News Releases

June 08, 2010

Delegation, Mayor Announce TRACON Will Stay

Washington, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation and Boise Mayor David Bieter announced today that the Boise Airport will retain the TRACON radar control system. During personal telephone calls today to Delegation Members and the Mayor, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the department is dropping plans to co-locate the Boise TRACON with Salt Lake City. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had wanted to move the Boise system because of alleged cost savings, but t… Continue Reading


June 07, 2010

Senators: Potatoes Should Be In Federal Program

Washington, D.C. - A popular federal nutrition program does not offer white potatoes to women, infants and children, and Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch want that changed. The Idahoans are part of a bipartisan group of 19 Senators who have written U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking him to include potatoes with other fruits and vegetables offered as part of the federal government's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. The WIC Program makes qualifying foods available for … Continue Reading


June 02, 2010

Crapo Welcomes Summer Interns To D.C.

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomes four Idaho students to Washington, D.C. as they begin serving summer internships on Capitol Hill. • Susan Duff is from Blackfoot and a 2009 graduate of Snake River High School. She is a sophomore at Brigham Young University, studying business management and veterinary science and plans to graduate in 2013. • Caitlin Fuller hails from Coeur d'Alene and is a 2007 graduate of Coeur d'Alene High School. She is a senior at Boise State Univers… Continue Reading


May 28, 2010

Republican Senators Call For Transparency, Accountability In Financial Reform Conference

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Judd Gregg (R-NH), the Republican Senate conferees on financial reform, today sent a letter to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) calling for transparency, accountability, and fairness in the upcoming conference committee proceedings. The Senators urged Dodd and Frank to adopt the follo… Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

Collaborative Marks Anniversary With MOU, Funding Announcement

Lewiston - The Clearwater Basin Collaborative, convened by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in 2008, celebrated its second anniversary today in Lewiston with a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) and the potential to create more than 350 jobs with up to $80 million in funding. The co-chairs and members of the project approved the MOU to work with the U.S. Forest Service on specific projects involved with the collaborative. The Idaho project seeks consensus to manage public lands in the Clearwater Basi… Continue Reading


May 25, 2010

Crapo Named To Conference Committee On Financial Reform

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been named as one of twelve members of the U.S. Senate who will serve on a conference committee on the recently-passed financial regulatory reform bill. Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, will be part of the bipartisan group attempting to work out differences between the financial reform bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate earlier this year. "As a conferee, I am hopeful that we can find common grou… Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

Crapo To Keynote Relay For Life, Discuss Biomass

Washington, D.C. - Promoting health awareness and early testing has always been a high priority for Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, and he will share his personal story as a cancer survivor during opening ceremonies this Friday for the Kootenai County Relay for Life. The Relay is the largest annual event held by the American Cancer Society in north Idaho. Crapo will join area mayors and leaders during the opening ceremonies and discuss his personal triumph over prostate cancer and his advocacy for ear… Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

Clearwater Basin Collaborative Announcement Planned Monday

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join U.S. Forest Service Supervisor Rick Brazell, the co-chairmen and members of the Collaborative Work Group, Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Fish and Game, local county commissioners, sportsmen, conservationists and others on Monday for an important announcement concerning the Clearwater Basin Collaborative. The announcement concerns plans for the project that could present significant and long-term economic and environmental benefits for people and wild… Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

Delegation Welcomes New Doe-Idaho Manager

Washington, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation are welcoming the new manager for the Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office. Rick Provencher will become DOE-Idaho Manager next week, succeeding interim manager Dennis Miotla. Provencher is the former manager of the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho National Laboratory. "Having someone with Rick Provencher's previous experience on the Idaho Cleanup Project since 2004 means he already knows Idaho and the INL along with ou… Continue Reading


May 14, 2010

Crapo, Risch, Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Bill To Continue Water Research At Land Grant Colleges

Washington, DC - In a bipartisan effort to protect our nation's water supply, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), ranking member of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, along with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and James Risch (R-ID), have introduced a bill to continue funding for land grant universities in every state to research best methods for improving the safety and reliabi… Continue Reading


May 14, 2010

Crapo To Discuss Salmon Recovery, Access Issues In Riggins

Washington, D.C. - A strong Chinook salmon fishing season provides the backdrop for discussions about salmon recovery this weekend involving Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Riggins Mayor Bob Crump and members of the Riggins City Council and local outfitters. Crapo will be in Riggins to discuss salmon recovery as well as initiate discussions over local public lands access for area trail users. Idaho mountain bikers are seeking to maintain access on public lands but are encountering problems when for… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

Crapo, Otter, Coalition See Trouble On Main Street

Washington, D.C. - The financial reform bill being considered now by the U.S. Senate could have disastrous unintended effects for consumers, businesses and the local economy, say a group of small business leaders, financial experts, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees, is leading a discussion Friday afternoon at a Main Street small business to demonstrate the problems inherent in S. 3217, the Restoring Finan… Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

Bingaman, Crapo Push To Make Permanent A Measure To Strengthen Infrastructure In States, Counties & Cities Across The Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) today began their push to permanently extend a provision that helps small and rural municipal governments raise capital to finance local infrastructure projects - including school and road construction -- and meet other ongoing needs. Before 2009, banks had incentives to purchase municipal bonds only from municipalities that issue $10 million or less in debt each year - a level that was unchanged since 1986. The America… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

Idaho Delegation Offices Plan Mini-Cassia Visits

Washington, DC - Staff from the offices of Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson will be available to Mini-Cassia residents during remote office hours on Monday, May 24th and Thursday, May 27th. Staff from the Congressional offices will be available to discuss casework requests with federal agencies or answer questions. The Congressional staff will be available during several sessions at Mini-Cassia area offices and businesses. The locations are listed below… Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

Crapo Statement On Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement today following President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become a member of the U.S. Supreme Court: "As with all lifetime appointments, Solicitor General Kagan's background deserves, and will receive, close scrutiny in the U.S. Senate," Crapo said. "A Supreme Court nominee should carefully follow the Constitution and avoid judicial activism. I look forward to reviewing the findings and recommendations of… Continue Reading


May 06, 2010

Crapo Supports Main Street In Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. - Efforts to create a new office of consumer protection within the federal entity that oversees the financial industry failed on a nearly party-line vote of 38 to 61 in the U.S. Senate. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, voted in support of the consumer protection amendment to S. 3217, the American Financial Stability Act of 2010. The amendment would have created the office within the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). ""We need to … Continue Reading


May 04, 2010

Crapo: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Reform Missing

Washington, D.C. - American taxpayers could be on the hook for nearly $400 billion if Congress and the Administration don't change course and begin to address the problems behind one of the largest financial bailouts ever-for housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. During a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo questioned Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as to why financial reform legislation on the Senate floor fails to address the "elephants in the room"… Continue Reading


April 30, 2010

Boulder-White Clouds Bill Introduced In The Senate

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today introduced Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson's CIEDRA bill on the Boulder-White Clouds in the U.S. Senate. The Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA) seeks to bring certainty to land management questions in the Boulder and White Cloud Mountains while preserving livelihoods and recreational access for sportsmen and off-road vehicle users. "We have been working with Idaho leaders to make sure that water langu… Continue Reading


April 27, 2010

Presidential Debt Commission Meets For First Time

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and fellow members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform met for the first time today at the White House. The 18-member commission, called for by President Obama, will work on bipartisan ideas to restore fiscal stability and reduce a public debt that totals nearly $13 trillion, and is projected to continue to grow exponentially in the coming decades. Crapo told Commission members that federal spending is the largest issue. … Continue Reading


April 26, 2010

Crapo: Financial Reform Bill Misses The Mark

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, today voted against a motion to proceed to the Financial Reform bill (S. 3217) being offered by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd. Crapo noted the Dodd bill as written is opposed by a number of taxpayer and small business groups because it would not stop future taxpayer bailouts, restricts the ability of Americans to invest in start-up companies, imposes major new co… Continue Reading

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