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UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 2:32 p.m.

Trump signs Cantwell bill requiring new wildfire technology, smoke forecasts

A new federal law aims to protect wildland firefighters by requiring agencies to outfit crews with GPS locators and deploy drones to scout out and map blazes. U.S. Sen. Maria …


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump is undermining Congress’s power of the purse. Republicans must vote to stop it.

One would think that constitutional conservatives would be leading the fight in the Senate to reverse the president’s extraordinary emergency declaration and reclaim Congress’s power of the purse. So far, …


Dissent among Democrats postpones action on anti-Semitism measure

House Democrats have postponed indefinitely a vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism after a contentious meeting in which some new members confronted leaders over their push to rebuke Rep. Ilhan …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

Spokane’s mayor to testify in Congress on water quality

Spokane’s mayor is to testify before Congress on Thursday, asking for additional funding and support for cities trying to comply with federal clean water requirements.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Cathy McMorris Rodgers cast principled vote in opposing Trump’s emergency declaration

She’s not in leadership anymore, but Cathy McMorris Rodgers just put on a one-vote exhibition in how to lead. By example. By doing the hard thing, rather than merely saying …


Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 12:06 p.m.

GOP candidate in disputed US House race not running again

The Republican candidate whose apparent victory in a North Carolina congressional race was thrown out because of suspicions of ballot fraud announced Tuesday he will not run in the newly …


Spokane Valley banker tells Congress to allow lenders to deal with marijuana businesses

Greg Deckard, chairman and president of State Bank Northwest, doesn’t do business with marijuana companies. But he argued before members of Congress that a bill that would shield his bank …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Democrats question pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint deal

Democratic lawmakers challenged top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint over their pledge not to raise prices for wireless services or hurt competition if their $26.5 billion merger goes through.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces bill to codify ‘net neutrality’ provisions

But the Republican congresswoman continued her criticism of stricter federal regulations for internet service providers, saying consumer protections could be achieved without returning to the regulatory framework Democrats have asked …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

How Trump’s State of the Union is connected to Spokane and Inland Northwest

President Donald Trump will address a very different Congress than he did a year ago, but many of the issues are the same. Lawmakers remain at odds on funding for …


House OKs 2.6 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers

The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a pay raise for civilian federal employees, a step that lawmakers said shows respect for a workforce that just endured a 35-day partial government …


House GOP leader says border deal doesn’t need word ‘wall’

A border security compromise that Congress hopes to produce doesn’t have to include the word “wall,” the top House Republican said Tuesday, signaling a rhetorical retreat from a term that …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Local lawmakers see end to shutdown with Trump announcement, remain at odds on wall funding

While lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they hoped the deal would ease the suffering for the state’s thousands of federal workers, they do not see eye-to-eye on …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Michael Cohen delays congressional testimony, citing threats from President Trump

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, will not testify before Congress next month, one of his attorneys said Wednesday - quashing at least temporarily the hopes of liberals …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

House GOP strips Iowa Rep. Steve King of House committee assignments in response to white supremacy remarks

Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

Federal workers in Spokane receive help as paychecks held

Employment statistics show there are more than 6,000 federal employees living and working in the Inland Northwest, many of whom are waking up Friday without a paycheck. Local lending institutions …


Washington state gets a new kind of clout in new Congress

As a new Congress opens with Democrats controlling the House, Washington trades clout in leadership for some better positions on committees.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Speaker again, Pelosi sees ‘new dawn’ for diverse 116th Congress

Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker’s post Thursday as the 116th Congress took office and ushered in a historically diverse class of freshmen ready to confront President …


Local congressional delegation leery of partial federal government shutdown set to begin Friday

The partial shutdown would affect operations at the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they don’t want …


Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

Google CEO Sundar Pichai – and other tech executives who may be watching – got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers small-business bill gets Senate OK, heads to President Trump’s desk

The law seeks to incentivize more private investment in small businesses outside of economic centers like New York and Los Angeles. It passed through both chambers of Congress with little …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 11:25 a.m.

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest.


Lawmakers wary of Trump’s threat to cancel NAFTA

Lawmakers in both parties appear wary of President Donald Trump’s threat to pull the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, an apparent move to pressure a reluctant …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Trump: Congress can choose USMCA or nothing

President Donald Trump says he will shortly be providing formal notice to Congress that he will terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, giving lawmakers six months to approve the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

Trump’s ex-lawyer admits lies about Russian real estate deal

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, confessed in a surprise guilty plea Thursday that he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on Trump’s behalf …


GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

House of Representatives votes to delist gray wolves, bill’s future uncertain in Senate

The House of Representatives voted 196-180 on Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48. The legislation will next head to the Senate.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 11:05 a.m.

House of Representatives votes to delist gray wolves

The House of Representatives will vote Friday on whether to delist gray wolves in the contiguous United States.