News Releases

September 12, 2008

Northwest Delegates Press For Amtrak's Return

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is organizing a new Northwest Congressional Delegation effort to return Amtrak passenger rail service to Idaho and neighboring states. Crapo collected signatures on bipartisan letters to the chairmen of the Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over transportation issues, asking them to support provisions to evaluate the return of Amtrak rail service to the western states of Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. "The number of people ri… Continue Reading


September 12, 2008

Idaho Delegation To Host Academy Day

Washington, DC - The Idaho Congressional Delegation is pleased to host the Eighth Annual Service Academy Day in Idaho on October 4th. 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. Me… Continue Reading


September 11, 2008

Crapo Effort On Guns And Parks Gains Momentum

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo calls a vote by a Senate Committee today relating to the right to transport and carry firearms in national parks and fish and wildlife refuges a positive development in his ongoing effort to free gun owners from conflicting regulations regarding firearms on public lands. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today voted to send to the full Senate legislation that clears the way for firearms to be legally transported and carried across federal… Continue Reading


September 11, 2008

Auger Falls Legislation Passes Committee

Washington, DC - The City of Twin Falls will make important gains in recreation and water access along with a wastewater project under legislation sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and approved today by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The legislation, which affects the Auger Falls area of the Snake River Canyon, would transfer to the City of Twin Falls four parcels of land now managed by the Bureau of Land Management. "Final approval of the Auger Falls legislation will … Continue Reading


September 11, 2008

Crapo Remembers Idaho Victims On 9/11 Anniversary

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who participated in Congressional commemorative events today, issued this statement on the anniversary of the attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001: "Today is the seventh anniversary of the attack on September 11, 2001. Those events heightened our national awareness of the external threats that our nation and our democratic values face. In an increasingly inter-connected world, we have to be vigilant, and boldly meet this new challenge on every fr… Continue Reading


September 10, 2008

Senate Passes Highway Fund Fix

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance and Banking Committees who has worked to improve Idaho's share of highway funding, noted the Senate tonight passed a measure to keep the Federal Highway Trust Fund solvent. The fund was being depleted, a move which could have stopped projects in Idaho and other states. The Senate passed H.R. 6532 by voice vote. The measure authorizes an $8 billion transfer of funds from the General Fund to the Highway Trust Fund to repa… Continue Reading


September 10, 2008

Adoption, Rights Of Elderly Protected By Senate Committee Vote

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, applauded today's passage of three bills by the Finance Committee improving adoption incentives, taking steps to reduce elder abuse and protecting patients in long-term care facilities. The committee passed the bills unanimously. The Improved Adoption Incentives and Relative Guardianship Support Act of 2008, S. 3038, extends the current adoption incentives program, provides federal assistance for legal relative … Continue Reading


September 08, 2008

Crapo: Yucca Mountain News Is Welcome

Washington, DC - Today's announcement by the Department of Energy that it has docketed the license application for Yucca Mountain is welcomed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, co-chair of the Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, who issued the following statement: "It is time to put politics aside and let the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) do its evaluations of the Yucca Mountain site," Crapo said. "This storage site has been in preparatory work since 1987, more than 20 years, and it should have been open… Continue Reading


September 04, 2008

Farm Bill Meetings Set This Month

Washington, DC - Idahoans with questions about the 2008 Farm Bill enacted this spring by Congress can get answers at nine informational meetings planned around Idaho and sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo's staff will be joined by representatives from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, including the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development. "These Farm Bill meetings are meant to provide information about the many programs in … Continue Reading


September 02, 2008

Idaho Businesses To Use New Energy Systems

Boise - Four Idaho businesses have been rewarded for renewable energy planning and will split federal grant dollars totaling nearly $300,000, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The funding comes through USDA Rural Development's Section 9006 Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program. "Idaho businesses have always been innovative, and these energy upgrades will save money and power and expand the use of renewable energy┬áin Idaho," noted Crapo, a member of the Senat… Continue Reading


September 02, 2008

Crapo Seeks Answers On Teen Crime Grants

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants officials with the U.S. Department of Justice to explain why a highly-effective program dealing with juvenile crime and violence was not funded by the department for Fiscal Year 2007. Crapo wrote a letter to the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), J. Robert Flores, last week and asked for a response within 30 days. The program in question is the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS), wh… Continue Reading


August 27, 2008

Comprehensive Energy Vote Sought As Congress Returns To Work

Boise - Citing the economic stress on Idahoans and all Americans, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is calling for a vote on comprehensive energy reform as soon as Congress returns to work September 8th. Crapo joined with a coalition of local energy interests urging Idahoans to tell Congress to immediately consider wide-ranging legislation that will feature more domestic production, conservation and alternative energy using what Crapo calls a "use less, produce more" model. "I am calling on Idahoans t… Continue Reading


August 25, 2008

Crapo To Discuss Energy Legislation, Co-Chair Transportation Summit

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss the critical need for Congress to approve comprehensive legislation in the U.S. Senate that will address alternative energy, research and rising energy prices. An energy expert from Boise State University and the local owner of an all-electric vehicle will join Crapo at the event to discuss their perspectives on energy. Earlier Tuesday, Crapo will join Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to co-chair a summit meeting on th… Continue Reading


August 15, 2008

Crapo Announces $7.2 Million For Plummer Water

Plummer - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today joined Plummer Mayor Tim Clark and Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan to announce acquisition of funding to end water and wastewater problems that have caused a building moratorium in the Plummer area. Idaho Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-Sagle) and Representatives Mary Lou Shepherd (D-Wallace) and Dick Harwood (R-St. Maries) joined Crapo, Clark, Allan and Jeff Beeman of USDA Rural Development to comment on the plan to end wastewater treatment issues … Continue Reading


August 13, 2008

University Of Idaho Student First Recipient Of Crapo Math And Science Scholarship

Moscow - Calling it a positive sign of Idaho's commitment to global competitiveness, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced the first recipient of the Mike Crapo Math and Science Scholarship Fund. Crapo, who has been recognized for leadership in education issues, announced the scholarship effort in 2004 as a way to encourage Idaho's best students to seek math, science and other technical education at Idaho's universities. Crapo was joined by University of Idaho President Steven Daley-Laurse… Continue Reading


August 11, 2008

Crapo To Announce Multi-Million Dollar Loan And Grant For Plummer

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join with Plummer Mayor Tom Clark, Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan, Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-Sagle) and Representatives Mary Lou Shepherd (D-Wallace) and Dick Harwood (R-St. Maries) to announce a multi-million dollar loan and grant combination that may end water and wastewater problems that have caused a building moratorium in the Plummer area. The announcement is scheduled on Friday, August 15th: 9:30 a.m. Plummer City Hall, 880 C Street… Continue Reading


August 11, 2008

Crapo Honors Teen Advocates Preventing Dating Violence

Washington, DC -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a Congressional leader in annual efforts to fully fund domestic violence awareness and prevention and victims' assistance programs, is honoring 19 Idaho teens who served on the Idaho Teen Advisory Council during the 2007-2008 school year. These teens have taken a lead role in Idaho's efforts to prevent violence in dating relationships by speaking out against teen dating violence, which includes emotional abuse. The teens are part of a program started … Continue Reading


August 08, 2008

Crapo Honors Tribal Elder Before Senate

Washington, DC - Noted Nez Perce Tribal historian, writer, language preservationist, storyteller and cultural expert Horace Axtell will be honored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo next week. Axtell, a respected Tribal elder, musician and drum maker, was recently awarded a national heritage fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was among ten recipients earning the national award. Crapo recognized Axtell in a Congressional Record Statement for the NEA fellowship, along with the man… Continue Reading


August 07, 2008

First Recipient Of Crapo Math And Science Scholarship Announced Wednesday

Moscow - Calling it a positive sign of Idaho's commitment to global competitiveness, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will announce the first recipient of the Mike Crapo Math and Science Scholarship Fund on Wednesday on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow. Crapo will be joined by University of Idaho President Steven Daley-Laursen, Hilarie Engle of the Idaho Community Foundation (ICF), and the student and her family for the announcement. Crapo announced the scholarship effort in 2004 as a way to … Continue Reading


August 01, 2008

Family Boating Avoids New Permit Threats

Washington, DC - Family boaters have won a reprieve from the threat of facing a costly and unnecessary permitting process, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo co-sponsored legislation written to head off potentially costly permitting requirements for recreational boaters. The legislation passed both the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives by Unanimous Consent and was signed into law. Crapo, a member of the Congressional Boating Caucus and the Co-chair of the Congressional Sp… Continue Reading

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