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UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 4:42 p.m.

Washington talks could soon yield spending, debt deal

Washington negotiators are closing in on a budget and debt deal that would stave off the chance of a government shutdown this fall and allow Congress to speed through legislation …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

House approves 9/11 victims bill, sends it to Senate

The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.


House passes Senate border bill as leaders cave to moderate Democrats and GOP

The House passed a $4.6 billion emergency spending bill for the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, after Democratic leaders retreated from efforts to amend the legislation to add …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

House sends Trump $4.6B border bill, yielding to Senate

The Democratic-controlled House has voted to send President Donald Trump a bipartisan, Senate-drafted, $4.6 billion measure to care for migrant refugees detained at the southern border


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Senate passes $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

The GOP-held Senate OKs bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Trump Jr. glad Senate testimony ‘is finally over’

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, spoke to the Senate intelligence committee for around three hours Wednesday


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

Senators launch bipartisan bid to block Saudi arms sales

Directly challenging President Donald Trump’s use of executive power, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are banding together to introduce more than a dozen resolutions aimed at blocking the Trump …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

Trump urges Roy Moore not to run for US Senate in Alabama

President Donald Trump on Wednesday discouraged Alabama Republican Roy Moore from running for U.S. Senate in 2020, saying that Moore cannot win and the “consequences will be devastating” for his …


Top Senate Republican would raise minimum smoking age to 21

The Senate’s top Republican is introducing legislation to raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. The measure by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would cover not only tobacco …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

Senate intelligence committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.

The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., calling him in to answer questions about his 2017 testimony


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

Trump’s GOP allies press for action on disaster aid bill

The White House is displaying new flexibility on giving disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump’s GOP allies increasingly lose patience with a weekslong standoff over a …


Senate GOP game plan means more Trump nominees, fewer bills

Mitch McConnell says the Senate will be in the “personnel business” this year, but the majority leader’s focus on confirming President Donald Trump’s nominees is coming at the expense of …


Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to make it harder for Republicans to avoid an embarrassing Senate rebuff of President Donald Trump’s effort to steer billions of extra federal dollars …


Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

The White House and Republican senators sought compromise Tuesday on limiting presidents’ powers to unilaterally declare national emergencies, as chances improved that President Donald Trump might avoid a long-expected rejection …


Senate OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions

The Washington Senate has passed a measure that makes it easier for people with previous misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions to have those convictions vacated.


House OKs election overhaul package, but Senate to slam door

The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved legislation aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards. But it stands little chance in …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Washington Senate moves to amend 1909 wrongful death law

Four years after a fatal Seattle crash, the Washington Senate on Tuesday approved an update to parts of the state’s wrongful death law.


New litmus test for 2020 Democrats: Shake up Senate rules

The newest pressure point in the Democratic presidential primary isn’t health care or climate change – though it could make or break future progress on those issues. It’s an overhaul …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 5 p.m.

Democrats block Senate GOP bill on infants surviving abortions

Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison for doctors who don’t try saving the lives of infants born alive during abortions. The measure seemed doomed …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Idaho constitutional amendment passes Senate, heads to House

A proposed state constitutional amendment aimed at protecting the legal rights of victims of crime has passes the Idaho Senate and now heads to the House.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Washington Senate passes death penalty repeal bill

The Washington Senate on Friday approved a measure that would repeal the death penalty, just months after the state’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down capital punishment as arbitrary and racially …


Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

Senate rejects rival Dem, GOP plans for reopening government

A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:50 a.m.

Week 5: House Dems float ‘21st Century’ border security plan

House Democrats are putting forward a new proposal to end the government shutdown, aiming to lure President Donald Trump away from his demand for a border wall by offering billions …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 2 p.m.

Senate set to vote on 2 competing plans to end shutdown

Senate leaders reached an agreement Tuesday to vote this week on two competing proposals to end the government shutdown, including President Donald Trump’s plan to have Congress pay for the …


Senate president wants Montana to send $8 million for Trump’s border wall

Montana Senate President Scott Sales plans to introduce a bill that would have the state of Montana direct $8 million in funding to a wall along the U.S. southern border.


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 …


State Sens. Mark Schoesler, Shelly Short offer GOP perspective for upcoming legislative session

The two Eastern Washington Republicans pushed back on Gov. Jay Inslee’s requests for more spending and offered their insight into issues affecting Spokane, including homelessness, in a wide-ranging interview earlier …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Senate approves bill to keep government running into 2019

The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice overhaul

The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation’s war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes …