News Releases

April 22, 2021

Crapo: We Can Work Together to Form an American Trade Policy to Confront China

Washington, D.C.--In his opening statement before today's Senate Finance Committee hearing on "U.S.-China Relations: Improving U.S. Competitiveness Through Trade," U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Committee, stressed the need for policies that reflect America's ingenuity and values to counter threats posed by China. "China is a potent challenge to the United States on several levels--economic, strategic and moral," Crapo said. "Republicans and Democrats can--and should… Continue Reading

April 22, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Wyden, Merkley Urge Biden Administration to Support Long-Term Stability for Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today asked the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to support long-term stability for the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program to ensure rural counties have the consistent funding needed for schools, road maintenance and other essential services. In a letter to OMB Acting Director Shalanda Young, the Senators requested that OMB include a permanent national endowment… Continue Reading

April 21, 2021

Bipartisan, Bicameral Leaders Reintroduce Future Logging Careers Act

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Representatives Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-Pennsylvania) to reintroduce the Future Logging Careers Act for the 117th Congress. This legislation would allow teenage members of logging families to gain experience in the logging trade under parental supervision so that they may carry on the family business. "In the logging industry, as in many oth… Continue Reading

April 19, 2021

Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined a coalition of Senators in introducing a resolution condemning a spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Crapo first spoke out against the recent horrific attacks on March 19. "The attacks over the last few months on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are horrific and reprehensible," Crapo said. "Idaho is home to the Minidoka National Historic site, one of the former World War II Japanese inter… Continue Reading

April 16, 2021

Idaho State Treasurer, Congressional Delegation Announce Secure Rural Schools Payments

BOISE--Members of Idaho's congressional delegation and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth say Idaho counties will receive a total of $19.2 million in payments this year under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. Under Idaho law, 30 percent of the SRS funding goes to counties to help with schools and the remaining 70 percent is earmarked for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. That means Idaho schools will receive roughly $5.7 million, and Idaho roads and other county projects wil… Continue Reading

April 16, 2021

Crapo, Colleagues Introduce Financial Institution Customer Protection Act

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a longtime opponent of Operation Choke Point, and former Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is taking additional steps to further his efforts to prohibit financial institutions from denying services to law-abiding businesses holding politically disfavored opinions. He joined U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in introducing the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act. The bill would prohibit federal regulators from arbitrarily forc… Continue Reading

April 14, 2021

Idaho Delegation Urges USDA to Distribute Timber Hauling Relief

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and U.S. Representatives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson (all R-Idaho) want quick action on assistance to the timber industry. The Idaho congressional delegation sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack urging him to quickly distribute $200 million in funding for the timber industry that was included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed in December. "Idaho… Continue Reading

April 13, 2021

Crapo, Cornyn, Colleagues Ask Biden to Fund Initiatives to Increase U.S. Semiconductor Production

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and a bipartisan, bicameral group of colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden requesting that he fund the initiatives to restore semiconductor manufacturing to American soil included in the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act that was signed into law in December as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. "We write today to enc… Continue Reading

April 09, 2021

Idaho Delegation Welcomes Withdrawal of Plans to Sell Seattle Archives Facility

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and U.S. Representatives Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson (all R-Idaho) issued the following joint statement after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that it would withdraw its January 24, 2020, approval of the sale of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility in Seattle: "The items at the Seattle Federal Records Center tell the great story of the state of Idaho, from the Tribes originally inhabiting… Continue Reading

April 01, 2021

Western Senators Introduce MORE PILT Act

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) in introducing the Making Obligations Right by Enlarging Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act, or MORE PILT Act. This bill would direct the Secretary of Interior to conduct a study on federal lands eligible for PILT payments to determine the actual property value of the land and the foregone property tax revenues that counties would have otherwise received. "PILT payments are critical to rur… Continue Reading

March 26, 2021

Crapo, Risch, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Highlighting Crisis at Southern Border

Washington, D.C.--Citing the recent influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) recently joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and 19 additional co-sponsors in introducing a Senate Resolution expressing a sense of the Senate that the situation at the southern border constitutes a crisis. "President Biden used his first day in office to terminate the national emergency on the border, undoing a number of efforts by the Trump Administrati… Continue Reading

March 26, 2021

Crapo, Risch Introduce Bill to Delist Grizzly Bears

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho), joined U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) and colleagues in introducing the Grizzly Bear State Management Act. This bill would remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the endangered species list and shift management to the states. "Idaho's local wildlife managers have a history of successful species management practices based on sound science and collaborative efforts among federal, sta… Continue Reading

March 25, 2021

Crapo Joins Bipartisan Group to Make Case for Comprehensive Diplomatic Approach Toward Iran

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina); and a group of 39 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden outlining the pillars of a comprehensive diplomatic Iran strategy that will garner bipartisan support in Congress. "While we may hav… Continue Reading

March 24, 2021

Crapo, Colleagues Reintroduce Federal Agency Accountability Legislation

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) has again joined Senators Rick Scott (R-Florida), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Braun (R-Indiana) and Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) to reintroduce S.925, the Federal Agency Sunset Commission Act, to help streamline operations and identify inefficiencies of bloated federal agencies in order to reduce waste and save taxpayer dollars. The legislation would create a review process to routinely evaluate the efficiency of federal agencies, justify thei… Continue Reading

March 19, 2021

Crapo, Bennet Applaud House Passage of Bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) released the following joint statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act by a vote of 247-174. Crapo and Bennet will introduce companion legislation in the U.S. Senate. "We applaud our colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives -- on both sides of the aisle -- for their work on this crucial legislation to make much-needed reforms to our immigrat… Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect Private Water Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), in introducing S. 855., the Water Rights Protection Act. This legislation will protect privately-owned waters from being seized by the federal government. "The federal government has a long history of attempting to seize control of private water rights, undermining state water laws throughout the We… Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

Idaho Senators Question Legality of Border Wall Funding Freeze Amid Escalating Crisis

Washington, D.C.--Amid the rapidly escalating crisis along the southern border, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) and 37 of their Senate colleagues to send a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighting the Administration's suspension of border wall funding and construction without lawful justification, as required by the Impoundment Control Act. "On January 20th, in one of the first official acts of his pre… Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

Crapo, Risch Welcome Idaho Delegates for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) welcomed Idaho's delegates to the 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) held March 14-17, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Jacob Ross Flick, of Gooding, and Adam Nicholas Jones, of Boise, were selected from among the state's top student leaders to participate in the 104 national student delegation. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 program will be the program's first-ever fully virtual Washington Week, and is designe… Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Crapo Joins Bipartisan Bill to Boost R&D Grants

Washington, D.C.--Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) to reintroduce bipartisan legislation to improve underserved states' ability to successfully compete for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. The FAST Fix Act will reform the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program to encourage federal research and development grants to be awarded to sm… Continue Reading

March 16, 2021

Crapo, Bennet Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Streamline Access to Resources for Veterans

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) have reintroduced the Helping Unleash Benefits and Services (HUBS) for Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to support local "network hubs," which streamline access to essential resources for veterans, servicemembers and their families. "Navigating a number of streams of information to gain access to the resources they need can be a daunting and time-consuming task for many servicemembers transitioning from t… Continue Reading

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