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August 08, 2014

Vietnam Veteran Waits 45 Years; To Receive Purple Heart Monday

Boise  - A Boise Vietnam veteran has waited 45 years for the rightful honors he will receive on Monday when Idaho Senator Mike Crapo presents him with the Purple Heart for bravery in service and six other military awards.  Ronald Wilke is an Army veteran who was wounded during an ambush attack shortly after he was stationed  in Vietnam in 1969.  He was hospitalized for more than a month while recovering from his injuries. Joining Wilke during Monday's event at the Idaho State Veterans Home is f… Continue Reading

August 08, 2014

Crapo Meets with Irrigators, Farmers on FDA Rule; Joins Concussion Awareness Initiative

Boise  - A new federal rule that some Idaho irrigators fear could compromise their use of surface water sources for their crops will be the topic of a meeting Tuesday between Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and area irrigators and water users.  Members of the Idaho Farm Bureau and Idaho Food Producers and legal experts will join Crapo to discuss implementation of the Federal Food Safety Management Act draft rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Crapo will also join with area healt… Continue Reading

August 05, 2014

Crapo Seeks Help of Idaho's Veterans

Washington, D.C.-In an effort to better address the needs of veterans and improve veterans services in Idaho, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo is seeking feedback from the men and women of our Armed Forces.  Crapo is asking Idaho veterans to take part in a brief survey to share their experiences within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  "The recent exposure of the shameful mistreatment of veterans seeking assistance through the VA again underscores the need to improve the delivery of assista… Continue Reading

August 05, 2014

Veterans Issues Dominate Crapo August Agenda

  Energy projects, entrepreneurs also topics for news conferences Boise - Veterans issues are a focus of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's travel across Idaho during the August state work period break from Senate floor activities.  Having launched a statewide survey effort to gather the opinions of veterans and their families, Crapo will meet directly with many veterans to discuss developments in veterans' services as well as honor those who have served with a Purple Heart presentation and Spir… Continue Reading

August 01, 2014

Crapo Supports Final Veterans Care Bill

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senator Mike Crapo supported compromise legislation to end lengthy wait times for veterans seeking medical care and increase accountability within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  By an overwhelming bipartisan majority, the United States Senate voted 91-3 to adopt the Senate-House conference report on the Veteran's Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. Notably to Idaho, the legislation, which Crapo co-sponsored, is parti… Continue Reading

August 01, 2014


Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch objected to the President's $3.6 billion request for new spending, saying the measure did nothing to put in place reforms to adequately address the burgeoning crisis along our nation's southern border.  The Senate defeated the emergency supplemental request yesterday evening by a 50-44 vote. "The Administration has repeatedly disregarded U.S. immigration laws in pursuit of its own immigration agenda," said Crapo.  "The crisis we are seein… Continue Reading

July 30, 2014

Crapo, Risch Staff Plan Office Hours in Wallace and Kellogg August 20th

  Coeur d'Alene - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, staff members representing  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho Senator Jim Risch will hold office hours in Wallace and Kellogg next month.    Staff members from the Coeur d'Alene offices of Crapo and Risch will be available to assist Idahoans with any questions or problems related to federal agencies or with problems regarding federal programs.   Crapo & Risch Remote… Continue Reading

July 21, 2014

Crapo Backs Bill to Increase Transparency at the EPA

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is calling for increased transparency in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal rule making process.  Crapo, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxins and Environmental Science,  joined colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to introduce legislation to prohibit the agency from proposing or finalizing regulations based on science that is not made publicly available to the American people. "… Continue Reading

July 16, 2014

Crapo, Risch Introduce Idaho County Gun Range Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today introduced the Idaho County Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act in the United States Senate. This bill would convey 31 acres belonging to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Idaho County for a gun range.  "If enacted, this legislation will finally allow Idaho County to provide access to important firearms training for law enforcement officials and residents, as well as create recreational opportunities for families," said Cr… Continue Reading

July 15, 2014

Crapo Testifies On Bipartisan, Bicameral Fix For Fire Funding

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's legislation to fix a fundamental flaw in the way the federal government funds wildfire suppression was the focus of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee hearing today.  Appearing before the committee, Crapo discussed his legislation, S. 1875, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, and addressed members on the critical need to end the costly and destructive cycle of underfunding forest management efforts vital to preventing future fires an… Continue Reading

July 10, 2014

Crapo, Risch and Simpson Praise Senate Passage of Water Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch with Congressman Mike Simpson, today praised passage of a bill authored by Simpson to permit existing water diversions in Idaho wilderness areas. The Idaho Wilderness Water Resources Protection Act was passed unanimously by the full United States Senate.  There are a number of water diversions in both the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness areas that have existed since before the wilderness are… Continue Reading

July 08, 2014

Crapo Statement on Passing of Former Governor John V. Evans

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement today following the passing of former Idaho Governor John V. Evans.  "Governor Evans will be missed, but his legacy in the family business and his public service will endure.  He and his family have been Idaho pioneers.  The Evans family banking operation survived the Great Depression and has assisted thousands of Idaho residents and businesses.  I fondly recall John's leadership during difficult economic times during the 19… Continue Reading

July 01, 2014

Crapo, Risch Urge President to Make Clear Immigration Laws Will Be Enforced

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are calling on the Administration to take immediate action to stem the flow of the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border into the U.S. illegally.  The Idaho lawmakers, joined by a bipartisan coalition of 39 senators, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to exercise the influence of his office to dispel misinformation regarding U.S. immigration policies and firmly enforce the law along our nation's borders.… Continue Reading

June 26, 2014

Crapo, Bennet Note Focus on Wildfire Mitigation in Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, Call for Passage of PREPARE Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are encouraged by the focus on wildfire mitigation strategies in the Homeland Security appropriations bill and call on their colleagues to pass the PREPARE Act, which would make targeted investments for pre-disaster mitigation and preparedness.   The Senate Appropriations Committee included language in the Homeland Security appropriations bill today instructing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to devise … Continue Reading

June 26, 2014

Crapo, Risch Call for Immediate Action on Fire Funding Proposal

Washington, D.C.-Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch want immediate consideration for their legislation that would pay for fighting the most severe forest and range fires with federal disaster funding.  S. 1875, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, would draw from disaster and emergency accounts whenever firefighting costs exceed 70 percent of the 10-year average cost of wildfire suppression. The legislation would leave in place fire prevention and forest health funding, which is all too often… Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Idaho Delegation Fights Forest Service Effort to Seize State Waters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador this week joined 36 other lawmakers, including House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) and House Water and Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA), in sending a letterto Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack cautioning that the U.S. Forest Service's recently proposed Groundwater Resource Management Directive will limit access to public lands and interfere with s… Continue Reading

June 25, 2014

Crapo Seeks To Expand Investigation Into Wrongful IRS Targeting

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today called on federal officials in Washington, D.C., to intensify the investigation into the political targeting of conservative groups by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the agency's inability to produce a record of emails and other electronic information related to the alleged misconduct of senior IRS employees. Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, was joined by his Republican colleagues on the committee in requestin… Continue Reading

June 19, 2014

Crapo, Risch Offer Legislation to Stop EPA Water Grab

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined a coalition of twenty-eight Senators to introduce legislation blocking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing its March 2014 proposed rule revising the definition of "waters of the United States" under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).  If made final, the move by the EPA would significantly expand federal authority, allowing the agency to regulate nearly every stream, ditch, pond, puddle and other local … Continue Reading

June 11, 2014

Crapo, Risch Back New Veterans Care Agreement

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch supported compromise legislation today that would end lengthy waits for veterans seeking medical care by hiring new staff and expanding veterans' access to private medical care.  The legislation, co-sponsored by both Crapo and Risch, also improves the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) accountability by allowing VA leadership to more easily fire underperforming employees.  The U.S. Senate passed the bill by a 93-3 vote. Congress ha… Continue Reading

June 10, 2014

Delegation: New Report Shows Urgent Need To Overhaul Fire Policy

Washington, D.C. - In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new report demonstrating how limited federal firefighting budgets have negatively impacted wildland fire preparedness, forest restoration efforts and other projects over the last two fiscal years, members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation are saying the report should serve as a call to action to overhaul the way in which the federal government funds fighting wildfires on public lands. "This report further solidifies… Continue Reading

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