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Northwest Democrats applaud, Republicans pan State of Union speech

Northwest members of Congress differ on the State of the Union.


Export-Import Bank reauthorized

After months of wrangling, Congress reauthorized the Export-Import Bank for four years with little fanfare Thursday.


Senate told to change way nation fights wildfires

WASHINGTON — Spending money meant for forest preservation to fight wildfires increases the risk of more fires in the future, witnesses told a Senate committee Tuesday. “What we have learned …


Editorial: Politics, not reason, prevails in Congress

Overdue, overwhelming Ex-Im Bank support illustrates difficulty of passing legislation.


Ex-Im Bank faces crucial vote

House expected to vote Monday on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which critics call the “Bank of Boeing.”


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 9:44 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell told to prepare for next year’s wildfire season

The time to start preparing for next year’s wildfire season is now, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sen. Maria Cantwell were told Wednesday. Forecasters predict a warm winter, which means …


Congress seeks ways to change wildfire funding as feds shift additional $250M to fight fires

With a vicious fire season forcing federal officials to use up most of the Forest Service’s budget on firefighting, the Obama administration urged Congress this week to treat the blazes …


Sen. Maria Cantwell promotes oil train safety bill

With trains rumbling on the BNSF viaduct behind her and flanked by uniformed Spokane firefighters, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, called for greater federal oversight and stricter regulations for the …


Washington, Idaho senators agree economy should be Obama’s focus

President Barack Obama is right to focus on improving economic conditions for America’s middle class, Washington and Idaho senators of both parties agreed after the speech. They disagreed, however, on …


Washington, Idaho lawmakers evaluate Obama’s address

President Obama is right to focus on improving economic conditions for America’s middle class, Washington and Idaho senators of both parties agreed after the speech.


Spokane’s congressional delegation promises support to combat Islamic State

Washington’s two Democratic U.S. senators and the Republican congresswoman representing Eastern Washington promised Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the tools he needs to defeat the Islamic State. In a …


Washington senators, McMorris Rodgers react to Obama speech

Washington’s two U.S. senators and the congresswoman representing Eastern Washington promised Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the tools needed to defeat the Islamic State.


Export-Import Bank reauthorization gains Washington’s senators’ support

Washington’s two senators helped sponsor a bipartisan bill Thursday that would keep a major export program important to the state from going out of business. But Congress, which starts a …


McMorris Rodgers: Export-Import Bank needs reform

The Export-Import Bank must institute serious reforms to protect taxpayers before Congress reauthorizes it this year, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Tuesday. The bank, which provides funds for the purchase …


Amid criticism about a partisan Congress, Idaho and Washington senators collaborate on local issues

WASHINGTON – Idaho’s Jim Risch is ranked the country’s most conservative senator by the National Journal. The same magazine ranked Washington’s Maria Cantwell as the fifth most liberal senator.


Cantwell chides oil train regulation process

WASHINGTON – Sen. Maria Cantwell and other lawmakers took aim at federal regulators on Thursday for failing to provide a timeline for new regulations on railcars that carry crude oil …


Farm bill program putting healthy food on school menus

At Cheney High School, students hardly realized hummus had been added to the menu. Its stealthy label is “veggie dip.” “Wait: Is that the sort of white stuff they serve …


Funding for ‘pulse crops’ program included in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON – Federal money for a program aimed at increasing bean, lentil and chickpea consumption has made it into the compromise version of the farm bill now working its way …


They said it

President Barack Obama said: “America has lost a legend of the United States Congress. Tom’s straightforward approach helped him find common ground with members of both parties, eventually leading to …


Region’s lawmakers mixed on Obama’s Syria speech

Giving Syria a chance to resolve the crisis over its use of chemical weapons through diplomatic means is better than the military option – if it works, Idaho Sen. Jim …


Congress, staff forced to change health insurance

A wrinkle in the Affordable Care Act is taking away the lucrative employee health care benefits from members of Congress, forcing the lawmakers and their staffs to buy policies from …


Sens. Murray, Cantwell speak in Spokane

Washington’s U.S. senators visited Spokane on Tuesday, each pushing federal legislation aimed at improving students’ well-being. Sen. Maria Cantwell toured Spokane Seed Co. after touting a provision in the pending …


Murray, Cantwell tout D.C. work in Spokane

Washington’s U.S. senators visited Spokane on Tuesday, each pushing federal legislation aimed at improving students’ well-being.


FAA to fund Felts Field

The air traffic control tower at Felts Field will not be closed by budget cuts but will remain open through September, the U.S. Department of Transportation said Friday. The department …


Bill targets non-Indian crimes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday reauthorized a federal law channeling resources to female victims of domestic violence, including those on Native American tribal lands. It is now up …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2013, 4:39 p.m.

Fairchild on short list to get new tanker

Fairchild Air Force Base is one of several bases on a short list for receiving the nation’s newest air refueling tanker. The West Plains base is on a list the …


`Fiscal cliff’ deal preserves sales tax deduction

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell says the “fiscal-cliff” tax bill that passed the Senate early Wednesday includes the sales-tax deduction for taxpayers in Washington and a half-dozen other states.


Incumbents prevail

The Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation remained intact Tuesday, with incumbents coasting to victories in early returns. On the Washington side, voters gave new terms to Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell …


Last-minute election push is on

With five days left until Election Day, campaigns are shifting their focus from policy arguments to pleas for action. Candidates, meanwhile, are crisscrossing the state to make their final pitches.


Cantwell, Baumgartner exchange political jabs

SEATTLE – Republican Mike Baumgartner repeatedly criticized Sen. Maria Cantwell on Friday for “going to war on a credit card” in Iraq and Afghanistan, and called for a 1-cent-per-gallon tax …