News Releases

July 24, 2015

Senators Call For Hearing on RECA

Washington, D.C.  -  A bipartisan coalition of five U.S. senators from Idaho, New Mexico and Colorado have asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing into legislative efforts to assist Americans who have suffered health issues as a result of nuclear arms testing in the western U.S. during the Cold War period of the 1950s and 1960s.  S. 331, the Radiation Exposure and Compensation Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), … Continue Reading

July 24, 2015

Crapo, Risch Join Group of 50 Senators Raising Concerns with Planned Parenthood Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch this week joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to get to the bottom of what has been going on at Planned Parenthood.  In a letter to the Secretary, the Senators draw attention to the legal, ethical and policy issues raised by the recent video footage released by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executiv… Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

Crapo Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the following statement after it was announced that the United States and five other nations reached a nuclear deal with Iran: "I am deeply disappointed by the failure of the Administration to secure the release of Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans being held prisoner in Iran, " said Crapo.  "Their release should have been a prerequisite to beginning any negotiations in the first place, let alone a final agreement.  When Isra… Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

Crapo Staff in Glenns Ferry July 20

Boise  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's staff will be on hand July 20 th in Glenns Ferry to assist Idahoans with issues with federal agencies.  Crapo staff members regularly hold "remote office hours" to move staff from regional offices to smaller communities to meet directly with Idaho constituents on issues ranging from veterans care to questions about the IRS or Social Security. Bryan Ricker, Crapo's regional director in the Boise office, will be in Glenns Ferry to meet with Idahoans:   C… Continue Reading

July 01, 2015

Crapo Launches Second Statewide Veterans Survey

BOISE-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is launching his second statewide Veterans Survey today and is encouraging Idaho's veterans to participate as he makes stops throughout southern Idaho as a part of his continued town meeting tour.  Last year, Crapo received feedback from more than 1,000 Idahoans about their experiences with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Crapo says this year he hopes to double that number in an effort to hear from more veterans.  "Throughout my travels across Ida… Continue Reading

June 29, 2015

Crapo: Supreme Court Right to Consider Consumers in Ruling Against EPA

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said the U.S. Supreme Court ruled correctly today when it ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency and in favor of consumers, state, and industry in striking down unreasonable rules against power plants. "The economic costs to consumers paying for energy must be considered when the government seeks to regulate energy production, be they from coal, oil or other sources," Crapo said.  "The Supreme Court ruled wisely in recognizing that Americans pay for t… Continue Reading

June 25, 2015

Crapo Statement on King v. Burwell Decision

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the following statement after the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the King v. Burwell case: "Today's ruling is disappointing and in no way validates the President's health care law as some are claiming," said Crapo.  "The court did not rule on the merits of Obamacare, but, rather, on a one sentence provision in a 2700-page ill-advised law.  Obamacare is broken-plain and simple.  Millions of Americans, including thousands of Idahoans, … Continue Reading

June 22, 2015

Crapo Sets South Idaho Town Meetings

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is continuing his town meetings with Idahoans with new forums across southern Idaho next week.  Crapo has traveled across Idaho during state work periods over the past nine months, with the goal to visit all of Idaho's incorporated cities.  He is taking questions from Idahoans and discussing issues including the national debt and tax reform.   In Jerome, Crapo will honor local veteran Lee Nunnally, who volunteered and personally paid for repairs to an Operation… Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Wyden-Crapo Fire Funding Provisions Included in Interior Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C.  Provisions to pay for the most extreme wildfires through federal disaster funding were included in the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior Appropriations Bill, which was passed by a Senate panel today.  The funding method is similar to legislation introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who have been concerned that firefighting budgets in recent years have taken funding from other programs, including those that restore habitat and maintain jobs in national f… Continue Reading

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

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