News Releases

January 27, 2010

Crapo: President's Speech Sets Out Challenges

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement after attending the President's State of the Union speech this evening on Capitol Hill: "The President outlined some of the most pressing issues that are facing our nation at this time-the economy, federal debt, financial reform, education and energy. Now we all need to work hard to find common ground and build common sense solutions. "With so many challenges facing our nation, we must prioritize reducing the federa… Continue Reading

January 22, 2010

Crime Victim Needs Noted In Senate Resolution

Washington, D.C. - Federal funding priorities and efforts to protect victims of crime are being recognized by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota). The U.S. Senate passed the Crapo-Klobuchar legislation, S. Res. 391, by Unanimous Consent. The Crapo-Klobuchar legislation recognizes the 25th Anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, known as the VOCA Act. The VOCA legislation established the Crime Victims Fund, a funding base paid by perpetrators of crimes prosec… Continue Reading

January 21, 2010

Crapo Votes To End TARP, Reduce Debt

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo cast a vote today to reduce the nation's debt, even as other Senators plan a vote to set new records by raising the debt ceiling by nearly $2 trillion. Crapo voted in favor of an amendment, authored by Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) to the legislation raising the debt ceiling, H.J. Res. 45. The Thune amendment would have ended the Treasury Department's ability to spend unobligated Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds immediately and would … Continue Reading

January 20, 2010

Delegation Applauds Underwood Nomination

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional delegation offered words of praise and support for the president's decision to nominate Pocatello resident Brian Underwood to be the next U.S. Marshal for Idaho. "We expect swift confirmation in the U.S. Senate for Mr. Underwood's nomination," Senator Mike Crapo said. "With a deep background in law enforcement and community involvement, Mr. Underwood will serve Idaho well." "I look forward to supporting Mr. Underwood's nomination in the U.S. Senate … Continue Reading

January 19, 2010

Crapo Statement On Massachusetts Election Results

"It is clear that voters are frustrated and feeling disenfranchised by many of the decisions being made in Washington, D.C. The results of tonight's vote may well change the future for health care legislation, and I am hopeful that in the long run, the Majority in Congress and the President will listen to the people's wishes and craft policies with broad public support."… Continue Reading

January 14, 2010

Delegation Seeks Assistance For Potato Growers

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional Delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist potato producers struggling due to a high supply of domestic potatoes and low prices. In a letter sent┬áto USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Administrator, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Representatives Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick are asking USDA to give favorable consideration to a pending request for purchase of fresh surplus potatoes for federal nutrition pro… Continue Reading

January 12, 2010

Crapo Visits Afghanistan, Pakistan

Washington, D.C. - During a Congressional visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan over the past four days, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo found U.S. soldiers in high spirits but foreign leaders left with questions over announcing public timetables for U.S. withdrawal from the area and making sure the Taliban and al Qaeda are defeated. Crapo was a member of a Congressional delegation tour to gain a better understanding on how the war against the Taliban was progressing in the Mideast. He was accompanied on t… Continue Reading

January 05, 2010

Crapo: Boise State, Idaho Players Are Champions

Washington, D.C. - Impressive bowl victories by Boise State University and the University of Idaho deserve congratulations and recognition, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said today following Boise State's Fiesta Bowl victory over TCU last night. Crapo also noted the University of Idaho's victory over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl December 30th in Boise. "There is now no doubt that football in Idaho belongs in the national spotlight with impressive bowl victories this season by both Boise … Continue Reading

December 24, 2009

Crapo: A Day Of Record Debt, Big Government

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate voted today 60 to 39 along party lines to approve H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. By the same vote, the Senate then followed action by the U.S. House of Representatives to raise the federal debt ceiling by $290 billion, to nearly $12.4 trillion, with an additional vote set for January to further increase the debt limit to more than $13 trillion. "These two votes taken together have created a stark fiscal reality for the nation as we p… Continue Reading

December 23, 2009

19,000 Sign Crapo Health Care Petition

Washington, D.C. - More than 19,000 people, starting with Idahoans but spreading nationwide to all 50 states, have signed an online petition opposing the current health care reform legislation before the U.S. Senate. The online petition was prepared by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who has been on the Senate floor and national cable television programs leading opposition to the bill because it raises taxes on the middle class, increases premiums for many people now carrying insurance, cuts senior pr… Continue Reading

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┬ádollars. 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

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