Stories tagged: Congress
Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Democrats face hot-potato politics of sexual predation, too
Democrats have been quick to support the “me too” chorus of women – and some men – who have stepped up to allege sexual misconduct and name names. But now …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Cornyn: Congress gets say in renegotiated NAFTA
The Senate’s No. 2 Republican is making it clear: No changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement go anywhere without Congress’ say.
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 6:25 p.m.
Montana congressman misled authorities on reporter’s assault
A Montana congressman misled investigators about his assault on a reporter the day before he was elected and claimed that the “liberal media” was “trying to make a story” out …
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
Congress paid $17 million in workplace violation settlements
The government has paid more than $17 million in taxpayer money over the last 20 years to resolve claims of sexual harassment, overtime pay disputes and other workplace violations filed …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
McMorris Rodgers joins GOP calling for Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop Alabama bid
The congresswoman, who is making a push for large-scale tax reform by the end of this year, is calling on the judge at the center of sexual misconduct and assault …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Congress debates oil drilling in largest U.S. wildlife refuge
Opening the coastal plain to petroleum drilling, with the hope for jobs and new oil for the trans-Alaska pipeline, has stood as a goal of every Alaska governor and the …
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Texas may swap U.S. House seniority for staunch conservatism
Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country’s largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 9:11 p.m.
Stalled in Congress, LGBT rights advance at the local level
At the U.S. Capitol and in most statehouses nationwide, supporters of LGBT rights are unable to make major gains these days. Instead, they’re notching victories in seemingly unlikely venues, such …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 9:14 p.m.
Bipartisan analysis: Senate bill would hike taxes for 13.8M
Promoted as needed relief for the middle class, the Senate Republican tax overhaul actually would increase taxes for some 13.8 million moderate-income American households, a bipartisan analysis showed Monday.
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 8:48 p.m.
Chairman: House won’t agree to nix property tax deduction
The chairman of the House’s tax-writing committee said Sunday that he’s confident that chamber won’t go along with the Senate’s proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up …
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Steven Curtis Chapman and Mary Beth Chapman: End of adoption credit would be devastating
Losing the adoption tax credit, a vital and practical approach to overcoming the financial cost that prohibits many families from adopting, would be catastrophic for thousands of American parents.
Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 1:41 p.m.
Lawmakers question whether key CIA nominee misled Congress
Two former CIA employees are accusing the Trump administration’s choice for CIA chief watchdog of being less than candid when he told Congress he didn’t know about any active whistleblower …
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Here’s what you could buy with the $700 billion Congress wants to spend on defense
Outside of the Pentagon, spending $700 billion in a year would be a challenge.
Thu., Nov. 9, 2017
Simplify process for college aid
Most students from households poor enough to qualify for federal public assistance also meet the threshold to receive federal student aid. They shouldn’t be required to prove it twice.
Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
Gleeful Democrats see political wave; GOP says not so fast
Jubilant Democrats across America are declaring their big election victories in Virginia and New Jersey – their first of the young Trump era – mark the beginning of an anti-Trump …
Wed., Nov. 8, 2017
Tax-cut debate ignores budget reality
We’ve been through enough cycles of power change in Washington, D.C., to say with certainty that neither political party is serious about balancing the budget.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
Election day: A look at the winners and losers of the top U.S. races
Democrats swept Virginia and New Jersey’s governor’s races, incumbents came out on top in several big-city mayoral races and voters in Maine said they wanted to join 31 other states …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Two longtime House Republicans announce their retirements
Two longtime GOP lawmakers announced their retirements Tuesday from the House of Representatives, adding to the growing list of Republicans electing to leave Capitol Hill under the Trump administration rather …
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 12:47 p.m.
Former Trump adviser Page tells panel about 2016 Russia trip
A former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign has acknowledged in testimony to Congress that he had contact with a high-level Russian official while on a trip to …
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 3:56 p.m.
Trump seeks billions of dollars to counter North Korean missiles
The Trump administration is seeking nearly $6 billion in emergency spending to pay for urgent missile defense improvements to counter the nuclear threat from North Korea, increased U.S. troop levels …
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017
Outside View: Russia exposed social media’s vulnerability
The very attributes that make social media sites such effective advertising platforms are also what made them susceptible to a foreign influence campaign.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 9:42 a.m.
Tax plan good for everyone, McMorris Rodgers says; mostly for the rich, Democrats contend
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says House GOP tax plan means people would pay less, see wages rise. Washington Democrats say it’s good for the wealthy, not so good for the …
Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 3:51 p.m.
Defector: U.S. strike would trigger automatic NK retaliation
A high-ranking North Korean defector told a congressional hearing Wednesday that a pre-emptive U.S. military strike on the country would trigger automatic retaliation, with the North unleashing artillery and short-range …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 6:11 p.m.
Senators blast Facebook, Twitter, Google in Russia probe
As revelations emerged that Russian-linked accounts reached many more American voters than previously thought, Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google on Tuesday defended their security measures and promised a Senate …
Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 10:15 a.m.
George Nethercutt: Next step on DACA is up to Congress
The best remedy is for Congress to act comprehensively on immigration, especially accepting the Trump challenge to repair DACA.
Wed., Oct. 25, 2017
Congress must stabilize health insurance
Insurers need stability now, so they can set rates. The mandate to purchase is a key to keeping premiums in check.
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
Outside View: Congress propelled opioid epidemic
By the time the law passed last year, about 200,000 Americans had lost their lives due to opioid overdoses.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 11:36 a.m.
Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget
President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday “which will be the biggest in the history of our country!” following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork …
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Expiration of kids’ insurance program sets new low-water mark for D.C. dysfunction
Not long ago, the Seattle Times editorial board asked members of Congress what they were going to do about violence and guns. Cathy McMorris Rodgers answered that she was on …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 10:13 p.m.
Senators push for more online transparency in elections
Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or …