News Releases

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 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 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 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: 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 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

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

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 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

March 24, 2015

Crapo Pushes for Renewed County Payments In Senate Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, voted in favor of an amendment to restore a critical lifeline to Idaho's rural communities. The measure, which was approved on a bipartisan, 18 to 4, vote, would remove procedural hurdles within the budget framework to facilitate renewal of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program and fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program. These programs provide for essential services such as law enforcement, schools an… Continue Reading

March 24, 2015

Crapo Sets North Idaho Town Meetings

Coeur dâ??Alene â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit north Idaho for a series of town meetings during the Easter state work period. The senator has been discussing federal debt, government overreach and privacy issues during the nearly fifty town meetings he has held in Idaho dating back to last fall.Crapoâ??s schedule for the beginning of the state work period begins in North Idaho before traveling south. The north Idaho town meetings are as follows:Crapoâ??s schedule for March 31 through Ap… Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

Crapo On the Five-Year Anniversary of Obamacare

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today released the following statement on the five-year anniversary of the President signing Obamacare into law: "After five years, Obamacare has more than proven itself unworkable.  Contrary to the many promises made about the law, Obamacare has pushed millions of Americans, including thousands of Idahoans, from their health insurance plans and preferred doctors, increased out-of-pocket expenses, cut M… Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

Crapo Office Travels to Council

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is increasing its presence in cities across southwestern Idaho.  Crapo's staff will begin a new rotation of remote office hours on behalf of the Senator in the region with the first scheduled stop planned for Adams County. Crapo's Regional Director, Bryan Ricker, will travel to a number of southwest cities and counties on a rotating basis.  On April 1, 2015, Ri… Continue Reading

March 20, 2015

Crapo Amendment to End DOJâ??s â??Operation Choke Pointâ?? Clears Committee

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's amendment to the Senate budget proposal to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to end the controversial U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) program known as Operation Choke Point was approved on a 13-9 vote at the Senate Budget Committee markup of the Senate's Fiscal Year 2016 budget blueprint.  Crapo, a strong critic of the program, argued that the DOJ must not politicize its enforcement policies by allowing Operation Choke Point to become an end r… Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Crapo: The Problem Is That Spending Is Too High, Not that Taxes are Too Low

Washington, D.C. - We can no longer afford to delay making the tough decisions when it comes to reining in federal spending was the message Idaho Senator Mike Crapo delivered at a Senate Budget Committee hearing late yesterday afternoon.  Crapo, who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, will begin work with his colleagues this morning to markup the Senate's version of the budget blueprint for FY 2016 before it heads to the Senate Floor.  "The biggest crisis our nation faces, and our na… Continue Reading

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