February 2013 E-Newsletter

Senator Mike Crapo
2013-03-01 16:01:08
United States Senator Mike Crapo - Idaho
March 01, 2013

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to my latest edition of the E-Newsletter

State of the Union was more of the same

On the evening of Tuesday, February 12, I joined my colleagues in heading to the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives to hear the President deliver the State of the Union Address.  I was hopeful that there would be a change in tone from the President and he would focus on the need for fiscal reform and economic growth, but he did not. 

Instead, the President used this time to continue the push for more tax-and-spend policies that will only worsen our fiscal situation.  The White House fails to recognize and address the debt crisis our country faces.  We have the opportunity during this crisis to reform our badly broken tax system, address the federal spending problem and promote a sustainable economic recovery that will result in increased jobs. 

The President mentioned reducing spending, but did not offer a proposal to fix the real drivers of our fiscal situation�our unsustainable entitlement programs.  Absent targeted, structural reforms, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will not be able to survive.  The President needs to come to the table and help us save these programs for the current generation and protect them for the future.

Tax reform, according to the President, is figuring out ways to increase taxes on the American people to be used for more spending.  We need comprehensive tax reform that simplifies the code: eliminating complexity, favoritism and loopholes, broadening the base and significantly lowering the rates.

To read the full release issued after the State of the Union Address, click To watch my video reaction to the State of the Union, click the photo below.

The McClure Center Fiscal Symposium

During the state work period, I traveled throughout the Treasure Valley and eastern Idaho visiting with groups about immigration reform, economic growth and energy policy.  One of the highlights of the state-work week was the James A. and Louise McClure Center Symposium on Fiscal Issues, hosted by the University of Idaho at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise. 

I joined a panel that included Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia), former Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyoming) and the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Maya MacGuineas.  The panel took questions from Idahoans on the upcoming sequester, the country�s spending and debt problem, tax and entitlement reform, and issues of local importance, like Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding. 

You can watch the full program by visiting Idaho Public Television�s website and scrolling halfway down the page.  Click U.S. Senate passes the Crapo-Leahy VAWA Bill

Before heading home for the state-work week, the U.S. Senate passed the Crapo-Leahy Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  The bill to reauthorize the 1994 law was a bipartisan bill cosponsored by 62 Senators and passed with 78 votes. 

This reauthorization strengthens and improves existing programs that assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.  If this bill helps prevent even one instance of domestic violence, then our work has been worthwhile. 

To read the news release, click When the bill was brought to the floor, I spoke on the floor in support of its passage.  Click the photo below to watch.

 

VAWA UPDATE: On Thursday, February 28, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Leahy-Crapo Violence Against Women Act.  The bill now heads to the President�s desk for signature. 

To read my comments commending my colleagues in the House, click

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