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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

January 05, 2016

Crapo Statement on President's Executive Order on Firearms

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's Executive Orders on gun control that was announced this morning. "The president's executive order to implement more gun control is just another brazen example of this administration's continued overreach, a repeated pattern of behavior by this administration.  The president continues the pursuit of his broad agenda of command and control over many aspects of American's private live… Continue Reading

January 04, 2016

Crapo Announces Owyhee County Town Meetings

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit Owyhee County this week for a series of town meetings in Murphy, Marsing and Homedale.  Crapo had scheduled the meetings last summer but had to postpone them because of the large Soda wildfire.  His schedule is as follows:   Friday, January 8:   2:30 PM       Murphy                 Owyhee County Museum, 17085 Basey Street   4:30 PM       Marsing                Marsing Senior Center, 218 Main Street   6:00 P… Continue Reading

December 24, 2015

Senator Mike Crapo Delivers the Republican Christmas Address

'We all know people in our communities who are making good things happen. They reach out to those who are hurting, shelter those without and demonstrate examples of selfless service throughout our great nation. Many devote countless hours to lessening the burdens of others. To all those giving Americans serving others, please know that you are setting lasting examples.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho delivers a holiday message that recognizes the… Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Crapo Opposes Year-End Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today voted against the year-end spending bill and issued the following statement:  "This catch-all funding measure is a big part of what is wrong with Congress.  Earlier this year, Congress put together and passed a budget for the first time in seven years.  That budget put us on a path to balance over ten years and would have increased economic growth by an estimated $500 billion, while achieving $4.4 trillion in deficit reduction. But we didn't eve… Continue Reading

December 18, 2015

Trevor's Law Passes U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C.  - An historic improvement of how childhood and adultcancers are documented and studied across the United Stateshas passed the U.S. Senate as part of a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill.  Named for former McCall and now Boise resident,Trevor Schaefer, Trevor's Law was included by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.  Crapo, who introduced the bill originally in 2011, was joined by his Senate colleagues, Envir… Continue Reading

December 17, 2015

Crapo, Wyden, Risch, and Merkley: Spending Bill Boosts Wildfire Funds, But Much More Work to Do

Washington, D.C. -A bipartisan group of Oregon and Idaho senators praised congressional leaders for boosting wildfire funding in a year-end spending bill, and vowed to continue pushing for a long-term solution. Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, joined with Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch to renew their call for a long-term solution to wildfire funding. The bill directly funds firefighting at 100 percent of the 10-year average of firefighting costs. Additionally, it contains nearl… Continue Reading

December 02, 2015

Crapo: By Any Objective Measure, President's Health Care Plan Is A Disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today highlighted the negative effects of Obamacare on Idaho residents.  In remarks delivered from the Senate floor, Crapo spoke about how Obamacare is raising insurance plan premiums and highlighted stories from residents in Boise, Melba, and Meridian. Excerpts of Crapo's remarks follow. Video of Crapo's remarks may be viewed here. On rising insurance premiums in Idaho: "In Idaho, which operates a state exchange, the average pr… Continue Reading

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