News Releases

July 21, 2010

Idaho Senators Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits Without Increasing National Debt

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted to extend unemployment benefits for an additional 90 days without raising the national debt. The amendment, S. Amdt 4492, would have used unspent stimulus funds to cover the three-month extension. Democrats voted the amendment down by a 56-42 margin. "The amendment that was voted down would have reduced the deficit by $7 billion instead of increasing it by $34 billion, and unemployment benefits would have been extended for those wh… Continue Reading

July 20, 2010

Crapo: Don't Use Unemployment To Justify Increased Debt

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate plans to pile another $34 billion onto the national debt this week with a nearly party-line vote, extending unemployment benefits without providing payment for them. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo supported an alternative measure that would have provided additional benefits for those who have exhausted their six months of benefits, but would have paid for that using unspent stimulus funds. Crapo said that the new extension should have been done in a manner that match… Continue Reading

July 15, 2010

Crapo: Financial Bill Restricts Credit, Maintains Bailouts

Washington, D.C. - Facing a measure that will choke economic growth by restricting credit and fail to end bailouts, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today voted against H.R. 4173, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, more commonly known as the financial reform bill. Crapo was a member of the House-Senate conference committee on the legislation. "This bill makes credit more expensive which will impact Main Street and job creation," Crapo said. "The best way to get people back to wo… Continue Reading

July 15, 2010

Jobs Created In Hydropower Improvement Act

Washington, D.C. - Idaho could benefit through the job creation and increase in renewable energy production expected if Congress approves the bipartisan Hydropower Improvement Act of 2010. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Washington), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) to introduce the legislation that would bring technology upgrades and energy production capabilities to existing dams. "There are estimates that this legislation could create… Continue Reading

July 14, 2010

Red Tape, Paperwork Would Be Cut Under Senate Proposal

Washington, D.C. - Millions of small businesses in Idaho and other states would be spared the agony of onerous tax paperwork associated with health care reform under legislation co-sponsored today by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. The new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act presently expands requirements and red tape for how businesses report services performed for them by independent contractors and other non-corporate entities. The bill introduced today, T… Continue Reading

July 14, 2010

Crapo: Vernon Baker An Idaho Legend

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today offered this tribute on the passing of Idaho Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker of St. Maries: "Mr. Vernon Baker, an Idahoan, received the Congressional Medal of Honor 50 years after his honorable service in World War II. He is the only living African-American to receive Congress' highest honor. Baker is a true war hero and he will remain a legend and testament of determination and steadfastness in the face of unspeakable disc… Continue Reading

July 14, 2010

Twenty-nine Members Of The U.S. Senate From Both Parties Urge Obama Administration To Renew County Payments

Washington, D.C. - In a bipartisan effort to maintain the "contract" between rural America and the federal government, 29 members of the U.S. Senate from both parties are urging the Obama Administration to include a long-term reauthorization of the county payments program, known as the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act (SRSCA), in its 2012 budget. "The SRSCA is not an entitlement program, but rather a demonstration of the commitment that this nation made to rural for… Continue Reading

July 08, 2010

Formaldehyde Safety Bill Signed Into Law

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) announced today that their legislation, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act, has been signed into law by the President. The law establishes national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, protecting consumers from potentially hazardous levels of the chemical. The new standards will apply to both domestic products and foreign imports. "The health threats posed by formaldehyd… Continue Reading

July 07, 2010

Geothermal Expanding Across Broadway Bridge

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and representatives from Boise State University announced the further expansion of renewable and natural geothermal heat in Boise. The expansion will mark phase two of a project to bring geothermal heat across the Boise River. The first phase, announced in the spring of 2009, will bring the geothermal pipeline across the Capitol Bridge. Phase two of the project, funded partly by grant money from the Department of Energy, will complete… Continue Reading

July 06, 2010

Geothermal Expansion To Be Detailed

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and representatives from Boise State University and Boise Public Works will join tomorrow to discuss the historic expansion of renewable and natural geothermal heat in Boise. In addition to phase one of the geothermal expansion project, which is connecting the city's system to Boise State University via the Capitol Boulevard bridge, Senator Crapo and Mayor Bieter will also discuss phase two of the project, which will extend the geothermal… Continue Reading

June 30, 2010

Idaho U.S. Senate Pages Making Their Mark

Washington, D.C. - Two Idaho students are spending an interesting summer working on the floor of the United States Senate. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo assisted the Idaho high school students with their applications into the Senate Page Program. Both began assisting Senators on the floor of the Senate and with day-to-day operations, including writing a prayer to open the Senate at the request of the Senate Chaplain. Hannah Joy Coad is from Sagle, Idaho, and will be a junior next fall at Classical… Continue Reading

June 28, 2010

Byrd's Service Of Note For The Senate, Nation

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said the passing of Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) today is a time for the United States Senate and the nation to note Byrd's history in the Senate of calling for civility and tradition in public service. Byrd served in Congress for 57 years, longer than any member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. "Senator Byrd pressed for civility, fair dialogue and respect for the traditions of the Senate every day he served here," Crapo said… Continue Reading

June 28, 2010

Crapo: Firearms Rights Reaffirmed

Washington, D.C. - Today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling again confirming Americans' constitutional right to keep and bear arms should be seen as significant for those who seek to restrict firearm ownership, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The latest ruling on Second Amendment rights struck down local laws to restrict firearms owners in the Chicago area, and comes after a previous ruling two years ago (District of Columbia vs. Heller) that struck down a local law in Washington, D.C. to restrict the o… Continue Reading

June 25, 2010

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Calls For Hearing On RECA Amendments Act of 2010

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators, including Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, today sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee requesting a hearing on the recently introduced Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2010, which would provide expanded restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or living near atomic weapons tests. The letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) w… Continue Reading

June 24, 2010

National Nuclear Caucus Proposed

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch will join with Idaho State Representative Erik Simpson of Idaho Falls Saturday to announce plans for a new state and federal initiative to promote the use of clean, safe nuclear power. Simpson's proposal for a National Nuclear Caucus has received attention at both the federal and state levels. A news conference and informational discussion is planned this weekend: Saturday, June 26th 10:15 a.m. University Place 1776 Science Cent… Continue Reading

June 22, 2010

Idaho Leaders want Rural Funds Released

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson say county leaders need release of federal funding distributed under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the Idaho leaders joined 33 other members of Congress from both parties asking the Obama Administration to release the funds before the end of this month. "In nearly every meeting I have with county commissioners from Idaho, the issue of PILT… Continue Reading

June 22, 2010

Senate Confirms Wendy Olson As U.S. Attorney

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today voted with the Senate to unanimously confirm Wendy Olson of Boise as Idaho's next U.S. Attorney. Olson was recommended by Congressman Walt Minnick and nominated by the White House in March. Crapo called Olson this morning to congratulate her on the confirmation. "Ms. Olson has a distinguished track record of service already in the Idaho U.S. Attorney's office and I am confident she will be a strong advocate for law enforcement i… Continue Reading

June 16, 2010

Small Business: The Backbone Of The Economy

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as its 2009 Mentor of the Year for its "commitment to mentoring small business." INL was given this honor for its work with small businesses through its Mentor-Protégé Program, which seeks to enhance "the capabilities of small businesses to perform contracts and subcontracts for INL, other DOE Laboratories and federal agencies." There is a very good reason why INL and DOE seek to support and mentor small… Continue Reading

June 16, 2010

Crapo Statement At CIEDRA Hearning

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Public Lands and Forest Subcommittee today regarding the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA) legislation. The legislation originally introduced by Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson received a hearing before the subcommittee today. Crapo and Idaho Senator Jim Risch are sponsoring the bill in the Senate. Thank you, Chairman Johnson, Chairman Wyden and Senator Risch for th… Continue Reading

June 15, 2010

Crapo, Klobuchar Legislation To Protect Consumers From Formaldehyde Passes Senate

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) announced today that their legislation, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act, has passed the full Senate. The bipartisan bill will establish national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, protecting consumers from potentially hazardous levels of the chemical. The new standards would apply to both domestic products and foreign imports. "Not only does this legislation protec… Continue Reading

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