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September 27, 2008

Crapo: Congress Failed To Do Its Job

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against the Consolidated Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2638, which passed the U.S. Senate on a vote of 78 to 12. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement regarding his "no" vote: "Congress has once again failed to fulfill its Constitutional responsibility to fund the federal government. This bill is a stop-gap and isn't a responsible way to fund the critical programs of the government. It was presented as a take… Continue Reading

September 26, 2008

$19 Million Coming For Idaho Housing Needs

Washington, DC - Idaho will be receiving $19.6 million in new federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will help areas trying to recover from the effects of foreclosure and declining property values, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee's subcommittee with jurisdiction over the issue, supported the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The legislation assists sta… Continue Reading

September 26, 2008

Crapo: Honor Mothers Of Military This Sunday

Washington, DC - This Sunday marks the national remembrance of Gold Star Mother's Day. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is asking Idahoans to take a moment this weekend and remember and thank those who have raised sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending America's freedom as part of the national recognition event. "President Woodrow Wilson was the first to use the description 'Gold Star Mother' in the aftermath of World War l," Crapo noted. "Since then, the last Sunday in Se… Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Craig, Crapo, Simpson Secure Funding For North Idaho Projects In National Security Funding Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig, Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson announced today that several North Idaho projects are included in the National Security Funding Package. The package consists of Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations for fiscal year 2009, and is part of H.R. 2638, the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009. The projects… Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Crapo: Strong Concerns Remain With Treasury Proposal

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of both the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Development and Senate Finance Committees, released the following statement regarding the Administration's proposal regarding the credit crisis in the financial industry: "The turmoil in the financial industry in the United States is troubling to all Americans. People are uncertain about the implications as well as the details of the problem itself. As a member of the Senate Banking Committee I h… Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Craig, Crapo, Simpson Secure Projects For Treasure Valley And Magic Valley In Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - Several Idaho-specific projects are included in H.R. 2638, the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009, announced Idaho Senators Larry Craig, Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson. Both Craig and Simpson are members of their respective Appropriations Committees that crafted the legislation. "Idaho's high-tech industry and universities have a history of providing our troops with the tools and resources they need and deserve," sai… Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Craig, Crapo, Simpson Announce Eastern Idaho Projects In Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig, Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson have secured funding for multiple Eastern Idaho-based projects in H.R. 2638, the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2009. The bill was fashioned in the Senate and House Appropriations Committees on which Craig and Simpson serve, and includes more than $16 million for improvements and research at Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University and … Continue Reading

September 25, 2008

Crapo Receives Small Business Award

Washington, DC - Legislative action and voting to support small business in Idaho and across the country has earned Idaho Senator Mike Crapo the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The national small business group presented the award to Crapo today in Washington. Crapo has received the Guardian of Small Business Award each Congress since he was elected in 1993. "Small business remains the backbone of our national economy," Crapo said.… Continue Reading

September 24, 2008

Crapo iTownhall Meeting Time Change

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has delayed the start time of his quarterly iTownHall meeting to avoid conflicting with the President's address to the nation this evening. The hour-long call will begin at 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, September 24.… Continue Reading

September 23, 2008

Crapo Praises Passage Of County Payments, PILT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded the Senate's passage today of tax extender legislation that includes the extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, commonly called county payments, and the full funding of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT). The legislation extends the county payments program until 2011 and provides funding for PILT through 2012. The loss of the county payments has posed the threat of county budget cuts and layoffs, espec… Continue Reading

September 23, 2008

Crapo: Financial Crisis Requires Prompt, But Careful Action

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed his concerns about the Administration's $700 billion proposal to ease the credit crisis in the financial industry at a hearing on Capitol Hill today. Crapo and other members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee questioned Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Securities & Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox at length over the proposal. Crapo focused his remarks and questio… Continue Reading

September 19, 2008

Crapo Plans iTownhall Meeting Wednesday

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces he will hold a statewide iTownhall meeting this coming Wednesday evening, September 24th. The technology behind the iTownhall meeting allows Idahoans to join via telephone from any location in Idaho. Participation is totally voluntary, and listeners can ask the Senator about topics regarding federal policies or legislation. Transcripts of past iTownhall meetings are available on Crapo's website. "Many Idahoans are letting me know that they w… Continue Reading

September 19, 2008

Crapo, Senate Raise Awareness Of Prostate Cancer

Washington, DC - The United States Senate continued its effort Thursday to fight prostate cancer by passing a resolution recognizing September as "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month." Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a two-time survivor of prostate cancer, was an original co-sponsor of the resolution-which was passed by Unanimous Consent. S. Res. 667 notes that prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer behind skin cancer and is the second-leading cause of death in men havin… Continue Reading

September 18, 2008

Idaho Delegation Introduces Transportation Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Bill Sali today introduced the Idaho Efficient Vehicle Demonstration Act of 2008, legislation that calls for portions of Idaho's interstate roadways to be included in an existing freight transport pilot project in the State. The State pilot project, created in 2003 by the Idaho State Legislature, allows vehicle combinations weighing up to 129,000 pounds to operate on designated routes within the Stat… Continue Reading

September 18, 2008

Crapo Seeks To Honor Firefighters, Responders

Washington, DC - Firefighters, medical personnel and other law enforcement workers would receive a day of national recognition under legislation co-sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo is joining a bipartisan group of Senators seeking to designate September 25th of this year as "National First Responder Appreciation Day." "Our firefighters have gone above and beyond the call in Idaho, as recent events have demonstrated," Crapo said. "The response to the Oregon Trail fire in southeast … Continue Reading

September 18, 2008

Inhofe, Craig, Crapo Offer Amendment To Restore $50M Cut In Defense Contribution For Yucca Mountain Repository Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, together with Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) have filed an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill that would restore $50M cut in Defense Contribution for Yucca Mountain Repository Program. The Administration requested $247.4 million, the House included $247.4 in its bill, and the Senate should fully fund this request as well. Sen. Inhofe: "The Uni… Continue Reading

September 18, 2008

Bingaman, Crapo Introduce Legislation To Aid States, Counties And CitiesBy Strengthening Municipal Bond Market

Washington, DC - Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced legislation today aimed at helping localities build essential infrastructure at a lower cost to taxpayers. State, county, and local governments have long relied on bonds to pay up-front for essential infrastructure enhancements - to schools, hospitals, public utilities, roads, and public housing - that they pay back through future revenues. But the credit crunch has severely curtailed demand for municipal bonds, f… Continue Reading

September 17, 2008

Crapo Calls For Senate Vote On Gun Ban Repeal

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is joining with several Senate colleagues in asking Majority Leader Harry Reid to schedule a Senate vote on Second Amendment-related legislation to repeal the Washington, DC gun ban. Legislation to repeal the ban was approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives but has not yet been scheduled for a vote in the Senate. The DC gun ban was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The House today approved the National Capitol Security and S… Continue Reading

September 17, 2008

Crapo, Finance Committee Unveil Tax Relief Plan

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is joining with fellow members of the Senate Finance Committee to back a bipartisan plan offering new tax relief to families and businesses. The tax extender legislation includes individual tax relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT); extends tax credits for renewable energy production, including wind, solar and geothermal power; and extends important tax relief for college tuition, state and local sales taxes and research and development for Ameri… Continue Reading

September 12, 2008

Northwest Delegates Press For Amtrak's Return

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is organizing a new Northwest Congressional Delegation effort to return Amtrak passenger rail service to Idaho and neighboring states. Crapo collected signatures on bipartisan letters to the chairmen of the Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over transportation issues, asking them to support provisions to evaluate the return of Amtrak rail service to the western states of Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. "The number of people ri… Continue Reading

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