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February 12, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Patty Murray resurrects bill for paid sick days

WASHINGTON — Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday reintroduced a Democratic bill that would require employers to provide up to seven days of paid sick time annually. Murray cosponsored the “Healthy Families Act” with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, a leading liberal in Congress who has introduced the bill six times since 2004. Estimated 43 million American workers get no paid…


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: paid sick days, patty murray

January 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Adam Smith: Republicans have only partisan motives on Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON — He’s called it a “witch hunt” that has already wasted millions of taxpayers’ dollars. And on Tuesday, U. S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue used the third public hearing of the Select Committee on Benghazi to once again excoriate House Republicans for their ongoing investigation into the 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Adam Smith, Benghazi

January 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Suzan DelBene named to Obama’s Export Council

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene has been named to President Obama’s Export Council, making the Medina Democrat the second member of Congress from Washington to serve on the advisory panel. The appointment, announced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, makes DelBene one of about 50 corporate chiefs, administration officials and lawmakers who advise the…


Comments | More in Federal government, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Dave Reichert, Export Council, Suzan DelBene

January 22, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Cathy McMorris Rodgers still supports anti-abortion bill that Republicans yanked

Updated at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 23 with comment from Herrera Beutler: WASHINGTON — The anti-abortion bill yanked from a floor vote in the House Thursday still has the support of the chamber’s highest-ranking Republican woman. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane reiterated her support for the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which bars terminating pregnancies after…


Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: abortion, cathy mcmorris rodgers, Jaime Herrera Beutler

January 13, 2015 at 7:22 AM

House Democrats vote Derek Kilmer to Appropriations Committee

Updated at 7:52 a.m. with Sen. Murray’s new subcommittee information: WASHINGTON — The shrunken House Democratic Caucus on Tuesday voted to give a spot on the House Appropriations Committee to  Rep. Derek Kilmer, a move that would give the sophomore lawmaker from Gig Harbor a more direct voice on federal spending decisions. The vote by the…


Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: appropriations committee, Derek Kilmer

January 9, 2015 at 6:21 AM

Cantwell, Murray seek to make sales-tax deductions permanent

Updated at 9:47 a.m. to add Harry Reid as co-sponsor: WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are taking another stab to make sales-tax deductions a permanent part of the tax code. The two Washington Democrats, along with six seven colleagues, on Thursday evening introduced a bill seeking to end the frequent expirations — and subsequent renewals…


Comments | More in Congress, U.S. Senate | Topics: Maria Cantwell, patty murray, sales-tax deductions

January 8, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Maria Cantwell: Congress prematurely intervening in Keystone

WASHINGTON — President Obama has said he will veto it and it may not get built anytime soon even if approved. But the bill to greenlight the Canadian Keystone XL pipeline project passed out of a Senate committee Thursday as the first display of Republican legislative muscle in the 114th Congress. The vote was 13 to 9…


Comments | More in Congress, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: Keystone, Maria Cantwell, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

December 17, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Rajiv Shah resigning as head of USAID after five years

WASHINGTON — After weeks of batting down rumors of his impending resignation, Rajiv Shah announced Wednesday he will step down as head of the U.S. Agency for International Development in February. Shah, a former Gates Foundation official in Seattle, has served as the administrator of the nation’s leading agency for foreign aid and humanitarian…


Comments | More in Federal government | Topics: Gates Foundation, Rajiv Shah, USAID

December 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Derek Kilmer tries to strip campaign cash provision from spending bill

WASHINGTON — President Obama hasn’t signed it into law yet. But that didn’t stop U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Tuesday from trying to strip a controversial provision inserted into the 2015 federal spending bill allowing wealthy donors to give vastly larger sums to national political parties. Kilmer, a freshman Democrat from Gig Harbor, jumped on the widespread outrage over new campaign…


Comments | More in Congress, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: campaign contributions, Citizens United, Derek Kilmer

December 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Congress passes Alpine Lakes Wilderness — sooner or later

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate voted Thursday to move ahead with the 2015 defense policy bill containing a host of public-lands measures, bringing the expansion of Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Seattle within hours of final passage in Congress. However, retiring Sen. Tom Coburn is vowing to run out the clock with additional 30 hours of debate allowed…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Rep. Dave Reichert, Sen. Patty Murray

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