News Releases

November 17, 2006

McConnell selects Crapo to lead the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell asked Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) to chair the Senate Republicans' Committee on Committees, the panel responsible for the Committee assignments of the 110th Congress. Senator Crapo also served in this capacity during the 109th Congress. The Committee on Committees negotiates the process of assigning Republican Senators to committees. After general elections, Senate party leaders negotiate the party ratios on standing committees. "Mike Cr… Continue Reading


November 16, 2006

Crapo bill improves No Child Left Behind Act

Washington, DC - Using input from Idaho educators, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today introduced legislation that will improve the landmark education bill, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Crapo introduced the Improving No Child Left Behind Act or INCLB, to give students, teachers and schools more flexibility in student assessment and accountability provisions. Crapo said he agrees with education stakeholders that existing evaluation methods of students' learning must be made to be more fair and… Continue Reading


November 08, 2006

Crapo Reiterates Support For 9th Circuit Split

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November 07, 2006

17 Idahoans to receive Spirit of Freedom Award

Washington, DC - Seventeen Idahoans will be honored this Veterans' Day with the Spirit of Freedom Award during ceremonies held in Boise, Lewiston, Twin Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Pocatello. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo established the award four years ago to honor veterans for their service to our nation and the volunteers who assist our veterans. The statewide nomination process includes input from a number of partners, including the Idaho Division of Veteran's Affairs, the Idaho State Veterans' Home… Continue Reading


October 26, 2006

Crapo: Border bill can promote long-term solutions

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today applauded the Presidential signing of the Secure Fence Act of 2006; President Bush signed the legislation this morning at the White House. Crapo says the bill provides both an immediate response to Homeland Security issues and lays the foundation for appropriate immigration reform in Congress. It authorizes hundreds of miles of additional fencing, more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, lighting and new technology to increase security along the border.… Continue Reading


October 24, 2006

Crapo: Academy deadline is October 31

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is reminding Idaho students that the deadline to submit applications to his office for a nomination to a U.S. service academy is approaching. Initial applications must be received in Crapo's Twin Falls office by 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2006 if the student wishes 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 M… Continue Reading


October 20, 2006

Record-breaking economic news noted

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said economic figures released today show more Idahoans are working over the past year, and they join other workers throughout the nation who are earning more. Figures released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show record-breaking job creation activity is continuing in Idaho as overall wages are up, gas prices nationwide are down, and the stock market is breaking records weekly. Crapo noted that the 2001 and 2003 tax relief measures saved tax… Continue Reading


October 17, 2006

Crapo announces legislative staff changes

Washington, DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces that he has made several new hires in his Washington, D.C. office and promoted one staffer. Karen Brown is the Senator's new Executive Assistant. The 18-year Capitol Hill veteran most recently served as the Office Manager for the Senate Gift Shop. Brown also worked for the Senate Small Business Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. She is originally from Sharon, Pennsylvania, and holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administrat… Continue Reading


October 13, 2006

Crapo Regulatory Relief bill signed into law

Washington, DC - A regulatory reform package that will significantly reduce burdensome and redundant regulations in the financial services industry has been signed into law by the President. The Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 (S. 2856), authored by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, cleared the Senate by unanimous consent and House with an overwhelming approval margin last month. The measure, which takes effect immediately, reduces the regulatory burden on banks, thrift institutions and… Continue Reading


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

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


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: 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 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


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

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

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