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  • Murray unveils online budget tool as GOP digs in

    It didn’t take long for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to get comfortable in her new cyberspace digs. A few days after officially assuming the role of Budget Committee chairwoman, the …


  • Murray: Senate will pass budget

    WASHINGTON – Count Washington Sen. Patty Murray among those confident the U.S. Senate will pass a budget this spring. The new Budget Committee chairwoman said Wednesday it’s time for her …


  • CV band ready for inauguration parade

    The horns will trumpet the arrival of Central Valley High School’s marching band in Washington, D.C., this week for a celebration that only happens every four years. President Barack Obama …


  • Budget deal reachable, says Sen. Murray

    The new leader of the U.S. Senate’s budget committee said Tuesday that Republican threats to shut down the government are irresponsible. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Seattle-area Democrat, said there …


  • Fairchild on short list to get new tanker

    Fairchild Air Force Base is one of several bases on a short list for receiving the nation’s newest air refueling tanker. The West Plains base is on a list the …


  • Region’s lawmakers divided on tax vote

    This week’s votes to keep income tax rates from rising for most Americans split the House delegations in Washington and Idaho but unified the two states’ senators behind the last-minute …


  • VA Medical Center to be renamed

    Spokane’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center will be renamed for a pair of local heroes, both houses of Congress decided Thursday. The northwest Spokane facility will become the Mann-Grandstaff Department of …


  • Murray jokes about Boehner’s Plan B

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray joked today that with House Speaker John Boehner embracing “Plan B,” women’s issues are progressing in Congress.


  • Buyers rush to firearms dealers

    Sam Bishop stood Tuesday at the counter of Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop. He was looking at a gun for home security while he felt he still could, …


  • Murray to lead budget panel

    Patty Murray will be the U.S. Senate’s chief budget writer next year when Congress convenes for its new session. The Washington Democrat announced Thursday she will seek the chairmanship of …


  • Spin Control: Murray was key in party recruiting

    It might be easy to argue that the biggest winner in Tuesday’s election, outside of the folks who were actually on a ballot, was Patty Murray. She certainly sounded like …


  • No zingers as debate dealt with big issues

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was more passionate in Wednesday night’s debate than some Republicans expected. President Barack Obama was more reserved than some Democrats expected. Neither produced a signature …


  • McMorris Rodgers voted for trigger

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Spokane Republican, is among those who voted for the 2011 budget bill that set in motion the deep, looming spending cuts that she and …


  • Proposal provides VA heroic name

    Spokane’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center would get a new name under proposals before Congress. Actually, two new names: Pfc. Joe E. Mann and Platoon Sgt. Bruce Grandstaff. The medical center …


  • Murray urges stronger protections for women

    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray challenged her Republican counterparts Tuesday to embrace the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, saying the narrower House version leaves out key provisions that …


  • Women get help through Care Act

    WASHINGTON – Starting today, nearly 1.1 million women in Washington state will no longer be charged a co-pay for birth control, HIV screening and several other health care services under …


  • Spin Control: Campaign emails cast wide net with little subtlety

    Last week, like most weeks, among the hundreds of emails that made it through the spam filter were some cheery yet urgent missives from politicians. One was from Patty Murray, …


  • Air Force to rank tanker sites

    Fairchild and about 60 other Air Force bases will be scored on criteria such as cost, capacity and environmental concerns to decide which will get the first batch of new …


  • Spin Control: War or no war, there’s plenty to fight about

    Whether there’s a War on Women being waged by politicians around the country is open to debate. There is definitely a War over the War on Women, and Washington has …


  • Senate OKs Rice for federal bench

    Spokane-based Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Rice’s appointment as a federal judge was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate. Rice, who teamed with Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington in the prosecution …


  • Murray presses for speedier VA care

    The ranking members of a U.S. Senate committee are seeking an investigation into how long it takes veterans to be seen by mental health professionals at Veterans Affairs medical facilities. …


  • Budget, tax credits lead agendas of region’s lawmakers

    WASHINGTON – With just under a month left in 2011, the federal budget and tax breaks top Inland Northwest lawmakers’ year-end to-do lists. Three of 12 appropriations bills are on …


  • Super fail: debt panel gives up

    Congress’ supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over …


  • Disability payments may rise

    WASHINGTON – Disabled veterans could receive up to $100 more per month under legislation headed for President Barack Obama’s desk. The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, sponsored by Sen. Patty …


  • Timber payments have local backing

    U.S. senators from Washington and Idaho all say they support a plan to extend payments to counties and school districts that have significant amounts of federal land inside their boundaries. …


  • Northwest lawmakers adhere to party lines

    Northwest Republicans criticized President Obama’s proposed jobs bill as too much that’s been tried before and not enough that will bring long-term changes. Washington Democrats, meanwhile, said the request to …


  • Protesters greet ‘supercommittee’

    WASHINGTON – The 12 members of the congressional supercommittee charged with cutting the deficit faced challenges from protesters during their first meeting Thursday.


  • Congressional debt reduction panel kicks off work

    Republicans and Democrats on the special supercommittee warned of a financial crisis threatening future generations as the congressional debt reduction panel kicked off its work today with an imperative to …


  • Odd couple chairs supercommittee, shares power

    He’s a lanky Texas conservative who chose law school over chicken farming. She’s a liberal from Seattle with steel in the toes of her famous tennis shoes. They have almost …


  • Murray on deficit panel

    WASHINGTON – Sen. Patty Murray will be the co-chairwoman of a powerful “supercommittee” charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. The Washington Democrat was one …

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