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March 22, 2013

Crapo Attempts To Eliminate Obamacare Tax Increases On Middle Class

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo took to the Senate Floor today with an amendment to block tax increases on lower- and middle-income Americans contained in the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  Although his amendment failed on a party-line vote of 45-to-54, Crapo said he would continue to push for recognition of the tax increases that violate the President's earlier pledge that middle class Americans would see "not one dime" of increase in any of their taxes with t… Continue Reading

March 22, 2013

Crapo, Risch, Heller Language Assures Collaboration in Sage Grouse Recovery

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) to introduce an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget that would mandate increased cooperation between federal agencies, states and local groups concerning the recovery of sage grouse populations.  The U.S. Department of Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, has indicated it will reduce existing grazing allotments related to sage grouse recovery.  The Senators say such actions dis… Continue Reading

March 21, 2013

Delegation Encourages Lake Lowell Comments

Washington, D.C.  - Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation are calling on Idahoans to offer their comments before May 15regarding management changes at Lake Lowell and the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge south of Nampa.  The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is in the final stages of creating a new comprehensive management plan for the refuge at a time when some users are concerned about restrictions on recreation at the lake, a popular recreation area in Southwest Idaho.    "We thank th… Continue Reading

March 21, 2013

Senator Co-Sponsors Legislation To Repeal Health Insurance Tax

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a supporter of repealing Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), joined several colleagues as an original co-sponsor of the Jobs and Premium Protection Act.  This bill would eliminate the health insurance tax (HIT) included in the President's law that is causing insurance premiums to rise, proving costly to businesses and families. "When this law was passed, many in Congress and the Administration said it would lower costs and if … Continue Reading

March 20, 2013

Crapo Seeks Input On EPA Actions, Regulations

Washington, D.C. - With a nominated administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking input from all impacted Idahoans, including farmers and ranchers, about their experience with EPA regulations affecting their daily lives and ability to do business.   Crapo is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which will vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the EPA. "Many Idahoan… Continue Reading

March 19, 2013

Crapo & Johnson Reintroduce Bill To Address Shortfall of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) are continuing their efforts to end the shortfall of veterinarians in rural areas by reintroducing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRP). This bipartisan bill would help meet the growing demand for veterinarians nationwide by eliminating taxes on programs that encourage veterinarians to practice in underserved areas. This legislation would provide a federal income tax exemption for p… Continue Reading

March 16, 2013

Crapo Statement on Markup of SEC, CFPB Nominations

Washington, D.C. - At an Executive Session to markup the nominations of Mary Jo White to be Chairman of the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) and Richard Cordray to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, made the following remarks:   Mr. Chairman, I believe that we had a very good hearing last week regarding the nominations. The hearing gave the Committee … Continue Reading

March 14, 2013

Crapo Offers Budget Amendment To Protect The Crime Victims Fund

Washington, D.C. - In the mark-up of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Budget, the U.S. Senate Budget Committee approved an amendment from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to prevent the monies collected for the Crime Victims Fund from being used for purposes unrelated to assisting crime victims.  "For more than two decades, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) has been providing critical funding to victims' service organizations and direct compensation to victims of crime," Crapo said.  "For too many years, it has… Continue Reading

March 13, 2013

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Hydropower Bill

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today to introduce the Hydropower Improvement Act of 2013.  Other co-sponsors of the bipartisan legislation include: Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), James Risch (R-Idaho), Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), Patty Murray (D-Washington) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska). The bill seeks to substantially increase the United States' hydropower capacity in an effort to expand clean-power generation and spur domestic job creation.  … Continue Reading

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

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