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November 21, 2016

Wednesday Deadline to Request Tickets to the 58th Presidential Inauguration

Washington, D.C. - The deadline for Idahoans to request tickets to attend the presidential Inauguration swearing-in ceremony is Wednesday, November 23 at 5:00 PM Mountain time. The Inauguration swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take place Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. For the 58 th Presidential Inauguration swearing-in ceremony, members of Congress are provided with a limited number of tickets. As it has… Continue Reading

November 18, 2016

Crapo, Risch Recognize Idaho Ranking 5th in Nation for Volunteer Service

Washington - A new study from the Corporation for Community and National Service concludes that Idaho ranks fifth in the nation for volunteer service. In Idaho, this translates to 382,200 individual volunteers and 53.42 million hours of volunteer service with an estimated value of service of $1.1 billion. The fifth place ranking puts Idaho behind Utah, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota, respectively. The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report concluded that one in four Ame… Continue Reading

November 10, 2016

Crapo to Attend Rexburg Veterans Day Event

Idaho Falls - To honor the service of Idaho's veterans community, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will travel to Rexburg and address attendees during a Veterans Day ceremony. The annual event is hosted by the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce and the Rexburg Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3012. For this year's event, organizers plan to kick-off the event with a fly-over of historic aircraft from the Legacy Flight Museum over downtown Rexburg. In addition to remarks from Senator Crapo, the program wi… Continue Reading

November 09, 2016

Veterans, Volunteers Honored with Crapo's Spirit of Freedom Award

Boise - Twelve Idaho veterans and seven volunteers serving Idaho's veterans will be honored on Veterans Day, this Friday, with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Spirit of Freedom Award. Crapo created the Spirit of Freedom Award to acknowledge the contributions, patriotism, service and sacrifice of Idaho's veterans and service-oriented volunteer leaders. He has worked with Idaho's veterans community to present the awards during Veterans Day ceremonies in Idaho. Details of this year's Spirit of Freedo… Continue Reading

November 03, 2016

Crapo To Help Amalgamated Sugar Celebrate 100th Sugarbeet Campaign

Twin Falls - The nation's second-largest producer of sugar from sugar beets is celebrating its' 100 th sugarbeet campaign in the Magic Valley this year. On Friday Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will present Amalgamated Sugar a copy of a Congressional Record Statement that he and Senator Jim Risch introduced into the Senate Record honoring Amalgamated Sugar's achievements over the past 100 years of sugar production in Idaho. The ceremony is planned at the Twin Falls Amalgamated facility at 10:00AM. … Continue Reading

November 02, 2016

Crapo to Address Idaho Hispanic Chamber; Donate Books at Wilder Elementary School

Nampa - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho tomorrow to speak to members of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Crapo will speak on economic and tax issues and answer questions from the business group during the luncheon event. Following the Chamber address, Crapo travels to Wilder to make a book donation at Wilder Elementary School. Crapo is partnering with the Community Council of Idaho (CCI), the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Idah… Continue Reading

November 01, 2016

Crapo to Meet with Coeur d'Alene Diabetes Advocates

Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join Coeur d'Alene advocates to discuss efforts to support continued research on Type 1 Diabetes at the National Institutes of Health. Local advocate Carson Magee has worked with Crapo, a member of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, to support efforts that maintain funding for the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) at NIH. For almost twenty years, SDP has worked to improve the lives of the more than 29 million Americans who have diabetes. The program - co… Continue Reading

October 28, 2016

Crapo Joins Pocatello Event Marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Pocatello - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join community leaders, including Idaho State University President Dr. Arthur Vailas, to mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month next week. The event-"It Shouldn't Be Scary To Be In A Relationship"-is set for Halloween. The news conference and following program will serve as reminders that help is available for those who are affected by domestic and sexual violence. National statistics reveal that one in four women face the threat of violence an… Continue Reading

October 25, 2016

Crapo Earns "A" Rating from National Taxpayers Union

In recognition of his record to support conservative tax policies and reduce federal spending, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has earned the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" with an A rating from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for 2015. For its 2015 rating, the NTU analyzed 141 Senate votes affecting fiscal policy including measures to reduce federal spending, lower taxes, pay down the federal debt and reduce burdensome regulation. Crapo was only one of 14 Senators to earn an A rating from the NTU. Is… Continue Reading

October 25, 2016

Volunteers Rebuilding After Idaho Fire to Receive Award Wednesday in Kamiah

Lewiston - Volunteers, concerned citizens and residents in Idaho's Clearwater, Lewis and Idaho counties will be honored tomorrow during a ceremony at the Kamiah City Hall. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will present his Spirit of Idaho Award to those going above and beyond the call in rebuilding the homes of resident who lost their homes to wildfire last summer. A series of fires last August forced more than 9,000 residents to evacuate and 78 homes in the three counties were destroyed or damaged … Continue Reading

October 24, 2016

Crapo: Federal Policy Key to Continued Jobs in the Idaho Ammunition Industry

Lewiston - Idaho's ammunition manufacturing industry is expanding, but the new jobs being created may be dependent on federal policies that Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says must stay consistent with the rights of Americans under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Crapo visited last week with representatives of Vista Outdoors, which recently announced plans to expand its ammunition manufacturing operations in Idaho, creating more than 130 new jobs in the Lewiston area. Presently, one o… Continue Reading

October 24, 2016

Crapo to Meet With Veterans to Discuss VA Health Care Reform Bill

Coeur d'Alene - New federal legislation to cut red tape for veterans will be Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's topic this week as he meets with Idaho veterans and veteran leadership. He will discuss major reform legislation affecting health care and other veterans' services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Crapo has introduced the "Improving Veterans Care in the Community Act," S. 3401. The bill makes it easier for veterans to obtain local health care by consolidating existing,… Continue Reading

October 24, 2016

Crapo Statement on Double Digit Increases in Obamacare Premiums

WASHINGTON - Following reports that premiums for Obamacare health plans will increase on average of 25 percent nationally and by 24 percent in Idaho in 2017 , Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee issued the following statement: "Once again, Idahoans are seeing that Obamacare is not solving the issues or providing the solutions it was supposed to achieve. From reduced plan options, to costly deductibles to a lack of choice in doctors, patients a… Continue Reading

October 21, 2016

Crapo, Risch, Wyden Call for Fairness for U.S. Jobs and Rural Communities in Softwood Lumber Deal

WASHINGTON -- In a letter sent to President Barack Obama today, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch along with Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and 21 other Senators called for any new softwood lumber agreement with Canada to protect U.S. timber jobs and communities. "Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs and thousands of U.S. rural communities depend on fairness in trade in softwood lumber. That is why we will continue to urge you, and any future Administration, to … Continue Reading

October 21, 2016

Idaho Fifth Grader Isabella Gerard Selected to Light Capitol Christmas Tree

BOISE - St. Mary's Parish School Fifth Grader Isabella Gerard has been selected as Idaho's student representative to help light the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo made the announcement, a surprise to Isabella, during an assembly Thursday before the student body at St. Mary's Parish School in Boise. Isabella submitted a poem titled "Pristine Idaho Mountains", which was selected at random from more than 200 entries from students across Idaho to a contest… Continue Reading

October 18, 2016

Crapo, Risch Honor INL Researchers in the Congressional Record

Idaho Falls - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have honored two researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory that have been singled out for excellence by the American Nuclear Society (ANS).  Dr. Terry Todd and Dr. Mark DeHart were honored as Fellows, the highest honor by the ANS.  Dr. Todd's focus has been on spent nuclear fuel recycling and chemical separation applications; Dr. DeHart has been noted for his work with reactor physics analysis and reactor physics modeling and simulation. … Continue Reading

October 18, 2016

Watco, Crapo Eye Major Rail Expansion Project

Burley - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined executives from Watco Companies, LLC; Burley Mayor Merlin Smedley, and other local officials today in Burley to announce a major expansion of short line railroad service that will bring jobs and expanded economic activity to south-central and eastern Idaho. The rail shipment and storage facilities being established by Watco Companies LLC, a Kansas-based firm, could quadruple the amount of commodities and other products shipped out of Idaho via short line… Continue Reading

October 03, 2016

Crapo Introduces Veterans Health Care Reform Bill

Boise - Federal legislation to cut the red tape for veterans seeking local health care has been introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, as part of his continuing commitment to Idaho's vets.  The "Improving Veterans Care in the Community Act," S. 3401, would make it easier for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to send veterans to local communities for health care.  The bill would consolidate existing, competing programs and work to address concerns raised by Idaho's veterans and privat… Continue Reading

September 30, 2016

Crapo Meets With Veterans to Announce Health Reform Legislation; Joins Students to Celebrate Idaho's Role In Healthy School Lunches

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will meet Monday at the Idaho Statehouse with Idaho veterans and veteran leadership to announce major reform legislation affecting health care and other veterans' services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Crapo is introducing the "Improving Veterans Care in the Community Act," S. 3401, which would make it easier for the federal agency to send veterans into their local communities for health care.  The bill consolidates existing, competing… Continue Reading

September 22, 2016

Crapo, Risch Urge Leadership to Fully Fund PILT Payments Critical for County Budgets

Washington, DC - Citing the critical role that the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program plays on many rural county budgets, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch Thursday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid urging them to work together to ensure that the PILT program is fully funded in any year-end legislation likely to be signed into law.  The letter to McConnell and Reid was led by Crapo and Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado). Th… Continue Reading

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