Stories tagged: Congress
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Venezuela congress defies push to take over its powers
Venezuela’s congress met Saturday in defiance of what opposition leaders consider an autocratic push by allies of President Nicolas Maduro to usurp the legislature’s powers.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 3:19 p.m.
Pro-government assembly in Venezuela takes congress’ powers
Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly took over the powers of the opposition-led congress Friday, dramatically escalating a standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:54 p.m.
In rare Spokane town hall, Sen. Maria Cantwell faces friendly audience critical of GOP, Trump
In contrast to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sen. Maria Cantwell spoke unimpeded during a 90-minute town hall session at Gonzaga University on Tuesday to a half full room at Gonzaga …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 12:38 p.m.
Congress approves bill to address VA claims backlog
Congress has given final legislative approval to a bill aimed at trimming a rapidly growing backlog of veterans’ disability claims.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Health care, Trump, North Korea feature prominently at McMorris Rodgers’ town hall
The congresswoman took more than 20 questions in a 90-minute session that drew more than a hundred protesters. McMorris Rodgers defended her vote for the GOP health bill and President …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:40 p.m.
Trump bridles at criticism from GOP Senate leader McConnell, fires back
President Donald Trump hit back in an escalating fight with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday over who is to blame for the Republican Party’s failure to repeal Obamacare.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Congress is broken, and staff members know why
Members of Congress will return in September to a glut of complex and technically challenging tasks, including tax policy, the debt ceiling, and Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 2:27 p.m.
Daunting budget deadlines loom for government
The Trump administration and Congress face a daunting set of budget-related deadlines in the coming weeks. Blowing them could upend global financial markets and cause a partial government shutdown.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 5:44 p.m.
All 300 tickets to McMorris Rodgers town hall meeting distributed in 43 minutes
It took 43 minutes to distribute the 300 tickets available for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Town Hall meeting scheduled for Thursday. The tickets were distributed through an event planning …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 7:15 p.m.
Is Trump pocketing our tax dollars? Lawmakers push for answers
As President Donald Trump spends much of August at his New Jersey golf club, Democratic lawmakers are making a new push for information about how much money the federal government …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 8:57 p.m.
Cantwell schedules town hall of her own at Gonzaga University
Washington’s junior senator will take questions on Aug. 15 on any topic constituents want to talk about, her staff said Monday. It will be Cantwell’s fifth town hall this summer …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 10:44 a.m.
McMorris Rodgers will hold town hall at Gonzaga University on Thursday
The congresswoman will host a free event requiring a ticket at Gonzaga University on Thursday at 5 p.m. Recent town halls have been held at the Lincoln Center. It will …
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 11:19 a.m.
Billings Democrat announces bid against Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte
A Billings, Montana, attorney says he will run to unseat newly elected U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in next year’s election.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 7:57 p.m.
Congress recessing, leaving much undone, have tensions with Trump
Lawmakers scattered for their summer recess Thursday, leaving behind a slim record of achievements and a steaming President Donald Trump. The president is angry about what the Republican-led Congress couldn’t …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 9:23 p.m.
Marijuana fight puts Congress on collision course with Sessions
Congress is heading for a confrontation with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over pot.
Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
Trump blames Congress for ‘all-time’ low relationship with Russia; lawmakers push back
President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at Congress for the country’s deteriorating relationship with Russia, which he characterized in a morning tweet as “at an all-time & very dangerous …
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 3:53 p.m.
As Trump mulls cutting off Obamacare aid, Senate begins bipartisan approach
Even as President Donald Trump renews his threat to undermine the Affordable Care Act, senior Republican and Democratic senators announced plans Tuesday to begin work on a new bipartisan effort …
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017
Past opinions provide perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Coolidge ascends to top, Aug. 7
Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Congressman to fulfill assault sentence with nonprofit
Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte will work off his sentence for assaulting a reporter by volunteering for an organization that builds custom wheelchairs for children.
Sun., July 30, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
House passes better Hanford budget than Trump administration wanted
The U.S. House passed a package of appropriation bills that included a budget for the Hanford nuclear reservation for the next fiscal year before members scattered for a five-week summer …
Sat., July 29, 2017
Christine Flowers: Immigration politics implicated in tragedy
Instead of jockeying for moral superiority (Democrats) and pie-in-the-sky repeals of laws you’ll never erase (GOP), we should demand that our legislators do their job and fix the immigration system.
UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:46 p.m.
GOP blame-a-thon over health bill crash, but no clear path
The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law incited GOP finger-pointing Friday but left the party with wounded leaders and no evident …
Thu., July 27, 2017, 2:50 p.m.
House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, border wall
The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump’s controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase …
UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 1:29 p.m.
Interior chief reportedly warns Alaska senators on health care
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Alaska’s two Republican senators to warn them of repercussions for the nation’s largest state if they failed to toe the Trump administration line on health …
Thu., July 27, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Trump may veto Russia sanctions bill that seeks to restrain his power
President Donald Trump’s spokesman suggested Thursday that Trump may veto a massively popular bill designed to restrain his ability to roll back sanctions against Russia, despite the very strong likelihood …
UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 11:18 p.m.
Senate rejects measure to partly repeal Affordable Care Act, dealing GOP leaders a major setback
Senate Republicans suffered a dramatic failure early Friday in their bid to advance a scaled-back plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, throwing into question whether they can actually repeal …
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:46 p.m.
Transgender community reacts to Trump’s military ban
The president’s tweeted announcement Wednesday morning offered no plausible explanation for denying people who want to serve the opportunity to do so, members and allies of the region’s transgender community …
Wed., July 26, 2017, 6:08 p.m.
Senate defies Trump on call to investigate Hillary Clinton
President Donald Trump’s relentless calls for more investigations into Hillary Clinton, her emails and the Democratic National Committee are largely being ignored in Congress, where Republicans spent years and millions …
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 9:32 p.m.
Independent Agnew joins 2018 Congressional race that is far from solidified
Eric Agnew, a 39-year-old manager at Itron Inc., says he hopes to take advantage of a districtwide swing to the left following the 2016 campaign that he believes won’t be …
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 7:34 p.m.
House, Senate Republicans reach deal to move sanctions bill
House and Senate Republicans have worked out a deal to move quickly on a package of new financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, clearing the way for Congress …