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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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Republicans reject subpoenas as impeachment debate goes on

The Senate has plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two late-night sessions.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Pelosi sets Wednesday votes to send impeachment to Senate

The House is preparing to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate to start the historic trial, several people told the Associated …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA

Lawmakers lashed out at Boeing after the release of damning messages from employees questioning the safety of the grounded 737 Max jet.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Pelosi says she will ‘soon’ transmit impeachment to Senate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she’ll “soon” transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a trial


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Congress demands answers from Trump about Soleimani killing

President Donald Trump insists that Iranian cultural sites are fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under …


Appeals court weighs Mueller grand jury access for Congress

Democrats in Congress are seeking access to grand jury testimony cited in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation


House committee raises prospect of more impeachment articles

The House Judiciary Committee held open the possibility Monday of recommending additional articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as it pressed anew for the testimony of former White House …


Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of Union on Feb. 4

President Donald Trump has been invited to deliver the State of the Union to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 4.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Senate passes anti-robocalls bill, sending it to Trump

The bill is one of several measures that federal and state government and the telecom industry are taking to protect Americans from the billions of scam calls made each month.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Analysis: Trump disrupts and divides in his impeachment as he has done in his presidency

Tumbling toward impeachment, Richard Nixon recognized the reality of collapsing political support and became the only American president to quit the office. A generation later, when the House voted to …


Congress takes aim at Syrian war crimes, Russian aggression

Congress has ratcheted up pressure on Syria, Russia and China while making it more difficult for the Trump administration to reduce commitments to allies from Europe to Asia.


Some popular tax breaks renewed in big govt funding bill

A raft of expired and expiring tax breaks, including deductions for mortgage insurance premiums, college tuition and large medical bills, would be renewed under a massive government-wide funding bill approved …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Party-switching NJ congressman draws Trump praise, Dems’ ire

A party-switching congressman drew praise Tuesday from President Donald Trump and condemnation from Democrats, underscoring how his political fate could hinge on how forcefully he is backed by the president …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

House nears impeachment as Trump angrily objects

On the eve of his all-but-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump sent off a fiery letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denouncing what he called the “vicious crusade” against him.


Patricia Murphy: What’s the shocking secret sauce to progress on the Hill? Impeachment

Congressional staffers I spoke with said the impeachment spectacle has had the strange side effect of allowing, and even incentivizing, the kinds of compromises that members might otherwise never have …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Congress votes to compensate Spokane Tribe millions for flooded Grand Coulee lands

Some 70 years after their traditional homelands were flooded as part of the reservoir for the Grand Coulee Dam, Congress approved a new system of paying the Spokane Tribe for …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Herrera Beutler to vote against impeachment articles

Southwest Washington state Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announced Friday that she plans to vote against both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.


Trump calls impeachment vote ‘embarrassment’ to nation

President Donald Trump declared Friday’s House committee vote to impeach him ”an embarrassment to our country“ and refused to back away from the charge that first ensnared him in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: ‘Hoax’

Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers only has one 2020 Democrat challenger – but that may change

Chris Armitage, 27, is making his first run for political office and says voters in Eastern Washington are looking for a candidate with some distance from the political establishment. Armitage …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

House panel delays historic Trump impeachment vote

The House Judiciary Committee has debated into the evening, moving deliberately toward a historic vote to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

McMorris Rodgers joins Democrats, region’s Republicans to pass migrant farmworker reform bill

The legislation makes several changes to federal immigration law intended to make it easier for farmers and migrant workers to obtain visas for agriculture work. The bill was opposed by …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Congress to halt military use of toxic foam contaminating drinking water

Congress has reached a deal on a spending bill that would require the military to stop using firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer, but would abandon efforts to …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles vs. Trump

House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his actions in the Ukraine matter, with an announcement expected early Tuesday.


Impeachment and deadline collide: Pelosi, Congress will be tested

The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do. The California Democrat faces a testing over the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

House passes bill to restore key parts of Voting Rights Act

The Democratic-controlled House has approved a bill that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act that once required officials in all or parts of 15 states to receive …


As Dems zero in on White House, Trump racks up court losses

President Donald Trump knows he has fierce Democratic adversaries in Congress. But there is also powerful sentiment against him from the Judiciary branch, where black-robed judges who sit in courtrooms …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

House Democrats moved aggressively to draw up formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he “leaves us no choice” but to act …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Georgia GOP Rep Tom Graves to retire

Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves says he’ll retire after his current term in Congress, joining a larger-than-typical group of lawmakers taking their leave from an increasingly partisan and unproductive Washington.