News Releases

May 11, 2012

Senators Commemorate Conference on Nuclear Energy

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), introduced a bipartisan resolution commending the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for holding its May 2012 conference on nuclear power plant life management in the United States.  At the conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, participants will discuss ways to safely and cost-effectively extend the operating lifetimes of many of the nuclear power plants in the world. … Continue Reading


May 01, 2012

Delegation to Host Office Hours in Rupert on Tuesday, May 8

Rupert - Field representatives from the offices of Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson will host a Traveling District Office on Tuesday, May 8, at Rupert City Hall from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and at the Minidoka County Senior Center later that day from 11:30 to 1:00 PM. Congressional field representatives will be on hand to answer questions from individuals with specific problems with federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Veterans' Affairs and the Soc… Continue Reading


May 01, 2012

Crapo Staff Holds Bilingual Office Hours in Murphy and Marsing, May 11

Marsing - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, staff from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office will travel to Glenns Ferry this month.  Brian Raybon, Special Assistant to Senator Crapo, who is also fluent in Spanish, will be available in Murphy at the Owyhee County Courthouse and Marsing at the Marsing City Hall to assist Idahoans with any questions or problems related to federal agencies or with problems regarding federal programs. … Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

Crapo, Risch Support Job-Creating Legislation

Washington, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are co-sponsors of the Western Economic Security Today (WEST) Act, legislation focused on strengthening the economy and creating jobs in the West. The act, introduced by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), is a package of several U.S. House of Representatives-passed pieces of legislation currently awaiting action in the U.S. Senate. â??This comprehensive bill will stimulate domestic energy production on public lands a… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

Senate Passes Crapo-Sponsored Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. - A critical federal measure to assist victims of domestic violence has passed in the United States Senate.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) in introducing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), S. 1925.  Crapo, a long-time leader in Congress against domestic violence and co-author of similar legislation in past sessions, spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the importance of reauthorization.  "I am a long-time … Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

Senators Welcome Guidance for Volcker Rule

Washington, D.C. - The Federal Reserve has announced that firms will have two full years to comply with the so-called Volcker rule, allowing regulators more time to assess the effect of the proposed rule.  Earlier this year, Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mark Warner (D-VA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced bipartisan legislationthat links the effective date of the Volcker Rule to 12 months after the issuance of a final rule rather than two y… Continue Reading


April 16, 2012

Crapo Staff Holds Bilingual Office Hours in Glenns Ferry April 24

Glenns Ferry - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, staff from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office will travel to Glenns Ferry this month.    Brian Raybon, Special Assistant to Senator Crapo, who is also fluent in Spanish, will be available at Glenns Ferry City Hall to assist Idahoans with any questions or problems related to federal agencies or with problems regarding federal programs.   Crapo Remote Office Hours schedule: … Continue Reading


April 05, 2012

Idaho Delegation to Host Office Hours in Burley on Wednesday, April 18

Burley, ID - Field representatives from the offices of Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson will host Traveling District Office meetings on April 18 at Burley City Hall from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, followed by office hours at the Golden Heritage Senior Center from 11:30 to 1:00 PM. Congressional field representatives will be on hand to answer questions from individuals with specific problems with federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Veterans' Affairs and th… Continue Reading


April 04, 2012

Crapo Recognized for Pro-Taxpayer Voting Record

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has earned the National Taxpayer Union's (NTU) "Taxpayers' Friend Award" for 2011 for his pro-taxpayer voting record.  The NTU, a nonpartisan citizen group, awards members of congress who consistently vote to reduce and control the burden on American taxpayers.  Because of his commitment to cut spending and balance the budget, Crapo was given one of the highest scores in the Senate at 90 percent.  The NTU's a… Continue Reading


April 03, 2012

Crapo Calls for Action on Budget

Washington, D.C. - By law, the U.S. Senate is required to report a budget resolution out of committee each year on April 1 and adopt it by April 15.  For the third consecutive year-three years of debt ceiling hikes, three years of record-setting deficits-the Senate has failed to do so, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, says this is unacceptable.    Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget resolution that cuts government spending, maintain… Continue Reading


April 02, 2012

U.S. Now Number One in Highest Business Taxes

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the federal tax code, says Congress has another reason to prioritize tax reform now that the calendar has turned to April.  Beginning this month, the United States now has the world's highest rate of combined corporate taxes.  When Japan lowered its tax rate to 36.8 percent on April 1, the U.S. rate became the world's highest at 39.2 percent. "In the last decade, while v… Continue Reading


March 29, 2012

Hoeven, Blunt, Klobuchar, Crapo Introduce the Bipartisan Domestic Fuels Act of 2012

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today introduced bipartisan legislation, the Domestic Fuels Act of 2012. The measure provides a market-based, no-cost approach to produce more energy, increase competition, foster greater sales of alternative fuels, provide more consumer choice and lower the cost of motor fuels at the pump. Currently, legal and infrastructure obstacles, such as cost of entry for retailers, inconsisten… Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

Senators Fight for Family Farms

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are working to stop federal regulatory overreach on Idaho family farms and ranches.  The Preserving America's Family Farms Act, S.2221, recently introduced in the U.S. Senate, would prevent the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing a new labor regulation that would negatively impact existing agricultural and education programs and family farm structures. The DOL proposed a rule that will adversely affect the ability of farmer… Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Volcker Fix to Ease Market Confusion

Washington, D.C. - Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mark Warner (D-VA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced bipartisan legislation that provides for the implementation of the Volcker rule after the agencies have issued their final rules, rather than two years after the date Dodd-Frank was signed into law.  By linking the effective date to the regulators completing their work, Congress will not be arbitrarily extending the implementation of Dod… Continue Reading


March 21, 2012

Senators Encouraged by Recent EPA Supreme Court Ruling

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court today unanimously ruled in favor of an Idaho couple who challenged an enforcement action levied against them by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  In Sackett vs. EPA, the court ruled in favor of Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake, asserting that landowners may bring a civil lawsuit challenging a federal government order under the Clean Water Act.  Senators Crapo and Risch issued the following statement regarding the case:    "Unfortunat… Continue Reading


March 18, 2012

Crapo to Meet With North Idaho Chambers on Federal Spending Issues

Hayden  - Congress and the White House must increase their efforts to reduce our nation's spending and growing deficit, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who will speak to a joint meeting of North Idaho Chamber of Commerce groups Monday.  Crapo, who served on the President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, is now working with a bipartisan group of Senators to bring the commission's ideas before Congress. Crapo's Schedule for Monday, March 21: Noon        … Continue Reading


March 16, 2012

Crapo and Risch Sign Letter Asking for H-2A Fix

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch signed onto a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Labor, requesting improvements to the H-2A visa program that allows for admission of guest workers for temporary or seasonal jobs. "We have heard from many in the Idaho agricultural community saying they are having great difficulty with the temporary visa application process.  The lack of temporary workers severely impacts their ability to get their products to the market," said Se… Continue Reading


March 09, 2012

Delegation to Host Office Hours in Shoshone on Tuesday, March 20

Twin Falls, ID - Field representatives from the offices of Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson will host a Traveling District Office on March 20 at Shoshone City Hall from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and at the Shoshone Senior Center later that day from 11:30 to 1:00 PM. Congressional field representatives will be on hand to answer questions from individuals with specific problems with federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Veterans' Affairs and the Social Securi… Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

Secure Rural Schools Extension Approved

Washington, D.C.  - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved an amendment today that extends federal payments to counties with large tracts of federal land in order to compensate for the loss in revenue from timber and local property taxes.  The Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) amendment to the highway bill was offered by Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) and co-sponsored by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.   The 82 to 16 vote to include county payments in the… Continue Reading


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

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