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March 13, 2013

Crapo: Trillions In Tax Hikes Are Not The Formula To Grow The Economy Or Balance The Budget

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued this statement today following the release of the budget outline proposed by the Chair of the Budget Committee, Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), the first outline released in four years: "It has taken four years for the Senate's majority party to release a budget blueprint," Crapo said.  "Unfortunately, this proposal fails to recognize the significant worsening of our economy and fiscal outlook sin… Continue Reading

March 08, 2013

Crapo Introduces DAIRY Savings Legislation

Washington, D.C.  - Senators from the nation's leading dairy producing states have introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage dairy producers to invest in risk reducing farm savings accounts.  The Dairy Augmentation for Increased Retail in Yogurt (DAIRY) Act, introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Charles Schumer (D-New York), would give dairy producers a new tool to manage increasing demand while providing a safety net for volatile market downturns.  Idaho and New York are the top … Continue Reading

March 07, 2013

Crapo, Lautenberg, Inhofe, Udall Introduce Bipartisan Brownfields Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize and improve key elements of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program.  Since 2002, the successful program has funded the rehabilitation of abandoned and polluted properties to increase safety and attract new businesses to communities.  All four Senators are members of the Environment and Public Works … Continue Reading

March 07, 2013

Bipartisan Legislation To Support Victims of Violence Signed Into Law

Washington, D.C.  - The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), signed into law today by President Barack Obama, will strengthen programs and policies meant to prevent domestic and sexual violence and protect victims, ensuring continued services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the bill's lead Senate authors, both attended a White House signing ceremony Thursday, and called the bill's long overdue … Continue Reading

March 05, 2013

Senators Seek to Level the Playing Field for Domestic Wood Products in USDA BioPreferred Program

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Angus King (I-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the Forest Products Fairness Act, a bipartisan bill that provides new opportunities for American forestry producers by allowing their products to qualify for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred Program. The USDA BioPreferred Program was created to provide new markets for farm commo… Continue Reading

February 28, 2013

Crapo Hails Passage of VAWA

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 286-138 to pass the Senate's bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), of which Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) are sponsors.  The legislation, which passed the Senate 78-22, now goes to the White House for signature.  Crapo took to the Senate Floor to laud passage of the bill: "I am honored to have worked on this bill with Senator Leahy, and my colleagues here in the Senate," Crapo … Continue Reading

February 18, 2013

Crapo Statement on the Retirement Announcement of Senator Mike Johanns

(Boise)   Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement after Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns announced that he will retire in January of 2015:   "Mike has made a major focus of his service in the Senate helping us craft a solution to our national debt crisis. Through our work in the bipartisan Gang of Eight, Mike showed real leadership in working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle in an effort to craft a plan to cut spending, reform the tax code and start getting the de… Continue Reading

February 14, 2013

Crapo Statement at Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Hearing on Wall Street Reform

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 on Wall Street Reform and Oversight:              Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  You and I have had a personal friendship and good working relationship over the years, and I look forward to building on that as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee.               One of my objectives and hopes wou… Continue Reading

February 12, 2013

Crapo, Leahy Hail Senate Passage of Bipartisan VAWA Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hailed Senate passage Tuesday of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), a bipartisan bill cosponsored by a total of 62 Senators which won 78 votes on the Senate floor.  The measure now goes to the House for consideration.  "For nearly two decades, this legislation has served as the centerpiece of our nation's commitment to end domestic, dating and sexual violence," Crapo said.  "This Act will… Continue Reading

February 12, 2013

Crapo: Next Four Years Must Focus on Jobs, Economic Recovery

Washington, D.C. - Fiscal reform and economic growth should top the list of priorities for the President and Congress over the next four years, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo following tonight's State of the Union Address.  Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee and member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, says that the debt crisis is the most pressing issue facing our nation today, and in the midst of this crisis, the President and Congress have the opportunity to refor… Continue Reading

February 08, 2013

Crapo Announces Ranking Members for Banking Subcommittees for 113th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) announced the following Republican Ranking Members for the Committee's subcommittees in the 113th Congress:  Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance Senator Mark Ki… Continue Reading

February 08, 2013

Crapo and Risch Co-Sponsor Grazing Improvement Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are once again co-sponsoring legislation to provide more stability for those who use livestock grazing permits.  Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the Grazing Improvement Act (S. 258) on Thursday.   "Ranchers are some of Idaho's strongest stewards for maintaining the health of our public lands," said Crapo.  "Litigation over grazing permits has reached the point where federal agencies cannot always get the work done to process the p… Continue Reading

February 07, 2013

Senators Crapo, Flake and Vitter Introduce Phantom Fuel Reform Act

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, along with Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and David Vitter (R-LA), today introduced the Phantom Fuel Reform Act (S. 251) to reform an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation that adds millions of dollars each year to the cost of energy production.  This mandate is part of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).   Under current law and based on annual EPA estimates, United States refiners are required to blend millions of gallons of cellulosic biofue… Continue Reading

February 06, 2013

Crapo Sets First Tele-Townhall of 2013

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has set a date for his first tele-townhall meeting of 2013 for Wednesday, February 13, at 6:55 PM Mountain Time/5:55 PM Pacific, and is encouraging all Idahoans to participate.  Wednesday's tele-townhall comes on the heels of the President's State of the Union Address, which will be held the previous evening.  "The President will cover many topics in his State of the Union Address next week, but what Americans really need to hear is his plan for getti… Continue Reading

February 04, 2013

Crapo Pushes for VAWA Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today delivered a statement on the floor of the United States Senate promoting swift passage of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  For nearly two decades, the Act has provided support for programs and initiatives designed to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence.  Senator Crapo joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) in introducing the VAWA reauthorization legislation in January, 2013.    Crapo, a longtime champio… Continue Reading

January 31, 2013

Idaho Senators Oppose Debt Limit Suspension

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today voted against suspending the debt limit for three months.  The full Senate passed H.R. 325, which suspends the borrowing limit of $16.4 trillion until May 19, on a 64-34 vote. Senators Crapo and Risch issued the following joint statement after the vote: "Budget agreements in the last Congress set the precedent that any increase in the debt ceiling should be equally matched with spending cuts.  An amendment offered by our colleagu… Continue Reading

January 29, 2013

Crapo Welcomes Spring Interns to D.C. and Local Offices

Washington, D.C. - Idaho students are learning firsthand about the political process and the federal government this spring semester while serving as interns in Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Washington, D.C., and local state offices.  Three students are currently serving in the nation's capital in Washington, D.C.: Ashley Parkinson, originally from Pocatello, recently graduated from Boise State University where she studied Political Science with a double emphasis in American Government and Public… Continue Reading

January 25, 2013

Crapo: Nation Needs More Leaders Like Chambliss

"Saxby represents a rare breed in a divided Congress.  He works tirelessly to solve some of our nation's most challenging issues and has continually taken bold stands to forge real solutions to our nation's biggest problems.  The epitome of a strong leader, he has the incredible ability to bring people together on a bipartisan basis in a highly-politicized environment to find real solutions to the issues affecting all Americans.  He is well-respected by his colleagues and fights hard not only fo… Continue Reading

January 24, 2013

Crapo Statement on Cordray Nomination

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, expected ranking Republican on the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, made the following statement after President Obama's announcement that he will re-nominate Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "Today's decision to re-nominate Richard Cordray to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after using an unconstitutional recess appointment is premature, given the outstanding concerns ab… Continue Reading

January 23, 2013

Crapo, Leahy Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize the Landmark Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Tuesday-the first day that bills can be introduced in the Senate in the new 113th Congress- and called for the Senate to take up the measure without delay. The bill, which reauthorizes the landmark Violence Against Women Act that was enacted more than 20 years ago, strengthens and improves existing programs that ass… Continue Reading

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