News Releases

June 17, 2008

Energy E-Mail Draws More Than 500 Responses Overnight

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo asked Idahoans to give Congress input on lowering high energy costs, and he got it-more than 500 e-mailed responses in one evening. Monday, Crapo sent e-mails and posted a request on his website seeking comment on efforts to lower prices for gasoline, diesel fuel and other energy costs. He plans to share the responses with fellow Senators. Many of the Idahoans who have responded say they agree with Crapo that energy conservation plans should be linked… Continue Reading


June 16, 2008

Crapo Seeks Idahoans' Input On Energy Issues

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced a new effort to give Idahoans a direct voice in how to resolve problems related to high gasoline, diesel and energy prices. Crapo says Congress needs the input of Idahoans, and Americans in general, to help draft legislation that may solve issues related to high energy costs, and he is using his official website to let Idahoans share their stories. Crapo is asking for Idahoans to send him their personal stories on how high energy price… Continue Reading


June 11, 2008

Crapo Co-Sponsors Medicare Improvements

Washington, DC - Physicians who treat Medicare patients can continue to do so without worrying about cuts in reimbursement, under legislation co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction on Medicare issues, joined Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others in introducing the bill today. The Preserving Access of Medicare Act of 2008 increases payments to physicians for quality report… Continue Reading


June 11, 2008

Crapo Welcomes Summer Interns To Washington

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomes five Idahoans from Post Falls, Twin Falls, Rexburg, Weiser and Boise to Washington, DC, this summer as they serve as interns, assisting with constituent work, tours in the U.S. Capitol and other duties. Ashley Burt is a Boise native and 2005 graduate of Boise High School. She just completed her junior year attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She is majoring in Mathematics and Pre-Medicine, and will become Executive Vice Pre… Continue Reading


June 06, 2008

Crapo: This Global Warming Bill Did Not Add Up

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said today that the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act was incomplete in its approach and too expensive to garner the support it needed in the Senate. Crapo, along with many of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle, found the legislation would raise energy costs too high for consumers. "I don't believe that legislation which could raise energy prices by almost 140% is what we need at a time when we are already paying record prices for electri… Continue Reading


June 05, 2008

Watershed Quality Improves In Crapo, Tester Bill

Washington, DC - Federal legislation that has been introduced today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) will spur the improvement of watersheds in Idaho and across the country. The Cooperative Watershed Management Act of 2008 creates a framework of new federal grants and incentives for collaborative efforts aimed at improving the quality of watersheds. Senators Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Max Baucus (D-Montana) are co-sponsoring the legislation. The grants, administer… Continue Reading


June 05, 2008

Men's Health Highlighted In Senate Resolution

Washington, DC - Men in the United States live an average of five fewer years than women. Middle-aged men are three times more likely than women to die of a heart attack and women are far more likely than men to see a doctor regularly. Those statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are why Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and four of his Senate colleagues are introducing a Senate resolution naming June 9th through the 15th of this year as National Men's Health Week. The resolution … Continue Reading


June 04, 2008

Like A Gathering Storm

It's coming. In less than the time it takes to get a bachelor's degree, serve a military tour or complete high school, taxpayers earning $30,000 to $80,000 will see increases in their tax liability from $1,600 to $2,300. At the end of 2010, the tax relief enacted in 2001 and 2003 will expire, absent changes to current tax policy by Congress. The writing is on the wall - those tax cuts will very likely not be made permanent next year or the following. Some taxpayers are already starting to prepar… Continue Reading


June 04, 2008

Crapo: Spending Plan So Bad It Gets Three 'No' Votes

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, noted today's federal budget blueprint that narrowly passed the Senate is so bad that he had to vote against it three times-in committee and twice on the Senate floor. Crapo said the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Resolution conference report that passed on a 48 to 45 vote is the first budget plan ever to top $1 trillion in spending and could raise taxes for the average American family by more than $2,000 annually. "… Continue Reading


June 03, 2008

Crapo Cites Need For Opening Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Co-Chair of the Senate Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, today cited two major reasons to move ahead with federal plans to open a national nuclear depository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The U.S. Department of Energy plans to file an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking to open a storage facility in Nevada as a follow-up to President Bush and Congress designating the site in July of 2002. "The spent nuclear materials temporarily stored in I… Continue Reading


May 29, 2008

Clearwater Basin Collaborative Announced

Lewiston - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today joined with a group of resource, environment, wildlife, sportsmen, Tribal and state and federal agency leaders to announce the Clearwater Basin Collaborative, a consensus-based effort to plan the long-term use and management of public lands in the Clearwater Basin. Crapo and many group members feel a collaborative effort combined with long-range planning may be the best way to solve issues and manage public lands for the benefit of multiple uses-timber p… Continue Reading


May 27, 2008

Crapo To Present Flag At Request Of CDA Students, Announce Clearwater Collaborative Effort

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will visit Coeur d'Alene students at Fernan Elementary School on Friday to present them with a new U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. As part of a Social Studies project, the students in Linda Hannon's first grade class wrote to Crapo, requesting a new flag to replace the worn one being flown at their school. During the flag presentation, several students will read their letters to Crapo. On Thursday, Crapo will announce a new collaborative effort… Continue Reading


May 25, 2008

Crapo: Simplot Left His Mark On Idaho, The World

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding the passing of J.R. "Jack" Simplot: "J.R. Simplot lived his life to the fullest, blazing a trail through industry, agriculture and the arts that is hard to match. He was a remarkable man, who used his vision to create technology that has benefitted our entire country. His legacy will be long remembered by our state; he left his mark on not just Idaho, but on the world. Idaho has lost one of its favorite sons … Continue Reading


May 23, 2008

Crapo Lauds Passage Of Online Safety Measures For Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two measures, co-sponsored by Senator Mike Crapo, that increase safeguards for children using the Internet passed the Senate this week by unanimous consent. "The KIDS Act, combined with the declaration of June as Internet Safety Month sends a strong message that Congress takes very seriously the devastating crime of Internet predation of our children," said Crapo. "Statistics and firsthand accounts of children and law enforcement reveal very frightening data on the pervasivene… Continue Reading


May 23, 2008

Veterans Earn Tax Relief For Homes, Retirement

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with the full Senate to approve new tax relief for members of the U.S. military, their families and their employers. The Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Act (HEART) was approved by unanimous consent and is expected to be signed into law by the President. The U.S. House of Representatives has already approved the measure. Crapo co-sponsored the Senate version of the bill. "This legislation will make it easier for members of the military to… Continue Reading


May 22, 2008

Crapo Cites AG Opportunities In Override Vote

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted to override the President's veto of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, commonly called the Farm Bill, today citing the need to enact the new Farm Bill to increase energy and environmental opportunities on farm land, and provide needed certainty for rural communities and all Americans. The Senate overrode the veto by a vote of 82 to 13. "Agriculture is a more than $5 billion industry in Idaho and an integral part of our state's econo… Continue Reading


May 22, 2008

Crapo Supports County Payments Funding

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo supported the Senate passage of a provision today that includes $400 million to continue county payments for another year. In April, Crapo, a long-time advocate for the county payments program, joined a bipartisan group of senators, who sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee seeking the inclusion of an extension and funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Act of 2000 in the Fiscal Year 2008 Emergency Supplemental Appropr… Continue Reading


May 20, 2008

Crapo Announces State Staff Changes

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces five members of his state staff are being promoted to new positions. Former Regional Director Mitch Silvers has been named as State Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Environment. Silvers' new assignment will include increased interaction and coordination with local governments, state and federal agencies, and Tribal leaders on a number of Crapo initiatives involving environmental concerns, Native American issues and other topics. Sil… Continue Reading


May 15, 2008

Crapo, Senate Support Farm Bill Compromise

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo supported the 2008 Farm Bill Conference Report when it was passed by the Senate today by a vote of 81 to 15. Crapo spoke on the Senate floor in favor of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 as it would provide long-term certainty to farm families, enhance food security, enable environmental improvements, and expand energy opportunities. "At a time when people around the world are struggling to deal with recent natural disasters and ensure tha… Continue Reading


May 13, 2008

Idaho Delegation Wins Pro-Potato Language In Farm Bill Compromise

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation have convinced a House-Senate conference committee to include pro-potato language that could lead to white potatoes being restored as part of a program for low income women and children. The conference committee agreed to include report language in the Farm Bill suggesting that white potatoes should not be unnecessarily excluded from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's nutrition programs including the Women, Infants and Children … Continue Reading

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