News Releases

December 04, 2007

CRAPO CO-SPONSORS BILL TO PROTECT BOATERS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has co-sponsored new legislation seeking to avoid a costly permitting process for owners of family and recreation boats not intended under federal law. Crapo, a member of the Congressional Boating Caucus and the Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, says recent judicial interpretations of environmental law could penalize boat owners for incidental discharge related to bilge water, engine cooling water and common deck runoff. The Recreation… Continue Reading


November 28, 2007

HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS FOR THE SOLDIERS

Boise - A special delivery to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's Boise office this morning will bring a wonderful Christmas gift to hospitalized servicemen and women. Audrey Bowers, Emmett, with a little help from her husband, Jim, brought 37 handmade scarves to Crapo's office for delivery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Bowers has been knitting the scarves since August so that members of the U.S. military have something to cherish for Christmas this year. Bowers, whose son has… Continue Reading


November 20, 2007

Drought, fire conditions merit assistance request

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) in spearheading efforts to extend the deadline for federal assistance for ranchers and farmers affected by drought, fires and other disasters this year. Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso (both R-Wyoming) are working with Crapo to build Republican support in the bipartisan effort started by Wyden and Crapo. Crapo, Enzi, Barrasso and other Senators signing the letter to the Chairman and Ranking Members of t… Continue Reading


November 19, 2007

CRAPO: FUNDING NEEDED TO PREVENT IED ATTACKS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring a bill that is designed to keep those within the U.S. safe from IEDs (improvised explosive devices). The legislation, S. 2292, would stop attacks by utilizing new technologies discovered in fighting IED attacks overseas. It would enhance the ability and funding of the Office of Bombing Prevention within the Department of Homeland Security. That office is responsible for coordinating federal efforts to detect and prevent the threat of an … Continue Reading


November 16, 2007

TASK FORCE OPPOSES PASSAGE OF ANTI-COMPETITIVE TAX POLICY

Washington, DC - The Senate Republican Capital Markets Task Force, led by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, sent a letter today to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell reporting to him the Senate should not increase tax rates on carried interest and publicly traded partnerships in order to offset tax legislation that may come before the Senate in the remaining weeks of this year's session. The letter included the signatures of 20 members of the Task Force and was sent in response to the passage of H… Continue Reading


November 16, 2007

CRAPO DISAPPOINTED FARM BILL LEFT IN LIMBO

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, today issued the following statement regarding today's cloture vote on the Food and Energy Security Act of 2007. Crapo voted against cloture and continues to press for an open amendment process on the bill. The motion to invoke cloture, a procedure to limit debate and the amendment process, on the substitute a… Continue Reading


November 15, 2007

CRAPO HOSTS FIRST STATEWIDE iTOWNHALL MEETING

Washington, DC - Using Internet and telephone technology, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hosted his first statewide iTownHall meeting. The hour-long meeting, held Wednesday evening, involved more than 4,000 Idahoans and is now posted on the Senator's website, http://crapo.senate.gov, for anyone who would like to listen to the event. There is also a link to allow people to sign up for future iTownHall meetings. "It was an outstanding opportunity to use this technology to hear from Idahoans on issues… Continue Reading


November 15, 2007

CRAPO: FARM BILL IS TOO IMPORTANT FOR PARTISAN POLITICS

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit, in a speech before the full U.S. Senate today, expressed disappointment with the Senate Majority Leadership for using procedural tactics to block open consideration of the Farm Bill and forcing a vote to move the closed bill forward. "I support the Senate Farm Bill," said Crapo. "It is important legislatio… Continue Reading


November 14, 2007

IDAHO, WYOMING AND MONTANA DELEGATIONS FIGHT FOR SNOWMOBILE USE TO REMAIN OPEN IN YELLOWSTONE

Washington, D.C. - Congressional members from Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana sent a letter today to the Director of the National Park Service, encouraging her to continue to allow winter public access to Yellowstone National Park by the means of snowmobile use. "As residents of the Intermountain West we share a love of the outdoors and the beautiful lands our region offers," the Delegations wrote in the letter. "As such, the preservation of our national parks is something we are deeply concerned… Continue Reading


November 14, 2007

CRAPO CO-SPONSORS BILL CLOSING METH LOOPHOLE

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring a new bill closing an existing loophole in federal legislation that restricts access to drugs used in the manufacture of illegal methamphetamine. Crapo, who requested more federal help in the fight against meth last month on the Senate floor, says some retailers are avoiding compliance with federal laws that restrict the sale of the ingredients used to produce meth. He is co-sponsoring S. 2071, the Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act,… Continue Reading


November 13, 2007

SENATORS CRAPO AND LIEBERMAN SPONSOR HEALTHY AMERICANS ACT

Washington, DC - The bipartisan Senate effort to reform the nation's ailing health care system took a step forward today as U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Bob Bennett (R-Utah) welcomed two more influential senators as sponsors of the Healthy Americans Act (S.334). U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, join a growing list of co-sponsors, which now totals 11 senators. Previously announced co-sponsors include: U.S. Se… Continue Reading


November 09, 2007

CRAPO CALLS FOR SUFFICIENT FIREFIGHTING FUNDS FOR WILDLAND FIRES IN IDAHO

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo wants to ensure that sufficient funds are made available for wildland fire management in Idaho, including recovery and rehabilitation efforts underway from this year's fires. In letters sent to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Connor, Crapo noted that the funds are crucial for fighting and recovery from wildland fires in the state. Wildland Fire Management funds in the Fiscal Year 2008 Continuing Resolution are de… Continue Reading


November 08, 2007

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM AWARDS SHOW HISTORY, COMMITMENT OF MILITARY

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is honoring 14 Idahoans this Veterans Day weekend in ceremonies to held in Boise, Pocatello, Twin Falls and Lewiston. Crapo's sixth annual Spirit of Freedom Awards will honor both veterans and volunteers who work with veterans. This year's ceremonies demonstrate the long history of commitment and volunteerism that marks military service in Idaho. "This year, I am honoring veterans from almost 70 years of American military history-from World War II to … Continue Reading


November 07, 2007

CRAPO CO-SPONSORS BILL TO REPEAL AMT, MAKE TAX RELIEF PERMANENT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is announcing legislation to end an unintended tax that could hurt up to 90,000 Idahoans this year, and prevent a major tax increase on all Idahoans in the next five years. The AMT Repeal and Tax Freedom Act is being heralded by Crapo and the bill's main sponsor, Senator John Ensign (R-Nevada) as a way to encourage greater economic growth by maintaining lower tax rates on capital gains and dividends. The bill also abolishes the unfair Alternative Minimum… Continue Reading


November 07, 2007

CRAPO: FINANCIAL COMPETITIVENESS REPORT UNDERSCORES NEED TO ACT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the newly-appointed chairman of the Senate Republican Capital Markets Task Force, says a report released today adds considerably to the understanding of the challenges that American capital markets face and offers specific solutions that could help American markets, companies, and workers to better compete. Financial Services Roundtable's Blue Ribbon Commission on Enhancing Competitiveness Blueprint recommends 68 specific recommendations to ensure the U… Continue Reading


November 07, 2007

CRAPO: DEFENSE PROJECTS FOR IDAHO HIGHLIGHTED

Washington, DC - Idaho stands to gain in funding for federal defense-related work within the state under a measure approved by the U.S. Congress and now in conference. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo successfully requested funding for a number of Idaho projects for universities, military operations and work at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to finalize work on the Defense Appropriations conference report this week. The conferen… Continue Reading


November 07, 2007

CRAPO CONGRATULATES BOISE STUDENT

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is sending his congratulations to Clare Pratt, an 11-year-old Boise 6th grader at St. Mary's Catholic School, who took grand prize for her essay in the 4th annual Veterans Day Essay Contest sponsored by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Clare's essay on the theme, "Veterans Day: Honoring Our Nation's Heroes", was chosen from approximately 800 entries nationwide, and is posted at Crapo's website, http://crapo.senate.gov, and at the Paralyzed Veterans of … Continue Reading


November 02, 2007

CRAPO PUSHES VA ON VETERANS' BRAIN INJURIES

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts need increased treatment and attention regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of injury has been described as the "signature wound" of the recent Mideast conflicts because of the use of roadside bombs and other explosive devices that have been unique to the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. "My staff and I have spoken with hundreds of veterans suffering the effects of concussive injuri… Continue Reading


November 02, 2007

CRAPO PROMOTES, HIRES NEW STATE STAFF MEMBERS

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has promoted two state staff members and hired two Idahoans to take positions in his state offices. Jennifer Beier has transferred from the North-Central Regional office in Lewiston, where she was a Staff Assistant, to the Idaho State Office in Boise, where she will now work as the Constituent Service Representative. She will be responsible for casework and managing the state internship program. Beier, who just finished up a degree in Business Adminis… Continue Reading


October 31, 2007

CRAPO: AG SECRETARY-DESIGNATE SCHAFER HAS STRONG BACKGROUND

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, welcomes President Bush's nomination of former North Dakota Governor Edward Schafer and says that Schafer's diverse background and experience will be beneficial in making it through the Senate confirmation process. During his tenure as Governor, Schafer made economic development a priority in his rural state, a priority Crapo shares. "Schafer understands the important relationships between American agricu… Continue Reading

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