News Releases

October 04, 2011

Senators: Dodd-Frank Rulemaking Hurts Main Street

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska), Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), ranking member of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, David Vitter (R-Louisiana), Patrick Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) today filed a Dodd-Frank amendment to S. 1619, the China Currency legislation.  Dodd-Frank gave the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) a mandate to w… Continue Reading

September 30, 2011

Idaho Students Serving in Crapo's State and D.C. Offices

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo offers internship opportunities to college students every year in both Washington, D.C., and in his regional offices in Idaho.  Internships provide students the ability to learn more about the political process and the federal government's activities while gaining experience in a competitive professional environment. Three Idaho students are now serving in Crapo's Washington, D.C., office and are learning the inner workings of Congress first-hand.  The … Continue Reading

September 29, 2011

Senators Introduce Bill to Provide Consistent Gun Rules for Federal Lands

Washington, DC - Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Webb (D-Virginia), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Jon Tester (D-Montana), Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) have introduced legislation to make firearm regulations consistent across all federal recreational lands by bringing Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) rules in line with those of other federal land management agencies.  During the last Congress, Crapo played a key role in overturning federal regulati… Continue Reading

September 28, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Emmett, New Meadows

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is visiting Southwestern Idaho cities next month as part of a regular rotation of remote office hours.  Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will be in Adams and Gem counties, and can assist Idahoans with any questions or problems related to federal agencies or with problems regarding federal programs. Crapo Remote Office Hours schedule: … Continue Reading

September 27, 2011

Senators to President: Don't Sidestep Congress on Immigration

Washington, D.C. - Recent immigration policies enacted by the Administration undermine the rule of law, say Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and a group of Republican senators in a letter to the President urging to remand the proposals.  The directives in question call for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to perform case-by-case reviews, focusing on criminals and public menaces, while closing the books on those not considered a threat.  Additionally, U.S. Immigration and Customs… Continue Reading

September 23, 2011

Crapo Given Lifetime Achievement Award for Work to Stop Domestic Violence

Washington, D.C. - A Washington, D.C.,-based advocacy group working to stop domestic violence against women and children has given Idaho Senator Mike Crapo its first-ever WEAVE Lifetime Commitment Award.  WEAVE is an acronym for the group, Washington Empowered Against Violence.  WEAVE provides legal and counseling services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault.  Last year, the group assisted 600 survivors of violent acts in the D.C. area. "While I am honored to rec… Continue Reading

September 22, 2011

CHARGE Act Empowers Northwest Companies to Create Jobs

Washington, DC - Bureaucracy and regulations can stifle job creation, and U.S. manufacturers need all the advantages they can get to compete in the worldwide field of manufacturing and technologies.  Today, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), introduced legislation that will update regulations and promote the sale and production of next generation vehicles.  The Changing How America Reduces Greenhouse Emissions, or CHARGE Act, … Continue Reading

September 22, 2011

Crapo Co-Sponsors Financial Regulatory Responsibility Act

Washington, DC - As a member of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is joining Ranking Republican Committee Member Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) to introduce the Financial Regulatory Responsibility Act of 2011.  The legislation holds financial regulators accountable for rigorous, consistent economic analysis on every new rule they propose.  It requires them to provide clear justification for the rules, and to determine the economic impacts of proposed rulemaki… Continue Reading

September 16, 2011

Crapo, Udall Introduce Bill to Level Playing Field for Advanced Biofuels

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)and Tom Udall (D-NM) recently introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate that would help level the playing field for advanced biofuels like algae by reforming the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) to make it more "technology neutral." The RFS includes a traditional ethanol standard of up to 15 billion gallons by 2015, originating mostly from corn feedstock, and a separate advanced biofuels standard, known as RFS2.  Currently, the lar… Continue Reading

September 16, 2011

Bipartisan Group of 34 Senators Supports and Encourages Super Committee to 'Go Big' on Deficits and Debt

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of 34 U.S. Senators announced today that they will encourage and support the members of the congressional "super committee" in efforts to seek the broadest possible bipartisan agreement to address the nation's deficits and debt. As part of the August compromise on raising the debt ceiling, a bipartisan, bicameral 12-member panel was appointed to identify $1.5 trillion in budget savings over ten years in addition to the nearly $1 trillion in savings included i… Continue Reading

September 14, 2011

Grizzly Legislation Protects Acts of Self-Defense

Washington, D.C. - Ambiguities in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) have prompted Idaho's Congressional Delegation to introduce legislation clarifying the rights of individuals to protect themselves and their loved ones from grizzly bear attacks.  Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressman Raúl Labrador say the legislation would amend the ESA to permit actions carried out against grizzly bears in self-defense situations. The Delegation members note that these proposed changes to… Continue Reading

September 08, 2011

Crapo: Ending Uncertainty Frees Up Private Sector to Create Jobs

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, released the following statement this evening regarding the President's address on jobs that was delivered to a joint session of Congress. "The President's announcement tonight was mostly temporary solutions that don't fundamentally reform our economic and fiscal policy.  What I hear from business and industry leaders is that we need to refrain from the almost-daily increase in regulations that job … Continue Reading

September 01, 2011

Idaho Senators Earn Top Marks From Conservative Groups

Washington, DC - Consistent votes to cut taxes, reduce spending and decrease intrusive federal government regulation have earned Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch top marks from Congressional watchdog groups for 2010.  The American Conservative Union (ACU), National Journal and Heritage Action for America have released reports to showcase who the top conservatives are in Congress, and who truly advances conservatism with their votes.     Senators Crapo and Risch earned outstanding scores … Continue Reading

August 29, 2011

Crapo Legislation Increases Education About Teen Dating Violence

Washington, DC - With incidents of dating violence in the news and on the increase, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is introducing federal legislation to boost education and awareness about teen dating violence in Idaho schools.  Crapo, along with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), has introduced the "SAFE Teen Act."  U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Dave Reichert (R-WA) have also introduced similar legislation in the House. About 72 percent of 8th and 9th graders report dating.  Of that num… Continue Reading

August 26, 2011

Crapo on Grizzly Bear Shooting

Washington, DC - The U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho recently filed federal criminal charges under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) against Jeremy Hill of Porthill, Idaho, for killing a grizzly bear on his property on May 8, 2011.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) which handles oversight of the ESA, says that Mr. Hill deserves swift and just treatment, and urges the federal government to show fairness and common sense when cons… Continue Reading

August 25, 2011

Crapo, Coalition Announce New Effort to Stop Teen Dating Violence

Boise - New federal legislation aimed at stopping teen dating violence will be announced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and others during an event on the Idaho Statehouse Steps Monday morning.  Crapo will also honor a Nampa woman Monday for her heroic actions that helped police apprehend an alleged child abuser after witnessing the incident in a thrift store.  … Continue Reading

August 23, 2011

Crapo To Receive 'Hometown Hero' Medal; Note Teen Dating Violence Efforts

Pocatello - Two Pocatello physicians plan to honor Idaho Senator Mike Crapo with a new "Hometown Hero" Medal during ceremonies Friday in Pocatello.  Doctors Naeem Rahim and Fahim Rahim, who have opened a world-class kidney treatment center in Pocatello, created the Idaho award after they were honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  That award is regarded as the third-highest civilian award in the nation.  The Rahim brothers are the first residents of Idaho to receive the Ellis Island Meda… Continue Reading

August 19, 2011

Clearwater Basin Collaborative Producing Proposals

Lewiston - Members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) work group will meet next week in Lapwai to consider proposals for land management projects aimed at improving habitat and forest health in central Idaho.  The citizen-led CBC was convened three years ago by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in an effort to find common ground on land and forest management projects that will enhance habitat for elk, fish and other species; improve forest health, prevent catastrophic fires and promote recreatio… Continue Reading

August 11, 2011

Crapo to Host Town Hall, Discuss Rural Economics During Magic Valley Visit

Twin Falls - Rural states like Idaho where agriculture contributes so much to the local economy are examining various scenarios for the recovery of jobs and businesses.  Some of those strategies will be on display Monday as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joins local business leaders, financial experts, elected leaders and others to host a rural economic roundtable sponsored in part by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. Crapo will also meet with Idahoans Monday evening when he hosts another in a s… Continue Reading

August 09, 2011

Crapo Meets With Idahoans at Town Hall Events

Idaho Falls - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is meeting with Idahoans during town hall events being held during the August state work period when Congress is out of formal session.  Crapo has been taking questions and meeting with Idahoans during the town hall events and at other chamber of commerce gatherings and public meetings around Idaho during August. Crapo enjoyed a well-attended town hall meeting yesterday with residents in Rigby and has had meetings today in Rexburg and Idaho Falls.  He is a… Continue Reading

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