News Releases

November 07, 2007

CRAPO: DEFENSE PROJECTS FOR IDAHO HIGHLIGHTED

Washington, DC - Idaho stands to gain in funding for federal defense-related work within the state under a measure approved by the U.S. Congress and now in conference. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo successfully requested funding for a number of Idaho projects for universities, military operations and work at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to finalize work on the Defense Appropriations conference report this week. The conferen… Continue Reading


November 07, 2007

CRAPO: FINANCIAL COMPETITIVENESS REPORT UNDERSCORES NEED TO ACT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the newly-appointed chairman of the Senate Republican Capital Markets Task Force, says a report released today adds considerably to the understanding of the challenges that American capital markets face and offers specific solutions that could help American markets, companies, and workers to better compete. Financial Services Roundtable's Blue Ribbon Commission on Enhancing Competitiveness Blueprint recommends 68 specific recommendations to ensure the U… Continue Reading


November 07, 2007

CRAPO CONGRATULATES BOISE STUDENT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is sending his congratulations to Clare Pratt, an 11-year-old Boise 6th grader at St. Mary's Catholic School, who took grand prize for her essay in the 4th annual Veterans Day Essay Contest sponsored by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Clare's essay on the theme, "Veterans Day: Honoring Our Nation's Heroes", was chosen from approximately 800 entries nationwide, and is posted at Crapo's website, http://crapo.senate.gov, and at the Paralyzed Veterans of … Continue Reading


November 02, 2007

CRAPO PUSHES VA ON VETERANS' BRAIN INJURIES

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts need increased treatment and attention regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of injury has been described as the "signature wound" of the recent Mideast conflicts because of the use of roadside bombs and other explosive devices that have been unique to the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. "My staff and I have spoken with hundreds of veterans suffering the effects of concussive injuri… Continue Reading


November 02, 2007

CRAPO PROMOTES, HIRES NEW STATE STAFF MEMBERS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has promoted two state staff members and hired two Idahoans to take positions in his state offices. Jennifer Beier has transferred from the North-Central Regional office in Lewiston, where she was a Staff Assistant, to the Idaho State Office in Boise, where she will now work as the Constituent Service Representative. She will be responsible for casework and managing the state internship program. Beier, who just finished up a degree in Business Adminis… Continue Reading


October 31, 2007

CRAPO: AG SECRETARY-DESIGNATE SCHAFER HAS STRONG BACKGROUND

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, welcomes President Bush's nomination of former North Dakota Governor Edward Schafer and says that Schafer's diverse background and experience will be beneficial in making it through the Senate confirmation process. During his tenure as Governor, Schafer made economic development a priority in his rural state, a priority Crapo shares. "Schafer understands the important relationships between American agricu… Continue Reading


October 30, 2007

SENATE ADOPTS CRAPO AMTRAK AMENDMENT

Washington, DC - The effort to return passenger rail service to Idaho may get its best shot in a decade this week, according to Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo has successfully attached the Idaho-related amendment to an Amtrak funding bill, S. 294, now being debated by the U.S. Senate. The amendment was approved by unanimous consent on Monday evening. The Crapo amendment will set parameters on how Amtrak evaluates a return of the former Pioneer Route across southern Idaho in several ways. It forces… Continue Reading


October 30, 2007

SENATE PASSES AMTRAK BILL WITH CRAPO AMENDMENT

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate has approved an Amtrak rail passenger service spending bill that will likely result in a renewed effort to return service to southern Idaho, if the U.S. House agrees. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's amendment including Idaho-specific language about returning Amtrak was approved as a part of the full bill, which passed on a vote of 70 to 22. "Idahoans are contacting our offices and showing overwhelming support for returning Amtrak service to southern Idaho," Crapo s… Continue Reading


October 29, 2007

CRAPO PUSHES TO RETURN AMTRAK TO IDAHO

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has launched an aggressive push to return passenger railroad service to southern Idaho. Crapo today filed an amendment to S. 294, a bill to fund Amtrak now being debated on the Senate floor; that amendment will strengthen an effort already in the bill to return the former Pioneer Route across southern Idaho in several ways. Crapo's amendment will ensure that Amtrak uses the same new methodology to determine whether to reinstate passenger rail service … Continue Reading


October 29, 2007

CRAPO HONORS MAGIC VALLEY IRAQ WAR VETERAN

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo honored a Shoshone native, Bronze Star recipient Major Vaughn Ward, with a statement published in the Congressional Record. Ward earned his medal for bravery during combat near where he was stationed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006. Crapo met with Ward earlier this month to congratulate him on his distinguished service and to present him with a gold-bordered copy of the statement. (A photo of the presentation accompanies this news release.) Ward's heroism … Continue Reading


October 26, 2007

CRAPO: ACADEMY DEADLINE NEARLY HERE

Washington, DC - More than 250 Idaho students have downloaded applications for nominations to U.S. military academies from Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's website. The strong interest follows Academy Day presentations in Boise and Coeur d'Alene earlier this month. Crapo reminds interested Idaho students that 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 nomina… Continue Reading


October 25, 2007

IDAHO FARMERS AND RANCHERS ASSISTED IN SENATE FARM BILL

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the 2007 Farm Bill approved in Committee today will be beneficial for Idaho producers. Senator Crapo supported the legislation that passed the Committee by voice vote following consideration over the past two days. The legislation continues and expands programs important to farmers and ranchers, including specialty crop, wheat, barley, pulse crop, sugar, organic, and wool producers. While work needs to … Continue Reading


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 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 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 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 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 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

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