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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

Shutdown blame debated by Washington’s Congressional delegation

The halls of the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse were mostly quiet and dark Monday morning, with a few exceptions. While the federal criminal justice system and immigration services were …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Trump protecting medical providers who oppose abortion

Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Children’s health insurance funding at center of shutdown battle splitting Washington delegation

Lawmakers remain at odds over legislation that would fund the federal government past a rapidly approaching Friday deadline. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, joined by Republican colleagues at a news conference …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 9:08 a.m.

Past victims of sexual assault by Washington politicians say generational changes have helped women

Two women at the center of sexual assault or harassment complaints against Washington politicians a generation ago reflect on how some things have changed in the way today’s victims are …


Health insurance funding for children running low as Congress stays deadlocked on reauthorizing CHIP

A federal health insurance program covering 52,000 kids in Washington is running out of money as partisan disagreements keep Congress from reauthorizing funding. The Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly called …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Inslee calls tax bill a ‘moral outrage’ while McMorris Rodgers praises benefits it will bring families

Washington leaders took predictable positions on the negotiated Republican tax plan that will be voted on next week.


Northwest Democrats, GOP split on net neutrality rule change

Region’s Democrats and Republicans argue whether Thursday’s FCC decision on net neutrality will help or hurt the economy and consumers.


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: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Murray, Cantwell among senators calling on Al Franken to resign

WASHINGTON – His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators abandoned him Wednesday over the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 9:15 p.m.

Idaho, Washington members of Congress take stands on tax reform plans

Area legislators reacted to tax reform plans.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 9:16 p.m.

Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

Turning to an industry he’s rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health secretary.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

In election glow, Democrats see health care as a winning issue

Emboldened by election wins, Democrats are starting to see a political edge in health care, particularly widening Medicaid access for more low-income people.


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 9:57 p.m.

Mueller must get public a full explanation, Murray says

Northwest Democrats back indictments as part of bipartisan investigations into Russian interference. Republicans reluctant to comment at this point.


CBO forecasts Alexander-Murray health-care plan would slightly lower deficit

A bipartisan Senate plan to try to stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces would lower the federal deficit by nearly $3.8 billion during the next decade and would not affect the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear …


Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over “Obamacare.” For consumers, it offers a potential respite …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 12:25 p.m.

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Forests most likely to burn would be thinned under Cantwell proposal that’s backed by Idaho’s senators

Washington and Idaho senators offer proposal to reduce wildfires in the most at-risk federal forests.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they’ll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump’s stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to …


Bipartisan health care deal once again possible

The prospects for a bipartisan deal to reform some aspects of Obamacare may have come full circle since early September, from possible to impossible to possible again.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

Tax reform plan: Help for the middle class or a boon to the rich?

Republicans praise the new tax proposal while Sen. Patty Murray calls it a giveaway to the rich.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Inslee: Trump fight with NFL “not necessary”

Gov. Jay Inslee, other politicians weigh in on NFL controversy.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

Washington senators: Don’t jam through new Trumpcare plan

Democratic senators from Washington call for bipartisan health care reform,


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., proposed legislation Thursday designed to increase access to affordable child care, including for families that work non-traditional hours. Murray called the bill “a smart investment in …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

Washington, Idaho lawmakers waiting for details of DACA ‘deal’

Word that President Donald Trump may have reached an agreement with Democratic leaders in Congress on DACA legislation has some lawmakers from Washington and Idaho offering qualified support and others …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Cleanup bill for toxic firefighting chemicals at military bases could reach $2 billion

It may cost up to $2 billion to clean up toxic firefighting chemicals that have leaked from more than 400 U.S. military installations, including Fairchild Air Force Base, a group …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Cheers, condemnation on Trump DACA decision

Reaction to the announced end to the DACA program ranged from applause to condemnation from Northwest lawmakers Tuesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

Investigation discovers staff ignored hole in roof for years at VA hospital in Spokane

The slow burn by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to secure changes for veterans’ care in Spokane just fell through the roof. Literally. Based on complaints funneled through a group …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Congressional delegation splits on Trump ‘fire and fury’ comments

Members of Northwest delegation agree North Korea poses serious threat, disagree on whether President Donald Trump’s comments help or hurt.