Stories tagged: Congress
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 1:01 p.m.
What’s in, what’s out of bill to avert government shutdown
The short-term spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down is, to be honest, the only thing lawmakers really have to do before exiting Washington for the fall campaign.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 8:45 p.m.
IRS commissioner faces GOP critics seeking his impeachment
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen spent nearly four hours Wednesday being verbally pummeled by the House conservatives who want to impeach him.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 2:39 p.m.
Mylan CEO defends EpiPen cost to angry lawmakers
Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its lifesaving EpiPens and the profits for a company with …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Senate backs $1 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia
The Senate on Wednesday backed the Obama administration’s plan to sell more than $1 billion worth of American-made tanks and other weapons to Saudi Arabia, soundly defeating a bid to …
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 6:18 p.m.
Wells Fargo scandal puts focus on ‘clawbacks’ of executive compensation
When the Senate Banking Committee grills Wells Fargo & Co.’s chairman Tuesday about the banking giant’s sales scandal, look for the word “clawback” to come up more than once.
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 3:58 p.m.
GOP mostly powerless in stopping Obama ‘midnight regulations’
Republican lawmakers are bracing for a slew of last-minute rules and regulations, as well as more executive actions to place swaths of land under federal protection, during President Barack Obama’s …
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 1:58 p.m.
Congress struggles to finish Zika aid, prevent shutdown
Congressional negotiators on Monday pressed to wrap up a must-do spending bill to prevent an election-season government shutdown and finally provide money to battle the threat of the Zika virus, …
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016, 2:05 p.m.
Congressional report slams NSA leaker Edward Snowden
A House intelligence committee report on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he’s not a whistleblower and that the vast majority of the documents he stole were military and …
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016, 10:45 a.m.
Republican deal averts vote on impeaching head of IRS
A last-minute deal between conservatives and GOP leaders in the House averted votes expected Thursday on a measure to impeach the commissioner of the IRS.
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 7:27 p.m.
Deal averts vote on impeaching head of IRS
A last-minute deal between conservatives and GOP leaders in the House has averted votes expected Thursday on a measure to impeach the commissioner of the IRS.
Tue., Sept. 13, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Rep. Raul Labrador’s House caucus seeks to impeach IRS chief
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, wants to do something that hasn’t happened since 1876: Vote to impeach an appointed official of the executive branch.
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 7:56 p.m.
Obama, McConnell strike hopeful tone on budget, Zika
Striking a conciliatory tone after an Oval Office sitdown, President Barack Obama and the top Senate Republican declared themselves hopeful Monday that an agreement can be reached to keep the …
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 12:42 p.m.
GOP-led panel to question officials on FBI probe of Clinton
Republicans angry at the FBI for not recommending charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server will question officials about the decision.
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, 10:04 a.m.
Senators might skip town ASAP
The Senate’s scheduled to be in session through Oct. 3, but lawmakers could attempt to finish up next week.
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 10:36 a.m.
House passes 9/11 legislation as Obama veto threat looms
The House has approved a bipartisan bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. The measure was approved by voice vote Friday.
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 10:28 a.m.
Louisiana governor asks Congress for $2B for flood recovery
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday appealed to Congress to approve $2 billion in aid for his state, part of a two-day trip to Washington to ask for federal …
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, 8:16 p.m.
Congress returning to do … the bare minimum
WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers return to Washington this week for an abbreviated election-season session in which they will likely do what they do best: the bare minimum. All Congress must …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 1:12 p.m.
No six-month stopgap for Democrats, Senate minority leader insists
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid confirmed Thursday that Democrats this month will oppose any stopgap spending bill that would punt current government funding and policies into 2017, a strategy favored …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 12:39 p.m.
Apple’s tax fight could spur congressional action, treasury secretary says
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is criticizing a European ruling that Apple owes more than $14.5 billion in back taxes. He says the decision may spur Congress to finally address …
Sat., Aug. 27, 2016
Outside View: Another black eye for Big Pharma
The following editorial from the Sacramento Bee does not necessarily reflect the view of The Spokesman-Review’s editorial board. It’s bad enough that the price of life-saving EpiPens has exploded from …
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 2:09 p.m.
Spiked EpiPen prices has lawmakers calling for FTC investigation
Lawmakers are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.
Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, 6:04 p.m.
Grassley: FBI improperly restricting access to Clinton documents
The FBI is improperly restricting access to materials from its closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday.
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 10:41 p.m.
Administration warns Congress: Zika money running out
The Obama administration warned Congress Wednesday that money to fight the Zika virus is on the verge of running out amid political stalemate on Capitol Hill.
Wed., July 20, 2016
Editorial: Congress skips out on vital business
Now we understand that many members are running for re-election, but that’s nothing new. The fact remains they left important business hanging as they headed for the airport.
Mon., July 18, 2016
Getting There: Spokane International Airport weather observers avoid cut
The FAA funding bill stops the termination of human weather observers at Spokane International Airport.
Sat., July 16, 2016, 6:35 a.m.
On Capitol Hill, dysfunction reigns as GOP leaders fall short
In an election year featuring loud demands for change, Congress and its Republican leaders have delivered more of the same.
Sat., July 16, 2016
McMorris Rodgers, Wilson in 5th District
We support Dave Wilson’s ideas, but we’re also realists. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is in a strong leadership position and can help the district on issues such as protecting Fairchild Air …
Fri., July 15, 2016, 2:22 p.m.
Senate Democrats call for extending Iran sanctions law
A group of Senate Democrats is pushing for the renewal of a decades-old law that allows the United States to hit companies with economic sanctions for doing business with Iran.
Thu., July 14, 2016, 12:11 p.m.
Congress leaves Washington, its dysfunction on display
WASHINGTON – Congress exited a sweltering Washington on Thursday, its dysfunction on full display as it left behind must-do legislation to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a stalemate over …
Thu., July 14, 2016, 11 a.m.
Congress OKs bill requiring first GMO food labels
WASHINGTON – Consumers wanting to know if their foods contain genetically modified ingredients will be able to find out for the first time.