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January 25, 2013

Crapo: Nation Needs More Leaders Like Chambliss

"Saxby represents a rare breed in a divided Congress.  He works tirelessly to solve some of our nation's most challenging issues and has continually taken bold stands to forge real solutions to our nation's biggest problems.  The epitome of a strong leader, he has the incredible ability to bring people together on a bipartisan basis in a highly-politicized environment to find real solutions to the issues affecting all Americans.  He is well-respected by his colleagues and fights hard not only fo… Continue Reading

January 24, 2013

Crapo Statement on Cordray Nomination

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, expected ranking Republican on the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, made the following statement after President Obama's announcement that he will re-nominate Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "Today's decision to re-nominate Richard Cordray to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after using an unconstitutional recess appointment is premature, given the outstanding concerns ab… Continue Reading

January 23, 2013

Crapo, Leahy Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize the Landmark Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Tuesday-the first day that bills can be introduced in the Senate in the new 113th Congress- and called for the Senate to take up the measure without delay. The bill, which reauthorizes the landmark Violence Against Women Act that was enacted more than 20 years ago, strengthens and improves existing programs that ass… Continue Reading

January 17, 2013

Crapo, Risch and Simpson Ask for Greek Yogurt Inclusion

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize Greek yogurt under their MyPlate nutrition guidelines.  In a letter to Secretary Vilsack, they point out that Greek yogurt has twice the protein and more calcium than regular yogurt, and is low in fat. Besides recognizing Greek yogurt in MyPlate nutrition guides, which is part of the USDA food guidance system, the group also requested a pilot … Continue Reading

January 16, 2013

Crapo: Increased Gun Control Not the Answer

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Obama administration unveiled a set of new gun proposals, including a ban on so-called assault weapons, universal background checks and limits on the number of bullets in gun magazines.  The sweeping proposals include 23 separate executive actions that the administration asserts it can take, absent Congressional action, in an attempt to limit gun violence.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement in response: "The President's proposal on gu… Continue Reading

January 08, 2013

Crapo Expected to be Ranking Member on Banking Committee, Named Chief Deputy Whip

Washington, D.C.  - When the Senate Republican Conference meets later this month, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is expected to become the Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in the 113 th Congress.  Crapo, who wrapped up work with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate Republican Committee on Committees, will retain his committee assignments from the last Congress.  His seniority means he moves up to the top Republican on the Banking Committee an… Continue Reading

January 01, 2013

Idaho Senators Comment on Fiscal Cliff Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch issued this joint statement after voting to support compromise "fiscal cliff" legislation that passed the U.S. Senate by an 89 to 8 vote.   "The compromise that we supported protects 99-percent of all Idahoans from a tax increase and also protects the vast majority of our farm families from a permanent tax increase.  This is a victory for working Idahoans, but we must now be very aggressive in finding appropriate spending reduction… Continue Reading

December 20, 2012

Crapo Announces 2012 Idaho Military Academy Nominations

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced his nominations of58 Idaho students to military service academies for the freshman class entering in 2013.  The students' applications are now being considered by four of the U.S. service academies, where final selections will be made.   "These Idaho students represent our best and brightest, headed not only for a superior education at our service academies, but in many cases, years of service to protect the freedoms we hold dear," Crapo said… Continue Reading

November 27, 2012

Idaho Delegation Comments on Final Critical Habitat Designation for the Southern Selkirk Mountains Population of Woodland Caribou

Washington, D.C.- Idaho's Congressional Delegation has released statements in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's final critical habitat designation for the southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating 30,010 acres in Idaho's Boundary County and Washington's Pend Oreille County as critical habitat. This final designation modifies the 2011 proposed rule which proposed to designate 375,552 acres as critical habitat i… Continue Reading

November 19, 2012

U.S. Flag Part of 120-Year Celebration in Canyon County

Caldwell  - Canyon County Commissioners have found an innovative way to mark the county's 120-year anniversary, all while keeping the event on the minds of county residents throughout the year.    Commissioners David Ferdinand, Kathy Alder and Steven Rule coordinated with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to have a U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in honor of Canyon County's anniversary.  The flag, now in Idaho, has been flown throughout the year at a number of county… Continue Reading

November 09, 2012

Idaho Delegation Taking Requests for Tickets to 57th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony

Washington, D.C. - The Idaho congressional delegation is joining together for inauguration ticket distribution to maximize accessibility to the 57 th Presidential Inauguration for Idahoans.  Members of Congress are provided with a limited number of tickets to the official Presidential inauguration ceremony.  In 2013, the inauguration ceremony will take place on Monday, January 21.   In order to reduce duplicate requests, the Idaho congressional delegation will be taking requests at a single we… Continue Reading

November 09, 2012

Veterans, Volunteers, Honored with Crapo's Spirit of Freedom Award

Washington, DC - Eleven Idaho veterans and six volunteers serving Idaho vets will be honored Sunday and Monday with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Spirit of Freedom Award.  Crapo created the Spirit of Freedom Award to acknowledge the contributions, patriotism, service and sacrifice of Idaho's veterans and service-oriented volunteer leaders.  He has worked with Idaho's veterans community to present the awards during Veterans Day ceremonies in Idaho.   There are four ceremonies planned this year… Continue Reading

November 07, 2012

Crapo Says Congress, President Must Work Hard to Address Debt Crisis

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today offered his congratulations to Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Raùl Labrador on their election victories, noting that although the election is over, there is a phenomenal amount of work to be done on Capitol Hill to address the nation's fiscal crisis.    "The challenges that we face are no less significant now that the election is over and President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have been re-elected," Crapo said.  "Congress is confront… Continue Reading

November 02, 2012

Crapo to Discuss Fiscal Cliff, Pending Tax Increases in Tele-Townhall Meeting

Washington, D.C. - Just one week after the general election, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will host a tele-townhall meeting to discuss the pending fiscal cliff and related issues in the upcoming lame duck session and what Congress must do to avoid massive tax increases tied to sequestration legislation.  The teleforum will take place on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 PM Mountain Time/6:00 PM Pacific.  Although Congress is currently not in session, Crapo has been working round the clock in Idaho an… Continue Reading

October 24, 2012

Crapo Recognized for Providing Work-Life Flexibility

Washington, D.C. - Today, the nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation and the Society for Human Resource Management issued a new report, "Life in Congress: Aligning Work and Life in the U.S. House and Senate."  The report surveyed 1,400 congressional staff, focusing on work-life issues and the struggles in managing the multiple demands of work, family and personal responsibility.  While the findings of the report show that a majority of Congressional staff is dissatisfied with work-life … Continue Reading

October 11, 2012

Crapo Staff Visits Campuses to Provide Internship Information

Washington, D.C. - Each semester, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hosts students from many universities to participate in congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., and Idaho regional offices.  During the week of October 22, representatives from Senator Crapo's office will be on hand at the University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University to provide information and assistance regarding the application process.  Interns generally work with staff members on legislative issu… Continue Reading

September 28, 2012

Idaho Delegation to Host Annual Academy Day

Boise, ID - Each year, elected officials have the honor of nominating deserving young women and men to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy.  Academy Day, hosted by the Idaho Congressional Delegation, is an annual event held to provide students, parents and counselors the opportunity to learn more about each Academy and receive information on how to obtain a congressional nomination.  This year, Academy Day will be held in… Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Crapo, Hagan Introduce Bill to Assist Farmers, Water Users

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced legislation yesterday that would eliminate a costly and redundant EPA regulation on pesticides.  A bipartisan group of senators co-sponsored the Restoring Effective Environmental Protection (REEP) Act, including:  Senators Inhofe (R-OK), McCaskill (D-MO), Barrasso (R-WY), Carper (D-DE), Coons (D-DE), Risch (R-ID), Landrieu (D-LA), Vitter (R-LA), Pryor (D-AR), and Conrad (D-ND). "The EPA's own cost analysis has es… Continue Reading

September 19, 2012

Senators Introduce Legislation Requiring CFPB to Conduct Small Business Panel on Mortgage Rule

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), along with Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), today introduced legislation, S. 3571, that requires the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to conduct a small business panel on the Qualified Mortgage rule before it can go forward with a final rule. Section 1100G of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the CFPB to conduct a small business review panel before it proposes a regulation.  This panel would meet wi… Continue Reading

September 07, 2012

Crapo Sets Statewide i-Townhall Meeting for September

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has set a statewide telephone i-Townhall meeting for Wednesday, September 14 th, and is encouraging Idahoans to participate.  "Many Idahoans could not attend the various town hall meetings I was able to hold in the state during the August work period and the iTownhall allows Idahoans from all parts of the state to participate via their telephone," Crapo said.  "The debt crisis remains our focus in Washington and I appreciate the input from Idahoans on h… Continue Reading

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