News Releases

September 26, 2013

Crapo Welcomes Fall Interns To D.C. And Local Idaho Offices

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomes seven new interns to his local Idaho and Washington, D.C., offices to learn more about Congress, the federal government and the legislative process this fall.  Interns play a critical role in the Senator's offices, assisting staff with legislative research, constituent communications, administrative tasks and many other duties.  Washington, D.C., Office Erin Heuring recently graduated from the University of Idaho where she studied Engl… Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

County Payments Plan On Way to President's Desk

Washington, D.C. - Federal legislation that will send $270 million to rural counties to help offset tax-free federal land within their borders is on its way to the President's desk for signature.  The U.S. Senate today passed the county payments language as part of H.R. 527, the Helium Stewardship Act, which was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday.   The legislation calls for payments through the Secure Rural Schools program through Fiscal Year 2014.  It also benefits indus… Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Crapo, CBO Agree Serious Debt Issues Ahead

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, in a letter today, along with other Republican colleagues on the committee, wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging him to disclose how long and how great of a debt limit increase the Obama administration is requesting from Congress.  The Senators further called on the administration to immediately launch discussions to combat the nation's long-term debt through concrete, structural entitlement… Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Crapo, Risch Co-Sponsor Measure To Protect Idahoans Private Information

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are co-sponsoring a new bill introduced by the Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).  The Trust But Verify Act will prevent the implementation of health insurance exchanges established under Obamacare until the U.S. Government Accountability Office and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General can verify that the proper tools are in place to protect the private information of enrollees.  "Proper saf… Continue Reading


September 19, 2013

Crapo, Risch Support Helium Stewardship Act

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo today joined an overwhelming majority of their Senate colleagues in supporting the Helium Stewardship Act, authored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).  Risch, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, along with Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Murkowski, had approved the legislation at the committee level. The bill, which passed the full Senate on a 97-2 vote and now goes to the U.S. H… Continue Reading


September 18, 2013

Senators Crapo, Warren Call For Energy Efficiency Study

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) introduced a bipartisan amendment directing the U.S. Department of Energy to quantify the cost savings from operational energy efficiency technologies in an effort to increase public and private use of these technologies without creating any new programs or increasing government spending.  The amendment is being offered as part of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ("ESIC") Act, introduc… Continue Reading


September 17, 2013

Delegation Invites Air Force Chief Of Staff To Visit Idaho Military Installations

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador have invited the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark A. Welsh, III, to visit Idaho to experience the dedication of local service members and Idaho's world-class facilities by visiting the state's military installations at Gowen Field and Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB).  In the letter, Crapo, Risch, Simpson and Labrador write, "for almost 66 years, Air Force excellence has be… Continue Reading


September 12, 2013

Crapo To Hold Statewide Tele-Townhall Meeting

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who just returned to Washington, D.C., after traveling the state visiting with constituents, will hold his third tele-townhall of 2013 this coming Wednesday, September 18, beginning at 7:00 PM Mountain Time / 6:00 PM Pacific Time. Crapo invites all Idahoans to join him to discuss the many issues facing the nation.  Crapo will take questions and offer insights on items Congress must deal with this fall-including potential American military intervention… Continue Reading


September 12, 2013

Idaho Delegation Announces Service Academy Day

Washington, D.C. - Today the Idaho Congressional Delegation announced they will hold the 2013 Service Academy Day on Sat., Oct. 5 at Gowen Field, Boise.  The purpose of this event is to share information with prospective candidates and their parents about the congressional nomination process to our nation's service academies.    Registration for this event will take place at 1:00 p.m. and the program begins at 1:30. Speakers include: Idaho Cadets and Midshipmen, Academy Liaison Officers, Congr… Continue Reading


September 10, 2013

Crapo Responds To Presidential Address on Syria

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement after listening to President Barack Obama's prime time address to the nation on the subject of American military action in Syria and the possibility of an international agreement for Syria to surrender its remaining chemical weapons stockpiles to outside control.  "The United States should engage in military strikes against another nation only when our national security requires it, after other options have been ruled ou… Continue Reading


August 23, 2013

Crapo, Risch Invite Idaho Students To Apply For The United States Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its statewide selection process. Two high school students from each state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity will be selected as delegates to participate in the national program to learn more about the federal government.  Idaho students are invited to apply through October 25, 2013.  Selected delegates will travel to Was… Continue Reading


August 22, 2013

Crapo: Vietnam Vet's Recognition Long Overdue

Idaho Falls  - A 45-year wait for an Idaho veteran to be recognized for his bravery and service to country will come to an end Saturday as he receives the Purple Heart from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Jerry Blackburn, of Leadore, served with the U.S. Army for two years during the Vietnam conflict.  He was wounded while defending an officer's quarters in Saigon.   Specialist Blackburn served from 1966 to 1968.  During the "Tet Offensive," specifically the Battle of BOQ 3, Blackburn distinguished… Continue Reading


August 15, 2013

Wyden, Crapo, Risch Honor Firefighters; Call for Increased Commitment, Collaboration on Fire Policy

Boise - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) are visiting the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise Tuesday to thank firefighters for their extremely hard and dangerous work in yet another hazardous season for fighting wildfires. During the visit on Tuesday, the Senators will note that the country can do better in preventing catastrophic fires by using collaborative land management efforts and stronger proactive management on the nation's pu… Continue Reading


August 08, 2013

Greek Yogurt Program For Schools Detailed

Meridian - Idaho's participation in a historic change in the nation's school nutrition program will be discussed by federal, state, local and industry leaders during a news conference on Tuesday, August 13 th.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Meridian Joint School District No. 2 Superintendent Dr. Linda Clark, Chobani's Executive Vice President of Sales Kyle O'Brien, the United Dairymen of Idaho and Canyon County dairy producer Bernie Teunissen, am… Continue Reading


August 07, 2013

Crapo: Monitoring of Millions of Americans' Financial Accounts Raises Privacy Concerns

Boise  - Idahoans and Americans who hold credit card, debit card, checking, mortgage, loan and other financial accounts are subject to a new massive data collection effort being undertaken by a federal agency.  That is the message Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and members of a panel will be delivering next week during a news conference at the Idaho Statehouse. Crapo, the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, learned in recent months that the Consumer Financi… Continue Reading


August 07, 2013

Crapo Introduces Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would ensure farmers and ranchers have access to modern and safe water infrastructure. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) recently introduced The Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2013. Congressman Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) is leading companion legislation in the House. The bill would reform outdated tax provisions that hinder ditch and irrigation companies' ability to raise capi… Continue Reading


August 06, 2013

Crapo to Hear Public Testimony During Downwinder Movie Premiere in Emmett

Emmett  - Attempts by Idahoans and others to compensate victims of radiation exposure related to U.S. nuclear arms testing in the 1950s and 1960s will be on display Saturday in Emmett.  Referred to as "downwinders," these Americans suffered cancer and other various health issues as radiation from above-ground testing drifted east and north over a number of states. Crapo has co-sponsored legislation four times since 2005 to compensate victims of the radiation by amending the Radiation Exposure C… Continue Reading


August 02, 2013

Crapo, Cardin And King Team Up To Force CBO To Fully Count The Cost Savings Of Preventive Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Angus King (I-Maine) have joined together to introduce nonpartisan legislation that would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to more accurately reflect the cost-savings of preventive healthcare, including screenings.  The Preventive Health Savings Act of 2013 (S. 1422) would also allow the Chairman or Ranking Member of the House or Senate Budget Committee, or the health committees-HELP, Finance, Ways and… Continue Reading


August 02, 2013

Idaho Senators Join Bill To Make Judgment Fund More Accountable

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are joining Senators Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to introduce the Judgment Fund Transparency Act.  The Judgment Fund is available for court judgments and compromise settlements for lawsuits against the federal government and is paid directly through the U.S. Treasury.  However, current law doesn't require the Treasury Department to publicly report these payouts.  As a result, few public details exist about where … Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Crapo, Bennet Introduce New Bill To Increase Resources, Continue Fight for Wildfire Mitigation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) continued their fight today to enhance our wildfire mitigation efforts.  The Senators introduced a bill to provide targeted investments for mitigation and preparedness.  The bill would help save future costs related to wildfire response efforts and the damage to property and land, and the Senators have put forward a proposal to ensure that the legislation would not add to the deficit. The Prepare, Ready, Equ… Continue Reading

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