News Releases

June 30, 2020

Crapo Highlights Idaho Judicial Emergency

Washington, D.C. -- In a U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing to examine the Judicial Conference's recommendation for more judgeships, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) reiterated the need for a third federal district judgeship in Idaho. "Idaho is one of only three states that only has two authorized judgeships," said Senator Crapo. "Idaho was given its two federal judge positions when the state had a population of 600,000 people. Today, the population of the state is nearly 1.7 mil… Continue Reading

June 26, 2020

Senators Crapo, Paul, King, Lee Introduce FAIR Act to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Process, Protect Innocent Americans

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Angus King (I-Maine) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) reintroduced the bipartisan Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, S. 4074, to protect property owners' rights, defend innocent Americans and restore the Fifth Amendment's role in civil forfeiture proceedings. "Requiring Americans to prove their property should not have been taken by the government, rather than the government proving guilt, undermines our system… Continue Reading

June 25, 2020

Crapo, Risch Join Bipartisan Coalition to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 Senators in introducing legislation, S. 4019, to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. If passed, the federal government would observe the holiday in parity with Idaho's existing recognition of the celebration. "Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of ending slavery in the United States," Crapo and Risch said in a joint statement. "The period of slavery in America st… Continue Reading

June 24, 2020

Crapo, Risch Introduce Bill to Overturn Activist Litigation, Spur Responsible Forest Management Efforts

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch introduced legislation to remove a roadblock to responsible forest management efforts on federal lands. The bill, which was led by U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Montana), will provide a legislative fix to the misguided Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. United States Forest Service (Cottonwood) lawsuit which has tied up forest management projects. If enacted, the Forest Service would no longer be required to reinitiate con… Continue Reading

June 17, 2020

Crapo Co-Sponsors Police Reform Bill

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today became an original co-sponsor of the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. The bill aims to rebuild the lost confidence in many institutions designed for the purposes of keeping communities safe. "The vast majority of law enforcement officers are hard-working Americans who put their lives on the line every day to keep their communities safe," said Crapo. "Unfortunately, we have seen several … Continue Reading

June 17, 2020

Great American Outdoors Act Missed Opportunity for SRS and PILT Programs

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement after voting against the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA): "I have long supported responsible conservation programs at the federal level. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has produced a number of environmental success stories, and I voted last year to permanently authorize the program. However, each case should be weighed on its own merits, and the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) makes the fu… Continue Reading

June 15, 2020

Crapo, Risch Urge the Administration to Provide Paperwork Relief to Small Businesses who used the PPP

Washington, D.C. -- Friday, U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch sent a bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging the administration to ease paperwork requirements for small businesses seeking loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The letter, which was led by U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and signed by 44 senators, specifically requests that the loan forgiveness appl… Continue Reading

June 11, 2020

Crapo, Risch Push for Domestic Mineral Production

Washington, D.C. -- Last week, U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Representative Rob Bishop (R-Utah) in sending a bicameral letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue encouraging them to finalize rulemakings that will modernize and simplify regulations governing the domestic production of locatable minerals. "There are opportunities to improve the regulatory environment by st… Continue Reading

June 03, 2020

VIDEO: Crapo on Fox News To Discuss Oversight Hearings on Crossfire Hurricane

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared on Fox News with anchor Bill Hemmer to discuss the Committee's latest oversight hearing. Today's hearing marked the first of which the Judiciary Committee will examine the steps and processes that led to abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant process as it related to the 2016 presidential election. "There were 17 serious violations that the Inspector Ge… Continue Reading

June 01, 2020

Crapo Statement on Killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement on the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor: "The senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have rightfully hurt and angered Americans across the country. Their deaths should be investigated and dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. I endorse the right of Americans to exercise their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and demand of redress f… Continue Reading

May 21, 2020

Idaho Delegation Encourages Farmers to Submit CFAP Applications

Washington, D.C. -- Starting on Tuesday, May 26, eligible farmers and ranchers can begin submitting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is the result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was supported by the entire Idaho Delegation, and includes $16 billion to provide immediate relief through direct payments to farmers and ranchers. Given the rapidly evolving na… Continue Reading

May 18, 2020

Crapo, Risch Urge Regulatory Relief to Spur Economic Recovery

Washington, D.C. -- Last week, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) joined Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) and 25 of their Republican colleagues in urging leadership to provide businesses with regulatory relief in the wake of the economic crisis caused by the global pandemic. "In contrast to unsustainable increases in federal spending, the easing of regulatory burdens - estimated to cost businesses as much as $1.9 trillion - will have broader macroeconomic effects b… Continue Reading

May 15, 2020

Crapo Joins Call to Accelerate Rulemaking For Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo today joined U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) in sending a letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Kristine Svinicki calling on the agency to accelerate completion of a rulemaking to establish a technology-inclusive regulatory framework for advanced nuclear reactor technologies. In the letter, the senators support the progress that has been made since the Nuclea… Continue Reading

May 13, 2020

Crapo, Others Introduce Legislation to Enhance Federal Agency Accountability

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senators Rick Scott (R-Florida), Mike Braun (R-Indiana) and Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) to introduce the Agency Accountability Act to give Congress the ability to help streamline operations and reduce waste at federal agencies. Congress currently has no mechanism to regularly review the efficiency of bloated federal agencies, which could ultimately save taxpayer dollars. The Agency Accountability Act creates a review proces… Continue Reading

May 12, 2020

Risch, Crapo Join Colleagues in Requesting DOJ to Investigate Potential Illegal Practices by Beef Packers

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today joined Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and 16 of their Senate colleagues in writing a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting that the department investigate potential anticompetitive activities in the highly concentrated beef packing sector. "Recent pricing discrepancies between fed cattle and boxed beef are pushing cattle producers and feeders to the brink…Cattlemen across America seriously q… Continue Reading

May 11, 2020

Crapo on the Passing of Idaho State Representative Thyra Stevenson

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today issued the following statement upon learning of Idaho State Representative Thyra Stevenson's passing: "Representative Thyra Stevenson has given much to Americans and Idahoans. From her service in the U.S. Coast Guard, to helping train future pilots and assisting her Idaho constituents as a state representative, her talents and accomplishments will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and constituency." ###… Continue Reading

May 05, 2020

Idaho Delegation Commends Secretary Perdue on Potato and Dairy Purchase Announcement

Washington, D.C. -- On Monday, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced $470 million in food purchases under Section 32 funding to occur in the third quarter of the 2020 fiscal year. Section 32 funds are used for a number of purposes to support the agricultural supply chain. As part of the announcement, Secretary Perdue designated $50 million in surplus potato purchases, the highest of any specialty crop, and $120 million in surplus dairy purchases. "While the C… Continue Reading

April 27, 2020

Idaho State Treasurer, Congressional Delegation Announce Secure Rural Schools Payments

BOISE -- Members of Idaho's congressional delegation and State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth say Idaho counties will receive a total of $23.9 million in payments this year under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The funds are administered through the U.S. Forest Service and based on a formula that takes into account economic activity, timber harvest levels and other considerations that vary from county to county. SRS payments are critical to maintain education programs for many rural countie… Continue Reading

April 23, 2020

Idaho Delegation Advocates for Direct Relief to Farmers and Producers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Mike Simpson co-led a bipartisan letter signed by 126 members in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representative Russ Fulcher. Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch joined the same effort in the U.S. Senate requesting the President to eliminate payment limits for specialty crop, livestock, and dairy producers before the final Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) details are announced. On Friday, April 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (U… Continue Reading

April 21, 2020

Crapo Statement On Vital Funding For American Paychecks, Small Businesses And Crucial Sectors Of Health Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today supported the passage of "phase 3.5" of emergency coronavirus legislation, allowing over $480 billion of additional funding to be placed in the hands of the American people and small businesses. "The additional funding Congress agreed to today will help additional small businesses receive money from the Paycheck Protection Program," said Crapo. "This program ensures that employees of small businesses can still keep their jobs and coll… Continue Reading

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