News Releases

June 08, 2021

Crapo Renews Request for Detailed “Tax Gap” Information

Washington, D.C.--At a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing with Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Commissioner Rettig, Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) reiterated his request for detailed information on the IRS's recent "tax gap" estimates. "When you testified earlier before the committee, you estimated that the tax gap could be as high as $1 trillion dollars. . . You mentioned that some of the reasons for the increase in the tax gap estimate from ten years ago were inflation, cryptocurrenc… Continue Reading

May 27, 2021

Crapo, Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Receive Coverage for Cancer Detection Technologies

Washington, D.C.-- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado), member of the Committee, reintroduced S. 1873 the Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act, which would provide Medicare coverage for screening tests to save lives and costs to the health care system. The bipartisan legislation would ensure Medicare beneficiaries have coverage for innovative tests that can detect multiple types of cancer bef… Continue Reading

May 27, 2021

ICYMI: Getting America Back to Work

To say the April jobs report was disappointing is an understatement. Economists predicted the U.S. economy would add nearly 1 million new jobs, yet only one quarter of those jobs materialized--just 266,000. What happened? Our nation is on the mend; the economy is recovering; millions are being vaccinated; and many businesses are reopening. However, some businesses have said that enhanced unemployment benefits are outcompeting small businesses in the fight for a willing and able workforce. T… Continue Reading

May 26, 2021

Crapo: Energy tax reform cannot come at the expense of good-paying American jobs

Washington, D.C.-At a U.S. Senate Finance Committee executive session to consider "The Clean Energy for America Act," Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), said he is willing to work on modifying energy tax provisions in the tax code, but not at the expense of millions of good-paying American jobs. Key Excerpts: "There is bipartisan agreement that Congress should not continue to pick energy tax winners and losers through the annual tax extenders process. . . [but] most, if not all, of the mem… Continue Reading

May 25, 2021

Crapo Urges Colleagues to Vote to Prevent China and Russia from Gaining Access to American Intellectual Property

Washington, D.C.-- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), spoke on the Senate Floor today urging the Senate to adopt his World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness Act. Introduced last week, the amendment would guarantee the Administration a congressional vote on its waiver proposal, provided it (1) consults with Congress; (2) actually facilit… Continue Reading

May 25, 2021

Crapo Condemns Violence Against Jews, Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Washington, D.C.--Following a recent increase in attacks against Jewish people in the United States, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and 13 additional co-sponsors in introducing a resolution condemning hatred and violence against Jews, denouncing anti-Israel rhetoric and reaffirming that Jews must be treated with dignity and respect. "We have seen a sharp increase in attacks against Jewish people, both in America and around the world," Crapo said. "Th… Continue Reading

May 20, 2021

Crapo, Cardin, King, Cramer Want CBO to Better Track Health Savings

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) have reintroduced S. 1685, the Preventive Health Savings Act, which would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to more accurately reflect the cost-savings of preventive health care. The bipartisan legislation also would allow congressional leaders of relevant committees to request an analysis of preventive measures extending beyond the existing 10-year w… Continue Reading

May 19, 2021

Crapo: Making Permanent Changes Based on Lessons Learned is a Top Priority

Washington, D.C.--During his opening statement at a Senate Finance Committee hearing entitled, "Health Care Flexibilities: Perspectives, Experiences and Lessons Learned," Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) expressed support for making permanent changes to health care delivery based on lessons learned through the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been an uptick of telehealth in Idaho and across the country, and information on the impact of expanded telehealth on access, quality of care and cost will… Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Crapo Honors Fallen Bonneville Deputy Wyatt Maser on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C.--During National Police Week, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) paid tribute to the life, service and legacy of Wyatt Christopher Maser, a Bonneville County Sheriff's Deputy who died in the line of duty on May 18, 2020. In his speech on the Senate Floor, Senator Crapo highlighted Deputy Maser's service in the U.S. Air Force and Bonneville Sheriff's Department, his love for his wife, Paige, and their daughter, Morgan, and that his memory will not be forgotten. Video of Senato… Continue Reading

May 13, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Rubio, Senate Republicans Urge POTUS to Stand with Israel and Not Provide Sanctions Relief to Iran

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), former Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and 41 Republican colleagues urged President Joe Biden to stand with close United States ally, Israel. As Israel is under attack from Iranian-backed terrorists, the Biden Administration is negotiating and potentially offering sanctions relief to Iran, the world's leading state sponsor … Continue Reading

May 12, 2021

Crapo: To Strengthen Economy, We Must Fully Reopen and Execute An Ambitious Trade Policy

Washington, D.C.--During his opening statement at a Senate Finance Committee Hearing on the Administration's Trade Agenda, Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) highlighted significant progress made in ending the COVID-19 pandemic, but expressed disappointment with progress on strengthening the economy. In order to boost economic activity, Crapo said we need an ambitious trade policy focused on enforcement, negotiation of new rules, increased market access and opportunities, and consultation with… Continue Reading

April 29, 2021

Crapo, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Improve Care and Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substances

Washington, D.C.--Between 2007 and 2020, about 75 percent of veteran disability claims related to burn pit exposure were denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) introduced new bipartisan legislation, the Toxic Exposure Training Act, to require VA to provide health care personnel with improved education and training to identify, treat and assess the impact of illnesses related to exposure to burn pits and other toxic s… Continue Reading

April 26, 2021

Idaho Delegation Urges Interior Secretary to Follow the Science, Delist Yellowstone Grizzly Population

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher (all R-Idaho) joined lawmakers from Montana and Wyoming to urge Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to heed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) study demonstrating the full recovery of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear populations and return species management to the states. "It has been sixteen years since the GYE population was first proposed for r… Continue Reading

April 26, 2021

Idaho Delegation Announces Virtual Service Academy Day

BOISE--The Idaho Delegation announced a Virtual Military Service Academy Day for the state. Students interested in learning more about the U.S. Academies should sign up to receive a link to the event at Join and listen to academy liaisons, cadets and midshipmen discuss the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students will learn about the application process … Continue Reading

April 23, 2021

Crapo, Colleagues Urge Defense Secretary to Take Final Steps in Restoring Full Education Benefits for Guard and Reserve Members

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo joined U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and 12 additional Senate colleagues in urging Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to take the final steps to enable members of the Guard and Reserve to concurrently use Federal Tuition Assistance and GI Bill® benefits to fund their education, similar to Active Duty servicemembers. Senator Crapo signed a similar letter to then-Secretary Mark Esper in September 2019. "The brave men and women who serve i… Continue Reading

April 23, 2021

Crapo, Risch Lead Effort to Prioritize Energy & Domestic Security, Strengthen U.S. Critical Mineral Supply Chain

Washington, D.C.--The current federal permitting process has been an impediment to mineral production and the mineral security of the United States. Permitting times in the U.S. rank among some of the longest in the world and are a threat to our national security and economy. U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) today joined Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to introduce legislation to improve the quality and timeliness of federal permitting and review processes with respect t… Continue Reading

April 22, 2021

Crapo: We Can Work Together to Form an American Trade Policy to Confront China

Washington, D.C.--In his opening statement before today's Senate Finance Committee hearing on "U.S.-China Relations: Improving U.S. Competitiveness Through Trade," U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Committee, stressed the need for policies that reflect America's ingenuity and values to counter threats posed by China. "China is a potent challenge to the United States on several levels--economic, strategic and moral," Crapo said. "Republicans and Democrats can--and should… Continue Reading

April 22, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Wyden, Merkley Urge Biden Administration to Support Long-Term Stability for Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today asked the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to support long-term stability for the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program to ensure rural counties have the consistent funding needed for schools, road maintenance and other essential services. In a letter to OMB Acting Director Shalanda Young, the Senators requested that OMB include a permanent national endowment… Continue Reading

April 21, 2021

Bipartisan, Bicameral Leaders Reintroduce Future Logging Careers Act

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Representatives Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-Pennsylvania) to reintroduce the Future Logging Careers Act for the 117th Congress. This legislation would allow teenage members of logging families to gain experience in the logging trade under parental supervision so that they may carry on the family business. "In the logging industry, as in many oth… Continue Reading

April 19, 2021

Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a coalition of Senators in introducing a resolution condemning a spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Crapo first spoke out against the recent horrific attacks on March 19. "The attacks over the last few months on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are horrific and reprehensible," Crapo said. "Idaho is home to the Minidoka National Historic site, one of the former World War II Japanese inter… Continue Reading

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