Idaho’s members of Congress have three more weeks of August recess before they return to D.C.
Their schedules while back in Idaho vary; none of them appear to have planned any town halls or similar events focused on their congressional work. (There have been a number of calls nationwide for such events this year, particularly by critics of President Donald Trump. Rep. Raul Labrador hosted a couple of town halls this spring.)
Sen. Mike Crapo will be at Boise’s Veterans Park on State Street at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 to honor the Wake Island Reunion group and veterans with a Congressional Record statement, and to announce new medal legislation in Congress. Other plans include discussing teen dating violence issues at Idaho State University in Pocatello, attending a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation event in Jerome, talking veterans health service issues in Kendrick, and presenting a Spirit of Idaho Award to Idaho National Laboratory researchers in Howe. He’ll also attend several meetings with businesses and individuals to discuss casework and requests, according to his staff.
Sen. Jim Risch has already visited the Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene areas. He will host small business discussions in Boise and Idaho Falls later this month; details are not yet available.
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Rep. Mike Simpson spoke at the 2017 Intermountain Energy Summit in Idaho Falls on Wednesday. He has meetings and tours at INL, state universities, and health care providers and insurers. He has speaking engagements planned before various groups, businesses and chambers of commerce. Scheduled meetings include with representatives of mining, agriculture and technology industries in Idaho; his staff says he also plans to meet with newspaper editorial boards.
Labrador, who is campaigning for governor, would not provide a schedule of his activities while in Idaho for the recess. His office said to check his congressional and campaign Facebook pages for any scheduled events.
Their visit home coincides nicely with the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Simpson plans to watch it with his family in Idaho Falls. Crapo and Risch, too, plan to watch it, but did not say where. Labrador did not respond regarding his eclipse plans.