News Releases

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

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 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 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

March 09, 2011

Small Brewery Tax Bill Would Create Jobs, Open Markets

Washington, D.C.  - Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) today introduced legislation to reduce the beer excise tax for America's small brewers. The Brewer's Employment and Excise Relief (BEER) Act will help create jobs at more than 1,600 small breweries nationwide, which collectively employ nearly 100,000 people. Idaho and Massachusetts are home to dozens of small breweries.  "Like any private business, craft brewing is all about supply and demand," said Cra… Continue Reading

March 09, 2011

Crapo, Johnson Introduce Bill to End Shortfall of Veterinarians in Rural Areas

Washington, DC-U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota)  today continued their efforts to end the shortfall of veterinarians in rural areas by introducing the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act of 2011 .  The bipartisan bill would help meet the growing demand for veterinarians nationwide by eliminating taxes on programs that encourage veterinarians to practice in underserved areas.  This legislation would provide a federal income tax exemption… Continue Reading

March 08, 2011

Crapo: Congress Fiddles While Nation Burns

 Washington, D.C.  - The debate on Capitol Hill reflects a contrast this week, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo:  as Senators debate short-term spending bills to keep the government running, they may be ignoring the bigger picture posed by the growing $14 trillion in debt.  Crapo joined the chairmen and members of the President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform for two presentations today, on Capitol Hill and broadcast on C-SPAN, to urge members of Congress to address more th… Continue Reading

March 07, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Greenleaf, Mountain Home, Idaho City, Caldwell

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 Boise, Cany… Continue Reading

March 07, 2011

Crapo Seeks to Rein in Energy Prices

Washington, D.C.  - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has co-sponsored two bills that seek to put the brakes on gas price hikes by increasing domestic oil production in Alaska and offshore, and by stopping anticipated tax increases related to increased federal regulations. The No Cost Stimulus Act expands U.S. oil production and seeks to lower prices by easing permitting prices for production on government properties, off-shore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).  "Opening ANWR to respo… Continue Reading

March 02, 2011

Senators Recognize Civil Air Patrol Members

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) to introduce bipartisan legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who provided, as civilian volunteers using their own aircraft, extraordinary public and combat emergency services during World War II. Joining Harkin, the Commander of the Congressional Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, and Crapo in introducing the legislation were Senators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Olymp… Continue Reading

March 01, 2011

Crapo: GAO Report Shows Immense Duplication in Federal Programs

Washington, D.C. - A new report from the federal government's General Accounting Office (GAO) is fueling the fires for renewed efforts to reduce spending on Capitol Hill, says Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The GAO report, requested by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), who is working with Crapo in a bipartisan group of six Senators seeking to implement new deficit reduction plans, clearly shows duplication among the efforts of a number of federal programs. Coburn estimates there may be more than $100 … Continue Reading

March 01, 2011

Crapo is Ranking Member on New Fiscal Responsibility Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. - Furthering his leadership in fiscal and budget reform issues, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be the lead Republican on a newly-created Senate subcommittee dealing with fiscal, budget and debt issues during the 112th Congress. Crapo has been named Ranking Member of the new Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth. As such, Crapo will work with Subcommittee Chairman Bill Nelson (D-Florida) to consider how Congress will address the spending and fisc… Continue Reading

February 28, 2011

Jim McClure Honored on Floor of the U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. - Idaho icon and former U.S. Senator Jim McClure was honored today in the Senate Chamber where he spent 18 years working for Idahoans. During a speech on the Senate floor, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo noted McClure's exemplary record of public service to Idaho and the nation, McClure's trailblazing work across the political aisle and the mentor that McClure was for Crapo. Crapo offered this statement in honor of McClure, his wife Louise and the McClure family. STATEMENT HONORING… Continue Reading

February 27, 2011

Crapo Statement on Passing of Senator Jim McClure

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released this statement on the passing of an Idaho legend, retired U.S. Senator James A. McClure: "Jim McClure set a standard for public servants that will endure for generations. His unfailing good will and respect for others, together with his essential western conservatism, are still the best model for how to engage today's public policy debates. "Jim's legacy as a Congressman and Senator is broad and in many issues such as energy and… Continue Reading

February 17, 2011

Crapo, Colleagues Move to Block Internet Regulation Power Grab

Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must be stopped in trying to implement rulemaking that could affect Americans' access to the Internet and stifle innovations that have made the Internet a world-wide base for information and technology. That is the message being sent by a Senate Resolution introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and 38 of his colleagues concerning the so-called "net neutrality" regulations recently approved by the FCC. This action followed similar pre… Continue Reading

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