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Valley Republican files to challenge McMorris Rodgers

A Spokane Valley Republican is challenging Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, contending she was wrong to allow the national debt to grow by supporting relief packages to help people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers expects Congress to hold scam phone call oversight hearings amid coronavirus pandemic

While the number of scam telephone calls overall has been decreasing with governments across the world ordering citizens to stay home, there has been an uptick in calls attempting to capitalize on fears of the novel coronavirus. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said it’s likely lawmakers will examine where those calls are coming from and what more can be done to stop them, once Congress reconvenes.

McMorris Rodgers, Risch say Trump right to review World Health Organization

The president said Tuesday he would withhold funding from the international health organization pending a review that could take up to 90 days, even as the world tries to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Critics say the decision comes at the worst time, as countries try to eradicate the highly contagious virus that was initially downplayed in warnings from the United Nations’ health agency.

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse says he’s found peace as a lawmaker in his third term

Dan Newhouse, a former state agriculture director and lawmaker, was first elected to Congress in 2014. His wife of 35 years, whom he said was his biggest cheerleader, died in 2017. Newhouse has since remarried, and has earned the trust of the district through his thoughtful approach to lawmaking, supporters said.

McMorris Rodgers sets sights on committee leadership after leaving House GOP position

The congresswoman said she’s been able to focus more on crafting bills after stepping down from her position as chair of the House Republican Conference a little more than a year ago. If she’s elected to a ninth term, McMorris Rodgers said she’d like to serve as ranking member or chair of the committee responsible for policing data privacy and online commerce, among other issues.

Looming Louisiana abortion case in Supreme Court divides region’s lawmakers

Republicans have asked that the nation’s highest court uphold a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Supreme Court threw out a similar Texas law less than four years ago. But Democrats see a pattern of eroding reproductive and privacy rights for women that will once again be fought in the courts.

It’s official: Spokane gets $53M in funding for newly named City Line bus project

The oversize check displayed on the stage said it all: $53,425,000 made out to the Spokane Transit Authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation. STA has known the huge sum was coming to fully fund a long-awaited bus rapid transit line through downtown since April, when the federal government allocated the money for the project. But on Tuesday, the award became official and STA got direct access to the funds.

Astronaut Anne McClain talks moonwalks and Mars mission with McMorris Rodgers

After their children’s space walk together 220 miles above the Earth’s surface, the mothers of astronauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague made a toast together in Coeur d’Alene. “The stress we put our families through is probably unforgivable,” McClain told Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Thursday.