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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

August 05, 2011

Crapo: Entitlement Crisis Looms

Washington, DC - Reports released today by the Social Security and Medicare Trustees demonstrate just how financially tenuous the two programs are, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Social Security payments will exceed receipts for the first time since 1983, partly because of the recession, but also because nothing has been done to shore up the program, which benefits 53 million Americans. The annual reports indicate that both Social Security and Medicare currently have very serious cash flow pr… Continue Reading

August 04, 2011

Crapo To Start August Work Period Discussing Economic Issues

Crapo To Start August Work Period Discussing Economic Issues Presents U.S. flag for opening of Community Action facility Contact: Lindsay Nothern Thursday, August 4, 2011 Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will begin Congress's traditional August state work period next week with discussions about the nation's economy, tax and budget issues with local business and civic leaders.  Crapo will meet with Chamber of Commerce members in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Rigby.  C… Continue Reading

August 02, 2011

Idaho Senators Say Debt Plan Puts Spending Cuts First

Washington, D.C.  - With the nation's credit rating and the threat of higher interest rates on the line, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today supported an agreement that sets a framework for trillions of dollars in permanent spending cuts and provides an opportunity to vote on a balanced budget amendment in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.  Key provisions in the plan ensure no tax increases and true spending reductions in excess of the debt ceiling increase.  Both Idah… Continue Reading

August 01, 2011

Americans for Tax Reform: Final Debt Limit Deal Looks Good for Taxpayers

Announced two days before the country is expected to fully exhaust its $14.3 trillion in borrowing authority, a deal to end the debt ceiling negotiations has been announced. After Congressional Republicans held firm in their commitment to taxpayers to reject any and all tax increases, the deal forces lawmakers to get serious about government spending that drives the country's mounting debt. While final legislative language is yet to be fully agreed upon by the full caucuses in both chambers, a s… Continue Reading

August 01, 2011

The Wall Street Journal: A Tea Party Triumph

If a good political compromise is one that has something for everyone to hate, then last night's bipartisan debt-ceiling deal is a triumph. The bargain is nonetheless better than what seemed achievable in recent days, especially given the revolt of some GOP conservatives that gave the White House and Democrats more political leverage. The big picture is that the deal is a victory for the cause of smaller government, arguably the biggest since welfare reform in 1996. Most bipartisan budget d… Continue Reading

July 29, 2011

Crapo Supports Boehner Debt Ceiling Plan

Washington, D.C.   - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said tonight the debt ceiling legislation approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on a 218-210 vote should receive strong consideration by the Senate.  Crapo said the incorporation of a balanced budget amendment in the House bill is key to curbing spending.  The Senate voted 59 to 41to table the House legislation, but the table motion leaves the door open for reconsideration of the bill later. "Speaker Boehner and House members have worked har… Continue Reading

July 23, 2011

Clearwater Basin Collaborative Takes Big Step

Washington, D.C. - A collaborative land management effort in Idaho's Clearwater Basin has been selected for federal funding recommendations through the U.S. Forest Service that could maintain or create up to 380 jobs in the region over the next ten years. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo created the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) Work Group two years ago in an effort to find consensus on land management issues such as timber harvest, habitat improvement and species management. The restoration … Continue Reading

July 23, 2011

The Wall Street Journal: Out of the Way, Please, Mr. President

The Wall street Journal; July 23, 2011 Out of the Way, Please, Mr. President The Gang of Six puts forward some ideas worth pursuing. By: Peggy Noonan It's good, it represents progress, build from it. That would be a helpful approach to the Gang of Six proposal on the debt. Don't deep-six it because it's flawed. Flawless isn't going to happen. There will be a big election in 2012. A lot can be settled then, and after. The Gang of Six-three Democrats and three Repu… Continue Reading

July 22, 2011

Crapo, Risch Denounce Senate Vote to Kill Balanced Budget

Washington, D.C.   - A decision today by the U.S. Senate to reject legislation calling for a balanced federal budget is a setback for the nation and our economy, said Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.  Both senators co-sponsored and voted in favor of the legislation requiring a balanced budget vote as a condition of raising the nation's debt ceiling.  The Senate tabled the Cut, Cap and Balance legislation on a mostly party-line vote of 51 to 46, meaning the Senate will not be allowed by t… Continue Reading

July 22, 2011

Crapo: Reductions in Taxes and Spending Are Key to Bipartisan Agreement on Deficit

Washington, D.C.   - A bipartisan agreement announced this week by six U.S. Senators to cut the nation's deficit by about $4 trillion over ten years also provides a historic opportunity to reform the tax code to make it fairer and flatter, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Crapo is a member of the Senate bipartisan group, dubbed the "Gang of Six" that has worked for months on a bipartisan agreement on spending reductions and tax reform that could win wide support in Congress.  He is also a… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

Former Idahoan Nominated To Head The Marines

Washington, D.C. - A former Idahoan and graduate of the University of Idaho has been nominated to head the U.S. Marine Corps. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo confirmed today that General Jim Amos has been nominated by Defense Secretary Robert Gates as the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps. University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis said General Amos earned an undergraduate degree in finance/business and economics from the University of Idaho in 1970. "General Amos is an outstanding Idahoan, and… Continue Reading

July 21, 2011

The Wall Street Journal: The Gang of Six Play

The Wall Street Journal; July 21, 2011 The Gang of Six Play A conceptual breakthrough that has too few details. Grand bipartisan budget deals are one of the great come-ons of Washington politics. They rarely work out, and when they do they usually benefit only the political class. The latest offer from the so-called Gang of Six Senators might be an exception, if-and this is a big if-its inviting generalities can be matched by useful details. The budget outline-that's all it is so… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

The Hill's Congress Blog: A tax reform too good to pass up

By David M. Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell - 07/20/11 11:07 AM ET The proposal by the Gang of Six makes many important contributions to the ongoing discussions about how to fix the budget situation, starting with the fact that they have demonstrated that there is broad, bipartisan support for a serious, comprehensive plan to deal with our nation's debt. But perhaps the most significant contribution is their tax reform plan, which is breathtaking in its boldness and has the potential to unl… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

Crapo, Risch Welcome Cut, Cap and Balance Vote

Washington, D.C.   - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both co-sponsors of the Cut, Cap, and Balance legislation, said they will support the legislation when it comes before the U.S. Senate.  "We are borrowing $4 billion every day to pay down the debt and 40-cents of every dollar that is spent by Congress goes to paying down the debt," Crapo said.  "It is high time we join with the House and approve a plan that cuts the deficit, reduces spending and applies a permanent solution to defici… Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

Atlanta Journal Constitution: 'Gang of Six' deficit plan is right course

  By Marty Flanagan    7:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2011   As a global asset manager, Invesco is closely monitoring both the U.S. and international implications of raising the U.S. debt ceiling by Aug. 2, and addressing the fiscal deficit in the short term. How Congress and the White House resolve this impasse will have significant long-term consequences for the economy, employment, the markets and investors around the globe. The world is watching. Our leaders need to lead and … Continue Reading

July 18, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Cascade, Council

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is increasing its travel to Southwestern Idaho cities.  Crapo's staff has begun a regular rotation of remote office hours on behalf of the Senator across the southwest part of the state.  Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will travel to a number of southwest cities and counties on a rotating basis each month.  Later this month and next, Ricker will be in A… Continue Reading

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