During a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing to consider the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Fiscal Year 2022 budget, Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) expressed concerns with a recent data leak of personal tax records at the IRS, and reiterated his longstanding concerns with big data c…

Trevor came in late, as usual, into my linear algebra class. We were about four weeks into the semester, and he always missed at least the first twenty minutes of class. Then, once he got settled into his seat, he would ask questions I had just answered.

“The recent ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline and JBS are just the latest salvos in an ongoing digital war that is putting innocent citizens in its crossfire. Just as the U.S. Intelligence Community once warned about al-Qaeda, they are now publicly sounding the alarm over the cyber cap…

Well, I am glad to see that I am not the only one that Idaho Senator Van Burtenshaw doesn't respond to. The Adams Publishing group extended an opportunity to our District 35 representatives to inform their constituents about the legislation that was passed or failed in the current legislativ…

Alex Adams, Administrator of the Idaho Division of Financial Management, shared remarkable results of Idaho’s Return to Work bonuses at a House Ways and Means Committee panel discussion in March. He cited Idaho’s unemployment rate as among the lowest in the country [at 3.2 percent in March],…

A sweet, elderly lady that goes to our church approached me after the Sunday meeting was over. Her son was helping her walk down the aisle. The son is almost seventy, so this mother was no spring chicken.

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Now that Idaho’s public higher education spring 2021 commencement ceremonies are over, as Board president, I want to congratulate the administrators, faculty, and staff at each of Idaho’s colleges and universities,and draw attention to their remarkable accomplishments since March 2020 when t…

Gary and Richard were neighbors and best friends. It also happened that each of them had had his first child born simultaneously, and both children were girls. So when those girls approached dating age, it was natural for the two men to compare notes as to how they would handle the situation.

Menan is a tiny town of about 900 people. Every year, around the 4th of July, it swells to over 20,000 people. It starts out with a breakfast and flag-raising, followed by foot races and parades. (There are more people walking in the parade than live in Menan) Baseball, three on three basket…

It’s nice to be getting back to normal life again, even though that normal still feels strange. I am still teaching most of my classes online this semester, but I do have the privilege of teaching one computer science class face-to-face. We have had to social distance and wear masks, but the…

The 2021 Legislative Session has drawn to a close — or an extended recess, at least. It was the longest legislative session in Idaho history. We thought it was important for lawmakers to give their account of that session, its highs and lows, and where they plan to go from here.

Tax filing season and Economic Impact Payment issues are the most frequent federal tax-related topics I hear about from Idahoans. Since coronavirus relief programs have resulted in extra paperwork for taxpayers this year and nearly constant updates of tax preparation systems, I called for ex…

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Effective management of water resources affects the vitality of communities and their ability to grow and develop. Respecting water rights is a central factor in the management of water resources. I have been a longtime opponent of federal agencies eroding states’ water rights practices. I h…

[Last week was] Teacher Appreciation Week across the country, and while one week is hardly enough time to show our teachers how much we value them, it is a good opportunity to tell the teachers in your life that you notice all they do for our students and communities.

Grant and Emma had just seen the last of their children married. Ed was almost sixty, and Emma was only a couple of years younger. They now talked about all the wonderful things they would do together during their retirement years. Then the Covid virus came.

Celese sighed as she climbed out of bed. She knew it was going to be a long day. She had some critical deadlines for work, and it always seemed like there was more to do than she could get done.

This week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, a bill to make the District of Columbia a state. Unfortunately, this bill passed the House on a party-line vote of 216-208 and has now been sent to the Senate, where I can only hope the bill will be met with enough opposition to fail.

The past 13 months have presented enormous challenges for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. The sudden changes in work life, home life, and social life, along with new ways of learning and instructing, have firmly placed the COVID-19 pandemic as one of our most difficul…

Idahoans’ input is extremely helpful as we work together to ensure federal laws are sound and federal services are accessible and effective. A great example is the time SMSgt. Jeremy Kitzhaber, U.S. Air Force (Retired), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 63 Legislative Committee Chairman, o…

Mrs. Ward was known as a strict teacher, and we experienced it firsthand. Of course, her sternness might have been out of necessity. Our eighth-grade social studies class consisted of fifty-four rambunctious boys and was the last period of the day. As a group, we seemed to oscillate between …

As my mother has gotten older, she has lived with some of her children for a time. I was the last one she lived with before choosing to go into an assisted living center. “It’s not that I don’t like living here,” she said. “You make me quite comfortable. It’s just the stairs and the tub.”

As the 117th Congress is now in full swing, legislation is being reintroduced and work is underway on needed policy changes. Following is a brief overview of important legislation I am working with fellow senators to reintroduce this Congress.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have consistently maintained there is a real need for a rational immigration policy built on several important principles. I have weighed past immigration reform legislation against these principles, and have voted against immigration reform efforts that do …

Recently I met with County Commissioners from Twin Falls, Gooding, Shoshone, Lincoln, Jerome and Minidoka, and I was able to discuss my Columbia Basin Initiative to address ending the perennial lawsuits, creating certainty for agriculture, and salmon recovery. I was also able to listen to th…

December’s revelation that U.S. government agencies and our largest corporations were subject to a hyper-sophisticated cyberattack was not unexpected, but the breadth of the SolarWinds hack was shocking. FireEye, a world leader on cybersecurity, stated the company had never witnessed a breac…

Hailee loved her job working at the nursing home, but she had one major challenge. That challenge went by the name of Bob.

Infectious diseases have been with us since before recorded history. The lives of countless numbers of families have been forever altered by them. Diseases have changed the course of civilizations. As serious outbreaks occur, they cause us to be fearful, angry, and to confront our own mortal…

Major federal rules must be rare and well-reasoned, given their outsized impact. While Congress has enacted legislation attempting to curb federal overregulation, we cannot let up in working to ensure American productivity is not stymied by federal mandates. I joined a bipartisan group of fe…

As a former dentist, I have always viewed preventive medicine as the most important thing for your health. If you see a problem, address it early, and the impacts are mitigated. It is a philosophy I have followed during my time on the Blackfoot City Council, the Idaho Legislature, and now Co…

I have a big tiller that will rip deep into the ground yet is small enough to load into my pickup. In the springtime, I try to take a few evenings and do some service tilling up garden spots for as many people as possible. Because I want my children to learn to serve, I often take them with me.

Free and fair trade is vital for Idaho’s $4 billion export industry. As Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, with jurisdiction over reciprocal trade agreements, tariffs and import quotas, I have welcomed the opportunity to continue to work to ensure fair and open market opportunit…

My mother lives in an assisted living center and doesn’t drive anymore. Since I, of all her children, live the closest, she calls me, and I take her to where she needs to go. Recently, she needed to go deposit some money at the bank.

My husband and I just got home from the open house of the Madison High field house. All I can say is WOW! What a beautiful, year-round functional facility.

In the weeks since I have released my concept regarding the salmon, energy and dams issues in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve received a significant amount of feedback. Some have wondered what my motivation is, so I thought it may be helpful to explain how and why I decided to take this issue on.

My wife, Donna, and I are hoping to build a new home. As we get older, we realize that our house with its myriad of stairs will not be sufficient for us. We have purchased some land and have started the impossible task of getting building permits, moving our current house contents into stora…

Over the last year, Congress has come together multiple times to pass massive, bipartisan bills totaling trillions of dollars in relief measures to back the medical response and help American families and businesses weather the pandemic. I have been encouraged by this bipartisan approach, an…

As Idaho Teachers of the Year, we are acutely aware of the problems and obstacles created by the COVID-19 public health crisis. We have seen students and educators struggle with the stresses of uncertainty, trauma, and workload, but have few options for where to turn for help. We have seen c…

Our new president and the Democrat-led Congress are seeking to bail out big, poorly-managed states and punish states that have operated responsibly during the pandemic – a step that would saddle Idaho children with even greater debt and suppress economic prosperity for generations to come.

My wife is a music major, and most of our children have taken after her. Their extracurricular activities have been in band, choir, and theatre, so I have spent many hours attending concerts. One concert was quite memorable.

For a couple of years now I have been excoriating the U of Idaho’s Confucius Institute backed by the Chinese Communist Party…CCP. Thank you, University of Idaho for “dumping” the Confucius Institutes that have infiltrated our education system and condemned by Senator Risch for subversive act…

Our Governor and President are currently acting like dictators, using inflated Covid statistics as their reason. The following rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by both U.S. and Idaho constitutions have been severely restricted or abolished under unconstitutional covid mandates: Freedo…

In 1953, then-U.S. Senator Herman Welker (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made a convincing case for the addition of a second federal judgeship for Idaho at a Judiciary subcommittee hearing. The Senator cited the increase in cases, rising case backload and considerable …