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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Murray’s choice for Democratic nominee: Whoever can beat Trump

Washington’s senior senator said she’s not backing any of the Democratic contenders at this point, but is open to anyone who comes out on top.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Inland Northwest senators vote along party lines as Senate acquits President Trump

Republicans called the effort to remove Donald Trump from the White House an inadequate, partisan exercise, while Democrats said the ongoing concerns about electoral autonomy necessitated a conviction.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Republicans praise State of the Union Address but Democrats wonder about details

Nortnwest Republicans give President Trump’s speech high praise, Democrats call it a “victory lap” short on details for the future.


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

Sen. Patty Murray: GOP plan for impeachment trial continues ‘cover-up’ from White House

Sen. Patty Murray joined other senior Democratic members of the Senate on Tuesday morning in critiquing the GOP rules for the Senate’s impeachment trial.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Cantwell, Fulcher agree that Senate should call extra witnesses in impeachment trial

Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Russ Fulcher, in the hours Thursday morning before the Senate’s impeachment trial was scheduled to begin, said they hoped additional witnesses would be called to …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Sen. Patty Murray hopeful that Senate will interview more witnesses during impeachment trial

Washington’s senior senator said in an interview on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning she anticipated there would be some deal-making on witnesses in the impeachment trial that is scheduled to …


Sen. Patty Murray urges DeVos to halt changes to a popular student loan repayment plan

With new findings questioning the risk of fraud, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is asking the Education Department to suspend an expanded initiative to ensure that borrowers qualify for popular student …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Inland Northwest lawmakers respond – and don’t – to Sondland testimony

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers responded to the testimony from U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland with silence. Senator Patty Murray said the impeachment testimony Wednesday further confirms that the president invited foreign …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Washington, Idaho lawmakers split along party lines on Trump impeachment inquiry

Statements from area politicians set up what will likely be a clear ideological divide in the process on Capitol Hill.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell and Murray call on Trump to release transcript of call with Ukrainian president

President Donald Trump claimed innocence against a whistleblower complaint that he asked the president of Ukraine to investigate Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Blame bigotry, not mental health, for mass shootings, Murray says

Stop sending “thoughts and prayers” and vote on gun control measures, Sen. Patty Murray tells Republican colleagues.


Consumers, exporters could be hit by new tariffs proposed for Mexico

A new round of tariffs proposed for Mexico could prompt retaliation on Washington exports and stoke opposition in Congress.


In Vancouver, Sen. Murray touts bill backing unions

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray visited a Vancouver union hall Wednesday on her first stop to promote her new pro-union bill, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.


GOP, Dems team up to address ‘surprise medical bills’

Senior Republican and Democratic senators are proposing legislation to address the problem of surprise medical bills. Those are the shockingly high charges insured patients can get hit with when a …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019

McMorris Rodgers says full Mueller report should be published

Republicans said the letter from Attorney General William Barr released Sunday should signal an end to the investigations into the activities of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, as special counsel …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019

Effort to move to all-year daylight saving time gaining steam in Congress as Patty Murray backs effort

It appears that state lawmakers would prefer to go on permanent daylight saving time. Can that lead to a nationwide switch?


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

EPA unveils plan for chemicals found in West Plains drinking water; critics say it’s not enough

Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the plan, saying it effectively delays much-needed regulations on PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other health defects after …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019

Trump State of the Union reviews from McMorris Rodgers, Fulcher, Murray, Inslee, Crapo and Risch

Republicans heard a strong, pro-America speech in the State of the Union. Democrats a hollow ringing call for division.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019

How Trump’s State of the Union is connected to Spokane and Inland Northwest

President Donald Trump will address a very different Congress than he did a year ago, but many of the issues are the same. Lawmakers remain at odds on funding for …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019

McMorris Rodgers: End the shutdown with a new deal on border security and DACA

Congress and the president should reopen the government by striking a new deal on border security and DACA, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said. But the Senate should vote again …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018

Spokane native and NFL star Steve Gleason recommended for Congressional Gold Medal

The House of Representatives gives unanimous approval to honoring Spokane native Steve Gleason with Congressional Gold Medal.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Citing medical records project, Mann-Grandstaff VA delays 24-hour urgent care to 2020

The promised 24-hour urgent care at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center has lost its urgency with the challenge of the hospital becoming the pilot project for the U.S. Department of Veterans …


U.S. Senate passes legislation to compensate Spokane Tribe for losses from Grand Coulee Dam

Legislation to compensate the Spokane Tribe for lands lost as a result of Grand Coulee Dam’s construction passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018

Washington, Idaho legislators react to Ford’s and Kavanaugh’s testimonies

Following on the heels of Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings into allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, local legislators were prompt in offering their own reactions.


Spin Control: A ‘what if’ scenario from McCain’s 2000 campaign in Washington

What if John McCain won the Washington primary in 2000 and went on to win the White House?


With John McCain gone, could women replace the lion of Senate?

John McCain is being remembered as a last lion of the Senate, with few others matching his stature. But the next generation of mavericks might come from the ranks of …


Murray sees ‘cloud of corruption’ around Trump after developments in court cases

Paul Manafort conviction, Michael Cohen guilty pleas show “growing cloud of corruption” around President Donald Trump, Sen. Patty Murray says.


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018

Northwest lawmakers: Russian ‘no friend’ of U.S.; Trump missed opportunity

Republicans and Democrats from Idaho and Washington say their view of Vladimir Putin and Russian activities unchanged.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018

Washington, Idaho senators show deep divide on Supreme Court nomination

Republicans praised Kavanaugh’s deference to the Constitution, while Democrats warned the pick would reverse important judicial decisions involving health care and women’s reproductive rights.