July 2013 E-Newsletter

Senator Mike Crapo
2013-08-02 18:06:06
United States Senator Mike Crapo - Idaho Dear Friends, Welcome to my latest edition of the E-Newsletter. Administration Delays Key Provision of Obamacare The administration recently announced its decision to delay by one year the health care law mandate that forces employers to provide insurance to workers or face penalties.� This announcement, while good news for American businesses, still leaves individuals without a reprieve from the harmful economic effects of Obamacare.� Americans overwhelmingly want solutions that deliver what they need�access to high-quality, affordable health care.� This law does not fix the rising cost of healthcare, but in fact continues to be an impediment to economic growth�further harming American families and businesses. To read my full statement following the administration�s announcement, click here [link 1].� To listen to my remarks during a recent radio interview about the decision, click the image below. To view this video, click here, or the image above In response to the administration�s decision to delay the employer mandate, I joined my Senate Republican colleagues in a letter to President Obama asking for a full delay of all components of the Affordable Health Care Act, known as Obamacare.� The administration is finally beginning to acknowledge how problematic the health care law is going to be, but I have serious concerns that the administration has overstepped its authority to waive portions of the law without the consent of Congress.� The health care law has become increasingly unpopular with the American people.� The administration must not only offer a delay for businesses, but a permanent delay for *all* Americans.� To learn more about the letter, click here [link 4].� � This law fails on promises to lower health costs and premiums for working families.� It fails on promises for American people to keep their health care plan if they liked it, and millions of people have learned they cannot.� It increases the burden for small businesses to hire workers.� This law threatens our country�s financial strength and the American way of life. We must get back to finding meaningful solutions to our nation�s health care crisis.� I will continue to work to repeal the law and replace it with true reforms that will help reduce health care costs and increase access to quality health care. More Resources Are Needed for Wildfire Mitigation Efforts The recent wildfire in Arizona, which killed 19 brave firefighters battling to contain the flames just earlier this month, underscores yet again the critical importance of wildfire mitigation.� Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked to reduce the risk and severity of large-scale wildfires.� I helped enact legislation, including the Healthy Forest Restoration Act and the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act, that have provided land managers with more tools to counter unhealthy conditions in our nation�s forests and other lands to reduce the fire threat.� In my continued effort, I recently joined Senator Michael Bennett (D-Colorado) in urging Congress to support more resources for wildfire mitigation efforts. In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Senator Bennett and I shared concerns that current funding levels are inadequate to address the�growing�threat of wildfires which continue to increase in frequency and intensity each year.� We are pushing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to use a greater share of its mitigation funding to prevent catastrophic�wildfires in the�coming years.� As a first step, FEMA should report�its efforts to date to support wildfire mitigation projects�as well as plans�to support fire mitigation activities going forward. To learn more about the letter, click here [link 5] As wildfires continue to burn across the western United States, threatening lives, uprooting families and causing millions of dollars of damage, it is crucial that FEMA recognize the critical importance of this issue.� Nationally, wildfires killed 13 firefighters and civilians last year, destroyed over 2,000 homes, and caused an estimated $1 billion in economic losses.� Massive fires in Idaho contributed to this national toll, and this summer has brought a fresh wave of new fires, many of which continue to burn.� In late July, I was able to secure a measure in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to help prioritize wildfire mitigation efforts.� This smart investment will help Idaho and western states alike combat the effects of devastating wildfire seasons.� A 2007 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study of FEMA�s Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program found that a very small share of the agency�s funding went to wildfires.� Yet in the same report, CBO concluded that for every dollar FEMA has spent through the PDM fund on wildfire mitigation, it has saved more than $5 in future disaster losses. �To learn more, click here [link 6]. *Idaho Schools to Participate in U.S. Department of Agriculture Greek Yogurt Pilot Program * July brought news that Idaho has been selected to participate in a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program that will feature Greek yogurt in school lunch menus starting in the fall of 2014.� I previously advocated for the creation of such a program, and am thrilled thatIdaho along with New York, Tennessee and Arizona, were chosen for the pilot. To read my statement following USDA�s announcement, click here [link 7]. After Idaho�s participation was confirmed, USDA opened the bidding process to yogurt manufacturers for the role of sole supplier for the program.� USDA recently announced that Chobani, employing more than 600 Idahoans at its Twin Falls production plant, will be the yogurt of choice for the program.�� Idaho dairy producers and processors are leading the charge in developing and producing innovative dairy products that are feeding families within and beyond Idaho�s borders.� This news not only benefits Idaho�s communities, but our thriving dairy industry.� Chobani�s key role in the program is a win-win for Idaho. To learn more, click here. [link 8] I will join with Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and officials with Chobani and the Meridian School District for an event August 13 at Pioneer Elementary School in west Boise to announce details of the availability of Greek yogurt in Idaho schools. *Ranking on Banking* In July, the Banking Committee has turned much if its attention to housing issues, and Chairman Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and I were able to successfully pass out of Committee the �FHA Solvency Act of 2013.� During the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) served as a critical source of credit and prevented a catastrophic collapse in home values, saving an estimated 3 million jobs and $500 billion in economic output. However, FHA loans made at the height of the crisis suffered heavy losses, and without Congressional action the agency�s balance sheets will remain at risk. The Crapo-Johnson legislation will strengthen the FHA�s books, better protect taxpayers, and ensure qualified borrowers continue to have access to credit. Read more here [link 9]. In other banking news, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), of which I have expressed serious concern, continues to collect data on millions of Americans financial accounts without their permission; possibly as many as 900 million accounts. I have consistently called for changes to the structure of the Bureau to increase transparency and accountability to the American people, most recently so that it cannot embark on initiatives that may result in gross violations of privacy. This month, the Senate confirmed the CFPB�s first director. This individual is not a part of nor subject to a board, and can unilaterally, as an unelected official, adopt rules and regulations at will, such as the aforementioned data collection initiative. Before the full Senate voted on the nomination, I reminded my colleagues: *�[T]his is not a debate about whether Republicans in the Senate support consumer protection, as some would like to portray it.� Both sides agree that everyone benefits from a marketplace free of fraud and other deceptive and exploitative practices. What the Republicans� have been asking for is that the bureau be restructured in the same way as the other similarly-situated financial regulators, with accountability and transparency to Congress and taxpayers. . .� * Read the full statement here [link 10], or click below to see me talk about the data collection issue: Although a director has been confirmed, the need to reform the agency is not eliminated and arguments for structural change are strong. One positive development is that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently accepted my request, which can be read here [link 12], to investigate the legality of the CFPB�s data collection practices. Since the enactment of the Patriot Act, I have consistently advocated that government must strike a balance between the need to protect Americans by gathering information and the need to protect a citizen�s private life. Big government yields much power and can exert much influence, and I will fight to make sure the financial privacy of Idahoans and Americans is safeguarded.� *Hot Topics* *Environment* - Far too many federal regulations, many from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hinder Idaho�s businesses and Economy.� More often than not, these regulations provide little benefit to their intended purposes, which is why I recently joined 39 other Senators in voting against the president�s nominee to lead the EPA, Gina McCarthy.� Unfortunately, the full Senate confirmed Ms. McCarthy to lead the agency in a 59 to 40 vote.� During her nomination process, I had hoped to be convinced Ms. McCarthy would move the agency in a different direction, but her previous actions and testimony before the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) proved this would not be the case.� While I support ensuring that science, research and other tools are available to leave our air, water and soil better than we found them for future generations, layering on burdensome regulations, burying American businesses in paperwork and imposing overwhelming penalties is not the best means to achieve this goal. To read my statement following the vote, click here [link 13]. During a recent EPW Committee hearing I expressed concern with the EPA�s overreach and heavy-handed compliance techniques.� To watch my opening statement, click the image below, or here [link 14]. *Health Care* - I co-sponsored a resolution designating September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.� This resolution stressed the importance of early detection, awareness and research funding.� I understand how cancer can irreversibly affect someone�s life.� In November 1999, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer following a routine physical exam.� I was fortunate to undergo successful prostate removal surgery in January 2000.� *Public Lands* - Many Western families have owned family cabins on leased Forest Service land for generations.� However, due to skyrocketing land values, annual user fees are too expensive for many families, forcing some to consider abandoning their cabins.� For this reason, I recently sponsored a bipartisan measure to make cabin user fees more affordable and predictable, allowing families to keep their cabins on Forest Service land at no cost to the federal government.� To learn more, click here [link 16]. *Taxes* - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee, led by Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), recently announced an approach to tax reform commonly referred to as the �blank slate� approach.� This method entails eliminating all tax expenditures to evaluate which tax provisions should be reinstated to ensure each provision is appropriate and defensible.� As a strong proponent of this strategy, I recently submitted a letter to Chairman Baucaus and Ranking Member Hatch outlining my proposal for comprehensive tax reform.� To read the letter, click here. [link 17] *Recent Editorials* �July 1, 2013: Freedom: The Heart of Our Nation [link 18] July 8, 2013: America Cannot Repeat Immigration Mistakes [link 19] July 15, 2013: From the Mailbag: Educational Standards [link 20] July 22, 2013: Another Consequence of Obamacare [link 21] July 29, 2013: Nurturing Healthy Relationships [link 22] *Staying in Touch* Follow me on Twitter [link 23] Like me on Facebook [link 24] Subscribe to my YouTube Page [link 25] *Looking for more information? Please use�the�questions to�the�left to specify.* Please visit�the�Issues and Legislation [link 26]�section of my website for information that addresses many issues important to all of us.� As always, I highly value�the�opinions and concerns of my fellow Idahoans.� With that in mind, we�continue to work to improve my website. Please do not reply directly to this e-newsletter.� We are set up to respond to your comments,�suggestions�or concerns at my official website, www.crapo.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm. [link 27]� Also,�please let me know if�there�are other issues that you would like me to address. All the best, Contact Information: Website: Offices: 239 Dirksen Senate Building Washington D.C., 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6142 Idaho Falls 410 Memorial Drive Suite 205 Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Phone: (208) 522-9779 Boise 251 East Front Street Suite 205 Boise, ID 83702 Phone: (208) 334-1776 Lewiston 313 'D' Street Suite 105 Lewiston, ID 83501 Phone: (208) 743-1492 Caldwell 524 East Cleveland Blvd. Suite 220 Caldwell, ID 83605 Phone: (208) 455-0360 Pocatello 275 South 5th Avenue Suite 225 Pocatello, ID 83201 Phone: (208) 236-6775 Coeur d' Alene 610 Hubbard Street Suite 209 Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814 Phone: (208) 664-5490 Twin Falls 202 Falls Avenue Suite 2 Twin Falls, ID 83301 Phone: (208) 734-2515 Unsubscribe: crapo.enews.senate.gov/mail/util.cfm Privacy Policy: www.senate.gov/pagelayout/general/one_item_and_teasers/internetpolicy.htm
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Dear Friends,

Welcome to my latest edition of the E-Newsletter.

Administration Delays Key Provision of Obamacare

The administration recently announced its decision to delay by one year the health care law mandate that forces employers to provide insurance to workers or face penalties.  This announcement, while good news for American businesses, still leaves individuals without a reprieve from the harmful economic effects of Obamacare.  Americans overwhelmingly want solutions that deliver what they need�access to high-quality, affordable health care.  This law does not fix the rising cost of healthcare, but in fact continues to be an impediment to economic growth�further harming American families and businesses.

To read my full statement following the administration�s announcement, click

To view this video, click

In response to the administration�s decision to delay the employer mandate, I joined my Senate Republican colleagues in a letter to President Obama asking for a full delay of all components of the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.  The administration is finally beginning to acknowledge how problematic the health care law is going to be, but I have serious concerns that the administration has overstepped its authority to waive portions of the law without the consent of Congress.  The health care law has become increasingly unpopular with the American people.  The administration must not only offer a delay for businesses, but a permanent delay for all Americans.  To learn more about the letter, click

This law fails on promises to lower health care costs and premiums for working families.  It fails on promises for American people to keep their health care plan if they liked it, and millions of people have learned they cannot.  It increases the burden for small businesses to hire workers.  This law threatens our country�s financial strength and the American way of life.

We must get back to finding meaningful solutions to our nation�s health care crisis.  I will continue to work to repeal the law and replace it with true reforms that will help reduce health care costs and increase access to quality health care.

More Resources Are Needed for Wildfire Mitigation Efforts

The recent wildfire in Arizona, which killed 19 brave firefighters battling to contain the flames just earlier this month, underscores yet again the critical importance of wildfire mitigation.  Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked to reduce the risk and severity of large-scale wildfires.  I helped enact legislation, including the Healthy Forest Restoration Act and the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act, that have provided land managers with more tools to counter unhealthy conditions in our nation�s forests and other lands to reduce the fire threat.  In my continued effort, I recently joined Senator Michael Bennett (D-Colorado) in urging Congress to support more resources for wildfire mitigation efforts.

In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Senator Bennett and I shared concerns that current funding levels are inadequate to address the growing threat of wildfires which continue to increase in frequency and intensity each year.  We are pushing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to use a greater share of its mitigation funding to prevent catastrophic wildfires in the coming years.  As a first step, FEMA should report its efforts to date to support wildfire mitigation projects as well as plans to support fire mitigation activities going forward. To learn more about the letter, click As wildfires continue to burn across the western United States, threatening lives, uprooting families and causing millions of dollars of damage, it is crucial that FEMA recognize the critical importance of this issue.  Nationally, wildfires killed 13 firefighters and civilians last year, destroyed over 2,000 homes, and caused an estimated $1 billion in economic losses.  Massive fires in Idaho contributed to this national toll, and this summer has brought a fresh wave of new fires, many of which continue to burn. 

In late July, I was able to secure a measure in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to help prioritize wildfire mitigation efforts.  This smart investment will help Idaho and western states alike combat the effects of devastating wildfire seasons.  A 2007 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study of FEMA�s Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program found that a very small share of the agency�s funding went to wildfires.  Yet in the same report, CBO concluded that for every dollar FEMA has spent through the PDM fund on wildfire mitigation, it has saved more than $5 in future disaster losses.  To learn more, click Idaho Schools to Participate in U.S. Department of Agriculture Greek Yogurt Pilot Program

July brought news that Idaho has been selected to participate in a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program that will feature Greek yogurt in school lunch menus starting in the fall of 2014.  I previously advocated for the creation of such a program, and am thrilled thatIdaho along with New York, Tennessee and Arizona, were chosen for the pilot. To read my statement following USDA�s announcement, click After Idaho�s participation was confirmed, USDA opened the bidding process to yogurt manufacturers for the role of sole supplier for the program.  USDA recently announced that Chobani, employing more than 600 Idahoans at its Twin Falls production plant, will be the yogurt of choice for the program.   Idaho dairy producers and processors are leading the charge in developing and producing innovative dairy products that are feeding families within and beyond Idaho�s borders.  This news not only benefits Idaho�s communities, but our thriving dairy industry.  Chobani�s key role in the program is a win-win for Idaho. To learn more, click I will join with Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and officials with Chobani and the Meridian School District for an event August 13 at Pioneer Elementary School in west Boise to announce details of the availability of Greek yogurt in Idaho schools.

Ranking on Banking

In July, the Banking Committee has turned much if its attention to housing issues, and Chairman Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and I were able to successfully pass out of Committee the �FHA Solvency Act of 2013.� During the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) served as a critical source of credit and prevented a catastrophic collapse in home values, saving an estimated 3 million jobs and $500 billion in economic output. However, FHA loans made at the height of the crisis suffered heavy losses, and without Congressional action the agency�s balance sheets will remain at risk. The Crapo-Johnson legislation will strengthen the FHA�s books, better protect taxpayers, and ensure qualified borrowers continue to have access to credit. Read more In other banking news, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), of which I have expressed serious concern, continues to collect data on millions of Americans financial accounts without their permission; possibly as many as 900 million accounts. I have consistently called for changes to the structure of the Bureau to increase transparency and accountability to the American people, most recently so that it cannot embark on initiatives that may result in gross violations of privacy. This month, the Senate confirmed the CFPB�s first director. This individual is not a part of nor subject to a board, and can unilaterally, as an unelected official, adopt rules and regulations at will, such as the aforementioned data collection initiative. Before the full Senate voted on the nomination, I reminded my colleagues:

�[T]his is not a debate about whether Republicans in the Senate support consumer protection, as some would like to portray it.  Both sides agree that everyone benefits from a marketplace free of fraud and other deceptive and exploitative practices. What the Republicans  have been asking for is that the bureau be restructured in the same way as the other similarly-situated financial regulators, with accountability and transparency to Congress and taxpayers. . .�

Read the full statement

Although a director has been confirmed, the need to reform the agency is not eliminated and arguments for structural change are strong. One positive development is that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently accepted my request, which can be read

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