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February 15, 2016

Crapo to Honor Idahoan Helping Homeless Vets; Note Teen Dating Violence Awareness Efforts

Boise - A Treasure Valley businesswoman who has helped homeless veterans and immigrants with critical housing needs will be presented the Spirit of Idaho Award by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo this Friday.  Joy Schweitzer, the daughter of a World War II veteran, has used her company, Around the Town, to find more than three-dozen homeless vets a place to live.  Crapo created the award to recognize Idahoans who go beyond the norm to help others.  Crapo will address the Idaho State Senate and House of… Continue Reading

February 14, 2016

Crapo Statement on Passing of Justice Antonin Scalia

BOISE - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. "Justice Scalia honorably served our nation as a steadfast voice for liberty and for the rule of law.  His legacy will be forever cemented as a justice who was unwavering in his devotion to the Constitution as the foundation of America.  At this time of immense grief, may Justice Scalia's wife and family find comfort in faith and prayer." # # #… Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Crapo Sets Town Meetings in Southern Idaho

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February 09, 2016

Crapo, Hecla to Discuss Mining's Past, Future

Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will meet with officials at Hecla Mining Company this week to commemorate the 125 th Anniversary of the company and look ahead to future precious mineral production and job creation. Crapo will present Hecla with a Congressional Record Statement marking Hecla's anniversary and history.   News Conference and CRS Presentation:   Friday, February 12 1:15 PM Hecla Mining Company Boardroom, 6500 N. Mineral Drive C… Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Crapo to Hold Bonner County Town Meetings

 Sandpoint - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is meeting with Idahoans February 13 for three town meetings in Bonner  County.  The meetings are planned for Ponderay, Hope and Clark Fork on Saturday.  Crapo has been discussing an aggressive agenda during town meetings, including ideas for reducing the federal debt that just passed $19 trillion, paying for and preventing extreme forest fires and increasing economic activities in the forest, and stopping federal overreach in areas such as the Second Amend… Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Crapo Bill Protects Second Amendment Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today introduced legislation with nine other cosponsors that would protect Social Security beneficiaries from being stripped of their Second Amendment rights because of determinations used by the Social Security Administration about the management and payment of an individual's benefits.  The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jerry Moran … Continue Reading

February 03, 2016

Crapo, Wyden: Fix Wildfire Funding Before Itâ??s Too Late

WASHINGTON, D.C. - IIdaho Senator  Mike Crapo and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR, took to the Senate floor last night to renew their bipartisan call for a permanent fix to wildfire funding, and to end the senseless practice of raiding fire prevention and other Forest Service accounts just to fight this year's fires.   Crapo and Wyden introduced an amendment to the energy bill currently on the Senate floor that would end fire borrowing for good, stop the erosion of the Forest Service budget and … Continue Reading

January 28, 2016

Crapo Nuclear Energy Legislation Overwhelmingly Approved by Senate

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today approved overwhelmingly legislation written by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo that would increase nuclear research efforts at the Idaho National Laboratory and other national labs through new partnerships between the public and private sectors.  The vote of 87 to 4 to approve the amendment makes it a part of a larger energy policy reform bill before the Senate.  Crapo, along with Senators Jim Risch, Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-Rhode Island), Cory Booker (D-New Jers… Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Crapo Backs Legislation To Audit the Federal Reserve

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is again pushing to bring greater transparency to the Federal Reserve. Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, joined Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) today to introduce legislation to audit the nation's central bank, which is explicitly charged with regulating the U.S. monetary and financial system.  The Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 would require the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to cond… Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Crapo joins National Summit to Outline New Initiatives for Nuclear Research

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today delivered remarks about how legislation that he introduced will enable Idaho National Laboratory, other National Labs, and the private sector to develop the next generation of nuclear energy technology at an event today hosted by the group Third Way.  "This measure is an important step forward in maintaining U.S. leadership in nuclear energy," said Crapo during his remarks.  "It is my hope that this bill will enable the private sector and our national… Continue Reading

January 26, 2016

Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Kickoff Set During McCall Winter Carnival

 Washington, D.C.  - Idaho will supply the nation's U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this year and, with, that honor comes thousands of hand-made ornaments that will decorate not only the national tree, but offices for Congress in Washington, D.C.   Idahoans from students to retirees can assist in the ornament effort.  The U.S. Forest Service will select this year's Capitol Christmas Tree from the Payette National Forest later this year.  To celebrate Idaho's recognition and kickoff the Christmas e… Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Clean Nuclear Energy, Research Advanced in Bipartisan Senate Bill

Washington, D.C. - Private-sector innovators in nuclear energy and government researchers will work hand-in-hand to create the next generation of clean, advanced nuclear power, under bi-partisan legislation introduced today in the U.S. Senate. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA).  The legislation, S. 2461, directs the U… Continue Reading

January 21, 2016

Crapo, McCaskill Regulatory Relief Bill Approved by EPW Committee

Washington, D.C. -Legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) was approved as an amendment today in a business meeting held by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  The amendment offered to S. 659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act, would eliminate a costly and redundant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation affecting pesticide users by clarifying congressional intent concerning federal regulation of pesticides and … Continue Reading

January 20, 2016

Crapo Defends Second Amendment in Bipartisan Sportsmen's Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today defended against efforts to prohibit citizens from bearing arms on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and advanced legislation to improve fish habitat during the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee's consideration of S. 659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015.  The entire bill passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee by a vote of 12-8 and will now be in line for consideration by the full Senate. … Continue Reading

January 16, 2016

Crapo Statement on Reports of the Release of Pastor Saeed Abedini

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement concerning reports that Idaho's Pastor Saeed Abedini has been released from custody in Iran: "If media reports are confirmed, the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini is welcome news and an answer to many prayers from across Idaho, the nation and the world.  Iran's holding of Pastor Abedini was outrageous and it was far past time for him to be released.  As his wife and family await official confirmation of his return, I send m… Continue Reading

January 15, 2016

Crapo Announces 2016 Military Academy Nominations

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced his nomination of 58 Idaho students to 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. "The work these young women and men put into pursuing an education through one of our nation's service academies demonstrates their exemplary commitment, strength and leadership capabilities.   I congratulate each of them on their nominatio… Continue Reading

January 14, 2016

Crapo Nuclear Bill Promotes INL Expertise

Washington, D.C.  - The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the nation's lead nuclear research facility, could be working even more closely with private nuclear innovators under bipartisan legislation being introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Crapo is the sponsor of the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, which is being introduced as a stand-alone bill but could also be included in a larger energy package in the Senate.  The measure is co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Jim Risch.   Democra… Continue Reading

January 14, 2016

Crapo, Risch Announce Delegates for Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced Idaho's delegates to the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 5-12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.  Ashlynn Hall of Twin Falls and Mark Jerome of Boise were chosen from students across Idaho to be part of the 104 student delegation who will attend the program's annual Washington Week. Ashlynn Hall currently attends Canyon Ridge High School where she is the student body publicist and i… Continue Reading

January 12, 2016

Crapo Responds to President's State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following in response to the President's State of the Union Address: "Tonight, President Obama used his final State of the Union address to outline his vision and priorities for our country.  But again, he continues to pursue more growth in government and more unrestrained spending.  I have disagreed with many of the President's initiatives during his presidency.  But our failure to deal with our fiscal crisis is paramount.  Over the last … Continue Reading

January 07, 2016

Crapo to Discuss Congressional Efforts to Address Violence During Visit to Idaho Gun Show

Boise  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit an Idaho gun show this weekend to condemn President Obama's attacks on the Second Amendment and discuss how legislation introduced in this Congress would take new steps to reduce acts of violence.  Crapo is a co-sponsor of legislation to change the nation's laws with respect to how those diagnosed with or potentially suffering from mental illness have access to weapons.  The legislation is sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and also co-sponsor… Continue Reading

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