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May 19, 2006


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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 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


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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

May 03, 2006

Crapo Hosts Live May 'Capitol Watch' Program

Washington, DC -Renewable energy research and developments at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will be the topics for Idaho Senator Mike Crapoâ??s live â??Capitol "Watch" cable program this month. Crapo will host a guest, INL Lab Director Vice Admiral John Grossenbacher, on the program, which will air live on May 9th, 2006. "Finding renewable and independent resources of energy is on the minds of many Americans right now and the Senate is looking at proposals to address those i… Continue Reading

May 02, 2006

Idaho Delegation Challenges FAA On Boise Airport Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? The Idaho Congressional Delegation met today with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Marion Blakey to discuss pending issues of concern regarding the Boise Airport. FAA has proposed colocation of the Boise Airportâ??s Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities and personnel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The delegation also expressed deep concern with the lack of progress being made to construct a new air traffic control tower at the airport. â??We apprec… Continue Reading

May 02, 2006

Reaction To Softwood Lumber Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. â?? Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Rep. C.L. â??Butchâ?? Otter had the following reaction to the United States and Canada reaching an agreement on softwood lumber trade: â??This agreement confirms the decision by U.S. officials and the coalition of timber businesses to stand tall in the face of unfair trade practices. This agreement sends the message that we must stay at the bargaining table to negotiate reasonable and fair trade deals. â??We are hopeful this agre… Continue Reading

May 01, 2006

Crapo: Reg Relief Mark-Up Tackles Tough Issues

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement regarding the upcoming regulatory relief legislation mark-up later this week: â??Today marks the culmination of many months of hard work to bring industry, regulators, consumer groups and other interested parties together on a measure that will provide regulatory relief for financial institutions. The Senate Banking Committee will hold a mark-up on The Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006 on Thursday morning… Continue Reading

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