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November 19, 2010

Crapo Co-Sponsors Firearms Import Bill

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation regarding the import of collectible and antique firearms into the United States. "The Collectible Firearms Protection Act" would allow the import of curio or relic firearms by a licensed importer without the paperwork required by the U.S. Department of Defense. Crapo joins Senators Jon Tester (D-Montana), Max Baucus (D-Montana), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Lisa Murkow… Continue Reading

November 15, 2010

Crapo, Risch to Support Earmark Moratorium

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch announced today that they will vote in favor of a resolution that will place a moratorium on earmarks in the upcoming 112th Congress. A vote on the resolution, sponsored by Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), is expected on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate Republican Conference, along with several other fiscal policy proposals aimed at reversing out-of-control government spending. "Throughout my time in public service, I have made it a pri… Continue Reading

November 12, 2010

Cross-Country Book Trip Benefits Idaho Students

Washington, D.C. - Tight budgets won't stop students in the Notus School District from expanding their literary horizons this year. That's because the libraries at Notus Junior Senior High School and Notus Elementary School now have more than 150 new books, thanks to the Library of Congress and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Working with the Notus School District, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and his staff arranged for a delivery of books to the libraries at both schools. Like many other schools in Id… Continue Reading

November 10, 2010

Crapo: Fiscal Commission Needs Spending Focus

Washington, D.C. - Finding creative ways to reduce federal spending and the deficit will be key to the eventual success of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, according to Commission member and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. A member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, Crapo is one of three Republican Senators serving on the Commission. The Commission's co-chairs, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, today released their draft recommendations for ideas the Commission membership can… Continue Reading

November 09, 2010

Spirit of Freedom Awards Set For Veterans Day

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is honoring fourteen inspirational Idahoans this Veterans Day in ceremonies held in Boise, Lewiston, Pocatello, Sandpoint and Twin Falls. This is the ninth year Crapo has honored Idaho veterans and volunteers who work with veterans through the Spirit of Freedom Awards. "Veterans provide critical service and support to our State and nation that does not end with the conclusion of their military service," said Crapo. "They exemplify courage and discipli… Continue Reading

November 04, 2010

University Visits Supply Information About U.S. Senate Internships

Washington, D.C. - Many Idaho students seek internships in the Washington, D.C., and Idaho offices of the Idaho Congressional Delegation each year. To assist in that process, representatives from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's office will visit Idaho university campuses next week to meet with Idaho students to discuss the internship program. Crapo's internship coordinator and staff assistant Kathryn Hitch, as well as other staffers, will meet with students next week on the campuses of Boise State Un… Continue Reading

November 01, 2010

Delegation: Keep Potatoes in Nutrition Programs

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation is asking the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to reverse course and stop a recommendation to remove fresh white potatoes from the USDA's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Representatives Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick, note 9.3 million program participants and 32 million school children receive food and meals under dietary guidelines directed by USDA, and plans to end the availability of po… Continue Reading

October 29, 2010

Crapo: Idaho's Military Could Be Growing

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says Idaho's Mountain Home Air Force Base and Gowen Field at the Boise Air Terminal have made the cut for consideration in housing the Air Force's elite new F-35 aircraft and support personnel. The announcement means Idaho's military facilities are one more step closer to new missions. If chosen, the Air Force could be sending new personnel and aircraft to Idaho's facilities.… Continue Reading

October 27, 2010

Crapo Named 'Friend of Farm Bureau'

Twin Falls - As Idaho farm producers look to the United States Congress to stop expected tax increases scheduled for the end of this year, the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation announces it has named Idaho Senator Mike Crapo a "Friend of the Farm Bureau." Crapo is a member of the Senate Finance, Budget and Banking Committees, with jurisdiction over tax, funding and lending issues. Crapo will receive the "Friend of Farm Bureau Award" from Idaho Farm Bureau Executive Vice Preside… Continue Reading

October 26, 2010

Fuhriman, Crapo Announce Grant to Assist in Bringing New Westbound Air Service to Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls - Idaho Falls Mayor Jared Fuhriman and U.S. Senator Mike Crapo announced today that Idaho Falls has been awarded a $500,000 federal grant that will be used to establish additional air service westbound from eastern Idaho. Mayor Fuhriman and Senator Crapo worked with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the Department's Small Community Air Service Development Program on the grant, which helps address cost and airfare competitiveness for airlines offering service from smaller c… Continue Reading

October 22, 2010

Idahoans Who Help Vernon Baker Family Honored

Coeur d'Alene - A number of Idaho individuals, contractors and others stepped forward to volunteer their time to help the family of the late Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Vernon Baker of St. Maries. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has called the volunteers together to meet with Baker's wife, Heidy, and local elected officials on Monday, and to present each of them with his Spirit of Idaho Award. Two ceremonies, one in St. Maries, Baker's home for many years, and another in Post Falls, will be … Continue Reading

October 21, 2010

Crapo to Attend UI Homecoming; Public Policy Group Signing

Moscow - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be in Moscow for Saturday's University of Idaho homecoming events, including the Vandal football game against the New Mexico State Aggies and the Homecoming Parade. Crapo will also help announce a new student organization called the Idaho Law Public Policy Group on the University of Idaho campus. The group will increase and foster discussion on political and public policy issues among students on the campus through the University of Idaho Law School. Cr… Continue Reading

October 20, 2010

Crapo to Meet with Jacob Walk & Family; Discuss Airport Improvements

Lewiston - When the Social Security system fails Idahoans, their Senator or Congressman often steps in. Such is the case with Jacob Walk of Orofino, who won disability payments after Idaho Senator Mike Crapo took up his case with the federal agency.  Jacob suffers from type-2 neurofibromatosis, a debilitating disease which has caused him considerable difficulties working and walking and has affected his eyesight. Crapo and his staff engaged agency officials and provided detail about Jacob's cond… Continue Reading

October 18, 2010

Idaho Small Businesses Tell Crapo They Are Ready to “March On Washington”

Boise - Idaho small business leaders told Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today that they are ready to "march on Washington" to get assurances that job-killing taxes and regulations won't increase next year. A roundtable of Idaho small business leaders convened by Crapo was unanimous in saying that new hiring is off the table until business owners have certainty about the tax and regulatory future of the nation. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax issues… Continue Reading

October 15, 2010

Crapo: Bottom Line is Deficit of $1.29 Trillion

Idaho Falls - For the second straight year, the record deficits being rung up by the federal government will top $1 trillion, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says that trend must be reversed-and soon. The U.S. Treasury Department's Fiscal Year 2010 year-end report released today shows that the federal deficit hit $1.29 trillion. Last fiscal year, the federal deficit hit an all-time high of $1.4 trillion. Back-to-back trillion dollar deficits have pushed the national debt to more than $13.5 trillion… Continue Reading

October 15, 2010

Crapo Tours Self-Help Housing Project, Veteran's Memorial

Idaho Falls - The can-do spirit of Idahoans will be highlighted this weekend as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo visits with families putting their sweat equity into the expansion of a mutual self-help housing project near Rigby. Crapo will visit with members of the 32 families who are completing work on the Pepperwood Crossing Housing Development, part of the 150 homes that have been built in the area since 1998. Pepperwood Crossing is associated with the East Idaho Community Action Partnership's affor… Continue Reading

October 14, 2010

Further Job Losses Expected, If Pending Tax Increases Are Not Prevented

Boise - A new study predicts Idaho could lose up to 3,000 jobs each year if existing tax relief passed by Congress in 2001 and 2003 is not extended before the end of this year. Idaho small business owners say looming tax increases and the rising cost of providing health care could result in employers putting off hiring decisions. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says for these reasons and others, it is essential that Congress keep current tax rates in place and resist increasing taxes. He is conveni… Continue Reading

October 13, 2010

Grassley, Hatch, Kyl, Crapo Release Chief Actuary Analysis Concluding Medicare Advantage Costs for Beneficiaries Are Going Up Under Health Care Overhaul

Washington, D.C. - Four members of the Senate Finance Committee today released findings from the nation's chief Medicare actuary that the health care overhaul will cause on average hundreds of dollars in increased out-of-pocket annual costs for Medicare Advantage enrollees starting next year. The analysis from chief actuary Rick Foster came in response to a request from Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, and committee members Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Jon Kyl and S… Continue Reading

October 13, 2010

Crapo Honors Effort for Veterans

Buhl - An Idaho-based program honoring wounded veterans for their service by offering the "hunt of a lifetime" will itself be honored tomorrow by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The Doug Bridges Memorial Hunts Program honors the memory and service of Army Corporal Doug Bridges of Buhl. Bridges' service inspired Monte and Dianne Bruhn to establish the program that offers returning veterans guided hunts in the Idaho backcountry at no charge. The Bruhns call it a chance to both thank veterans for thei… Continue Reading

October 11, 2010

Rally Urges Action to Keep Idaho Children Safe

Boise - More than a third of women who seek emergency care in U.S. hospital emergency rooms are sent there by an injury from a former spouse or dating partner. Since 2001, 19 infants and children have been victims of domestic violence-related homicides in Idaho, including an eight-month-old boy. These are the sobering facts about domestic violence and children. They are the reason Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is joining with Idaho health professionals, Idaho mothers and children, leaders of the … Continue Reading

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