News Releases

July 10, 2009

Idaho Ag, Energy Projects Clear Funding Hurdle

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch say research efforts involving energy and agriculture in Idaho have fared well this week as the Senate Appropriations Committee made funding recommendations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 spending measures. Funding for the projects still must clear the full Senate and be approved by a conference committee with the U.S. House of Representatives. "The research and technology development conducted in Idaho in the energy and agricultural fie… Continue Reading


July 09, 2009

Crapo To Discuss Energy, Health Issues In Statewide Forum

Washington, DC - Senator Mike Crapo will offer Idahoans an update on energy, health care and other issues being debated in Congress during a statewide teleconference next week. Crapo is inviting Idahoans to sign up for his iTownhall meeting, which will be held on the evening of Wednesday, July 15th. The call will begin at 7:00 p.m. Mountain/6:00 p.m. Pacific. To sign up for the iTownhall meeting, please go to Crapo's website, http://crapo.senate.gov and click on the iTownhall icon. You will b… Continue Reading


July 09, 2009

Crapo: Health Care Plans Must Make Fiscal Sense

Washington, DC - Some reform of the nation's health care system is needed to reduce costs and improve access to quality coverage, but whatever plan Congress adopts must make fiscal sense, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee that is working on one reform plan, said today that preliminary scores from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) of one draft health reform bill show that this proposal is not passing financial muster. "An analysis from the… Continue Reading


July 07, 2009

Owyhee Science Review Center Clears Hurdle

Washington, DC - A critical part of the Owyhee Initiative land management legislation led by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo through Congress received initial funding approval today from the Senate Appropriations Committee. In outlining agricultural appropriations for Fiscal Year 2010, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $300,000 for the establishment and operations of the Rangeland Ecosystems Dynamics Program. The program, envisioned as the Science Review Center in the original Owyhee Ini… Continue Reading


July 07, 2009

Crapo: Include Nuclear In Climate Change Plans

Washington, DC - Any successful effort at addressing climate change, including cap and trade legislation, must include incentives to increase energy production from nuclear power sources, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo told Cabinet secretaries from the Obama Administration today. Crapo's comments came during a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. As a member of the committee, he had the opportunity to question Energy Secretary Steven Chu and hear testimony from Agriculture Sec… Continue Reading


July 01, 2009

Owyhee Initiative Funding Begins

Duck Valley Indian Reservation - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation tomorrow to discuss the first phase of funding that will implement provisions of the Owyhee Initiative land management legislation he passed earlier this year. The Owyhee Initiative, an eight-year collaborative written by Idahoans and led by Crapo in Congress, was authorized in the Omnibus Land Management Act of 2009. The process of allocating funding to… Continue Reading


June 29, 2009

Crapo, Risch Announce $1 Million For Ranchers

Washington, DC - Ranchers who lose livestock to wolf depredation in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming may be eligible for reimbursement from a fund of $1 million established in part by the efforts of Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. Idaho's Senators included language in the recently-passed Omnibus Public Lands Bill (Public Law 111-11) to establish the Wolf Livestock Demonstration Project. The Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies has set a… Continue Reading


June 25, 2009

Idaho, Montana Downwinder Bill Reintroduced

Washington, DC - All four Senators representing Idaho and Montana are sponsoring new legislation that would make residents of the two states eligible for a federal government program that compensates people who lived in affected areas downwind of the Nevada Test Site during periods of atmospheric nuclear testing during the 1950s and 60s. Under the legislation, those victims would be compensated if they contracted cancer or other specified compensable diseases following the testing. The bipartisa… Continue Reading


June 24, 2009

Crapo, Leahy Introduce Crime Victims Reauthorization Bill

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) have introduced legislation to preserve and enhance federal assistance to crime victims under the Victims of Crime Act. The Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act will ensure that victims of crime, through victim service providers around the country, will receive essential services that they need to become survivors and move forward with their lives. The Crime Victims Fund serves roughly four million crime victims ever… Continue Reading


June 24, 2009

Energy Needs Spur New Legislation, Caucus

Washington, DC. - Because Idahoans can't face another summer of rising energy prices, Congress must act quickly on comprehensive energy legislation, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo is joining with members of the new Senate Western Caucus to introduce the Clean, Affordable, Reliable Energy Act, known as the CARE Act, this week. The CARE Act promotes development of new alternative and renewable energy, while expanding domestic oil and gas operations. It seeks to streamline the leas… Continue Reading


June 18, 2009

Crapo Fights To Keep Water Rights

Washington, DC. - Concerned about significant expansions in the power of the federal government, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today voted against S. 787, the Clean Water Restoration Act, despite its passage by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). Crapo, a member of the Senate EPW Committee, also placed a "hold" on the bill, signaling his readiness to filibuster the bill if necessary. "This bill threatens the current Clean Water Act statute and would allow for government reg… Continue Reading


June 17, 2009

Crapo Statement On Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Plan

Washington, DC. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Republican Capital Markets Task Force and a member of the Senate Banking Committee, issued the following statement today following the announcement by the Obama Administration on financial regulatory reforms: "I intend to push for reforms that modernize and rationalize our federal financial regulatory system to handle the challenges of 21st century markets while ensuring American financial companies can compete in a global econo… Continue Reading


June 17, 2009

Crapo: Doctor-Patient Role Must Be Protected In Health Care Reform

Washington, DC. - With the process of crafting health care reform legislation underway before the Senate Finance Committee, Committee Member Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says doctors must maintain their critical role in leading health care decision-making. Crapo is co-sponsoring the PATIENTS (Preserving Access to Targeted, Individualized, and Effective New Treatments and Services) Act of 2009, which has been introduced by fellow Committee member Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) and Senate Republican Lead… Continue Reading


June 16, 2009

Crapo Meets With Judge Sotomayor

Washington, DC. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said today he enjoyed a "pleasant, but brief" meeting this afternoon with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Following the 15-minute meeting, Crapo said he would wait to decide how he would vote on Sotomayor's nomination until after formal confirmation hearings expected next month before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Judge Sotomayor and I enjoyed a pleasant, but brief meeting, and I appreciate her willingness to meet with Senators persona… Continue Reading


June 12, 2009

Crapo, Risch Seek Forest Jobs, Collaboration Funding

Washington, DC. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are asking Senate appropriators to fully fund a program that would create new jobs and renewable energy products in the nation's forests, while protecting watersheds and wildlife habitat. Both Senators joined 14 other colleagues to request $40 million in funding for the Forest Landscape Restoration Act. The original language, sponsored by Crapo, was included in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act passed earlier this year. The Senate Ap… Continue Reading


June 10, 2009

Crapo Welcomes Summer Interns

Washington, DC. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomes a number of students from Idaho to his offices to serve their internships this summer. All will be assisting with constituent contacts, legislative responsibilities, office administrative tasks and other duties. Four Idaho graduates and students are serving in Crapo's Washington DC office this summer: •Casey Attebery is a junior, studying Political Science at the University of Idaho. He is a native of Fruitland and graduated from Fruitlan… Continue Reading


June 02, 2009

Crapo Announces New Regional Directors

Washington, DC. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces new leadership in his Idaho offices in Twin Falls and Caldwell. The changes took effect June 1. AJ Church is Crapo's new Regional Director in the South-Central Office, located in Twin Falls. Church, a Magic Valley native, is returning home to Twin Falls after working as Crapo's Regional Director in the Southwestern State Office in Caldwell. Church, born and raised in Twin Falls, is a graduate of Twin Falls High School and recently graduated… Continue Reading


June 01, 2009

Salmon Funding Restored, Thanks To Crapo, Risch

Washington, DC. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have successfully convinced the Obama Administration to restore $50 million in funding to restore Northwest salmon. The President and his staff responded to requests from Crapo, Risch and others in the Pacific Northwest to an original Fiscal Year 2010 budget proposal that would have zeroed out the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Program. "Idaho is home to half of the critical spawning habitat for salmon, and the federal government must… Continue Reading


May 28, 2009

Crapo To Address Energy, Salmon, Water Issues

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss energy-related issues, such as renewable energy, water and endangered salmon plans, during a speech to the NW Energy Coalition on Friday. Crapo, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Ranking Member on the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, has been a part of hearings involving issues such as species recovery and climate change. He convened a salmon and water summit in 2003, bringing Northwest participants to the Idaho Stateh… Continue Reading


May 28, 2009

Idaho Exempted From New Roadless Directive

Boise, ID - Idaho Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo say they are pleased that a new U.S. Forest Service directive on roadless areas will exclude Idaho. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that no road construction or timber removal will take place on National Forests under the Roadless Area Conservation Rule without approval from the Secretary for one year. "Idahoans worked hard through a collaborative process to put together a roadless plan that made sense for our state. I… Continue Reading

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