News Releases

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

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

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

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

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 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 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


February 15, 2007

CRAPO JOINS CALL FOR NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today joined Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) in introducing a resolution to designate March 25, 2007, as National Medal of Honor Day. The resolution passed this evening and is now on its way to the House of Representatives for final passage. The proposed date for National Medal of Honor Day coincides with the first time the Medal was awarded - March 25, 1863. The Medal of Honor was established by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Abra… Continue Reading


February 14, 2007

CRAPO INTRODUCES AMENDMENT TO BOLSTER AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS

WASHINGTON, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, in an effort to call attention to the challenges facing U.S. financial markets, recently introduced an amendment to H.J. Res. 20, the continuing appropriations resolution for 2007. Key industry professionals today issued statements recognizing Crapo's efforts to secure American competitiveness in the global economy. Crapo's amendment highlights the findings in two recent reports - the Interim Report of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation… Continue Reading


February 14, 2007

CRAPO SEEKS BIPARTISAN HEALTH CARE REFORMS

Washington, DC - Improved health care for all Americans may become a major focus of the 110th Congress because of a letter signed by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and nine colleagues in the Senate. The bipartisan letter to President Bush drew a receptive response from his spokesman Tony Fratto, who indicated meetings between the White House and Senate staff will likely come as a result of the letter."We have a real opportunity now to work in a bipartisan manner with the President to make sure mo… Continue Reading


February 08, 2007

CRAPO TOUTS INL'S GLOBAL COMPETITIVE EDGE FOR AG

Washington, DC - Idaho has a large role to play in increasing our nation's global competitiveness, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. For that reason, Crapo today announced his GOAL Initiative and Tour Day at the Idaho National Laboratory on March 20, 2007. GOAL stands for Global Opportunities for Agriculture at the Laboratory. Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said the GOAL Tour Day will spotlight what the INL offers in terms of energy and agricultural issues such as … Continue Reading


February 08, 2007

IDAHO JUDGE NOW ONE STEP AWAY FROM 9TH U.S. CIRCUIT COURT

Washington, DC - Idaho state judge Randy Smith of Pocatello may soon become a federal judge sitting on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Smith's nomination to the federal court, supported by Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig, was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Smith's nomination now goes to the full Senate. The bipartisan support for Smith in committee means his confirmation by the full Senate is likely. "Judge Smith will represent Idaho well on the 9… Continue Reading


February 07, 2007

CRAPO PROMOTES REGIONAL DIRECTOR IN COEUR D'ALENE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has a new regional director heading up the Coeur d'Alene office, but she is not new to his staff. Karen Roetter has been promoted to Regional Director in Coeur d'Alene after serving as Staff Assistant in the office for the past six years. Roetter has lived in Coeur d'Alene nearly 27 years. Prior to working for Crapo, she assisted Idaho constituents through her work with the late Idaho Representative Helen Chenoweth-Hage. She has also been act… Continue Reading


February 06, 2007

CRAPO BILL MAKES CAPITAL GAINS TAX RELIEF PERMANENT

Washington, DC - Under legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, middle-income taxpayers throughout the country will continue to reap the benefits of tax relief enacted in 2003. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, with oversight on tax issues, said the measure would make permanent the tax relief approved earlier on capital gains and dividends. Crapo noted that the latest figures released from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) show that reducing capital gains tax rates … Continue Reading


February 05, 2007

CRAPO COMMENDS CREDIT UNION ON SPONSORING TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS PSAs

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo commended the Idaho Credit Union League (ICUL) today on its involvement to increase awareness of teen dating violence. The ICUL is sponsoring a weekâ??s worth of public service announcements (PSAs) in a number of movie theaters in Idaho. The PSAs are part of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week, which begins today and runs through the end of the week (February 5-9). The PSAs were produced by Eagle High School students last year, … Continue Reading


February 05, 2007

CRAPO CALLS FOR FULL AND FAIR DEBATE OVER IRAQ STRATEGY

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted against cloture on S. 470, the Iraq Resolution Bill, regarding military troops in Iraq. The final vote was 49 yeas to 47 nays; 60 votes were needed to end debate (invoke cloture). Crapo was among those who voted to permit full debate to continue.â??Matters of war deserve full debate. It was distressing to learn that Senate procedures were being manipulated to preclude a full debate on what may … Continue Reading

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