Defense Department officials said the reason the C-130s had not been sent to Idaho was that no new aircraft were being manufactured for the type of transport mission done by the Idaho Air National Guard unit where Craig wanted the planes delivered.
In October 2005, Craig suggested that flooded sections of New Orleans should be abandoned after Hurricane Katrina had hit and was quoted on a Baton Rouge television station as saying that "Fraud is in the culture of Iraqis.
Despite firmly stating that he was not and never had been gay, Craig announced his intention to resign from the Senate at a news conference on September 1, 2007, but later decided to finish the remainder of his term. He grew up on a ranch outside Midvale in Washington County.
In 1969 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Idaho.
After the Democrats gained control of the Senate in the 2006 Congressional election, Craig became the ranking member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
He served as the ranking member of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.
The amendment failed with 53 votes (60 votes were needed because the amendment was not germane to the underlying bill).