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March 25, 2015

Crapo Co-Sponsors Permanent "Death Tax" Repeal

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today co-sponsored legislation authored by Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) that would fully repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the "death tax".  The measure is similar to legislation Crapo has supported in previous years. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over the tax code, noted the federal estate tax unfairly burdens family businesses who are forced to sell their farms or small businesses to pay the fede… Continue Reading

March 24, 2015

Crapo Pushes for Renewed County Payments In Senate Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, voted in favor of an amendment to restore a critical lifeline to Idaho's rural communities. The measure, which was approved on a bipartisan, 18 to 4, vote, would remove procedural hurdles within the budget framework to facilitate renewal of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program and fully fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program. These programs provide for essential services such as law enforcement, schools an… Continue Reading

March 24, 2015

Crapo Sets North Idaho Town Meetings

Coeur dâ??Alene â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit north Idaho for a series of town meetings during the Easter state work period. The senator has been discussing federal debt, government overreach and privacy issues during the nearly fifty town meetings he has held in Idaho dating back to last fall.Crapoâ??s schedule for the beginning of the state work period begins in North Idaho before traveling south. The north Idaho town meetings are as follows:Crapoâ??s schedule for March 31 through Ap… Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

Crapo On the Five-Year Anniversary of Obamacare

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today released the following statement on the five-year anniversary of the President signing Obamacare into law: "After five years, Obamacare has more than proven itself unworkable.  Contrary to the many promises made about the law, Obamacare has pushed millions of Americans, including thousands of Idahoans, from their health insurance plans and preferred doctors, increased out-of-pocket expenses, cut M… Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

Crapo Office Travels to Council

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is increasing its presence in cities across southwestern Idaho.  Crapo's staff will begin a new rotation of remote office hours on behalf of the Senator in the region with the first scheduled stop planned for Adams County. Crapo's Regional Director, Bryan Ricker, will travel to a number of southwest cities and counties on a rotating basis.  On April 1, 2015, Ri… Continue Reading

March 20, 2015

Crapo Amendment to End DOJâ??s â??Operation Choke Pointâ?? Clears Committee

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's amendment to the Senate budget proposal to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to end the controversial U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) program known as Operation Choke Point was approved on a 13-9 vote at the Senate Budget Committee markup of the Senate's Fiscal Year 2016 budget blueprint.  Crapo, a strong critic of the program, argued that the DOJ must not politicize its enforcement policies by allowing Operation Choke Point to become an end r… Continue Reading

March 19, 2015

Crapo: The Problem Is That Spending Is Too High, Not that Taxes are Too Low

Washington, D.C. - We can no longer afford to delay making the tough decisions when it comes to reining in federal spending was the message Idaho Senator Mike Crapo delivered at a Senate Budget Committee hearing late yesterday afternoon.  Crapo, who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, will begin work with his colleagues this morning to markup the Senate's version of the budget blueprint for FY 2016 before it heads to the Senate Floor.  "The biggest crisis our nation faces, and our na… Continue Reading

March 17, 2015

Crapo: Ban on Firearm Possession on Corps Land A Clear Violation of the Second Amendment

Washington, D.C.-Legislation offered by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to restore American's fundamental right to bear arms on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is being included as a part of the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015 and was the focus of a Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on Capitol Hill this morning.  Crapo's bill, S. 263, would remedy the current patchwork of firearm laws imposed across public lands.  Under current law, a person may carry a weapon in… Continue Reading

March 17, 2015

Crapo, Warner Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators To Stop G-Fee Budgetary Gimmick

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues on the Senate Banking Committee today to introduce a budget point of order to prevent the Senate from using Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from financing unrelated spending.  The bill, S. 752, is co-sponsored by Senators Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), David Vitter (R-Louisiana), Joe Donnelly (D-In… Continue Reading

March 12, 2015

Crapo, Risch Back Bill To Prohibit Retroactive Tax Benefit Payments Under the President's Executive Action on Immigration

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to introduce legislation to prohibit recipients of deferred action under the President's recent executive immigration orders from claiming retroactive tax benefits through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) based on wages earned while working in the U.S. illegally.  As many as five million individuals may be covered by the President's plan, allowing them to obtain work permits and Social Secur… Continue Reading

March 10, 2015

Crapo, Risch Note ATF To Drop Framework Limiting Sporting Ammo After 51 Senators Object

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch say they will maintain their vigilance over ammunition guidelines that officials with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms say they will shelve following withering criticism in the U.S. Senate.  ATF today blamed a "publishing error" for the confusion over the status of the cartridges.   Crapo and Risch joined with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to lead a letter from 51 colleagues in expressing concer… Continue Reading

March 10, 2015

Crapo Statement At Hearing to Examine Role of Venture Exchanges

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment, today delivered the following remarks during a subcommittee hearing to examine the role of venture exchanges in aiding capital formation and trading for small companies. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Today's hearing will provide insights into the challenges of trading stocks of small companies and whether a venture exchange can aid capital formation and se… Continue Reading

March 06, 2015

Crapo Sets Rexburg and Bellevue Town Meetings

Rexburg - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will meet with Idahoans at town meetings in Rexburg and Bellevue on Friday, March 13 th and Saturday, March 14 th.  Crapo is continuing his series of town meetings across Idaho, where he is discussing the federal debt, government overreach and answering questions from Idahoans.  During the meetings with Idahoans, Crapo has used presentation materials to help illustrate the growing danger of the national debt now in excess of $18 trillion.  He notes that, lef… Continue Reading

March 04, 2015

Crapo Wants Review Of Any Iran Arms Deal

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) that requires congressional review of any forthcoming nuclear proliferation agreement with Iran.  Co-sponsors of the legislation include Idaho Senator Jim Risch and Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), John McCain (R-Arizona),  Robert Menendez (D… Continue Reading

February 27, 2015


Washington, DC - Today's U.S. Senate votes on funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mean that Idaho Senator Mike Crapo must cancel planned town meetings in Hauser and Dalton Gardens that were scheduled today.  Crapo is voting against a DHS spending plan because of President Obama's executive orders regarding immigration reform. Saturday's meetings remain scheduled unless Senate business runs late in the day Friday.  The town meetings were set before the Senate schedule changed. Her… Continue Reading

February 27, 2015

Crapo: Congress Must Use 'Power of the Purse' To Stop Executive Amnesty

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement after voting against final passage of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2015, which was ultimately stripped of provisions to stop the President's executive action on immigration: "No one should gain any advantage or benefit toward citizenship or legal permanent resident status because of illegal entry into the United States," said Crapo.  "The President's reckless executive action … Continue Reading

February 26, 2015

Crapo Backs Trafficking Bill Affecting Women and Children

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who last session led efforts to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), used today's 20 th anniversary of VAWA's original enactment to announce his support for the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act making its way through the U.S. Senate.  The bill had an initial hearing this week.  Crapo and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) were lead sponsors of last year's VAWA legislation which also contained language aimed at combating trafficking.   … Continue Reading

February 26, 2015

Crapo Plans Latah, Clearwater Town Meetings

Moscow - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will meet with Idahoans at town meetings in Latah and Clearwater Counties on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7 th.  Crapo is continuing his many town meetings across Idaho, where he is discussing the federal debt, government overreach and other issues.   As a part of his visits with Idahoans throughout the state, Crapo has used presentation materials to help illustrate the growing danger of the national debt now in excess of $18 trillion.  He notes that,… Continue Reading

February 25, 2015

Crapo Calls on Defense Secretary to Halt Back-Door Divestment of the A-10

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today joined Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) and six other colleagues to send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter following the U.S. Air Force's efforts to place 18 A-10 Thunderbolts on backup aircraft inventory (BAI) status.  The senators are concerned the move will negatively impact the readiness of the A-10 fleet and request Secretary Carter reconsider this effort as well as the Air Force's broader efforts to divest the A-10. "… Continue Reading

February 24, 2015

Crapo Plans North Idaho Town Meetings

Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit north Idaho this week for a continuation of his series of town meetings.  The local listening sessions come as the senator also plans another statewide town meeting via the telephone tomorrow night.  The tele-town meeting begins at 7:00 PM Mountain Time/6:00 PM Pacific Time.  To participate in Crapo's tele-town meeting Wednesday evening, Idahoans must sign up in advance on Crapo's website at As… Continue Reading

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