News Releases

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


March 15, 2007

CRAPO: FY 2008 BUDGET RESOLUTION OVERSPENDS AND UNDERACHIEVES

Washington, DC - Reinforcing his support of pro-growth tax policy for Americans and reigning in federal spending, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo expressed his concern about the 2008 budget resolution, which, in spite of his opposition, passed by a party line vote in the Senate Budget Committee today."In recent years, our economy has grown to unprecedented levels," Crapo said. "Americans have kept more of their hard-earned money, and they have invested in our economy and made it strong. … Continue Reading


March 15, 2007

BIPARTISAN BUDGET LANGUAGE INSERTED TO PROTECT BPA CUSTOMERS FROM RATE HIKE

Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Washington), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) successfully included language in the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Resolution that is a critical first step to defeating an administration proposal to increase the rates of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) consumers. Murray, Wyden, and Crapo, all members of the Senate Budget Committee, have been supported in their efforts by a unified, bipartisan delegation of Northwest Senators. On … Continue Reading


March 07, 2007

COLLABORATIVE OWYHEE INITIATIVE BILL REINTRODUCED

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is reintroducing his Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act today amidst meetings in Washington, DC with leaders from Owyhee County, the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, conservation groups and federal management agencies. Crapo says the Owyhee Initiative process remains a model for resolving controversial land management issues in Idaho and around the nation."The Owyhee Initiative should succeed because the cost of doing nothing, of maintaining the status quo… Continue Reading


March 05, 2007

CRAPO: NORTHERN BORDERS DESERVE FEDERAL SUPPORT

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo seeks federal support for Idaho communities facing financial burdens caused by illegal immigration cases. The Northern Border Prosecution Initiative Reimbursement Act (NBPI) would reimburse northern border states for the cost of prosecuting and detaining individuals for border-related crimes. Crapo, who has continually advocated this program, joined Washington Senator Maria Cantwell in reintroducing the NBPI as an amendment to the Improving America'… Continue Reading


March 01, 2007

CRAPO HELPS LAUNCH NORTH IDAHOANTI-VIOLENCE EFFORT

Washington, DC - An effort to get more people involved in preventing domestic violence against women and families is the centerpiece of a North Idaho anti-violence campaign which will be announced Saturday in Sandpoint by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, Bonner County Prosecutor Phil Robinson and Sue Fellen, the executive director for the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. A number of area law enforcement, judicial, state and civic leaders will also attend the announcement.The group … Continue Reading


February 28, 2007

CRAPO, FINANCE COMMITTEE LEADERS, INTRODUCE ENDANGERED SPECIES RECOVERY ACT

Washington, DC - A groundbreaking approach to species recovery where private landowners are key to the recovery process is the centerpiece of legislation introduced today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and 16 other co-sponsors. The bipartisan Endangered Species Recovery Act (ESRA) ensures taxpayers are eligible for tax credits if they own habitat or incur costs to recover species and are a party to a qualifying agreement. The consensus-driven legislation (S. 700) has the support of close to 100 pro… Continue Reading


February 28, 2007

FROM ROCK OIL TO SWITCHGRASS

Innovation lies at the heart of the American penchant for successful enterprise, as evidenced in our energy history. In 1859, Americans were feeling a financial pinch from the cost of whale oil. Used for lamps and lubricants at the time, whale oil was becoming increasingly unaffordable. A Pennsylvania company became interested in extracting "rock oil" from the ground. When the company was seeking financial backers for its proposed drilling project, historians note that one banker scoff… Continue Reading


February 28, 2007

SENATORS DURBIN AND CRAPO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS SHORTAGE OF CRITICAL CARE DOCTORS

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced bipartisan legislation, The Patient-Focused Critical Care Enhancement Act, to address a current shortage in critical healthcare professionals that will become more severe as the population grows. Critical care doctors or "intensivists" are a new specialty of physicians who are board certified in their primary specialty - pulmonology, surgery or anesthesiology- but also have special traini… Continue Reading


February 27, 2007

CRAPO NAMED RANKING MEMBER ON AGRICULTURE, HOUSING SUBCOMMITTEESAGRICULTURE, HOUSING SUBCOMMITTEES

Washington, DC - Issues of everyday concern to Idahoans such as transportation, tax issues, farm spending, and health care will be among the priorities that Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will handle as he has been named to several Senate subcommitteesâ??with leadership roles on two of them. Crapo has retained leadership roles on Senate Subcommittees dealing with forestry, rural revitalization, and housing issues. The subcommittee assignments are part of Crapo's role as a member of the Senate Agri… Continue Reading


February 22, 2007

IDAHO DELEGATION NOTES CANCELLATION OF NEVADA BOMB TEST

Washington, DC - Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and Bill Sali comment on today's announcement by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) that it has cancelled the proposed Divine Strake experiment. The Idaho delegation convinced DTRA to hold public information meetings in Idaho to hear from concerned Idaho citizens, who had expressed reservations about the effects that detonation of explosives in a tunnel at the Nevada Test Site."Toda… Continue Reading


February 22, 2007

CRAPO HONORS DR. MAMIE OLIVER IN CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

Boise - The profound mark that Dr. Mamie Oliver has made in Idaho's education system will be honored tonight during a celebration of Idaho Black History Month. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who honored Dr. Oliver earlier this month in the Congressional Record, will present her with a Gold Border copy of the statement this evening. The presentation will take place at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Velma V. Morrison Center, immediately following a performance by jazz-fusion artist Regina Carter. &… Continue Reading


February 15, 2007

SENATE CONFIRMS RANDY SMITH

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Norman Randy Smith today to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Smith currently serves as an Idaho State District Judge in Pocatello, Idaho. Following the vote, Judge Smith said, "As a kid from Idaho, I couldn't have received a better honor. I'm so appreciative of Senator Craig's and Senator Crapo's complete support during this process." Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo both suppor… Continue Reading


February 15, 2007

CRAPO BILL SEEKS FEDERAL OFFICE OF MEN'S HEALTH

Washington, DC - A federal clearing-house for health issues related to men could become reality under legislation introduced today by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. The Men's Health Act would improve public awareness and education from federal sources by creating an Office of Men's Health at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The creation of this office mirrors services already available for women through the Office of Women's Health. Representative Vito Fossella (R-New … Continue Reading

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