News Releases

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 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

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

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

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: 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

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

November 18, 2008

McConnell Selects Crapo To Lead Committee On Committees

Washington, DC - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has named Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to chair the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for the Committee assignments during the 111th Congress. The assignment marks the third consecutive Congressional two-year term that Senate leadership has asked Crapo to chair negotiations among his Republican peers in the Senate. "Mike has been a strong leader in the Senate and is well respected by his colleague… Continue Reading

November 14, 2008

Crapo, Simpson, Bieter Help Retain Rail Jobs; Buy America Waiver Denied

Washington, DC - The Federal Transit Authority has agreed to reject the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) waiver request of the "Buy American Act" to its federally funded procurement of at least 28 passenger rail locomotives. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Representative Mike Simpson and Boise Mayor David Bieter had asked that the FTA deny the waiver request because it could cost hundreds of American jobs, not only in Boise but across the country. "Buy America" requirements require transit … Continue Reading

November 13, 2008

Crapo Notes Need For Reform At Financial Hearing

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo welcomed the decision by the Treasury Department to move away from purchasing so-called "toxic assets" as part of the $700 billion financial rescue program, but cautioned careful assessment of the program's effects must be an ongoing process. Crapo participated in a Senate Banking Committee hearing today over use of federal funds under the stabilization program. He voted against the $700 billion program largely because of the high risk that taxpayers wou… Continue Reading

November 10, 2008

Crapo Announces His 2008 Spirit Of Freedom Awards

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced the recipients of his annual Spirit of Freedom Awards honoring Idaho veterans and volunteers. The Spirit of Freedom Awards are presented annually during Veterans Day ceremonies around Idaho. 2008 marks the 6th year of the Awards, which pay tribute to exceptional veterans and to outstanding volunteers who give their time and resources to veterans and veterans organizations in Idaho. "Every year, it is an honor for me to present the Spirit of Fre… Continue Reading

November 10, 2008

Crapo: Swearing-In Ceremony Ticket Requests Being Taken

Washington, DC - The historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama has generated a lot of questions from Idahoans about attending inaugural events in Washington, DC, in January 2009. Therefore, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has set up an informational page on his website to provide answers to many of those questions, along with a way for Idahoans to request tickets to the swearing-in ceremony via email. The page,, contains details about th… Continue Reading

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