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Tyson Foods waited too long to temporarily close its beef processing plant near Pasco, said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., in a letter to the company Monday. The company knew there were at least 34 cases of COVID-19 at its Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Wallula on April 13, but did not announce a temporary closure until April 23, she said.
Washington Sen. Patty Murray said Wednesday that any additional package of support for the American economy in the midst of the coronavirus must include extended paid leave for workers.
Both U.S. senators from Washington signed an analysis by congressional staffers that shows the Trump Administration’s $16 billion bailout of U.S. farmers has mostly benefited those growers in the South and large companies over small operations.
Washington lawmakers opposed a proposal that would cut federal funding to Special Olympics, a cut President Trump is backing away from as well, Associated Press reported.
The partial shutdown would affect operations at the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they don’t want to see a government shutdown, but a Friday deadline is looming and they remain at odds on the need for border wall funding.
A proposed law would prevent Border Patrol agents from conducting warrantless interviews at the intermodal center in downtown Spokane, where people have been reporting being questioned by agents during bus trips through the region.
Insurers need stability now, so they can set rates. The mandate to purchase is a key to keeping premiums in check.
State and national flags at city facilities will be flown at half-staff until sundown Friday in the wake of America’s deadliest shooting in modern history, Mayor David Condon announced Monday morning. Federal lawmakers took to social media to offer condolences.
Another voice has joined the conversation about tolls on Portland-area freeways. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., sent a letter to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Friday asking for Washington to have additional input in the state’s studies and implements tolling on Interstate 5 and 205.
The reality is that the ACA will remain the law for the forseeable future, so the responsible course is for Congress to stabilize the individual insurance market.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold actual hearings on health care next month, focused on trying to find ways to stabilize insurance markets and bring down costs.
There are arguments over the merits and effects, but the politics are clear cut. In a Kaiser Foundation poll last autumn, the public, by 82 percent to 17 percent, favored allowing the federal government to negotiate lower drug prices.
The two congressional races on Spokane County ballots feature the 5th Congressional District and a U.S. Senate seat. U.S. Senate: You won’t see U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on TV pounding the partisan talking points and widening the divide. That doesn’t mean she isn’t partisan (she is a close adviser to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid), but it shows she has the temperament to keep the door open to negotiation and compromise. The popular narrative is that Congress is hopelessly gridlocked, but it’s only partly true.
U.S. Senator Patty Murray visited Spokane’s opioid treatment program Tuesday to push for $920 million in federal funding to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has attached a provision to a VA appropriations bill that would provide $88 million over two years to help veterans with service-related injuries and their spouses conceive.
Sen. Patty Murray says eight health centers across Washington state will receive a total of $2.8 million in grants to help fight opioid abuse and addiction.
The Education Department announced Tuesday that they mishandled a review of whether or not active-duty service members were being illegally charged high interest rates. Sen. Patty Murray (D) was one of three democratic senators who requested the investigation.
If Congress passes this bill, tax filers in all 50 states will be put on somewhat equal ground.
Passage last week of a new federal transportation act may open the door for local road projects seeking federal grant money
Washington’s two U.S. senators are spearheading legislation to drive more planning and funding to freight. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, are sponsoring a bill called the National Multimodal Freight Policy and Investment Act.