Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Friday, June 24, 2005


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Idaho salmon, small businesses, downwinders, and the Second Amendment all received support today from the Senate Appropriations Committee upon its approval of the Fiscal Year 2006 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill.

Idaho Senator Larry Craig, a member of the Committee that wrote the bill, secured support for several projects important to Idaho. After Committee approval, he stated, “Serving on the Appropriations Committee provides a unique opportunity to direct federal spending and the priorities of federal agencies. Today’s mark-up highlights each of these roles. This bill provides support for a number of priority projects for Idaho, and also directs federal agencies in the enforcement of federal firearm laws.”

Projects include:

  • Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund ($4.5 million for Idaho) – Salmon recovery projects in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho. This is the second year that Idaho has been included in the program.
  • Idaho State University Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory ($500,000) – Geospatial research for water resource organizations in Idaho to utilize remote sensing and geospatial technologies for more efficient use of water.
  • Radiation Exposure Compensation Act reform – Language directing the Department of Justice to report to Congress on what reforms are needed, what it can do administratively, and what needs to be enacted by Congress, in response to the recent, detailed study by the National Academy of Sciences. More information on what Senator Craig is doing on RECA reform is available on here.
  • College of Southern Idaho Pro-Tech Program –Training for employees of companies that are new to the area. It is an ongoing program, and the bill urges the Small Business Administration to continue its support.
  • Lewis-Clark State College Virtual Incubator – Small business incubator that focuses on helping those interested in e-commerce. It is also an ongoing program, and the bill urges the Small Business Administration to continue its support.
Detailed information on each project is available on Senator Craig’s website.

Several legislative provisions were retained from the fiscal year 2005 bill that address concerns over Second Amendment rights. They include language to prevent a national gun owner registry; preserve the definition of rare and historical firearms; retain the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as the primary enforcement agency for federal firearm laws; prevent the release of data sensitive to criminal investigations; halt excessive paperwork requirements for federal firearm dealers; maintain licenses for low-volume firearm dealers; and protect consumers from fees and taxes associated with background checks.

The Committee also approved the Fiscal Year 2005 Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Please reference Senator Craig’s release from Tuesday, June 21, 2005, Ag Research Sees Increased Support, for a complete list of projects included in that bill.

The bills approved today by the Appropriations Committee will now go to the full Senate for consideration.


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