News Releases

April 09, 2014

Crapo: Administrationâ??s New Effort to Wield Authority Over Water Unacceptable

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is objecting to a proposed rule recently issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to drastically expand the definition of waters regulated under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).  The "Waters of the United States" rule would outline a significant expansion of federal authority, permitting the government to exert more control over private landowners by deeming portions of their land as "jurisdictional… Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

Crapo Calls On The IRS To Stop Stifling Free Speech

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined his Republican colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee to call on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen to put an end to the proposed regulation designed to stifle the free speech of groups that have criticized the Administration.  In the letter, the Senators said Commissioner Koskinen has the unilateral authority to prevent the proposed regulation from becoming final and urged him to not sign the proposed rule should it r… Continue Reading


April 04, 2014

EPW Committee Moves Successful Brownfields Program Legislation Forward

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo commended the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for unanimously passing S. 491, the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development Act, out of committee.  The successful program has a proven track record of helping Idaho communities rehabilitate abandoned and polluted properties throughout the state, increasing safety, attracting new business and creating jobs.  Crapo, Ranking Member on the Superfund, Toxics and Environmenta… Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Crapo, Cardin Bill To Protect Fish Habitats And Related Jobs Clears Committee Hurdle

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, lauded the voice vote approval today in the Environment and Public Works Committee of The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA) that authorizes $7.2 million annually for fish habitat restoration and protection projects that are supported by regional Fish Habitat Partnerships.  The bill leverages public-private partnerships and engage stakeholde… Continue Reading


April 02, 2014

Crapo, Markey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Alzheimerâ??s Disease

Washington, D.C. - Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) pushed for renewed focus on cost-saving, preventive health care research today by introducing S. 2192, The Alzheimer's Accountability Act.  The legislation would require the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to submit an annual budget to meet the goal of preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease by the year 2025.  The budget would be submitted directly to the President for review and trans… Continue Reading


March 27, 2014

Delegation Says BEA Extension at INL Well-Deserved

Washington, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation say today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to extend the operations contract of the Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) at the Idaho National Laboratory is well-deserved and good for the continuation of employment and expertise at the Lab.   "The workers and leadership of the Battelle Energy Alliance have earned this recognition by the Department of Energy," said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  "This announcement is just… Continue Reading


March 26, 2014

Crapo Questions EPAâ??s Budgetary Priorities

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, participated in an oversight hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency's fiscal year 2015 budget.  The hearing comes one day after the EPA announced, and Crapo strongly objected to, an expanded definition of waters regulated under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA)-a decision that, if implemented, would further restrict the private property rights of Americans. "In reviewing the … Continue Reading


March 25, 2014

Crapo: Latest Actions Show EPA Out of Control

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee with jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  says today's announcement by the agency to significantly expand the definition of waters regulated under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands infringes both on state water rights and the property rights of private landowners.   Making things worse, Crapo noted the EPA is, at the same time, seeki… Continue Reading


March 18, 2014

Healthy Pulse Crop Initiative On Display at Lewiston School

Lewiston  - Two new initiatives created in the five-year Farm Bill will assist pulse crops-healthy foods like peas, lentils and chickpeas-grown on the Palouse of Idaho and Washington.  The benefits of the new programs will be on display this week before a health class in Lewiston and celebrated by growers, researchers and industry groups. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) led the effort to create the Pulse Health Initiative and a school nutrition pilot program f… Continue Reading


March 17, 2014

Crapo to Meet with Interior Secretary, Welcome Colleagues to Idaho National Lab

Boise.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo meets with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to get an overview of the coming wildfire season and discuss legislation revising the way fighting fires is funded by the federal government.  Crapo joined with Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and others to introduce the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2013.  The measure, included by the Obama Administration in its Fiscal Year 2015 budget, … Continue Reading


March 14, 2014

New Veterans' Transportation Program Announced

Boise.  - A new service offered to military veterans, their families and other Idahoans to make transportation options easier to find will be unveiled Tuesday at the Idaho Statehouse.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo worked with the Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI), local veterans' service groups, the Idaho Division of Veterans Services, the U.S. Department of Transportation and M2 Traffic Management, LLC to establish the new transportation resource directory for Idaho, FindMyIdahoR… Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

Members of Congress from Idaho, Oregon and Idaho Governor Join Interior Secretary Jewell for 2014 Fire Season Outlook, Discuss Funding

Boise - United States Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise on Monday, March 17, 2014, for a briefing on the outlook of the 2014 wildfire season and a plan to revise fire funding introduced into Congress by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and co-sponsored by Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon).  U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) have introduced a com… Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

Crapo Co-Sponsors Legislation On Gun Owner Data Collection

Washington, D.C. - Second Amendment rights will get stronger under legislation recently co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  The bill, introduced by Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), would prohibit any federal funding from being used to support a gun registry created and/or maintained by non-federal entities, including state and local governments. "Idahoans are becoming increasingly concerned with the federal governments' collection and storage of their private, personal information" … Continue Reading


March 11, 2014

Crapo, Johnson Announce Agreement on Housing Finance Reform

Washington, DC - Today, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) announced that they have reached an agreement on a housing finance reform proposal.  Last fall, the Senate Banking Committee hosted an in-depth series of hearings exploring essential elements necessary for reform and over the past few months they have been negotiating and drafting the reform proposal.  The bipartisan agreement includes measures from Committee Members on both sides of… Continue Reading


March 06, 2014

Crapo, Risch Vote To Address Assault And Rape In The Military

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted today to enact new measures to increase protections for military personnel from sexual assault.  The Victims Protection Act was introduced by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska).  This measure empowers victims, increases protections against retaliation for reporting sexual traumas and further increases accountability in the military justice system.  With Crapo and Risc… Continue Reading


March 05, 2014

Crapo, Cardin Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Protect Fish Habitats And Related Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, have introduced a bill to leverage public-private partnerships and engage stakeholders like commercial fisherman, anglers, outfitters and other angling and sportsmen industries to make lasting improvements to the health and sustainability of our nation's fish habitats.  Their legislation, The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA) authorizes $7.2 mi… Continue Reading


March 04, 2014

Crapo: Presidentâ??s Budget Breaks Spending Caps That He Signed Into Law Just Two Months Ago

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement today regarding the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget, which was delivered to Capitol Hill this morning.  "The proposal, submitted by the President today, once again ignores the debt crisis this country faces and encourages a path of unsustainable spending that will continue to lead the country further in the wrong direction.  Congress has made modest progress in cu… Continue Reading


February 28, 2014

Idaho Senators Tell FCC To Stop Stifling Free Speech

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined all of their Republican colleagues to demand an explanation for an ill-conceived and inappropriate study regarding newsroom decisions.  In a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Senators, led by Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) want to know the reasons behind why the FCC undertook the study, which has now been suspended. In recent weeks, Idahoans along with the rest of the country learned that the FCC was… Continue Reading


February 26, 2014

Crapo Encourages Idaho Students To Apply for Congressional 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 26, 2014

Crapo Comments On Tax Reform Outline Released By House of Representatives Chief Tax Writer

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement regarding the tax reform outline plan released earlier today by the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan): "For years, I have consistently worked with many of my colleagues to enact comprehensive tax reform to simplify our overly-complex, anti-competitive code and reduce all tax rates," said Crapo.  "Chairman Camp has been at the forefront of this issue and understands how antiquated our current … Continue Reading

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