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Idaho senators want wildfire funding to focus on prevention

BOISE – Three Western senators met in fire-ravaged Idaho on Tuesday to announce a push to reform the way the nation funds fire prevention and firefighting. Idaho’s two Republican senators joined with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden to launch the bipartisan effort, saying they want to use the fall budget negotiations in Congress to introduce “bold reforms.”

Senators say wildfire prevention system needs ‘bold reforms’

Idaho’s two GOP senators joined with Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden today to launch a new bipartisan push to use the fall budget negotiations in Congress to reform the way the nation funds wildfire prevention.

Trib: Risch, Labrador Grandstanding


Ruthie: Risch Quiet, Hard Working


Eye on Boise: Crapo, Risch oppose immigration bill

BOISE – Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch both voted against the landmark immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate last week. “The triggers in this bill with regard to border security are not strong enough,” Crapo said.

Dairy Industry Rips Risch, Crapo


Durst: Crapo, Risch Demagoguing


Anti-tax activist Norquist touts immigration reform

BOISE – Grover Norquist is best known as an anti-tax activist – he wrote the no-tax-hikes pledge that’s now been signed by nearly every Republican member of Congress – but he’s also a big backer of reforming the nation’s immigration laws, a cause he’s been pushing for the past 30 years. Norquist came to Boise on Tuesday to tell Idahoans why he thinks conservatives should support immigration reform. A crowd of more than 250 came to the talk sponsored by the City Club of Boise.

Pollsters find broad support for immigration bill

BOISE – A new statewide poll shows Idaho voters strongly in support of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration bill now being debated in the U.S. Senate, with 67 percent saying they support the bill, 75 percent saying they back a path to citizenship that includes tough requirements and 89 percent saying the United States should fix its immigration system this year. Both of Idaho’s senators have opposed the bill in the two procedural votes taken on it thus far. GOP Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo were among just 15 senators that opposed allowing debate to start on the bill. Now, the Senate is debating various possible amendments.

Andrus Calls Risch ‘Obstructionist’


Carlson: Risch On Cruise Control