News Releases

January 09, 2015

Crapo Seeks to Stop Federal Education Mandates

Washington, D.C.  - School districts would not have to fear losing federal funding because of local curriculum decisions if legislation introduced today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo becomes law.  Crapo introduced the Local Leadership in Education Act, which amends the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to forbid "any officer or employee of the Federal Government from being able to mandate, direct or control a State, local education agency, or school's academic standards, curric… Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Crapo Manages New Senate's First Bill

Washington, D.C.  - The first legislation to pass the U.S. Senate during the 114 th Congress was managed on the Senate floor today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, or TRIA, was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate on a 93-to-4 vote. The final bill approved today also passed the House by an overwhelming vote of 416-to-5.   The TRIA legislation requires private insurance companies to absorb and cover the losses for all put the largest acts… Continue Reading

January 06, 2015

Crapo Named Chief Deputy Whip

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will again serve a primary legislative messaging role among his peers in the new 114 th Congress, but this time it will be in a majority role.  Senate Republican Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced today that Crapo will head the whip team he has appointed for the 114 th Congress.  Crapo was Chief Deputy Whip during the 113 th Congress. "I appreciate the opportunity to work with Senator Cornyn, new Majority Leader McConnell and all of our… Continue Reading

January 05, 2015

Crapo Announces Military Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced his nomination of 44 Idaho students for continuing education and service as a part of the nation's military academies.  The students' applications are now being considered by four of the U.S. service academies, where final selections will be made. "These outstanding young people represent some of the best and brightest in our state, and it is an honor to nominate them to our nation's service academies," said Crapo. "We in Idaho have much… Continue Reading

December 17, 2014

Crapo Demands Answers from IRS on Civil Forfeitures

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is asking the U.S. Department of Treasury for information on IRS seizure and forfeiture activities of legitimate small business accounts.  The IRS cites a law under the Bank Secrecy Act used to identify drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking cash deposits under $10,000, a practice known as "structuring," but sometimes the IRS captures efforts at legitimate, cash-only operating small businesses.  Recent news reports have detailed instan… Continue Reading

December 16, 2014

Crapo Announces Committee Posts for 114th Congress

Washington, D.C. - After wrapping up work with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on the Senate Republican Committee on Committees, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced his committee assignments for the 114 th Congress.  Crapo will retain his committee posts from the previous Congress, serving on the following committees: Senate Finance Committee, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Senate Budget Committee, Senate Environment and Public Works Com… Continue Reading

December 11, 2014

Crapo, Risch Say Energy Costs Could Soar Under EPA Power Plan

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and 20 of their Republican colleagues to express deep concern about the impact the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed power plan would have on electricity prices and power grid reliability.  In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators call for the rule's withdrawal, citing unrealistic interim targets, a severely constrained timeline for implementation and complications … Continue Reading

December 01, 2014

Crapo, Udall Lead Bipartisan Coalition on PILT, SRS Funding for Critical Local Government Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) led a bipartisan coalition urging Senate leaders to fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) in any end-of-year legislation.   PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal land within their boundaries, and these resources are critical to rural counties across the country, which use the fundi… Continue Reading

November 20, 2014

Crapo Statement On President Obamaâ??s Executive Order on Immigration

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement on President Obama's decision to issue an executive order on immigration that could apply to as many as five million illegal immigrants: "Rather than listening to the American people and respecting their voices in the last election, the President will instead impose his deliberately divisive action on the important issue of illegal immigration," said Crapo.  "This unfortunate choice by the President will, most importantly… Continue Reading

November 20, 2014

GAO Report Says FSOC Lacks Transparency, Accountability

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the results of a comprehensive study requested by Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) analyzing the Financial Stability Oversight Council's (FSOC) process to designate systemically important non-bank financial companies (non-bank SIFIs) for additional regulation by the Federal Reserve.  The FSOC is a council created by the Dodd-Frank Act to, among other things, designate a financial firm as sys… Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Crapo Introduces Legislation To Reduce Onerous Government Regulations On Job Creators

Washington, D.C. -Joined by U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Idaho Senator Mike Crapo todayintroduced a bill to reduce excessive unfunded government mandates on job creators, giving them greater freedom to invest in their companies and hire new workers. "Businesses across the nation continue to struggle under the heavy weight of the federal government," said Crapo.  "Removing the tremendous burdens placed on job creators and strengthening policies that encourage, not stifle, innovation is key… Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

McConnell Selects Crapo to LeadCommittee on Committees

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has selected Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to chair the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for committee assignments during the 114 th Congress. The assignment marks the sixth consecutive congressional two-year term that Senate leadership has asked Crapo to chair negotiations among his Republican peers in the Senate.   "Mike is a trusted advisor and has the respect of his colleagues," McConnell said… Continue Reading

November 11, 2014

Crapo Shares Results of Veterans Survey

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the results of his Fall 2014 Veterans Survey-an endeavor undertaken to gather information about Idahoans' experiences with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More than 1,000 Idahoans from the veterans community provided feedback and participated in the survey. Following the Senate's passage of bipartisan VA reform legislation this summer, Crapo met with hundreds of veterans and veterans' advocacy groups throughout the state, a… Continue Reading

November 07, 2014

Crapo's Spirit Of Freedom Award to Be Presented On Veterans Day

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Spirit of Freedom Award will be presented to twenty Idahoans this year-thirteen veterans and seven volunteers-at three ceremonies throughout the state on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11. The award, which was created by Crapo twelve years ago, provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding service to our nation of area veterans and the many Idahoans who dedicate extensive timesupporting those who have served our country.  Each year, Crapo has w… Continue Reading

November 07, 2014

Crapo Statement on Loss of Two Idaho Guard Pilots

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement regarding the Apache helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two Idaho Army National Guard pilots late Thursday evening: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our Idaho National Guardsmen. My thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and the entire Idaho National Guard community during this difficult time.  This tragic event serves as a poignant reminder of the dedicated service and ongoing sacri… Continue Reading

November 05, 2014

Crapo on INL Director's Departure

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement after Admiral Grossenbacher announced that after a decade of dedicated service he will step down from his role as Director of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and President of Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC: "We owe Admiral Grossenbacher a debt of gratitude for his leadership in driving the mission of the Idaho National Laboratory and for the foundation he paved for nuclear research in Idaho," said Crapo.  "I am thankf… Continue Reading

November 05, 2014

Crapo Calls on Senate Leadership to Halt Forthcoming Executive Action on Immigration

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, along with Senators Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today to immediately consider legislation to block the President's foreseeable attempt to circumvent Congress to implement sweeping immigration reforms through the use of Executive Order. Following the President's controversial September pledge to unilaterally act on immigration after the conclusion of the midterm elections, many have spec… Continue Reading

October 23, 2014

Crapo Named â??Friend of the Farm Bureauâ??

BOISE -The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) presented U.S. Senator Mike Crapo with the 'Friend of the Farm Bureau' award today in Boise for his efforts in the 113 th Congress.  Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance and Environment and Public Works Committees with jurisdiction over agricultural related tax and environmental policies, accepted a plaque from IFBF President Frank Priestley, detailing the bureau's appreciation for the Senator's leadership on agricultural issues and his contribu… Continue Reading

October 21, 2014

Crapo Sets Public Meetings in Silver Valley, Benewah County

Kellogg - Idaho's Silver Valley and Benewah County will be the next stops in Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's schedule of town meetings across Idaho.  Crapo will hold formal town meetings and meet with county officials in Pinehurst, Kellogg, Wallace, Mullan, St. Maries and Plummer next week. He will also host meet and greet open houses in Osburn and Harrison.   The Silver Valley schedule will follow Crapo's stops this week in southwest Idaho.  He will visit Kuna, Boise, Caldwell, Wilder, Melba, Namp… Continue Reading

October 06, 2014

Republican Senators Demand Answers on DOJâ??s â??Operation Choke Pointâ??

Washington, D.C. - Today, Republican Senators on the Senate Banking Committee sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding answers regarding a DOJ-led effort that is negatively impacting law-abiding and legitimate businesses by choking them off from the banking sector, known as Operation Choke Point.  The letter, led by Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), raises concerns that the operation is inappropriately targeting certain business models and is politicizing the payment system … Continue Reading

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