News Releases

June 09, 2011

Clearwater Basin Collaborative Projects Funded

 Washington, D.C.   -  Members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo say forest health, habitat, recreation and the economy will all benefit from the collaborative process that has led to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Servicecontributing $3.4 million for on-the-ground projects in Idaho recommended by the Collaborative.  The Forest Service, which contributed $1 million last year, has indicated it will continue and increase funding under the Collabora… Continue Reading

June 08, 2011

N.W. Senators Support Geothermal Changes

Washington, D.C . - With one of the biggest barriers to geothermal energy production being the risky and inefficient process of searching for "hot spots" capable of producing recoverable energy, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has introduced legislation to make it easier for developers to lease federal land adjacent to proven geothermal "hot spots." Geothermal energy is a sustainable energy resource that captures natural heat from the Earth to create electricity. Sponsored by U.S. Se… Continue Reading

June 01, 2011

Crapo Welcomes Summer Interns

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is welcoming Idaho college students to serve internships in his Washington, D.C. office and state offices this summer.  In order to learn more about government and politics, the students will be assisting with constituent correspondence, legislative duties, office administrative tasks and other responsibilities.  Four Idaho students are now serving in Crapo's Washington, D.C. office: Samantha Storms, born and raised in Idaho Falls, is a junior at the U… Continue Reading

May 31, 2011

Crapo Office Taking Public Comment in Nampa, Glenns Ferry, Horseshoe Bend

Boise - To hear public comment relating to proposed changes at Lake Lowell and the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and other issues, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office is holding remote office hours this week in Southwestern Idaho cities.  Crapo's staff has begun a regular rotation of remote office hours 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 wi… Continue Reading

May 27, 2011

Delegation Welcomes INL Cleanup Announcement

Washington, D.C.    Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation said today they appreciate the announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that today named the Idaho Treatment Group (ITG) as the recipient of a $417 million contract to process and dispose of approximately 26,500 cubic meters of transuranic and mixed low-level waste that is stored in Idaho and will be bound forstorage in New Mexico.  The contract runs through 2015 and will likely continue employment for 800 workers in Sou… Continue Reading

May 27, 2011

Crapo on Lake Lowell: If It Isn't Broken, Don't Fix It

Washington, D.C.   - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued preliminary recommendations for changes at southwest Idaho's Lake Lowell and Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.  Under the agency review process, a public comment period will now open regarding the agency's preferred alternative plan for the lake, which is to restrict public access and boating.  Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement following an initial review of the agency's recommendations:   "Lake Lowell… Continue Reading

May 26, 2011

Senators Support Lands, Grazing Legislation

Washington, D.C.   - Rural interests contending with federal government red tape and environmental litigation would receive much-needed flexibility and assistance under two separate bills being co-sponsored by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.  Crapo and Risch are joining other western senators in introducing the Grazing Improvement Act of 2011, which seeks to provide stability to ranchers and other public land user groups by offering flexibility on grazingpermit renewals.  Currently, pe… Continue Reading

May 20, 2011

Crapo Announces Staff Changes in Idaho and Washington

Washington, DC -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Washington, D.C., office is undergoing several personnel changes, with four current staff members being promoted following the retirement of his D.C. Chief of Staff Peter Fischer.  All of the promotions are effective June 1, 2011. Susan Wheeler, who has worked for Senator Crapo in various capacities since 1992 predating his congressional service, will take Fischer's place as Chief of Staff in the Washington, D.C., office; she is presently his Communica… Continue Reading

May 17, 2011

Killebrew Honored in Resolution, Congressional Statement

Washington, D.C.   - Idaho native and baseball Hall of Fame great Harmon Killebrew was honored today before the U.S. Senate in both a Senate Resolution and a Congressional Record Statement authored by the U.S. Senators from Idaho and Minnesota.  Killebrew succumbed to esophageal cancer today.  The native of Payette, and founder of the Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament in Sun Valley, was 74 years old.  Along with joining his Idaho colleague Senator Jim Risch and Minnesota Senators Amy Klob… Continue Reading

May 17, 2011

Crapo: Taxpayers Have A Right To Know About Bailouts

Washington, D.C. -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo attempted to bring transparency to taxpayers by requiring that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be included in calculations of the national debt as long as either institution is under conservatorship or receivership. Crapo filed an amendment to S. 3217, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. In addition to pointing out the debt increases, the Crapo Amendment would have reestablished the $200 billion bailout cap per entity. Last Christmas … Continue Reading

May 13, 2011

Senators Seek Help for Small Water Systems

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are reintroducing legislation that would ensure that small drinking water systems have the resources necessary to deliver safe drinking water to consumers while complying with multiple federal regulations.  The senators say that smaller municipalities-such as a vast majority of those in Idaho-are facing increased obstacles in complying with federal regulations mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies. "Many… Continue Reading

May 09, 2011

Senators: Are The Costs of Dodd-Frank Being Counted?

Washington, D.C.  - With economic questions ranging from obtaining credit to job creation, Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee are seeking Inspectors General (IG) reviews of the economic analyses performed by the regulatory agency charged with implementing the Dodd-Frank Act.  The Senators note the rules adopted under the Dodd-Frank Act will have a long-term effect on economic growth; they will affect how consumers and businesses obtain credit, allocate capital, and manage risk.  … Continue Reading

May 04, 2011

Delegation Praises Department of Interiorâ??s Move to Delist Wolves

Washington, D.C.  - The Idaho Congressional Delegation today praised the actions of the U.S. Department of the Interior to delist the recovered gray wolf in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The decision came after Congressman Mike Simpson, Chairman of the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, inserted language in the recent continuing resolution to return the gray wolf to state management. "No one can rationally argue that the Rocky Mountain gray wolf is still endangered.  Wolf populations i… Continue Reading

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

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