News Releases

May 15, 2007

ANNIVERSARY NOTES BENEFITS OF TAX RELIEF

Washington, DC - Job creation, low unemployment rates and a surging economy can all be traced back to events four years ago, which lowered tax rates on investment, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo was part of an event on Capitol Hill this morning marking the four-year anniversary of legislation, which lowered tax rates on capital gains and dividends. He has introduced legislation (S. 502) to make the tax reductions permanent. Representative Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) is introducing a s… Continue Reading


May 14, 2007

2009 SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD WINTER GAMES NOTICED IN U.S. CONGRESS

Washington, DC - The Idaho Delegation has introduced resolutions in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, aimed at commending the efforts of Idahoans to bring to Idaho the largest sporting event in state history during 2009â??the Special Olympics World Winter Games. The resolutions, originally authored in the House by Congressman Bill Sali and proposed by the entire Idaho delegation, salute the athletes and all who make the Special Olympic World Games possible and offer the… Continue Reading


May 09, 2007

Crapo Praises Lower Tax Rates

Washington, DC â??Tax rates on capital gains and dividends will stay lower through 2010, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo reported after the Senate-House tax reconciliation conferees came to an agreement on a measure that included the relief today. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, authored a letter to the conferees, signed by 20 Senators, requesting that the conference report include that two-year extension relief on capital gains and dividends. Additionally, he is the lead sponsor of le… Continue Reading


May 03, 2007

CRAPO: RURAL DEVELOPMENT MAINTAINSRURAL COMPETITIVENESS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says many rural Idahoans are competing in the world market just like their city cousins, thanks in part to the federal USDA Rural Development Program. Crapo, who is Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, praised the efforts of the USDA Rural Development Program, which came under fire recently following media reports that some funding from the program was spent in affluent areas.&q… Continue Reading


May 01, 2007

DELEGATION GIVES CONGRESSIONAL HONORS TO IDAHO POTATOES, PRODUCERS

Washington, DC - Resolutions honoring Idaho potatoes, growers and the Idaho Potato Commission are being introduced in the U.S. Congress by Idaho's Congressional Delegation. The resolutions designate May 2007 as "Idaho Potato Month" and recognize the 70th Anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission."The Idaho potato 'brand' is recognized throughout the world for its high quality and is an identifying characteristic of the great state of Idaho," the Delegation wrote … Continue Reading


April 26, 2007

CRAPO: MILITARY, PRESIDENT SHOULD MAKE IRAQ DECISIONS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today voted against a supplemental spending bill requiring a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, calling it unfair to American servicemen and women, their commanders, and the President. The Senate vote followed House approval of the supplemental bill approved earlier in conference. President Bush warned he will veto the measure due, in part, to the Iraq language."A fair debate about our strategy in fighting terrorists is acceptable; e… Continue Reading


April 26, 2007

RECORD DOW, RECEIPTS SHOW TAX RELIEF IS WORKING

Washington, DC - The amount of tax receipts being generated by the nation's economy hit a single-day record high this week, the same week that the stock market has closed at record levels. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo noted the news is strong evidence that Congress should agree to extend the tax relief legislation that it passed in 2001 and 2003. The record of $48.7 billion in revenues was recorded by the U.S. Treasury on April 24th, shattering the old mark by more than $12 billion. "This i… Continue Reading


April 25, 2007

CRAPO: HIGH TECH JOBS DEPEND ON TAX, TRADE POLICY

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined fellow members of the U.S. Senate's Republican High Tech Task Force today in announcing the group's agenda for the 110th Congress. During a news conference on Capitol Hill, Crapo outlined policy initiatives including the promotion of broadband technology and tax reform. He also applauded the leadership of Senator Gordon Smith (R-Oregon), the chairman of the task force."High tech is growing," Crapo said. "For example, my stat… Continue Reading


April 25, 2007

CRAPO-SCHUMER GLOBAL MARKETS AMENDMENT INCLUDED IN COMPETITIVENESS BILL

Washington, DC - Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) have included an amendment to S. 761, the America COMPETES Act, to call attention to challenges facing U.S. financial markets. The first part of the amendment highlights findings that U.S. capital markets are losing their competitive edge in the face of intensifying global competition in initial public offerings (IPOs), over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, securitization, and traditional lending. The second half of the … Continue Reading


April 23, 2007

CRAPO: INL DESIGNATION CRUCIAL TO ENERGY FUTURE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today commended the U.S. Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance on news that the Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory has been named as a National Scientific User Facility. The designation likely means a big jump in research and study at the lab by university personnel, their students, and industry."Idaho has a one-of-a-kind facility for nuclear research that will play a big role in determining how we meet the nation'… Continue Reading


April 20, 2007

CRAPO ANNOUNCES WATER IMPROVEMENTS

Washington, DC - Aging water and waste water systems in Idaho will get needed improvements with federal grants and loan dollars, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced today. Crapo, who is the Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, says a combination of loans and grants will benefit water infrastructure in Emmett, Bonners Ferry and Shoshone. Crapo's subcommittee has jurisdiction over rural development issues."Federal… Continue Reading


April 20, 2007

MAIL PROCESSING WILL REMAIN IN TWIN FALLS

Twin Falls - The U.S. Postal Service has dropped plans to shift some mail processing functions from Twin Falls to Boise following opposition expressed by Idaho's Congressional Delegation. Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Congressman Mike Simpson had questioned the cost savings the Service was citing as a reason for studying such a move."Both the Boise and Twin Falls markets service more than a third of Idaho's total population base," the Delegation noted. "This larg… Continue Reading


April 19, 2007

USDA TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO ERADICATE POTATO CYST NEMATODE IN IDAHO

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation welcomed today's announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Johanns that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be providing $10.78 million to help eradicate potato cyst nematode (PCN) in Idaho.A year ago, PCN was discovered in tare soil originating from some eastern Idaho fields. Tare soil is the dirt that is attached to the potato when it comes out of the ground. Since then, an extensive survey determined that PCN is confined to just sev… Continue Reading


April 19, 2007

Crapo Announces Domestic Violence Summit

Idaho Falls, ID â??A summit to raise awareness in Eastern Idaho about domestic violence is set to take place in June, announced Fred Zundel, coordinator of the summit, and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today at a news conference in Idaho Falls. Crapo also voiced his support for resources in high schools that will address the growing problem of teen dating violence. The Idaho Summit on Developing a Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence, which will be held at Idaho State University in Poc… Continue Reading


April 18, 2007

CRAPO SEES CONSENSUS ON ABUSE, CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS

Washington, DC - Prospects for funding to continue critical programs to fight domestic violence and provide for child protection and crime prevention have improved for the coming year, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo, who has been a national leader in ongoing efforts against family and domestic violence in Congress, has partnered with a bipartisan group of Senators seeking ongoing funding for programs, like the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Adam Walsh Child Protection an… Continue Reading


April 17, 2007

CRAPO CO-SPONSORS TAX RELIEF BILL

Washington, DC - With a nod to today's deadline for filing federal income taxes, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has partnered with Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) to introduce legislation to make sure tax relief does not disappear in the next few years. Left unchecked, present budget plans and tax changes could cost taxpayers more than $700 billion dollars by 2011, when most of the important and successful tax relief passed in the last few years is set to expire.The Invest in America Act makes permane… Continue Reading


March 30, 2007

CRAPO: SOFTWOOD LUMBER CONSULTATION A NECESSARY STEP

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo had the following reaction to the United States Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab's announcement today that the United States has requested formal consultations with Canada under the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement regarding compliance with several of its provisions. "The strength of any agreement is based on parties adhering to its terms," said Crapo. "Unfortunately, Canada has been ignoring parts of the agreement, forcing U.S. ti… Continue Reading


March 29, 2007

CRAPO: IRAQ DEADLINE SENDS WRONG MESSAGE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against passage of a supplemental spending bill that contained a mandated deadline for troops to leave Iraq because it sends the wrong message to U.S. troops, terrorists, and all Americans. The supplemental spending bill passed on a 51-47 vote and is very likely to be vetoed by President Bush."I don't believe Congress alone is the entity that should be making the decision about troop management in the field," Crapo said. "No matt… Continue Reading


March 28, 2007

CRAPO, SENATE VOTE TO SUPPORT COUNTY PAYMENTS

Washington, DC - Idaho schools and communities got a vote of support today as the Senate voted 75 to 22 to fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said the vote demonstrates that a majority of Senators support assisting rural counties struggling to provide necessary services in areas with large amounts of federal land."Without continuation of county payments, Idaho counties stand… Continue Reading


March 27, 2007

CRAPO URGES FUNDING FOR RURAL SCHOOLS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This evening, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined fellow Idaho Senator Larry Craig in supporting a multi-year proposal to restore funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act. The provision, offered today by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden as an amendment to the supplemental appropriations measure (H.R. 1591), includes help for rural schools, counties and communities by extending the county payments for one year and reauthorizing the program for five years, p… Continue Reading

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