News Releases

February 12, 2010

Crapo To Discuss Economic Issues, F-35s, Teen Violence Efforts

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss economic issues, including federal legislation and policy matters, during remarks next week before business and civic groups in Boise and Twin Falls. He will also help announce new efforts to stop teen dating violence in Idaho and he will join with fellow members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation, Governor Otter and area mayors to rally support for bringing the F-35 aircraft to Idaho. Crapo will visit with three student groups to discu… Continue Reading

February 12, 2010

Delegation Fights Forest Fee Increase For Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation is asking the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service not to cut discounts for senior citizens and disabled Americans under the Interagency Pass Program. The program provides discounted use rates for activities on Forest Service lands, but a plan is under discussion to reduce the discounts from 50% down to about 10% for programs and services operated by Forest Service concessionaires. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Congressmen Mike Simp… Continue Reading

February 10, 2010

Crapo Moves To Stop EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has joined a bipartisan group of 39 senators as original cosponsors of a disapproval resolution to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The resolution, which is essentially a legislative veto, was introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in response to recent moves by the EPA to regulate emissions of carbo… Continue Reading

February 04, 2010

Idaho Delegation Comments On Charges Against Americans In Haiti

Washington, DC - The Idaho Congressional Delegation had this reaction to the news that the ten American detainees in Haiti have been charged with child kidnapping and criminal association in their attempt to take 33 children to the Dominican Republic. Eight of the detainees are from Idaho. "We have been in regular communication with the State Department from the beginning of this situation, as well as working with the families of those involved. Our first concern has been that all ten of the … Continue Reading

February 02, 2010

Crapo Seeks Idaho Interns

Washington, D.C. - Staff members from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Washington, D.C. office will visit several Idaho colleges and universities this month to inform students about internship possibilities in the Senator's Idaho and Washington, DC offices. Crapo's Staff Assistant Mandi Critchfield, a former intern herself from Oakley, will meet with students and faculty during meetings in classrooms and student centers during mid-February. Critchfield will be joined by Legislative Correspondent Rach… Continue Reading

February 01, 2010

Crapo: Record Deficits Ruin Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said today that three things are all Idahoans need to know about the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Proposal released today by the White House: more spending, higher taxes and record deficits. Crapo said the proposal falls short of the spending restraint needed to address our skyrocketing debt. "This budget proposes the opposite of what we need to revive the economy," Crapo noted. "This proposal contains a record b… Continue Reading

February 01, 2010

Idaho Delegation Comments On Haiti Arrests

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, along with Congressmen Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick issued the following statement today regarding the arrest of several Idahoans in Haiti relating to child abduction charges. The Idahoans, members of the Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian and the East Side Baptist Church in Twin Falls, were part of a U.S. delegation seeking to provide safe housing for Haitian children displaced by the earthquake in Haiti. "Our offices are of… Continue Reading

January 28, 2010

New Focus On Teen Dating Violence

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate is bringing an expanded focus on teen dating violence through a resolution unanimously passed by the Senate earlier this week and championed by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and others. S.Res. 373 designates the month of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, expanding the previous Te… Continue Reading

January 28, 2010

Crapo, Risch Sponsor Wilderness Water Facilities Bill

Washington, DC-Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch introduced a bill today that gives the U.S. Forest Service authority to permit private land owners to repair and maintain existing water-diversion facilities within the Frank Church-River of No Return and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness areas. The affected diversions provide water for a number of purposes, including drinking water for private cabins and ranches. In some cases their lack of maintenance threatens the environment and watersheds. … Continue Reading

January 27, 2010

Crapo Watching For Job Creation Policy, Spending Restraint, Openness In State Of The Union Address

Washington, D.C. - The President will do well tonight to focus on job creation and economic issues during his State of the Union Address, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, who will be in the U.S. House chamber for the speech tonight, will be listening for how the President will address jobs, out of control spending, and how he will work in an open and bipartisan manner with the American people and Republicans. "Our nation has countless challenges, but our focus must be on federal … Continue Reading

January 27, 2010

Crapo: President's Speech Sets Out Challenges

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement after attending the President's State of the Union speech this evening on Capitol Hill: "The President outlined some of the most pressing issues that are facing our nation at this time-the economy, federal debt, financial reform, education and energy. Now we all need to work hard to find common ground and build common sense solutions. "With so many challenges facing our nation, we must prioritize reducing the federa… Continue Reading

January 22, 2010

Crime Victim Needs Noted In Senate Resolution

Washington, D.C. - Federal funding priorities and efforts to protect victims of crime are being recognized by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota). The U.S. Senate passed the Crapo-Klobuchar legislation, S. Res. 391, by Unanimous Consent. The Crapo-Klobuchar legislation recognizes the 25th Anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, known as the VOCA Act. The VOCA legislation established the Crime Victims Fund, a funding base paid by perpetrators of crimes prosec… Continue Reading

January 21, 2010

Crapo Votes To End TARP, Reduce Debt

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo cast a vote today to reduce the nation's debt, even as other Senators plan a vote to set new records by raising the debt ceiling by nearly $2 trillion. Crapo voted in favor of an amendment, authored by Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) to the legislation raising the debt ceiling, H.J. Res. 45. The Thune amendment would have ended the Treasury Department's ability to spend unobligated Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds immediately and would … Continue Reading

January 20, 2010

Delegation Applauds Underwood Nomination

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional delegation offered words of praise and support for the president's decision to nominate Pocatello resident Brian Underwood to be the next U.S. Marshal for Idaho. "We expect swift confirmation in the U.S. Senate for Mr. Underwood's nomination," Senator Mike Crapo said. "With a deep background in law enforcement and community involvement, Mr. Underwood will serve Idaho well." "I look forward to supporting Mr. Underwood's nomination in the U.S. Senate … Continue Reading

January 19, 2010

Crapo Statement On Massachusetts Election Results

"It is clear that voters are frustrated and feeling disenfranchised by many of the decisions being made in Washington, D.C. The results of tonight's vote may well change the future for health care legislation, and I am hopeful that in the long run, the Majority in Congress and the President will listen to the people's wishes and craft policies with broad public support."… Continue Reading

January 14, 2010

Delegation Seeks Assistance For Potato Growers

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist potato producers struggling due to a high supply of domestic potatoes and low prices. In a letter sent to USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Administrator, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Representatives Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick are asking USDA to give favorable consideration to a pending request for purchase of fresh surplus potatoes for federal nutrition pro… Continue Reading

January 12, 2010

Crapo Visits Afghanistan, Pakistan

Washington, D.C. - During a Congressional visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan over the past four days, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo found U.S. soldiers in high spirits but foreign leaders left with questions over announcing public timetables for U.S. withdrawal from the area and making sure the Taliban and al Qaeda are defeated. Crapo was a member of a Congressional delegation tour to gain a better understanding on how the war against the Taliban was progressing in the Mideast. He was accompanied on t… Continue Reading

January 05, 2010

Crapo: Boise State, Idaho Players Are Champions

Washington, D.C. - Impressive bowl victories by Boise State University and the University of Idaho deserve congratulations and recognition, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said today following Boise State's Fiesta Bowl victory over TCU last night. Crapo also noted the University of Idaho's victory over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl December 30th in Boise. "There is now no doubt that football in Idaho belongs in the national spotlight with impressive bowl victories this season by both Boise … Continue Reading

December 24, 2009

Crapo: A Day Of Record Debt, Big Government

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate voted today 60 to 39 along party lines to approve H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. By the same vote, the Senate then followed action by the U.S. House of Representatives to raise the federal debt ceiling by $290 billion, to nearly $12.4 trillion, with an additional vote set for January to further increase the debt limit to more than $13 trillion. "These two votes taken together have created a stark fiscal reality for the nation as we p… Continue Reading

December 23, 2009

19,000 Sign Crapo Health Care Petition

Washington, D.C. - More than 19,000 people, starting with Idahoans but spreading nationwide to all 50 states, have signed an online petition opposing the current health care reform legislation before the U.S. Senate. The online petition was prepared by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who has been on the Senate floor and national cable television programs leading opposition to the bill because it raises taxes on the middle class, increases premiums for many people now carrying insurance, cuts senior pr… Continue Reading

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