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Idaho’s four Republican members of Congress heard things they liked in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, but now want to see policy changes and results. Obama spoke for more than an hour Tuesday evening, outlining broad principles he said would help “win the future,” including creating jobs, freezing spending, and reforming immigration. “Let’s see if his actions…

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo will back a plan to bring down the national debt that he says is incomplete but will prevent the U.S. from becoming a second-rate world power. Crapo announced his support for the plan along with fellow Senate Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. The fiscal responsibility commission, created by President Barack Obama, will vote on a set of…

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said he likes some parts of a proposal to lower the American government's debt, but won't say whether he'll vote for the entire package on Friday. Crapo serves on the fiscal reform commission created by President Barack Obama earlier this year. “One of the key strengths in this proposal is that it does recognize that spending…

Idaho Republicans serving in Congress say that it's uncertain whether Idaho will regain the authority to manage its gray wolf population this year. All of Idaho's delegation supports the state's claims that wolves shouldn't be protected by the endangered species list, but legislative efforts could run up against the lame duck Congress's deadline. “Due to the limited time remaining this…

Idaho's three Republicans in Congress expect budget and tax issues to dominate the lame duck session in Washington, D.C. Congress is back in session this week, following the general election earlier this month. Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 2 election and gained seats in the Senate. The lame duck session includes outgoing members of…

Earmarks will be shelved next year if things go the way of Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo. Idaho's senators jointly announced Monday afternoon that they support an earmark moratorium, for Republicans, that South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is expected to propose at the U.S. Senate Republican Conference Tuesday. “They (constituents) have spoken loudly against the continuation of congressionally…

Earlier this year, the Utah Legislature passed a bill authorizing the state government to seize federally-managed lands through eminent domain.  Utah legislators, frustrated with what they feel to be mismanagement of public lands, approved legislation on the belief that the state could care for the lands in a much better manner than the feds. A state lawmaker in Idaho, Rep.…

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo is reviewing a set of proposals released by a blue ribbon commission on how to lower the national deficit. The draft recommendations include reducing spending by $200 billion in the next five years, reforming the tax code, and making changes to Social Security. Crapo is one of 18 members on the commission created by President Barack…