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Both sides praise emphasis on jobs, small businesses

Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of the Union speech. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she liked Obama’s focus on small business, particularly a plan to take $30 billion repaid by major commercial banks and set it aside for small and medium-sized community banks to make business loans: “We’ve been hearing how hard it is for (small businesses) to get credit.”

Delegation finds some room for agreement on Obama speech

Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of the Union speech.

Washington, Idaho delegations back Obama’s strategy

Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they could lose their lives in another Asian country. “It was an honor to be here, a generation later,” said Minnick, one of seven members of Congress asked to attend President Barack Obama’s speech on raising troop levels in Afghanistan.

Obama wins bipartisan support from local delegation

Vietnam War veteran Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point on Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president they could lose their lives in another Asian country.

Distance no deterrent for Senate candidate

BOISE – When Idaho’s senior senator, Mike Crapo, last sought re-election, he made history by drawing no challenger on the ballot, just a write-in. This time, Crapo has drawn a Democratic challenger well in advance of the 2010 election – a lawyer from New York who’s never been to Idaho.

Cantwell, Crapo call for changes in health care bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sens. Maria Cantwell and Mike Crapo are on opposite sides when it comes to fixing the nation’s health care system, but the first day of hearings on the Senate’s main reform bill gave them one point of agreement: Without significant changes, neither will vote for it.

Editorial: Rammell’s reaction a bad omen of leadership

At least Rex Rammell isn’t one of those equivocating public figures who explain their gaffes with wishy-washy nonapologies that evade blame by fixing it on anyone misguided enough to take offense. Nope. When Rammell says something dumb, he stands by it.

Hunting license remark assailed

BOISE – Top Idaho Republicans – Gov. Butch Otter, U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt – all condemned fellow Republican Rex Rammell on Friday after he amplified his “joke” about wanting to buy a license to hunt President Barack Obama. Otter, whom Rammell is challenging in the 2010 GOP primary, said, “Reckless and inflammatory statements like these gravely damage confidence in the political process and the good citizens who serve the public. As governor, as an Idaho Republican and as a citizen of our state, I reject and condemn this kind of rhetoric. There is no place for it in Idaho.”

Word.

Projects aplenty funded for area

The Inland Northwest is in line for some share of about $285 million in earmarks in the massive spending bill Congress passed and President Obama signed last week. From tens of millions of dollars to improve the salmon runs on the Columbia and Snake rivers to $50,000 to research methamphetamine at Washington State University, the Omnibus Appropriations Bill has specific amounts of money added to the huge spending package by representatives and senators, or the administration.

Message resonates with region’s contingent

Members of Congress of both parties from Idaho and Washington gave President Barack Obama high marks for a speech that called for shared sacrifice and cooperation to lift the nation out of its economic problems. None was quite ready, though, to name something they’d be willing to give up in Obama’s call to “sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars.”

Northwest lawmakers react to Obama speech

Members of Congress from both parties in Idaho and Washington gave President Obama high marks for a speech that called for shared sacrifice and cooperation to lift the nation out of its economic problems.