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January 25, 2011

Delegation Says Wild Lands Order Circumvents Public, Congress

Washington, DC - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation are alarmed by the recent decision of the U.S. Secretary of Interior to order a "new tier of public land protection" that may circumvent the public, stakeholders and Congress, and could damage collaborative land management. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador wrote Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today, asking him to further explain his Wild Lands directive, which was issued as an execu… Continue Reading

January 25, 2011

Crapo: "Big Thing" Should Lead To Smaller Federal Government

Washington, DC â?? Following President Obamaâ??s State of the Union address this evening, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released this statement:â??There is no question that the most critical priority for our country is to get our fiscal house in order. The crisis that grips our nation is strangling the economy and is working against job creation and economic recovery. Deficit and debt control is not only important to maintaining economic stability, but will also protect our children, grandchildren an… Continue Reading

January 21, 2011

Idaho Delegation: Softwood Ruling Positive Step For Restoring Trade Fairness

Washington, DC - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation say a ruling today by a London Court of International Arbitration could help Idaho and U.S. timber workers and industry through improving the fairness of the lumber market, impacted by Canada's unfair trade practices. The court ruled in favor of the U.S. over trade involving Canadian lumber originating in Quebec and Ontario. The Idaho Delegation and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) have also sought relief regarding below-market val… Continue Reading

January 21, 2011

Crapo: More Outreach, Education Needed on Teen Dating Violence

Washington, D.C. - Cases of teen dating violence throughout the country are unfortunately on the rise as one-third of teenagers have reported being physically, emotionally or verbal abused by a dating partner, according to a recent Liz Claiborne survey. In response to this alarming statistic, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is taking action by introducing a Senate resolution designating February 2011 as "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month." "Sadly, polls and statistics show… Continue Reading

January 14, 2011

Crapo Welcomes Interns to D.C. Office

Washington, D.C. - Three Idaho students and one student from Australia are getting a firsthand look at the workings of Congress and the federal government while serving Idahoans as interns for the spring semester in the Washington, D.C. office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. "As a former Capitol Hill intern, I recognize the immense value of internships in professional development and kindling interest in the political process and public service," said Crapo. "We are also grateful for the dedicat… Continue Reading

January 07, 2011

Idaho Students Receive Crapo's Nomination for Service Academies

Washington, DC - Nearly 50 Idaho students have received nominations from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in applying to enter United States military service academies during the coming year. Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives make annual nominations to four of the service academies. The academies then select from the students nominated. Crapo made nominations to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New… Continue Reading

January 05, 2011

Crapo Enters New Term With Focus on Jobs, Deficit

Washington, D.C. - Putting a focus on job creation and deficit reduction should top the list of priorities for new members of the 112th Congress, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo was sworn in today on Capitol Hill to serve his third term in the Senate. Crapo, who was escorted to the well of the Senate to take the oath by Idaho Senator Jim Risch, expects to increase his Senate seniority through influential positions on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget and Environment and Public Wor… Continue Reading

January 03, 2011

Crapo Office Travels to Emmett, Cascade, Council

Boise - In an effort to make it easier for Idahoans to reach out to his office, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's staff will be conducting more remote office hours across southwestern Idaho.  Crapo's Caldwell office closed in December as part of a cost-saving measure, which now allows state staff to host additional locations for remote office hours. Crapo's Regional Director Bryan Ricker will travel to a number of southwest Idaho counties on a rotating basis each month. This month, Ricker will be in Ad… Continue Reading

December 21, 2010

Senators Seek Action on Wolf Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Noting substantial increases in wolf populations as states comply with federal recovery efforts, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch worked today to pass legislation in the U.S. Senate that would remove wolves from endangered species protection. The Idaho senators joined colleagues from Wyoming and Utah to offer the legislation for unanimous consent of the Senate; an objection by one Senator, Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), ended consideration of the bill, likely for the res… Continue Reading

December 14, 2010

McConnell Selects Senator Crapo to LeadCommittee on Committees

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has selected Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) to chair the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for the Committee assignments during the 112th Congress. The assignment marks the fourth consecutive Congressional two-year term that Senate leadership has asked Crapo to chair negotiations among his Republican peers in the Senate. "Mike is a trusted advisor and has the respect of his colleagues," Senat… Continue Reading

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

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