News Releases

September 30, 2013

Crapo, Risch Join In Mourning Loss Of Cenarrusa

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch released the following statement after learning of the passing of long-time Idaho Secretary of State, Pete Cenarrusa: "The state of Idaho lost a dear friend yesterday with the passing of Pete Cenarrusa.  Pete had a unique capacity to lead people and institutions with good will, great humor and wise counsel.  Pete was a personal friend and advisor to both of us and we will forever remember the example he set for all public servants.  Pet… Continue Reading

September 30, 2013

Crapo Votes To Delay Obamacare One Year

Washington, D.C. - Today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted to protect a provision in the government funding continuing resolution (CR) that would fully delay Obamacare for one year.  Over the weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a CR with an amendment delaying Obamacare for one year and repealing the medical device tax, which a majority of Senators and Representatives have previously voted to remove.  Crapo commended the House for including the delay and called on the Majority Leade… Continue Reading

September 27, 2013

Crapo on FHA Taxpayer-Funded Bailout

Washington, D.C. - Responding to a notice from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today indicating that it will require a nearly $2 billion taxpayer-funded bailout this year, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement: "Today, the FHA informed me that it will require significant taxpayer assistance. Unfortunately, the announcement comes as no surprise and is unacceptable. This failure reinforces the ne… Continue Reading

September 27, 2013

Crapo And Risch Vote Against Obamacareâ??Again

Washington, D.C. - Today, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted against cloture on the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR), saying they disagree with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nevada) intended procedural motion to strike provisions defunding Obamacare from the bill.  Crapo and Risch signed a letter led by Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vowing to stop Obamacare from being funded.  "Before the enactment of Obamacare, I was deeply concerned about the dam… Continue Reading

September 27, 2013

Crapo Votes Against U.S. Senate Continuing Resolution

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, voted against final passage of the Senate Continuing Resolution (CR).  The vote was 54-44.  Following the vote, Crapo released the following statement. "The CR passed by the Senate today is the wrong approach to our fiscal situation, which continues to deteriorate," Crapo said.  "Passage of this CR allows federal funding to continue at levels that drive us ever deeper into debt.  Making this CR particular… Continue Reading

September 26, 2013

Crapo Welcomes Fall Interns To D.C. And Local Idaho Offices

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomes seven new interns to his local Idaho and Washington, D.C., offices to learn more about Congress, the federal government and the legislative process this fall.  Interns play a critical role in the Senator's offices, assisting staff with legislative research, constituent communications, administrative tasks and many other duties.  Washington, D.C., Office Erin Heuring recently graduated from the University of Idaho where she studied Engl… Continue Reading

September 26, 2013

County Payments Plan On Way to President's Desk

Washington, D.C. - Federal legislation that will send $270 million to rural counties to help offset tax-free federal land within their borders is on its way to the President's desk for signature.  The U.S. Senate today passed the county payments language as part of H.R. 527, the Helium Stewardship Act, which was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday.   The legislation calls for payments through the Secure Rural Schools program through Fiscal Year 2014.  It also benefits indus… Continue Reading

September 26, 2013

Crapo, CBO Agree Serious Debt Issues Ahead

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, in a letter today, along with other Republican colleagues on the committee, wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging him to disclose how long and how great of a debt limit increase the Obama administration is requesting from Congress.  The Senators further called on the administration to immediately launch discussions to combat the nation's long-term debt through concrete, structural entitlement… Continue Reading

September 19, 2013

Crapo, Risch Co-Sponsor Measure To Protect Idahoans Private Information

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are co-sponsoring a new bill introduced by the Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).  The Trust But Verify Act will prevent the implementation of health insurance exchanges established under Obamacare until the U.S. Government Accountability Office and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General can verify that the proper tools are in place to protect the private information of enrollees.  "Proper saf… Continue Reading

September 19, 2013

Crapo, Risch Support Helium Stewardship Act

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo today joined an overwhelming majority of their Senate colleagues in supporting the Helium Stewardship Act, authored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).  Risch, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, along with Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Murkowski, had approved the legislation at the committee level. The bill, which passed the full Senate on a 97-2 vote and now goes to the U.S. H… Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Senators Crapo, Warren Call For Energy Efficiency Study

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) introduced a bipartisan amendment directing the U.S. Department of Energy to quantify the cost savings from operational energy efficiency technologies in an effort to increase public and private use of these technologies without creating any new programs or increasing government spending.  The amendment is being offered as part of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness ("ESIC") Act, introduc… Continue Reading

September 17, 2013

Delegation Invites Air Force Chief Of Staff To Visit Idaho Military Installations

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador have invited the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark A. Welsh, III, to visit Idaho to experience the dedication of local service members and Idaho's world-class facilities by visiting the state's military installations at Gowen Field and Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB).  In the letter, Crapo, Risch, Simpson and Labrador write, "for almost 66 years, Air Force excellence has be… Continue Reading

September 12, 2013

Crapo To Hold Statewide Tele-Townhall Meeting

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who just returned to Washington, D.C., after traveling the state visiting with constituents, will hold his third tele-townhall of 2013 this coming Wednesday, September 18, beginning at 7:00 PM Mountain Time / 6:00 PM Pacific Time. Crapo invites all Idahoans to join him to discuss the many issues facing the nation.  Crapo will take questions and offer insights on items Congress must deal with this fall-including potential American military intervention… Continue Reading

September 12, 2013

Idaho Delegation Announces Service Academy Day

Washington, D.C. - Today the Idaho Congressional Delegation announced they will hold the 2013 Service Academy Day on Sat., Oct. 5 at Gowen Field, Boise.  The purpose of this event is to share information with prospective candidates and their parents about the congressional nomination process to our nation's service academies.    Registration for this event will take place at 1:00 p.m. and the program begins at 1:30. Speakers include: Idaho Cadets and Midshipmen, Academy Liaison Officers, Congr… Continue Reading

September 10, 2013

Crapo Responds To Presidential Address on Syria

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement after listening to President Barack Obama's prime time address to the nation on the subject of American military action in Syria and the possibility of an international agreement for Syria to surrender its remaining chemical weapons stockpiles to outside control.  "The United States should engage in military strikes against another nation only when our national security requires it, after other options have been ruled ou… Continue Reading

August 23, 2013

Crapo, Risch Invite Idaho Students To Apply For The United States Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its statewide selection process. Two high school students from each state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity will be selected as delegates to participate in the national program to learn more about the federal government.  Idaho students are invited to apply through October 25, 2013.  Selected delegates will travel to Was… Continue Reading

August 22, 2013

Crapo: Vietnam Vet's Recognition Long Overdue

Idaho Falls  - A 45-year wait for an Idaho veteran to be recognized for his bravery and service to country will come to an end Saturday as he receives the Purple Heart from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Jerry Blackburn, of Leadore, served with the U.S. Army for two years during the Vietnam conflict.  He was wounded while defending an officer's quarters in Saigon.   Specialist Blackburn served from 1966 to 1968.  During the "Tet Offensive," specifically the Battle of BOQ 3, Blackburn distinguished… Continue Reading

August 15, 2013

Wyden, Crapo, Risch Honor Firefighters; Call for Increased Commitment, Collaboration on Fire Policy

Boise - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) are visiting the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise Tuesday to thank firefighters for their extremely hard and dangerous work in yet another hazardous season for fighting wildfires. During the visit on Tuesday, the Senators will note that the country can do better in preventing catastrophic fires by using collaborative land management efforts and stronger proactive management on the nation's pu… Continue Reading

August 08, 2013

Greek Yogurt Program For Schools Detailed

Meridian - Idaho's participation in a historic change in the nation's school nutrition program will be discussed by federal, state, local and industry leaders during a news conference on Tuesday, August 13 th.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Meridian Joint School District No. 2 Superintendent Dr. Linda Clark, Chobani's Executive Vice President of Sales Kyle O'Brien, the United Dairymen of Idaho and Canyon County dairy producer Bernie Teunissen, am… Continue Reading

August 07, 2013

Crapo: Monitoring of Millions of Americans' Financial Accounts Raises Privacy Concerns

Boise  - Idahoans and Americans who hold credit card, debit card, checking, mortgage, loan and other financial accounts are subject to a new massive data collection effort being undertaken by a federal agency.  That is the message Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and members of a panel will be delivering next week during a news conference at the Idaho Statehouse. Crapo, the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, learned in recent months that the Consumer Financi… Continue Reading

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