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As Trump mulls cutting off Obamacare aid, Senate begins bipartisan approach

Even as President Donald Trump renews his threat to undermine the Affordable Care Act, senior Republican and Democratic senators announced plans Tuesday to begin work on a new bipartisan effort …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

City, federal officials meet with U.S. Postal Service over mail stoppage in Shadle-Garland

City officials and representives from the offices of Spokane’s Congressional delegation met Thursday with members of the U.S. Postal Service to discuss possible solutions to the mail stoppage in Shadle-Garland …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:06 a.m.

McCain return doesn’t alter Northwest votes on Obamacare changes

Washington and Idaho senators welcome back John McCain, vote opposite ways on latest Senate motion for health care changes.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

Washington and Idaho senators split along party lines ahead of health care vote

Washington and Idaho’s congressional delegations are split along party lines ahead of Tuesday’s vote to open debate on some version of a Republican health care bill.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Murray critical of VA for keeping Dwayne Thurman on job after manslaughter charge

Two of Spokane’s congressional leaders said Tuesday that they are critical of the decision by the Veterans Administration to continue to keep Dwayne Thurman on the payroll despite his being …


With GOP plan dead, Washington Democrats call for bipartisan health care bill

Washington Democrats say the Senate should seek bipartisan health care fixes now that the Republican bill is apparently dead.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Washington’s senators pan Trumpcare revision, Idaho’s studying it

Washington’s Democratic senators criticized the latest version of the nation’s health care system Thursday while Idaho’s Republicans said they need time to study it.


Most Legislatures go into overtime, but the days needed to finish business have crept up over the years

Needing extra time to get the work done has been the rule, not the exception, for the Legislature.


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

GSI wants Congress to consider jobs as it looks at replacing Obamacare

GSI letter to congressional delegation criticizes House Republican plan to repeal Obamacare.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Health insurers request 22 percent premium increases in Washington for 2018

Insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler said uncertainly over the future of the Affordable Care Act is likely contributing to higher rate increases.


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 10 p.m.

Risch, questioning Comey, suggests testimony absolves Trump of obstructing justice

When he got his chance in Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing to question former FBI Director James Comey, Idaho Sen. Jim Risch shifted into trial-attorney mode, parsing the words of …


Advocate of abstinence-only sex education gets high Health and Human Services post

A prominent leader of the abstinence-only sex education movement has been appointed to a senior position at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joining several other social conservative …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

Air Force: More KC-135s inbound to Fairchild

The fleet of tankers at Fairchild Air Force Base is about to get bigger as the Air Force has announced plans to transfer 12 more KC-135 tankers to the West …


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

CBO score on ‘Trumpcare’ should be warning to Senate GOP, Murray says

The Congressional Budget Office report on a House proposal to replace Obamacare should cause Senate Republicans to rethink their plans, Sen. Patty Murray said.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

Washington state lawmakers want review of Hanford cleanup

Lawmakers ask Government Accountability Office to review Hanford cleanup after tunnel collapse.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 8:38 a.m.

Washington Congress members worry Trump budget would cut Hanford cleanup

Last Friday, Washington members of Congress warned about cuts to the Hanford cleanup efforts. Now they’re bracing for proposed cuts when President Donald Trump’s budget is released Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 8:44 a.m.

Risch wants ‘traitor’ who leaked Russian details identified, McMorris Rodgers calls for Comey testimony

Reports this week deepening President Donald Trump’s Russia troubles drew breathless defenses and rebukes from the Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 7:37 p.m.

Comey firing ‘deeply troubling,’ special prosecutor needed, Washington senators say

Sens. Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell call for a special prosecutor after President Trump fires FBI director.


UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

New health bill: Seattle hospital could lose $627M a year

The executive director of Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center says the hospital could lose more than $627 million a year starting in 2026 when the full impact of the health care …



Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders lead Democrats’ effort to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

Backed by nearly half of the Senate’s Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., are introducing revamped legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 and index …


Murray thumbs down on border wall money; Idaho senators waiting to see budget deal

Sen. Patty Murray says Congress should say no on money for President Trump’s border wall. Idaho senators reserving judgment until they see the budget deal.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

WSU Spokane researchers share Trump budget concerns with Sen. Patty Murray

In a fourth-floor lab at Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy in Spokane, a group of six young women from at least three countries peer into genes and analyze tobacco …


UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

Labrador calls for Congressional vote following U.S. missile attack on Syria; McMorris Rodgers backs action

The morning after American warships bombarded a Syrian air base with cruise missiles Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) questioned the attack, which was not authorized by Congress.


How Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Raul Labrador voted last week in Congress

Today, The Spokesman-Review will start publishing weekly vote tallies of four U.S. representatitives and four U.S. senators representing Washington and Idaho.


Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year’s sign-up season, according to a …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him.


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Senators urge new energy secretary to protect Hanford workers

Washington’s two U.S. senators brought the chemical vapors issue at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to the attention of new Energy Secretary Rick Perry, asking him to improve safety and make …


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Send more tankers to Fairchild, Washington Congress members tell Air Force

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell tell the Air Force it should send reassigned tankers to Fairchild.


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Manufactured outrage at Congressional town halls restricts constructive dialogue

Manufactured outrage is an unhealthy addition to post-election frustration.