News Releases

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

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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

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 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 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

June 14, 2006

Boise Soldier Laid To Rest Today At Arlington

Washington, DC â?? The service of a former Boise resident who served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan was praised by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today in Washington, DC. Sgt. Christopher M. Erberich died during a training flight in Georgia earlier this month. He was laid to rest today during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.â??Sgt. Erberich went above and beyond the call of duty. He was training with Special Operations forces when the accident which caused his death occurred, an… Continue Reading

June 13, 2006

Crapo: Taxpayers To See Relief On Immigrant Care

Washington, DC â??Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says a change in federal regulations could save thousands of Idaho taxpayer dollars that augment health care costs for undocumented workers. Crapo, a member of the Senate Finance Committee that has oversight over the Medicare and Medicaid programs, says new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will go into effect July 1. State and local governments had pushed for the eligibility reforms.The changes essentially require pro… Continue Reading

June 13, 2006

Crapo Joins Economic Competitiveness Caucus

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo hopes a new Senate caucus will improve the competitiveness of American goods and services in the global market. The Senate Economic Competitiveness Caucus will work to take positive actions on behalf of American entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and the tech sector to improve competitiveness and create more job opportunities. Members of the caucus will seek the insight of leaders in the private sector, academia and government for analysis of the challenges… Continue Reading

June 09, 2006

New Staff In Crapo's State, D.C. Offices

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo announces new staff members in his Twin Falls and Lewiston, Idaho offices. A former intern in Crapoâ??s Washington, DC office is also returning for full-time employment there.Jimmi Sommer is Crapoâ??s new regional director based in Twin Falls. She comes to Crapoâ??s office with considerable Idaho experience in issues ranging from education to consumer protection. Sommer worked in the Idaho Attorney Generalâ??s office on projects including the Do Not Ca… Continue Reading

June 08, 2006

Crapo Supports Methamphetamine and Indian Health Bills

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo backed two bills designed to address methamphetamine abuse and the health care needs of Native Americans; both bills were approved today by the Senate Finance Committee, on which Crapo sits.The Indian Health Care Improvement Act, S. 1057, makes certain that Native Americans have access to federal health care programs and ensures fair treatment to Indian Health Services providers. The bill guarantees that Indian Health Services providers are eligible fo… Continue Reading

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