News Releases

March 05, 2008

Crapo Warns Of Large Tax Increases

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, warned new spending proposals being considered in the Senate could raise taxes on Americans by $1.3 trillion over the next five years. Crapo took to the Senate floor today to decry the spending proposals as "an embarrassment" and "not responsible" to future generations. Leadership in the Senate Budget Committee is expected to finalize work on a budget blueprint for spending in the coming fiscal year that could… Continue Reading

February 29, 2008

Crapo Honors Efforts To Help Children During Soda Springs Events

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will note two volunteer efforts by Idahoans to improve the lives of children both here and abroad during ceremonies on Saturday in Soda Springs. Crapo will present his Spirit of Idaho Award to four residents of Soda Springs who have worked on two different projects to improve the lives of children. Alexis Rice and Kaycie Clark will be honored for starting a youth center in Soda Springs. The two worked to create "The Station" as a safe haven for youth … Continue Reading

February 28, 2008

Crapo Urges "Fresh Look" At U.S.-Cuba Policy

Washington, DC - In a letter sent to the Administration today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined with 23 other Senators, including Idaho Senator Larry Craig, to urge a "fresh look" at the current U.S. policy toward Cuba. The bipartisan letter, which is attached to this news release, proposes that the resignation of Cuban leader Fidel Castro presents an opportunity for the U.S. to reconsider its decades-old policy of isolation and estrangement toward that country. In part, the letter r… Continue Reading

February 28, 2008

Crapo Opens Service Academy Application Period For Class Of 2009

Washington, D.C. - Students who are interested in attending one of the nation's four service academies are encouraged to get started on the application process now, encouraged Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Every year, Crapo nominates selected Idaho students to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Interested studen… Continue Reading

February 22, 2008

Crapo Encouraged By Kempthorne's Directive On Firearms On Public Land

Boise, ID - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo praised the efforts of Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne to begin the process of removing federal regulations that severely restrict law-abiding citizens' rights to transport and carry firearms on certain public lands. Crapo received a letter today from Kempthorne stating that he will move to update these firearms regulations. "I have directed Assistant Secretary Lyle Laverty, who oversees regulatory matters for parks and refuges, to develop and pr… Continue Reading

February 21, 2008

Crapo Applauds Wolf Delisting

BOISE, ID- Upon word today that the U.S. Department of the Interior plans to remove the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves from the list of endangered species, Senator Mike Crapo called the decision a welcome one for Idaho and the West. "The wolf has had a successful recovery in Idaho and the West," said Crapo. "The state has followed strict scientific monitoring guidelines to ensure that all the benchmarks have been met for delisting this animal, and the announcement that the wolf no longer is a… Continue Reading

February 20, 2008


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February 19, 2008

Crapo To Discuss Caldwell Development,Host Digital Television Event

Idaho Falls - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo begins a week of events in Idaho with an appearance today before the Idaho Falls City Club. He will update Congressional efforts to move forward with downtown development efforts in Caldwell on Wednesday and host an informational meeting on Thursday with federal officials relating to the upcoming transition in over-the-air television signals Tuesday, February 19: Noon Idaho Falls Speaks to the Idaho Falls City Club on issues before the Congress. At the … Continue Reading

February 15, 2008


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February 15, 2008

Idaho Delegation Praises Forest Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation praised the U.S. Forest Service today on its decision regarding snowmobile access in the Mt. Jefferson area in Idaho. The collaborative decision calls for snowmobilers to access Mt. Jefferson through Idaho, while maintaining wilderness area on the north side of the mountain. In a letter sent to Regional Forester Tom Tidwell, the delegation said: "We are pleased to see the Forest Service selected Alternative 6 as its preferred alternative. … Continue Reading

February 14, 2008

Crapo Sets Idaho Forums On Television Conversion

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces a series of informational meetings in Idaho concerning changes in over-the-air television signals that could affect as many as 400,000 Idahoans. Crapo will host the first digital television (DTV) educational forum on Thursday, February 21st, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ada County Courthouse Commissioners Room, 200 West Front Street, in Boise. Additional forums will follow in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Coeur d'Alene during March. Crapo h… Continue Reading

February 11, 2008


Washington, DC - Forest Service lands in Idaho and other Western states could see an increase in collaboration to improve forest health under a bill co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, the Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, says the legislation establishes funding and a mechanism to restore forest landscapes, not just those scarred by fires. "This bill is a win-win because it will address f… Continue Reading

February 08, 2008


Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, is encouraging Idaho agricultural producers to apply for marketing grants offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The deadline to apply for the USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant program is March 31, 2008. "Idahoans have a history of submitting strong applications that compete well for these U… Continue Reading

February 07, 2008


Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against an economic stimulus package this afternoon, noting there are better ways of stimulating the economy that won't increase the national debt. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, joined 15 other Senators in opposing H.R. 5140, as amended. Crapo voted in favor of an amendment that would allow seniors on Social Security and disabled veterans and their widows to be eligible for the rebate checks. The amendment included… Continue Reading

February 06, 2008


Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today called on his colleagues to join him in working to extend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 and fully fund Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT). The so-called "county payments" legislation compensates county governments that lose tax revenue due to large tracts of federal land. "We must do this to prevent the closure of numerous isolated schools and to enable rural county road districts to address the severe maint… Continue Reading

February 04, 2008


Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement today on the release of President Bush's budget for Fiscal Year 2009. "Today, the President unveiled his budget for 2009 and it reflects the difficulties we face in both the short and long term," Crapo said. "The last thing we need to do when faced with a slowing economy in the short term and major entitlement threats in the long term is to raise taxes or spend beyond our means… Continue Reading

February 01, 2008


Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces he will hold his first iTownHall meeting of 2008 this coming Wednesday, February 6. The new technology behind the iTownHall meeting allows Idahoans to join in via telephone from any location in Idaho. Participation is voluntary, and listeners are invited to ask the Senator about any number of topics regarding federal policies or legislation. "Joining the townhall discussion is as easy as signing up at my official website, http://crapo.senate… Continue Reading

February 01, 2008


Washington, DC - Two Idaho students will receive $5000 scholarships and a visit to the nation's capital as part of the United States Senate Scholarship Youth Program. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said Monica Cutler of Fairfield and Jordan Lofthouse of Rexburg were chosen from hundreds of applicants to be among the 104 student delegates to the Youth Program's Washington Week in March. Cutler and Fairfield's academic record had to rank in the top one-percent of their class to be chosen to participate.… Continue Reading

February 01, 2008


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo helped introduce legislation yesterday, sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), expanding and improving the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP). S. 2587 would amend the Immigration and National Security Act to compensate States for incarcerating undocumented immigrants charged with serious crimes. S. 2588 would ensure that States receive reimbursement no later than 120 days after the application period. SCAAP was i… Continue Reading

February 01, 2008


WASHINGTON, D.C.-In an annual effort to raise awareness of the crime of teen dating violence nationwide, Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York), Joe Biden (D-Delaware) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) joined together to announce February 4 - 8, 2008, "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week," as declared by S. Res. 388, which passed the full Senate in December. This marks the third year that the United States Senate has made the first full w… Continue Reading

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