News Releases

March 15, 2010

Delegation, Governor Note Sage Grouse Efforts

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation and Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter are calling on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to stand firm on his department's justified "warranted but precluded" ruling regarding protections for sage grouse. In a letter to Salazar sent today, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, Congressman Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick, and Governor Otter pointed to Idaho's wide-ranging, collaborative on-the-ground efforts that have improved habitat for the sage grouse … Continue Reading


March 12, 2010

Crapo Named To National Commission On Fiscal Responsibility And Reform

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been appointed to be one of six U.S. Senators to serve on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Crapo was selected by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to the Commission created by President Obama to "identify policies" to improve the federal government's fiscal situation. The Commission, co-chaired by Erskine Bowles, former White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton, and former Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyomi… Continue Reading


March 11, 2010

Wendy Olson Nominated As Idaho U.S. Attorney

Washington, D.C. - A member of Idaho's U.S. Attorney's Office is expected to become the next U.S. Attorney for Idaho. Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation say they will work hard to see that Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson of Boise is quickly confirmed, following the announcement from President Obama that he has nominated her to become U.S. Attorney for Idaho. Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick appointed a panel that recommended Olson. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch will now… Continue Reading


March 11, 2010

Senators Want U.S Beef Restrictions Lifted By Japan

Washington, D.C. - More than a dozen U.S. Senators, including Idaho's Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, say that Japan is not abiding by internationally recognized standards by restricting U.S. beef exports. They are calling on Japan to open its markets to more U.S. beef and say the Obama Administration should do more to ensure that American beef producers are being treated fairly by the Japanese. A Sense of the Senate Resolution introduced today notes that in 2003 Japan was the largest customer for … Continue Reading


March 11, 2010

Senators Want Timeout On Monuments

Washington, D.C. - Locally-produced collaboration and consensus should drive decisions made about changes in federal land use, say Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. Both Senators have written Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, asking him to discard a federal process of designating national monuments that too often utilizes a "one-size-fits-all" mentality that does not provide for local input. The letter comes as the Obama Administration contemplates plans to potentially designate as m… Continue Reading


March 11, 2010

Crapo, Risch Fight For Fair Trade Agreement For U.S. Dairy Farmers

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are leading a bipartisan effort calling on the Obama Administration to carefully consider the threat to U.S. dairy farmers and processors if one-sided dairy provisions are included in the Trans Pacific Partnership to be negotiated with Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and possibly additional countries. Negotiations on the agreement are to be held later this month. In a letter sent to United States Trade … Continue Reading


March 10, 2010

Crapo, Risch Amendment Would Stop TRACON Move

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have filed an amendment to stop a proposed move of TRACON radar personnel and facilities from the Boise Airport to Salt Lake City. The amendment comes as the Senate begins debate on H.R. 1586, related to the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The amendment halts the consolidation of the Boise TRACON into the Salt Lake City TRACON until after the Air Traffic Control Modernization Oversight Board completes its re… Continue Reading


March 08, 2010

New Crapo Staff Helps Idahoans With Casework

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has added three constituent service experts to his state-based staff to expand casework assistance for Idahoans. The three positions are based in Crapo's Eastern Idaho-South Office in Pocatello, the South Central Office in Twin Falls and the North Central Office in Lewiston. Melyssa Nevarez joins the Twin Falls staff following an internship in Crapo's office. She is a Burley native and recent graduate of Idaho State University with a degree in polit… Continue Reading


March 04, 2010

Crapo, Risch Seek Help For Water Systems

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are co-sponsoring legislation that would ensure that smaller water systems have the resources necessary to deliver safe drinking water to consumers and comply with federal regulations. The Small System Drinking Water Act, S. 3038, is especially needed in smaller, less-populated states such as Idaho, the Senators said. Crapo, the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Wildlife and Water, joined Risch, … Continue Reading


March 02, 2010

Interns Assist Idahoans At Crapo State Offices

Washington, D.C. - Idaho students are assisting their state's constituents and senior U.S. Senator by serving as interns in Senator Mike Crapo's state offices. Information about internships in Crapo's offices is available at http://crapo.senate.gov. Daryl Gonzales is an Anchorage, Alaska, native now attending Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa and is interning in Crapo's Idaho State Office in Boise. She is a senior majoring in political science and intends to attend law school following g… Continue Reading


February 25, 2010

Crapo: We Need To Develop A New Health Plan

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee that worked extensively on health care proposals, issued this statement today following the President's Health Care Summit: "I'm very discouraged by the outcome of today's health care summit. The President's insistence that essentially the same bill we have been debating for the last year must be the template for any health care bill to be considered precludes genuine negotiations. There is real potential to… Continue Reading


February 25, 2010

Budget, Health Care On Agenda For Crapo Forum

Washington, DC - With budget deficit, tax and health care issues taking center stage before Congress, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking the input of Idahoans during a statewide telephone town hall forum scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, March 10th. Participating is as easy as signing in on Crapo's official website and answering the telephone for the forum that begins at 7:00 p.m. Mountain/6:00 p.m. Pacific. To sign up for the iTownhall meeting, please go to Crapo's website, http://c… Continue Reading


February 24, 2010

Idahoans Serving Internships In Crapo's D.C. Office

Washington, D.C. - Four Idaho students and one from Australia are learning firsthand about Congress and the federal government while serving as interns for the spring semester in the Washington, DC, office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Ashley Benson recently graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. A former resident of Rexburg, she plans to investigate law schools in the Washington, DC area while serving her internship. Benson graduated from Madison… Continue Reading


February 12, 2010

Crapo To Discuss Economic Issues, F-35s, Teen Violence Efforts

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss economic issues, including federal legislation and policy matters, during remarks next week before business and civic groups in Boise and Twin Falls. He will also help announce new efforts to stop teen dating violence in Idaho and he will join with fellow members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation, Governor Otter and area mayors to rally support for bringing the F-35 aircraft to Idaho. Crapo will visit with three student groups to discu… Continue Reading


February 12, 2010

Delegation Fights Forest Fee Increase For Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation is asking the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service not to cut discounts for senior citizens and disabled Americans under the Interagency Pass Program. The program provides discounted use rates for activities on Forest Service lands, but a plan is under discussion to reduce the discounts from 50% down to about 10% for programs and services operated by Forest Service concessionaires. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Congressmen Mike Simp… Continue Reading


February 10, 2010

Crapo Moves To Stop EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has joined a bipartisan group of 39 senators as original cosponsors of a disapproval resolution to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The resolution, which is essentially a legislative veto, was introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in response to recent moves by the EPA to regulate emissions of carbo… Continue Reading


February 04, 2010

Idaho Delegation Comments On Charges Against Americans In Haiti

Washington, DC - The Idaho Congressional Delegation had this reaction to the news that the ten American detainees in Haiti have been charged with child kidnapping and criminal association in their attempt to take 33 children to the Dominican Republic. Eight of the detainees are from Idaho. "We have been in regular communication with the State Department from the beginning of this situation, as well as working with the families of those involved. Our first concern has been that all ten of the … Continue Reading


February 02, 2010

Crapo Seeks Idaho Interns

Washington, D.C. - Staff members from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Washington, D.C. office will visit several Idaho colleges and universities this month to inform students about internship possibilities in the Senator's Idaho and Washington, DC offices. Crapo's Staff Assistant Mandi Critchfield, a former intern herself from Oakley, will meet with students and faculty during meetings in classrooms and student centers during mid-February. Critchfield will be joined by Legislative Correspondent Rach… Continue Reading


February 01, 2010

Crapo: Record Deficits Ruin Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said today that three things are all Idahoans need to know about the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Proposal released today by the White House: more spending, higher taxes and record deficits. Crapo said the proposal falls short of the spending restraint needed to address our skyrocketing debt. "This budget proposes the opposite of what we need to revive the economy," Crapo noted. "This proposal contains a record b… Continue Reading


February 01, 2010

Idaho Delegation Comments On Haiti Arrests

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Congressmen Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick issued the following statement today regarding the arrest of several Idahoans in Haiti relating to child abduction charges. The Idahoans, members of the Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian and the East Side Baptist Church in Twin Falls, were part of a U.S. delegation seeking to provide safe housing for Haitian children displaced by the earthquake in Haiti. "Our offices are of… Continue Reading

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