News Releases

August 31, 2010

Crapo Challenges Health Care Deficit Claims

Washington, D.C. - Massive cuts for Medicare providers and doctors who treat Medicare patients are coming, warns Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who says a letter from the Congressional Budget Office proves his point that those cuts are the only way the new health care bill can improve the national debt. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Health Care Subcommittee, argued throughout the health care debate that claims the legislation would reduce the deficit were bogus because the bill … Continue Reading

August 26, 2010

Crapo Notes Progress on Lowering Beer Tax

Pocatello - Efforts to cut taxes and increase employment for small craft breweries in Idaho and other states are gaining momentum, according to the Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Legislation introduced by Crapo and three original co-sponsors on May 11 now has six times the co-sponsors in recent weeks. Crapo joined Senators John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) to introduce legislation that would cut in half the federal excise taxes for smaller breweries, s… Continue Reading

August 25, 2010

First Owyhee Land Transactions Announced

Boise - The land management and access partnerships envisioned under the Owyhee Initiative will take a big step tomorrow as the first two major land management transactions are completed to open critical public access into the new Owyhee wilderness areas created under the legislation. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who convened the eight-year collaborative effort resulting in the Owyhee Public Lands Management Act, will join Owyhee County rancher Mike Hanley and local conservation and sporting intere… Continue Reading

August 24, 2010

Senators Ask Interior for Action on Wolves

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have written U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, asking that his agency appeal a recent decision by a federal district court in order to restore state control over the management of grey wolves. A federal judge recently ruled against state management despite the fact Idaho has reached and exceeded recovery goals set for wolves under the Endangered Species Act. Crapo and Risch's letter follows: The Honorable Ken Salazar Secretar… Continue Reading

August 23, 2010

Crapo Plans Jobs and Trade Forum

Boise - More than 380,000 potential jobs could be created or saved if the United States implements pending trade agreements, according to a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. To discuss the impact on Idaho jobs is the reason Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to bring together experts from the U.S. Chamber, the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and other local financial leaders for a forum on jobs and trade Wednes… Continue Reading

August 20, 2010

Veterans' Benefits, Gun Rights on Agenda for Crapo During Magic Valley Visit

Twin Falls - Improvements in health care benefits for veterans and an update on federal gun issues and Second Amendment rights are among the topic that Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will focus on next week in the Magic Valley. Crapo will meet with local veterans, veterans groups, the Veterans Administration and the Idaho Division of Veterans Services to review changes in health care programs for veterans. Federal treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has now been authorized as part of t… Continue Reading

August 20, 2010

Family, Working Moms' Groups Support Crapo

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's record of supporting families and family-friendly work practices has garnered a national award. Crapo is one of 29 Members of Congress receiving the "Best of Congress Award" from Working Mothers Media and Corporate Voices for Working Families. In announcing the awards, the partnership said that Crapo and other recipients "practice what they preach-employing family-friendly policies in their own offices." Crapo is one of three Republican Senators … Continue Reading

August 19, 2010

Crapo to Participate in Wallace Events

Wallace - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will participate in several events in Wallace this Saturday. Crapo will serve as official starter for the Huckleberry Festival's 5K Fun Run, participate in Pancake Breakfast events and attend a commemorative event on the centennial of the 1910 Fires that devastated the area. He will also participate in the Pinehurst Days Parade. Crapo in Wallace and Pinehurst on Saturday, August 21: 9:00 a.m Wallace Fires the starting gun officially starting the Hucklebe… Continue Reading

August 17, 2010

Senators to Geithner: It's time to deal seriously with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) today called on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to end the continued taxpayer bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the current administration. In the letter, the senators remind Secretary Geithner of the more than $148 billion that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have already cost the taxpayers. The recent news from these … Continue Reading

August 13, 2010

Lake Lowell Meeting Set to Discuss Future Boating

Nampa - The future of boating on Lake Lowell south of Nampa will be the focus of a meeting Saturday at the lake. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has called for a meeting of recreational users, local officials, residents and others to seek an update from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Service is in the process of creating a new comprehensive management plan for the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Lowell. Some lake users are concerned that the process could restrict or ban power boati… Continue Reading

August 13, 2010

Clearwater Basin Collaborative Funded

Lewiston - A collaborative land management effort in Idaho's Clearwater Basin that could create or maintain more than 350 jobs over the next ten years has been selected for federal funding through the U.S. Forest Service. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo convened the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) Work Group two years ago in an effort to find consensus on land management issues such as timber harvest, habitat improvement and species management. Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack … Continue Reading

August 12, 2010

Funding Advances Owyhee Implementation

Boise - The implementation of provisions under the Owyhee Initiative land management legislation guided into law by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will take a major step on Friday. Crapo will join officials with the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management and Owyhee County representatives and landowner interests to announce funding that further implements the Owyhee Public Land Management Act that was signed into law last year as part of an omnibus lands bill. WHAT: Idaho Senator … Continue Reading

August 10, 2010

Crapo to Assist Record Salmon Migration

Boise - The sockeye salmon runs that gave Redfish Lake its name are setting a modern-day record this season by returning to Idaho in numbers not seen since the 1940's. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join Idaho leaders in helping the sockeye with their final leg of the historic migration Wednesday during a ceremonial transfer event at Redfish Lake. Crapo will join Idaho Fish & Game officials, representatives of the Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Power Planning Council and… Continue Reading

August 07, 2010

Crapo, McGee To Discuss I-84 Funding From Caldwell To Nampa

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be joined by Idaho State Senator and Transportation Committee Chairman John McGee Monday to offer an update on funding to widen Interstate 84 between Nampa and Caldwell. McGee and Crapo will join Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas to discuss funding for the project immediately following a news conference on FEMA flood mapping scheduled for Monday, August 10th, at the corner of Blaine and Kimball, in downtown Caldwell along Indian Creek. The new confe… Continue Reading

August 06, 2010

Idaho Delegation Disappointed With Wolf Decision

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick issued the following statement after learning of Judge Donald Molloy's decision to return wolves in the Rocky Mountains to the Endangered Species List: "This decision is disappointing. Judge Molloy ignored the exploding population of wolves in Idaho and the Constitutional 10th Amendment right of a state to manage its own wildlife populations. The recovery goals set when the wolf was introduce… Continue Reading

August 06, 2010

Tax Collection Change Would Benefit Wildlife, Local Business

Washington, DC - Under legislation cleared by the U.S. Senate, state wildlife restoration funds would get a funding boost, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who co-chairs the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. The measure, which is nearly identical to legislation Crapo introduced with Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), changes the way federal excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition are collected from manufacturers by allowing the collection of such taxes to be done on a quarterly basis, ra… Continue Reading

August 05, 2010

Crapo Plans Town Hall, Community Health Visit in Lewiston

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss area issues from taxes to spending to collaboration, when he visits with Lewiston-area residents and businesses next week during a town hall meeting. Crapo will also help celebrate the success of community health centers when he marks National Health Center Week and the one-year anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Health Clinic in Lewiston. The center has served 1,700 patients in their first year of service, including 750 uninsured and unde… Continue Reading

August 05, 2010

Truck Weight Adjustment Needed

TruckWashington, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Maine Senator Susan Collins and Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl would bring more efficiency to the trucking industry and help transport goods to consumers more safely and effectively. The three joined together to introduce the Safe and Efficient Transportation ACT (SETA) of 2010 (S. 3705), which would increases truck weights from 80,000 to 97,000 on the Interstate System in any state that would opt in to the plan. I… Continue Reading

August 05, 2010

Crapo Co-sponsors Bill to Stop Investment Tax Increase

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Crapo today co-sponsored legislation that would repeal a harmful tax on investment income that was included in the new national health care law enacted earlier this year.  Under the Health Care Reconciliation Act, there will be a 3.8 percent surtax on the investment income of taxpayers.  Investment income includes interest income, capital gains, dividends, annuities and rents.  Though the new tax is initially limited to individuals earning more than $200,000 an… Continue Reading

August 04, 2010

Tax Relief Would Boost Idaho Brewers, Jobs

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan tax relief bill spearheaded by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and three of his Senate Finance Committee colleagues would benefit Idaho brewers and farmers and could boost employment and commerce. Crapo, along with Senators John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), introduced the legislation to cut in half the federal excise taxes paid by many smaller craft breweries in an effort to boost production and related jobs and purchase of a… Continue Reading

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