News Releases

December 22, 2009

Crapo Announces Legislative Promotions

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces two promotions and other staff changes in his Washington, D.C., office: Luke Tomanelli has been promoted to Legislative Assistant, handling issues related to Crapo's membership on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. As such, Tomanelli is responsible for such key issues as the environment, water, wildlife and the Endangered Species Act. He also works in other areas of interest to Idahoans, including the Idaho National Laborat… Continue Reading

December 18, 2009

Crapo's 2010 Military Academy Nominations Almost Double From Last Year

Washington, DC - The number of Idaho students being nominated by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo for entrance into U.S. service academies is nearly double that of last year's nomination total. Crapo today announced his nominations of 64 Idaho students to military service academies for the freshman class entering in 2010. That number compares to 33 nominations last year. The students' applications will now be considered by four of the U.S. service academies, where final selections will be made. "It i… Continue Reading

December 17, 2009

Crapo, Risch Ask For Balanced Approach To Motorized Access In Eastern Idaho

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today voiced concerns received from Idahoans over a provision in a bill that would close-off snowmobile access along portions of the Idaho/Montana border. The comments were made during a hearing on S. 1470, by the Senate Energy Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forest, where Risch serves and was acting Ranking Member. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and cosponsored by Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would designate appro… Continue Reading

December 15, 2009

Senate Votes To Pay For Health Reform With Middle-Class Tax Increases

Washington, D.C. - If the Senate goes on to pass a health care reform bill, the legislation will likely contain at least a half a trillion dollars in new taxes and fees that fall significantly on America's middle-class taxpayers. The Senate Majority today voted against a motion offered by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo that would have sent the bill to the Senate Finance Committee with instructions to ensure that no provision would result in an increased federal tax liability for middle-income American… Continue Reading

December 11, 2009

Formaldehyde Consumer Protection Bill Clears Committee

Washington, DC - A key Senate Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) to update consumer product protections under the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act. The bipartisan legislation was approved by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and protects consumers by establishing national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, which would apply to both domestic products and for… Continue Reading

December 10, 2009

Senate Halts Debate On Health Care With Crapo Motion Pending

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate has halted debate on H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with a motion offered by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo pending on the floor. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Crapo and Senators Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) and John McCain (R-Arizona) immediately called a news conference to decry the stalling tactics and to point out the health plan as presently written will raise taxes on middle-income Americans by hundreds of billions of¬†dollars. Senat… Continue Reading

December 09, 2009

Crapo Sponsors Bill To Force Action To Reduce Spending

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring new legislation that would create a bipartisan task force to study and propose ways to reduce federal spending and the burgeoning national deficit. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, is one of 25 original co-sponsors backing the legislation that was introduced today. The Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act of 2009 is being sponsored by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota) and Co… Continue Reading

December 03, 2009

Crapo Sees Vote As A Defeat For Women's Health

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today defeated an amendment that would have guaranteed women the right to seek preventive health care without government interference, something Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said is a bad omen for a health care bill written behind closed doors and costing more than $2 trillion. The amendment referenced by Crapo was offered by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). It would have prevented the government from standing in the way of preventive health care services sought … Continue Reading

December 01, 2009

Crapo Urges Troop Support In Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo reacted to President Obama's decision tonight to send extra troops to Afghanistan by noting that the President should heed the guidance of his commanders in the field and ensure that U.S. soldiers are given the tools and backing necessary to accomplish their mission. Crapo issued the following statement concerning the President's decision: "The basis of any military decision should be our national security, and we should not send our military men an… Continue Reading

November 21, 2009

Crapo: Health Care Reform Bill Misses The Mark

Washington, DC - Tonight, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against moving ahead on a health care reform proposal, saying that the legislation, drafted behind closed doors with only Democrats involved, is a massive government takeover that will drive up the cost of health insurance and medical care. The legislation passed on a strictly partisan vote of 60 to 39; Crapo voted nay. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that the Senate will begin full debate on the measure following the Thank… Continue Reading

November 20, 2009

Crapo To Deliver National Address On Health Bill

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is delivering a national address on the health care legislation expected to be considered by the U.S. Senate Saturday evening. Crapo was chosen by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to offer the Republican response to the President's weekly radio address. The address airs Saturday morning on many radio stations. "Americans are calling on Congress for health care reform because they can no longer tolerate its skyrocketing cost," Crapo said. "They… Continue Reading

November 11, 2009

Senate Resolution Supports Veterans Histories

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are urging Americans to join an effort to record the wartime and service histories of our veterans. Crapo and Risch introduced S. Res. 340, which passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent. The Resolution asks the Senate to designate a week where Americans can promote the recording of the stories of veterans' service during U.S. conflicts. The National Veterans History Project is serving as a clearinghouse for recorded histories that includ… Continue Reading

November 10, 2009

Crapo Honors Spirit Of Freedom Recipients

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will honor ten veterans and eight volunteers tomorrow with his Spirit of Freedom Award during five different ceremonies around Idaho on Veterans Day. Crapo created the Spirit of Freedom Award to acknowledge the contributions, patriotism, service and sacrifice of Idaho's veterans and service-oriented volunteer leaders. He has worked with Idaho's veteran's community to present the awards on Veterans Day. There are five ceremonies on Veterans Day, Novemb… Continue Reading

November 05, 2009

Crapo: Artificial Deadline Rushes Climate Change Bill

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee issued this statement following Committee action today to pass a climate change cap and trade bill. The bill was reported out of committee with no Republican members present. "There is absolutely no reason, other than trying to meet an artificial deadline for international audiences, to move this bill so quickly without sufficient cost analysis and public review," Crapo said, noting … Continue Reading

October 29, 2009

Idaho Locations Named As Potential Home Of F-35's

Washington, DC-Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick have notified commanders at Mountain Home Air Force Base and the Idaho Air National Guard they have both qualified as top five locations, in their respective categories, under consideration for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The two locations are not competing against each other as Mountain Home Air Force Base is under consideration for the operation of up to three squadrons of the F-35, while th… Continue Reading

October 29, 2009

Crapo: Health Costs Must Be Lowered

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the health care debate in Congress continues to miss one of the leading points being made by Americans: health care costs need to be brought under control. Crapo made his remarks on the Senate floor this morning.¬† They can be viewed at the Senator's You Tube site.… Continue Reading

October 28, 2009

Crapo Backs Bills Increasing Monitoring, Apprehension And Prosecution Of Child Predators

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 on the efforts to eliminate violence against women and children, co-sponsored both bills. Crapo discussed the legislation today during an address to the Idaho Summit on Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, organized by the Idah… Continue Reading

October 27, 2009

Crapo: Cap And Trade Bill Too Costly

Washington, DC - Legislation intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions being debated before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee should incentivize and broaden our national energy portfolio in a way that does not come at the expense of our economy. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the EPW Committee, said the bill as written could result in tax hikes and cost increases for consumers and industry that would, on balance, fall far short of the benefits it could have on clim… Continue Reading

October 26, 2009

Crapo Crime Victims Bill Goes To Full Senate

Washington, DC - Legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) that protects funds for programs that assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed for the full Senate. Crapo and Leahy sponsored the Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act to protect essential services to victims under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). The VOCA law established a dedicated fund comp… Continue Reading

October 15, 2009

Idaho Energy Projects Approved In Final Spending Report

Washington, DC - A number of Idaho initiatives received final Congressional approval today as the U.S. Senate approved the conference report for Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations requests. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will see more than $173 million in new funding for ongoing projects and infrastructure, plus $300 million for new initiatives, as well as continued cleanup activities under legislation approved today by a House-Senate conference committee working on Energy and… Continue Reading

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