News Releases

June 16, 2010

Small Business: The Backbone Of The Economy

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as its 2009 Mentor of the Year for its "commitment to mentoring small business." INL was given this honor for its work with small businesses through its Mentor-Protégé Program, which seeks to enhance "the capabilities of small businesses to perform contracts and subcontracts for INL, other DOE Laboratories and federal agencies." There is a very good reason why INL and DOE seek to support and mentor small… Continue Reading

June 16, 2010

Crapo Statement At CIEDRA Hearning

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Public Lands and Forest Subcommittee today regarding the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA) legislation. The legislation originally introduced by Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson received a hearing before the subcommittee today. Crapo and Idaho Senator Jim Risch are sponsoring the bill in the Senate. Thank you, Chairman Johnson, Chairman Wyden and Senator Risch for th… Continue Reading

June 15, 2010

Crapo, Klobuchar Legislation To Protect Consumers From Formaldehyde Passes Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) announced today that their legislation, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act, has passed the full Senate. The bipartisan bill will establish national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, protecting consumers from potentially hazardous levels of the chemical. The new standards would apply to both domestic products and foreign imports. "Not only does this legislation protec… Continue Reading

June 15, 2010

Crapo Men's Health Resolution Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - As Father's Day approaches, the U.S. Senate has approved a resolution introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo designating this week as "National Men's Health Week."  The legislation, S. Res. 547, calls for increased awareness and attention to testing that can prevent cancer, heart disease and other ailments that many men often ignore. Crapo, a two-time prostate cancer survivor, has long pushed to improve awareness of men's health issues. Crapo noted that men overall have a s… Continue Reading

June 11, 2010

Crapo: We Must Honor Our Commitment To Victims Of Crime

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June 11, 2010

An Energy Policy That Works

Last year at this time, Americans were watching as the price of oil climbed above $120 a barrel. Four dollars a gallon gasoline was causing "pain at the pump," and Americans were pleading with Congress to craft a comprehensive national energy policy that would result in the creation of American jobs, ensure domestic security, and reduce emissions at the lowest cost to the consumer. Despite these calls to action, a year has passed, and we are no closer to an energy policy that will accomplish … Continue Reading

June 10, 2010

Blackfoot River Land Settlement Approved In Committee

Washington, D.C. - Federal legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to settle land claims along the Blackfoot River in eastern Idaho has been approved by a Senate committee. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today approved S. 2802, the Blackfoot River Land Settlement Act. Crapo is a member of the committee. The legislation brings to a close years of uncertainty over land adjacent to the Blackfoot River that was cut off by the river when federal flood control projects were unde… Continue Reading

June 10, 2010

Idaho Senators Oppose EPA Rulemaking

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined with a bipartisan group of senators in support of a resolution to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. The resolution, sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski and 40 other senators, would throw out the endangerment finding on greenhouse gases and halt new EPA regulations set to take effect next year. A motion to proceed to the resolution failed 47-53. "Allowing any federal agency to unilaterally … Continue Reading

June 08, 2010

Crapo to Discuss Spending Issues With Idahoans

Washington, DC - Senator Mike Crapo will offer Idahoans an update on federal spending, health care, and other issues being debated in Congress during a statewide teleconference tomorrow evening, June 9th. Crapo is inviting Idahoans to participate in his iTownhall meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. Mountain/6:00 p.m. Pacific. To sign up for the iTownhall meeting, please go to Crapo's website, and click on the iTownhall icon. You will be directed to send an e-mail reques… Continue Reading

June 08, 2010

Delegation, Mayor Announce TRACON Will Stay

Washington, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation and Boise Mayor David Bieter announced today that the Boise Airport will retain the TRACON radar control system. During personal telephone calls today to Delegation Members and the Mayor, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the department is dropping plans to co-locate the Boise TRACON with Salt Lake City. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had wanted to move the Boise system because of alleged cost savings, but t… Continue Reading

June 07, 2010

Senators: Potatoes Should Be In Federal Program

Washington, D.C. - A popular federal nutrition program does not offer white potatoes to women, infants and children, and Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch want that changed. The Idahoans are part of a bipartisan group of 19 Senators who have written U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking him to include potatoes with other fruits and vegetables offered as part of the federal government's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. The WIC Program makes qualifying foods available for … Continue Reading

June 02, 2010

Crapo Welcomes Summer Interns To D.C.

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomes four Idaho students to Washington, D.C. as they begin serving summer internships on Capitol Hill. • Susan Duff is from Blackfoot and a 2009 graduate of Snake River High School. She is a sophomore at Brigham Young University, studying business management and veterinary science and plans to graduate in 2013. • Caitlin Fuller hails from Coeur d'Alene and is a 2007 graduate of Coeur d'Alene High School. She is a senior at Boise State Univers… Continue Reading

May 28, 2010

Republican Senators Call For Transparency, Accountability In Financial Reform Conference

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Judd Gregg (R-NH), the Republican Senate conferees on financial reform, today sent a letter to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) calling for transparency, accountability, and fairness in the upcoming conference committee proceedings. The Senators urged Dodd and Frank to adopt the follo… Continue Reading

May 26, 2010

Collaborative Marks Anniversary With MOU, Funding Announcement

Lewiston - The Clearwater Basin Collaborative, convened by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in 2008, celebrated its second anniversary today in Lewiston with a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) and the potential to create more than 350 jobs with up to $80 million in funding. The co-chairs and members of the project approved the MOU to work with the U.S. Forest Service on specific projects involved with the collaborative. The Idaho project seeks consensus to manage public lands in the Clearwater Basi… Continue Reading

May 25, 2010

Crapo Named To Conference Committee On Financial Reform

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been named as one of twelve members of the U.S. Senate who will serve on a conference committee on the recently-passed financial regulatory reform bill. Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, will be part of the bipartisan group attempting to work out differences between the financial reform bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate earlier this year. "As a conferee, I am hopeful that we can find common grou… Continue Reading

May 20, 2010

Crapo To Keynote Relay For Life, Discuss Biomass

Washington, D.C. - Promoting health awareness and early testing has always been a high priority for Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, and he will share his personal story as a cancer survivor during opening ceremonies this Friday for the Kootenai County Relay for Life. The Relay is the largest annual event held by the American Cancer Society in north Idaho. Crapo will join area mayors and leaders during the opening ceremonies and discuss his personal triumph over prostate cancer and his advocacy for ear… Continue Reading

May 20, 2010

Clearwater Basin Collaborative Announcement Planned Monday

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join U.S. Forest Service Supervisor Rick Brazell, the co-chairmen and members of the Collaborative Work Group, Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Fish and Game, local county commissioners, sportsmen, conservationists and others on Monday for an important announcement concerning the Clearwater Basin Collaborative. The announcement concerns plans for the project that could present significant and long-term economic and environmental benefits for people and wild… Continue Reading

May 19, 2010

Delegation Welcomes New Doe-Idaho Manager

Washington, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation are welcoming the new manager for the Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office. Rick Provencher will become DOE-Idaho Manager next week, succeeding interim manager Dennis Miotla. Provencher is the former manager of the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho National Laboratory. "Having someone with Rick Provencher's previous experience on the Idaho Cleanup Project since 2004 means he already knows Idaho and the INL along with ou… Continue Reading

May 14, 2010

Crapo, Risch, Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Bill To Continue Water Research At Land Grant Colleges

Washington, DC - In a bipartisan effort to protect our nation's water supply, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), ranking member of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, along with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and James Risch (R-ID), have introduced a bill to continue funding for land grant universities in every state to research best methods for improving the safety and reliabi… Continue Reading

May 14, 2010

Crapo To Discuss Salmon Recovery, Access Issues In Riggins

Washington, D.C. - A strong Chinook salmon fishing season provides the backdrop for discussions about salmon recovery this weekend involving Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Riggins Mayor Bob Crump and members of the Riggins City Council and local outfitters. Crapo will be in Riggins to discuss salmon recovery as well as initiate discussions over local public lands access for area trail users. Idaho mountain bikers are seeking to maintain access on public lands but are encountering problems when for… Continue Reading

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