News Releases

September 25, 2007

IDAHO DELEGATION TO HOST ACADEMY DAY

Washington, DC - The Idaho Congressional Delegation is pleased to host the Seventh Annual Service Academy Day in Idaho on October 6th.  Events will be held simultaneously in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d'Alene.  The purpose of these gatherings is to share information with students, parents, and counselors about the Congressional nomination process for the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, C… Continue Reading


September 21, 2007

CRAPO ANNOUNCES RECORD $1.5 MILLION IN AG PRODUCER GRANTS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says eight Idaho agricultural producers are in line for more than $1.5 million in Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program. Crapo, the Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, says the federal grants are provided to independent producers and agricultural producer groups for either planning activities or wor… Continue Reading


September 21, 2007

CRAPO'S ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT TAX BILL PASSES COMMITTEE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's groundbreaking legislation to update the Endangered Species Act took a key step toward becoming law today. The legislation, the Endangered Species Recovery Act (S. 700), cleared the Senate Finance Committee as part of a larger measure, the Habitat and Land Conservation Act. Crapo's bill provides tax incentives for private landowners to improve habitat for endangered and threatened species. "Support for this consensus approach to species recovery has… Continue Reading


September 21, 2007

KOPPELS ADVOCATE FOR CRAPO LEGISLATION

Washington, DC - Well-known national broadcaster Ted Koppel and his wife, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, met with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo Thursday to discuss support and strategy for passing S. 329, Crapo's bill that improves treatment options for Americans suffering with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. Mrs. Koppel was diagnosed with COPD in 2001. Since that time, Mr. and Mrs. Koppel have been advocates for awareness and treatment of COPD. Crapo's legislation, the Cardiac and Pulm… Continue Reading


September 19, 2007

BANKING COMMITTEE PASSES HOMELESSNESS LEGISLATION

Washington, DC - Assistance for the homeless in rural states like Idaho could improve due to an amendment, authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and added to the Community Partnership to End Homelessness Act of 2007 (S. 1518). That bill cleared the Senate Banking Committee today, and will allow rural states to participate in a more flexible program to address the needs of rural homelessness. The measure was approved by a voice vote, and included an amendment authored by Crapo and Senator Mike … Continue Reading


September 18, 2007

CRAPO CO-SPONSORS AIR FORCE HONORS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, having recently returned to Washington, DC after participating in the Air Force Appreciation Day Parade in Mountain Home, is co-sponsoring legislation marking the 60th Anniversary of an independent Air Force. The Senate Resolution introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) lists the accomplishments of the U.S. Air Force since it was made an independent branch of the military by President Harry S. Truman in the National Security Act of 1947, enacted on … Continue Reading


September 14, 2007

CRAPO PROVIDES STATEMENT FOR FIESTA IDAHO

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At the request of the organizers of the 7th Annual Fiesta Idaho to be held at Lakeview Park in Nampa, Idaho, Senator Mike Crapo submitted a Congressional Record Statement noting the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution on September 16. "On the morning of September 16, 1810, in Dolores, Guanajunto Mexico, Father Miguel Hidalgo, instead of delivering mass, rang the church bell and delivered a call to arms that has come to be known as "El Grito de Dolores," or, simply, "El Gr… Continue Reading


September 13, 2007

CRAPO: ACADEMY DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING

Washington, DC - The deadline to apply for nominations to U.S. military academies is fast approaching, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo reminds interested Idaho students. Applications for nominations to four of the nation's military academies must be submitted by Wednesday, October 31, 2007, to be considered for the class entering in 2008. 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 … Continue Reading


September 13, 2007

CRAPO: IRAQ DISCUSSIONS PROMISING BUT NEED REVIEW

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement tonight concerning President Bush's address to the nation and testimony this week from General David Petraeus on future U.S. military operations in Iraq: "I have reviewed the testimony of General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker and am impressed with their fortitude under both political and personal attack from some who may have already prejudged the outcome of the surge. "Their testimony was enlightening and shows som… Continue Reading


September 12, 2007

NATIVE AMERICAN HEALTH INITIATIVES ADVANCE

Washington, DC - The Senate Finance Committee today approved legislative language written on the federal delivery and funding of health services for Native Americans, including language in the underlying bill authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, to establish an Office on Indian Men's Health. Crapo and other members of the Finance Committee completed mark-up of the Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 2007. "This legislation helps set goals for federal agencies as… Continue Reading


September 12, 2007

RENEWABLE HEAT, RECREATION, DETOX PROGRAMS WIN FULL SENATE APPROVAL

Washington, DC - Programs to expand geothermal heating, student safety, transit programs and a Treasure Valley Detox Center are among those approved by the U.S. Senate today with passage of the Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the bill also contains funding for renovations at Pocatello's community recreation center and for new economic education efforts in Lewiston. The bill was approved by a vote of 88-7 this morni… Continue Reading


September 11, 2007

CRAPO ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN ASSISTANCE FORFORMER MICRON WORKERS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today that up to $2 million in federal funding for job assistance programs will be targeted to help former Micron Technology employees. Crapo spoke with Labor Secretary Elaine Chao about the National Emergency Grant being made available to the Idaho employees recently laid off from Micron. The discretionary funding can be used for skill assessment, career counseling, training, relocation assistance and other needs, and will be distributed th… Continue Reading


September 07, 2007

CRAPO PARTICIPATES IN AIR FORCE APPRECIATION DAY PARADE SATURDAY

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will participate in Mountain Home's annual Air Force Appreciation Day Parade on Saturday. Crapo plans to visit with the new leadership of the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base and appear in the Air Force Appreciation Day Parade through downtown Mountain Home. Saturday, September 8th: 10:00 a.m. Mountain Home Participates in Mountain Home's annual Air Force Appreciation Day Parade and meets with new leadership at Mountain Home Air For… Continue Reading


September 06, 2007

Crapo Applauds Phone Tax Cut

Washington, DC â?? Taxpayers will no longer need to pay an outdated, century-old tax on long-distance phone service, thanks to an announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department that it will refund the collection of the 1898 telephone excise tax on long-distance service. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo praised the move as one of many Senators encouraging the Internal Revenue Service to stop collecting the tax. â??Refunding taxpayers the $60 on an outdated tax on long-distance is a good first step, but the… Continue Reading


September 01, 2007

CRAPO: CRAIG'S LENGTHY SERVICE, CONSISTENT ADVOCACY BENEFITED IDAHOANS

Washington , DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding the resignation of Idaho senior Senator Larry Craig:   "For more than two decades, Larry Craig has consistently put Idaho first in his public service career.   Today, he did so again in announcing his decision to resign his position as U.S. Senator from Idaho.   "As I have said over the last week, I will accept any decision that my fr… Continue Reading


August 28, 2007

CRAPO KEYNOTES TROUT UNLIMITED BULL TROUT EVENT

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be the guest of honor tomorrow as Trout Unlimited gathers national political and conservation leaders in Eastern Idaho to celebrate cooperative efforts to restore threatened bull trout populations. Crapo will highlight the work of Trout Unlimited's Idaho Water Project in the Little Lost River Valley where conservation groups, ranchers, sportsmen and local, state and federal officials have worked to restore the trout. Crapo will join Idaho Water Project Di… Continue Reading


August 27, 2007

FUNDS FOR GEOTHERMAL HEAT EXPANSION MOVE FORWARD

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has obtained committee approval for federal funding in a Senate bill that could allow the City of Boise's Public Works Department to expand the use of geothermal heat and potentially carry it across the Boise River for use at Boise State University. Crapo designated $250,000 in the Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The funding must still be ap… Continue Reading


August 24, 2007

GEOTHERMAL HEAT EXPANSION MOVES FORWARD

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Boise State President Robert Kustra, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise Public Works Director Chuck Mickelson will hold a news conference Monday to announce a significant development in the expansion of renewable geothermal energy in the Treasure Valley. More details will be released during the news conference planned at the Fort Boise geothermal well head site where the Boise Public Works Department draws the underground, naturally-heated hot water used in th… Continue Reading


August 23, 2007

CRAPO, NRCS CHIEF TO DISCUSS CONSERVATION

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host an open house on Tuesday to discuss conservation related issues affecting agricultural operations. Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, will join NRCS Chief Arlen Lancaster for the forum at the Ada County Courthouse Commissioner's Chambers … Continue Reading


August 17, 2007

CRAPO ASSISTS WITH FOOD DISTRIBUTION EFFORTS

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joins members of a public-private partnership in the Coeur d'Alene area today to help distribute 10,000 pounds of fresh produce and other food items to dozens of senior citizens, families, veterans and others needing supplemental groceries. The food distribution effort is headed by the Coeur d'Alene Basin Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the Spokane-based Second Harvest Inland Northwest. Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture and Finance Comm… Continue Reading

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