News Releases

May 02, 2011

Crapo Statement on Bin Laden Death

  Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding the death of Osama bin Laden: "Over the last few hours, as I have reviewed the information regarding the death of Osama bin Laden, I share the relief that Americans have expressed.  The military action that resulted in his death was impressive and carried out with precision, and we owe eternal gratitude to those who conducted that operation as well as to all those who have served in the war on terrorism for … Continue Reading

April 29, 2011

Crapo Bill Improves Firearms Regulations

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) have introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize and improve operations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).  The BATFE Reform and Modernization Act (S. 835) will roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors and codify longstanding congressional policies dealing with firearms, clarifying regulations for those who own and sell firearms. The BATFE Reform and Modernization Act li… Continue Reading

April 27, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Cambridge, Grand View, New Plymouth

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is increasing its presence in 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.  This month, Ricker will be in Owyhee, Payett… Continue Reading

April 14, 2011

Taxpayers Group Credits Crapo's Efforts

Washington, D.C.   - The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) today presented Idaho Senator Mike Crapo with its "Friend of the Taxpayer Award," for his voting record during the 2010 legislative session.  Senators must earn at least a 95 percent score for their votes on NTU's legislative priorities in order to qualify for the award.  Crapo finished with a 99 percent score; only two Senators received a higher score for 2010.  The scores were based on 142 roll call votes in the Senate. NTU Executive Vic… Continue Reading

April 14, 2011

Idaho Delegation Plans Office Hours In Fairfield

Washington, DC - Staff from the offices of Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson will be available to Camas Prairie residents during remote office hours on Wednesday, April 21st. 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 two sessions in Hailey. The locations are listed below: Staff for Senator Mike Crapo, Senator Jim Risch, Con… Continue Reading

April 13, 2011

Crapo Statement on President's Fiscal Reform Framework

Washington, D.C.   - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees now working with a bipartisan Senate group on plans to reduce the deficit, reacted to President Obama's fiscal reform ideas announced today: "I will continue to work to enact the significant spending reductions and pro-growth tax reform that lowers all individual and corporate rates which will be necessary toprevent an imminent debt crisis."… Continue Reading

April 12, 2011

Bipartisan Group Introduces RECA Amendments Act of 2011

Washington, D.C . -- Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have joined Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2011.  The Act would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living downwind of atomic weapons tests. Other co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Mark Udall (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO).  Companion legislation w… Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Transportation Bill Improves Efficiency, Savings

Washington, D.C.  - With gasoline and diesel prices skyrocketing, those bringing America's goods to market must utilize competitive advantages in order to keep consumer prices as low as possible.  That idea is behind the introduction this week of the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (SETA) in the U.S. Senate.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, with jurisdiction over transportation issues, is an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan legi… Continue Reading

April 07, 2011

Tribes, Idahoans Benefit from SBA Job Programs

Washington, DC - New private-public partnerships promoted by Idahoans and Idaho tribal leaders are already paying dividends in the form of more than one hundred jobs in north-central Idaho.  The job-creating efforts promoted under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) Development Program, and supported by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, were the focus of a hearing held today by the Indian Affairs Committee on which Crapo serves.  Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan provided testimony du… Continue Reading

April 05, 2011

Crapo Reacts to House Budget Proposal

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said the spending reductions outlined by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) provide ideas on immediate steps to reduce the nation's dangerously unsustainable federal debt.   Elements of the House proposal have already been a part of discussions in the Senate to craft a long-term fiscal solution, and Crapo says Ryan's proposal brings appropriate attention to the true magnitude of the nation's fiscal problems.  "We need to move the di… Continue Reading

April 04, 2011

Crapo: Rail Partnerships Create Jobs, Investment

Washington, DC  - The improvement of short line railroads in Idaho is playing a larger role in economic development and job-creating efforts, says Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who wants a resumption of rail investment incentives in the U.S. Senate.  Crapo is the lead Republican sponsor of the Short Line Railroad Investment Act, S. 672, along with Senator John Rockefeller (D-West Virginia). The legislation renews incentives, and therefore jobs, for short lines to invest in track rehabilitation by p… Continue Reading

March 31, 2011

Crapo Honored by High-tech Industry

Washington, D.C.  - Long concerned with the nation's rising debt, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is committed to finding common ground in achieving comprehensive deficit-reduction solutions.  In recognition of his efforts, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) presented Crapo with the "Legislator of the Year" award.  Micron Technology's Deputy General Counsel, Joel Poppen, presented Crapo with the award in a meeting with representatives of more than a dozen ITI companies.    The ITI Legis… Continue Reading

March 29, 2011

Republican Senators Reintroduce PATIENTS Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) were joined today by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to reintroduce legislation that would prohibit the federal government from denying or delaying health-care treatment to a patient based on cost. The Preserving Access to Targeted, Individualized, and Effective New Treatments and Services (PATIENTS)… Continue Reading

March 29, 2011

Crapo Welcomes Idaho's Trevor Schaefer to D.C.

 Washington, D.C.   - The hard work of a McCall-turned-Boise resident was on display today in the nation's capital, as a Senate committee took up the issue of cancer clusters.  Boisean Trevor Schaefer and his mother, Charlie Smith, have founded the "Trevor's Trek" Foundation in an effort to bring attention to the possibility of environmental causes for cancer clusters nationwide.  The clusters are defined as an area of above-average cases of human cancer diagnosis, and Trevor is a survivor of br… Continue Reading

March 25, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Emmett, McCall, New Meadows

Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is increasing its presence in 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.  This month, Ricker will be in Adams, Gem and… Continue Reading

March 22, 2011

Crapo to Discuss Local Trade Efforts, Receive National Business Award

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho and U.S. manufacturers can and are making progress in trade actions that protect local jobs, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.  Hilex Poly, a local plastics manufacturer, recently won an international trade case with Crapo's assistance.  The dispute involved anti-dumping issues where foreign governments were found to be illegally undercutting U.S. competition.  Crapo and Hilex Poly's leadership will discuss the trade case during a tour of the manufacturing facility… Continue Reading

March 21, 2011

Crapo to Discuss Federal Debt at City Club, Address Idaho Legislature

Boise  - The need to take immediate steps to reduce our nation's burgeoning federal debt will be the focus as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo addresses the Boise City Club next week.  Crapo, who served on the President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, is now working with a bipartisan group of senators to bring the commission's ideas before Congress. While the Senate group continues its work behind the scenes, Crapo said more members of Congress are becoming interested in the efforts a… Continue Reading

March 18, 2011

Crapo: Wolf Agreement a Positive Step

Washington, D.C.  - Today's partial settlement of a court case over wolf management could benefit Idaho by returning the species to state management, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo noted that cooperation should trump court action and bring surer solutions to issues raised under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Crapo is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which holds jurisdiction over the ESA, and has been part of a group in Congress advocating legislative solutions to … Continue Reading

March 16, 2011

Crapo: Anniversary Marks Prescription for Deficits, Higher Costs

Washington, DC - One year after the backroom deal that resulted in the passage of the health care reform law, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the results are apparent-higher premiums for consumers and business owners, billions in new taxes, special exemptions from the plan for certain groups, and more than 250 new initiatives in the IRS budget for enforcing the new law.  "Families are facing premium increases of more than $2,000, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and health costs are … Continue Reading

March 10, 2011

Nuclear Power Touted in Bipartisan Bill

 Washington, D.C.  - Legislation requiring the U.S. Department of Energy to work more actively with the private sector on nuclear energy partnerships has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.  Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have co-sponsored the Nuclear Power 2021 Act.  The bill would increase the number of small modular nuclear reactors available to produce clean, alternative energy.  More than half of the development costs would be paid for by private investors. Other sponsors of the b… Continue Reading

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