News Releases

September 08, 2009

Congressional Staff Plan Remote Office Visits In North Idaho

Coeur d'Alene - Field representatives from Senator Mike Crapo's and Senator Jim Risch's offices will meet with constituents during remote office hours this month across North Idaho. All constituents are encouraged to stop by and express their concerns about federal issues. Field representatives will be on hand to answer questions from individuals with specific problems with federal agencies. For more information, contact the offices at these numbers:  Crapo (208) 664-5490; Risch (208) 667… Continue Reading


August 31, 2009

Health Care, Energy On Crapo's Schedule

Idaho Falls - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss health care issues, take a tour of improvements in medical options for Idahoans and visit with fairgoers at two regional fairs this week. As the August state work period comes to a close, Crapo will also help break ground for a new health facility in Aberdeen, review efforts to encourage healthy living at a local wellness clinic and view care improvements at the St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center. He will tour geothermal energy fac… Continue Reading


August 28, 2009

Crapo: Rammell Comments In "Poor Taste"

Idaho Falls - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the following statement concerning recent remarks by gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell of Idaho: "Rex Rammell's comments are in very poor taste and should not have been said. Remarks like these should not even be made jokingly. We are engaged in a critical national debate over many major issues facing our country today. Remarks like these are not only unhelpful in that debate, but they undermine it. He should apologize for those remarks … Continue Reading


August 26, 2009

Crapo Statement On Senator Kennedy's Passing

Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today in response to the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy: "We had very different political philosophies, but regardless of the differences in our positions, Senator Kennedy was always a straight shooter. He was a spirited debater to be sure, and a ferocious advocate about his issues, but the tone was never personal. As he and I worked on issues as they moved through the Senate, even though we were often coming from oppo… Continue Reading


August 18, 2009

Crapo Notes Solar Project, Drug-Free Efforts

Coeur d'Alene - The emergence of solar power in Idaho and efforts to stop Idaho youth from experimenting with illegal drugs will be highlighted by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo during a visit to North Idaho next week. Crapo will tour the Camas Prairie Winery in Moscow to note the progress of federal tax credits and grants that have saved energy at the winery, which now derives a quarter of its power from solar panels. Crapo will tour Gritman Medical Center in Moscow to discuss health care and he w… Continue Reading


August 12, 2009

Crapo To Discuss Water Issues, Talk Trains

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss issues ranging from Snake River water use to federal energy policy during visits to Eastern Idaho this week. At a meeting tomorrow with the Idaho Water Resources Board and the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Implementation Committee, Crapo will discuss plans related to Snake River water use, including funding, recharge and conservation. Crapo worked to include language in the 2008 Farm Bill allowing federal funds to be used in water programs to benefit I… Continue Reading


August 06, 2009

Crapo To Discuss Amtrak, Health Care, Flood Plain Issues

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join with Boise Mayor David Bieter to update Idahoans about the potential return of Amtrak's Pioneer passenger rail service during a meeting Monday at the Boise Depot. Boise-based Motive Power's division of Wabtec will drive a working locomotive to the Boise station for the first time in many years to mark the event. Earlier Monday, Crapo will join with Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas and Canyon County Commissioners David Ferdinand, Steve Rule and… Continue Reading


August 05, 2009

Crapo: Idahoans Oppose Sotomayor

Washington, DC - During a speech on the Senate floor today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo noted that a strong majority of Idahoans contacting his office stand in opposition to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Crapo reaffirmed that he will vote against Sotomayor's appointment when the Senate acts on her nomination this week, citing concerns over 2nd Amendment rulings, judicial activism and the involvement of foreign law when weighing legal decisions. "To date, I have received more than 1,000 … Continue Reading


August 05, 2009

Crapo Co-Authors Reforms To 'No Child Left Behind'

Washington, DC - In response to concerns from Idaho parents, teachers and school administrators, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has reintroduced bipartisan legislation to bring needed reforms to the "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) Act. The Enhancing Flexibility for Effective Schools (EFES) Act is similar to legislation previously introduced by Crapo and Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas).  Both Senators and their staff members consulted with education leaders, school board members and interested citiz… Continue Reading


July 31, 2009

Idaho Delegation, Governor Decry Funding Cut For Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC - The Idaho congressional delegation joined with Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to respond to the announcement that the Obama Administration has struck a deal to not request any funding for Yucca Mountain in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget. Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said, "The federal government made a commitment to Idaho under the landmark 1995 settlement agreement that it will get its radioactive waste out of the state no later than 2035. It's troubling to see this … Continue Reading


July 31, 2009

Crapo Applauds Funding For Idaho Water Projects

Washington, DC - A grant program supported by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in the 2008 Farm Bill has awarded nearly $7 million to four Idaho projects. The grants were awarded under the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP), which Crapo worked to have included in the 2008 Farm Bill when he was a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He also worked to have the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer region listed as an AWEP priority area in the Farm Bill conference report. The recipients were announ… Continue Reading


July 31, 2009

Panel Approves Idaho Transportation Projects

Washington, DC - Transportation funding sponsored by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch for road infrastructure and public transportation projects was approved this week by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Idaho initiatives are included in the annual funding measure for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development for Fiscal Year 2010, which begins in October. It supports federal programs and grants to states and communities for transportation infrastructure, … Continue Reading


July 31, 2009

Senators Introduce Resolution Urging Congress To Be Fiscally Responsible When Reforming Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced a Senate resolution today to express the Senate's commitment to consider only health care reform plans that will slow down health costs and not increase the national debt. "Controlling the costs of health care is the number one challenge in Congress as lawmakers wrangle with various proposals to reform … Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

Crapo Criticizes Ruling On Rape Cases

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking to put the U.S. Senate on record opposing a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the death penalty in the case of child rape. Crapo joined with eight Senate colleagues to introduce S. Res. 626, a Sense of the Senate Resolution that criticizes the Court's ruling in a Louisiana case where a man, convicted of brutally raping his eight-year old stepdaughter, was sentenced to death. In a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. S… Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

Idaho Health, Education Plans Clear Senate Panel

Washington, DC - Requests for federal funding by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch to expand medical services and education projects in Idaho have been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. These Idaho initiatives are included in the annual funding measure for the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor for Fiscal Year 2010, which begins in October. Final approval for the projects is still needed from the full Senate and a conference co… Continue Reading


July 28, 2009

Crapo Legislation Honors Combat Wounded

Washington, DC - Purple Heart recipients and their families will receive increased national honors under legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo this week. The bipartisan Senate resolution, S. Con. Res. 36, sponsored by Crapo and Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) establishes August 7, 2009, as "National Purple Heart Recognition Day." The Purple Heart is awarded to those who have been wounded or killed in combat during military service. The resolution, expected to be approved by … Continue Reading


July 27, 2009

Crapo To Vote Against Sotomayor

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding his decision to vote against Supreme Court nominee of Sonia Sotomayor: "Judge Sotomayor has distinguished herself throughout her career, serving as a strong role model for many as she has excelled in her chosen field. She has demonstrated one of the greatest things about America-the opportunity to become whatever you want with your God-given abilities. I enjoyed my meeting with her and found her to be a perso… Continue Reading


July 24, 2009

Defense Bill Contains Idaho Housing Partnership

Washington, DC - A groundbreaking partnership to transfer unneeded housing units from the Mountain Home Air Force Base to members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes may soon be law, thanks to language added to a defense authorization bill. An amendment based on legislation written by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (S. 390), was included in the final passage of the FY 2010 Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390). Crapo supported the authorization bill, which passed the Senate on a vote of 87 to 7. "My legisl… Continue Reading


July 22, 2009

Crapo, Murray And Cantwell Introduce Bill To Protect Forest Land From Development While Saving Jobs

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Patty Murray (D-Washington) and Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) introduced legislation today that would protect private forestland from development by enabling non-profit conservation organizations to use bonds to purchase forest lands. Hailed by environmentalists and private landowners as a common sense solution, the Community Forestry Conservation Act of 2009, would allow communities to issue bonds on behalf of private non-profit organizati… Continue Reading


July 20, 2009

Idaho Delegation Reacts To Pfc. Bergdahl's Capture

Washington, DC - Members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation issued the following statement today in response to the capture of Hailey native, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, by Taliban forces in Afghanistan. "Out of respect for Private First Class Bergdahl and his family, we have been declining to comment on his capture by the Taliban," said Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Representatives Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick.  "With the Pentagon now confirming his identity, we add our thoughts and pray… Continue Reading

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