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February 16, 2011

Crapo: Banking Regulators Sacrifice Quality and Fairness In Exchange For Speed

Washington, D.C. - The Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation approved last year by Congress needs careful congressional and public review to ensure it takes into consideration public comments and does not stifle economic recovery, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee today. Crapo, Ranking Member Richard Shelby and other Republicans on the committee are requesting that regulators implementing Dodd-Frank rulemakings allow for adequate time for mean… Continue Reading


February 15, 2011

Crapo: President's Budget Wrong To Ignore Recommendations Of His Own Fiscal Commission

Washington, D.C. - If today's Senate Budget Committee hearing is any indication, President Obama's Fiscal Year 2012 Budget proposal faces strong, bipartisan criticism for its failure to control deficit spending. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the committee, told Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jacob Lew today that cost-cutting measures proposed by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform should have been included in the President's budget proposal. Crapo,… Continue Reading


February 14, 2011

Crapo: President's Big Government, Big Debt Budget Out of Touch with American Priorities

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee and the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, released the following statement this morning regarding the President's Fiscal Year 2012 budget, which was delivered to Congress this morning. "The challenges facing our country are great, but there are none greater than the looming financial destruction that we are facing because of rampant federal spending and the seeming inability t… Continue Reading


February 04, 2011

Senators Move to Block Implementationof Obama Health Law Pending Lawsuit Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of the second consecutive federal court decision finding the individual mandate provision of the Obama health care law unconstitutional, a group of senators led by U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), are working to place a moratorium on any further implementation until there has been final judicial resolution in the pending lawsuits challenging the law. S.281, the Save our States Act, was introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and is cosponsored by Sen… Continue Reading


February 03, 2011

Flood Mapping Flaws Bring Broad Response

Washington, D.C. - Problems with the way the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducts federal flood mapping have resulted in a broad-based, bipartisan call for change that straddles state and federal jurisdictions. Twenty-seven members of the U.S. Senate, a considerable bipartisan group pointing out the importance of the issue, have joined with Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch in a letter to FEMA officials calling for changes in the way federal flood plain maps are drawn. Outda… Continue Reading


February 02, 2011

Crapo: Repeal Health Law, Reduce the Deficit

Washington, D.C. - The Senate missed an opportunity today to make a bold commitment to reducing the recently-announced $1.5 trillion national deficit in 2010 and the nation's skyrocketing national debt by repealing the massive health care reform law enacted last year, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. A member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over health care, Crapo today supported a move in the Senate to repeal the law and noted it would cost more than $2.5 trillion over t… Continue Reading


February 02, 2011

Military, Family, Business Relationship Encouraged in Bipartisan Bill

Washington, D.C. - New federal legislation to strengthen the relationships between military families and their employers has been introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota). The "Military Family-Friendly Award" is designed to encourage employers to create a work environment that is friendly to military families and recognize those that already make this effort. "Employers need to know that Congress encourages them to assist working spouses and caregivers of m… Continue Reading


February 01, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Payette, Weiser, Marsing, Murphy

Boise - In an effort to make it easier for Idahoans to reach out to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office, Crapo's staff is conducting more remote office hours across southwestern Idaho. Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will travel to a number of southwest Idaho counties on a rotating basis each month. This month, Ricker will be in Payette, Washington and Owyhee counties, and can assist Idahoans with any questions or problems related to federal agencies and federal programs. "The input of I… Continue Reading


January 31, 2011

D.C. Event Kicks Off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. - A Washington, D.C. school plans an assembly to note the dangers of teen dating violence, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and other advocates against violence hope it can serve as a model for other schools and student organizations around the nation. Crapo, a longtime advocate for increased awareness about violence against women and teens, will speak at the event. He sponsored federal legislation that first brought federal funding assistance to abuse victims in dating relationship… Continue Reading


January 27, 2011

Crapo Can Lead Debate on Deficit Reduction with Committee Assignments

Washington, DC - Because of his move up in seniority among committee members on both of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is in a key position to shape Congressional debate and action to reduce federal spending and the budget deficit. With committee assignments announced today for the 112th Congress, Crapo becomes the fourth-ranking Republican on the Budget Committee and fifth-ranking Republican on the Finance Committee. The increases are two spots and one spot, … Continue Reading


January 26, 2011

Senators Boxer and Crapo Introduce Legislation to Help Communities Investigate and Address Disease Clusters and Environmental Hazards

Washington, DC - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced legislation with Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) to help communities determine whether there is a connection between "clusters" of cancer, birth defects and other diseases, and contaminants in the surrounding environment. Senator Boxer said: "Whenever there is an unusual increase in disease within in a community, those families deserve to know that the federal government's top scientis… Continue Reading


January 25, 2011

Delegation Says Wild Lands Order Circumvents Public, Congress

Washington, DC - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation are alarmed by the recent decision of the U.S. Secretary of Interior to order a "new tier of public land protection" that may circumvent the public, stakeholders and Congress, and could damage collaborative land management. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador wrote Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today, asking him to further explain his Wild Lands directive, which was issued as an execu… Continue Reading


January 25, 2011

Crapo: "Big Thing" Should Lead To Smaller Federal Government

Washington, DC â?? Following President Obamaâ??s State of the Union address this evening, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released this statement:â??There is no question that the most critical priority for our country is to get our fiscal house in order. The crisis that grips our nation is strangling the economy and is working against job creation and economic recovery. Deficit and debt control is not only important to maintaining economic stability, but will also protect our children, grandchildren an… Continue Reading


January 21, 2011

Idaho Delegation: Softwood Ruling Positive Step For Restoring Trade Fairness

Washington, DC - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation say a ruling today by a London Court of International Arbitration could help Idaho and U.S. timber workers and industry through improving the fairness of the lumber market, impacted by Canada's unfair trade practices. The court ruled in favor of the U.S. over trade involving Canadian lumber originating in Quebec and Ontario. The Idaho Delegation and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) have also sought relief regarding below-market val… Continue Reading


January 21, 2011

Crapo: More Outreach, Education Needed on Teen Dating Violence

Washington, D.C. - Cases of teen dating violence throughout the country are unfortunately on the rise as one-third of teenagers have reported being physically, emotionally or verbal abused by a dating partner, according to a recent Liz Claiborne survey. In response to this alarming statistic, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is taking action by introducing a Senate resolution designating February 2011 as "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month." "Sadly, polls and statistics show… Continue Reading


January 14, 2011

Crapo Welcomes Interns to D.C. Office

Washington, D.C. - Three Idaho students and one student from Australia are getting a firsthand look at the workings of Congress and the federal government while serving Idahoans as interns for the spring semester in the Washington, D.C. office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. "As a former Capitol Hill intern, I recognize the immense value of internships in professional development and kindling interest in the political process and public service," said Crapo. "We are also grateful for the dedicat… Continue Reading


January 07, 2011

Idaho Students Receive Crapo's Nomination for Service Academies

Washington, DC - Nearly 50 Idaho students have received nominations from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in applying to enter United States military service academies during the coming year. Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives make annual nominations to four of the service academies. The academies then select from the students nominated. Crapo made nominations to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New… Continue Reading


January 05, 2011

Crapo Enters New Term With Focus on Jobs, Deficit

Washington, D.C. - Putting a focus on job creation and deficit reduction should top the list of priorities for new members of the 112th Congress, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo was sworn in today on Capitol Hill to serve his third term in the Senate. Crapo, who was escorted to the well of the Senate to take the oath by Idaho Senator Jim Risch, expects to increase his Senate seniority through influential positions on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget and Environment and Public Wor… Continue Reading


January 03, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Emmett, Cascade, Council

Boise - In an effort to make it easier for Idahoans to reach out to his office, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's staff will be conducting more remote office hours across southwestern Idaho.  Crapo's Caldwell office closed in December as part of a cost-saving measure, which now allows state staff to host additional locations for remote office hours. Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will travel to a number of southwest Idaho counties on a rotating basis each month. This month, Ricker will be in Ad… Continue Reading


December 21, 2010

Senators Seek Action on Wolf Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Noting substantial increases in wolf populations as states comply with federal recovery efforts, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch worked today to pass legislation in the U.S. Senate that would remove wolves from endangered species protection. The Idaho senators joined colleagues from Wyoming and Utah to offer the legislation for unanimous consent of the Senate; an objection by one Senator, Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), ended consideration of the bill, likely for the res… Continue Reading

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