News Releases

May 31, 2012

Senators Urge EPA to Heed Supreme Court Decision

Washington, DC-U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to explain how its enforcement office will handle Clean Water Act cases given the Supreme Court's recent ruling in Sackett v. EPA.  The request comes after the director of EPA's water enforcement said in a recent speech that the court's decision will have little effect on the agency and that, "internally, it's same old, same old." "It is very troubling that an EPA official with water… Continue Reading


May 31, 2012

Crapo Staff Holds Bilingual Office Hours in Homedale June 8th

Homedale - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, staff from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office will travel to Homedale Friday, June 8, 2012. Brian Raybon, Special Assistant to Senator Crapo, who is also fluent in Spanish, will be available at Homedale 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


May 29, 2012

Idaho Reporter: Crapo is still working with 'Gang of Five' on ending debt

By Brad Iverson-Long The "Gang of Six" may now be a "Gang of Five," but Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and four other U.S. senators of differing political stripes say they're still working out a plan for how to reduce the federal government's debt. Crapo and the other senators, who are keeping the specifics of their talks secret, spoke in Washington, D.C., this week at a fiscal summit discussing solutions to America's budget problems. The "Gang of Six" senators started talking after a deficit reductio… Continue Reading


May 25, 2012

Crapo Welcomes Summer Interns to D.C. Office

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomes students to his office each semester to serve internships in both Washington, D.C., and in his regional offices in Idaho.  The D.C. internship program provides students the opportunity to learn about Congress and the political process firsthand, while gaining valuable work experience and exploring possible career options.  Some of the activities interns assist with include working with staff members on legislative matters, assisting with cons… Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Senators Urge Better Access to Mexican Potato Market

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have joined a number of their colleagues in an effort to increase sales of U.S. potatoes to Mexico.  The Mexican market for potatoes from Idaho and other U.S. states is estimated to be worth about $30 million.  Mexico signed an accord in 2003, agreeing to lower import restrictions on potatoes from Idaho and other U.S. states.  Since the agreement was signed, however, the Mexican government has not fulfilled its commitment, citing concer… Continue Reading


May 16, 2012

Crapo Calls for Senate to Pass a Budget

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate has not passed a budget in three years, and even worse, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, is facing budget proposals from the President that could raise taxes by $2 trillion over the next decade, along with more than $1.2 trillion in spending increases, at a time when the nation is facing an almost $16 trillion national debt.  Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, told colleagues during a speech on the Senate floor that a bipartisan agreement is … Continue Reading


May 15, 2012

Crapo Staff Holds Bilingual Office Hours in Wilder May 22

Wilder - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, staff from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office will travel to Wilder Tuesday, May 22 nd.  Brian Raybon, special assistant to Senator Crapo, who is also fluent in Spanish, will be available at Wilder 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: T… Continue Reading


May 15, 2012

Crapo to Host iTownhall Meeting on May 23

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will host a statewide telephone iTownhall meeting on Wednesday, May 23, to listen to comments and concerns and answer questions from Idahoans.   A wide range of topics is expected to be discussed, but the focus of the iTownhall will be the budget deficit and economy.  "It has been more than three years since the United States Senate has submitted a budget-a record since Congress adopted budget process reforms in 1974," said Crapo.  "The nation's dire … Continue Reading


May 14, 2012

Crapo Office Travels to Cascade

Cascade - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, representatives from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office are increasing a rotation of remote office hours on behalf of the Senator across the state.  Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will travel to Valley County early next month to meet directly with Idahoans on behalf of the Senator.  The remote hours availability is scheduled for the Valley County Courthouse: Crapo Remote Off… Continue Reading


May 11, 2012

Crapo, Risch Push for County Payments

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have sent a letter to the Senate conferees of the transportation conference committee, urging them to keep the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and county payment programs in the final version of the legislation.  The letter, which was signed by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and 24 other senators, stresses the critical need the program fills for counties with large tracts of federal lands and that inaction may result in layoffs to teachers, r… Continue Reading


May 11, 2012

Crapo, Senators Hail Passage of Bill to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Members of the Civil Air Patrol

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced that the U.S. Senate has unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who provided, as civilian volunteers using their own aircraft, extraordinary public and combat emergency services during World War II.  The legislation, which currently has 85 cosponsors, was introduced last year by Crapo and Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Olympia J. Snowe… Continue Reading


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

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


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


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

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