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GOP Rep. Farenthold resigns from Congress

Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold abruptly resigned Friday, four months after announcing he wouldn’t seek re-election amid sexual harassment allegations.


Daniel Akaka, first Native Hawaiian in Congress, dies at 93

Former Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka, the first Native Hawaiian elected to Congress who served for more than three decades, died Friday. He was 93.


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 6:15 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers: Trump should listen to Washington wheat farmers on tariffs

The congresswoman urged President Donald Trump to listen to the concerns raised by wheat farmers over the inclusion of their crop on a list of American agricultural products subject to …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Facebook signals that Zuckerberg will testify to Congress in data privacy scandal

Facebook is in talks with lawmakers about having its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testify to Congress about the social network’s handling of user data.


Mnuchin pitches line-item veto: ‘Congress could pass a rule’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has urged lawmakers to give President Donald Trump a line-item veto, saying on “Fox News Sunday” that it might prevent Democrats from stacking more nondefense discretionary …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 10:03 a.m.

Will GOP accomplishments in Congress be enough for voters?

With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans …


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Shutdown looming, Congress and White House seek budget deal

Capitol Hill Democrats have rejected a White House bid to extend protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants in exchange for $25 billion in funding for President Donald Trump’s long-sought border wall …


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 7:14 a.m.

When LBJ dissed Tom Foley among stories that could be highlighted in documentary promoting civility

An effort is underway to produce a documentary on U.S. Rep. Tom Foley, his stories and civility in politics.


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 6:39 a.m.

Republican enters race for Congress against McMorris Rodgers, Brown

Jered Bonneau has been homeless, rallied for the Bundy family in their standoff with federal officials and will now run under the GOP banner for Eastern Washington’s congressional seat. “I …


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Amid little scrutiny, U.S. military ramps up in Afghanistan

The U.S. is adding military advisers and combat aircraft as part of President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan war strategy, but Congress appears to be paying little attention.


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

Money’s not the problem as lawmakers tackle spending bill

Money’s not really the holdup in talks on a huge $1.3 trillion spending bill that’s making its way through Capitol Hill.


Republicans in Congress look to keep a low profile

After last year’s successful drive to cut taxes, what do President Donald Trump’s allies in Congress do for an encore? The answer seems to be, “Not so much.”


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Members of Congress lay wreath at site of King assassination

About a dozen Democrats and Republicans prayed and sang “Amazing Grace” during a solemn ceremony Friday at the site where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated nearly 50 …


Congress’ immigration push sputters as guns grab attention

It’s taken just two weeks for Washington’s immigration battle to fade from blistering to back-burner. Lawmakers now seem likely to do little or nothing this election year on an effort …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

GOP leaders move slowly on tighter gun laws

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday showed little interest in stricter gun control proposals being floated in Congress, leaving the issue in the hands of wary Senate leaders and President …


Congress returns amid pressure to act on gun violence

After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

After border visit, Gonzaga students talk immigration with McMorris Rodgers

Four students who attended the Gonzaga University’s Justice in January service learning event spoke with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Spokane on Wednesday, a couple of weeks ahead of a …


Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation’s gun laws. Four months …


Senate rejects immigration bills; young immigrants in limbo

The Senate has left hundreds of thousands of “Dreamer” immigrants in limbo, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation’s border security. Senators dealt …


Breaking with GOP, McMorris Rodgers votes against major change to the Americans with Disabilities Act

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers broke with most of her Republican colleagues Thursday by voting against a bill to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act, siding with critics who say …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Democratic poll lauded by Lisa Brown; Cathy McMorris Rodgers team skeptical

A poll commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has Lisa Brown running neck-and-neck with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the race for Eastern Washington’s seat in the U.S. House …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

Trump prods Congress amid debate on immigration

A high-stakes Senate debate over immigration got off to a halting start Tuesday, with Republican and Democratic leaders immediately at loggerheads over how to move forward and President Donald Trump …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Senate starts in on immigration reform

The Senate’s two top leaders put on a show of comradery Monday as their chamber launched its immigration debate, but also laid down markers underscoring how hard it will be …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

Lobbying expenses spiked as Congress shaped tax overhaul

Money spent on lobbying by corporations, trade associations and special interest groups spiked during the final three months of 2017 as they battled for the biggest breaks possible in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 12:50 p.m.

Why prospect of higher budget gaps is spooking stock market

The stock market may be firing off warning shots to the Trump administration and Congress about their plans to blow up the size of the federal deficit.


What to know about the overnight budget shutdown

While you were sleeping, Congress was shutting down the government – and then reopening it – in a familiar display of dysfunction. It’s the second time this year lawmakers have …


McMorris Rodgers: End filibuster in Senate for spending bills

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the Senate should end the fillibuster for spending bills. But Sen. Patty Murray says the filibuster (or threat of one) forces cooperation on bipartisan legislation.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

Bipartisan immigration bill surfaces, Trump knocks it down

A bipartisan immigration proposal has surfaced in the Senate, only to be quickly knocked down by President Donald Trump via Twitter on Monday.