News Releases

September 04, 2008

Farm Bill Meetings Set This Month

Washington, DC - Idahoans with questions about the 2008 Farm Bill enacted this spring by Congress can get answers at nine informational meetings planned around Idaho and sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo's staff will be joined by representatives from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, including the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development. "These Farm Bill meetings are meant to provide information about the many programs in … Continue Reading

September 02, 2008

Idaho Businesses To Use New Energy Systems

Boise - Four Idaho businesses have been rewarded for renewable energy planning and will split federal grant dollars totaling nearly $300,000, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The funding comes through USDA Rural Development's Section 9006 Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program. "Idaho businesses have always been innovative, and these energy upgrades will save money and power and expand the use of renewable energy┬áin Idaho," noted Crapo, a member of the Senat… Continue Reading

September 02, 2008

Crapo Seeks Answers On Teen Crime Grants

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants officials with the U.S. Department of Justice to explain why a highly-effective program dealing with juvenile crime and violence was not funded by the department for Fiscal Year 2007. Crapo wrote a letter to the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), J. Robert Flores, last week and asked for a response within 30 days. The program in question is the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS), wh… Continue Reading

August 27, 2008

Comprehensive Energy Vote Sought As Congress Returns To Work

Boise - Citing the economic stress on Idahoans and all Americans, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is calling for a vote on comprehensive energy reform as soon as Congress returns to work September 8th. Crapo joined with a coalition of local energy interests urging Idahoans to tell Congress to immediately consider wide-ranging legislation that will feature more domestic production, conservation and alternative energy using what Crapo calls a "use less, produce more" model. "I am calling on Idahoans t… Continue Reading

August 25, 2008

Crapo To Discuss Energy Legislation, Co-Chair Transportation Summit

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss the critical need for Congress to approve comprehensive legislation in the U.S. Senate that will address alternative energy, research and rising energy prices. An energy expert from Boise State University and the local owner of an all-electric vehicle will join Crapo at the event to discuss their perspectives on energy. Earlier Tuesday, Crapo will join Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to co-chair a summit meeting on th… Continue Reading

August 15, 2008

Crapo Announces $7.2 Million For Plummer Water

Plummer - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today joined Plummer Mayor Tim Clark and Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan to announce acquisition of funding to end water and wastewater problems that have caused a building moratorium in the Plummer area. Idaho Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-Sagle) and Representatives Mary Lou Shepherd (D-Wallace) and Dick Harwood (R-St. Maries) joined Crapo, Clark, Allan and Jeff Beeman of USDA Rural Development to comment on the plan to end wastewater treatment issues … Continue Reading

August 13, 2008

University Of Idaho Student First Recipient Of Crapo Math And Science Scholarship

Moscow - Calling it a positive sign of Idaho's commitment to global competitiveness, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today announced the first recipient of the Mike Crapo Math and Science Scholarship Fund. Crapo, who has been recognized for leadership in education issues, announced the scholarship effort in 2004 as a way to encourage Idaho's best students to seek math, science and other technical education at Idaho's universities. Crapo was joined by University of Idaho President Steven Daley-Laurse… Continue Reading

August 11, 2008

Crapo To Announce Multi-Million Dollar Loan And Grant For Plummer

Boise - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will join with Plummer Mayor Tom Clark, Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief Allan, Senator Joyce Broadsword (R-Sagle) and Representatives Mary Lou Shepherd (D-Wallace) and Dick Harwood (R-St. Maries) to announce a multi-million dollar loan and grant combination that may end water and wastewater problems that have caused a building moratorium in the Plummer area. The announcement is scheduled on Friday, August 15th: 9:30 a.m. Plummer City Hall, 880 C Street… Continue Reading

August 11, 2008

Crapo Honors Teen Advocates Preventing Dating Violence

Washington, DC -Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a Congressional leader in annual efforts to fully fund domestic violence awareness and prevention and victims' assistance programs, is honoring 19 Idaho teens who served on the Idaho Teen Advisory Council during the 2007-2008 school year. These teens have taken a lead role in Idaho's efforts to prevent violence in dating relationships by speaking out against teen dating violence, which includes emotional abuse. The teens are part of a program started … Continue Reading

August 08, 2008

Crapo Honors Tribal Elder Before Senate

Washington, DC - Noted Nez Perce Tribal historian, writer, language preservationist, storyteller and cultural expert Horace Axtell will be honored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo next week. Axtell, a respected Tribal elder, musician and drum maker, was recently awarded a national heritage fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was among ten recipients earning the national award. Crapo recognized Axtell in a Congressional Record Statement for the NEA fellowship, along with the man… Continue Reading

August 07, 2008

First Recipient Of Crapo Math And Science Scholarship Announced Wednesday

Moscow - Calling it a positive sign of Idaho's commitment to global competitiveness, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will announce the first recipient of the Mike Crapo Math and Science Scholarship Fund on Wednesday on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow. Crapo will be joined by University of Idaho President Steven Daley-Laursen, Hilarie Engle of the Idaho Community Foundation (ICF), and the student and her family for the announcement. Crapo announced the scholarship effort in 2004 as a way to … Continue Reading

August 01, 2008

Family Boating Avoids New Permit Threats

Washington, DC - Family boaters have won a reprieve from the threat of facing a costly and unnecessary permitting process, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo co-sponsored legislation written to head off potentially costly permitting requirements for recreational boaters. The legislation passed both the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives by Unanimous Consent and was signed into law. Crapo, a member of the Congressional Boating Caucus and the Co-chair of the Congressional Sp… Continue Reading

August 01, 2008

Mountain Home AFB Honored In U.S. Senate

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is honoring the men and women of Idaho's Mountain Home Air Force Base for earning a top award from the U.S. Air Force related to combat support in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 366th Fighter Wing's Commander, Colonel James S. Browne, announced the Gunfighters have earned the Air Force Meritorious Unit Award for the 17-month period from July 1, 2007 through May 31st of this year. Crapo noted the Gunfighter's accomplishments in a Congressional Record Statem… Continue Reading

July 31, 2008

Idahoans' Stories On Gas Prices Come To The Floor Of U.S. Senate

Washington, DC - In extended remarks on the Senate floor, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo pressed Congress to respond boldly to the gas price crisis facing Americans. To highlight the personal suffering of Idahoans caused by high gasoline prices, Crapo made emails he has received from Idahoans about the price of gasoline a part of his remarks. Crapo says many Idahoans have made difficult choices to forgo food for their families, medicines, and other important purchases in order to pay for the fuel to d… Continue Reading

July 29, 2008

Crapo Will Host iTownhall Meeting On Farm Bill

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee who helped craft the 2008 Farm Bill, will host a townhall-style meeting via telephone on August 6th to discuss the new Farm Bill. Crapo will utilize a telephone and Internet program known as the iTownhall to lead the discussion with up to several thousand Idahoans simultaneously. "The iTownhall is simply a conference call with Idahoans, and all that is needed to participate is a telephone," Crapo said. "Al… Continue Reading

July 28, 2008

Crapo, Colleagues Seek Presidential Input On Health Care Reform

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of Senators seeking to improve health care programs, including Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, has written to its colleagues and Presidential hopefuls, asking both to begin working with the group on comprehensive improvements to the health care system. In a letter to Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, Crapo and the other 15 co-sponsors of the Healthy Americans Act said the sooner they can begin working with the candidates and their advisors, the sooner health ca… Continue Reading

July 26, 2008

Crapo Presses For Comprehensive Plan To Lower Gas Prices

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted today to keep the Senate on a path to negotiate a comprehensive plan to reduce gasoline prices. Crapo joined with a number of his colleagues to block an effort to turn floor attention away from resolving gasoline price issues and onto a different bill focusing on energy assistance. The effort failed, meaning a comprehensive bill is still possible. "Idahoans and others have been sending us the message that Congress should not adjourn for the Augu… Continue Reading

July 24, 2008

Crapo, Baucus Seek Reform Of Sporting Taxes

Washington, DC - Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Max Baucus (D-Montana), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, have introduced legislation to change the way federal excise taxes on firearms and ammunition are collected from businesses. Supporters of the legislation, including national sporting and firearms advocacy groups, say the legislation could provide more money for state wildlife preservation programs by easing restrictions surrounding the collection of the excise taxes. … Continue Reading

July 22, 2008

Crapo: Energy Needs Deserve Multiple Answers

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo called on his Senate colleagues to seek a balanced, bipartisan solution to the high energy prices facing the country. During a speech on the Senate floor, he said legislation that focuses solely on energy speculators in financial markets needs to be augmented with aggressive plans for new energy production, conservation and alternative energy efforts. "We ought to take this opportunity with the bill we have on the floor of the Senate to look at other … Continue Reading

July 15, 2008

Crapo Defends Market-Based Healthcare Approach

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo this evening voted to sustain the President's veto of healthcare legislation that took steps backward regarding market-oriented healthcare reform. H.R. 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, was vetoed by the President earlier on Tuesday. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to override the President's veto; Crapo voted to sustain it, saying that the legislation "compromised the positive gains we've made in inst… Continue Reading

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