News Releases

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


April 30, 2013

Idaho Senators Want Veterans Administration Backlog Cleaned Up

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is experiencing a backlog affecting more than 600,000 veterans on their disability claims.  Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined their colleagues on a bipartisan letter, authored by Senators Robert Casey (D-Pennsylvania) and Dean Heller (R-Nevada), asking President Barack Obama to become directly involved in the situation at the VA.  The senators argue that more needs to be done to address the critical shortcomings resulti… Continue Reading


April 26, 2013

Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2013 Introduced

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch reintroduced the Polar Bear Conservation and Fairness Act of 2013.  Harvesting of polar bears was banned on May 14, 2008 when the species was listed as threatened; however, this ban prevented hunters who had legally killed a polar bear in Canada prior to this date from importing their trophy hide.  This measure would allow those hunters impacted to import the trophies that belong to them.  "Sportsmen in Idaho, and throughout the country… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

Crapo Launches New Senate Website

Washington, D.C. - Updated graphics, integrated social media and an improved Action Center are all part of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's newly-redesigned website that launched today.  "My goal is to stay in constant contact with Idahoans and provide them with up-to-date information in an efficient way," Crapo said.  "The previous website served Idahoans well, but with changing technology, we recognized the need for an improved site.  The new website is graphically appealing, functional and helpful… Continue Reading


April 23, 2013

Crapo, Risch, Hagan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Unnecessary EPA Regulation on Farmers

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina), will introduce a bipartisan bill today to eliminate an unnecessary and costly Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation on pesticides. The Sensible Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) of 2013 is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of Senators, including: Carper (D-Delaware), Coons (D-Delaware), Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), Vitter (R-Louisiana), McCaskill (D-Missouri), and Inhofe (R-Oklahoma). … Continue Reading


April 23, 2013

Crapo Statement at CFPB Semi-Annual Report to Congress

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 Senate Banking Committee hearing in which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) delivered its semi-annual report to Congress: Mr. Chairman, the semi-annual briefing by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is very important for us to gain insight into what the agency is doing. As I have consistently stated in p… Continue Reading


April 22, 2013

Crapo, Risch Want FAA To Keep Airport Towers Funded

Washington, D.C.  - The threat of funding cuts facing four Idaho airports may be averted if Congress approves a bipartisan measure seeking to redirect federal transportation funding to keep the airport towers open through Fiscal Year 2014.  Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are co-sponsors of S. 687, introduced by Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), and now co-sponsored by a bipartisan group comprising nearly one-third of the U.S. Senate.   The legislation seeks to stop cuts by the Federal A… Continue Reading


April 19, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reintroduce RECA Amendments Act

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are renewing their efforts to expand restitution for Idahoans and Americans living downwind of atomic weapons tests or working in uranium mines.  Crapo and Risch are joining Senators Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Mark Udall (D-Colorado), Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) to introduce the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2013. Companion legislation is also being introduced in the House by R… Continue Reading


April 17, 2013

Crapo Co-Sponsors Extension Of The North American Wetlands Conservation Act

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing the North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act (NAWCA).  This five year extension would renew the authorization that expired at the end of fiscal year 2012.  "The Gem State has 16 NAWCA projects that are either complete or now underway," Crapo noted.  "These projects have conserved over 65,000 acres of wildlife habitat.  … Continue Reading


April 11, 2013

Crapo Votes Against Moving Firearms Package Forward

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate voted 68-31 to move a firearms package to the floor for debate.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined several colleagues in voting against the legislation, finding that it further restricts the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Idahoans. Last week, Crapo joined 13 other Republican Senators in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), stating that he would "oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehic… Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Budget Is Two Monthâ??s Late And More Of The Same

Washington, D.C. - After a two month delay and missing the legal deadline, President Barack Obama today submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Budget to Congress.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Budget and Finance Committees, expressed disappointment and frustration with the proposal sent from the White House.  "This is the fourth time in five years that this administration has submitted a late budget to Congress," Crapo noted.  "There is no business or family in Idaho that … Continue Reading


April 09, 2013

Crapo Announces Staff Changes

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces promotions for two members of his staff and welcomes another to his Washington, D.C., office. Judd Deere has been promoted to serve as Crapo's Press Secretary & Digital Director.  Over the past year, Deere has served as the Senator's New Media Director.  Crapo's office has implemented an innovative digital strategy allowing the Senator to reach a wider audience of Idahoans.  Besides launching a Twitter account that now has over 2,500 f… Continue Reading


April 05, 2013

Crapo Statement on the Passing Of Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Chairman Gibson

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement after learning of the death of Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Chairman Terry Gibson. "The unexpected passing of Chairman Gibson brings great sadness to the Tribes, the Owyhee area, to me and to Idaho," said Crapo.  "Terry was an outstanding leader and he was my friend.  We worked together on projects to benefit Tribal members and he was always a trusted partner and strong leader with the courage and foresight to tackle the man… Continue Reading


April 04, 2013

Crapo Joins Group Of Senators To Protect Second Amendment

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has signed a letter, along with other Republican colleagues, to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) reaffirming his opposition to any legislation that would restrict American's Second Amendment rights.  "The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms," Crapo said.  "This right was put in place by the founders and has been consistently upheld in the U.S. Supreme Court.  I… Continue Reading


March 23, 2013

Crapo: Budget Does Nothing To Address Debt Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, voted against the Senate version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Budget Resolution after he and other colleagues were unsuccessful at fixing the bill brought forward by the Majority party.  The final product had few changes from the blueprint that Crapo voted against in the committee mark-up.  Following the mandated 50 hours of debate and votes on over 100 amendments, the Senate approved the budget resolution… Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

Crapo, Risch, Heller Language Assures Collaboration in Sage Grouse Recovery

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) to introduce an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget that would mandate increased cooperation between federal agencies, states and local groups concerning the recovery of sage grouse populations.  The U.S. Department of Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, has indicated it will reduce existing grazing allotments related to sage grouse recovery.  The Senators say such actions dis… Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

Crapo Attempts To Eliminate Obamacare Tax Increases On Middle Class

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo took to the Senate Floor today with an amendment to block tax increases on lower- and middle-income Americans contained in the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  Although his amendment failed on a party-line vote of 45-to-54, Crapo said he would continue to push for recognition of the tax increases that violate the President's earlier pledge that middle class Americans would see "not one dime" of increase in any of their taxes with t… Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

Delegation Encourages Lake Lowell Comments

Washington, D.C.  - Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation are calling on Idahoans to offer their comments before May 15regarding management changes at Lake Lowell and the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge south of Nampa.  The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is in the final stages of creating a new comprehensive management plan for the refuge at a time when some users are concerned about restrictions on recreation at the lake, a popular recreation area in Southwest Idaho.    "We thank th… Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

Senator Co-Sponsors Legislation To Repeal Health Insurance Tax

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a supporter of repealing Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), joined several colleagues as an original co-sponsor of the Jobs and Premium Protection Act.  This bill would eliminate the health insurance tax (HIT) included in the President's law that is causing insurance premiums to rise, proving costly to businesses and families. "When this law was passed, many in Congress and the Administration said it would lower costs and if … Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Crapo Seeks Input On EPA Actions, Regulations

Washington, D.C. - With a nominated administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking input from all impacted Idahoans, including farmers and ranchers, about their experience with EPA regulations affecting their daily lives and ability to do business.   Crapo is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which will vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the EPA. "Many Idahoan… Continue Reading

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