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CBO forecasts Alexander-Murray health-care plan would slightly lower deficit

A bipartisan Senate plan to try to stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces would lower the federal deficit by nearly $3.8 billion during the next decade and would not affect the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear …


Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over “Obamacare.” For consumers, it offers a potential respite …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 12:25 p.m.

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

Washington and Idaho senators offer proposal to reduce wildfires in the most at-risk federal forests.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they’ll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump’s stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to …


Bipartisan health care deal once again possible

The prospects for a bipartisan deal to reform some aspects of Obamacare may have come full circle since early September, from possible to impossible to possible again.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

Tax reform plan: Help for the middle class or a boon to the rich?

Republicans praise the new tax proposal while Sen. Patty Murray calls it a giveaway to the rich.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Inslee: Trump fight with NFL “not necessary”

Gov. Jay Inslee, other politicians weigh in on NFL controversy.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Washington senators: Don’t jam through new Trumpcare plan

Democratic senators from Washington call for bipartisan health care reform,


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., proposed legislation Thursday designed to increase access to affordable child care, including for families that work non-traditional hours. Murray called the bill “a smart investment in …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

Washington, Idaho lawmakers waiting for details of DACA ‘deal’

Word that President Donald Trump may have reached an agreement with Democratic leaders in Congress on DACA legislation has some lawmakers from Washington and Idaho offering qualified support and others …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Cleanup bill for toxic firefighting chemicals at military bases could reach $2 billion

It may cost up to $2 billion to clean up toxic firefighting chemicals that have leaked from more than 400 U.S. military installations, including Fairchild Air Force Base, a group …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Cheers, condemnation on Trump DACA decision

Reaction to the announced end to the DACA program ranged from applause to condemnation from Northwest lawmakers Tuesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

Investigation discovers staff ignored hole in roof for years at VA hospital in Spokane

The slow burn by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to secure changes for veterans’ care in Spokane just fell through the roof. Literally. Based on complaints funneled through a group …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Congressional delegation splits on Trump ‘fire and fury’ comments

Members of Northwest delegation agree North Korea poses serious threat, disagree on whether President Donald Trump’s comments help or hurt.


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

City, federal officials meet with U.S. Postal Service over mail stoppage in Shadle-Garland

City officials and representives from the offices of Spokane’s Congressional delegation met Thursday with members of the U.S. Postal Service to discuss possible solutions to the mail stoppage in Shadle-Garland …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:06 a.m.

McCain return doesn’t alter Northwest votes on Obamacare changes

Washington and Idaho senators welcome back John McCain, vote opposite ways on latest Senate motion for health care changes.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

Washington and Idaho senators split along party lines ahead of health care vote

Washington and Idaho’s congressional delegations are split along party lines ahead of Tuesday’s vote to open debate on some version of a Republican health care bill.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Murray critical of VA for keeping Dwayne Thurman on job after manslaughter charge

Two of Spokane’s congressional leaders said Tuesday that they are critical of the decision by the Veterans Administration to continue to keep Dwayne Thurman on the payroll despite his being …


With GOP plan dead, Washington Democrats call for bipartisan health care bill

Washington Democrats say the Senate should seek bipartisan health care fixes now that the Republican bill is apparently dead.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Washington’s senators pan Trumpcare revision, Idaho’s studying it

Washington’s Democratic senators criticized the latest version of the nation’s health care system Thursday while Idaho’s Republicans said they need time to study it.


Most Legislatures go into overtime, but the days needed to finish business have crept up over the years

Needing extra time to get the work done has been the rule, not the exception, for the Legislature.


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

GSI wants Congress to consider jobs as it looks at replacing Obamacare

GSI letter to congressional delegation criticizes House Republican plan to repeal Obamacare.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Health insurers request 22 percent premium increases in Washington for 2018

Insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler said uncertainly over the future of the Affordable Care Act is likely contributing to higher rate increases.


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 10 p.m.

Risch, questioning Comey, suggests testimony absolves Trump of obstructing justice

When he got his chance in Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing to question former FBI Director James Comey, Idaho Sen. Jim Risch shifted into trial-attorney mode, parsing the words of …


Advocate of abstinence-only sex education gets high Health and Human Services post

A prominent leader of the abstinence-only sex education movement has been appointed to a senior position at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joining several other social conservative …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Air Force: More KC-135s inbound to Fairchild

The fleet of tankers at Fairchild Air Force Base is about to get bigger as the Air Force has announced plans to transfer 12 more KC-135 tankers to the West …


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

CBO score on ‘Trumpcare’ should be warning to Senate GOP, Murray says

The Congressional Budget Office report on a House proposal to replace Obamacare should cause Senate Republicans to rethink their plans, Sen. Patty Murray said.