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Mike Crapo.U.S. Senator

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Backing agriculture, rural economy

“Today, we need to feed some 7 billion people. By the year 2050, that population will swell to 9.5 billion . . ." America’s farmers and ranchers are expected to meet this enormous challenge while more and more burdens—high input costs, excessive paperwork and regulations, uncertain labor availability, credit and tax variables, to name a few—have accumulated.

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


OPINION: Roll back the federal intrusion

On March 7, the Senate passed H.J.Res. 44, a resolution of disapproval to overturn the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Resource Management Planning Rule, also known as “Planning 2.0.”

July 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Bill would extend Secure Rural Schools

I joined fellow Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and a large, bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would extend payments under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, commonly called county payments, to rural counties with large tracts of tax-exempt federal lands in Idaho and other states.

June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Clearing mess of overregulation

Pushing back against excessive federal control is an unending responsibility. We must continue to work to clean up outdated, overregulation and stop federal control from creeping into more aspects of our lives.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Secure Rural School payments: Federal obligation must be met

The federal government’s irresponsible overspending that has resulted in a nearly $20 trillion national debt makes it increasingly difficult to ensure that the federal government meets its responsibilities. Comprehensive reforms that control federal spending and provide better certainty of the ability to meet these federal obligations are greatly needed.

March 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Idahoans leading in volunteer service

The quiet service and giving spirit of Idahoans are among the many blessings I am counting this holiday season. A recently released study from the Corporation for Community and National Service (CNCS) further confirmed the prevalent service in Idaho communities concluding that Idaho ranks fifth in the nation for volunteer service.

December 28, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


No veteran should face homelessness

No veteran who has served our nation should return home to face homelessness, but yet it is happening. Based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports there were 49,933 homeless veterans on a single night in January 2014.

December 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..
 

Cutting red tape to improve vet care

Idaho veterans and their family members have made it clear that the Veterans Choice Program (Choice program), created to make it easier for veterans to get health care, does not work for Idahoans.

November 9, 2016 6 a.m. read more..
 

Stopping civil asset forfeiture abuses

I have been alarmed to read outrageous reports of abuse of civil asset forfeiture where Americans’ property is being seized without it first being proven that a crime was committed or without even an arrest or warrant. From reports of the use of new devices to scan a motorist’s cards and seize money during a traffic stop to a person’s life savings and family business being taken due to unproven suspicion, excessive use of civil asset forfeiture requires action.

July 27, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


On the importance of mentoring

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the importance of mentoring in encouraging achievement in our nation’s youth. Mentors across America are helping ensure young people reach their goals and goals they may never have thought they could achieve.

July 13, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Trevor’s Law: an honor to Idaho

Trevor Schaefer of Boise not only fought hard and survived after being diagnosed with brain cancer at the young age of 13, but also he has fought for the last seven years to get legislation through Congress and to the President’s desk that will help others through the documentation and tracking of childhood and adult cancer clusters in Idaho and around the nation.

July 6, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Call for county payments extension

The federal government is responsible for the impact of federal land ownership on local communities, and it must meet this responsibility within its budget. A bipartisan group of 33 fellow senators, including Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), recently joined me in calling for the reauthorization of critical payments to rural counties that help ensure this responsibility is met.

June 1, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Honoring Idaho law enforcement officers

During National Police Week this month, our nation honors its law enforcement officers and remembers those who have given their lives protecting our communities. Coeur d’Alene Police Sergeant Gregory King Moore, a husband and father who served in the Coeur d’Alene Police Department for 16 years before he was killed last year in the line of duty, is among the law enforcement officers who are being honored this National Police Week.

May 25, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


One-size-fits-all approach to public lands management the wrong direction

As active participants in the decisions made in Congress, Idahoans contact me with valuable input about the issues our country faces. Realizing that many may not have the chance to contact me, I post the top five issues of concern from Idahoans and my responses on my website. Idahoans have contacted me regarding potential monument designations and land acquisitions in western states.

April 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..


Fire borrowing must be fixed now

Disaster-scale wildfires are going to continue to be a threat. We can better prepare for the increasing costs of wildland fire suppression by providing land managers and firefighters the certainty needed to plan and allocate resources properly without robbing from other priorities during each fire season.

March 30, 2016 6 a.m. read more..
 

Pressing ahead in Congress

Considerable work is required in the 114th Congress to build the foundation for a competitive, national economy that encourages innovation and job growth. Improving our nation’s economic well-being —which includes reforming our badly broken tax code, reforming entitlement programs to ensure their solvency and establishing powerful budget controls — remains my number one priority.

January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..


Those Idahoans far from home

This Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays we will join together with family and friends to celebrate our many blessings—time with loved ones, health, contentment, a home, food on our tables. Whatever our blessings may be, let us keep those Idahoans who are far from home in our thoughts and prayers.

November 27, 2013 6 a.m. read more..


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