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December 14, 2010

Crapo: Bipartisan Work Must Continue on Debt

Washington, D.C. - The bipartisan ideas to reduce the national debt discussed by the President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform should be further engaged by the Congress, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. A member of the Fiscal Commission, Crapo spoke on the Senate floor as part of a bipartisan coalition that seeks agreement to make reducing the debt a priority. Crapo said focusing on debt issues is a natural follow-up to an expected Senate agreement to hold the line agai… Continue Reading

December 10, 2010

Idaho Delegation Notified of New Training Mission

Washington, D.C. - The Idaho delegation received notification today that Mountain Home Air Force Base has been chosen as the preferred site to host a training mission for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The training is part of a $60 billion arms package the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is purchasing from the U.S., which includes 84 new F-15E fighter jets and upgrades to the Saudi's current inventory of F-15C fighters. "With this decision, the Air Force recognizes the unparalleled asse… Continue Reading

December 09, 2010

Crapo: White House Meeting Spurs Momentum on Debt Discussions

Washington, D.C. - Following a meeting at the White House this morning, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said he is confident that serious discussions to lower the national debt will continue now that the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has finished its work. A majority of Commission members, including Crapo, agreed to move forward with plans to reduce the national deficit, but the recommendations did not receive enough votes to mandate action by the U.S. Senate and H… Continue Reading

December 08, 2010

Senators Want Potatoes On Plate During Mexican Talks

Washington, D.C. - When the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture renews talks with Mexico this week, potatoes should be on the plate, say U.S. Senators from Idaho and Washington. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Patty Murray (D-Washington) wrote USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, advising him to include potatoes among the trade issues he discusses with Mexican officials. Mexico agreed in 2003 to allow the distribution of potatoes to its northern states, but, to date, have limited tha… Continue Reading

December 02, 2010

Crapo, Coburn Announce Support for Debt Commission Plan

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma) released the following statement today announcing their support for the recommendations of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. "Our debt crisis is a threat to not just our way of life, but our national survival. History has not been kind to great nations who borrowed and spent beyond their means. Doing nothing will, sooner rather than later, guarantee that this nation… Continue Reading

December 01, 2010

Crapo: Fiscal Commission Right to Focus on Tax Reform, Spending Freezes

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo had the last word as the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform wrapped up its series of meetings. Crapo was the last commissioner to give remarks in the closing session of the Commission, which released a federal deficit reduction plan this morning. The 18-member commission began meeting in April; its report is due today, December 1, and will be voted on later this week. Crapo said the plan correctly focuses on spending reduction a… Continue Reading

November 23, 2010

Delegation: EPA Plan Ignores Science, Citizens

Washington, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation charge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ignoring local concerns and a scientific review panel in moving ahead with a bloated and long-term plan for environmental actions related to mining activity in the Silver Valley. Worse yet, said Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick in separate public comment letters, the multi-billion dollar plan could worsen pollution problems and har… Continue Reading

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

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