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January 15, 2009

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Call For Stimulus Funds To Clean-Up Nuclear Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators today called for $6 billion in economic recovery funds to be dedicated to the cleanup of existing Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear sites. The group of Senators, which includes U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jim Risch (R-ID), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), outlined how increasing the nation's annual investment in DOE nuclear cleanup site… Continue Reading

January 14, 2009

Crapo Welcomes Agriculture Secretary Nominee

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is offering his support for President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for Agriculture Secretary. Citing Gov. Tom Vilsack's recognition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's role in implementing the 2008 Farm Bill promptly and according to congressional intent, Crapo expressed interest in working with Secretary-designate Vilsack to tackle the challenges facing agriculture and rural communities. Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, met perso… Continue Reading

January 14, 2009

Delegation Applauds Decision To Delist Wolves

Washington, D.C. - Today the Idaho Congressional Delegation congratulated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their decision to remove the Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf population from the federal list of endangered species. "Today's decision to delist the Gray Wolf is a testament to the great people in the State of Idaho, Montana and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working together to stabilize the gray wolf population," said Congressman Mike Simpson, Ranking Member of the Appropri… Continue Reading

January 13, 2009

Idaho Students Receive U.S. Senate Scholarships

Washington, DC - Two Idaho high school students will travel to Washington, DC, in March as delegates to the 47th Annual United States Senate Youth Program. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and James E. Risch announced today that Kendall Kiser of Rexburg and Breeze Potter of Fairfield were chosen from hundreds of applicants to join 102 other students from each U.S. state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. "The selections for this opportunity to study our gover… Continue Reading

January 11, 2009

Owyhee Initiative Receives Milestone Senate Vote

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Owyhee Initiative legislation, as part of a package of lands bills, today passed a legislative milestone demonstrating support that may carry the bill to final Senate passage in the next few days. By a vote of 66 to 12, the Senate today invoked cloture (stopped debate over a bill to move to a final vote) on the S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. S. 22 contains over 150 separate land management bills, including Crapo's Owyhee Initiat… Continue Reading

January 09, 2009

Crapo Commends INL Employee Honors

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today commended nine leaders at the Idaho National Laboratory that have received one of the U.S. Department of Energy's top honors. Retiring DOE Idaho Manager Elizabeth Sellers heads a group that received a team achievement award under DOE's Secretarial Awards Program. INL team members honored during a DOE ceremony in Washington, DC this week include Sellers, Brandt Meagher, Richard Provencher, Robert Iotti, Brett Bowhan and Mark Arenaz. The Idaho ope… Continue Reading

January 06, 2009

Crapo Welcomes Risch To The U.S. Senate

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomed fellow Idaho Senator Jim Risch to the United States Senate today by escorting him to the Senate floor. Crapo accompanied Risch as he was sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney. "I have worked with Jim Risch for many years dating back to our service together in the Idaho Senate," Crapo said. "Idahoans will appreciate the fact they have two United States Senators who take a collaborative approach to problem-solving and will continue to be caref… Continue Reading

January 06, 2009

Crapo Sees United Idaho Delegation In 2009

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo forecast a smooth working relationship among the members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation in the coming year as he offered his congratulations to Senator Jim Risch, Representative Mike Simpson and Representative Walt Minnick on being sworn in today as members of Congress. Crapo also praised Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and the Idaho Legislature for their leadership and management in challenging economic times and congratulated Senator Brad Little on hi… Continue Reading

December 30, 2008

Crapo, Simpson Call On NRC To Approve AREVA Facility

Washington, DC - Senator Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson are urging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to grant swift approval to AREVA for construction of a uranium enrichment facility near Idaho Falls. The company filed an application today with the NRC for construction of the Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility in Bonneville County. If approved, construction could begin in 2011. Crapo, co-chair of the Senate Renewables and Energy Efficiency Caucus, said construction of the Ida… Continue Reading

December 15, 2008

Crapo Announces Idaho 2009 Military Academy Nominations

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced his nominations of 33 Idaho students to military service academies, for the freshman class entering in 2009. The students' applications are now being considered by four of the U.S. service academies, where final selections will be made. "These are our future leaders from Idaho," Crapo said. "I am pleased to assist them continue their education and am proud to see they will also be protecting our country. With our nation engaged in defending … Continue Reading

December 12, 2008

Crapo: Keep Taxpayers Out Of Auto Bailout

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against the auto financing legislation last night, and is calling for structural reforms for the domestic automakers and their various stakeholders. "Congress simply has to control its unrestrained appetite for deficit spending," Crapo said. "There is no question that we face a serious threat to our American automobile industry. That industry must be reorganized and made leaner in order to compete in today's world. We are throwing money at a pro… Continue Reading

December 12, 2008

Senate Declares February 2 - 6, 2009, National Teen Dating Violence Awareness And Prevention Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In the final hour of the 110th Congress last night a resolution declaring February 2 - 6, 2009, "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week," passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who introduced the measure, was joined by his colleagues, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Evan Bayh (D-IN), who introduced the resolution with him in November. … Continue Reading

December 12, 2008

Crapo Named Co-Chairman Of Senate Energy Caucus

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has been named the new Co-Chairman of the U.S. Senate Renewables and Energy Efficiency Caucus for the 111th Congress. The Co-Chairmanship was passed to Crapo by Senator Wayne Allard (R-Colorado), who was the previous Co-Chair and founder of the caucus. The chairmanship puts Crapo in a leading role to advocate for nuclear energy issues at the Idaho National Laboratory, as well as further development of renewable energy sources like geothermal, wind and so… Continue Reading

December 12, 2008

Crapo Goes To Bat For Idaho Companies

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined 13 of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate today in urging the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to withdraw letters to Idaho lumber companies and others calling for the return of millions of dollars in previously-disbursed assistance to offset the impact of unfair trade. Late last month, CBP sent letters to companies requiring repayment of more than $90 million in funds distributed by CBP between 2001 and 2005 under the Continued Dumping a… Continue Reading

December 11, 2008

Senate Commends Idaho On Special Olympics

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate has commended Idaho on winning the bid to host the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, according to Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo. The legislation, S. Res. 196, was passed by Unanimous Consent. The legislation, introduced by Crapo and co-sponsored by Craig, notes that the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be the "largest multi-sport event ever held in the State of Idaho. " It notes that Special Olympics "advances the understanding… Continue Reading

December 10, 2008

Delegation Members Congratulate INL Achievement

Washington, DC - Idaho's National Laboratory (INL) is tops in the nation when it comes to performance standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Senator Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson today applauded the work done by the site's workers and said it should be seen as a national model for efficiency and cost-effectiveness for such federal research and development installations. Under DOE's performance evaluation and management plan, the INL received an "A" rating of 97 percen… Continue Reading

December 05, 2008

Crapo: Rule Change Keeps Gun Law Consistent

Washington, DC - Changes sought by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to streamline rules regarding the carry and transport of firearms in national parks and fish and wildlife refuges were issued today in a final rule from the U.S. Department of the Interior. By issuing the rule, the Department's implementation of Crapo's requested rule change will permit law abiding gun owners to transport and carry concealed firearms in federal parks and wildlife refuges in accordance with the firearms laws of the host … Continue Reading

December 04, 2008

Crapo, Simpson Ask President To Pardon Vela

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson are seeking a presidential pardon for Sergeant Evan Vela, a former Rexburg area resident of Idaho. The two Congressmen have sent separate letters to President Bush, citing their support for the action before Bush leaves office in January 2009. Vela was convicted by a general court-martial last February for the unpremeditated murder of an unarmed Iraqi man. Crapo and Simpson have maintained that Vela was following an ord… Continue Reading

November 20, 2008

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Will Work With Obama On Health Care Reform

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is one of 15 Senators seeking to open discussions on health care reform with President-elect Barack Obama. In a letter sent to Obama today, Crapo and fellow co-sponsors of the Healthy Americans Act introduced last year noted that the time is right to collaborate on health reforms that will expand coverage yet stay fiscally responsible. In the letter sent today to Obama, the legislation's sponsors, including Crapo, wrote that "Congress is finally ready to… Continue Reading

November 19, 2008

Crapo Congratulates Teen Dating Violence Prevention Grantees

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo congratulated the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (ICASDV), St. Luke'sĀ Regional Medical CenterĀ in Boise and the Idaho Department of Education on receiving one of just eleven national private grants to address teen dating violence awareness and prevention called "Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships" (BHTR). "In recent years, the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence has helped Idaho take a leading role in … Continue Reading

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