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Congress deals 2 blows to ‘Obamacare’

Congress dealt a pair of blows to the Obama health care law Wednesday, including a retreat by two senators who were fighting for a provision this year that would help …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 4:17 p.m.

Young immigrants to wait until ’18 to learn their fate in U.S.

The fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants living here illegally and facing deportation will be decided next year, a Republican senator says.


Young immigrants’ fate unclear as Congress delays DACA fix

Lopez is one of thousands of immigrants who are losing their protection from deportation under the program established by President Barack Obama in 2012, including many who missed the deadline …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers makes final push for tax reform as Congress nears vote on divisive proposal

The fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives continues her pitch for the tax plan, which she says will put more money in the wallets of Americans. Democrats remain wary, …


Senate chairman disputes report of Corker add to tax bill

The Senate Finance Committee chairman on Monday rejected as “categorically false” a report that Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was responsible for a provision in the final tax bill …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 8:05 a.m.

Hawaii attorney general announces run for U.S. Congress

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who has been fighting President Trump’s travel ban, has announced he will run for U.S. Congress.


Outside View: Five years later, no progress on mass shootings

Five years after Sandy Hook, it is still far too easy for evil people to get guns and use them on schoolchildren, congregations, movie fans, ballplayers, concertgoers.


Shawn Vestal: Five years since Sandy Hook, Congress slumbers on gun safety

Five years ago today, 20 children and six adults were shot in class at a Connecticut school, and a lot of people thought it had finally, tragically arrived: The watershed. …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Uber: No evidence hackers took rider credit card numbers

An outside cyber security firm hired by Uber after a massive data theft found no evidence that rider credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers were downloaded by two …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook

The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre sounded alarms nationally about gaps in mental health care and led to calls for better screening and services, especially for young people showing a …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

GOP says it’s got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans – Donald …


12 governors urge Congress to fund children’s health program

Twelve governors of both parties are urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children’s health insurance program as soon as possible.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 9:29 p.m.

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate …


Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress.


Rep. Marcus Riccelli and Shahrokh Nikfar: McMorris Rodgers’ bill undermines paid sick leave

Trying to undermine paid sick leave laws goes against the values people in Spokane and across our state stood up for when they voted in favor of these policies.


Editorial: Foot-dragging on DACA is cruel

DACA itself was born of congressional inaction. President Obama adopted it after Congress failed to pass the Dream Act, which would’ve resolved the issue


Clown in Congress: Brazil’s Tiririca says he won’t run again

A clown elected twice to Brazil’s Congress under the slogan “It can’t get any worse” apparently feels that it did. He says he is too embarrassed by his fellow lawmakers …


Congress’ top 2 Dems to meet Trump on government spending

Congress’ top two Democrats said Monday they’ve accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump for a White House budget summit later this week as the two parties try to avert …


Editorial: Congress must fund CHIP soon

Colorado and Utah sent out notices last week telling families they risk losing CHIP coverage if Congress doesn’t act. Other states are expected to follow suit this month.


Guest opinion: Robin Ball: Adopt reciprocity for concealed carry permits

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act will also clear up confusion for our law enforcement officers in all states as citizens’ travel around our nation.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

As tax bill evolved, benefits for corporations and the wealthy grew

When Senate Republicans introduced their tax bill in the middle of last month, they faced competing interests: Some senators thought it wasn’t generous enough for working families. Others thought it …


Groups ask Congress for young immigrant fix by year’s end

Activists joined business and religious leaders Friday in urging Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year to protect some 800,000 young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Ethics panels want records on settled harassment claims

Ethics committees from the House and Senate requested records on Friday detailing taxpayer-financed payments made over the years to settle claims of sexual harassment, discrimination and other prohibited behavior by …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

Senate OKs tax bill as Trump, GOP near big legislative win

Republicans used a burst of eleventh-hour horse-trading to edge a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill to the brink of Senate passage Friday, as a party starved all year for a …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

GOP shoves tax overhaul ahead; shutdown still a threat

Republicans held together and shoved their signature tax overhaul a crucial step ahead Tuesday as wavering GOP senators showed a growing openness. But its fate remained uncertain, and a planned …


Lawmakers call for swift consequences in harassment cases but are divided over calls for resignation

Lawmakers embraced a bipartisan bill that would modernize procedures for handling sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill, but they were divided Sunday over whether congressmen facing allegations should resign or …


Editorial: Congress must protect workers from harassment

Congress should be a beacon of hope on this issue, not a safe harbor for creeps.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Congress coming back to crush of business in a fraught time

The crush of unfinished business facing lawmakers when they return to the Capitol would be daunting even if Washington were functioning at peak efficiency.


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.