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February 01, 2008

SENATORS ANNOUNCE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION WEEK

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


January 31, 2008

CRAPO NAMED TO FISCAL REFORM WORKING GROUP

Washington, D.C. - In a continuing effort to bring greater transparency and taxpayer confidence to federal government spending, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell appointed a Fiscal Reform Working Group Wednesday. The working group, chaired by Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), will review the earmark process for spending and revenue and recommend additional means for the Senate to bring greater transparency and fiscal responsibility to government spending. McConnell selected Sens. Thad … Continue Reading


January 31, 2008

CRAPO: NEW STOVES IMPROVE AIR QUALITY, EFFICIENCY

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has introduced legislation that would provide a tax incentive to people who voluntarily replace their old wood-burning stove with a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-certified, clean-burning one. The Clean Stove Act of 2008 (S. 2576) would provide a one-time $500 tax credit during a three-year period to purchasers of wood, pellet and corn stoves, which generally retail between $1500 -$3,000, to encourage consumers to remove their old appliances. … Continue Reading


January 29, 2008

FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS HONOR CRAPO

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been award the national "True Blue" award by the Family Research Council (FRC) and Focus on the Family for his voting record in the Senate regarding family issues. FRC and Focus on the Family presented the award this morning in Washington, DC. The family groups say the annual award goes to Members of Congress who have exhibited extraordinary leadership and commitment to the defense of family, faith and freedom, according to the FRC Action's scorec… Continue Reading


January 28, 2008

CRAPO: COOPERATION IS KEY TO CHALLENGES

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement after President Bush's State of the Union address this evening: "I listened closely to President Bush this evening as he delivered his message about his plans for the coming year, and was pleased that he touched on issues that many Idahoans are concerned about-education, the economy, housing, health care, energy, federal spending and national security. Our country does indeed face many challenges, and it will take stro… Continue Reading


January 28, 2008

CRAPO APPLAUDS SCHAFER'S CONFIRMATION ASAGRICULTURE SECRETARY

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, applauds today's Senate confirmation of former North Dakota Governor Edward Schafer to be the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Crapo says Schafer's knowledge of agriculture commodities, trade and government made his prompt confirmation by unanimous consent an easy vote for all Senators. "I look forward to working closely with Secretary Schafer now that he has been confirmed to finalize work on a new farm bi… Continue Reading


January 28, 2008

CRAPO: HINCKLEY REMEMBERED AS A GREAT AMBASSADOR OF FAITH

Washington, DC - The following is a statement released by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo on the death of Gordon B. Hinckley, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hinckley passed away at age 97 on Sunday, January 27, 2008, from "causes incident to age." "I was honored to meet with President Hinckley several times over my years of public service, and am deeply saddened by his passing," Crapo said. "He was a remarkable man, one who brought great kindness and wit to his many ye… Continue Reading


January 28, 2008

CRAPO PLANS RESPONSE TO STATE OF THE UNION

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will offer a response to President Bush's final State of the Union Address tonight via satellite feed and radio actuality. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees and Republican Deputy Whip, expects economic issues will top the list of issues discussed by the President. Crapo's remarks are available following the State of the Union tonight: 8:15-8:30 p.m., Mountain Time/ 7:15-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time C-Band AMC 1 Transponder 2… Continue Reading


January 18, 2008

CRAPO NOTES BORDER CROSSING, PASSPORT CHANGES

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says Idahoans should be alert to changes in federal requirements to cross the Canadian border that will go into effect at the end of this month. New Homeland Security requirements mean U.S. citizens will have to carry either a U.S. passport or a combination of local identification and a birth certificate to legally cross the U.S. - Canada border after January 31, 2008. Crapo says there is good news for those applying for a U.S. passport in light of th… Continue Reading


January 17, 2008

IDAHO STUDENT INTERNS ASSIST CRAPO'S BOISE OFFICE

Washington, DC - Two Idaho students are assisting staff and constituents in Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Boise office during the spring semester. They are part of the internship program in Crapo's office available to Idaho students. Andrew "A.J." Church is continuing his internship experience while pursuing a degree in Political Science at Boise State. Church, who has completed multiple internships in Twin Falls and Washington, DC for both Senator Crapo and Congressman Simpson, is a native of t… Continue Reading


January 14, 2008

CRAPO'S WEBSITE RECEIVES SILVER MOUSE AWARD

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's official website, http://crapo.senate.gov, has been named one of the best websites on Capitol Hill. Today the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) awarded the site a 2007 Silver Mouse Award, making it one of ten to receive that award. The Congressional Management Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan management consulting and research organization in Washington, DC, has tracked the use of the Internet by Congress since 1998 and handed out awards … Continue Reading


January 11, 2008

CRAPO TO ADDRESS AMERICAN LEGION CONFERENCE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss veterans' legislation and other issues Saturday morning during a speech to the Mid-Winter Conference of the American Legion. Approximately 150 Legion members, Auxiliary and family members will be in attendance. Crapo addresses American Legion Mid-Winter Conference: Saturday, January 12, 2008 8:30-9:00 a.m. Owyhee Plaza Hotel 1109 Main Street Boise… Continue Reading


January 09, 2008

ROBERTS TO RECEIVE NEW WASTEWATER SYSTEM

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces the City of Roberts in Eastern Idaho's Jefferson County will soon begin construction on a new wastewater treatment facility, thanks to federal funds distributed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Program. Crapo, Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, says the city has been approved for a $1 million loan and $260,000 grant to replace the… Continue Reading


January 08, 2008

INTERNS ADD TO IDAHO PRESENCE IN CRAPO'S D.C. OFFICE

Washington, DC - Four Idahoans are among the group of interns welcomed for the spring semester into the Washington, DC office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The internship program allows college students to learn more about the political process and assist with congressional services and legislative support. "Our internship program prioritizes a valuable exchange of information and education," Crapo noted. "Serving an internship in Washington expands a student's knowledge of the workings of U.S… Continue Reading


January 04, 2008

CRAPO ANNOUNCES STAFF PROMOTION, NEW HIRE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces changes in his legislative staff in his Washington, D.C., office. The promotion and new hire change his staff handling health care, education, labor, welfare, and Social Security issues. Katie Oppenheim is Crapo's newest Legislative Assistant. She has been promoted from her previous role as Crapo's Legislative Correspondent for the same issue responsibilities. A graduate of the American University's Washington College of Law, she previously … Continue Reading


December 20, 2007

HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING KEEPS IDAHO PREPARED

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says ten Idaho jurisdictions will split about $200,000 in new federal funding for disaster preparedness, communications and training. The grants were announced today as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program. "These grants are an important source of funding to improve our emergency response capabilities in rural states like Idaho," Crapo said. "Congress allocates these funds through the Depart… Continue Reading


December 18, 2007

CRAPO TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION RESOLUTION PASSES SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Annual efforts to raise awareness of the crime of teen dating violence nationwide received resounding reinforcement late last night when a Senate Resolution authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo declaring February 4 - 8, 2008, "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week" passed the U.S. Senate by Unanimous Consent. "Dating violence has been shown to be a precursor to adult domestic violence; it is a cruel reality for many American teens," s… Continue Reading


December 18, 2007

CRAPO-JOHNSON BILL IMPROVES RURAL INVESTMENT

Washington, DC - Legislation to spur rural development by broadening the types of investments permissible for national banks to make has been introduced by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota). Johnson and Crapo, members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, have introduced S. 2487, The Depository Institution Community Development Investments Enhancement Act. This legislation has the potential to help attract bank investments to over 4,000 mi… Continue Reading


December 18, 2007

CRAPO OPPOSES CATCH-ALL SPENDING BILL

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo tonight voted against S. 2754, the State, Foreign Operations Appropriation Act, saying the vote is "on principle" to protest a rushed, wrong and irresponsible way to fund the federal government. Crapo noted the measure is one of the most expensive and largest bills to come before the Senate and was being rushed through to a vote in less than 48 hours. The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 76 to 17, with one Senator voting "present." Crapo said it… Continue Reading


December 18, 2007

CRAPO: MEDICARE/SCHIP COMPROMISE CLEARS SENATE

Washington, DC - In the waning hours of this year's congressional session, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to deal with some of the issues currently confronting Medicare. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee which has jurisdiction over Medicare, supported the package, but warned that the fix is only temporary and additional Medicare issues must be addressed in the coming year. The measure, S. 2499, cleared the Senate by unanimous consent late Tuesday afternoon. T… Continue Reading

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