U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) talks with Joan Cartan-Hansen about the current issues in front of the U.S. Senate. One current issue is the co-called "nuclear option" of removing the filibuster provision in the Senate that Democrats want to use to stall President Bush's judicial nominees. One of those nominees, William Myers, is from Boise.
Other issues before the Senate include the war in Iraq, the federal budget, social security, banruptcy reform and health care concerns. A cancer survivor, Crapo will speak about his recent treatment for prostate cancer and the need for increased awareness about that disease. He is also trying to get compensation for Idahoans who lived downwind of nuclear testing in Nevada and who now have cancer and other illnesses.
Mike Crapo is serving his second term as a United States Senator, having first been elected to that position in 1998. Prior to his Senate service, Crapo served three terms as the 2nd District Rep. for Idaho in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served in the Idaho State Senate from 1984 to 1992, and spent his final four years there as Senate President Pro Tempore.
Crapo is a member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Development Committee, the Budget Committee and the Finance Committee, which reviews significant portions of the President's annual budget.
In 2001, Sen. Crapo also became a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He is the Chairman on the Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization. New also this term is his appointment to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
Sen. Crapo is involved in Senate leadership as a Deputy Whip. He is the founder and Co-chair of the Senate Nuclear Cleanup Caucus. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Western Water Caucus and Co-Chairman of the Sportsmen's Caucus.