News Releases

July 18, 2006

Crapo Votes For Alternative Adult Stem Cell Research

Washington, DC â?? Funding for adult and alternative stem cell research was approved today through the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act (S. 2754), with the support of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, as the Senate voted on three stem-cell related bills. Crapo also voted in favor of a second bill, (S. 3504) to prohibit â??farmingâ?? embryonic stem cells, but against a third bill, (H.R. 810) that would allow human embryos created during invitro procedures to be used for researc… Continue Reading

July 18, 2006

Bill To Protect Idaho Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo joined their colleague, New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici, in introducing legislation to clarify that naturally-occurring processes in agricultural operations are not subject to regulation through the Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Operations would still be subject to the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. Craig said, â… Continue Reading

July 13, 2006

Crapo, Craig Laud BPA's Long-Term Rate Plan

Washington DC â?? Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig said the following after the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) announced its long-term energy rate plan today: "We are pleased with today's announcement that BPA's long-term policy is completed and will be out for public review and comment," Craig said. "I look forward to reviewing BPA's long-term policy and am particularly pleased that this process engages Northwest policy-makers in the decisions that aff… Continue Reading

July 11, 2006

Crime Victims Fund Preserved In Senate Funding Bill

Washington, DC â?? A proposed rescission of the Crime Victims Fund in the Administrationâ??s Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 budget request was defeated thanks in part to the leadership of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). The proposal was stripped from the Administrationâ??s request for the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee today. Crapo led the opposition to the proposed rescission which would have elimin… Continue Reading

July 08, 2006


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June 30, 2006

Crapo, Rail Partners Note Farm-To-Market Gains

Washington, DC â?? The process of getting Idahoâ??s farm products to market is getting more efficient and improving the health of Idahoâ??s rural economy as well, according to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and leaders of Idahoâ??s shortline railroad and commodity interests. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has helped spur rural rail development by working to extend tax credits on transportation investments. Crapo is asking the U.S. Treasury Department to develop rules allowing for the… Continue Reading

June 30, 2006

Crapo To Keynote Minidoka Pilgrimage; Tour Rail Improvements; Discuss Ethanol's Future

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will make stops in Pocatello, Burley, Boise, Caldwell and Jerome over the July 4th state work period. He will keynote a national human rights pilgrimage during the Friends of Minidoka gathering at the Minidoka Internment National Monument on Saturday, July 8th.Crapo will ride in Pocatelloâ??s 4th of July parade and he will present his Spirit of Idaho Award to Miss Pocatello, Sarah Chandler, for her efforts to raise awareness in the fight against breast… Continue Reading

June 29, 2006

Crapo Tackles Budget Issues On July 'Capitol Watch'

Washington, DC -Budget issues, congressional spending and other issues before congress will be discussed on Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's July "Capitol Watch" cable program. Crapo's program will air on July 11th, 2006, from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific. "Throughout the next month, the Senate will take on some very important budget issues and my colleagues and I have an obligation to enact a sensible, fiscally responsible budget," Crapo said. "I … Continue Reading

June 29, 2006


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June 28, 2006

Crapo Says Paulson Good For Treasury

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted today, both as a member of the Senate Finance Committee and on a full Senate vote, to confirm Henry Paulson as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Crapo cited Paulsonâ??s vast experience and knowledge as unsurpassed credentials for the post. Paulson was confirmed by the full Senate by a voice vote.â??Hank Paulson has the experience and stature needed for an effective Treasury Secretary,â?? said Crapo. â??During the confirmation process, he listened t… Continue Reading

June 28, 2006

Crapo-Sponsored Bill To Repeal Excise Tax On Local Phone Service Approved

Washington, DC â??An outdated phone tax is one step closer to elimination, said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, after the Senate Finance Committee, on which he sits, approved a measure today to end the excise tax on local phone service.This measure was approved after the U.S. Treasury Department announced last month it would repeal the excise phone tax on long-distance service. That move retroactively refunded the past three years of the three percent long-distance tax, but congressional action is req… Continue Reading

June 23, 2006

Crapo Supports Court Decision Invalidating SEC Hedge Fund Rule

Washington DC - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, strongly supports a court decision to invalidate the controversial Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) hedge fund rule. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today vacated and remanded the SEC hedge fund rule requiring registration by advisers to unregistered hedge funds that passed the SEC Commission 3-2 on October 26, 2004. Shortly after the rule was adopted, litigation was brought against the SEC c… Continue Reading

June 22, 2006

Agriculture Priorities Promoted In Senate

Washington, DC â??Idahoâ??s agricultural industry will benefit through funding advocated by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill, which was approved in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee today. â??The agriculture spending measure dedicates substantial resources to agriculture research, rural development and conservation programs important to Idaho communities,â?? said Crapo. The bill also provides continued funding for Idahoâ??s participation in the… Continue Reading

June 21, 2006

Delegation Announces Mobile Office Hours

Washington, DC â?? Idahoâ??s Congressional Delegation announced that mobile office hours will be offered next week in Deary and Potlatch. The mobile offices allow Idahoans a chance to meet with staff representing Senators Mike Crapo and Larry Craig, and Congressman C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter without having to travel to Lewiston or Coeur dâ??Alene.The Idaho Delegationâ??s mobile offices are as follows:Potlatch City Hall195 6th Street9:00 a.m. â??10:30 a.m.Wednesday, June 28thDeary City Hall300 3rd Av… Continue Reading

June 21, 2006

Crapo Co-Sponsors Measure Protecting Children From Exploitation

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is co-sponsoring a Senate bill tightening the laws against child pornography and the exploitation of children. S. 2140, the Protecting Children from Exploitation Act sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), strengthens several laws surrounding pornographic material, including a provision that requires producers maintain records detailing the ages and names of persons appearing in such material. Crapo says the bill, which already has 26 co-sponsors, i… Continue Reading

June 20, 2006


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June 16, 2006

Crapo Touts Robust Economy, Idaho Numbers

Washington, DC â?? Upon todayâ??s release of a Department of Labor (DOL) report showing that May unemployment rates continue to show a downward trend, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo credited recently-passed tax relief and sound fiscal policy for fueling the nationâ??s strong economy for the results. With drops reported in 41 states (including Idaho) and the District of Columbia, the results clearly indicate encouraging movement. Idahoâ??s May unemployment rate is 3.5%, down 0.4% over same period last … Continue Reading

June 15, 2006

Crapo Votes For Emergency Funding

Washington, DC â?? Funding for continuing military and reconstruction operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, relief for hurricane devastation and support for bird flu preparation was approved today by the Senate with the support of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee. Crapo voted with his Senate colleagues, 98-1, to approve the $94.4 billion package, which the House approved Tuesday.â??This funding will provide our troops fighting to defend freedom in foreign lands wit… Continue Reading

June 14, 2006

S.O.S. Bill Offers Path To Balanced Budget

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says Congress now has a roadmap to achieve and maintain a balanced federal budget. If adopted, the legislation which was introduced in the U.S. Senate this afternoon, will stop the threat of excessive debt that could plague future generations of Americans. Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, joined with Senate leadership and 12 other Senators today to announce the Stop Over-Spending (S.O.S) Act.â??Americans understand that spending is out o… Continue Reading

June 14, 2006

Bill Approved To Give Troops Added Protection Against Scams

Washington, DC â?? Military bases and enlistees received additional protection today to protect them from insurance and other financial scams when the Senate Banking Committee, on which Idaho Senator Mike Crapo sits, approved the Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act. The legislation addresses a growing problem with scams that target military families and personnel.The bill, S. 418, requires jurisdiction over insurance sales and products on military bases to be under a state insur… Continue Reading

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