February 2015 E-Newsletter

Senator Mike Crapo
2015-03-06 10:23:43
United States Senator Mike Crapo - Idaho [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook-like.png] [link 1] [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter-tweet.png] [link 2] *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 3]�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 4]. If you wish to unsubscribe, click here [link 5]. *E-MAIL UPDATES* *Yes, please periodically send me e-mail updates.** Click Here [link 6] *By subscribing to my e-mail updates, you are authorizing me to send regular e-mail updates from my office to your e-mail account. *Privacy Policy* [link 7] *Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to my monthly e-newsletter.* *CONNECTING WITH IDAHOANS* February brought many opportunities for me to share what is going on in the 114th Congress and to hear directly from Idahoans on the issues confronting our country at a number of town hall meetings throughout the state.� As many of you know, I have been holding listening sessions in communities across Idaho (37 since November) when the U.S. Senate is not in session.� As a part of these meetings, I have used presentation materials to help illustrate the growing danger of the national debt now in excess of $18 trillion, noting that, if left unchecked, the cost of interest alone in repaying the mounting debt could soon surpass federal spending on our military programs.� Those meetings continue this week, this time in north Idaho.� The dates, times and locations are as follows: *Friday, March 6:* *2:00 PM*���������*Elk River�*����� Town Meeting, Elk River Community Center, 112 S. 2nd *Saturday, March 7:* *10:30 AM*�������*Genesee�*����� Town Meeting, Brass Lantern Restaurant, 153 W. Walnut. *Noon��*������������*Moscow*������� Town Meeting, Latah County Farm Bureau, 220 Farm Road. *2:00 PM*���������*Troy*�������������� Town Meeting, New Troy Fire Hall, 106 West 6th�Street. *3:30 PM*���������*Deary�*����������� Town Meeting, Deary Community Center, 403 Line Street *�Please take a moment to view photos from my town meetings in February.* * [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/American Falls Town Meeting 1.JPG]* - Great discussion at the American Falls town meeting. [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Athol Town Meeting 5 Mayor Darla Kuhman.JPG] - Athol town meeting with Mayor Darla Kuhman. [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Athol Town Meeting 4.JPG] - The participation at the Athol town meeting was great to see! [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Grand View Town Meeting 1.jpg] - The discussion at the Grand View town meeting was focused on our exploding national debt, and the President's proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Grand View Town Meeting 3.jpg] - Talking the President's newest budget proposal with consitutents in Grand View. In addition to hosting town meetings, using technology to connect with Idahoans allows me to keep in touch at a time when I cannot be in Idaho to meet in-person. �My first of four scheduled tele-townhall meetings for this year took place in late February.� These quarterly meetings will be held throughout the year, generally every three months, depending on the Senate schedule.� All that is needed to participate is a phone, and callers are given the opportunity to ask questions regarding federal policies and legislation. Sign up to participate in the next tele-townhall here.� Please note that the schedule is subject to change pending the Senate voting schedule.� The calls begin at 7 p.m. Mountain/6 p.m. Pacific.� The remaining tele-townhall meeting schedule for 2015 is as follows: - May 13, 2015 - September 16, 2015 - December 2, 2015 If you would like to listen to the audio from previous tele-townhalls, click here. [link 8] *WORKING TO HALT BACK-DOOR DIVESTMENT OF THE A-10* We must not overlook the unique close air support capabilities that the A-10 provides in keeping our men and women in uniform safe.� The Air Force�s continued effort to do away with the A-10 Warthog, whether through fleet divestment or moving the aircraft into back-up status, could have profound effects on our nation�s military readiness and leave troops without proven, combat-effective close air support.� I have urged Defense Secretary Carter and Air Force Secretary James to carefully scrutinize their efforts to dismantle the A-10 platform given the importance of this aircraft to soldiers on the ground. The A-10 has proven effective in countless close air support missions in the last decade, including in the fight against ISIS.� To retire it now is a mistake.� I will continue to oppose the decision in Congress.� Idaho�s National Guard must have a strong flying mission at Gowen Field and the Air Force must maintain its superior close air support capabilities.� To learn more about my efforts to halt the divestment of the A-10, visit my website by clicking here [link 9]. *HOT TOPICS* � � � � ��*SCRAP ACT: *In a continued effort to prevent costly new regulatory burdens from being imposed on Idaho farmers, Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and I introduced the SCRAP Act, or Stopping Costly Regulations Against Produce, in the U.S. Senate.� This legislation would defund the Food and Drug Administration�s (FDA) proposed fresh produce rule that will negatively impact farmers throughout the country.� To learn more, visit my website by clicking here [link 10]. ��������� *SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS (SRS) / PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES (PILT):*I, along with Senators Risch (R-Idaho) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), introduced bipartisan legislation to renew the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, which supports schools, law-enforcement and roads in more than 700 rural counties across the country.� The legislation also addresses additional payments to rural counties burdened by reduced tax revenue under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.� To learn more, visit my website by clicking here [link 11].� ��������� *INCREASING ESA TRANSPARENCY:*I recently co-sponsored legislation to further transparency in Washington.� S. 292, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act (ESA), which is also co-sponsored by fellow Idaho Senator Risch (R-Idaho), would amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to require the U.S. Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce to publish on the internet data used in listing and delisting federally endangered and threatened species.� Requiring the Administration to be transparent about the data used for ESA listings can help make certain that the best available science is used in an open, public ESA listing process. �The legislation also provides protections for personal landowner information.� To learn more, visit my website by clicking here [link 12]. ��������� *CHECKING EXECUTIVE POWERS:*Government accountability is a cornerstone of a healthy and vibrant republic.� For this reason, I support measures to ensure any President abides by his or her constitutional duty to ensure our laws are faithfully executed.� S. 11, the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments (ENFORCE) Act, would authorize Congress to challenge directly the executive branch for failure to properly administer the laws of the land.� To learn more, visit my website by clicking here [link 13]. *Looking for more information?*�Please visit�the�Issues and Legislation [link 14]�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 to this e-newsletter.� We are set up to respond to your comments,�suggestions�or concerns at my official website,www.crapo.senate.gov. [link 15]� Also,�please let me know if�there�are other issues that you would like me to address. All the best, [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov/images/user_images/MY_PHOTOS/mdc%20sig.PNG] [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-twitter-tweet.png] [link 16] [image = crapo.enews.senate.gov/common/images/sn-facebook-like.png] [link 17]
March 06, 2015
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CONNECTING WITH IDAHOANS

February brought many opportunities for me to share what is going on in the 114th Congress and to hear directly from Idahoans on the issues confronting our country at a number of town hall meetings throughout the state.  As many of you know, I have been holding listening sessions in communities across Idaho (37 since November) when the U.S. Senate is not in session.  As a part of these meetings, I have used presentation materials to help illustrate the growing danger of the national debt now in excess of $18 trillion, noting that, if left unchecked, the cost of interest alone in repaying the mounting debt could soon surpass federal spending on our military programs. 

Those meetings continue this week, this time in north Idaho.  The dates, times and locations are as follows:

Friday, March 6:

2:00 PM         Elk River       Town Meeting, Elk River Community Center, 112 S. 2nd

Saturday, March 7:

10:30 AM       Genesee       Town Meeting, Brass Lantern Restaurant, 153 W. Walnut.

Noon              Moscow        Town Meeting, Latah County Farm Bureau, 220 Farm Road.

2:00 PM         Troy               Town Meeting, New Troy Fire Hall, 106 West 6th Street.

3:30 PM         Deary             Town Meeting, Deary Community Center, 403 Line Street

 Please take a moment to view photos from my town meetings in February.

  • Great discussion at the American Falls town meeting.

  • Athol town meeting with Mayor Darla Kuhman.

  • The participation at the Athol town meeting was great to see!

  • The discussion at the Grand View town meeting was focused on our exploding national debt, and the President's proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.

  • Talking the President's newest budget proposal with consitutents in Grand View.

In addition to hosting town meetings, using technology to connect with Idahoans allows me to keep in touch at a time when I cannot be in Idaho to meet in-person.  My first of four scheduled tele-townhall meetings for this year took place in late February.  These quarterly meetings will be held throughout the year, generally every three months, depending on the Senate schedule.  All that is needed to participate is a phone, and callers are given the opportunity to ask questions regarding federal policies and legislation. Sign up to participate in the next tele-townhall here.  Please note that the schedule is subject to change pending the Senate voting schedule.  The calls begin at 7 p.m. Mountain/6 p.m. Pacific.  The remaining tele-townhall meeting schedule for 2015 is as follows:

  • May 13, 2015
  • September 16, 2015
  • December 2, 2015

If you would like to listen to the audio from previous tele-townhalls, click WORKING TO HALT BACK-DOOR DIVESTMENT OF THE A-10

We must not overlook the unique close air support capabilities that the A-10 provides in keeping our men and women in uniform safe.  The Air Force�s continued effort to do away with the A-10 Warthog, whether through fleet divestment or moving the aircraft into back-up status, could have profound effects on our nation�s military readiness and leave troops without proven, combat-effective close air support.  I have urged Defense Secretary Carter and Air Force Secretary James to carefully scrutinize their efforts to dismantle the A-10 platform given the importance of this aircraft to soldiers on the ground.

The A-10 has proven effective in countless close air support missions in the last decade, including in the fight against ISIS.  To retire it now is a mistake.  I will continue to oppose the decision in Congress.  Idaho�s National Guard must have a strong flying mission at Gowen Field and the Air Force must maintain its superior close air support capabilities.  To learn more about my efforts to halt the divestment of the A-10, visit my website by clicking HOT TOPICS

�         SCRAP ACT: In a continued effort to prevent costly new regulatory burdens from being imposed on Idaho farmers, Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and I introduced the SCRAP Act, or Stopping Costly Regulations Against Produce, in the U.S. Senate.  This legislation would defund the Food and Drug Administration�s (FDA) proposed fresh produce rule that will negatively impact farmers throughout the country.  To learn more, visit my website by clicking �         SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS (SRS) / PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES (PILT):I, along with Senators Risch (R-Idaho) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), introduced bipartisan legislation to renew the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, which supports schools, law-enforcement and roads in more than 700 rural counties across the country.  The legislation also addresses additional payments to rural counties burdened by reduced tax revenue under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.  To learn more, visit my website by clicking �         INCREASING ESA TRANSPARENCY:I recently co-sponsored legislation to further transparency in Washington.  S. 292, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act (ESA), which is also co-sponsored by fellow Idaho Senator Risch (R-Idaho), would amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to require the U.S. Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce to publish on the internet data used in listing and delisting federally endangered and threatened species.  Requiring the Administration to be transparent about the data used for ESA listings can help make certain that the best available science is used in an open, public ESA listing process.  The legislation also provides protections for personal landowner information.  To learn more, visit my website by clicking �         CHECKING EXECUTIVE POWERS:Government accountability is a cornerstone of a healthy and vibrant republic.  For this reason, I support measures to ensure any President abides by his or her constitutional duty to ensure our laws are faithfully executed.  S. 11, the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments (ENFORCE) Act, would authorize Congress to challenge directly the executive branch for failure to properly administer the laws of the land.  To learn more, visit my website by clicking Looking for more information? Please visit the Issues and Legislation 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 to this e-newsletter.  We are set up to respond to your comments, suggestions or concerns at my official website,www.crapo.senate.gov.  Also, please let me know if there are other issues that you would like me to address.

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