News Releases

March 01, 2012

Crapo Among Most Conservative Members of Senate

Washington, D.C. - For over 30 years, the National Journal has rated members of Congress on their conservative records, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been ranked third in the U.S. Senate for his voting scorecard in 2011.  The respected publication determines ratings based on select roll-call votes from previous years to create an ideological scale for Congress, including votes regarding economic, foreign and social policy issues.  The publication gave Crapo high marks for his leadership on … Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

Idaho Delegation Seeks Solutions to Federal Overreach

Washington, D.C. - Members of the U.S. Senate and House Western Caucuses came together today to discuss the impacts of federal overreach on individuals, communities and businesses.  Idaho was well represented at the bicameral hearing: Senator Mike Crapo served as co-chair, Senator Jim Risch and Congressman Raùl Labrador provided remarks and questions, and special witnesses included Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake, Idaho. The hearing, entitled "Washington… Continue Reading


February 27, 2012

Senate Hearing Features Gov. Otter, Sacketts

Washington, D.C.  - Members of the U.S. Senate will hear directly tomorrow from Westerners on federal policies that impact their livelihoods and their personal and property rights.  The Western Caucus hearing is entitled "Washington Obstacles to Prosperity and Property Rights in the West."  It will be chaired by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Idaho Senator Jim Risch will also provide remarks and questions.    Special witnesses before the hearing will be Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and Mike a… Continue Reading


February 22, 2012

Idaho Delegation Wary of School Milk Restrictions

Washington, D.C.  - First, it was the Famous Idaho Potato and its cousins from other states.  Now, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to abstain from imposing additional restrictions on the availability of milk products in the nation's schools. In a letter today to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Idaho Congressional Delegation noted a national trend where many school-aged childre… Continue Reading


February 17, 2012

Crapo to Welcome Forest Service Chief, Discuss Domestic Violence Issues, Address Boise Chamber

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell will speak during a meeting of the Idaho Environmental Forum next week, highlighting a four-day visit to Boise during the President's Day state work period.  Crapo will also update federal efforts to aid victims of domestic and teen dating violence during a news conference at the Idaho Statehouse and he will speak to the Idaho Legislature and the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce on fiscal issues facing Congress. … Continue Reading


February 15, 2012

Crapo, Forest Service Chief to Discuss Collaboration, Forest Rule

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will welcome U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to Idaho on Monday to hear directly from Idahoans about collaborative land management decisions and to take input on the new forest planning rule.  Crapo and Tidwell will address a noon luncheon of the Idaho Environmental Forum at the Crystal Ballroom in Boise before taking questions at the Idaho Statehouse.   Crapo worked with Tidwell and the Forest Service to convene the Clearwater Basin Collabora… Continue Reading


February 13, 2012

Crapo, Risch Challenge Insurance Mandate

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined 41 of their colleagues in filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court today challenging the presidents' health care law, an unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of the federal government into the daily lives of Americans. "Instead of giving the government more power over health care, individual patients must be given more control, choice and information to make their health care decisions," Crapo and Risch… Continue Reading


February 13, 2012

Americans Deserve a Real Budget

Washington, D.C. - The President's newly-released budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 fails to address the most important issue our country faces, the $15 trillion-and growing-national debt.  Instead, it raises taxes by nearly $2 trillion, accumulates $11 trillion in additional gross debt over the next ten years and pushes us much deeper into the debt crisis.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement:   "This proposal is fiscally irrespo… Continue Reading


February 09, 2012

Crapo moves iTownhall Forum to February 29

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has rescheduled his first statewide telephone iTownhall meeting of 2012 from Wednesday, February 15, to Wednesday, February 29, and is encouraging Idahoans to participate.  With Congress debating important issues that will affect all Americans, Crapo is seeking input from Idahoans during next Wednesday's hour-long telephone town hall. "From the short-term challenges of finding a way to extend the payroll-tax cuts and approve the Keystone XL pipeline, … Continue Reading


February 09, 2012

Crapo Schedules iTownhall Forum for February 15

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has set his first statewide telephone iTownhall meeting of 2012 for Wednesday, February 15, and is encouraging Idahoans to participate.  With Congress debating important issues that will affect all Americans, Crapo is seeking input from Idahoans during next Wednesday's hour-long telephone town hall. "From the short-term challenges of finding a way to extend the payroll-tax cuts and approve the Keystone XL pipeline, to the long-term debates on comprehe… Continue Reading


February 07, 2012

Crapo Welcomes Spring Interns to D.C. Office

Washington, D.C. - Three Idaho students and one student from Australia are experiencing the opportunity to observe the inner workings of Congress and the federal government while serving as interns for the spring semester in the Washington, D.C., office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Senator Crapo offers congressional internships each semester in both his Washington, D.C., and state offices.  "Students interested in politics, public service and public relations can gain indispensible experience … Continue Reading


February 03, 2012

Idaho Delegation Mourns Loss of Micron's Steve Appleton

Washington, D.C. - Today, members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation expressed their grief at the unexpected death of Micron C.E.O. Steve Appleton this morning, offering their deepest condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of one of Idaho's most influential businessmen.   Senator Mike Crapo, Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Raùl Labrador issued the following joint statement on Mr. Appleton's untimely passing:  "Like the rest of Idaho, we are stunned and deeply saddened by the… Continue Reading


February 02, 2012

Idaho Collaboratives Selected for Forest Service Funding

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mike Crapo today commended Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's decision to fund the Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Project and Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative (KVRI) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program.  The two collaborative efforts will join the Clearwater Basin Collaborative's north-central Idaho Selway-Middle Fork Clearwater Project in receiving funding from the Forest Service for landscape resto… Continue Reading


February 02, 2012

Crapo, Risch Ask Majority Leader Reid to Clarify His Position on Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

Washington, D.C. - Today, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined a group of 34 Senators, led by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), in writing to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) to ask that he clarify "serious inconsistencies" in his past statements about the use of recess appointments.  In January, President Obama circumvented the Constitution and the Senate by appointing Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and three new members of the National Labo… Continue Reading


February 01, 2012

Strategy to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships Reduces Dating Abuse

(BOISE, IDAHO)-February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, and the Center for Healthy Teen Relationships' and Start Strong Idaho's, programs of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence (Idaho Coalition), strategy of promoting healthy teen relationships as a way to reduce teen dating abuse might just be making a difference.  Since 2006, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo has been the sponsor each year of a resolution to recognize the problem of teen datin… Continue Reading


February 01, 2012

Honest Budget Act Promotes Spending Restraint

Washington, D.C. - For the fourth straight year, the country will have spent more than a trillion dollars it does not have.  Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its 2012 Budget and Economic Outlook, estimating the fiscal year 2012 deficit will add another trillion dollars to our national debt.  This out-of-control spending remains unsustainable for our country, and America cannot continue on this course, says Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget and… Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

Crapo: State of the Union Needs Focus on Jobs, Economy

Washington, D.C. - Congress and the White House must utilize the new session of Congress to work together to enable job growth and generate economic activity, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees, attended tonight's State of the Union Address while sitting with the "Gang of Six," the bipartisan Senate group that is seeking agreement to reduce the national debt, the greatest fiscal threat our nation has ever faced.  "A bipartisan group of m… Continue Reading


January 20, 2012

Crapo Welcomes New Congressional Fellow

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced that Dr. Patrick N. Holman will be joining his Washington, D.C., staff as nuclear energy fellow for the 2012 calendar year.  Most recently, Dr. Holman served as Director, Office of Budget and Planning for the Office of Nuclear Energy.  In this position, he coordinated the development of the annual budget submission to Congress and advised senior leadership on all manners of budget, strategic and program planning activities.  Prior to h… Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

Idaho Students Chosen for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced the selection of Elizabeth Hansen and Nathan Shumway as the Idaho student delegates to the 50 th Anniversary United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C.  Hansen and Shumway, both of Rexburg, were chosen to participate in a group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program's 50 th Anniversary Washington Week. Elizabeth Hansen attends Madison High School where she is president of the Drama Cou… Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

Grant Launches McArthur Lake Wildlife Safety Project

Boundary County, Idaho - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded a grant of $99,268 to fund the McArthur Lake Wildlife Safety Project, an effort to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions on Highway 95 near Bonners Ferry. The McArthur Lake area has the highest number of wildlife-vehicle collisions in the state. Between 2000 and 2010, there were 321 documented wildlife-related accidents reported on Highway 95 from milepost 478 to 505. The majority of these accidents occurred from milepo… Continue Reading

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