News Releases

April 04, 2008

Crapo And Simpson Ask For Clemency For Vela

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho 2nd District Representative Mike Simpson are asking U.S. military authorities to grant clemency to Sergeant Evan Vela, who was court martialed and convicted of murder without premeditation by a military court in February 2008. In separate letters to Major General Rick Lynch, Crapo and Simpson outlined their concerns with the conviction and the precedent it set regarding soldiers following military orders. In his letter, dated March 7, 2008, … Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

Crapo, Work Group Recommend Earmark Reforms

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and fellow members of the Fiscal Reform Working Group today proposed greater transparency and accountability regarding earmarks and directing savings from earmark cuts toward reducing the federal debt. Crapo was appointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to help lead efforts on earmark reform. Crapo and fellow task force members made their recommendations public during a news conference in Washington, DC. Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) is C… Continue Reading


April 02, 2008

Public-Private Partnerships Build Communities

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is encouraging Idaho community leaders to consider the USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program for funding opportunities in the coming year. Crapo, the Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, says the program offers low-interest loans and grants that can assist with infrastructure improvements ranging from fire stations to recreation centers and health… Continue Reading


April 02, 2008

Crapo Promotes Financial Awareness

Washington, DC - Issues ranging from the housing crisis, to federal deficits, bankruptcy and individual finances make this a good time to review personal financial awareness, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance and Banking Committees, co-sponsored Senate Resolution 495, which passed by unanimous consent last night. "This resolution encourages all Americans to stay abreast of the financial conditions that affect their pocketbook, their savings and their… Continue Reading


March 31, 2008

Crapo: Congress Needs To Enact 21st Century Regulation For 21st Century Markets

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, member of both the Senate Banking and Finance Committees, believes the U.S. Department of Treasury's "Blueprint for a Modernized Financial Regulatory Structure," released today, makes progress in updating the current regulatory model for financial markets. The blueprint provides recommendations including short-term recommendations to regulatory coordination and oversight; intermediate-term recommendations to modernize our regulatory structure within the… Continue Reading


March 24, 2008

Crapo Notes Information Sessions On Stimulus Payments

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, noted Idahoans interested in receiving more information concerning tax returns and the economic stimulus payment program would have an opportunity to learn more about the programs this coming Saturday, March 29th. The Internal Revenue Service is holding Saturday meetings in several locations aimed at reaching out to those eligible for economic stimulus payments, including those who are otherwise not required to … Continue Reading


March 12, 2008

Crapo To Award Purple Heart, Honor Women In History

Washington, DC -Staff Sgt. Donald Cobb, a Nampa resident, will receive the Purple Heart for his military service and sacrifice in Iraq from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo next week. Cobb was injured in multiple roadside bomb explosions during deployment to Iraq. Cobb, who was deployed with the 116th Calvary Brigade from Idaho, was reassigned to the 163rd Infantry Battalion while in Iraq. He was among the Idaho servicemen and women visited by Crapo during a visit to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas in July… Continue Reading


March 07, 2008

Crapo Honors Tribute To Iraq Vets And 9/11

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will honor a Pocatello middle school student Saturday with the Spirit of Idaho Award relating to her tribute to fallen Iraqi veterans Nick Gummersall and Blake Stephens. Crapo will join with family members of the servicemen to present the award to 13-year old Brontee Dominique Sherer, who organized an event called "Spice Up The Night." The event, which was held last September 11th, honored the service of Sgt. Gummersall and Sgt. Stephens, both of Pocatel… Continue Reading


March 06, 2008

Delegation Reaches Out To Rural Towns

Boise, ID - Representatives from Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Congressman Mike SimpsonĀ are coming to a community near you. Given that it is not possible for constituents to visit each state office, the members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation have scheduled informational sessions at local senior centers and will provide local Idaho staff to help Idahoans deal with various concerns. Representatives from all three offices will be joined by Tamara Stricker and Nora Wells from Sen… Continue Reading


March 06, 2008

Crapo Advances County Payments In Budget Outline

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and others, have successfully inserted language into the coming year's federal budget blueprint to assist with an extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, commonly called county payments. Crapo's action means the Committee's Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Resolution recognizes and provides budget flexibility to extend the Secure Rural Sch… Continue Reading


March 05, 2008

More Choices For Patients, Respiratory Therapists Under Crapo-Lincoln Legislation

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo teamed with Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) to introduce legislation that gives respiratory patients and therapists more choices for effective treatment. The Medicare Respiratory Therapy Initiative Act of 2008 (S. 2704) revises current Medicare law to permit Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs), who have earned a bachelor's degree, to provide certain services (smoking cessation, asthma management, medication education and inhaler training) under… Continue Reading


March 05, 2008

Crapo Warns Of Large Tax Increases

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, warned new spending proposals being considered in the Senate could raise taxes on Americans by $1.3 trillion over the next five years. Crapo took to the Senate floor today to decry the spending proposals as "an embarrassment" and "not responsible" to future generations. Leadership in the Senate Budget Committee is expected to finalize work on a budget blueprint for spending in the coming fiscal year that could… Continue Reading


February 29, 2008

Crapo Honors Efforts To Help Children During Soda Springs Events

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will note two volunteer efforts by Idahoans to improve the lives of children both here and abroad during ceremonies on Saturday in Soda Springs. Crapo will present his Spirit of Idaho Award to four residents of Soda Springs who have worked on two different projects to improve the lives of children. Alexis Rice and Kaycie Clark will be honored for starting a youth center in Soda Springs. The two worked to create "The Station" as a safe haven for youth … Continue Reading


February 28, 2008

Crapo Urges "Fresh Look" At U.S.-Cuba Policy

Washington, DC - In a letter sent to the Administration today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined with 23 other Senators, including Idaho Senator Larry Craig, to urge a "fresh look" at the current U.S. policy toward Cuba. The bipartisan letter, which is attached to this news release, proposes that the resignation of Cuban leader Fidel Castro presents an opportunity for the U.S. to reconsider its decades-old policy of isolation and estrangement toward that country. In part, the letter r… Continue Reading


February 28, 2008

Crapo Opens Service Academy Application Period For Class Of 2009

Washington, D.C. - Students who are interested in attending one of the nation's four service academies are encouraged to get started on the application process now, encouraged Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Every year, Crapo nominates selected Idaho students to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Interested studen… Continue Reading


February 22, 2008

Crapo Encouraged By Kempthorne's Directive On Firearms On Public Land

Boise, ID - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo praised the efforts of Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne to begin the process of removing federal regulations that severely restrict law-abiding citizens' rights to transport and carry firearms on certain public lands. Crapo received a letter today from Kempthorne stating that he will move to update these firearms regulations. "I have directed Assistant Secretary Lyle Laverty, who oversees regulatory matters for parks and refuges, to develop and pr… Continue Reading


February 21, 2008

Crapo Applauds Wolf Delisting

BOISE, ID- Upon word today that the U.S. Department of the Interior plans to remove the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves from the list of endangered species, Senator Mike Crapo called the decision a welcome one for Idaho and the West. "The wolf has had a successful recovery in Idaho and the West," said Crapo. "The state has followed strict scientific monitoring guidelines to ensure that all the benchmarks have been met for delisting this animal, and the announcement that the wolf no longer is a… Continue Reading


February 20, 2008

CRAPO HELPS CREATE BIPARTISAN CAUCUS ON TERRORISM

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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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