunity to learn about Congress and the legislative process firsthand.  Intern… Continue Reading

February 18, 2015

Crapo, Risch: SCRAP Act Will Defund Costly FDA Regulations

Washington, D.C. -- In a continued effort to prevent costly new regulatory burdens from being imposed on Idaho farmers, Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today introduced the SCRAP Act, or Stopping Costly Regulations Against Produce, in the U.S. Senate.  This legislation would defund the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed fresh produce rule that will negatively impact farmers throughout the country.    On January 4, 2013, the FDA issued a proposed rule for growing, harvesting, packi… Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Crapo, Risch, Wyden Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Renew Safety Net For Rural Counties

Washington, D.C.- Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) today introduced a bipartisan bill to renew the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, which supports schools, law-enforcement and roads in more than 700 rural counties across the country.  The legislation also addresses additional payments to counties under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.    "While we continue to work on multiple ways to improve the economy of our rural counties that have … Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Crapo Will Hold First Statewide Tele-Townhall of 2015 in Late February

  Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will host his first tele-townhall meeting of 2015 later this month and is encouraging Idahoans to participate.  During the hour-long call, Crapo will take questions from Idahoans on a variety of topics currently being debated in Congress, including new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to increase federal control over state waters, federal education mandates, the economy and the President's strategy to defeat ISIS.  The teleforum will take… Continue Reading

February 06, 2015

Crapo Statement on Air Force Plans to Retire the A-10

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement in reaction to the Air Force's announcement today that it will renew efforts to seek the divestment of the A-10 Thunderbolt II as a part of the force structure changes contained in the President's FY 2016 budget proposal: "The Air Force's continued efforts to divest the A-10 are unacceptable," said Crapo.  "I am dismayed by the little regard the Air Force has shown for how this decision will impact the … Continue Reading

February 05, 2015

Crapo Introduces Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is working to ensure farmers and ranchers have access to modern and safe water infrastructure.  Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) joined Crapo today to introduce the Water and Agriculture Tax Reform (WATER) Act, which seeks to reform outdated tax provisions that hinder investment in important infrastructure advances. The bill would revise restrictions placed on mutual ditch and irrigation companies' ability to raise cap… Continue Reading

February 05, 2015

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reintroduce the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo led a bipartisan group of senators this week in renewing their efforts to expand restitution for victims of radiation exposure related to U.S. nuclear arms testing in the 1950s and 1960s.  As a part of that effort, Crapo introduced S. 331, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), which seeks to expand RECA eligibility to affected individuals in Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexicoand Utah.  Since its creation in 1990, RECA was de… Continue Reading

February 03, 2015

Crapo Office Travels to McCall

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, a member of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office  is traveling to Valley County later this month.     Crapo Regional Director Bryan Ricker can assist Idahoans with any questions or problems related to federal agencies or with problems regarding federal programs.  Crapo Remote Office Hours schedule: Wednesday, February 25: McCall          McCall Fire Station, 20… Continue Reading

February 03, 2015

Crapo Renews Effort to Repeal Obamacare In New Congress

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a long-time critic of the President's health care law, has joined a coalition of senators led by Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to introduce legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and released the following statement: "Millions of Americans, including thousands of Idahoans, have been pushed from their health insurance plans and preferred doctors by this Administration's signature piece of legislat… Continue Reading

February 02, 2015

Crapo: The President's Budget Never Balances--Ever

Washington, D.C. - Following the arrival of President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 budget request to Capitol Hill this morning, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee, said the proposal ignores the most critical issue facing the country, the $18 trillion-and growing-national debt.  The President's newly-released budget outlines a $2.4 trillion spending increase, a $2.1 trillion tax increase and adds $8.5 trillion to the national debt with gross debt climbing to $26.… Continue Reading

January 29, 2015

Crapo, Risch Praise Passage of Keystone Pipeline Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo today joined a bipartisan majority of their Senate colleagues to support the long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline project. "The Keystone Pipeline will create thousands of jobs and invest billions of dollars in the economy," said Risch. "I have fought for years to get this project approved and am glad that the Senate has finally been able to take action, ending this inexcusable delay of private investment in our economy. This pipeline is the… Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

Crapo to CBO Director: Can We Continue to Spend Ourselves Into Prosperity on Borrowed Money?

Washington, D.C.-Under questioning from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the head of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed that our nation's$18 trillion national debt remains a drag on the economy and job growth, and continued increased federal spending used as a short-term strategy to boost the economy will have serious negative long-term effects on the country's economic future. Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee, participated in a hearing this morning to examine CBO… Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

Crapo Office Travels to Emmett and Mountain Home

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is continuing remote office hours in southwest Idaho.    Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will travel to Gem and Elmore counties, and can assist Idahoans with any questions or problems related to federal agencies or with problems regarding federal programs.   Crapo Remote Office Hours schedule: Monday, February 9: Em… Continue Reading

January 27, 2015

Crapo Introduces Bill to Strengthen Idahoans' Second Amendment Rights

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today introduced legislation to reaffirm the Second Amendment rights of Idahoans.  S. 263 seeks to make firearm regulations consistent across federal lands by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) property.  Under current law, a person may carry a concealed weapon in a National Park or Refuge as long as individuals comply with the firearm laws of the park's home state.  However, the same rights are not ex… Continue Reading

January 26, 2015

Crapo Backs Balanced Budget Legislation, Biennial Budget Process

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a long-time proponent of a balanced federal budget, has signed onto several bills in this session of Congress that call for balancing the federal budget and controlling spending by moving to a biennial budget process at the federal level.  Released today, the U.S. Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) annual Budget and Economic Outlook report shows that, absent action, the United States continues to remain on an unsustainable fiscal path with the natio… Continue Reading

January 23, 2015

Crapo, Risch Announce Delegates for Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C.- Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced delegates to the 53 rd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 7-14, 2015, in Washington, D.C.  Caitlin Lackey of Pocatello and Amanda Soloman of Kimberly were chosen from students across Idaho to be part of the 104 student delegation who will attend the program's annual Washington Week. Caitlin Lackey currently serves as Student Body President at Pocatello High school.  In addition, ser… Continue Reading

January 22, 2015

Crapo Bill to Provide Check on Presidential Power in National Monument Designation Process

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo introduced legislation today limit Presidential power related to the designation of national monuments.  Crapo's bill comes in advance of new designations likely to be made by the Obama Administration over the course of the next two years, potentially including the Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho.  Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and David Vitter (R-Louisiana) joined Crapo in introducing S. 228,the National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountabili… Continue Reading

January 22, 2015

Crapo Pushes to Cut Red Tape in Federal Rulemaking Process

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today backed legislation to reduce the size and scope of the federal government.  Crapo is a co-sponsor of Senator Rand Paul's (R-Kentucky) Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.  S. 226 would require proposed rules and regulations put forth by federal agencies with an estimated economic effect of at least $100 million to be subject to congressional approval before taking effect. Under current law, the Congressional Review A… Continue Reading

January 22, 2015

Crapo, Wyden: Reforming Wildfire Funding Needs Immediate Action to Protect Rural America

Washington, D.C.- Today Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, introduced their bipartisan bill to overhaul federal wildfire policy to boost funding for fire prevention and treat the largest wildfires as natural disasters.   "Catastrophic wildfires threaten homes and lives across Oregon and the West year after year, and the money to fight those fires falls short nearly every time," Wyden said. "The federal government needs to make sure it can invest in fire prevention AND fig… Continue Reading

January 20, 2015

Crapo: President Must Work With Congress To Address Debt Crisis, Failing Health Care Law

Washington, D.C. -Comprehensive fiscal reforms and economic growth should top the list of priorities for the President and Congress over the next two years, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo following tonight's State of the Union Address.  Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Financeand Banking committees, says that the debt crisis is the most pressing issue currently facing the nation, and the next two years present an opportunity for the President to work with Congress to implement much-needed fis… Continue Reading

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