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July 22, 2011

Crapo, Risch Denounce Senate Vote to Kill Balanced Budget

Washington, D.C.   - A decision today by the U.S. Senate to reject legislation calling for a balanced federal budget is a setback for the nation and our economy, said Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.  Both senators co-sponsored and voted in favor of the legislation requiring a balanced budget vote as a condition of raising the nation's debt ceiling.  The Senate tabled the Cut, Cap and Balance legislation on a mostly party-line vote of 51 to 46, meaning the Senate will not be allowed by t… Continue Reading

July 22, 2011

Crapo: Reductions in Taxes and Spending Are Key to Bipartisan Agreement on Deficit

Washington, D.C.   - A bipartisan agreement announced this week by six U.S. Senators to cut the nation's deficit by about $4 trillion over ten years also provides a historic opportunity to reform the tax code to make it fairer and flatter, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Crapo is a member of the Senate bipartisan group, dubbed the "Gang of Six" that has worked for months on a bipartisan agreement on spending reductions and tax reform that could win wide support in Congress.  He is also a… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

Former Idahoan Nominated To Head The Marines

Washington, D.C. - A former Idahoan and graduate of the University of Idaho has been nominated to head the U.S. Marine Corps. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo confirmed today that General Jim Amos has been nominated by Defense Secretary Robert Gates as the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps. University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis said General Amos earned an undergraduate degree in finance/business and economics from the University of Idaho in 1970. "General Amos is an outstanding Idahoan, and… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

The Wall Street Journal: The Gang of Six Play

The Wall Street Journal; July 21, 2011 The Gang of Six Play A conceptual breakthrough that has too few details. Grand bipartisan budget deals are one of the great come-ons of Washington politics. They rarely work out, and when they do they usually benefit only the political class. The latest offer from the so-called Gang of Six Senators might be an exception, if-and this is a big if-its inviting generalities can be matched by useful details. The budget outline-that's all it is so… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

The Hill's Congress Blog: A tax reform too good to pass up

By David M. Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell - 07/20/11 11:07 AM ET The proposal by the Gang of Six makes many important contributions to the ongoing discussions about how to fix the budget situation, starting with the fact that they have demonstrated that there is broad, bipartisan support for a serious, comprehensive plan to deal with our nation's debt. But perhaps the most significant contribution is their tax reform plan, which is breathtaking in its boldness and has the potential to unl… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

Crapo, Risch Welcome Cut, Cap and Balance Vote

Washington, D.C.   - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both co-sponsors of the Cut, Cap, and Balance legislation, said they will support the legislation when it comes before the U.S. Senate.  "We are borrowing $4 billion every day to pay down the debt and 40-cents of every dollar that is spent by Congress goes to paying down the debt," Crapo said.  "It is high time we join with the House and approve a plan that cuts the deficit, reduces spending and applies a permanent solution to defici… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

Atlanta Journal Constitution: 'Gang of Six' deficit plan is right course

  By Marty Flanagan    7:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2011   As a global asset manager, Invesco is closely monitoring both the U.S. and international implications of raising the U.S. debt ceiling by Aug. 2, and addressing the fiscal deficit in the short term. How Congress and the White House resolve this impasse will have significant long-term consequences for the economy, employment, the markets and investors around the globe. The world is watching. Our leaders need to lead and … Continue Reading

July 18, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Cascade, Council

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is increasing its travel to Southwestern Idaho cities.  Crapo's staff has begun a regular rotation of remote office hours on behalf of the Senator across the southwest part of the state.  Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will travel to a number of southwest cities and counties on a rotating basis each month.  Later this month and next, Ricker will be in A… Continue Reading

July 14, 2011

Senators Introduce Forest Management Legislation

Washington, DC - A recent decision by the U.S. 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals will subject logging roads in public and private forests to some of the most stringent environmental protection laws in the United States.   In response, Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska), today introduced legislation--entitled the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act--that will overturn that decision and return to the model of logging road management… Continue Reading

July 13, 2011

Crapo Postpones Town Hall Meeting Tonight

Washington, DC - Due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict regarding his work on the nation's debt and deficit crisis, Senator Mike Crapo is regrettably cancelling his iTownhall forum scheduled for tonight, July 13 th,  at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time/6:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  Crapo said the town hall meeting will be rescheduled at a time in the near future. As Congress and the President work around the clock toward an agreement on an increase to the debt ceiling and other fiscal issues, Senator Cra… Continue Reading

July 06, 2011

Crapo to Discuss the Federal Debt and Deficit

Washington, DC - With critical votes on the federal debt and deficit crisis approaching in the Senate, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss the federal budget, deficit spending and related issues with Idahoans during a telephone town hall event.  Crapo invites interested constituents to make arrangements to participate in his iTownhall meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time/6:00 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, July 13.  To sign up for the iTownhall meeting, please visit Senator Crapo's we… Continue Reading

June 29, 2011

Crapo, Risch Support Balanced Budget Amendment

Washington, D.C.   - The time to balance the federal budget by reducing spending is now, and Congress has no leeway left to deal with the issue.  That's the message sent today by 47 members of the U.S. Senate, including Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, who support a new Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  A procedure was put into effect today by the Senate that will force a vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment, at a time when Congress debates ways to avoid a budget and … Continue Reading

June 20, 2011

Senators: Agency Holding Up Renewable Energy

Washington, D.C.  - A bipartisan group of 21 U.S. Senators say that the Department of the Interior (DOI) is curtailing renewable energy development and job creation by adding unnecessary obstacles to the permitting process.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley authored the letter, which was signed by Idaho Senator Jim Risch and 18 additional senators from both parties and from across the country.  The letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar claims that DOI ignored the profe… Continue Reading

June 16, 2011

Crapo, Shelby Concerned by IG Reports on Dodd-Frank Implementation

On May 4, 2011, the ten Republican Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs sent a letter to the Inspectors General of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Board (Fed), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC, Treasury), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asking each of them to conduct a review of the economic analysis performed by the regulatory agency un… Continue Reading

June 14, 2011

Senators Introduce Legislation to Reduce Onerous Government Regulations on Job Creators

 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), with Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Pat Toomey (R-PA),today introduced a bill to reduce excessive unfunded government mandates on job creators, giving them greater freedom to invest in their companies and hire new workers. "At a time when American employers are struggling to expand and grow jobs, the federal government should not be imposing unnecessary costs on the … Continue Reading

June 09, 2011

Clearwater Basin Collaborative Projects Funded

 Washington, D.C.   -  Members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo say forest health, habitat, recreation and the economy will all benefit from the collaborative process that has led to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Servicecontributing $3.4 million for on-the-ground projects in Idaho recommended by the Collaborative.  The Forest Service, which contributed $1 million last year, has indicated it will continue and increase funding under the Collabora… Continue Reading

June 08, 2011

N.W. Senators Support Geothermal Changes

Washington, D.C . - With one of the biggest barriers to geothermal energy production being the risky and inefficient process of searching for "hot spots" capable of producing recoverable energy, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has introduced legislation to make it easier for developers to lease federal land adjacent to proven geothermal "hot spots." Geothermal energy is a sustainable energy resource that captures natural heat from the Earth to create electricity. Sponsored by U.S. Se… Continue Reading

June 01, 2011

Crapo Welcomes Summer Interns

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is welcoming Idaho college students to serve internships in his Washington, D.C. office and state offices this summer.  In order to learn more about government and politics, the students will be assisting with constituent correspondence, legislative duties, office administrative tasks and other responsibilities.  Four Idaho students are now serving in Crapo's Washington, D.C. office: Samantha Storms, born and raised in Idaho Falls, is a junior at the U… Continue Reading

May 31, 2011

Crapo Office Taking Public Comment in Nampa, Glenns Ferry, Horseshoe Bend

Boise - To hear public comment relating to proposed changes at Lake Lowell and the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and other issues, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is holding remote office hours this week in Southwestern Idaho cities.  Crapo's staff has begun a regular rotation of remote office hours across the southwest part of the state.  Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will travel to a number of southwest cities and counties on a rotating basis each month.  This month, Ricker wi… Continue Reading

May 27, 2011

Delegation Welcomes INL Cleanup Announcement

Washington, D.C.    Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation said today they appreciate the announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that today named the Idaho Treatment Group (ITG) as the recipient of a $417 million contract to process and dispose of approximately 26,500 cubic meters of transuranic and mixed low-level waste that is stored in Idaho and will be bound forstorage in New Mexico.  The contract runs through 2015 and will likely continue employment for 800 workers in Sou… Continue Reading

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