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October 24, 2008

Crapo To Speak On Efforts Against Child AbuseAt Idaho Conference

Boise - Children and families now have increased protection against the rising number of child exploitation cases under two new federal laws taking effect this month, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a longtime Senate leader in the efforts to eliminate violence against women and children, will discuss the legislation Tuesday during the Idaho Summit on Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. The statewide conference is being organized by the Idaho Coal… Continue Reading

October 23, 2008

Crapo: Taxpayers Remain Top Priority

Washington, DC - For the second time in as many weeks, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo returned to Capitol Hill to participate in Senate hearings regarding the economic crisis facing the nation. Today, he joined fellow Senate Banking Committee members in a hearing that focused on the federal regulators' role in the economic crisis and solutions to restore stability and soundness to the country's financial markets. Crapo's questions to the witnesses focused on how best to protect the taxpayers in any… Continue Reading

October 16, 2008

Crapo, Simpson Work To Keep Jobs In Idaho

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Representative Mike Simpson are attempting to keep jobs in Idaho and elsewhere in the U.S. by urging the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to reject a waiver request from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) that could cost hundreds of American jobs. The MBTA, which is working to fill a pending passenger locomotive order, is seeking an FTA waiver of regulations of the Buy America Act which mandates the use and purchase of U.S.-produced g… Continue Reading

October 11, 2008

Crapo Office Visits Idaho Campuses To Discuss Washington Internships

Washington, DC - Staff members from the Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Office are traveling to Idaho college campuses this month to meet with students regarding internships in the Senator's Washington, DC office. Ryan Ringel and Rachel Johnson from Crapo's Washington office will be available on the following Idaho campuses at the times listed. Interested students may also contact the Senator's office through his website at or at (202) 224-6142. Monday, October 13 8:30-11:… Continue Reading

October 11, 2008

Crapo Honors Heroes Of Oregon Trail Fire

Washington, DC - The actions of Boise area firefighters, police, emergency crews and homeowners during a catastrophic fire in Southwest Boise last August were honored today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo spoke during a neighborhood event where victims of the Oregon Trail Fire returned to help each other heal from the events of August 25, 2008. Those named in the Congressional Record Statement were presented copies, as were the leaders of the Boise Police and Fire Departments. The Statement r… Continue Reading

October 07, 2008

Crapo To Discuss Collaboration On Water, Energy Issues

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss the importance of collaboration in resolving resource issues from water to energy in separate speeches this week in Boise and Idaho Falls. The Senator's southern Idaho schedule includes the following events: Wednesday, October 8 12:30 p.m. Boise Delivers keynote address during the Summit on Rural and Urban Water Delivery Challenges sponsored by the Idaho Water Users Association. Topics include the collaborative process related to water issues a… Continue Reading

October 02, 2008

Crapo Offers Tribute To Craig's Work In Senate

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo paid tribute to the legislative accomplishments and record of his colleague, retiring Senator Larry Craig during a speech on the Senate floor this morning. Crapo noted Craig's accomplishments involving citizen involvement in government and on issues such as property rights and lands issues, agriculture, adoption, veterans and the military. The text of his statement follows: "Mr./Madam President, as the 110th Congress comes to a close this fall, a chap… Continue Reading

October 01, 2008

Crapo: Financial Rescue Package Doesn't Adequately Protect Taxpayers

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against the legislative package to provide $700 billion in assistance in the credit crisis now confronting the country. The measure, H.R. 1424 The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, cleared the U.S. Senate on a vote of 74 to 25, and will now be referred back to the U.S. House of Representatives for reconsideration. "I voted no because I am not convinced that the Administration's proposal in its current form is the right solution, that taxpaye… Continue Reading

October 01, 2008

Crapo: Amtrak Study, Funding Passes

Washington, DC - Plans to restore passenger rail service to southern Idaho will get a new look following a vote by the U.S. Senate. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's amendment requiring Amtrak to fund a new study on restoring the former Pioneer Route that ran through Nampa, Shoshone and Pocatello was approved tonight in a larger bill authorizing new rail spending and implementing improved safety requirements. The final vote was 74 to 24 in favor of the measure. "When President Bush signs the legisla… Continue Reading

September 30, 2008

Crapo, Craig Laud Passage Of Legislation Assisting Small Farms

Washington, DC - The United States Congress passed legislation supported by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig that will help support small farms. The legislation passed the Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday by Unanimous Consent and would temporarily suspend a 2008 Farm Bill provision eliminating commodity program support for small acreage farms. The measure suspends for one year - the 2008 crop year - a provision prohibiting commodity producers with a total of 10 base acr… Continue Reading

September 27, 2008

Crapo: Congress Failed To Do Its Job

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against the Consolidated Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2638, which passed the U.S. Senate on a vote of 78 to 12. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement regarding his "no" vote: "Congress has once again failed to fulfill its Constitutional responsibility to fund the federal government. This bill is a stop-gap and isn't a responsible way to fund the critical programs of the government. It was presented as a take… Continue Reading

September 26, 2008

$19 Million Coming For Idaho Housing Needs

Washington, DC - Idaho will be receiving $19.6 million in new federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will help areas trying to recover from the effects of foreclosure and declining property values, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee's subcommittee with jurisdiction over the issue, supported the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The legislation assists sta… Continue Reading

September 26, 2008

Crapo: Honor Mothers Of Military This Sunday

Washington, DC - This Sunday marks the national remembrance of Gold Star Mother's Day. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is asking Idahoans to take a moment this weekend and remember and thank those who have raised sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending America's freedom as part of the national recognition event. "President Woodrow Wilson was the first to use the description 'Gold Star Mother' in the aftermath of World War l," Crapo noted. "Since then, the last Sunday in Se… Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Craig, Crapo, Simpson Secure Funding For North Idaho Projects In National Security Funding Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig, Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson announced today that several North Idaho projects are included in the National Security Funding Package. The package consists of Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations for fiscal year 2009, and is part of H.R. 2638, the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009. The projects… Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Crapo: Strong Concerns Remain With Treasury Proposal

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of both the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Development and Senate Finance Committees, released the following statement regarding the Administration's proposal regarding the credit crisis in the financial industry: "The turmoil in the financial industry in the United States is troubling to all Americans. People are uncertain about the implications as well as the details of the problem itself. As a member of the Senate Banking Committee I h… Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Craig, Crapo, Simpson Secure Projects For Treasure Valley And Magic Valley In Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - Several Idaho-specific projects are included in H.R. 2638, the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009, announced Idaho Senators Larry Craig, Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson. Both Craig and Simpson are members of their respective Appropriations Committees that crafted the legislation. "Idaho's high-tech industry and universities have a history of providing our troops with the tools and resources they need and deserve," sai… Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Craig, Crapo, Simpson Announce Eastern Idaho Projects In Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig, Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson have secured funding for multiple Eastern Idaho-based projects in H.R. 2638, the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009. The bill was fashioned in the Senate and House Appropriations Committees on which Craig and Simpson serve, and includes more than $16 million for improvements and research at Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University and … Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Crapo Receives Small Business Award

Washington, DC - Legislative action and voting to support small business in Idaho and across the country has earned Idaho Senator Mike Crapo the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The national small business group presented the award to Crapo today in Washington. Crapo has received the Guardian of Small Business Award each Congress since he was elected in 1993. "Small business remains the backbone of our national economy," Crapo said.… Continue Reading

September 24, 2008

Crapo iTownhall Meeting Time Change

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has delayed the start time of his quarterly iTownHall meeting to avoid conflicting with the President's address to the nation this evening. The hour-long call will begin at 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, September 24.… Continue Reading

September 23, 2008

Crapo Praises Passage Of County Payments, PILT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded the Senate's passage today of tax extender legislation that includes the extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, commonly called county payments, and the full funding of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT). The legislation extends the county payments program until 2011 and provides funding for PILT through 2012. The loss of the county payments has posed the threat of county budget cuts and layoffs, espec… Continue Reading

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