While Congressional Republicans craft a response to President Barack Obama's $3.7 trillion budget for 2012, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said he would support across-the-board reductions rather than targeting specific programs or agencies.
"Unless you can prove that specific programs have no justification for any federal funding, or that they're mismanaged, it is more politically justifiable to ask all parts of the budget to share in the reductions that are necessary to achieve budget targets," Crapo told Citydesk.
When asked if he would support a general cut to all programs, including hot-button issues such as benefits to veterans, Crapo hedged a bit.
"You've obviously mentioned an area where I believe there should be no cuts," Crapo told Citydesk. "There are some parts of the budget that need to be protected and that's one of them. But we can't add too many to that list. If you start exempting everything, fiscal objectives can't be met."
While Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch sent boastful letters to Idaho Tea Partiers this week, and Rep. Mike Simpson sent good tidings as well, Idaho Democrats had a a message for the throngs as well.
"Idahoans agree that we must take aggressive action to get our country out of the current recession. Americans are frustrated that eight years of irresponsible policies pursued by the Bush administration have left the economy in a shambles with record deficits, record unemployment and record home foreclosures...
About an hour ago, President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Bill into law, creating 2 million new acres of wilderness across the United States, including 500,000 acres in the Owyhee Canyonlands. [Map .pdf]
Ranchers and fishermen, small business owners, environmentalists, conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats on the local, state and federal levels -- all united around the idea that there should be places that we must preserve; all doing the hard work of seeking common ground to protect the parks and other places that we cherish.Also invited to the signing: Sen. Mike Crapo who championed the bill through Congress, Fred Grant, chairman of the Owyhee Initiative Work Group and Rick Johnson, executive director of the Idaho Conservation League (who snapped the photo above for citydesk with his handy iphone).
In any other town, in any other epoch, it would have been great ethnic politicking: Idaho's senior Senator Mike Crapo bequeathed 40 copies of a history of blacks in Congress on the Idaho Black History Museum Wednesday.
We at citydesk were just wondering how to apply for press credentials for the Obama inauguration in the off chance BW wants to send us to that *historic* event, when an e-mail from Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (R-, uh, Idaho) popped in the inbox, reading:
CRAPO: SWEARING-IN CEREMONY TICKET REQUESTS BEING TAKEN