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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

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, 9:11 a.m.

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, 2:53 p.m.

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, 9:48 p.m.

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, 3:02 p.m.

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, 2:43 p.m.

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, 11:45 p.m.

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, 9:34 p.m.

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, 9:20 p.m.

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, 8:27 p.m.

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, 6:35 a.m.

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, 10:28 p.m.

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, 9:31 p.m.

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, 8:52 p.m.

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.


Inslee, Ferguson call separation policy cruel, accuse Trump of lying about it

Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson demand answers about asylum-seekers being held in Washington and accuse the Trump administration of lying about the policy.


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

Patty Murray report: Opioid addiction and deaths cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016

Opioid addiction and overdoses cost Washington $9.2 billion in 2016, according to a report by Senator Patty Murray’s office released Monday.


Shulkin got things done, McMorris Rodgers says. Replacement must oppose privatization, says Murray.

Outgoing secretary of Veterans Affairs Department was responsive, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says. Replacement should “unequivocally” oppose privatization, Sen. Patty Murray says.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Spending bill has money for opioid, fighting wildfires, schools and military

Federal government to spend more on opioid epidemic, wildfires, education and military.


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 2:41 p.m.

Lawmakers quibble over details of $1.3T U.S. spending bill

Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Washington delegation takes stances against Trump tariffs

WASHINGTON – Talk of trade wars is circulating around the nation’s Capitol. Legislators had mixed reactions following President Trump’s move to place a 25 percent duty on steel imports and …


Lawmakers battle over bill to prevent breaching of dams

Three Republican U.S. House members are criticizing Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and other lawmakers for opposing their legislation that would prevent the breaching of four dams on the Snake River …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Murray, Otter in war of words over Idaho’s health insurance move

Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday criticized Idaho’s decision to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obamacare rules as “illegal Idaho junk plans,” prompting Idaho …


McMorris Rodgers: End filibuster in Senate for spending bills

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the Senate should end the fillibuster for spending bills. But Sen. Patty Murray says the filibuster (or threat of one) forces cooperation on bipartisan legislation.