News Releases

May 02, 2019

DNA Backlog Program Legislation Clears Senate Judiciary Committee

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to report the Debbie Smith Act, S. 820, to the full Senate for its consideration. U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the committee, supports the bill as a co-sponsor, and voted today to advance its consideration. "Ensuring adequate resources are in place to support prompt and thorough forensic investigations to bring perpetrators of crime to justice remains a critical component of obtaining justice for crime victims and… Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Crapo, Risch Statement on Advancement of Brent Bunn U.S. Marshal Nomination

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to advance a number of nominations to the full Senate for consideration, including the nomination for retired Bear Lake County Sheriff Brent Bunn to serve as United States Marshal for the District of Idaho. U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Committee, voted in favor of Bunn's nomination. Senator Crapo and fellow U.S. Senator from Idaho, Jim Risch, issued the following statements: "Mr. Bunn has had a lengthy and ho… Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

ICYMI: Crapo Raises Questions of Individual Bias and Unauthorized Leaks at Barr Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, yesterday had the opportunity to question Attorney General William Barr about the Federal Bureau of Investigation's handling (FBI) of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Senator Crapo expressed concerns with regard to continued unauthorized leaks of internal information at the FBI and instances of individuals displaying political bias as employees of the FBI. He als… Continue Reading


April 29, 2019

Crapo Announces Staff Changes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today announced several staff changes and hires in his Washington, D.C., office to support his advocacy on behalf of the people of Idaho. Scott Riplinger joined the office in January to fill the role of Legislative Director following the retirement of Ken Flanz who served on Senator Crapo's staff for more than 20 years. Previously, Riplinger served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) and served as the Majority St… Continue Reading


April 26, 2019

Crapo Honors Fallen Idaho Soldier, Specialist Michael Osorio

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today honored the life and service of fallen Idahoan, Specialist (Spc.) Michael T. Osorio. "I am saddened to learn of the death of Specialist Michael Osorio on his first deployment to Iraq," said Senator Crapo. "Specialist Osorio bravely answered the call of duty to serve his country as a member of the United States Army. I offer my deepest, heartfelt condolences to his family for their loss and extend my utmost gratitude for the understated sacrif… Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Crapo Statement on Full Mueller Report

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election: "I have repeatedly said this investigation should come to a conclusion without interference from either side of the political aisle. Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary submitted last month adequately summarized the p… Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Crapo, Stabenow Introduce Legislation to Address Veterinarian Shortage

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to address the veterinarian shortage in rural areas. The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Enhancement Act would help meet the growing demand for veterinarians nationwide by eliminating taxes on programs that encourage veterinarians to practice in underserved areas. Fellow Idaho Senator Jim Risch is a co-sponsor, along with six other bipartisan Senators. … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Crapo, Risch Confirm David Bernhardt to Lead Interior Department

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today voted to confirm David Bernhardt's nomination to become Secretary of the Interior. His nomination passed the Senate. "David Bernhardt is well qualified to lead the Department of Interior, and his list of career accomplishments is exemplary," said Senator Crapo. "I congratulate Mr. Bernhardt on his confirmation, and look forward to continue working with him in a collaborative manner on topics important to Idahoans." "David Bernha… Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Crapo, Warner Reintroduce Legislation to End Cruel Practice of Horse Soring

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to protect horses from the abusive practice known as "soring," in which show horse trainers intentionally apply substances or devices to horses' limbs to make each step painful and force an exaggerated high-stepping gait rewarded in show rings. Although federal law currently prohibits soring, a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General (IG) … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Crapo, Bipartisan Group Introduces RECA Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today introduced the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019. The legislation would expand coverage of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to include victims in Idaho, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Guam. Senator Crapo chaired a Judiciary Committee hearing on the legislation in the last Congress, and introduced the legislation again today to continue pushing for its consideration and passage. The b… Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Crapo Warns Banks Against Cutting Ties to Politically Disfavored Industries

WASHINGTON - Recent news reports have suggested that large banks are being pressured to withhold access to credit and services to customers and companies that are operating businesses that comply with federal and state law (and, in some cases, are engaged in Constitutionally-protected activities), but are politically disfavored. As Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo sent letters to eight bank CEOs reminding them that they should continue to provide credit and s… Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Crapo Expresses Support for Crime Victims Fund, Zeroing Out Changes in Mandatory Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Budget Committee today held the first session of a two-day markup to consider the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Resolution. Today's session consisted of opening statements only. Along with discussing how the positive economic news resulting tax reform and other recent policy successes allow for greater flexibility in tackling our fiscal challenges, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo also highlighted his work in eliminating a budgeting gimmick withholding money from the Crime Vict… Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Crapo, Risch Join Bipartisan Coalition to Reintroduce Nuclear Energy Leadership Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined a bipartisan coalition to reintroduced legislation boosting nuclear energy innovation and ensure advanced reactors can provide clean, safe, affordable, and reliable power to meet national and global energy needs. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), aims to reestablish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy. It will bring together private and public sector innovators to develop next-generation advanced reactor concepts. "Now … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Crapo Votes Against Unworkable, Unrealistic Green New Deal

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement following his vote against the Green New Deal: "Ensuring an environmentally-sustainable energy supply for future generations requires us to be smarter, more efficient and more innovative with our energy technology and usage. I voted against the Green New Deal today because it is unworkable, unrealistic and unaffordable. The 10-year plan would divert trillions of taxpayer dollars toward narrow and unachievable benchmar… Continue Reading


March 25, 2019

Crapo Statement on Mueller Report

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the letter sent to Congress by Attorney General William Barr summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election: "I have repeatedly said this investigation should come to a conclusion without interference from either side of the political aisle. Now that special counsel Mueller has released his report, he… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Idaho Delegation Cheer DOI Sage-Grouse Plans

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's congressional delegation applauded the collaborative effort of Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on the Record of Decision (ROD) for the amended land use plans that better align the Bureau of Land Management plans with the State of Idaho aimed at Greater Sage-Grouse conservation. The plans deliver on years of collaborative work between the Department of the Interior and western states that have significant acres of sage-grouse habitat. "The Department… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Idaho Delegation Applauds Approval of Incidental Take Permits for Idaho Steelhead Fishing

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's congressional delegation announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued Idaho an incidental take permit for steelhead fishing, providing reliability to Idaho's outfitters and guides for the upcoming season and to the local communities that rely on the commerce steelhead fishing generates. After working to resolve the issue for months, U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson and Russ Fulche… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Senators Introduce Hearing Protection Act

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and 12 Senators, including Idaho Senator Jim Risch, today introduced the Hearing Protection Act (HPA) in the Senate. The HPA, S. 817, would reclassify suppressors to regulate them like a regular firearm. Co-sponsors include Senators John Cornyn (TX), Bill Cassidy (LA), John Boozman (AR), Mike Rounds (SD), Thom Tillis (NC), Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), Deb Fischer (NE), Jerry Moran (KS), Dan Sullivan (AK), Joni Ernst (IA), and Jim Inhofe (OK). On average,… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Risch, Crapo, Baldwin Stand Up for America's Dairy Farmers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) are standing up for American dairy farmers by reintroducing bipartisan legislation today to combat the unfair practice of mislabeling non-dairy products. The Defending Against Imitations and Replacements of Yogurt, milk, and cheese to Promote Regular Intake of Dairy Everyday Act (DAIRY PRIDE Act) would require non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants, and algae to no longer be mislabeled with da… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Crapo, Cardin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Fish Habitat

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin today introduced S. 754, the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA), to leverage public-private partnerships and authorize annual funds for fish habitat restoration and protection projects supported by regional Fish Habitat Partnerships. "Protecting, maintaining and improving fish habitats is crucial for jobs, recreation and sustainably healthy fish populations," said Crapo. "Our bill would codify the existing… Continue Reading

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