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House to act quickly on bipartisan measure to expand GI Bill

House Republicans and Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday that would provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Trump says he’ll be ‘angry’ if Senate health care bill flops

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will be “very angry” if the Senate fails to pass a revamped Republican health care bill and said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must “pull …


Russia sanctions bill stalled in House amid pushback from Trump

Legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia is stalled in the House amid a partisan battle over whether all lawmakers should have the authority to start a process to block a …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Illinois House approves state budget, ends historic impasse

The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in than two years and ending the nation’s …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Wounded Rep. Scalise readmitted to intensive care

The Washington hospital where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is recuperating from a gunshot wound says he has been readmitted to the intensive care unit.


Oregon House passes abortion-funding bill

The Oregon House has advanced a $10 million reproductive health care bill that would require all insurance companies across the state to cover abortions and a variety of other reproductive …


Special-ed needs the attention of lawmakers

Funding levels for special education services are shaped by two metrics: a cap and a multiplier. Neither one may reflect the reality of particular school districts.


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

Angry Democrats turn against leaders after House election losses

Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders.


Obamas buy their rental home in Washington, D.C.

Looks like former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are putting down deeper roots in Washington – after renting a house for their post-White House stint in …


Congress ignoring Medicaid’s vital role

Most of the early Senate talk has centered on pre-existing conditions, deductibles and premiums. Improving coverage is important, but senators cannot ignore Medicaid.


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Reporter alleges Montana GOP House candidate ‘body-slammed’ him

A reporter said the Republican candidate for Montana’s sole congressional seat “body-slammed” him Wednesday, the day before the special election.


House approves bill seeking to upend EPA pesticide rule

The House on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed measure reversing an Environmental Protection Agency requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit.


Oregon House approves joining National Popular Vote movement

The Oregon House has voted to join an agreement among states that want to elect the U.S. president by popular vote.


Analysis: Voters are getting a phone message from President Trump in Montana, where robocalls are illegal

Rather than risk an embarrassing loss Thursday, Washington Republicans have gone all in on Montana’s special congressional election.


Montana U.S. House race sparks record campaign spending

Campaign spending ahead of Thursday’s special election to fill Montana’s only U.S. House seat continued to surge deep into record territory, with at least $17 million flowing into the race …


Millennials are buying homes and don’t want handouts, thank you very much

In defense of millennials, a new Bankrate survey shows the generation has the will, and National Board of Realtors data show they have the wallet (or at least the mortgages).


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 5:43 p.m.

Utah’s Chaffetz will resign, raising doubts about Trump probe

Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, saying a “mid-life crisis” had compelled him to step away from his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee …


AHCA ‘victory’ was nothing to celebrate

The first Congressional Budget Office score should’ve been the end of it. Instead, Republicans recovered their own fumble, quick-kicked and called it a victory.


Wells, internet privacy are unfinished business

With a special session or two ahead, the Legislature should resolve unfinished business regarding domestic water wells and internet privacy.


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Health care bill narrowly prevails in House, faces an uncertain fate in Senate

House Republicans narrowly passed legislation Thursday to roll back the Affordable Care Act, the first step toward delivering on a yearslong campaign promise despite mounting concerns from health care groups …


Bill Keim: Untapped wealth could unlock McCleary case

One of the largest areas of such local funding is educator salaries. In 1987, the state paid over 99 percent of salary costs, but by 2012, that state contribution had …


House Democrats want to force Republicans’ hands on Trump’s tax returns

House Democrats want to force Republicans’ hands on President Donald Trump’s tax returns – but it remains to be seen how effective posturing can be for the minority.


Timing propels passage of tougher DUI law

The state needed to toughen the law to lower the risk of tragedy.


Lawmakers must stop posturing, start negotiating

Stop the dueling press releases, quit searching for future campaign sound bites and get to work. The only developments coming out of Olympia should be ideas about compromise.


Bernie Sanders to campaign for Rob Quist in Montana’s U.S. House race

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to campaign on behalf of Rob Quist as he seeks Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House in a special election next month.


Distracted driving law headed for overdue update

It’s like the seat-belt argument all over again: freedom vs. collective safety. But the price of tragedy is rarely confined to a single individual.


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Republicans survive election scare, narrowly win Kansas seat

Republicans survived an election scare on Tuesday and won a Kansas House seat in the first congressional election since President Donald Trump’s victory, but the margin was much narrower than …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

House passes bill that seeks compliance with REAL ID

The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would create a two-tiered licensing system that seeks to bring Washington state in line with federal identification requirements, but further negotiations with …


Charles Krauthammer: Health care fix or single-payer? Stay tuned

Obamacare may turn out to be unworkable, indeed doomed, but it is having a profound effect on the zeitgeist: It is universalizing the idea of universal coverage.