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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 of Democratic senators said in a letter Tuesday.


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In rare Spokane town hall, Sen. Maria Cantwell faces friendly audience critical of GOP, Trump

In contrast to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sen. Maria Cantwell spoke unimpeded during a 90-minute town hall session at Gonzaga University on Tuesday to a half full room at Gonzaga University. Cantwell criticized the latest GOP health plan, which failed in the Senate, as a tax cut for the rich and also expressed disappointment at President Donald Trump’s statements on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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.


Cantwell schedules town hall of her own at Gonzaga University

Washington’s junior senator will take questions on Aug. 15 on any topic constituents want to talk about, her staff said Monday. It will be Cantwell’s fifth town hall this summer after opting not to hold any for the previous eight years.