News Releases

December 11, 2020

Federal Action on Dairy Trade Case Announced Following Crapo Request

Washington, D.C.--The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced it will take enforcement actions over charges that Idaho and other U.S. dairy producers are denied proper access to markets in Canada. The decision follows requests led by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and colleagues in the Senate. The actions initiated by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would be the first enforcement steps by the U.S. under the United States-Mexi… Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Idaho Delegation Welcomes Boise River Basin Feasibility Report

Washington, D.C.--Today, the Idaho Delegation praised the Bureau of Reclamation's final Boise River Basin Feasibility Report, which addresses potential increases to water storage capacity in the Boise River System needed to accommodate the Treasure Valley's rapid growth. The Secretary of the Interior determined the proposed plan to raise the dam crest of Anderson Ranch Dam six feet for an additional 29,000 acre-feet of storage capacity meets the requirements of Section 4007 of the Water Infrast… Continue Reading


December 08, 2020

Crapo Joins Holiday Revival of Risch-led Initiative to Help Idaho Small Businesses

Washington, D.C.--With the 2020 holiday season upon us, Idaho's small businesses face a critical next several weeks. Many small businesses rely upon the revenue generated by the holiday shopping season to keep their doors open, and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the stakes are at their highest. In an effort to support Idaho's small businesses, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senator Jim Risch's (R-Idaho) launch of the Support Local Gems: All Season Long initiative. Support Local Gems: A… Continue Reading


December 08, 2020

Crapo: Collaboration Brings Results

Washington, D.C.--Yesterday, in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) highlighted successful collaborative processes underway in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests to improve the health of the Forests. He urged continued collaborative efforts nationwide to address often contentious natural resources challenges and enactment of bipartisan legislation to increase active management of federal forests, cut red tape, reduce frivolous litigation and advanc… Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

Bipartisan Effort Urges Inclusion of County Payments in End of Year Federal Funding Efforts

Washington, D.C.--Idaho and Oregon congressional leaders say the COVID-19 pandemic is one more reason that payments to counties under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs should be prioritized in a year-ending appropriations bill. "In order to assist these rural counties' response to the current public health crisis, as well as to invest in infrastructure, schools, and law enforcement, Congress must include a reauthorization of SRS," the bipartisan group … Continue Reading


November 30, 2020

Idaho Delegation Urges USDA to Approve ISU-Based COVID-19 Education Program

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the agency to approve Dr. Ruiling Guo's application to fund a distance-learning project on the practice of evidence-based management in rural hospitals in the state of Idaho at Idaho State University. "The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected … Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Senate Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Impact Aid

Washington, D.C.--The U.S. Senate unanimously agreed to a Senate Resolution celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Impact Aid Program, which President Harry Truman signed into law in 1950. The Resolution, introduced by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), along with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and a bipartisan coalition of 28 additional Senators, recognizes the importance of the Impact Aid program in delivering resources for federally impacted school districts to provide high-quality educati… Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Crapo, Bipartisan Group Introduce Legislation to Revitalize America's Nuclear Infrastructure

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) in introducing bipartisan legislation to revitalize the United States' nuclear infrastructure. S. 4897, the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020, will enable U.S. international leadership, preserve America's nuclear fuel supply chain, reduce carbon emissions and streng… Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Crapo Honors 22 Idaho Veterans and Volunteers with Spirit of Freedom Award

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today announced he would recognize 22 Idahoans with the 2020 Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award. Veterans' service organizations across Idaho nominate awardees for their service to fellow veterans and the nation. "The Spirit of Freedom Award recognizes the commitment and dedication veterans and volunteers have in our communities and across our state," said Crapo. "I have met many veterans across Idaho who not only courageously … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Crapo Votes to Confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, today voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He issued the following statement after his vote: "Judge Barrett is preeminently qualified to serve on our nation's highest court. She understands the proper role of a judge. Her majority opinions have been unanimous 95 percent of the time, and she r… Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Crapo Reviews Judge Barrett’s Rulings In Final Day of Questions

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett during the Senate Committee on the Judiciary's second round of questioning as part of its week-long hearing to consider Barrett's nomination to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Senator Crapo reviewed statistics of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's record while being on the Seventh Circuit, to again clarify her record as a judge who would follow precedent. Senator Crapo said, … Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Crapo, Barrett Discuss Judicial Philosophy on Day 2 of SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, today questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett during the Committee's first round of questioning as part of its week-long hearing to consider Judge Barrett's nomination to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. During a 30-minute question and answer session, Senator Crapo asked Judge Barrett about her judicial jurisprudence, the principle of stare decisis, the Che… Continue Reading


October 12, 2020

Crapo: Judge Barrett Overwhelmingly Qualified

WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, today described Judge Amy Coney Barrett as overwhelmingly qualified and dedicated to interpreting the law as written. Crapo delivered his remarks during today's opening session of Judge Barrett's confirmation hearing to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will fill the seat left vacant by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Judg… Continue Reading


September 29, 2020

ICYMI: Crapo to receive Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service

Washington, D.C. -- On September 30, 2020, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Chaired by Governor Bill Haslam, will present The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service to Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Senator Crapo, as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, will be recognized for helping craft the bipartisan legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, that provided relief to those suffering from hardships during t… Continue Reading


September 29, 2020

Crapo Meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Washington, D.C.--This morning, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, met with U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Meetings and phone calls with Senators mark the start of Judge Barrett's confirmation process. "I had a great meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett today to discuss her fitness for the Supreme Court," said Crapo following the meeting. "… Continue Reading


September 26, 2020

Crapo Comments on the Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "Congratulations to Judge Barrett for this high honor. I take seriously my constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review this nomination, and have long maintained that judges at every level of our judicial system must interpret … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Senate Resolution Designates Forensic Science Week

Washington, D.C.--The U.S. Senate unanimously agreed to a Senate Resolution designating September 20-26, 2020, as National Forensic Science Week. The Resolution, introduced by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), along with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-California), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), would recognize the role forensic science plays in the investigation, prosecution and conviction of crimes, as well as exoneration … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Idaho Delegation Celebrates Reduced Bureaucracy, Increased Local Control of Irrigation

Washington, D.C. -- The Minidoka Irrigation District and the A& B Irrigation District in Idaho's Magic Valley will soon assume ownership of two federal irrigation facilities and districts currently owned by the Bureau of Reclamation. This transfer is the fourth set of water-related facilities transferred under a provision sponsored by Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) that was ultimately included in S. 47, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-9) signed by … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Crapo Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Idaho Falls, Idaho--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued this statement following the news of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Justice Ginsburg was a stalwart leader on the issues and causes important to her. While I did not agree with some of her opinions on matters of legal doctrine, I respect her courage to hold steadfast to her beliefs. Prior to her service on the Supreme Court, her work with Idaho-based atto… Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Idaho Delegation Encourages Farmers and Ranchers to Submit for Round Two of CFAP

Washington, D.C.--Starting on Monday, September 21, eligible farmers and ranchers can begin submitting applications for the next round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) support administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is the result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was supported by the entire Idaho Delegation, and includes $14 billion through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), to provide immediate relief throu… Continue Reading

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