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October 04, 2006

Idaho Delegation's Academy Day is this weekend

Washington, DC - The Idaho Congressional Delegation will host the Sixth Annual Service Academy Day in Idaho this weekend on Saturday, October 7th, at two locations in Boise and Coeur d'Alene. Academy Day is an opportunity for students, parents, and counselors to gather information about the Congressional nomination process for the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S. Merchant Mar… Continue Reading

October 02, 2006

Crapo: Border Fence Important First Step

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted to approve legislation establishing a plan for more fences and other increased security measures along U.S. borders. The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 80 to 19.The Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061) would authorize approximately 700 miles of fencing at certain locations along the U.S. border with Mexico. The legislation would also require the upgrade of physical infrastructure to prevent illegal entries and create more checkpoints, and… Continue Reading

October 02, 2006

Crapo Mourns Passing of Helen Chenoweth-Hage

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo issued this statement tonight regarding the passing of former Idaho Representative Helen Chenoweth-Hage. Crapo served with Chenoweth-Hage in the U.S. House. â??There will never be another public servant in Idaho like Helen. I served alongside her in the House of Representatives and worked on many issues with her, from fighting federal mandates in North Idaho to fighting for our military at Mountain Home and Gowen Field.â??Idahoans have lost a true cham… Continue Reading

October 02, 2006

Crapo Regulatory Relief Bill Heads To President

Washington, DC â?? As the Senate session wrapped up over the weekend, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a financial services industry package authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking Committee. The Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 (S. 2856) reduces the regulatory burden on banks, thrift institutions and credit unions in Idaho and nationwide. The financial institutions industry is among the most heavily regulated industries in the country. Red… Continue Reading

October 02, 2006

Former Idaho DEQ Director Confirmed by Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The former director for Idahoâ??s Department of Environmental Quality will now join his former boss at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Allred was confirmed early Saturday morning by unanimous consent in the Senate as Assistant Secretary of Lands and will serve under Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. Craig commented, "I have known Steve for a number of years and look forward to working with him as the Assistant Secretary of Lands and Minerals. I have found Steve t… Continue Reading

September 30, 2006

House ESA Passage Should Add To Senate Debate

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September 30, 2006

Dance Tour Headed Across Idaho

Washington, DC â?? Residents of rural Idaho cities, schools, and tribal areas will get an up-close, personal experience with dance theater and techniques, thanks to a federal grant being announced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the Idaho Dance Theater. The National Endowment for the Arts grant for $10,000 will allow members of the Idaho Dance Theater to commence a tour across southern Idaho next month. Crapo is working with the dance company on an additional grant for a northern Idaho tour next… Continue Reading

September 29, 2006

Crapo Co-Sponsors Nuclear Waste Legislation

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring a Senate bill that moves up the shipment of spent nuclear waste from Idaho to the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada. One of the provisions of the bill introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico) would put Idaho waste stored at the Idaho National Laboratory on a fast track for transfer to Yucca. Under the measure, shipments could come years earlier than a 1995 court-mandated deadli… Continue Reading

September 28, 2006

Crapo Recognized For Literacy Efforts

Washington, DC â?? This afternoon, a national childrenâ??s literacy organization honored Idaho Senator Mike Crapo for his efforts to secure books for Idaho children in need. Representatives from First Book met with Crapo in his Washington, D.C. office to thank him for his successful effort to secure a U.S. Department of Education grant for book distribution. In the past two years, First Book has handed out more than 330,000 books throughout Idaho.â??It is always a pleasure to find ways to bring … Continue Reading

September 28, 2006

Federal Judge Threatens Idaho's Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation expressed outrage Wednesday at U.S. District Judge James Reddenâ??s decision that no use of water in Idahoâ??s Snake River â?? neither our economy nor our way of life â?? is as important as complying with his interpretation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo, and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter, said in a joint statement that they would take whatever action is necessary and possible t… Continue Reading

September 27, 2006

Crapo seeks student interns in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking applications from Idaho students who would like to intern in his Washington, DC office this winter. The application deadline for internships for the winter semester is October 1st.â??Interning in a Washington-based Congressional office is a tremendous opportunity to watch the legislative process firsthand and experience life in the nationâ??s capital,â?? Crapo said. â??Every year, my office and the Idaho delegation host dozens of students fr… Continue Reading

September 27, 2006

Crapo brokers regulatory relief agreement

Washington, DC â?? Agreement between the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee on a financial services industry package culminated today with expected House passage of legislation that will provide regulatory improvements in that industry. The measure, authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, brings regulations up-to-date and in line with current technology and practices. The Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 (S. 2856) cleared the Senate unanimously in M… Continue Reading

September 27, 2006

Owyhee Initiative Act has first hearing

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo cited five years of collaboration and a surge of public support for the Owyhee agreement today during testimony before the first hearing on his Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act, S. 3794. Idaho Senator Larry Craig chaired the hearing of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests. Crapo thanked Craig for the timely hearing and said he was looking forward to working with Craig on the legislation following the upcomi… Continue Reading

September 25, 2006

Crapo: Academy deadline fast approaching

Washington, DC â?? The deadline to apply for admission to U.S. military academies is fast approaching, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo reminds interested Idaho students. Applications for the nationâ??s four military academies must be submitted by Tuesday, October 31st, to be considered for the class entering in 2007. Every year, Crapo nominates selected Idaho students to the following: the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York; the U… Continue Reading

September 22, 2006

Crapo: Water Research Programs Critical

Washington, DC â?? Legislation that will assist in funding an important University of Idaho natural resource research facility cleared the U.S. Senate today without objection, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Crapo is one of the original co-sponsors of S. 1017, the Water Resources Research Act. The measure authorizes the funds for dozens of water research programs like the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) at the University of Idaho in Boise, which conducts research and provides ed… Continue Reading

September 21, 2006

Idaho Delegation to host Academy Day

Washington, DC â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation is pleased to host the Sixth Annual Service Academy Day in Idaho on October 7th. Events will be held simultaneously in Boise and Coeur dâ??Alene. The purpose of these gatherings is to share information with students, parents, and counselors about the Congressional nomination process for the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and the U.S.… Continue Reading

September 20, 2006

Idaho Shows 4-1/2% Annual Increase In Jobs

Washington, DC â?? A new federal report released today shows that Idaho had the nationâ??s third-largest jump in over-the-year percent increase for payroll employment. The numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor show Idaho with a 4.4% increase for the year, trailing only Nevada (5.3%) and Arizona (4.6%).â??The Mountain West, and Idaho in particular, remains the strongest area of job growth in the nation,â?? noted Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. â??Our continued economic growth shows the tax r… Continue Reading

September 20, 2006

Crapo Joins Cancer Activists on National Mall

Washington, DC â?? Today Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined with other Idaho cancer survivors on the National Mall as part of the â??Celebration on the Hill,â?? an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Crapo met with cancer activists from Blackfoot, Boise, Burley, Coeur dâ??Alene, Eagle, Heyburn, Homedale, Idaho Falls, Mountain Home, Pocatello, Post Falls, Shoshone, Silverton and Twin Falls to discuss federal funding for cancer research and congressional prior… Continue Reading

September 20, 2006

Delegation Applauds Roadless Area Petition

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Idaho Representatives Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter commented today on Idahoâ??s petition to the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a roadless area rule for national forests in Idaho:â??The Bush Administration asked governors to recommend plans to manage roadless areas in their states because those closest to the land know it best. A one-size-fits-all policy for 60 million acres is simply not the answer. Governors Kempt… Continue Reading

September 20, 2006

Crapo Co-Sponsors Bill To Protect Rural Education, State's Rights

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo co-sponsored a bill today to protect rural schools by more fully addressing the challenges posed by federally-imposed school transfer requirements. S. 696, the Rural School Geography Act, takes rural concerns into account by not requiring local education agencies to provide a student with the option to transfer to another school if providing the option is impractical due to: the distance to be traveled, a geographical barrier or hazard, or an unusually… Continue Reading

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