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September 16, 2009

Crapo Notes Partisan Effort On Health Care

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today regarding a new legislative proposal on health care reform. Crapo is a member of the Senate Finance Committee that may vote next week on a legislative proposal announced today by Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana). Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also helped work on the proposal, but the end product failed to win Republican backing. "The Chairman and the Ranking Member on the Finance Committee have wo… Continue Reading

September 16, 2009

Crapo, Colleagues Question Proliferation Of Czars

Washington, DC - Has the White House employed too many special-issue advisers, known as "czars," who are eluding public scrutiny and Congressional oversight? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and a number of his Senate colleagues believe so, and have highlighted their concerns in a letter to the President. "These positions raise serious issues of accountability, transparency, and oversight," wrote Crapo and Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Robert Bennett (R-Utah), Kit Bond (R-Missouri), Susan Coll… Continue Reading

September 15, 2009

Idaho Delegation To Host Academy Day

Washington, DC - The Idaho Congressional Delegation will host the Annual Service Academy Day in Idaho on October 3rd. Events will be held simultaneously in Boise and Coeur d'Alene. The purpose of these gatherings is to share information with students, parents, and counselors about the Congressional nomination process for the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S. Merchant Marine A… Continue Reading

September 14, 2009

Military Academy Deadline Approaches

Washington, DC - Idaho students interested in applying to U.S. military academies are encouraged to forward their applications to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo by the end of next month. Applications are taken for enrollment in the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Only the Coast Guard Academy does not require the nomination by a member of… Continue Reading

September 14, 2009

Crapo Introduces Wood Safety Legislation

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) to introduce bipartisan legislation intended to protect consumers by establishing national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, which would apply to both domestic products and foreign imports. Crapo said, "I would like to thank Senator Klobuchar for her leadership on this issue, and I am pleased to lend my support to this legislation, which will supply manufacturers of composite w… Continue Reading

September 11, 2009

Crapo: 9/11 Also A Time To Thank Those Who've Kept Us Safe

Washington, DC - On this 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the eastern U.S, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is urging Idahoans to thank those responsible for keeping us safe. "We should not, and will not, ever forget what happened to our nation on this anniversary of the 9/11 attacks," Crapo said. "Thank our military, our law enforcement and our firefighter and paramedic communities. Most importantly, please join me in remembering and honoring those who sacrificed all that day eight years ago i… Continue Reading

September 10, 2009

Crapo, Risch Funding Requests Approved

Washington, DC - Idaho funding requests for defense and military-related projects submitted by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch were approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The requests for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 apply to many universities and employers in Idaho, and the funding may also be augmented through ongoing federal programs. The funding levels must still be approved by the full Senate but recommendations by Senate appropriators are generally accepted for annual budg… Continue Reading

September 10, 2009

Budget, Health Care Issues Expected To Be Center Stage At Crapo Statewide Forum

Washington, DC - Idahoans are invited to join Senator Mike Crapo for an update on federal issues facing the Congress, including health care reform and budget issues, during a statewide town hall forum next Wednesday. The statewide iTownhall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th, beginning 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… Continue Reading

September 09, 2009

Crapo: Wolf Recovery Is 'Thorough'

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo offered his support today following a federal judge's ruling allowing wolf hunting to continue in Idaho and Montana. "Idaho has thoroughly traveled the path toward delisting wolves. The state has a plan that is acceptable to the Federal government and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is already demonstrating its capability of managing the wolves in an effective and sustainable way."… Continue Reading

September 09, 2009

Crapo: Health Care Reform Too Big, Too Personal To Rush Or Get Wrong

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement after President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform: "Health care remains one of the highest priorities for the American people. Throughout the last month, as I traveled in Idaho, many Idahoans overwhelmingly expressed their concerns over the further encroachment of the federal government into their everyday lives, particularly related to health care reform. They shared their distru… Continue Reading

September 08, 2009

Congressional Staff Plan Remote Office Visits In North Idaho

Coeur d'Alene - Field representatives from Senator Mike Crapo's and Senator Jim Risch's offices will meet with constituents during remote office hours this month across North Idaho. All constituents are encouraged to stop by and express their concerns about federal issues. Field representatives will be on hand to answer questions from individuals with specific problems with federal agencies. For more information, contact the offices at these numbers:  Crapo (208) 664-5490; Risch (208) 667… Continue Reading

August 31, 2009

Health Care, Energy On Crapo's Schedule

Idaho Falls - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss health care issues, take a tour of improvements in medical options for Idahoans and visit with fairgoers at two regional fairs this week. As the August state work period comes to a close, Crapo will also help break ground for a new health facility in Aberdeen, review efforts to encourage healthy living at a local wellness clinic and view care improvements at the St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center. He will tour geothermal energy fac… Continue Reading

August 28, 2009

Crapo: Rammell Comments In "Poor Taste"

Idaho Falls - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the following statement concerning recent remarks by gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell of Idaho: "Rex Rammell's comments are in very poor taste and should not have been said. Remarks like these should not even be made jokingly. We are engaged in a critical national debate over many major issues facing our country today. Remarks like these are not only unhelpful in that debate, but they undermine it. He should apologize for those remarks … Continue Reading

August 26, 2009

Crapo Statement On Senator Kennedy's Passing

Coeur d'Alene - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today in response to the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy: "We had very different political philosophies, but regardless of the differences in our positions, Senator Kennedy was always a straight shooter. He was a spirited debater to be sure, and a ferocious advocate about his issues, but the tone was never personal. As he and I worked on issues as they moved through the Senate, even though we were often coming from oppo… Continue Reading

August 18, 2009

Crapo Notes Solar Project, Drug-Free Efforts

Coeur d'Alene - The emergence of solar power in Idaho and efforts to stop Idaho youth from experimenting with illegal drugs will be highlighted by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo during a visit to North Idaho next week. Crapo will tour the Camas Prairie Winery in Moscow to note the progress of federal tax credits and grants that have saved energy at the winery, which now derives a quarter of its power from solar panels. Crapo will tour Gritman Medical Center in Moscow to discuss health care and he w… Continue Reading

August 12, 2009

Crapo To Discuss Water Issues, Talk Trains

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss issues ranging from Snake River water use to federal energy policy during visits to Eastern Idaho this week. At a meeting tomorrow with the Idaho Water Resources Board and the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Implementation Committee, Crapo will discuss plans related to Snake River water use, including funding, recharge and conservation. Crapo worked to include language in the 2008 Farm Bill allowing federal funds to be used in water programs to benefit I… Continue Reading

August 06, 2009

Crapo To Discuss Amtrak, Health Care, Flood Plain Issues

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join with Boise Mayor David Bieter to update Idahoans about the potential return of Amtrak's Pioneer passenger rail service during a meeting Monday at the Boise Depot. Boise-based Motive Power's division of Wabtec will drive a working locomotive to the Boise station for the first time in many years to mark the event. Earlier Monday, Crapo will join with Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas and Canyon County Commissioners David Ferdinand, Steve Rule and… Continue Reading

August 05, 2009

Crapo: Idahoans Oppose Sotomayor

Washington, DC - During a speech on the Senate floor today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo noted that a strong majority of Idahoans contacting his office stand in opposition to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Crapo reaffirmed that he will vote against Sotomayor's appointment when the Senate acts on her nomination this week, citing concerns over 2nd Amendment rulings, judicial activism and the involvement of foreign law when weighing legal decisions. "To date, I have received more than 1,000 … Continue Reading

August 05, 2009

Crapo Co-Authors Reforms To 'No Child Left Behind'

Washington, DC - In response to concerns from Idaho parents, teachers and school administrators, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has reintroduced bipartisan legislation to bring needed reforms to the "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) Act. The Enhancing Flexibility for Effective Schools (EFES) Act is similar to legislation previously introduced by Crapo and Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas).  Both Senators and their staff members consulted with education leaders, school board members and interested citiz… Continue Reading

July 31, 2009

Idaho Delegation, Governor Decry Funding Cut For Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC - The Idaho congressional delegation joined with Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to respond to the announcement that the Obama Administration has struck a deal to not request any funding for Yucca Mountain in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget. Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said, "The federal government made a commitment to Idaho under the landmark 1995 settlement agreement that it will get its radioactive waste out of the state no later than 2035. It's troubling to see this … Continue Reading

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