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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

October 13, 2009

Crapo: One-Half Trillion In New Taxes, Penalties In Health Proposal

Washington, DC - Excessive costs, absence of legislative language, lack of complete scoring estimates and a misleading assessment about a government takeover of the nation's health system were among the reasons that Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted "no" today as the Senate Finance Committee approved a health care reform measure. The Committee vote was 14 to 9, and the measure will now go before the full Senate, where Crapo said he'd continue to press for changes. The bill, with a preliminary cost… Continue Reading

October 07, 2009

Crapo: Put It On The Internet

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined several of his Senate colleagues today to demand changes in Senate rules so that final committee votes not be rushed before the public has a chance to review the content and costs of proposals before the chamber. Crapo said it is critical that Senators and the public be able to fully review and understand the impacts of legislation such as the draft health care proposals before Congress. Crapo supported plans written by Senator Jim Bunning (R-K… Continue Reading

October 06, 2009

Costs, Taxes In Health Bill Need Scrutiny

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, continued his push for transparency and accessibility as the Committee moves toward a final vote on health care reform legislation. Crapo, who has long held that the present draft legislation is too expensive, raises taxes on middle and lower-income families and fails to cut health costs, joined with nine of his Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana), urgin… Continue Reading

October 06, 2009

Crapo To Announce Economic Funding

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October 02, 2009

Crapo Salutes Ucon Elementary's Fitness Award

Washington, DC - An Idaho elementary school has received national recognition for attention to fitness and sports. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said he is adding his congratulations to the top award to Ucon Elementary in Idaho Falls. The school placed first at the top of its division in the award from the President's Council on Physical Fitness (PCPFS). The PCPFS State Champion award recognizes schools that have the highest number of students scoring at or above the 85th percentile on the Preside… Continue Reading

October 01, 2009

Crapo: Middle-Class Families Hit In Health Proposal

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the conceptual health care proposal before the Senate Finance Committee creates an undue burden on the middle class by raising taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year. He says those are the families the President pledged would not pay "one dime" in new taxes under his proposal. Crapo introduced an amendment before the committee to strike such tax increases from the proposal. "The bulk of the new taxes envisioned in this proposal, as es… Continue Reading

September 30, 2009

Crapo Questions Amtrak's Numbers

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is questioning the cost figures cited in a preliminary report Amtrak commissioned on the feasibility of restoring passenger rail service to Idaho along the former Pioneer Route. Tomorrow is the deadline for interested parties to comment on the preliminary study released by Amtrak. The final report on the feasibility of restoring the Pioneer Route is due to Congress on October 15th. While noting the comments from Idahoans coming into his offices remain… Continue Reading

September 29, 2009

U.S. Lumber Benefits From Trade Ruling

Washington, DC - Idaho's Congressional Delegation welcomed a ruling by an international arbiter in an ongoing dispute over Canadian softwood exports. The tribunal sided with the U.S. this week over an appeal related to Canada's proposed remedy for a Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) violation. As a result of the ruling a 10 percent duty on Canadian softwood imports may remain in effect. "Our trade agreements and rules must be upheld to better ensure Idaho and American softwood lumber companies … Continue Reading

September 25, 2009

Crapo, Risch Score Victories In Interior Bill For Forest Management

Washington, DC -Collaborative forest land management and an increase in fire fighting funds were given priority as Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch supported amendments to the Interior Appropriations bill. The bill passed the full Senate by a 77 to 21 vote. One amendment provided $10 million for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Fund, a special fund created in the Forest Landscape Restoration Act to carry out locally-driven, collaborative land use activities. Senator Crapo… Continue Reading

September 25, 2009

Crapo Encourages Input On H-2A Program Rules

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is encouraging Idahoans to submit comments regarding the U.S. Department of Labor's H-2A agricultural guest worker program. Earlier this month, the Department of Labor proposed changes to the program through a proposed new rule and has invited written comments on the proposed rule to be received on or before October 5, 2009. The proposed rule and information regarding the process for submitting comments can be obtained through the following link on Crapo… Continue Reading

September 24, 2009

Crapo Warns Of Costs To Seniors, States

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said today that senior citizens and state taxpayers will feel the pain if health care reforms envisioned in the Senate Finance Committee are approved by Congress. Crapo, a member of the Finance Committee, charges the legislation could hurt senior citizens who enjoy coverage under the popular Medicare Advantage program because that program may be cut by $113 billion under the present proposal. Crapo offered an amendment to the bill today that would hav… Continue Reading

September 24, 2009

Crapo Goes On Greta Van Susteren Program To Discuss Health Care

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says Americans deserve to read and calculate the costs of a health care reform bill now before the Senate Finance Committee. Crapo, a member of the committee, is making an appearance tonight during the "On the Record" program hosted by Greta Van Susteren. The program airs in Idaho at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time and 7:00 Pacific Time on the Fox News Channel. "We have been working in the Finance Committee to improve the present bill by adding amendments," C… Continue Reading

September 23, 2009

Crapo: Don't Vote On Health Bill Without Public Review

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo warned today that some members of the Senate Finance Committee are in such a rush to pass a health care reform bill that there may be final votes before the legislation is even written out in final form. Crapo, a member of the Finance Committee debating amendments on the bill this week, said some members may be seeking to avoid public scrutiny and an independent cost analysis of the legislation. The bill has yet to be finalized. Crapo noted that even … Continue Reading

September 22, 2009

Senate Amendment Promotes Accountability In Fire Funding

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch supported an amendment to an Interior Department spending bill today erasing plans to spend $2.8 million in badly-needed forest fire mitigation funding in Washington, DC. The nation's capital, an area with no national forests, planned to use the funding for park activities and festivals. The amendment written by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) effectively frees up the stimulus money to ensure that it can spent where it is needed most. … Continue Reading

September 22, 2009

Senate Urges Action On Prostate Cancer

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a two-time survivor of prostate cancer, urges all men to become more aware of the disease and encouraged them to follow through with regular checkups and testing. Crapo and his fellow Senators unanimously approved S. 277, a resolution designating September 2009 as "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month." The resolution notes that one in six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, noting that prostate ca… Continue Reading

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