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March 01, 2011

Crapo: GAO Report Shows Immense Duplication in Federal Programs

Washington, D.C. - A new report from the federal government's General Accounting Office (GAO) is fueling the fires for renewed efforts to reduce spending on Capitol Hill, says Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The GAO report, requested by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), who is working with Crapo in a bipartisan group of six Senators seeking to implement new deficit reduction plans, clearly shows duplication among the efforts of a number of federal programs. Coburn estimates there may be more than $100 … Continue Reading

March 01, 2011

Crapo is Ranking Member on New Fiscal Responsibility Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. - Furthering his leadership in fiscal and budget reform issues, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be the lead Republican on a newly-created Senate subcommittee dealing with fiscal, budget and debt issues during the 112th Congress. Crapo has been named Ranking Member of the new Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth. As such, Crapo will work with Subcommittee Chairman Bill Nelson (D-Florida) to consider how Congress will address the spending and fisc… Continue Reading

February 28, 2011

Jim McClure Honored on Floor of the U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. - Idaho icon and former U.S. Senator Jim McClure was honored today in the Senate Chamber where he spent 18 years working for Idahoans. During a speech on the Senate floor, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo noted McClure's exemplary record of public service to Idaho and the nation, McClure's trailblazing work across the political aisle and the mentor that McClure was for Crapo. Crapo offered this statement in honor of McClure, his wife Louise and the McClure family. STATEMENT HONORING… Continue Reading

February 27, 2011

Crapo Statement on Passing of Senator Jim McClure

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released this statement on the passing of an Idaho legend, retired U.S. Senator James A. McClure: "Jim McClure set a standard for public servants that will endure for generations. His unfailing good will and respect for others, together with his essential western conservatism, are still the best model for how to engage today's public policy debates. "Jim's legacy as a Congressman and Senator is broad and in many issues such as energy and… Continue Reading

February 17, 2011

Crapo, Colleagues Move to Block Internet Regulation Power Grab

Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must be stopped in trying to implement rulemaking that could affect Americans' access to the Internet and stifle innovations that have made the Internet a world-wide base for information and technology. That is the message being sent by a Senate Resolution introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and 38 of his colleagues concerning the so-called "net neutrality" regulations recently approved by the FCC. This action followed similar pre… Continue Reading

February 17, 2011

National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act Introduced

Washington, DC - Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-21) and Senator Mike Crapo (ID) today announced the bi-cameral introduction of legislation that will limit the unchecked Presidential power related to the designation of new national monuments. "The bill that we introduced today will improve the Antiquities Act by limiting the president's unfettered discretion and ensuring a more inclusive designation process," said Rep. Nunes. "This kind of top-down directive is anything but collaborative," Cr… Continue Reading

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

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