News Releases

May 24, 2006

Last and Proud Of It

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo highlighted a recent study by the Dartmouth Atlas Project that looks at the cost to care for patients with severe chronic illnesses compared with the results for patients. The study found that Medicare could save 30 percent on chronic illness and actually improve medical care. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo highlighted a recent study by the Dartmouth Atlas Pro… Continue Reading


May 23, 2006

Senate Declares June Internet Safety Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hopes that more parents will become aware of Internet safety issues with the passage of a Senate resolution declaring June â??National Internet Safety Month.â?? â??With approximately two-thirds of Idaho households having Internet access, it is critical that parents and kids work together to educate themselves on the dangers of Internet predators and other privacy concerns,â?? said Crapo. â??During National Internet Safety Month, families, educators a… Continue Reading


May 23, 2006

Idaho Delegation Reacts to Reddenâ??s Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation issued the following reaction to todayâ??s ruling by Judge Redden invalidating the Snake River Biop:"Once again, a federal judge is trying to run the river with blatant disregard for the critical needs of the Northwest. He is clearly advocating for one side while ignoring the necessary balance between people and the environment. Not only does this ruling jeopardize the careful and long collaboration process between the federal, state, an… Continue Reading


May 19, 2006

Idaho Delegation Says Snake River Conservation Agreement A Win For Water Users And Environment

Washington, D.C.â??Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig and Congressmen Mike Simpson and C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter say todayâ??s announcement of an unprecedented $258 million Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Agreement between the State of Idaho and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will reduce demands on water and improve water quality and wildlife habitat. CREP is part of the Conservation Reserve Program. This is Idahoâ??s first CREP Agreement.â??This agreement is a major c… Continue Reading


May 19, 2006

CRAPO, CRAIG SUPPORT NEW FUNDING FOR ILLEGAL ENTRY ISSUES

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May 17, 2006

Crapo: Tax Relief Vital To Healthy Economy

Washington, DC â?? Idahoans can look forward to continued lower taxes, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said, after President Bush signed the tax relief reconciliation measure today. The bill, which was drafted, reviewed and approved through the Senate Finance Committee on which Crapo sits, will notably extend tax relief on capital gains and dividends and prevent nearly 25,000 Idaho seniors and middle-class families from unknowingly being hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax.â??By enacting this important … Continue Reading


May 16, 2006

Idaho Delegation Reacts to Rupert Kraft Facility Closing

Washington, D.C. - The Idaho Congressional Delegation issued the following reaction to the announcement by Kraft Foods Inc. to close its Rupert manufacturing facility in January 2007. "We were shocked and disappointed to learn today of the Kraft plant closing in Rupert. Our initial thoughts and concerns are with the community of Rupert and the men, women, and families who will be affected by this decision. While we cannot fully appreciate the impact this decision is having on the people of … Continue Reading


May 16, 2006

Crapo Calls For Border Security And Comprehensive Immigration Reform

I agree with the President that America must be both a welcoming and lawful society. Comprehensive immigration reform can fulfill those needs and I welcome that debate back into the Senate. We must secure our nationâ??s borders. Iâ??m encouraged that the President is going to commit the necessary manpower and technology, including the National Guard, to assure that illegal entry into our country is stopped. Our borders must be brought under control and these tools will help us build the foundati… Continue Reading


May 16, 2006

Crapo Congratulates Idaho Special Olympics

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today congratulated Idaho Special Olympics and the team of Idahoans who submitted the winning bid to host the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in February of 2009. The bidding team, led by Jim and Pirie Grossman of Sun Valley and the staff of Idaho Special Olympics, was notified today it has been chosen by Special Olympics International to host the games. If Idaho fulfills the bid as expected, the announcement means that more than 3,000 Special… Continue Reading


May 12, 2006

Crapo Continues School Lunch Efforts

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is taking another step to improve school lunches by seeking funding to offer lunches at no cost to the students of qualifying families under a proposed pilot program. Crapo joined with Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina) to ask Senate appropriators to fully fund the Elimination of Reduced-Price Lunches Pilot Program at $29 million.If agreed to, the pilot program would allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to select five states to participate i… Continue Reading


May 12, 2006

Transportation Bill

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May 10, 2006

PSA Reminds Seniors About Medicare Deadline

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is teaming with Idaho radio stations to remind seniors that the deadline for signing up for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program is May 15th. Crapoâ??s recorded public service announcement is available by logging on to the Senate Republican Conference website at http://src.senate.gov/radio. The PSA can also be accessed via the telephone at 1-800-545-1267, then entering the code 327. It runs :45 in total.â??Under this new coverage, Idahoâ??s Me… Continue Reading


May 09, 2006

Crapo: Inter-Parliamentary Group SetsNew Priorities

Washington, DC â?? A working group made up of U.S. Members of Congress and Canadian Members of Parliament has reached an agreement on new priorities for the coming year. The Canada-U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Group held its 47th Annual Meeting this past weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is the U.S. Chairman of the group, which met two years ago in Coeur dâ??Alene.Crapo said discussions with his Canadian counterparts were productive, leading to agreement on new areas th… Continue Reading


May 08, 2006

Crapo Hails Passage of Child Predator Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hailed the Senate passage of long-awaited child predator legislation that will create more stringent national registration requirements for sex offenders and more. Passed by unanimous consent, the bill allows law enforcement to share information across state lines and provides more tools for active enforcement of child sex offender laws. â??The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act is crucial for the protection of Idahoâ??s children,â?? said… Continue Reading


May 08, 2006

Crapo: Tax-Free Tuition Plan Must Continue

Washington, DC â?? Congress should act now to protect the ability of parents to save and withdraw money tax free for their childrenâ??s college education, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo said today. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance and Banking Committees, urged action to continue the tax advantages of the 529 College Savings Plan in a letter to the members of a House-Senate pension reform legislation conference committee.â??College savings plans have become critical to families planning and saving… Continue Reading


May 05, 2006

Crapo Reports More Good Economic News

Washington, DC â??Jobs, production and spending reports across the nation reveal signs of a bolstering economy, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, who commented on the news that hourly pay for workers was up along with retail sales, productivity, construction spending and overall gross domestic product. â??Not only are Americans now able to find jobs, but they are able to find good jobs,â?? Crapo said. â??More of us are able to save for education, invest in business, and build a nest egg for… Continue Reading


May 05, 2006

CRAPO HONORS LONG-TIME EDUCATOR, VOLUNTEERWITH SPIRIT OF IDAHO AWARDS

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May 04, 2006

Judge Smith Approved by Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? This morning the United States Senate Judiciary Committee approved Judge Randy Smithâ??s nomination to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Smith currently serves as a District Judge in Pocatello, Idaho. Following the vote, Idaho Senator Larry Craig observed, â??I have known Randy for a long time, and have always been impressed with his thoughtfulness, fairness, and integrity. The Committee sees that, and I am pleased another hurdle has been cleared in his conf… Continue Reading


May 04, 2006

Kempthorne Sees Other Side of Dais

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee regarding his nomination to serve as Secretary of the Interior. Members of the Committee quizzed him on a variety of issues before the Department, from public land management to Indian trusts to oil and gas development. Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo introduced Kempthorne at the hearing. Craig, who serves on the Committee, said, â??During todayâ??s hearing, Dirk provi… Continue Reading


May 04, 2006

Crapo: Compromise Speeds Banking Reform

Washington, DC â?? Months of negotiation and effort paid off this morning for Idaho Senator Mike Crapo as the Senate Banking Committee unanimously approved legislation he authored regarding regulatory relief for the financial services industry. Crapo, who is a member of the Banking Committee, has spent month working on regulatory reform, an issue that has plagued the financial services industry for many years. The Financial Service Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 will now be referred to the full S… Continue Reading

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