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‘I do not want to be a winner by cheating’: GOP officials, election workers tell Jan. 6 panel about Trump’s pressure campaign

WASHINGTON – In a hearing Tuesday, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol turned its attention to the efforts of former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election by pressuring local officials who stood firm despite threats and intimidation.

McMorris Rodgers, Murray slam ‘inexcusably broken’ computer system over revelations it harmed veterans

WASHINGTON – Two Washington lawmakers expressed outrage Sunday and Monday over findings that a flawed computer system has harmed scores of veterans since the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting it in the Inland Northwest in October 2020.

District 5 Congressional race: Two Democrats and a Republican seek to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, who’s eyeing 10th term

Natasha Hill, a 39-year-old local attorney and Hillyard native, and Ann Marie Danimus, a 51-year-old marketing professional with ties to the region’s rural reaches, have both filed as Democrats to unseat McMorris Rodgers, 53, who’s seeking a 10th term in Washington D.C. Sean Clynch, a 60-year-old substitute teacher and Army veteran, rounds out the primary ballot as a Republican.

Firearm and body armor restrictions, mental health screenings urged by lawmakers in reaction to latest shooting tragedy

WASHINGTON – Opponents of restricting firearms often argue that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” a line famously uttered by the chief executive of the National Rifle Association after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school a decade ago.

Congress approves $40 billion in aid to Ukraine as bipartisan vote splits Northwest Republicans

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday approved $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine in a bipartisan measure backed by Democrats and most Republicans, while Northwest lawmakers reflected a national split among GOP lawmakers over the cost of the assistance.

Incumbents dominate fundraising in Washington, Idaho congressional races

WASHINGTON – Fundraising in races for Congress in Washington and Idaho has so far been dominated by incumbents, campaign finance disclosures filed Friday show, with few competitive races drawing the major outside spending seen in other parts of the country.

‘I feel like we’re at ground zero’: Victims, law enforcement and addiction experts talk fentanyl in roundtable with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

McMorris Rodgers convened the panel of representatives from the Spokane Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Regional Health District and Washington State University’s School of Pharmacy to question what could be done federally to address the local problem.

Veterans, local officials push back against VA plan to downsize Walla Walla medical center

WASHINGTON – After the Department of Veterans Affairs released a sweeping plan last week to revamp the nation’s biggest health care system, veterans and officials in Walla Walla have pushed back on a proposal that would downsize the city’s VA hospital.

Murray, McMorris Rodgers demand VA stop computer system launch in Walla Walla after reports reveal problems persist at Spokane hospital

WASHINGTON – A “furious” Washington senator demanded the Department of Veterans Affairs stop the launch of a new computer system in Walla Walla after a watchdog agency on Thursday revealed dozens of problems with the system remain unresolved at Spokane’s VA hospital.

Risch calls for more arms to Ukraine after Zelenskyy addresses Congress

WASHINGTON – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for the United States to provide airplanes and more weapons to Ukraine after the country’s president addressed members of Congress on Wednesday.

Government funding bill passed by Congress includes millions for Inland Northwest projects

WASHINGTON – After kicking the can down the road for half a year with stopgap measures, Congress last week finally did its most fundamental job and passed a $1.5 trillion bill to fund the federal government.

Congress passes bipartisan Postal Service reform bill, dividing Northwest Republicans

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday passed a long-awaited bill to overhaul the finances of the U.S. Postal Service, sending the legislation to President Joe Biden’s desk after it passed the House a month earlier.

Bipartisan pressure grows in Congress to ban U.S. imports of Russian oil, risking higher gasoline prices

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan momentum is building on Capitol Hill to ban U.S. imports of Russian oil that help fund Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, but Democrats and Republicans disagree on what should be done to minimize the impact of such a move on gasoline prices.

After Biden emphasizes unity in State of the Union, Northwest lawmakers’ reactions reflect ongoing division in Congress

WASHINGTON – After President Joe Biden delivered a message of unity to Congress in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, reactions from Northwest lawmakers suggested partisan division will persist even as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and Americans rally behind Ukraine in the face of Russia’s invasion.

Northwest Republicans call on Biden to boost U.S. oil and gas production, sanction Russian exports amid Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON – As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine roils global energy markets, Northwest Republicans are calling on President Joe Biden to boost U.S. oil and gas production and impose sanctions on Russian fossil fuel exports in an effort to weaken the Kremlin’s leverage over Europe.

‘The actions of a madman’: Northwest lawmakers condemn Russian assault on Ukraine as Biden ramps up sanctions

WASHINGTON – Northwest lawmakers in Congress joined in global condemnation of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the assault overnight.

With prices rising at the pump, Schrier and other Democrats propose suspending federal gas tax

WASHINGTON – With fuel prices rising amid record inflation and the crisis in Ukraine, some Democrats in Congress are pushing for a temporary pause on the federal gas tax. But critics warn saving Americans at the pump could cost the country in the long run.

How Northwest Republicans in Congress responded after RNC called Jan. 6 riots ‘legitimate political discourse’

WASHINGTON – In a week when some Republicans on Capitol Hill denounced a resolution passed by national party officials legitimizing the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, most GOP lawmakers from the Northwest sought to move past the controversial statement and focus instead on the upcoming elections.

McMorris Rodgers calls for VA to delay troubled computer system’s launch in Walla Walla

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Thursday asked the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs to delay the March 26 launch in Walla Walla of a troubled computer system that has caused numerous problems since it was rolled out in Spokane more than a year ago.

With new calls to ban members of Congress from stock trading, here’s where Northwest lawmakers stand

WASHINGTON – As a wild week on Wall Street served as a reminder of how quickly money can be gained or lost in a volatile market, a growing number of lawmakers across the political spectrum are pushing for new restrictions on stock trading by members of Congress and their families.