News Releases

February 10, 2009

Crapo Votes Against "Dangerous" Stimulus Bill

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against the Senate version of the economic stimulus bill today, concerned that the legislation may become a "long-term problem" that could plunge the nation into $2 trillion in debt and make economic conditions worse over the next ten years. The full Senate voted 61 to 37 to send H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as amended, to a conference committee with the U.S. House of Representatives to reconcile differences between t… Continue Reading


February 09, 2009

Crapo Votes No On Stimulus Bill

Washington, DC - Citing concerns that the bill could plunge the country into trillions of dollars of debt and actually worsen the long-term economic situation, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted today against stopping debate and consideration of amendments on H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The cloture vote, bringing to an end debate on the Collins-Nelson Substitute Amendment, moves the measure toward final passage. Requiring 60 votes, cloture was invoked by the Senate by… Continue Reading


February 06, 2009

Crapo Welcomes Spring Interns

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomes several Idaho students to his Washington, DC, and state offices this year as they serve as interns for the spring semester. All will be assisting with constituent contacts, legislative responsibilities, office administrative tasks and other duties. Crapo's intern coordinator is also visiting Idaho next week to answer questions about the internship process. Rachel Johnson, a former Crapo intern herself, will visit a number of Idaho locations, … Continue Reading


February 06, 2009

Idaho Delegation Seeks Help For Dairy Producers

Washington, DC - Idaho's Congressional Delegation has written U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to urge assistance for the Idaho dairy industry through enhanced utilization of existing federal programs. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Representatives Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick say Idaho dairy producers have seen steep drops in the price they receive for dairy products and that a review of existing programs is needed to ensure they are best utilized or improved to enable dairy pr… Continue Reading


February 05, 2009

Committee Assignments Reflect Idaho Priorities

At the start of every new Congress, Senate committee assignments are reviewed and changes are made. While some of my committee assignments have remained the same-I've retained my positions on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Budget Committee-I have been successful in obtaining two new committee assignments (both ones I've held in the past) that reflect priorities Idahoans place on our remarkable natural resources and a commitment to… Continue Reading


February 05, 2009

Health Care Reform Bill Reintroduced

Washington, DC - A bipartisan Senate proposal to reform America's health care policies by expanding market-based health insurance to more Americans was reintroduced today by a coalition of Senators, including Idaho's Mike Crapo. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, said that the Healthy Americans Act is a strong legislative option for health care reform that will expand coverage to everyone without driving up costs or raising taxes. "The Healthy Americans Act would guarantee priva… Continue Reading


February 03, 2009

Crapo Sets ITown Hall Meeting Dates

Washington, DC - The new session of Congress means Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has renewed his plans to use technology to speak with Idahoans from Washington, DC, about the issues before the Senate. Crapo expects economic and tax issues may dominate his first iTownHall meeting of this year, scheduled for February 11, 2009. The iTownHall format allows Crapo to speak with thousands of Idahoans in a conference call format, using the telephone. Signing up for the iTownHall is easy at Crapo's website… Continue Reading


February 03, 2009

Crapo: Gregg Excellent Choice For Commerce

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says his partner and Ranking Member on the Senate Budget Committee Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire) will make an excellent Commerce Secretary. "Senator Gregg knows the relationship between government and the private sector as well as anyone in Washington," Crapo said. "He has shown his ability to work across the political aisle and get things done on the Budget Committee and I am confident he will be ready to do the same leading our economic efforts as Co… Continue Reading


February 02, 2009

Crapo Opposes Attorney General Nomination

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted today against the nomination of Eric Holder to become U.S. Attorney General. Holder was confirmed by a Senate vote of 75 to 21. Crapo is a long-time advocate for Second Amendment rights, and serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. "There must be strong reasons to reject a new President's nominee but my 'nay' vote today is justified regarding Eric Holder's nomination to become Attorney General of the United States," said Crapo… Continue Reading


February 02, 2009

Crapo Announces National Teen Dating Violence Awareness And Prevention Week 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In an annual effort to raise awareness of the crime of teen dating violence nationwide, Senator Mike Crapo announced that February 2 - 6, 2009 is "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week," as declared by S. Res. 710, which passed the full Senate in December. This marks the fourth year that the United States Senate has unanimously passed Crapo's resolution declaring the first full week in February as a time to encourage local, state and national organizations… Continue Reading


February 02, 2009

Governor, Delegation Call On President To Proceed With Wolf Delisting

(BOISE) - Idaho leaders have sent a letter to President Barack Obama today, asking him to allow publication of a federal rule removing wolves from the list of endangered species and implementing Idaho's state wolf management plan. "Idaho has a long and successful history of managing big game and other species," the letter states. "We are prepared to manage wolves in a sustainable manner within our borders." The letter is signed by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, U.S. Se… Continue Reading


January 31, 2009

CRAPO PLANS I-TOWNHALL MEETING

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January 29, 2009

Delegation Applauds Selection Of DOE-Idaho Interim Manager

Washington, DC - Idaho's Congressional Delegation applauded today's announcement that Dennis Miotla has been named interm manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office at the Idaho National Laboratory. Miotla succeeds Elizabeth Sellars, who is retiring as Idaho Operations Office Manager, and is an 18-year DOE veteran. "We are pleased to learn that Dennis Miotla has been named the Interim Manager of the DOE's offices in Idaho," said Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Co… Continue Reading


January 28, 2009

Be Outside!

"Eventually, most of us figure out that it's people, not nature, who create morality, values, ethics-and even the idea that nature itself is something worth preserving. We choose to be shepherds and stewards, or we don't…We will live wisely-preserving water and air and everything else intrinsic to the equation we're only beginning to understand-or we won't, in which case Nature will fill the vacuum when we leave." --Seth Norman, in Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods" (2006) In "Last Child… Continue Reading


January 27, 2009

Crapo: President Makes His Case, But It Still Costs Too Much

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo was among a group of Republican Senators meeting with President Barack Obama today on Capitol Hill to discuss economic stimulus legislation. While Crapo characterized the meeting as friendly, he said he remains opposed to the current stimulus package proposed by the President. Crapo is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which broke from its executive session considering parts of the stimulus plan, to meet with the President. "President Obama an… Continue Reading


January 23, 2009

Crapo Readies For Highway Reauthorization

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who has returned to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), is co-sponsoring legislation to protect the interests and funding of rural states during upcoming highway reauthorization efforts in Congress. Later this year, Congress will take up a renewed funding plan for the nation's transportation system. As a member of EPW, Crapo will work to ensure that rural states like Idaho are well-represented on the committee that will oversee the … Continue Reading


January 22, 2009

Senators Introduce Bill To Promote Biogas Production Through Tax Credits

WASHINGTON, DC - Billions of gallons of fossil fuels could be reduced through renewable energy sources produced from animal waste with a little ingenuity and modest government support. Today, a bipartisan group of seven Senators led by Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska introduced groundbreaking legislation that promotes the development of biogas - a natural gas substitute created by the conversion of organic wastes such as the anaerobic digestion of animal wastes - through tax incentives. "We al… Continue Reading


January 22, 2009

Crapo, Wyden Work For Improved Patient Access To Hospitals In Rural Areas

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with his colleague, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to introduce legislation that would improve access to nearly 1,300 hospitals in rural areas around the country, including 26 in Idaho. The measure, The Critical Access Hospital Flexibility Act of 2009, provides hospitals who meet the critical access designation under Medicare with needed flexibility to deal with daily or seasonal fluctuations in the number of patients at a given hospital. Representative… Continue Reading


January 21, 2009

Crapo Committee Assignments Reflect Idaho Concerns And Priorities

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's committee assignments for the 111th Congress reflect the growing financial and economic concerns faced by the United States in the coming months. Crapo announced today that he will continue his service on the Committee on Finance, the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and the Committee on Budget. Furthermore, he will return to the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Indian Affairs. He also moved up in seniority … Continue Reading


January 21, 2009

Crapo, Simpson Disappointed That Vela Did Not Receive A Pardon

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson were disappointed to learn that Sgt. Evan Vela did not make the list of pardons that President Bush made during his final hours as President. "My heart goes out to Sgt. Vela and his family," said Simpson. "I know they worked hard to get this case in front of President Bush and had high hopes of receiving a Presidential Pardon. I will continue to work with the Vela family on this important matter." Crapo, who advocated f… Continue Reading

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