News Releases

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 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 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 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

September 18, 2009

Amtrak Report On Pioneer Restoration Released

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants Idahoans and Northwest residents to offer comment on a preliminary feasibility study just released by Amtrak that says passenger rail service may be restored to southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. Restoring the service will come at a cost. Crapo and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden got a Congressional mandate forcing Amtrak to study restoring the former Pioneer Line that ran from Portland through Boise, Shoshone and Pocatello to Utah before being discont… Continue Reading

September 17, 2009

Crapo: Cut Funding For Acorn

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants to cut all funding for the community action group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Earlier this week, Crapo voted with the majority of the Senate (83 to 7) to block federal funding to ACORN from the transportation and housing appropriations bill. Today, the Senate voted (85 to 11) to stop Interior funding that could go to the organization. Crapo has also co-sponsored a bill introduced by Senator Mike Johanns (R-Nebrask… Continue Reading

September 16, 2009

Crapo Notes Partisan Effort On Health Care

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today regarding a new legislative proposal on health care reform. Crapo is a member of the Senate Finance Committee that may vote next week on a legislative proposal announced today by Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana). Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also helped work on the proposal, but the end product failed to win Republican backing. "The Chairman and the Ranking Member on the Finance Committee have wo… Continue Reading

September 16, 2009

Crapo, Colleagues Question Proliferation Of Czars

Washington, DC - Has the White House employed too many special-issue advisers, known as "czars," who are eluding public scrutiny and Congressional oversight? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and a number of his Senate colleagues believe so, and have highlighted their concerns in a letter to the President. "These positions raise serious issues of accountability, transparency, and oversight," wrote Crapo and Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Robert Bennett (R-Utah), Kit Bond (R-Missouri), Susan Coll… Continue Reading

September 15, 2009

Idaho Delegation To Host Academy Day

Washington, DC - The Idaho Congressional Delegation will host the Annual Service Academy Day in Idaho on October 3rd. 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. Merchant Marine A… Continue Reading

September 14, 2009

Military Academy Deadline Approaches

Washington, DC - Idaho students interested in applying to U.S. military academies are encouraged to forward their applications to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo by the end of next month. Applications are taken for enrollment in 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. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Only the Coast Guard Academy does not require the nomination by a member of… Continue Reading

September 14, 2009

Crapo Introduces Wood Safety Legislation

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) to introduce bipartisan legislation intended to protect consumers by establishing national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, which would apply to both domestic products and foreign imports. Crapo said, "I would like to thank Senator Klobuchar for her leadership on this issue, and I am pleased to lend my support to this legislation, which will supply manufacturers of composite w… Continue Reading

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