Stories tagged: Congress
Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 12:14 p.m.
House bill delays train safety technology mandate 3 to 5 years
The House passed a bill Tuesday that delays for three to five years the mandate for railroads to put long-sought safety technology in place. Federal accident investigators say the technology, …
Sun., Oct. 25, 2015
Ex-Im Bank faces crucial vote
House expected to vote Monday on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which critics call the “Bank of Boeing.”
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 10:03 p.m.
Prospective speakers multiply in House as all wait on Ryan; McMorris Rodgers still not interested
Every day another Republican lawmaker seems to wake up and decide that he – and in at least one case, she – might make a pretty good speaker of the …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 9:44 p.m.
McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell told to prepare for next year’s wildfire season
The time to start preparing for next year’s wildfire season is now, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sen. Maria Cantwell were told Wednesday. Forecasters predict a warm winter, which means …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 10:23 p.m.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy withdraws candidacy for House speaker
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just before they were to vote and producing ever-deeper chaos for …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 5, 2015, 9:38 p.m.
Congress bracing for fight over Planned Parenthood
As House Republicans name a special subcommittee to investigate Planned Parenthood, Sen. Patty Murray calls it “transparent pandering.”
Wed., Sept. 30, 2015, 5:47 p.m.
No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open
Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open – but with no assurance there won’t be …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2015, 9:56 p.m.
Perkins Loan program going away
Congress fails to reauthorize Perkins Loans, the nation’s oldest federal loan program for college students.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2015, 4:42 p.m.
$700 million for wildfires part of shutdown deal
Legislation to avoid federal government shutdown includes $700 million to help pay for fighting summer wildfires.
Sun., Sept. 27, 2015
McMorris Rodgers seeking House majority leader post, reports say
The Washington Post and Politico are reporting that Spokane’s Republican congresswoman is a candidate for the second-highest position in the House of Representatives. And Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers isn’t denying …
Sat., Sept. 26, 2015, 7:05 p.m.
McMorris Rodgers pursuing majority leader position in Congress, according to Politico
The Washington Post and Politico are reporting that Spokane’s Republican Congresswoman is a candidate for the second-highest office in the House of Representatives.
Wed., Aug. 12, 2015
McMorris Rodgers, at town hall, says Planned Parenthood investigation needed
The embattled Planned Parenthood organization should answer questions prompted by videos discussing sales of fetal tissue, or face defunding, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told a crowd assembled for her …
Sat., Aug. 8, 2015
Groups urge McMorris Rodgers to protect conservation funding method
For the past 50 years, oil and gas companies involved in offshore drilling have paid into a fund that has provided protection for the basalt formations in Riverside State Park, …
Sat., March 28, 2015
Rural schools, roads funding passes House sans Labrador support
Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador cast one of just 37 “no” votes in the House this week on a program that provides millions of dollars to rural, timber-dependent Idaho counties for …
Fri., March 27, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
Harry Reid announces retirement from U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he …
Fri., March 13, 2015
Murray, Ryan budget deal style worth imitating
As we slog through another depressing period of obstruction and shutdown threats in Congress, it might be worth looking backward to another moment that felt impossibly polarized: Autumn 2013, when …
Wed., Feb. 18, 2015
Paid sick leave policy leads to local thanks
Next time you get a burger at the Lantern Tap House in Spokane’s Perry District, rest assured it didn’t come with a cough. The restaurant has enacted a paid sick …
Tue., Jan. 6, 2015, 9:24 a.m.
New Congress convenes with GOP in charge of both houses
WASHINGTON — Republicans assumed full control of Congress on Tuesday for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. …
Tue., Dec. 9, 2014, 4:38 p.m.
Lawmakers forge $1.1 trillion spending deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Time running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack …
Fri., Dec. 5, 2014
McMorris Rodgers’ son watches House approve ABLE Act
Wednesday’s legislative victory had a deeply personal touch for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The House Republican Conference Chair was joined on the floor of the chamber by her 7-year-old son, …
Fri., Dec. 5, 2014
McMorris Rodgers backs immigration measure; foresees action in 2015
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers joined almost all her Republican colleagues in supporting the bill Thursday that would nullify portions of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform. “Just …
Sat., Nov. 22, 2014
Farmers, workers want better immigration reforms
Washington farm owners and farm workers want Republicans in Congress to go even further than President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration reform. Leaders and workers of Central Washington’s fruit …
Thu., Oct. 16, 2014, 11:36 a.m.
Didier drops Newhouse from lawsuit alleging campaign violations
Clint Didier has dropped his claims against the campaign of his opponent, Dan Newhouse, for Washington’s 4th District Congressional seat alleging election violations by volunteer Chris Voigt. Voigt is the …
Thu., Sept. 4, 2014
Editorial: Congress should reauthorize jobs-maker Ex-Im Bank
Reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank should be high, if not first, on the congressional agenda when members return next week. The bank’s charter expires at the end of this …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 21, 2014, 12:26 p.m.
GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five …
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
McMorris Rodgers’ town hall draws both supporters, critics
An August town hall had a very November feel Monday as U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers addressed a crowd that included her election opponent and struck an optimistic tone on …
Thu., Aug. 14, 2014
McMorris Rodgers explains vote in favor of Obama lawsuit
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said her vote authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama was cast to voice frustration over what she called executive overreach. “I certainly have heard a …
UPDATED: Wed., July 30, 2014, 3:59 p.m.
House Republicans vote to sue Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a party-line vote of 225-201 Republicans pushed legislation through the House authorizing an official lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to enforce the health care …
Tue., July 22, 2014
Editorial: Congress’ highway fund fix lacks responsibility
The Spokane City Council may vote next week on a new “Rule of 80” that will put city pensions on a sounder financial footing. This week, Congress probably will adopt …
Tue., July 15, 2014, 11:09 a.m.
House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes
WASHINGTON — The House has voted to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.