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A year after Trump supporters stormed U.S. Capitol, Northwest lawmakers reflect deep partisan divide over events of Jan. 6

WASHINGTON – A year after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol and clashed with police in a deadly attempt to overturn an election, Northwest lawmakers reflect a deep national rift over the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

Here’s what to watch in Congress and national politics in 2022

The fate of Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and positioning for what appear to be contentious midterm elections will drive the news cycle on Capitol Hill in 2022. 

Spin Control: Initiatives, vetoes, Klingon and other predictions for 2022

The new year stretches before us like an unbroken cross-country trail on Mount Spokane. While many calendars are mostly blank for 2022, Spin Control looks into its crystal ball in an effort to fill in a few spaces with its annual predictions.

This week’s child tax credit payments could be the last as Democrats struggle to advance Build Back Better Act

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, families throughout the Northwest and across the country – some 36 million households – received the monthly payments of up to $300 per child that were a hallmark of the economic relief bill Democrats passed in March.

‘Veterans here are tired of being guinea pigs’: After more than a year, new health record system still causing problems at Spokane VA hospital

In more than 40 interviews with The Spokesman-Review, veterans and current and former VA employees described a system that slows treatment and threatens patient safety more than a year after a transition VA officials described as “flawless.”

First night of Hanukkah honored at Riverfront Park in menorah-lighting ceremony

A parade of cars greeted dozens of people at Riverfront Park on Sunday evening, the vehicles donned with sparkling menorahs as they arrived to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah in Chabad of Spokane’s giant menorah-lighting ceremony.

‘This is a Republican agenda’: Idaho’s Mike Crapo calls bipartisan infrastructure bill a win for conservatives as GOP lawmakers face blowback for support

WASHINGTON – Republicans who helped pass the landmark infrastructure bill that became law Monday have faced blowback for supporting the bipartisan legislation.

Democrats Natasha Hill and Ann Marie Danimus are early filers hoping to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The two women vying to do what no Democrat has been able to in nine tries both say they will be better representatives for Eastern Washington that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. 

McMorris Rodgers, Schrier grill VA official over health records system that employees say is causing plummeting morale at Spokane medical center

A House panel on Tuesday grilled the Department of Veterans Affairs official responsible for a new health records system that has caused delayed care at Spokane’s VA hospital and left employees exhausted and demoralized.

Spokane County hired Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ brother in August as a policy adviser

Jeff McMorris worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Trump Administration and spent nearly 13 years as a staffer for King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert. He is now Spokane County’s community engagement and public policy advisor. 

Cantwell, McMorris Rodgers in key roles as Congress looks to crack down on Facebook

WASHINGTON – Last week was a decidedly bad one for Facebook, as the social media giant faced the dual crises of a server outage on Monday and a whistleblower detailing to senators a day later how the company has knowingly chosen profits over protecting children and curbing misinformation and hate, a charge she also made Sunday during a “60 Minutes” interview on CBS.

Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center again delays opening 24-hour urgent care, this time due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center on Tuesday decided to delay the opening of a 24-hour urgent care center amid the rise of deaths and hospitalizations from the delta variant of COVID-19.

House panel rejects GOP effort to include ‘MALDEN Act’ in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending package

WASHINGTON – Late Tuesday night, House Democrats rejected a Republican effort to add legislation inspired by the fire that destroyed the Eastern Washington towns of Malden and Pine City in 2020 to the $3.5 trillion spending package Democrats are in the process of crafting.

Biden announces vaccine, testing mandates for large companies, health care workers

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a set of aggressive measures aimed at beating back a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases driven by the highly infectious delta variant, including new federal vaccine and testing requirements for large companies and health care workers.

Washington state members of Congress are all-in for the return of earmarks

Earmarks are back and Washington’s congressional delegation is all in.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tells mostly friendly crowd she opposes mandatory vaccines, masks in school at Spokane town hall

While positions opposed to mandatory vaccinations and requiring students to wear masks in schools at the beginning of the school year prompted applause from the crowd, the congresswoman faced scrutiny for not doing more to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.