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With Shea under investigation, a look back at the only Washington House member ever expelled

As critics and supporters of Rep. Matt Shea await the findings of an independent investigation of the Spokane Valley Republican, they should know one thing: When voters send a person …


More from the Matt Shea files: GPS trackers, a ‘provisional government’ and a hunt for moles

Already, state Rep. Matt Shea and some of his closest supporters have made physical preparations for a holy war, one that would help them establish their long-envisioned 51st state, their …


House passes emergency funding bill for migrant care crisis

The House passed a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.


Trump, business organization sue Democratic House chairman

President Donald Trump and his business organization sued the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee on Monday to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president’s financial records.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

New conduct code, changes to deadly force law pass House

Without a single dissenting vote, the House on Thursday agreed to changes to the use of deadly force law voters approved in November and approved a new code of conduct …


Robert B. Reich: What to expect of House Democrats

Democrats are not miracle workers. Republicans still control the Senate, Donald Trump is still the president, and there is still a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Former lawmaker Lynn Schindler remembered for strong values

Former Valley legislator Lynn Schindler died this week.


The Democratic majority’s first order of business: Restore democracy

The new Democratic House is ready to deliver with H.R. 1: a bold reform package to restore the promise of our democracy – a government of, by and for the …


Incoming Democrats weigh Pelosi vote

Pelosi, who was House speaker from 2007 to 2011, faces a challenge in her bid to return in that post, fueled in part by resistance from incoming Democratic freshmen who …


House approves bill expanding treatment for opioid abuse

The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that is killing more than 115 people in the United States …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers praises Paul Ryan as House Speaker announces retirement

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives and a political ally of House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, said in a statement Wednesday that the Wisconsin …


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 7:14 a.m.

When LBJ dissed Tom Foley among stories that could be highlighted in documentary promoting civility

An effort is underway to produce a documentary on U.S. Rep. Tom Foley, his stories and civility in politics.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Murray, Cantwell named to tax conference committee

Senate Democrats appoint Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to the committee seeking a compromise between the two tax bills.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

House to adopt mandatory anti-sexual harassment training

Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that the House will require anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and their staffs. The announcement came just hours after a hearing in which …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 9:42 a.m.

Tax plan good for everyone, McMorris Rodgers says; mostly for the rich, Democrats contend

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says House GOP tax plan means people would pay less, see wages rise. Washington Democrats say it’s good for the wealthy, not so good for the …


House Democrats question safety efforts in youth football

After hearing from brain trauma researchers who said playing football at a young age is unsafe even for kids who don’t suffer obvious injuries, members of Congress on Tuesday asked …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:24 p.m.

Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House passes $36.5B disaster aid package

President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can’t keep sending help “forever” and suggesting the U.S. territory was to …


House GOP moves to revamp law on national monuments

House Republicans are moving to revamp a century-old law used by presidents to protect millions of acres of federal land considered historic, geographically significant or culturally important.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 8:05 p.m.

Impeach Trump? House Dem offers resolution, sets it aside

A House Democrat offered a resolution Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump but let it die before action was taken, saying he would force a vote later.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Scalise has more surgery as authorities track shooter’s path

In critical condition and undergoing repeated surgery, GOP House Whip Steve Scalise faces a “much more difficult” struggle to recover from his gunshot wound than first thought, President Donald Trump …


Montana set to certify Gianforte as winner of U.S. House race

Greg Gianforte will move closer to taking his seat in the U.S. House Thursday when the Montana Secretary of State’s Office certifies the Republican as the winner of the May …


House Republicans brace for potential 2018 midterm losses

House GOP leaders warned their rank-and-file members Tuesday of the potential for heavy midterm losses next year that could cost Republicans their majority, and they urged renewed attention and focus …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

GOP-run House votes to roll back post-2008 financial rules

The Republican-led House approved sweeping legislation Thursday to undo much of former President Barack Obama’s landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis that caused millions of Americans to …


Democrats target Paul Ryan, 10 other GOP lawmakers

A coalition of well-heeled Democratic groups is launching a grassroots-oriented effort targeting nearly a dozen House Republican incumbents, as party operatives prepare for a midterm election cycle they increasingly think …


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 11:46 a.m.

House Republicans narrowly pass controversial bill to revise Affordable Care Act

The Republican health care bill leapt over a procedural hurdle and headed toward a showdown vote on final House passage Thursday. Leaders predicted they’d deliver a victory for President Donald …


Analysis: GOP’s health-care rush is hypocrisy and recklessness

House Republicans will vote on their health care bill Thursday, after months of stops and starts and some late changes to secure enough votes.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers tells wheat growers food assistance should stay as part of farm bill

At a roundtable held this week in Colfax, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives hinted there may be renewed efforts to split crop support from food assistance for …


Ben Stuckart hosts town hall as he challenges Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her seat

Spokane City Council president Ben Stuckart started his town hall meeting Tuesday night by thanking the Spokane County Republican Party for publicizing his event and “getting an active turnout.”


Ryan says House to revisit health care, offers no details

Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he’s going to give battered House Republicans another crack at a health care overhaul. But he offered no timeline, and leaders haven’t resolved how to …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

Spokane County sheriff ‘dumbfounded’ by repeal of rule barring mentally ill from buying guns

News that the U.S. House of Representatives had repealed a rule banning mentally ill people from buying guns left Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich confused Thursday afternoon.