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Spokane Valley banker tells U.S. Congress to allow lenders to deal with marijuana businesses

Greg Deckard, chairman and president of State Bank Northwest, doesn’t do business with marijuana companies. But he argued before members of Congress that a bill that would shield his bank …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Democrats question pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint deal

Democratic lawmakers challenged top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint over their pledge not to raise prices for wireless services or hurt competition if their $26.5 billion merger goes through.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces bill to codify ‘net neutrality’ provisions

But the Republican congresswoman continued her criticism of stricter federal regulations for internet service providers, saying consumer protections could be achieved without returning to the regulatory framework Democrats have asked …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

How Trump’s State of the Union is connected to Spokane and Inland Northwest

President Donald Trump will address a very different Congress than he did a year ago, but many of the issues are the same. Lawmakers remain at odds on funding for …


House OKs 2.6 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers

The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a pay raise for civilian federal employees, a step that lawmakers said shows respect for a workforce that just endured a 35-day partial government …


House GOP leader says border deal doesn’t need word ‘wall’

A border security compromise that Congress hopes to produce doesn’t have to include the word “wall,” the top House Republican said Tuesday, signaling a rhetorical retreat from a term that …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Local lawmakers see end to shutdown with Trump announcement, remain at odds on wall funding

While lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they hoped the deal would ease the suffering for the state’s thousands of federal workers, they do not see eye-to-eye on …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Michael Cohen delays congressional testimony, citing threats from President Trump

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, will not testify before Congress next month, one of his attorneys said Wednesday - quashing at least temporarily the hopes of liberals …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

House rebukes GOP’s Steve King over racist remarks

A Democratic measure rebuking Republican Rep. Steve King for his comments about white supremacy won easy approval Tuesday in the House.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

Federal workers in Spokane receive help as paychecks held

Employment statistics show there are more than 6,000 federal employees living and working in the Inland Northwest, many of whom are waking up Friday without a paycheck. Local lending institutions …


Washington state gets a new kind of clout in new Congress

As a new Congress opens with Democrats controlling the House, Washington trades clout in leadership for some better positions on committees.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Speaker again, Pelosi sees ‘new dawn’ for diverse 116th Congress

Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker’s post Thursday as the 116th Congress took office and ushered in a historically diverse class of freshmen ready to confront President …


Local congressional delegation leery of partial federal government shutdown set to begin Friday

The partial shutdown would affect operations at the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they don’t want …


Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

Google CEO Sundar Pichai – and other tech executives who may be watching – got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers small-business bill gets Senate OK, heads to President Trump’s desk

The law seeks to incentivize more private investment in small businesses outside of economic centers like New York and Los Angeles. It passed through both chambers of Congress with little …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 11:25 a.m.

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest.


Lawmakers wary of Trump’s threat to cancel NAFTA

Lawmakers in both parties appear wary of President Donald Trump’s threat to pull the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, an apparent move to pressure a reluctant …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Trump: Congress can choose USMCA or nothing

President Donald Trump says he will shortly be providing formal notice to Congress that he will terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, giving lawmakers six months to approve the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

Trump’s ex-lawyer admits lies about Russian real estate deal

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, confessed in a surprise guilty plea Thursday that he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on Trump’s behalf …


GOP cancels votes on judges amid standoff over Mueller bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday vote on more than 20 federal judge nominations amid a standoff between Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and GOP leaders over legislation to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

House of Representatives votes to delist gray wolves, bill’s future uncertain in Senate

The House of Representatives voted 196-180 on Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48. The legislation will next head to the Senate.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 11:05 a.m.

House of Representatives votes to delist gray wolves

The House of Representatives will vote Friday on whether to delist gray wolves in the contiguous United States.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on working in the minority, leadership of her party and specter of impeachment

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke Wednesday about the prospects in a House of Representatives led by Democrats for the first time since 2011. She said there were no grounds for …


Analysis: Why ‘a real race’ in Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown contest offered familiar November result

Democrats said they couldn’t match the fervor from energized Republicans in Eastern Washington that led to a comfortable GOP win in the district, despite rumors of a “blue wave.” Republicans …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Simpson wins 11th term in House; Fulcher wins 1st District

BOISE – Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has won an 11th term representing Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District. And the GOP’s Russ Fulcher has won Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, defeating Democrat Cristina …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:18 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers wins eighth term with decisive victory over Democrat Lisa Brown

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown have been battling unofficially for more than a year in one of several contests nationwide that Democrats hope will shift control of Congress.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Campaign sign theft, vandalism reach new levels in 5th District race

Theft and defacement of campaign signs may be at an all-time high in the 5th Congressional District.


100 years ago in Spokane: Republicans decry re-election of congressman who opposed war

President Woodrow Wilson asked voters to elect a Democratic Congress, but Spokane’s Republicans had a particularly critical response to that, since it would mean re-electing a “disloyal man” and a …


Women, minorities overwhelmingly want a Democratic Congress, poll finds

A new poll shows just how important turnout among certain groups of voters will be in determining whether Democrats take control of Congress after the midterm elections or if Republicans …