News Releases

August 07, 2007

CRAPO DISCUSSES, HONORS, IDAHO HEALTH ACHIEVEMENTS; TOURS CHESTERFIELD HISTORIC PROJECT

Pocatello - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will discuss rural health issues and commend health-related projects this week in Southeast Idaho.   Crapo will present the commission and deliver remarks at a ceremony marking Pocatello judge Randy Smith's appointment to the U.S. 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals.   Crapo will also tour the ghost town of Chesterfield in southeast Idaho, where plans are underway to restore and document the town's history.   He will present a Congressional R… Continue Reading


August 07, 2007

HISTORIC SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHT FOR IDAHO EDUCATOR

Boise , ID - After over 20 years of waiting for this opportunity, Idaho's "Teacher in Space," Barbara Morgan, is scheduled to take off in Space Shuttle Endeavor from Kennedy Space Center in Florida tomorrow.   Once Morgan, who is a NASA astronaut mission specialist, reaches the International Space Station, she will conduct a lesson from space via a downlink scheduled for Tuesday, August 14.   Senator Mike Crapo lent NASA an Idaho flag for the launch of Endeavor, to fly a… Continue Reading


August 07, 2007

SENATE CLEARS CASWELL FOR BLM

BOISE, ID - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo supported and praised the approval of James Caswell by the full Senate to serve as the Director of the Bureau of Land Management late Friday evening. Craig, Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies, said "I look forward to having someone of Jim's caliber heading up BLM. The fact that he was confirmed so quickly, I think, speaks to his strong qualifications for the job. In the numerous… Continue Reading


August 04, 2007

IDAHO CENTER FOR LIVESTOCK AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIESCLEARS HURDLE

Washington - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig pushed important legislation to enable the proposed Idaho Center for Livestock and Environmental Studies over a hurdle by securing U.S. Senate passage last night of H.R.3006. This legislation, which passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent, would allow the State of Idaho to manage the agricultural college trust under contemporary investment principles and enable plans to move forward on the proposed Center for Livestock and Environmental … Continue Reading


August 03, 2007

CRAPO CO-SPONSORS FAMILY FARM AND RANCH ACT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senators Ken Salazar (D-Colorado) and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) today introduced the Family Farm and Ranch Act of 2007 in an effort to protect farmers and ranchers from onerous federal estate taxes. The bipartisan bill outlines specific language protecting family farms and ranchers from the duplicate taxation dilemma presented by estate, or death, taxes. "While my top priority continues to be the outright elimination of the death tax, this legislatio… Continue Reading


August 03, 2007

CRAPO HONORS SHOSHONE-BANNOCK TRIBES WITH STATEMENT IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will honor members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and their late Tribal elder Walter Nevada on Monday during an event on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation at Fort Hall. Crapo honored Nevada and the Tribes with a statement inserted into the Congressional Record. Nevada was the oldest living Shoshone-Bannock Tribal elder and remaining original allottee on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation when he died on April 17th of this year. Monday's ceremony is me… Continue Reading


August 02, 2007

SENATE PASSES PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE RECOGNITION

Washington, DC - A resolution sponsored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to recognize September 2007 as National Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month has been approved by the U.S. Senate. Crapo was joined by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) on the bill to raise awareness of the health problems caused by narrowing of the arteries. Heart attacks, stroke, and other accelerated health problems can occur if peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) is left unchecked. "The survival rate for indiv… Continue Reading


August 02, 2007

FEDS ASSIST RANCHERS IMPACTED BY FIRES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today for assisting ranchers impacted by the recent wildfires in Idaho. The Farm Service Agency approved the Delegation's request for emergency grazing and haying of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands. The Delegation sent a letter to Secretary Johanns on July 23, 2007, requesting this action. In the letter, they stated: "Unfortunately, the severe drought now gripping Idaho… Continue Reading


August 01, 2007

CRAPO, LINCOLN INTRODUCE BIPARTISANBILL TO REFORM 'NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND'

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) have introduced bipartisan legislation to bring needed reforms to the "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) education bill. The legislation, S. 1913, the No Child Left Behind Enhancement Act, comes after Crapo's and Lincoln's offices have consulted with education leaders, school board members and interested citizens from their respective states on what kind of reform is needed for NCLB to work better. "The NCLB legisla… Continue Reading


August 01, 2007

NEW DOWNWINDER BILL INCLUDES IDAHO, MONTANA

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig have been joined by Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester on legislation that would make residents of Idaho and Montana eligible for a federal government program that compensates people who lived in affected areas downwind of the Nevada Test Site during periods of atmospheric nuclear testing and later contracted a specified compensable disease. The bipartisan legislation introduced today, S. 1917, would amend the Radiation Exposure Compensa… Continue Reading


August 01, 2007

MCCONNELL: CRAPO TO HEAD NEWLY CREATEDCAPITAL MARKETS TASK FORCE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Wednesday the creation of the Senate Republican Capital Markets Task Force. The Task Force will be headed by Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and will advise the Republican Caucus on U.S. business competitiveness issues with a specific focus on capital markets and will help facilitate a dialogue between the Senate and the U.S. capital markets community. "Mike has been a leader on U.S. competitiveness issues through… Continue Reading


July 27, 2007

FIRES: DELEGATION PLEDGES ASSISTANCE, CALLS FOR FLEXIBILITY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation called on the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to ensure land managers in Idaho are given maximum flexibility to help restore the land following the catastrophic wildfires this year. Idaho is currently in the unenviable position of having the largest fires during one of this nation's worst fire years and the largest in decades. To date this year, more than 850,000 acres in Idaho have burned. More than 600,000 acres burned in on… Continue Reading


July 25, 2007

CRAPO, REID SEEK CONTINUED ASSISTANCE FOR FIRE VICTIMS ON THE IDAHO-NEVADA BORDER

Washington , DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today pressed for continued assistance to residents along the Idaho-Nevada border who have been heavily impacted by the Murphy Complex fire, the largest wildfire burning in the nation at more than 560,000 acres.   Both Senators are meeting today with U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials to discuss the situation and are calling for increased support from the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affair… Continue Reading


July 20, 2007

SCHOOL FRUIT & VEGETABLE PROGRAM FUNDED BY COMMITTEE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is applauding a vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee to continue funding for a fruit and vegetable program in Idaho schools that is helping both farmers and students. Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, worked to bring the program to 25 Idaho schools.While cautioning that the $500,000 in funding approval must still be matched by the full Senate and a likely conference between the Senate and the U.S. House, Crapo said the recogniti… Continue Reading


July 20, 2007

IDAHO SENATORS HONOR COWBOYS, SEN. THOMAS

Washington, DC - A bill honoring the American Cowboy and continuing the legislative legacy of the late Senator Craig Thomas, R-Wyoming, has passed the U.S. Senate. S. Res. 130, sponsored by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig, declares July 28, 2007 as 'National Day of the American Cowboy." The legislation notes that, "Whereas pioneering men and women, recognized as cowboys, helped establish the American West...that cowboy spirit continues to infuse the nation with its solid … Continue Reading


July 17, 2007

CRAPO: IRAQ SURGE REMAINS BEST OPTION

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says efforts by Senate leaders to promote around-the-clock debate on removing troops from Iraq provides a good opportunity for discussion, but the timetable for decision-making should remain the same-that Congress must review options in Iraq when U.S. military leaders issue a report this September on the recent surge in Iraq. "The debate on our Iraq policy and how best to ensure the U.S. is successful in fighting the Global War on Terror is one that… Continue Reading


July 16, 2007

CRAPO, KLOBUCHAR INTRODUCE BILL TO INCREASE INVESTMENT IN BIODIESEL EDUCATION

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) introduced a bill to extend funding for the Biodiesel Education program for an additional five years. The 2002 Farm Bill provided $1 million per year; this new bill would increase the funding to $2 million annually. The proposal is modeled after Minnesota's program - the first state to pass a 2 percent biodiesel standard. Crapo said, "In the face of rising gasoline prices and increasing calls for… Continue Reading


July 14, 2007

Idaho Delegation Holds Office Hours In Grangeville, Craigmont

Washington, DC â?? Field representatives from the offices of Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Congressman C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter will host meetings and office hours on July 27th, 2006 in Grangeville and Craigmont. The office hours are part of the delegationâ??s efforts to meet with area residents outside their regional field offices in Lewiston, Coeur dâ??Alene, and elsewhere in Idaho. . The congressional representatives will hold office hours:Grangeville City Hall 10:00 - 11:30 am 225 We… Continue Reading


July 13, 2007

CRAPO TO PRESENT SPIRIT OF IDAHO TO 'EXTREME MAKEOVER' VOLUNTEERS, JOIN OWYHEE DAM EVENT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will thank Idaho volunteers who are working on a home building project outside of Middleton and present them with his Spirit of Idaho Award this Saturday morning. Crapo will meet with a large group of volunteers and the president of CBH Homes, Corey Barton, to thank them for a week-long effort that is being organized by the television program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The program will air later this season on the ABC network. Crapo said… Continue Reading


July 10, 2007

CRAPO WELCOMES IDAHO INTERNS TO D.C.

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is welcoming four Idaho college students to his Washington, D.C. office for the summer. The students will have opportunities to assist with office procedures, constituent correspondence, legislative support and media relations. Internships typically run eight to twelve weeks. "It is always a pleasure to welcome Idahoans to my internship program," Crapo said. These four students will learn a great deal about their government and the political p… Continue Reading

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