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May 14, 2014

Crapo Seeks Answers From HHS Nominee On Medicare Advantage Reductions

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, sought answers from Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell today on how she intends, if confirmed, to fix the many failures that are inherent within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.  During the exchange, Crapo focused on recent reductions to the popular and successful Medicare Advantage (MA) program and the practical implicatio… Continue Reading

May 09, 2014

Crapo To Host Tele-Townhall

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will host his second statewide tele-townhall meeting of 2014 and is encouraging Idahoans to participate.  Crapo will take questions from Idahoans on a variety of topics currently being debated in Congress, including new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, the Keystone XL pipeline,the state of the economy and our nation's broken housing finance system during the hour-long call. The teleforum will take place on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 7:00… Continue Reading

May 07, 2014

Crapo, Risch Support Commission to Study Military Changes and Effect on Local Guard Units

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are part of a bipartisan group of Senators calling for an independent commission to study proposed changesin the U.S. Army.  The Idaho senators say our nation's budget challenges have forced the Army and other branches of the U.S. military to make force structure changes, some of which could affect National Guard units, including the Idaho Army National Guard.   Nineteen senators have sponsored the legislation to create a National Com… Continue Reading

May 07, 2014

Crapoâ??s Work To End Land Disputes In Southeastern Idaho Takes Spotlight At Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Legislation authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to settle long-standing land ownership claims and water rights issues in southeastern Idaho was the focus of a U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing today.  The committee, of which Crapo is a member, began consideration of S. 2040, the Blackfoot River Land Settlement Act and S. 2041, the 1918 Repeal Act, both recently introduced by the senator. In his opening remarks, Crapo noted that the passage of the Blackfoot River L… Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Crapo Website Named Top Senate Republican Site

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's official website,, has been named the top Republican website in the U.S. Senate by the independent Congressional Management Foundation (CMF).  Crapo's site was issued the Silver Mouse Award for the 113 th Congress, the only Senate Republican to be awarded an honor in the Gold and Silver categories.  A total of 70 personal office and committee websites in Congress received a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award.   The Cong… Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Idaho High School Student To Serve As U.S. Senate Page

Washington, D.C. - An Idaho student will have the opportunity to spend an interesting monthworking on the floor of the United States Senate.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo aided high school student Camdon Kay with his application for the U.S. Senate Page Program, which provides high school students the opportunity to learn more about Congress and the legislative process firsthand.  Students in the program assist senators on the floor with day-to-day operations. Camdon Kay is a native of Kuna and wil… Continue Reading

April 11, 2014

Top Air Force Officer to Visit Mountain Home, Boise

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Representatives Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador, will welcome General Mark A. Welsh III, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, to Mountain Home Air Force Base in early May.  This trip is a unique opportunity for the nation's senior uniformed Air Force officer to see first-hand some of the Air Force's most impressive assets and capabilities.    "Earlier this year, we invited General Welsh to Idaho to tour our world-class facili… Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Crapo: Administrationâ??s New Effort to Wield Authority Over Water Unacceptable

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is objecting to a proposed rule recently issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to drastically expand the definition of waters regulated under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).  The "Waters of the United States" rule would outline a significant expansion of federal authority, permitting the government to exert more control over private landowners by deeming portions of their land as "jurisdictional… Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Crapo Calls On The IRS To Stop Stifling Free Speech

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined his Republican colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee to call on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen to put an end to the proposed regulation designed to stifle the free speech of groups that have criticized the Administration.  In the letter, the Senators said Commissioner Koskinen has the unilateral authority to prevent the proposed regulation from becoming final and urged him to not sign the proposed rule should it r… Continue Reading

April 04, 2014

EPW Committee Moves Successful Brownfields Program Legislation Forward

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo commended the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for unanimously passing S. 491, the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development Act, out of committee.  The successful program has a proven track record of helping Idaho communities rehabilitate abandoned and polluted properties throughout the state, increasing safety, attracting new business and creating jobs.  Crapo, Ranking Member on the Superfund, Toxics and Environmenta… Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Crapo, Cardin Bill To Protect Fish Habitats And Related Jobs Clears Committee Hurdle

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, lauded the voice vote approval today in the Environment and Public Works Committee of The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA) that authorizes $7.2 million annually for fish habitat restoration and protection projects that are supported by regional Fish Habitat Partnerships.  The bill leverages public-private partnerships and engage stakeholde… Continue Reading

April 02, 2014

Crapo, Markey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Alzheimerâ??s Disease

Washington, D.C. - Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) pushed for renewed focus on cost-saving, preventive health care research today by introducing S. 2192, The Alzheimer's Accountability Act.  The legislation would require the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to submit an annual budget to meet the goal of preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease by the year 2025.  The budget would be submitted directly to the President for review and trans… Continue Reading

March 27, 2014

Delegation Says BEA Extension at INL Well-Deserved

Washington, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation say today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to extend the operations contract of the Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) at the Idaho National Laboratory is well-deserved and good for the continuation of employment and expertise at the Lab.   "The workers and leadership of the Battelle Energy Alliance have earned this recognition by the Department of Energy," said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  "This announcement is just… Continue Reading

March 26, 2014

Crapo Questions EPAâ??s Budgetary Priorities

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, participated in an oversight hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency's fiscal year 2015 budget.  The hearing comes one day after the EPA announced, and Crapo strongly objected to, an expanded definition of waters regulated under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA)-a decision that, if implemented, would further restrict the private property rights of Americans. "In reviewing the … Continue Reading

March 25, 2014

Crapo: Latest Actions Show EPA Out of Control

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee with jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  says today's announcement by the agency to significantly expand the definition of waters regulated under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands infringes both on state water rights and the property rights of private landowners.   Making things worse, Crapo noted the EPA is, at the same time, seeki… Continue Reading

March 18, 2014

Healthy Pulse Crop Initiative On Display at Lewiston School

Lewiston  - Two new initiatives created in the five-year Farm Bill will assist pulse crops-healthy foods like peas, lentils and chickpeas-grown on the Palouse of Idaho and Washington.  The benefits of the new programs will be on display this week before a health class in Lewiston and celebrated by growers, researchers and industry groups. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) led the effort to create the Pulse Health Initiative and a school nutrition pilot program f… Continue Reading

March 17, 2014

Crapo to Meet with Interior Secretary, Welcome Colleagues to Idaho National Lab

Boise.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo meets with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise to get an overview of the coming wildfire season and discuss legislation revising the way fighting fires is funded by the federal government.  Crapo joined with Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and others to introduce the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2013.  The measure, included by the Obama Administration in its Fiscal Year 2015 budget, … Continue Reading

March 14, 2014

New Veterans' Transportation Program Announced

Boise.  - A new service offered to military veterans, their families and other Idahoans to make transportation options easier to find will be unveiled Tuesday at the Idaho Statehouse.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo worked with the Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI), local veterans' service groups, the Idaho Division of Veterans Services, the U.S. Department of Transportation and M2 Traffic Management, LLC to establish the new transportation resource directory for Idaho, FindMyIdahoR… Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

Members of Congress from Idaho, Oregon and Idaho Governor Join Interior Secretary Jewell for 2014 Fire Season Outlook, Discuss Funding

Boise - United States Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise on Monday, March 17, 2014, for a briefing on the outlook of the 2014 wildfire season and a plan to revise fire funding introduced into Congress by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and co-sponsored by Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon).  U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) have introduced a com… Continue Reading

March 13, 2014

Crapo Co-Sponsors Legislation On Gun Owner Data Collection

Washington, D.C. - Second Amendment rights will get stronger under legislation recently co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  The bill, introduced by Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), would prohibit any federal funding from being used to support a gun registry created and/or maintained by non-federal entities, including state and local governments. "Idahoans are becoming increasingly concerned with the federal governments' collection and storage of their private, personal information" … Continue Reading

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