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February 01, 2012

Honest Budget Act Promotes Spending Restraint

Washington, D.C. - For the fourth straight year, the country will have spent more than a trillion dollars it does not have.  Yesterday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its 2012 Budget and Economic Outlook, estimating the fiscal year 2012 deficit will add another trillion dollars to our national debt.  This out-of-control spending remains unsustainable for our country, and America cannot continue on this course, says Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget and… Continue Reading

January 24, 2012

Crapo: State of the Union Needs Focus on Jobs, Economy

Washington, D.C. - Congress and the White House must utilize the new session of Congress to work together to enable job growth and generate economic activity, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees, attended tonight's State of the Union Address while sitting with the "Gang of Six," the bipartisan Senate group that is seeking agreement to reduce the national debt, the greatest fiscal threat our nation has ever faced.  "A bipartisan group of m… Continue Reading

January 20, 2012

Crapo Welcomes New Congressional Fellow

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced that Dr. Patrick N. Holman will be joining his Washington, D.C., staff as nuclear energy fellow for the 2012 calendar year.  Most recently, Dr. Holman served as Director, Office of Budget and Planning for the Office of Nuclear Energy.  In this position, he coordinated the development of the annual budget submission to Congress and advised senior leadership on all manners of budget, strategic and program planning activities.  Prior to h… Continue Reading

January 18, 2012

Idaho Students Chosen for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced the selection of Elizabeth Hansen and Nathan Shumway as the Idaho student delegates to the 50 th Anniversary United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C.  Hansen and Shumway, both of Rexburg, were chosen to participate in a group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program's 50 th Anniversary Washington Week. Elizabeth Hansen attends Madison High School where she is president of the Drama Cou… Continue Reading

January 18, 2012

Grant Launches McArthur Lake Wildlife Safety Project

Boundary County, Idaho - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded a grant of $99,268 to fund the McArthur Lake Wildlife Safety Project, an effort to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions on Highway 95 near Bonners Ferry. The McArthur Lake area has the highest number of wildlife-vehicle collisions in the state. Between 2000 and 2010, there were 321 documented wildlife-related accidents reported on Highway 95 from milepost 478 to 505. The majority of these accidents occurred from milepo… Continue Reading

January 11, 2012

26 GOP Senators Offer Bill to Stop IMF Bailouts for Europe

Today, U.S. Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) and 25 Republican Senators introduced a bill to stop the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from using U.S. taxpayer dollars to bailout Eurozone nations like Greece and Italy. S. 1975, "No More IMF Bailouts Act," is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), John Cor… Continue Reading

December 30, 2011

Crapo Selected to Negotiate Extension of Payroll Tax/Job Creation Measures

Washington, D.C. - Citing Crapo's experience in debt and deficit reduction efforts and his conservative philosophy, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) today named Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to a conference committee made up of House and Senate members who will devise a plan to extend a number of expiring provisions, including temporary payroll tax relief.    "These deliberations will be neither easy nor quick but we need to get these matters under control, get people back on t… Continue Reading

December 21, 2011

Crapo Announces Idaho 2012 Military Academy Nominations

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced his nomination of 59 Idaho students to military service academies, for the freshman class entering in 2012.  The students' applications are now being considered by four of the U.S. service academies, where final selections will be made. "These academies are the world's paramount leader development institutions," Crapo said.  "I am proud to nominate students from Idaho to assist them in their continued education and am confident in their abilit… Continue Reading

December 15, 2011

Forest Roads Fix Included in Must-Pass Spending Bill

Washington, DC - A must-pass appropriations bill unveiled today by the House Appropriations Committees includes a critical effort by Idaho Representative Mike Simpson and Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch to overturn a court decision that would bring forestry to a standstill in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.  In August 2010, In NEDC v. Brown, the Circuit Court of Appeals for 9 th Circuit ruled that logging road runoff, when channeled through a system of ditches and culve… Continue Reading

December 14, 2011

Crapo Votes for Balanced Budget Amendment

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo made the following statement regarding his vote for S.J.Res. 10, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.  Crapo, along with every Republican senator, voted for the joint resolution.  "The national debt is at $15 trillion and rising.  In 1997, a balanced budget amendment failed to pass the Senate by just one vote.  Since then, Congress has added nearly $10 trillion to our national debt.  It's time for the excess spending to stop.  It's time to… Continue Reading

December 07, 2011

The Taxpayers Right to Know Act Introduced in Both Chambers of Congress Today

Washington, DC -- Every federal agency would be required to provide taxpayers an annual report card for each of its programs by a bipartisan bill introduced in both chambers of Congress today.  Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK)and lead sponsor in the House or Representatives, Congressman James Lankford (R-OK), introduced the Taxpayers Right to Know Act. Specifically, this bill would require each government program to be identified and described, provide the total administrative costs of the progra… Continue Reading

December 01, 2011

Crapo, Schumer, Toomey, Warner Announce Bipartisan Plan to Make it Easier for Growing Firms to Go Public

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Charles Schumer (D-New York), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) today announced a bipartisan plan to make it easier for growing firms to go public so they can expand and create jobs. The proposal would make it easier for small and medium-sized companies to access capital through public markets.   Studies show that more than 90 percent of job growth occurs after companies go public, but fewer small and medium-sized co… Continue Reading

November 30, 2011

Crapo, Leahy Propose Bill to Reauthorize Landmark Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. - Nearly 20 years after the Violence Against Women Act was first signed into law, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced legislation today to further strengthen and improve the programs authorized under the landmark law to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first enacted in 1994, and has been the centerpiece of the federal government's e… Continue Reading

November 28, 2011

Crapo Bill Would Keep Farms and Ranches in the Family

Washington, D.C.   - Legislation aimed at reducing the barriers to pass family farm and ranch ownership to future generations has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado).  The American Family Farm and Ranchland Protection Act, S. 1901, would help to keep farm and ranch property under family ownership by allowing 50% of the property involved to be placed under a tax-free easement.  Present law calls for a limit of 40% easement limit for a… Continue Reading

November 21, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Glenns Ferry, Idaho City and Nampa

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, staff from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office will travel to Southwestern Idaho cities next month.    Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will visit Boise, Canyon, and Elmore 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: Monday, Decemb… Continue Reading

November 17, 2011

Senate Approves Crapo-Risch Resolution Recognizing Downwinders

Washington, D.C.  - Idahoans and residents of states adversely affected by nuclear fallout from arms testing during the Cold War era deserve greater attention and compensation for health problems related to the above ground tests.  For that reason, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have joined several colleagues in the U.S. Senate to introduce a resolution bringing more attention to the "downwinders" who were exposed many years ago.  The resolution, S. Res. 330, passed the Senate last nigh… Continue Reading

November 16, 2011

Crapo, Simpson: Bipartisan Deficit Plan Still Possible

Washington, D.C.  - As the Joint Select Committee established by Congress approaches the November 23 deadline to present a debt reduction plan for expedited consideration, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson say the members still have options.  Crapo and Simpson joined dozens of Senate and House colleagues today at a Capitol Hill news conference to urge a comprehensive deficit reduction plan of up to $4 trillion. Crapo is a member of the Gang of Six who has been building suppo… Continue Reading

November 10, 2011

Delegation Urges Idahoans to Weigh in on Minidoka Refuge Plan

Washington, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation are urging Idahoans to make their feelings known concerning any changes at Lake Walcott on the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge.  This development comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which manages the National Wildlife Refuge System, is designing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Minidoka Refuge, as mandated by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997.  Idaho Senators Mike Crapo, Jim … Continue Reading

November 09, 2011

Crapo Honors Idaho Veterans and Volunteers with Spirit of Freedom Awards

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is paying tribute to seventeen inspirational Idahoans this Veterans Day in ceremonies in Boise, Lewiston, Twin Falls and Pocatello.  This year marks the tenth year Crapo has honored Idaho veterans and volunteers who work with veterans through the Spirit of Freedom Awards. "The sacrifice and resolve demonstrated by veterans in the face of challenge does not end with the conclusion of their military service," said Crapo.  "The contributions, patriotis… Continue Reading

November 09, 2011

Highway Bill Improved With Crapo Additions

Washington, D.C.   - Idaho and other rural states will maintain their share of federal highway dollars under a draft highway spending bill approved by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and fellow members of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee today.  The committee included language from Crapo amendments in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21 st Century (MAP-21) legislation.  The highway bill faces additional Senate committee hearings before a vote on the floor.  The two-year meas… Continue Reading

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