News Releases

December 04, 2008

Crapo, Simpson Ask President To Pardon Vela

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson are seeking a presidential pardon for Sergeant Evan Vela, a former Rexburg area resident of Idaho. The two Congressmen have sent separate letters to President Bush, citing their support for the action before Bush leaves office in January 2009. Vela was convicted by a general court-martial last February for the unpremeditated murder of an unarmed Iraqi man. Crapo and Simpson have maintained that Vela was following an ord… Continue Reading


November 20, 2008

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Will Work With Obama On Health Care Reform

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is one of 15 Senators seeking to open discussions on health care reform with President-elect Barack Obama. In a letter sent to Obama today, Crapo and fellow co-sponsors of the Healthy Americans Act introduced last year noted that the time is right to collaborate on health reforms that will expand coverage yet stay fiscally responsible. In the letter sent today to Obama, the legislation's sponsors, including Crapo, wrote that "Congress is finally ready to… Continue Reading


November 19, 2008

Crapo Congratulates Teen Dating Violence Prevention Grantees

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo congratulated the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (ICASDV), St. Luke'sĀ Regional Medical CenterĀ in Boise and the Idaho Department of Education on receiving one of just eleven national private grants to address teen dating violence awareness and prevention called "Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships" (BHTR). "In recent years, the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence has helped Idaho take a leading role in … Continue Reading


November 18, 2008

McConnell Selects Crapo To Lead Committee On Committees

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has named Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to chair the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for the Committee assignments during the 111th Congress. The assignment marks the third consecutive Congressional two-year term that Senate leadership has asked Crapo to chair negotiations among his Republican peers in the Senate. "Mike has been a strong leader in the Senate and is well respected by his colleague… Continue Reading


November 14, 2008

Crapo, Simpson, Bieter Help Retain Rail Jobs; Buy America Waiver Denied

Washington, DC - The Federal Transit Authority has agreed to reject the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) waiver request of the "Buy American Act" to its federally funded procurement of at least 28 passenger rail locomotives. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Representative Mike Simpson and Boise Mayor David Bieter had asked that the FTA deny the waiver request because it could cost hundreds of American jobs, not only in Boise but across the country. "Buy America" requirements require transit … Continue Reading


November 13, 2008

Crapo Notes Need For Reform At Financial Hearing

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomed the decision by the Treasury Department to move away from purchasing so-called "toxic assets" as part of the $700 billion financial rescue program, but cautioned careful assessment of the program's effects must be an ongoing process. Crapo participated in a Senate Banking Committee hearing today over use of federal funds under the stabilization program. He voted against the $700 billion program largely because of the high risk that taxpayers wou… Continue Reading


November 10, 2008

Crapo: Swearing-In Ceremony Ticket Requests Being Taken

Washington, DC - The historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama has generated a lot of questions from Idahoans about attending inaugural events in Washington, DC, in January 2009. Therefore, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has set up an informational page on his website to provide answers to many of those questions, along with a way for Idahoans to request tickets to the swearing-in ceremony via email. The page, http://crapo.senate.gov/services/Inauguration2009.cfm, contains details about th… Continue Reading


November 10, 2008

Crapo Announces His 2008 Spirit Of Freedom Awards

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced the recipients of his annual Spirit of Freedom Awards honoring Idaho veterans and volunteers. The Spirit of Freedom Awards are presented annually during Veterans Day ceremonies around Idaho. 2008 marks the 6th year of the Awards, which pay tribute to exceptional veterans and to outstanding volunteers who give their time and resources to veterans and veterans organizations in Idaho. "Every year, it is an honor for me to present the Spirit of Fre… Continue Reading


November 05, 2008

Crapo Congratulates Obama, Risch, MinnickOn Victories

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today offered his congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama, Senator-elect Jim Risch and Congressman-elect Walt Minnick on their election victories. Crapo noted the historic significance of the presidential election and pledged to Idahoans that he will continue to work in an effective manner to represent their interests on Capitol Hill. "President-elect Obama has brought a lot of energy into the political process, and his election is historic," Crapo sai… Continue Reading


November 04, 2008

Crapo To Discuss Energy, Jobs, Tax Policy, Health Care

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will participate in an alternative energy conference in Idaho Falls and help cut the ribbon for a new energy and education center on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello this week. He will also present his Spirit of Idaho Award and a Congressional Record Statement to three Idahoans for efforts ranging from stopping teen dating violence to saving a young boy from drowning. Crapo will also keynote the 50th Anniversary gathering of the Idaho State Tax Inst… Continue Reading


October 31, 2008

Expedited Amtrak Study Sought

Washington, DC - Five members of the Idaho and Oregon Congressional Delegations have written the President and CEO of Amtrak requesting he expedite a study on the return of passenger rail service though Oregon, Idaho and points east. The study, inserted into an Amtrak spending bill by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), was the subject of the letter signed by Crapo, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Representatives Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) and Greg Walden (R-Oregon). … Continue Reading


October 24, 2008

Crapo To Speak On Efforts Against Child AbuseAt Idaho Conference

Boise - Children and families now have increased protection against the rising number of child exploitation cases under two new federal laws taking effect this month, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a longtime Senate leader in the efforts to eliminate violence against women and children, will discuss the legislation Tuesday during the Idaho Summit on Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. The statewide conference is being organized by the Idaho Coal… Continue Reading


October 23, 2008

Crapo: Taxpayers Remain Top Priority

Washington, DC - For the second time in as many weeks, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo returned to Capitol Hill to participate in Senate hearings regarding the economic crisis facing the nation. Today, he joined fellow Senate Banking Committee members in a hearing that focused on the federal regulators' role in the economic crisis and solutions to restore stability and soundness to the country's financial markets. Crapo's questions to the witnesses focused on how best to protect the taxpayers in any… Continue Reading


October 16, 2008

Crapo, Simpson Work To Keep Jobs In Idaho

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Representative Mike Simpson are attempting to keep jobs in Idaho and elsewhere in the U.S. by urging the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to reject a waiver request from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) that could cost hundreds of American jobs. The MBTA, which is working to fill a pending passenger locomotive order, is seeking an FTA waiver of regulations of the Buy America Act which mandates the use and purchase of U.S.-produced g… Continue Reading


October 11, 2008

Crapo Office Visits Idaho Campuses To Discuss Washington Internships

Washington, DC - Staff members from the Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Office are traveling to Idaho college campuses this month to meet with students regarding internships in the Senator's Washington, DC office. Ryan Ringel and Rachel Johnson from Crapo's Washington office will be available on the following Idaho campuses at the times listed. Interested students may also contact the Senator's office through his website at http://crapo.senate.gov or at (202) 224-6142. Monday, October 13 8:30-11:… Continue Reading


October 11, 2008

Crapo Honors Heroes Of Oregon Trail Fire

Washington, DC - The actions of Boise area firefighters, police, emergency crews and homeowners during a catastrophic fire in Southwest Boise last August were honored today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo spoke during a neighborhood event where victims of the Oregon Trail Fire returned to help each other heal from the events of August 25, 2008. Those named in the Congressional Record Statement were presented copies, as were the leaders of the Boise Police and Fire Departments. The Statement r… Continue Reading


October 07, 2008

Crapo To Discuss Collaboration On Water, Energy Issues

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss the importance of collaboration in resolving resource issues from water to energy in separate speeches this week in Boise and Idaho Falls. The Senator's southern Idaho schedule includes the following events: Wednesday, October 8 12:30 p.m. Boise Delivers keynote address during the Summit on Rural and Urban Water Delivery Challenges sponsored by the Idaho Water Users Association. Topics include the collaborative process related to water issues a… Continue Reading


October 02, 2008

Crapo Offers Tribute To Craig's Work In Senate

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo paid tribute to the legislative accomplishments and record of his colleague, retiring Senator Larry Craig during a speech on the Senate floor this morning. Crapo noted Craig's accomplishments involving citizen involvement in government and on issues such as property rights and lands issues, agriculture, adoption, veterans and the military. The text of his statement follows: "Mr./Madam President, as the 110th Congress comes to a close this fall, a chap… Continue Reading


October 01, 2008

Crapo: Financial Rescue Package Doesn't Adequately Protect Taxpayers

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against the legislative package to provide $700 billion in assistance in the credit crisis now confronting the country. The measure, H.R. 1424 The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, cleared the U.S. Senate on a vote of 74 to 25, and will now be referred back to the U.S. House of Representatives for reconsideration. "I voted no because I am not convinced that the Administration's proposal in its current form is the right solution, that taxpaye… Continue Reading


October 01, 2008

Crapo: Amtrak Study, Funding Passes

Washington, DC - Plans to restore passenger rail service to southern Idaho will get a new look following a vote by the U.S. Senate. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's amendment requiring Amtrak to fund a new study on restoring the former Pioneer Route that ran through Nampa, Shoshone and Pocatello was approved tonight in a larger bill authorizing new rail spending and implementing improved safety requirements. The final vote was 74 to 24 in favor of the measure. "When President Bush signs the legisla… Continue Reading

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