News Releases

May 20, 2010

Clearwater Basin Collaborative Announcement Planned Monday

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join U.S. Forest Service Supervisor Rick Brazell, the co-chairmen and members of the Collaborative Work Group, Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Fish and Game, local county commissioners, sportsmen, conservationists and others on Monday for an important announcement concerning the Clearwater Basin Collaborative. The announcement concerns plans for the project that could present significant and long-term economic and environmental benefits for people and wild… Continue Reading

May 19, 2010

Delegation Welcomes New Doe-Idaho Manager

Washington, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation are welcoming the new manager for the Department of Energy's Idaho Operations Office. Rick Provencher will become DOE-Idaho Manager next week, succeeding interim manager Dennis Miotla. Provencher is the former manager of the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho National Laboratory. "Having someone with Rick Provencher's previous experience on the Idaho Cleanup Project since 2004 means he already knows Idaho and the INL along with ou… Continue Reading

May 14, 2010

Crapo To Discuss Salmon Recovery, Access Issues In Riggins

Washington, D.C. - A strong Chinook salmon fishing season provides the backdrop for discussions about salmon recovery this weekend involving Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Riggins Mayor Bob Crump and members of the Riggins City Council and local outfitters. Crapo will be in Riggins to discuss salmon recovery as well as initiate discussions over local public lands access for area trail users. Idaho mountain bikers are seeking to maintain access on public lands but are encountering problems when for… Continue Reading

May 14, 2010

Crapo, Risch, Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Bill To Continue Water Research At Land Grant Colleges

Washington, DC - In a bipartisan effort to protect our nation's water supply, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), ranking member of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, along with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and James Risch (R-ID), have introduced a bill to continue funding for land grant universities in every state to research best methods for improving the safety and reliabi… Continue Reading

May 13, 2010

Crapo, Otter, Coalition See Trouble On Main Street

Washington, D.C. - The financial reform bill being considered now by the U.S. Senate could have disastrous unintended effects for consumers, businesses and the local economy, say a group of small business leaders, financial experts, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking and Finance Committees, is leading a discussion Friday afternoon at a Main Street small business to demonstrate the problems inherent in S. 3217, the Restoring Finan… Continue Reading

May 12, 2010

Bingaman, Crapo Push To Make Permanent A Measure To Strengthen Infrastructure In States, Counties & Cities Across The Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) today began their push to permanently extend a provision that helps small and rural municipal governments raise capital to finance local infrastructure projects - including school and road construction -- and meet other ongoing needs. Before 2009, banks had incentives to purchase municipal bonds only from municipalities that issue $10 million or less in debt each year - a level that was unchanged since 1986. The America… Continue Reading

May 11, 2010

Idaho Delegation Offices Plan Mini-Cassia Visits

Washington, DC - Staff from the offices of Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson will be available to Mini-Cassia residents during remote office hours on Monday, May 24th and Thursday, May 27th. Staff from the Congressional offices will be available to discuss casework requests with federal agencies or answer questions. The Congressional staff will be available during several sessions at Mini-Cassia area offices and businesses. The locations are listed below… Continue Reading

May 10, 2010

Crapo Statement On Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement today following President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become a member of the U.S. Supreme Court: "As with all lifetime appointments, Solicitor General Kagan's background deserves, and will receive, close scrutiny in the U.S. Senate," Crapo said. "A Supreme Court nominee should carefully follow the Constitution and avoid judicial activism. I look forward to reviewing the findings and recommendations of… Continue Reading

May 06, 2010

Crapo Supports Main Street In Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. - Efforts to create a new office of consumer protection within the federal entity that oversees the financial industry failed on a nearly party-line vote of 38 to 61 in the U.S. Senate. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, voted in support of the consumer protection amendment to S. 3217, the American Financial Stability Act of 2010. The amendment would have created the office within the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). ""We need to … Continue Reading

May 04, 2010

Crapo: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Reform Missing

Washington, D.C. - American taxpayers could be on the hook for nearly $400 billion if Congress and the Administration don't change course and begin to address the problems behind one of the largest financial bailouts ever-for housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. During a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo questioned Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as to why financial reform legislation on the Senate floor fails to address the "elephants in the room"… Continue Reading

April 30, 2010

Boulder-White Clouds Bill Introduced In The Senate

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today introduced Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson's CIEDRA bill on the Boulder-White Clouds in the U.S. Senate. The Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA) seeks to bring certainty to land management questions in the Boulder and White Cloud Mountains while preserving livelihoods and recreational access for sportsmen and off-road vehicle users. "We have been working with Idaho leaders to make sure that water langu… Continue Reading

April 27, 2010

Presidential Debt Commission Meets For First Time

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and fellow members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform met for the first time today at the White House. The 18-member commission, called for by President Obama, will work on bipartisan ideas to restore fiscal stability and reduce a public debt that totals nearly $13 trillion, and is projected to continue to grow exponentially in the coming decades. Crapo told Commission members that federal spending is the largest issue. … Continue Reading

April 26, 2010

Crapo: Financial Reform Bill Misses The Mark

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, today voted against a motion to proceed to the Financial Reform bill (S. 3217) being offered by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd. Crapo noted the Dodd bill as written is opposed by a number of taxpayer and small business groups because it would not stop future taxpayer bailouts, restricts the ability of Americans to invest in start-up companies, imposes major new co… Continue Reading

April 23, 2010

Senate Confirms Underwood As U.S. Marshal For Idaho

Washington, D.C. - Pocatello City Councilman Brian Underwood will become the next U.S. Marshal for Idaho. Underwood's nomination has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Underwood has been a member of the Pocatello Police Department and now works as Warden for the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center under the Idaho Department of Correction. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch offered their approval as part of a unanimous consent vote by the Senate. Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick originall… Continue Reading

April 23, 2010

New Studies Predict Health Care Costs, Penalties

Washington, D.C. - New reviews from non-partisan government and Congressional experts now predict the recently-enacted health care law will increase costs and penalties for consumers, and will fail to reduce the skyrocketing cost of health care. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who tried to amend the measure to eliminate the bill's middle-class tax increases, said these studies prove what a majority of Americans have been saying throughout the debate: that premiums and taxes would increase for many Ame… Continue Reading

April 22, 2010

Crapo: New Budget Ignores The Debt Threat

Washington, D.C. - Senate Budget Committee member and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against a new budget blueprint from Majority Democrats and the White House because it is heading in the wrong direction by doubling federal debts by and sharply increasing taxes on middle Americans and small business. "If this spending plan is adopted, we are headed for a record level of spending at $3.8 trillion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011," Crapo said. "This proposal calls for a short-term, unenforceable freez… Continue Reading

April 22, 2010

Idaho Senators Have Award-Winning Websites

Washington, D.C. - Idahoans have award-winning service at the click of a mouse when they visit the official websites of Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. The ratings for United States Senate websites have been announced by the Congressional Management Foundation, an independent nonpartisan nonprofit that conducts annual reviews of Senate websites and rates technology. Idaho is one of just three states in the country where both Senators' sites won awards; Utah and Pennsylvania were the oth… Continue Reading

April 21, 2010

Crapo Honors Civil Air Patrol Members

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who provided, as civilian volunteers using their own aircraft, extraordinary public and combat emergency services during World War II. Crapo joins Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the Commander of the Congressional Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, and Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) in introducing┬áthe legislation. "World War II members … Continue Reading

April 19, 2010

Idaho Senators Join Bipartisan Group To Introduce RECA Amendments Act Of 2010

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined with a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2010. The legislation would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living near atomic weapons tests. Both Crapo and Risch have sponsored similar programs in the past for downwinders in Idaho and other states. Crapo and Risch were joined in introducing the legislation … Continue Reading

April 08, 2010

Senators Note Veterans History Milestone

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are congratulating the contributions of Idaho veterans and the Idaho Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa on reaching a historic milestone-recording the 500th veterans' history for the Idaho Veterans History Project. Crapo and Risch have participated in the recording of veterans' histories for inclusion into the National Library of Congress. The National Veterans History Project seeks to preserve the stories of America's veterans for future gener… Continue Reading

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