News Releases

May 23, 2014

Crapo and Risch Hail Passage of Bipartisan Water Resources Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today praised passage of the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The bill was passed yesterday afternoon, May 22, on the Senate floor with a vote of 91 to 7. "This legislation provides critical funding to our nation's water infrastructure managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," said Crapo. "The Corps operates multiple projects in Idaho and throughout the Columbia River Basin that, through the furthest inl… Continue Reading

May 23, 2014

Crapo Named an Inaugural â??Fiscal Heroâ??

Washington, D.C.  - The national Campaign to Fix the Debt has named Idaho Senator Mike Crapo a "Fiscal Hero" for "work to improve the nation's fiscal situation."  This is the first time the organization seeking federal fiscal responsibility has issued such awards.   The Campaign to Fix the Debt says it issued the recognition to Member of Congress who have "distinguished themselves by taking fiscally responsible votes, pushing their party leaders to make debt a priority, leading bipartisan effo… Continue Reading

May 22, 2014

Crapo, Risch Laud Committeeâ??s Inclusion of Potato Nutrition Language

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch commended the U.S. Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee today for adopting an amendment to end the unnecessary exclusion of the nutrient-packed fresh white potato in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.  The WIC program makes qualifying foods available for low-income and nutritionally at-risk pregnant women and their infants and children through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Under current law, the USDA … Continue Reading

May 21, 2014

Crapoâ??s Blackfoot River Land Settlement Act Moves Forward

Washington, D.C. - Legislation authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to settle local land disputes in southeastern Idaho was reported favorably out of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee today by a unanimous voice vote.  S. 2040, the Blackfoot River Land Settlement Act, seeks to clear up issues related to the ownership of land and water rights dating back to the 1960s when federal flood control projects were undertaken along the Blackfoot River.  As a consequence of the project's channel rea… Continue Reading

May 16, 2014

Crapo, Risch Introduce Youth Careers in Logging Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have introduced the Youth Careers in Logging Act, S. 2336, which would extend benefits enjoyed by others in the agriculture industry by allowing family members to learn the trade of logging from a younger age so that they may carry on the family business.  "This legislation offers tomorrow's leaders the family training to become the future of the industry and assist in the restoration of our national forests," said Crapo.  "In the loggi… Continue Reading

May 15, 2014

Senate Banking Committee Passes Bipartisan Housing Finance Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Senate Banking Committee approved S. 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013, by a bipartisan vote of 13-9.  The legislation included a bipartisan agreement drafted by Chairman Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and is designed to stabilize the housing finance market and strengthen the American economy.  It will create greater competition in the housing finance system and reduce risk to the taxpayer whi… Continue Reading

May 15, 2014

Crapo Named â??Hero of Main Streetâ??

Washington, D.C.  - A national group representing the U.S. retail industry today named Idaho Senator Mike Crapo a "Hero of Main Street" for his legislative priorities and voting record.  The National Retail Federation (NRF) notes retail jobs make up the nation's largest private sector of employment.  The NRF's 2013 Annual Report noted Idaho had 148,029 direct retail jobs last year and an employment impact of 206,741 jobs.  The Idaho statistics and awards are listed on the Federation's website:  … Continue Reading

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

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