News Releases

September 18, 2014

Crapo, Risch Both Named 'Taxpayers' Friend'

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have earned the rating "Taxpayers' Friend" from the National Taxpayers Union, a nonprofit and nonpartisan citizen group dedicated to lower taxes, limited government and economic freedom.  The group issues annual ratings for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and individual members of both chambers.   Both Crapo and Risch earned an "A" rating, as did Idaho overall.  Other Senate delegations receiving "A" ratings included Ok… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Crapo, Risch Vote against Obama Proposal to Aid Syrian Rebels

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today voted against President Obama's proposal to provide aid that would arm so-called Syrian "moderate rebels" to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This proposal was included as part of the continuing resolution that would fund the government through December 11, 2014. "ISIS poses a very real threat to the United States and our national security," said Crapo.  "The President's announced action leaves many questions fo… Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Crapo Welcomes Fall 2014 Interns to Washington, Boise Offices

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomes six new interns in his Boise regional office and his Capitol office in Washington, D.C.  These Idaho students will gain firsthand knowledge about the legislative process and the federal government while exploring possible career options.  Interns provide critical assistance to the Senator and his staff in serving the people of Idaho by conducting legislative research, providing administrative support, helping in communications operations, attending congressional… Continue Reading


September 16, 2014

Crapo Spring Internships Available

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 October 15, to submit an application to be considered for an internship position for the upcoming spring semester. "As a former Capitol Hill intern, I recognize the invaluable role internships play in professional development," said Crapo.  "This opportuni… Continue Reading


September 15, 2014

Crapo To Host Statewide Tele-Townhall Meeting

Washington, D.C.- Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will host his third tele-townhall meeting of 2014 and is encouraging Idahoans to participate.  Crapo will take questions from Idahoans on a variety of topics currently being debated in Congress, including new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to increase federal control over state waters, the economy and the President's Middle East strategy to defeat ISIS during the hour-long call.  The teleforum will take place on Wednesday, September 17, … Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

Crapo On ISIS Threat, 9-11 Anniversary

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today regarding President Obama's new Middle East strategy to defeat ISIS, noting the continued threat which struck the U.S. on September 11, 2001: "Having repeatedly overlooked the warnings and advice of senior officials and military leaders, President Obama has now signaled that he concedes the dangers posed by ISIS.  Going forward, Idahoans and Americans expect a strategy to protect our national security interests, i… Continue Reading


September 08, 2014

Crapo on the Passing of Former Idaho First Lady Jacque Batt

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today on the passing of former Idaho First Lady Jacque Batt: "I offer Governor Batt, the family and all those who had the privilege of knowing Jacque my deepest sympathy and kindest thoughts as they remember and celebrate the life of one of Idaho's finest First Ladies.  Jacque's kind spirit and effortless ability to lead with grace during her tenure as Idaho's First Lady in the 1990s left an everlasting mark on those who … Continue Reading


September 08, 2014

Crapo, Johnson on Housing Finance Reform Legislation CBO Score

Washington, DC - Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a score for S. 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013, which estimates a cost savings to the government of $60 billion over a ten-year period. This legislation, drafted by Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Crapo to stabilize the housing finance market and strengthen the economy, passed the Senate Banking Committee in May. "After the housing crisis we experienced, it is clear that our housi… Continue Reading


August 29, 2014

Idaho Delegation Urges Prompt Consideration of Agriculture Disaster Declarations

Twin Falls, Idaho - Heavy and poorly timed August rain storms in the Magic Valley and eastern Idaho have caused significant damage to crops in the region, primarily wheat, barley and hay.  For example, the Twin Falls County Emergency Board notes that more than fifty percent of the value of the grain crop has likely been lost due to the rain and economic losses are estimated to exceed $11 million for that county alone.  In northern Idaho, a severe hail storm damaged significant acreage of grain o… Continue Reading


August 25, 2014

Crapo Veterans Survey Passes 700 Mark

Washington, D.C.  - More than 700 veterans, their family members and friends, have now responded to a new effort to gather information about veterans care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal programs administered in Idaho.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced the survey on August 5 th and it runs through the end of September.    Crapo has met personally with hundreds of veterans and veterans advocacy groups during the August state work period in Idaho.  "We have v… Continue Reading


August 21, 2014

Crapo to Present WW II Veteran With Spirit of Freedom Award; Keynote Economic Development Conference

 Idaho Falls  -  A veteran of World War II, Quentin Murdock, will receive the Spirit of Freedom Award during a ceremony at the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello next  Wednesday.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will present the award while donating a U.S. flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol at the veterans' recognition event.   In Twin Falls, Crapo will note the individual contributions to veterans care by presenting his Spirit of Idaho Award to volunteers with Hospice Visions during a reco… Continue Reading


August 15, 2014

Affordable Wood Stove Heat May Be In Jeopardy

Rathdrum - Many Idahoans and Northwest residents heat their homes with wood and wood stoves, but that affordable heating source may soon become complicated because of newly proposed federal regulations.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will meet with the owner of Idaho-based Kuma Stoves Monday, August 18, 2014, to discuss the new regulations and their effect on consumers. Kuma Stoves is an Idaho family-owned manufacturer of wood stoves using all-American parts, including doors produced at a foundry in… Continue Reading


August 15, 2014

Crapo Staff Plan Office Hours In Nez Perce, Craigmont and Winchester August 20th

Lewiston - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, staff members representing  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will hold office hours in Nezperce, Craigmont and Winchester August 20th.  Staff members from Crapo's Lewiston office will be available to assist Idahoans with any questions or problems related to federal agencies or with problems regarding federal programs. Crapo Remote Office Hours schedule: Wednesday, August … Continue Reading


August 13, 2014

Crapo to Note Water Collaboration in Lewiston, Celebrate Solar Progress in Sandpoint

Lewiston  - A collaborative effort to conserve water, assist species and encourage consensus between government agencies will be celebrated Friday as leaders join in Lewiston to mark the Lower Clearwater Exchange Project Agreement (LCEP).  The historic agreement between water users, the Nez Perce Tribe; city, county and state leaders, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation averts legal action and settles water allotment questions in the Lewiston Orchards a… Continue Reading


August 08, 2014

Vietnam Veteran Waits 45 Years; To Receive Purple Heart Monday

Boise  - A Boise Vietnam veteran has waited 45 years for the rightful honors he will receive on Monday when Idaho Senator Mike Crapo presents him with the Purple Heart for bravery in service and six other military awards.  Ronald Wilke is an Army veteran who was wounded during an ambush attack shortly after he was stationed  in Vietnam in 1969.  He was hospitalized for more than a month while recovering from his injuries. Joining Wilke during Monday's event at the Idaho State Veterans Home is f… Continue Reading


August 08, 2014

Crapo Meets with Irrigators, Farmers on FDA Rule; Joins Concussion Awareness Initiative

Boise  - A new federal rule that some Idaho irrigators fear could compromise their use of surface water sources for their crops will be the topic of a meeting Tuesday between Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and area irrigators and water users.  Members of the Idaho Farm Bureau and Idaho Food Producers and legal experts will join Crapo to discuss implementation of the Federal Food Safety Management Act draft rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Crapo will also join with area healt… Continue Reading


August 05, 2014

Veterans Issues Dominate Crapo August Agenda

  Energy projects, entrepreneurs also topics for news conferences Boise - Veterans issues are a focus of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's travel across Idaho during the August state work period break from Senate floor activities.  Having launched a statewide survey effort to gather the opinions of veterans and their families, Crapo will meet directly with many veterans to discuss developments in veterans' services as well as honor those who have served with a Purple Heart presentation and Spir… Continue Reading


August 05, 2014

Crapo Seeks Help of Idaho's Veterans

Washington, D.C.-In an effort to better address the needs of veterans and improve veterans services in Idaho, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo is seeking feedback from the men and women of our Armed Forces.  Crapo is asking Idaho veterans to take part in a brief survey to share their experiences within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  "The recent exposure of the shameful mistreatment of veterans seeking assistance through the VA again underscores the need to improve the delivery of assista… Continue Reading


August 01, 2014

CRAPO, RISCH A â??NOâ?? ON THE PRESIDENTâ??S BORDER SPENDING BILL

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch objected to the President's $3.6 billion request for new spending, saying the measure did nothing to put in place reforms to adequately address the burgeoning crisis along our nation's southern border.  The Senate defeated the emergency supplemental request yesterday evening by a 50-44 vote. "The Administration has repeatedly disregarded U.S. immigration laws in pursuit of its own immigration agenda," said Crapo.  "The crisis we are seein… Continue Reading


August 01, 2014

Crapo Supports Final Veterans Care Bill

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo supported compromise legislation to end lengthy wait times for veterans seeking medical care and increase accountability within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  By an overwhelming bipartisan majority, the United States Senate voted 91-3 to adopt the Senate-House conference report on the Veteran's Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. Notably to Idaho, the legislation, which Crapo co-sponsored, is parti… Continue Reading

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