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January 16, 2019

Idaho National Laboratory to benefit from Nuclear Innovation Legislation Signed Into Law by President

President Trump signed into law S.512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, or NEIMA. Championed by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, the legislation will make needed reforms to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and require the commission to establish a licensing framework for next-generation advanced reactors. "The research being completed at Idaho National Lab to develop modern, clean and efficient energy contributes immensely to our nation's domestic energy por… Continue Reading


January 11, 2019

Crapo, Risch Seek Third Federal Judge for Idaho

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have introduced legislation, S.103, to establish an additional federal district judgeship in Idaho for the first time in more than sixty years. Idaho is one of only three states (North Dakota and Vermont are the others) with only two authorized judge seats for the entire state. In contrast, the Central District of California and the Southern District of New York each have 28 authorized judgeships. If passed, the Crapo-Risch legislatio… Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Crapo Announces Committee Assignments for the 116th Congress

Washington, D.C. - As the newly-reelected Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will maintain the bipartisan push he began in the previous Congress into the 116th Congress. As head of the Committee, Crapo will play a crucial role in ensuring Idahoans can bank with confidence, protect their investments for retirement and other purposes, maintain access to financial services and products, and prevent unwarranted data collection by both gover… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Legislation Promoting Nuclear Innovation and Advanced Reactor Licensing Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation championed by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch to bring into wide use newer, more efficient energy reactors cleared the United States Senate today by a voice vote. The bill, S. 512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA), will support development of and innovation in new, advanced nuclear reactor technology that is being conducted at the Idaho National Laboratory as well as other national laboratories across the nation. NEIMA will pro… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Crapo, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Provide Much-Needed Certainty for Secure Rural Schools Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today introduced legislation to provide much-needed financial certainty for rural counties to ensure they have the long-term funding needed for schools, road maintenance, law enforcement and other essential services. Video of Senator Crapo's remarks can be viewed here online or by clicking the image above. The bipartisan Forest Management for Rural Stability Act makes the Secure Rural Schools program-which expired a… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Crapo, Risch Support Bipartisan Farm Bill, Which Provides Market Access for Idaho Agriculture

WASHINGTON - Idaho's agricultural producers will have streamlined access to growing foreign markets thanks to the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, known simply as the Farm Bill. Supported by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch the Farm Bill also includes provisions that provide resources to collaborative forest management and support for Idaho's timber industry. Thanks to bipartisan collaboration, the timely reauthorization of the Farm Bill will provide the certainty agr… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Idaho Senators Applaud WOTUS Regulatory Roll-Back

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo today applauded the Trump Administration's move to relieve Idaho's farmers and ranchers of the regulatory burden created by Waters of the United States (WOTUS), an overreaching Obama Administration rule that defined all bodies of water, including ephemeral streams created by rainfall, as subject to federal government regulation. "President Trump's new Waters of the United States definition is a significant and necessary improvem… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Crapo Recognized By Veterans of Foreign Wars

LEWISTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3913 of Kendrick, Idaho, yesterday presented Idaho Senator Mike Crapo with an award for "Meritorious and Distinguished Service in Furthering the Aims and Ideals of the VFW." "I am grateful to VFW Post 3913 for having received this high honor," said Crapo. "I work closely with Idaho's VFW leaders in Post 3913 and across the state to receive direct input on veterans-related legislation and feedback on local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) s… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Crapo Statement at Securities & Exchange Commission Oversight Hearing

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, delivered the following remarks at on oversight hearing with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton. The text of Chairman Crapo's remarks, as prepared, is below. "Today we will receive testimony from Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton regarding the work and agenda of the SEC. "Your appearance before the committee is essential to our ove… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Bipartisan Bill to Protect Endangered Salmon and Steelhead Passes Senate Without Objection

Washington, D.C. - Critical, bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to protect Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed salmon and steelhead from extinction has passed the Senate without objection. The entire Northwest Senate delegation, including U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) have cosponsored S.3119, the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, emphasizing how critical this legislatio… Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

Crapo, Wyden Lead Bipartisan Call to Reauthorize Secure Rural Schools Funding in Year End Legislation

Citing the importance of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today led a bipartisan call with 23 of their Senate colleagues calling for a one-year reauthorization of the program in any year-end funding measures. "Over the last nearly two decades, SRS has been a critical lifeline for over 775 counties in over 40 states across the country by helping fund more than 4,400 schools, road maintenance, law enforcement, and search and rescue ope… Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

McConnell Again Selects Crapo to Lead Committee on Committees

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has once again selected Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) to chair the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for committee assignments for the 116th Congress. This is the eighth consecutive congressional two-year term that Senate leadership has asked Crapo to chair negotiations among his Republican peers in the Senate. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will be assisting in the committee selection process in the 116th Congress as he… Continue Reading


November 19, 2018

Crapo, Wyden, Risch, Merkley, Urge Re-authorization of Rural Resource Advisory Committees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today urged federal officials to reauthorize citizen committees that provide key advice for important natural resources work in national forests. The senators' bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeks prompt reauthorization of the national Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) charter under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS). "Reauthori… Continue Reading


November 16, 2018

Crapo, Wyden Introduce Secure Rural Schools Extension

Legislation to extend the Secure Rural Schools program by one year, through Fiscal Year 2019, has been introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon). The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) was first introduced in 2000 to assist counties containing tracts of federally-owned land that is tax-exempt. Critical services at the county level have historically been funded in part with a 25 percent share of timber receipts from federal lands. As th… Continue Reading


November 09, 2018

Crapo Honors 16 Idaho Veterans & Volunteers With Spirit of Freedom Award

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced 16 Idahoans will be recognized with the 2018 Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award. Individuals are nominated by veterans' organizations for serving our nation and military veterans across Idaho for this annual award. The award, began by Crapo in 2002, is a small way to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of Idaho's veterans and volunteers to the wider Idaho veterans' community. Each Spirit of Freedom Award recipient wil… Continue Reading


November 07, 2018

Crapo Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today issued the statement below following the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "Jeff Sessions was my colleague for many years in the Senate. He is a man of deep integrity whom I have trusted, and he has devoted his career to serving our country. I supported his nomination to serve as Attorney General and he has focused on executing the laws of our nation without regard to political influence. He still has my full support as he e… Continue Reading


November 02, 2018

Crapo, Little to Highlight New Job, Education Opportunities with Idaho Veterans Coalition

A new coalition in Idaho, the Veterans Education and Workforce Development Coalition, is working to increase opportunities for jobs and education for veterans in the state. On Monday, November 5, in the Office of Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho Lt. Governor Brad Little will join state leaders to mark the partnership and accomplishments of the Veterans Education and Workforce Development Coalition. Crapo has sponsored two federal, bipartisan bills in the… Continue Reading


November 02, 2018

Crapo, Wyden Lead Senators in Calling for Additional Funding to Ensure Effective Responses to Massive Wildfires

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in requesting funding to modernize firefighting assets so the U.S. Forest Service can more effectively respond, in a cost-effective manner, to devastating wildfires. The senators, in letters to Senate Committee on Appropriations leadership and the U.S. Forest Service, highlight the need for a modern, highly capable large air tanker and water-scooper fleet-proven to be one of the most effe… Continue Reading


October 24, 2018

Crapo Chairs Hearing for Ninth Circuit Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is the largest in the nation with jurisdiction over nine states and two territorial courts. With the State of Idaho as part of that circuit, its judges have influence over Western issues that affect Idahoans. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today chaired a hearing on a slate of nominees, including two selected to serve as judges on the Ninth Circuit. "Since the Ninth Circuit was established in 1890, … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Crapo, Rubio, Shaheen Hizballah Sanctions Bill Heads to President's Desk

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act, authored bySenate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), , and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY). The bill now heads to the President to be signed into law. The bill strengthens and expands the scope of economic and financial … Continue Reading

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