October 2013 E-Newsletter

Senator Mike Crapo
2013-10-25 10:38:54
United States Senator Mike Crapo - Idaho *Please note:*� This* *email newsletter is coming from an unmonitored account. Please *do not reply* to this email address.�To reply to our office, click here [link 4]�to�use the contact form on our website. If you wish to change your email address or update your contact information, click here to update your profile [link 5]. If you wish to unsubscribe, click here [link 6]. Dear Friends, Welcome to the latest edition of my E-Newsletter. Crushing Debt Requires Substantive Solutions * As you may know, the U.S.Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 2775) on October 16, 2013, to end the lapse in federal government funding and reopen the government until January 15, 2014, at a level of $986.3 billion and suspend the debt ceiling until February 7, 2014.� The spending level mirrors the post-sequester discretionary spending levels of Fiscal Year (FY)2013.� A budget conference was also created to reconcile the $90 billion dollar differences between the current House and Senate Budget proposals.� The conference must report to Congress no later than December 13, 2013.� I was appointed as one of the Senate conferees.�� To learn more about the budget conference and my role, click here [link 7]. I remain committed to pressing for a government budget process that is regular and transparent, rather than continuously relying on temporary Continuing Resolutions.� The American people expect the government in Washington, D.C., to make the hard decisions necessary to address our long-term fiscal problems and improve the sluggish economy.� With over $17 trillion in debt, our nation needs true fiscal reforms to achieve these goals. I spoke on the Senate Floor recently to address the urgent need to reform our nation�s tax code and entitlement programs to put the U.S. on a responsible fiscal path.� To watch the video, click here [link 8], or the image below. I also questioned U.S.Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the matter during a Senate Finance Committee hearing.� To watch a short clip of the hearing, click the image below.� To watch the full segment, click here [link 10].� To read more about the exchange with Secretary Lew, click here [link 11]. In addition to reopening the government and the debt limit extension, H.R. 2775 included a provision to require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to verify an individual�s income eligibility prior to providing subsidies for health care purchased through the exchanges under the President�s health care law.� Additionally, HHS must submit a report to Congress by January 1, 2014, detailing the procedures used for this verification.� This provision will assist in reducing the waste and fraud associated with the President�s health care law.� While subsidy verification is an improvement to the law, I remain opposed to the health care law and will continue to work to repeal and replace it with true reforms that will help reduce health care costs and increase access to quality health care. Ultimately, I voted against passage of the above-mentioned legislation because it provides none of our critically-needed fiscal reforms.� While this measure does some good by preventing a default on the debt, ending the government shutdown, preserving the spending restraints put in place by the Budget Control Act and requiring Congress to move forward with the long-overdue budget process, it does almost nothing to address our long-term mandatory spending and debt problems or correct the still-unfolding problems with the president�s health care law. To read more about my decision to vote no, click here [link 13]. Internships: Application Deadline Extended Are you, or someone you know, interested in interning in my Washington, D.C., office or in one of my offices throughout Idaho?� If so, the internship application deadline has been extended due to the government shutdown during the first few weeks of October.� Students now have until November 15, 2013, to submit an application.� Interns play a critical role in my offices and assist with legislative research, constituent services and communications operations, as well as attending congressional hearings and providing tours of the U.S. Capitol to visiting Idahoans.� To learn more about the�internships offered through my offices and access application materials, please visit the internship section of my website at www.crapo.senate.gov/services/interns.cfm [link 14]. �Due to unanticipated delays in mail delivery on Capitol Hill, students who are applying are encouraged to email, not mail, their materials to my D.C. office.� �Applications can be addressed to the attention of Madeline Kroll, Internship Coordinator, and emailed to xxx [link 15].� Further questions can be directed to the intern coordinator in the Washington, D.C., office, 202-224-6142. Deadline Approaching for U.S. Military Academy Applications The deadline for submitting applications for U.S. academy nominations is just over a month away.� High school seniors and parents interested in attending an academy should submit completed application packets [link 16]�by November 30, 2013.� The unfortunate government shutdown forced the cancellation of an academy nomination open house in Boise, but the application deadline remains in place.� Application information is available on my website here [link 17], or by calling Karen Roetter, Regional Director, in one of my state offices, 208-664-5490.� As authorized by law, U.S. Senators and Congressmen have the honor each year of nominating deserving young women and men to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado; the U.S. Military Academy, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland; and the Merchant Marine Academy, New York.� Acceptance into these academies provides students with a tuition-free, four-year undergraduate education, valued at approximately $400,000.� Graduates have jobs after graduation, as they are commissioned as officers and spend a minimum of five years on duty.� Additionally, their education and training make them competitive for graduate programs and future jobs. The application deadline is November 30, 2013.� In addition to the short application, an essay, three letters of recommendation, ACT/SAT scores, a transcript and class rank at the end of the applicant�s junior year of high school, and a completed principal/guidance counselor form are required. To learn more about academy nominations, click here [link 18].� Statewide Tele-Townhall Meeting On September 18, I hosted a statewide tele-townhall meeting where Idahoans had the opportunity to call in and ask a variety of questions in regard to what is happening in Washington and in Congress.� It was great to see such a large turnout, encompassing folks from all over the state.� Getting and staying engaged in our nation�s political discourse is extremely important�maybe now more than ever.� Over the course of the hour-long call, I heard from many Idahoans concerned about how Obamacare will affect them, our country�s dire fiscal outlook, a need for reform of entitlement programs and those concerned about potential new gun restrictions, among other topics.� To read more about this call, click here [link 19]. To listen to the tele-townhall in its entirety, click here [link 20].� To listen to the tele-townhall broken down by question, click here [link 21]. In addition to my e-newsletter, tele-townhalls are a great way to stay informed about what is happening in Congress.� More importantly, they also provide another avenue for constituents to engage in dialogue with their lawmakers.� To learn more and sign up for future tele-townhalls, click here [link 22]. Hot Topics Energy - I introduced a bipartisan amendment directing the U.S. Department of Energy to quantify the cost savings from operational energy efficiency technologies in an effort to increase public and private use of these technologies without creating any new programs or increasing government spending.� The amendment is being offered as part of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (�ESIC�) Act, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).� Increasing our nation�s energy efficiency must remain a high priority.� This amendment will help encourage greater industry participation by proving that the savings are real through an accurate cost-benefit analysis.� To learn more, click here [link 23]. - I recently joined fellow Idaho Senator, Senator Jim Risch, in supporting the Helium Stewardship Act, which authorizes continued sales from the Federal Helium Reserve, which was scheduled to close in October 2013.� The bill now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.� Additionally, under this legislation, the Secure Rural Schools program was reauthorized for around $270 million for Fiscal Year 2014 as a part of the amended H.R. 527, the Helium Stewardship Act.� Specifically, the proceeds from the sales of the nation�s helium reserves could go to select programs plus pay down the federal debt.�� Passage of this bill in the Senate is the first step in a victory for the entire state of Idaho.� Idaho�s rural communities, with limited revenue due to the large amounts of neighboring federal land, will be able to continue providing for schools, road maintenance, law enforcement, emergency response and other various needs.� This fix does not change the need for a long-term solution that provides a consistent mechanism for the federal government to meet its obligation to rural communities accommodating federal lands and I will continue to work with my colleagues to achieve this objective.� To learn more, click here [link 24]. � Environment - I�joined my Republican colleagues on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in writing to EPW Committee Chairman Barbra Boxer (D-California) requesting that the committee finally hold a budget hearing to examine the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency�s� 2014 budget request.� Historically, budget hearings have served as the appropriate opportunity for congressional committees to afford the public a venue to review how federal taxpayer dollars are being spent.� Eight months into the 113th Congress, the committee has yet to hold a hearing on the�EPA�s budget, which is a fundamental responsibility of the committee.� Particularly, in light of recent monetary fraud allegations surrounding the EPA, this hearing is all the more important.� To read the letter, click here [link 25]. Health Care - Proper safeguards must be in place to protect the personal privacy of Americans participating in any health care exchange.� For this reason, I co-sponsored legislation to prevent the implementation of health insurance exchanges established under Obamacare until the U.S. Government Accountability Office and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General can verify that the proper tools are in place to protect the private information of enrollees.� The information technology that will be used to protect personal information stored in the Federal Data Services Hub has only just been completed, yet the exchanges opened on October 1.� Almost daily, we learn more about undisclosed government data collection efforts, absent Americans� consent, such as by the National Security Agency, Internal Revenue Service and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.� Safeguards must be in place before these exchanges move ahead.� To learn more, click here [link 26]. Recent Editorials 10-14-2013: Crushing Debt Requires Substantive Solutions [link 27] 9-30-2013: Interest in What is Happening in Washington [link 28] 9-23-2013: The Importance of Outdoor Recreation [link 29] 9-09-2013: From the Mailbag: Financial Account Monitoring [link 30] 9-02-2013: Expanding Hydropower [link 31] Staying in Touch Follow me on Twitter [link 32] Like me on Facebook [link 33] Subscribe to my YouTube Page [link 34] Looking for more information? Please visit�the�Issues and Legislation [link 35]�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 36]� Also,�please let me know if�there�are other issues that you would like me to address. 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 the latest edition of my E-Newsletter.

Crushing Debt Requires Substantive Solutions

As you may know, the U.S.Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 2775) on October 16, 2013, to end the lapse in federal government funding and reopen the government until January 15, 2014, at a level of $986.3 billion and suspend the debt ceiling until February 7, 2014.  The spending level mirrors the post-sequester discretionary spending levels of Fiscal Year (FY)2013.  A budget conference was also created to reconcile the $90 billion dollar differences between the current House and Senate Budget proposals.  The conference must report to Congress no later than December 13, 2013.  I was appointed as one of the Senate conferees.   To learn more about the budget conference and my role, click I remain committed to pressing for a government budget process that is regular and transparent, rather than continuously relying on temporary Continuing Resolutions.  The American people expect the government in Washington, D.C., to make the hard decisions necessary to address our long-term fiscal problems and improve the sluggish economy.  With over $17 trillion in debt, our nation needs true fiscal reforms to achieve these goals.

I spoke on the Senate Floor recently to address the urgent need to reform our nation�s tax code and entitlement programs to put the U.S. on a responsible fiscal path.  To watch the video, click

 


I also questioned U.S.Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the matter during a Senate Finance Committee hearing.  To watch a short clip of the hearing, click the image below.  To watch the full segment, click

In addition to reopening the government and the debt limit extension, H.R. 2775 included a provision to require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to verify an individual�s income eligibility prior to providing subsidies for health care purchased through the exchanges under the President�s health care law.  Additionally, HHS must submit a report to Congress by January 1, 2014, detailing the procedures used for this verification.  This provision will assist in reducing the waste and fraud associated with the President�s health care law.  While subsidy verification is an improvement to the law, I remain opposed to the health care law and will continue to work to repeal and replace it with true reforms that will help reduce health care costs and increase access to quality health care.

Ultimately, I voted against passage of the above-mentioned legislation because it provides none of our critically-needed fiscal reforms.  While this measure does some good by preventing a default on the debt, ending the government shutdown, preserving the spending restraints put in place by the Budget Control Act and requiring Congress to move forward with the long-overdue budget process, it does almost nothing to address our long-term mandatory spending and debt problems or correct the still-unfolding problems with the president�s health care law.

To read more about my decision to vote no, click Internships: Application Deadline Extended

Are you, or someone you know, interested in interning in my Washington, D.C., office or in one of my offices throughout Idaho?  If so, the internship application deadline has been extended due to the government shutdown during the first few weeks of October.  Students now have until November 15, 2013, to submit an application.  Interns play a critical role in my offices and assist with legislative research, constituent services and communications operations, as well as attending congressional hearings and providing tours of the U.S. Capitol to visiting Idahoans. 

To learn more about the internships offered through my offices and access application materials, please visit the internship section of my website at

Deadline Approaching for U.S. Military Academy Applications

The deadline for submitting applications for U.S. academy nominations is just over a month away.  High school seniors and parents interested in attending an academy should submit completed  by November 30, 2013.  The unfortunate government shutdown forced the cancellation of an academy nomination open house in Boise, but the application deadline remains in place.  Application information is available on my website

As authorized by law, U.S. Senators and Congressmen have the honor each year of nominating deserving young women and men to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado; the U.S. Military Academy, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland; and the Merchant Marine Academy, New York.  Acceptance into these academies provides students with a tuition-free, four-year undergraduate education, valued at approximately $400,000.  Graduates have jobs after graduation, as they are commissioned as officers and spend a minimum of five years on duty.  Additionally, their education and training make them competitive for graduate programs and future jobs.

The application deadline is November 30, 2013.  In addition to the short application, an essay, three letters of recommendation, ACT/SAT scores, a transcript and class rank at the end of the applicant�s junior year of high school, and a completed principal/guidance counselor form are required.

To learn more about academy nominations, click Statewide Tele-Townhall Meeting

On September 18, I hosted a statewide tele-townhall meeting where Idahoans had the opportunity to call in and ask a variety of questions in regard to what is happening in Washington and in Congress.  It was great to see such a large turnout, encompassing folks from all over the state.  Getting and staying engaged in our nation�s political discourse is extremely important�maybe now more than ever.  Over the course of the hour-long call, I heard from many Idahoans concerned about how Obamacare will affect them, our country�s dire fiscal outlook, a need for reform of entitlement programs and those concerned about potential new gun restrictions, among other topics.  To read more about this call, click To listen to the tele-townhall in its entirety, click In addition to my e-newsletter, tele-townhalls are a great way to stay informed about what is happening in Congress.  More importantly, they also provide another avenue for constituents to engage in dialogue with their lawmakers.  To learn more and sign up for future tele-townhalls, click Hot Topics

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