News Releases

May 30, 2013

Crapo Submits North Idaho Testimony in IRS Probe

Post Falls - As part of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's investigation into alleged Internal Revenue Service (IRS) harassment of Tea Party and other conservative organizations, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has submitted documents and testimony from a Coeur d'Alene-area couple.  Crapo will meet Friday with Phil and Leslie Damiano, of Hayden Lake, who submitted the documents, during a special meeting of the Panhandle Pachyderm Club in Post Falls.  The meeting at Templin's Red Lion Inn is free and o… Continue Reading


May 29, 2013

Crapo, Otter to Honor WWII Veterans, Wyakin Warriors

Boise  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to honor two Idaho veterans, aged 91 and 88, who served during World War II..  George Koyama was wounded by a grenade while manning a foxhole and received the Purple Heart.  On Thursday, he will receive the Bronze Star and the Commemorative Congressional Gold Medal, in this case the Nisei Soldiers of World War II Bronze Medal.  Koyama's brother, Joe, served stateside at Fort Snelling in Minnesota.  He will also receive the N… Continue Reading


May 28, 2013

Crapo Joins Instagram

Pocatello - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo kicked off the Memorial Day state work week with the announcement that he has joined Instagram, the online photo-sharing service that allows users to take pictures, apply digital filters and share them across multiple social networks.  Crapo's account will highlight his work in the U.S. Senate and throughout Idaho. "Staying connected to my constituents is a top priority and with today's technology, there are so many avenues to do that." said Crapo.  "Like ot… Continue Reading


May 27, 2013

Crapo Offers Keynote Remarks at Veterans Event

Pocatello - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will offer remarks tonight during the closing ceremonies for the Idaho Field of Heroes event in Pocatello.  The Field of Heroes honors service members and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Crapo is also attending the POW*MIA Thunder Run Tribute.  Both events are at Century High School in Pocatello.   On Tuesday, Crapo will offer opening remarks… Continue Reading


May 24, 2013

Crapo, Chobani to Announce Expanded Market for Greek Yogurt

Twin Falls - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join with Jim McConeghy, Chief Financial Officer for Chobani, and Halil Ulukaya, Chief Operations Officer for Chobani, for a discussion on the future of the Greek Yogurt industry in Idaho and across the country.-and milestone progress to bring access to Greek Yogurt to more consumers.   Chobani currently employs more than 600 people at its one million-square-foot Twin Falls plant, the largest yogurt production facility in the world. Honored with Foo… Continue Reading


May 23, 2013

Crapo Commends Nomination of Chief Economist Mike Piwowar to SEC

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Republican Chief Economist Mike Piwowar to serve as a Republican commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): "Mike's in-depth expertise of capital markets and background as a chief economist make him exceptionally well-qualified for this position as the SEC moves forward on critical issues.  As the … Continue Reading


May 23, 2013

Idaho Brain Injury Summit Reaches Out to Veterans, Parents

Pocatello - Many Idahoans may be suffering from undiagnosed traumatic brain injuries resulting from battlefield conflicts, high school sports injuries, automobile accidents and even incidents where seniors have fallen down.  Given the growing magnitude of these injuries, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is joining with the Idaho Doctors Hospital, the Aegis Research Institute at Bingham Memorial Hospital, the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University and many Idaho physicians to launch the Idah… Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

Crapo, Risch, Benishek Work To Protect Farmers With SCRAP Act

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to prevent potentially devastating regulatory burdens from being placed on U.S. farmers, Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Congressman Dr. Dan Benishek (R-Michigan) today introduced the SCRAP Act, or Stopping Costly Regulations Against Produce, in the U.S. House and Senate.  This legislation would defund the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed fresh produce rule that will negatively impact farmers throughout the country.  "The FD… Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

Crapo Votes To Protect U.S. Sugar Program

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo made the following statement regarding his vote against an amendment to the Farm Bill offered by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) that would negatively impact Idaho's sugar industry. The amendment sought to dismantle the sugar program by partially repealing provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill that protect U.S. beet and sugar cane producers by combating the trade-distorting subsidies that other nations implement for otherwise uncompetitive sugar in… Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

Senators Reach Groundbreaking Agreement To Reform Nationâ??s Chemical Laws

Washington, D.C. - Today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, along with Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) and David Vitter (R-Louisana) announced a groundbreaking, bipartisan agreement to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and ensure the safety of everyday consumer products to better protect American families.  Their legislation would significantly update and improve TSCA, which has proven ineffective and is criticized by both the public health community and industry. The Lautenb… Continue Reading


May 21, 2013

Ranking Member Crapo's Statement at FSOC Annual Report Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, today delivered the following remarks during a Banking Committee hearing in which Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified regarding the Financial Stability Oversight Council's Annual Report to Congress: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Today, Secretary Lew comes before the Committee to testify in his first hearing as Treasury Secretary. The Secretary wears many hats.  He is resp… Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

Crapo Seeks Answers on Legality of CFPB Big Data Collection

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Mr. Richard Cordray, the President's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), requesting prompt answers to legal concerns surrounding the massive data collection effort undertaken by the agency on consumer spending habits.  Following Mr. Cordray's nomination hearing in March, Crapo requested more information regarding CFPB's… Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

Bipartisan Group of House and Senate Lawmakers Introduce Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.- A bipartisan group of senators and U.S. House members today introduced bills to provide certainty to forestry companies and workers, by reaffirming the Environmental Protection Agency's 37-year-old policy toward regulation of runoff from forest roads. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Oregon., Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington, and Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, introduced the Silviculture Regulator… Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

U.S. Senate Confirms Energy Secretary Nominee

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted in favor of Energy Secretary Nominee, Dr. Ernest Moniz.  Dr. Moniz was confirmed by the full Senate this afternoon with a unanimous vote of 97-0. "Idaho plays an important role in the United States' energy policy, and Dr. Moniz demonstrated to me that he is qualified to serve in this key role," Crapo said.  "As someone who grew up in eastern Idaho, I have witnessed firsthand the significant role the Idaho National Laboratory (INL)… Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

Idahoans Invited To Join Crapo On Tele-Townhall

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will host a statewide telephone townhall meeting this coming Wednesday, May 22nd, beginning at 7:00 PM Mountain Time / 6:00 PM Pacific Time, and invites all Idahoans to participate.  Crapo will take questions and offer his insights on the issues before the U.S. Senate during the hour-long call.  With many important issues facing the country, Crapo looks forward to hearing from the people of Idaho.  "Since the last townhall, the U.S. Senate has debated… Continue Reading


May 14, 2013

Crapo Concerned With Solicitation Of Private Funds For Obamacare

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, wrote U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with all Republican members of the committee, expressing concern that the agency is soliciting private donations to assist with funding for Obamacare.  Members raise concerns that soliciting funds from the companies or organizations that HHS regulates is a conflict of interest, as well as a violation of the approp… Continue Reading


May 10, 2013

FAA Announces Contract Towers To Stay Open

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch lauded today's announcement by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that the 149 contract towers scheduled to close June 15 will remain open for fiscal year 2013.  Control towers in Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Pocatello and Hailey were going to be closed. The two senators had signed a bipartisan letter to the secretary in mid-April, asking for alternatives to the tower closures.  In late April, Congress approved legislation that assured the F… Continue Reading


May 02, 2013

Crapo, Risch To President: Donâ??t Cut Timber Sales

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have joined a bipartisan letter led by Senators Jon Tester (D-Montana.), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) warning the President against reducing timber sales on Forest Service lands. The Senators are joined by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Max Baucus (D-Montana), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), and Mark Udall (D-Colorado… Continue Reading


May 01, 2013

Ranking Member Crapo on Nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to Head FHFA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Administration's nomination of Representative Mel Watt to be the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA): "We must end the five-year conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and resolve the threat to taxpayers and our housing market created by these government-sponsored entities.  The Administration must pr… Continue Reading


April 30, 2013

Idaho Delegation Encourages Public Comment On Gateway West Project EIS

Washington, D.C. - Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation are calling for "strong public input" next week as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) opens the public comment period on the agency's final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Gateway West Power Project.  The project is the result of plans by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power to better ship power throughout the West via the Gateway West Transmission Line, which would run through Wyoming and all of southern Idaho.  … Continue Reading

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