News Releases

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

HONORS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, IRAQ TROOPSHIGHLIGHT CRAPO VISIT NEXT WEEK

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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

CRAPO CO-SPONSORS FOREST HEALTH BILL

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

CRAPO: DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR USDA GRANTS

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

CRAPO: PERMANENT PRO-GROWTH TAX POLICY,NOT ONE-TIME REBATES, BEST FOR THE ECONOMY

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

CRAPO SEEKS TO RENEW COUNTY PAYMENTS

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

CRAPO: CONGRESS MUST ADDRESS BUDGET CHALLENGES NOW

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

CRAPO PLANS iTOWNHALL MEETING

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

CRAPO ANNOUNCES SENATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

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

CRAIG, CRAPO HELP STATES COVER COSTS FOR UNDOCUMENTED CRIMINALS

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

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

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