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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.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 2:55 p.m.

Lisa Brown surges in fundraising, but Cathy McMorris Rodgers widens money margin in Congress race

Both camps are claiming unprecedented interest and donations in the race to represent Eastern Washington in Congress. The contest between the House of Representatives’ fourth-ranking Republican and the former Democratic …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

House passes bill after sports doctor scandal

The House has followed up on the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar by passing legislation that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to promptly report abuse claims …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Republicans in Congress divided over protecting Mueller from being fired by Trump

Republicans in Congress were divided Sunday over protecting special counsel Robert Mueller III, with two senators embracing plans to make it more difficult for President Donald Trump to fire him …


Top Democrat rescinds offer of $25 billion for Trump’s wall

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump’s long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 3 p.m.

Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed …


Congress shuts down the government. Now what?

The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here’s a look at what the parties are fighting …


Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid 11-year recession

Top financial officials in Puerto Rico offered a peek Friday into why the U.S. territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demanded more transparency and …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 10:38 p.m.

‘A wait-and-see kind of a situation’: How the federal government shutdown would be felt in Eastern Washington, North Idaho

Federal offices in Eastern Washington and North Idaho are preparing for a potential government shutdown as lawmakers


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Children’s health insurance funding at center of shutdown battle splitting Washington delegation

Lawmakers remain at odds over legislation that would fund the federal government past a rapidly approaching Friday deadline. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, joined by Republican colleagues at a news conference …


Shawn Vestal: Only in Wonderland is Congress insuring children’s health

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ claim that the House reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program is fit for a fact in Wonderland.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Trump’s year: Mueller looms, Congress bickers over Russia

Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 working with Democrats on investigations into Russian interference in U.S. elections have pivoted as the new year begins and midterm elections loom, …


Trump washes his hands of insurgency against GOP incumbents

President Donald Trump says he’s done campaigning for insurgents challenging incumbent Republican members of Congress.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 2, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Two new faces and old partisan standoffs as Congress returns

There will be two fresh Senate faces and plenty of familiar but stubborn clashes facing lawmakers as Congress begins its 2018 session Wednesday.


Congress returns to a full slate of difficult issues

Congress faces a jam-packed to-do list when it returns this week, with deadlines looming on difficult issues – including how to fund the government and avoid a shutdown, stabilizing the …


Candidate for John Conyers’ seat sues Gov. Snyder over special election date

A candidate who wants to replace U.S. Rep. John Conyers in Congress has filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, alleging the 11-month delay in holding a special …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Churchill visits U.S., Dec. 28, 1941


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news

A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide …


Health insurance funding for children running low as Congress stays deadlocked on reauthorizing CHIP

A federal health insurance program covering 52,000 kids in Washington is running out of money as partisan disagreements keep Congress from reauthorizing funding. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly called …


New year to be a challenge for Republicans in Congress

Their tax bill triumph in the rear-view mirror, Republicans running Congress face a 2018 in which they’ll need Democratic votes to get almost anything done.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 22, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Expanded child tax credit may not be as generous as it seems

The expansion of a child tax credit helped seal Congress’ approval of the Republican tax overhaul. Sen. Marco Rubio had insisted that House-Senate negotiators allow low-income households to claim more …


Senate approves stopgap measure, evading shutdown

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday, averting a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday but pushing into January showdowns on spending, immigration, health care and national security.


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 …