News Releases

June 17, 2015

National Debt Doubles Under New CBO Estimate

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been warning about the growing federal debt during the nearly 90 town meetings he has held across Idaho since last fall.  Now, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has issued a report adding to those concerns:  left unchecked, the debt will double in two decades and could soon exceed the total economic output of the U.S.    "Our nation may not survive this forecast if we don't hold the line on spending," Crapo said.  "Spending is out of control… Continue Reading

June 05, 2015

Crapo, Risch Amendment Seeks to End Conflicts Between Training Ranges, Sage Grouse

Washington, D.C.  - With the U.S. Senate considering authorization for the nation's military programs, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are co-sponsoring plans to promote state management programs that can head off potential conflicts between operations on military training ranges and the Greater Sage-Grouse.  The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allows individual states that are home to military facilities sufficient time to put sage grouse recovery plans in pla… Continue Reading

June 05, 2015

Crapo Sets Eastern Idaho Town Meetings

Idaho Falls  -  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is continuing his series of Idaho town meetings with stops in eastern Idaho later this week. After conducting more than 80 town meetings since last fall on days when the Senate is not in session, Crapo is adding meetings in Idaho Falls, Iona, Ammon, Firth and Shelley.   Friday, June 5:    1:30 PM       Iona                      Iona City Hall, Council Chambers, 3548 N. Main Street   Saturday, June 6:   11:00 AM … Continue Reading

June 03, 2015

Crapo Introduces Nuclear Energy Innovation Act

Washington, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today introduced legislation aimed at encouraging investment and research in nuclear energy.  Crapo says the lack of progress in nuclear technology innovation in the United States is alarming given the rapid pace of nuclear technology advancements in other countries. S. 1363, the Nuclear Energy Innovation Act, seeks to accelerate nuclear technology developments in the U.S. by directing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in conjunction with other … Continue Reading

June 03, 2015

Crapo, McCaskill Introduce Bill to Provide Regulatory Relief to Farmers, Water Users

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) today led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation that would eliminate a costly and redundant U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation affecting pesticide users.  The Sensible Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) seeks to clarify congressional intent concerning federal regulation of pesticides and codify longstanding interpretation of regulatory statutes after a 2009 court ruling … Continue Reading

May 27, 2015

Crapo Statement on Obama Administration Finalizing â??Waters of the U.S.â?? Rule

Washington, D.C. - The US. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have announced their intent to move forward with the controversial "Waters of the United States" Rule--greatly increasing the regulatory power of the federal government under the Clean Water Act.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW), is urging Congress to act immediately on bipartisan legislation and issued the following statement:   "In th… Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Crapo: Operation Choke Point Undermines Second Amendment Rights

Washington, D.C. -An amendment offered by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in opposition to the controversial U.S. Department of Justice-led program known as Operation Choke Point was approved by the Senate Banking Committee this afternoon. Building on previous legislation Crapo secured in the final budget agreement, the Senator called the passage of today's amendment the next step in ensuring the program does not become an end-run around the Second Amendment.  The Idaho Senator says he has heard from s… Continue Reading

May 20, 2015

Crapo Continues Town Meeting Schedule

Lewiston  -  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is continuing his series of Idaho town meetings scheduled during the Memorial Day state work period.  After conducting 70 town meetings since last fall on weeks when the Senate is not in session, Crapo is adding meetings in Valley County and Idaho County, in Cascade, Donnelly, McCall, New Meadows, Riggins and White Bird.  The revised Memorial Week schedule includes the following locations:   Crapo's schedule for May 27, 28 and 29 includes these t… Continue Reading

May 18, 2015

Crapo Sets North Central Idaho Town Meetings

Lewiston  -  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces a new round of town meetings in north central Idaho during the Memorial Day state work period.  After conducting 70 town meetings since last fall on weeks when the Senate is not in session, Crapo is resuming his effort to visit all corners of the Gem State.  The Memorial Week schedule includes the following locations:   Crapo's schedule for May 28 and May 29 includes these town meeting locations:   Thursday, May 28: … Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Risch, Crapo Vote to Free Abedini, Three Other American Prisoners in Iran

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo today praised passage of S.Con.Res 16, a concurrent resolution authored by Risch and cosponsored by Crapo, which calls for the release of four Americans being held prisoner in Iran before any sanctions relief is granted to Iran. The legislation calls for the release of four Americans being held as political prisoners in Iran and directs the administration to use all diplomatic tools at its disposal to do that. The four Americans being held … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Crapo Supports Passage of Bill To Give Congress Say In Any Iran Nuclear Agreement

Washington, D.C.-On the heels of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address before a joint session of Congress, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today supported passage of legislation to give Congress and the American people a role in the fate of any forthcoming Iran arms deal.  The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which cleared the Senate by 98-1 vote,would require the President to submit a final agreement to Congress for review before any existing congressional sanctions are lifted-sanction… Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Crapo: Feds Must Keep Commitment To Work With Idaho To Avoid Sage-Grouse Listing

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Mike Crapo is calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and various federal agencies to uphold their commitments to collaborate with Idaho to avoid a listing of the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  During a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing today, Crapo questioned Fish and Wildfire Service Director Dan Ashe about the agency's continued willingness to engage with western states on conservation management plan… Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Crapo Measure To Direct More Money From Crime Fund to Victims

Washington, D.C. -- Victims of crime will have better access to the funds intended for their just compensation next year under a provision offered by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Included in the final budget resolution being considered in the Senate today, the measure represents a key step in preventing lawmakers from using the Crime Victims Fund to inflate savings in the budget to make the federal balance sheet appear more favorable. The Crime Victims Fund supports services to victims of crime t… Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Crapo-Wyden Wildfire Disaster Funding Act Gains Support of More Than 250 Organizations

Washington, D.C. - More than 250 groups from across the country joined Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), to express support for passing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act to ensure vital resources in the fight against catastrophic wildfires in the West ahead of this year's fire season.   The 261 organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and the National Rifle Association, wrote to all 535 members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives to show the importan… Continue Reading

May 05, 2015

Crapo Supports Passage of Balanced Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C.-After working with members of the Senate-House budget conference committee over the last few weeks to iron out the differences between the two chambers' Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposals, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today joined a majority of his Senate colleagues in supporting passage of the final budget agreement.  By reining in federal spending, the newly-approved budget is projected to balance over ten years without raising taxes, marking the first time the Senate has passe… Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Crapo Co-Sponsors Waters of the U.S. Bill

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is sponsoring new legislation to stop federal agency interference into the use of private property and water rights.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) attempt to greatly increase Clean Water Act jurisdiction, often referred to as the "Waters of the U.S." rulemaking, has drawn heavy criticism from many Idahoans and Americans, and has been the topic of hearings on Capitol Hill, organized in part by Crapo, a member of the Senate Environme… Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Crapo, Risch Statement on Judicial Nomination Process

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have made the following statement on their selection process as they work to nominate the next U.S. District Judge for Idaho:   "Several news outlets have inquired about the selection of a U.S. District Judge for Idaho.   We want a confidential process and applicants have also requested a confidential process.  Men and women, sitting judges and attorneys, are being interviewed. The process is ongoing. The White House will make the final… Continue Reading

April 28, 2015


IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY-LED FORGE TEAM WINS GEOTHERMAL ENERGY AWARD FOR RESEARCH Crapo, Risch, Simpson note Snake River Geothermal Consortium team's leadership Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)  is searching for a home for a new enhanced geothermal system (EGS) field lab as part of its Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program.  Led by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in coordination with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, the… Continue Reading

April 27, 2015

Crapo Invites Idahoans to Join Him for AARP Town Meeting

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo invites Idahoans to join him for a telephone town meeting held at the national headquarters of AARP in Washington, D.C.  Crapo will join AARP Idaho Director Mark Estess to take questions via telephone on the national debt, budget, Medicare and other issues. "I appreciate AARP's initiative in creating this statewide forum for Idahoans to discuss the issues and look forward to the conversation," Crapo said. The town meeting begins at 11:00 AM Mountain… Continue Reading

April 24, 2015

Crapo Notes Change in Veterans Care

Washington, D.C.  - Under pressure from veterans, their families and members of Congress, including Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the Veterans Administration (VA) today announced it has changed its policy regarding private health care access for veterans.  The move means more veterans can get health care closer to home without traveling distances to VA care facilities.                      Crapo joined in legislative and written attempts to force the VA to scrap a rule denying alternative private … Continue Reading

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