News Releases

October 25, 2007

CRAPO SAYS CAPITAL MARKETS TASK FORCE WILL TAKE ACTION ON GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Chairman of the newly-created Senate Republican Capital Markets Task Force, told a national audience today legislative recommendations are forthcoming to reverse alarming trends for U.S. investors and business. Crapo and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, during a joint appearance today on CNBC's "Power Lunch" program, said the task force will seek improvements in tax policy, regulatory guidelines and other changes to restore U.S. financial leade… Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

SENATE SUPPORTS SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN IDAHO

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate approved the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill last night.  Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo supported the measure and applauded several projects important to Idaho. Central to the bill is the support of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, to be held in Idaho.  The bill provides $3 million - the taxpayer portion of the $23 million budget.  It will be used for:  housing, meals, security, com… Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

CRAPO: RURAL STATES LIKE IDAHO ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO METH

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today called for an increase in federal resources to stop the flood of illegal methamphetamine crossing U.S. borders and getting to rural states like Idaho. Crapo, during a speech on the Senate floor this week, said a 2006 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration documented that Idaho has one of the highest rates of methamphetamine use in residents age 12 and older. Crapo noted rural states like Idaho have fewer law enfo… Continue Reading


October 23, 2007

CRAPO WELCOMES FALL SEMESTER INTERNS TO D.C.

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has welcomed several college students with Idaho ties to his Washington, D.C., office for the fall semester. The students will have opportunities to assist with office procedures, constituent correspondence, legislative support and media relations. Internships typically run eight to twelve weeks. "Each semester, it is a pleasure to host several students as interns in my Washington, D.C., office," Crapo said. "This gives them an interesting opportunity… Continue Reading


October 23, 2007

CRAPO SEEKS PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the Senate Youth Program are looking for Idaho students to participate in a study program that could net them a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, DC to study the federal government in person. The two Idaho students selected would join 102 others from around the country to travel to the nation's capital from March 1-8, 2008. The program, paid for by private dollars through the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, has featured many high sc… Continue Reading


October 22, 2007

TELEHEALTH EXPANDS UNDER CRAPO-THUNE PROPOSAL

Washington, DC - Rural medical services using improved technology known as telehealth will receive a boost under a proposal co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and cleared by the U.S. Senate. Crapo joined Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) to sponsor an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill that adds $6.8 million to increase telehealth resources across the nation. The amendment has been approved as part of the bill, which is due … Continue Reading


October 22, 2007

EMERGENCY CRP GRAZING EXTENDED FOR IDAHO COUNTIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended to November 10th the opportunity for ranchers in drought and wildfire impacted Idaho counties to graze livestock on lands enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The Idaho Congressional Delegation requested the extension. Counties eligible for the extended emergency grazing are: Adams, Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Franklin, Fremont, Oneida, Power, and Washington. Ranchers … Continue Reading


October 18, 2007

CRAPO TO DISCUSS COLLABORATION IN SANDPOINT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be part of a panel discussion on solving land management issues through collaboration during the Idaho Conservation League's "Wild Idaho North" conference this weekend in Sandpoint. Crapo will speak Saturday during a panel discussion on wilderness and land use issues. He will point to his Owyhee Initiative legislation as a model for local collaboration and consensus that is needed to fuel reforms to land management policy or to create new legislatio… Continue Reading


October 17, 2007

CRAPO CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE REPEAL OF AMT

Washington, DC - Close to 90,000 Idaho families may be facing an unexpected tax if Congress doesn't act quickly to end an outdated federal income tax. In a news conference on Capitol Hill today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said that the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is now threatening tens of millions of middle-income Americans. The tax, created in 1969 to stop a handful of wealthy individuals who were legally avoiding paying any taxes, was not indexed for inflation; as a result, millions of middle… Continue Reading


October 17, 2007

MORE IDAHO PROJECTS CLEARED IN CJS BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo voted in support of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill for FY 2008, which cleared the full Senate today. The legislation includes funding for a variety of Idaho projects that will improve law enforcement around the State and support research and development at Idaho universities. "I'm very pleased with the level of support the Senate has shown for these Idaho projects, which will h… Continue Reading


October 15, 2007

CRAPO CITES BENEFITS OF IDAHO COOPERATIVES

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is praising the work behind new farm-to-market cooperatives in Idaho that recently obtained federal funding and could be an economic and business model for others to follow. Hagerman I.D.E.A. (Improvement, Development, Education and Appreciation) Incorporated is receiving a $60,294 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the "Idaho's Bounty" cooperative program. The cooperative serves much of southern Idaho, benefiting workers and customers in … Continue Reading


October 12, 2007

GAO REPORT UNDERSCORES NEED TO MODERNIZE FINANCIAL REGS, IMPROVE COMPETITIVENESS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says a report released today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides valuable information that Congress can use to improve U.S. global competitiveness with regard to U.S. financial markets. Today's GAO report was mandated by Crapo's Financial Services Regulatory Act of 2006. "Congress needs to seriously consider this report and begin to examine and consider how to modernize our federal financial regulatory system," Crapo said. "In … Continue Reading


October 11, 2007

CRAPO: SHRINKING FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICIT SHOWS TAX RELIEF POLICY IS WORKING

Washington, DC - With today's news that the federal budget deficit continues to shrink, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, noted that economic strength fueled by federal tax relief has resulted in the federal budget deficit falling to its lowest level in five years. Crapo, also a member of the Senate Finance Committee overseeing federal tax policy, said that today's announcement by the U.S. Treasury strengthens what he and others on the committee have been saying … Continue Reading


October 10, 2007

OCTOBER: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; the perfect time to highlight progress we've made and the rough road ahead in our march against domestic violence. We've come a long way in the past few decades concerning public discussions of domestic violence. Women, men and teens are joining community efforts to talk about domestic and dating abuse; slowly, but surely, reducing society's tolerance of these terrible crimes. Violence committed in homes against mothers, children, fathers, or in d… Continue Reading


October 05, 2007

FINANCE COMMITTEE SETS STAGE FOR SENATE FARM BILL DEBATE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined fellow members of the Senate Finance Committee in approving legislation intended to provide funds for Farm Bill spending. The measure, passed on a 17 to 4 vote, would also provide opportunities for private landowners and agricultural producers through tax incentives for alternative fuel production, conservation efforts, and endangered species recovery. Crapo's Endangered Species Recovery Act (ESRA) is now included in the agricultural tax package i… Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CRAPO HONORS SHELLEY COUPLE AS "ANGELS IN ADOPTION"

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is honoring Rick and Tina Betzer of Shelley, Idaho, as being among the nation's leading advocates for adoption. The Betzers, who have mentored 40 children and 11 special-needs children are in Washington, DC, as part of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's annual "Angels in Adoption" recognition ceremony. Crapo applauded the Betzers' efforts today in a Congressional Record Statement on adoption. The Betzers joined more than 180 other "Angel… Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CRAPO NOTES ETHANOL PLANT ONE STEP CLOSER

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says a facility to produce cellulosic ethanol from grain is a big step closer to reality today, following an announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy. Crapo and the Idaho Delegation were notified today that the DOE has given final approval to a new loan guarantee program and invited Iogen Biorefinery Partners LLC to submit an application to participate in the program. "The Iogen facility would bring jobs to Bingham County and Eastern Idaho and … Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CRAPO: CRAIG HAS RIGHT TO PURSUE OPTIONS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement today regarding Senator Larry Craig: "Senator Craig has the right to pursue his legal options as does any citizen, and I support his effort. I look forward to serving with him as we continue to work on issues important to Idaho."… Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

IDAHO DEFENSE PROJECTS CLEAR THE SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The full Senate voted last night to approve the FY 2008 Defense appropriations bill, which includes funding for a number of Idaho projects. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo voted in support of the bill, and talked about Idaho's role in defending our nation. "Idaho's growing high-tech industry and universities continue to play an important role in developing new concepts and products that will keep our troops on the cutting edge," Craig said. "… Continue Reading


October 03, 2007

CRAPO, MORGAN AGREE EFFORTS IN SPACE MUST CONTINUE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo met today with NASA Educator Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, and both agreed that the recent downlink from Morgan's shuttle mission to Idaho students should be a model for future space missions. Crapo met with Morgan and two other members of the recent Space Shuttle Endeavor mission crew, Charles Hobaugh and Tracy Caldwell, this morning in his Washington, DC, office. "There is no question about the benefits of continuing NASA missions and the educa… Continue Reading

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