News Releases

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 รข??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


March 23, 2007

CRAPO: THE NUMBERS DON'T ADD UP IN THE FY 2008 BUDGET RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today expressed his concerns for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 budget resolution passed this afternoon by the Senate. Crapo, who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, voted against the measure, both on the Senate floor and in Committee. "The numbers in this budget resolution simply don't add up to good policy," Crapo said. "It dramatically increases federal spending and makes hardworking Americans foot the bill. In recent years, we have s… Continue Reading


March 22, 2007

DELEGATION NOTES FINAL GRIZZLY DELISTING DECISION

Washington, DC - Idaho's congressional delegation issued the following statements today regarding the announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the final step has been taken in the delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly. The FWS delisting final resolution, which allows Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to manage the species on their respective state lands while the federal agency will manage the species on federal land, will be published on Thursday, March 29, 2007, in the Federal Regis… Continue Reading


March 22, 2007

CRAPO ANNOUNCES NEW BIOMASS PROJECTS IN IDAHO

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says that more Idahoans are becoming involved with forest biomass and renewable fuels projects promoted by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA). Crapo was the original Senate sponsor of HFRA more than three years ago. Today, he applauded the U.S. Forest Service's announcement regarding funding for three new Idaho projects. The recipients of the grants are located in Salmon, St. Maries and Parma."At a time when this nation is looking to bro… Continue Reading


March 20, 2007

CRAPO NOTES DEADLINE FOR INTERNS IN WASHINGTON

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is reminding students seeking applications for summer or fall internships in his Washington, DC office that the deadline for applications is April 1, 2007, less than two weeks away."It is always a pleasure to have young Idahoans join me in my Washington, DC, office," Crapo said. "We have had many student interns enjoy their experience here in the nation's capital. They bring an interest and enthusiasm to their responsibilities as they … Continue Reading


March 19, 2007

CRAPO URGES EARLY PLANNING ON PASSPORTS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, in response to State Department reports of large increases in the number of Americans seeking passports for the upcoming summer travel season, is helping to alert the public of a backlog in processing travel documents by the Department. Although the Department is trying to ease the problem, Crapo is urging Idahoans to plan ahead because obtaining a passport now could take two months when past practices allowed for passports to be processed within a shor… Continue Reading


March 19, 2007

BILL WOULD EXPAND MINIDOKA NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson introduced legislation today to expand the Minidoka National Historic Site. The site was one of ten internment camps for Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. The legislation authorizes the expansion of the monument so that it will now include Hermann Farm. The Farm is significant because it was originally part of the Camp and was part of a program to give land to veterans of World War II upon their r… Continue Reading


March 19, 2007

GOAL DAY AT INL NETS STRONG INTEREST

Washington, DC - The word is out, and a discussion on global opportunities for Idaho agriculture represented at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is drawing a near capacity crowd, given the fact the group will travel via bus and must meet security restrictions. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announced plans last month for the first-ever GOAL (Global Opportunities for Agriculture at the Laboratory) Day at the INL tomorrow, March 20th. Crapo said today that at least thirty people have indicated they w… Continue Reading


March 16, 2007

CONGRESSMEN FIGHT FOR RESCUE UNIT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Representative Bill Sali lined up today to support retention of the 36th Rescue Flight unit at Fairchild Air Force Base. They have been working closely with Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers to help preserve this vital rescue unit that saves lives in the Inland Empire. In today's letter to the leaders of the Armed Services Committees in the House and Senate, they urged them to include language in the Fiscal Year 2008 Defens… Continue Reading

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